Novice's packs, made with cotton duck (Joann's Fabrics), seatbelt webbing (Seat Belt Planet), nylon webbing (Joann's Fabrics), 2" and 1" buckles (Strap Works), paracord (Amazon), cotton rope (Knot and Rope Supply), a pulley (Lowes), and a Skulpey Preemo ornament below the painted-grey pulley. The bags and rope were dyed grey by a diluted black dye bath. I attached the straps on the backs of the packs (that the seat belt webbing would go through) with Aleene's OK to Wash It, but at the end of the con, I noticed those had started to release, so I will need to figure out something more permanent.
The sidearm, made from a plastic MP40 Airsoft rifle (Amazon). The center housing is a rounded night-light/socket unit from Lowe's, a close shape approximation, and had holes convenient for attachment screw, and 3 LEDs. The long metal pan head screw went compleely through the socket and well into the magazine, already in place. The barrel end is modified with PVC sprinkler fittings, painted black and tightly threaded on over an electrical tape wrap on the muzzle (in case I needed to remove it for any reason).
Scott worked this part for me, as he used the table saw and dremel to shape the ABS parts. The upper rail is made of black ABS 2" pipe, split and chamfered underneath to cap over the top rail of the actual rifle. Cut outs were shaped to accomodate the characteristics of the rifle. The curved parts of the rail are from a curved "EL" ABS joint, in front, and a smaller edge piece, in back (left and center pics). All pieces cut off, and remnants, can be utilized, if you look at their characteristics. You can see the wiring coming from the socket housing and directing under the rail (left pic) and then coming out the rail and leading under theSOBE cap to the switch (center pic), the battery pack leads also going under the SOBE cap.
A 2AA battery pack, black SOBE drink bottle caps and a small toggle switch for power (Radio Shack), with wire running under the rail and secured with electrical tape (center pic), PVC end cap shaped (pacman shape) and cut to fit around a second battery pack box canibalized to hold 5 LEDs, and a smaller box end to hold 2 more LEDs, attached by inner screws, some electrical tape to hide a few details (right pic). The box with the 5 LEDs needed a window to obscure the LEDs and create more glow effect, so I cut down part of the wall of a drink scoop (shown in the first picture with the full gun) and super glued it inside the box window cutout. The wires here ran directly under the SOBE cap to the switch on the opposite side. It worked!
The ABS parts all received a neat spray of black paint to clean the effects of handling and the work we had been doing installing all the parts. I used several washers inside and outside of the SOBE caps to eliminate crush as much as possible, with inside nuts to set the inside washers. A black Sharpie would touch up all the screw heads, tape, etc., as needed.
Finally, a simple Winchester rifle sling (Walmart) augmented by found bits and pieces in a "junk drawer" finished off the look. I was pleased!
For Cosplayers - Novice's Packs and Sidearm
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