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Starship Troopers Morita Rifle from scratch
I ended up using a lot of things I already had around the house, but there were still a few items I had to purchase. So the price may end up depending on what you decide you need to buy. It's pretty fun, and once you get the hang of it, it goes by faster. I made two and the second one was definitely better. It took me a few days including drying time.

Posted by Christine H. from San Gabriel, California, United States • Published See Christine H.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 1
    Step 1

    So, I began by finding an image online of the Morita Rifle, and then cutting out a pattern I drew on some brown butcher paper.

  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 2
    Step 2

    I cut out three of the rifle on pink insulation foam. The top layer has an opening on the butt for the slide, the middle layer has the top half of the opening cut out, and the bottom layer is solid. You should also leave a trigger and the sight/triangle bit at the top on the middle section. If you forget you can always cut out small pieces later and attach them with hot glue.

  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 3
    Step 3

    I cut out two more rectangles for the front and shaved it down using a box cutter. I also sandpapered it down where it needed it.

  • Step 4

    I hot glued everything together, then, again using my box cutter, shaved down the trigger area and the magazine to a reasonable size.

  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 5
    Step 5

    I cut out a rounded, triangular piece for the front of the gun. Craft foam is great for embellishments (such as the slide, cleaner edges around the butt and the front, the magazine, and so forth). It's up to you if you want to add them and how much.

  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out about 4 inches of 3/4th inch PVC pipe for the barrel. Trace and cut out the area on the gun you want to attach it to. Hot glue.

  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 7
    Step 7

    For the last bit of the barrel, you take a cardboard tube, trace out thin diamond shapes all the way around, cut and shape. Hot glue.

  • How to make a weapon. Starship Troopers Morita Rifle - Step 8
    Step 8

    I ended up buying some paintable silicone, wood glue, and some flexi-dip. I used the silicone to fill gaps and smoothed them down. I painted the whole thing with two layers of wood glue to seal it. I then sprayed the whole thing with black flexi-dip. Two layers. Careful to spray from a good distance. Too much flexi-dip will erode the insulation foam. Paint everything a dark green with acrylic paint. I cleaned up the details with black acrylic paint.

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