Hey folks. Just thought I should introduce myself, so…allow me to introduce…myself.
Anyway, my first Mando project is in its earliest stages and seems to be running smoothly. While I wait for my armor pieces to arrive, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to start work on my main weapon. Since I’m creating a Null-7 Mereel (from Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando series; not to be confused with Jaster Mereel) themed suit of armor…or, at least what I think Mereel would have worn after the Clone Wars, it only seems right that I stay true to the established literary canon.
That being said, this little sideshow is a modified Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. Z-6 Rotary Blaster Cannon. Moreover, it will be a fully functional prop replica, complete with spinning barrel assembly (featuring 6 independent barrels) and various light effects (but nothing too complex, lest it appear cheesy).
Here’s a concept sketch.
I’m using a Black & Decker BV2500 leaf blower as a base component, and building the rest of the prop on top of it. I’m also converting it to DC power (from the stock AC design). Here are some pics of the stock blower with the shroud, and without.
(Sorry for the poor quality…I’m having some trouble with my camera at the moment.)
Finally, this is what I hope the thing will look like when all’s said and done (along with my completed Mereel getup).
My next step will be constructing the barrel assembly from PVC (or CPVC) and plastic (or wood) support discs, and epoxy (gorilla glue). I will also be fabricating a modified ‘shaft’ for the motor to lessen the strain on the internal fittings, and will be ripping apart an 18v cordless drill for its power supply and connectors (then modifying the blower’s internals to accept the change).
More pictures and updates coming soon!
Josh: “What’s faster than the speed of light?”
Dan: “I dunno…what?”
Josh: “The speed of DARK…when you turn off the light, the dark’s already there!”