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TF2 Sniper Rifle by greenzaku TF2 Sniper Rifle by greenzaku
How this prop is made for my cosplay. Other than the wooden stock (made of balsa), everything is made out of scavenged and recycled junk including cardboard tubes from Spotlight - these are from the rolls of textiles.

1. Chips and can.

2. Give it the 'ol chop-chop. Then put it back together in a different way. There are plastic discs between each section so they can be glued together

3.. Wooden part. The pieces I got were actually too small, so you can see where separate pieces have been joined.

4. Joints in the stock were smoothed with light clay, more bits cobbled together to make the laser.

5. Painted and wire attached.

6. Other side. Arrow is pointing to little lever used for reloading.

7. >B^U
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:iconhedgehogs-are-silver:
Hedgehogs-Are-Silver Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this here could be bloody useful
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nienkiepinkie Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wooooooooo~ friggin nice job mate 
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:iconowltears:
owltears Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
you sir, I love you!
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:iconjustsomerandomkidlol:
JustSomeRandomKidLol Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, I wonder if I'll be able to bring one of those to school...Too bad my school doesn't celebrate halloween. :(
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SpiderZed Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Great job!
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OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what a handy tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
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Agent-of-HYDRA Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
just letting you know that after, whats it been, three years now? your scope finally has a home on top of my rifle
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:iconkonnestra:
Konnestra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aaahh I have been looking all over the goddamn internet for this.

I am going to try build a sniper rifle , going after this step-by step. I have never built anything myself so it's gonna be interesting if I survive. Anyho, thanks for the quick tutorial! :D
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Lol...no problem! I haven't used this cosplay in a while though.
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:iconkonnestra:
Konnestra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aah I see hah. Oh, how long time did it take for you to make this by the way?
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
The pieces, other than the stock, were gathered together out of dumpsters and bins, the tricky bit was actually finding a metal can of the exact dimensions. However, there are now more sizes of crisps sold in tubes than when this rifle was made, so that should be easier for now.

The rifle itself was put together in my spare time at night over a couple of days, and painted over the next two days giving time for coats to dry. I would say that the stock took the longest time because it was just hacked out of balsa with a cheap handsaw, inletted for the barrel with a stanley knife, and then filed smoother. As the pieces I had were not large enough, its had to be assumbled from multiple parts and the putty used to fill the gaps takes overnight to dry too.
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:iconkonnestra:
Konnestra Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aah I see

It's awesome what one can do with random household things.
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leftfordeadfan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
looks so real
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:iconleftfordeadfan:
leftfordeadfan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
awsome looking gun
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KaZoO-Fly76 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How thick was the piece on the handle, or did you attach two together?
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Its made of two pieces/planks glued side by side; with another small triangular section attached under the butt of the rifle, of the same thickness. :)
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KaZoO-Fly76 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, ok. For a second I was wondering where the hell you got one piece that's that thick lol.
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hisako Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
very nice!
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CallovesSailorVenus0 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had a question for ya mate....what color of paint did you use for the scope? from the looks of the photo it looks like Dark Green like a forest green i could be wrong and you would know the actual color to your awesome scope.
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Hi, I used some forest green mixed with brown and didn't really care about proportions as it was some old paint I didn't really need to keep around much longer.
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CallovesSailorVenus0 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alright thanks for letting me know :happybounce:
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CallovesSailorVenus0 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible :clap: what did you use for the laser part of the rifle that the sniper uses to aim?
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Its the inner cores of two spools of sewing thread, one thinner plastic one inside a wide cardboard one, and covered with a cardboard circle at the front.
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CallovesSailorVenus0 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :w00t:
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qianying Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS VERY VERY HELPFUL MATE. 8D
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thank you :3
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MattsyKun Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes.

So when I cosplay as Sniper, I can make a rifle. :D
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RetardPegasus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
springles cans are very difficult to recycle so this is a nice way to use them : ))
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CaptainZombie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have never guessed this to be made with a pringles can great work :iconbravoplz:
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Heh...I just reached for whatever was convenient and lying around me. :)
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CaptainZombie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure is creative :D
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funfunfunfunfun Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
this is great although it'd be great to get more detail on the parts you didnt give a "tutorial" on (trigger, bolt, scope mount, laser) I am making my own snoipah costume and might use this model for a sniper rifle (thats why I was so demanding about the detail)
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
When I first made this cosplay, I was back in 2009 when I had no further plans to dedicate my DA account to any particular sort of theme, let alone focus on crafts etc. Nor did I ever suspect that this rifle would end up so popular.

What I can say is that the bolt is actually just a rolled up bit of plastic sheet that fits within the barrel. Random leftover bits of balsa wood from carving out the stock worked well for the scope mount, an old pen that ran out of ink was chopped up for the thin cylindrical bit under the scope. The curved parts of the scope mount holding up the scope itself come from the butchered section of the same pringles can - that way it has the same curvature. The laser was cobbled together from more random bits including an old thread spool.

Hope this helps.
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funfunfunfunfun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
sorry but what is the thing in between the pringles can and the cardboard tube? (I have everything for a scope but that and it would help to have identified :) )
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Its a metal food can. You'd need to have the diameter of the Pringles can handy and find a can of dog chow/baked beans/pickles/whatever that is slightly smaller than that. :)
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funfunfunfunfun Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
wait were you talking about what was in between the pringles?
[PRINGLES][TIN CAN][PRINGLES][???][cardboard tube]
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Yes, your interpretation is correct. The [???], to clarify, is a chunk of PVC piping, but on hindsight, a thick-walled cardboard tube would be just as sturdy and not so heavy.
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funfunfunfunfun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
ok thanks, sorry about the hassle. Very nice sniper costume too!
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:iconfunfunfunfunfun:
funfunfunfunfun Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
thanks mate. it really is cool!
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DiroPetra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Proof that what really matters is the final result.
Great job!
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Chuster90 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just... simply... AWESOME!
Nice job, Mate...
Can you give me the permission to make a replica?
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Don't have to ask my permission lol ;) I enjoy posting how its done as much as actually doing it.
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Chuster90 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, mate
IŽll try to upload the "Making of" of this costume/cosplay master-piece
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
If you'd like, consider posting it to my group :iconvalvecrafts:, which showcases artisan craft uploads (including cosplay) from all the Valve games :)
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Chuster90 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, mate.
I will
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Chuster90 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... simply WOW

If I can do this for my costume, IŽll give all the badges I can and a Premium Year... if I can :D
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JanieSeeley Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
im gunna be sniper for this year at sac anime winter...but im gonna have some trouble making this...so im gonna DA watch you for a bit so i can get to ur channel....PLUS THE MAIN REASON I COMMENTED,......BEST.SNIPER.RIFLE.EVER :iconimsohappyplz:
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I'm glad to be of help, but I'm not actively cosplaying at the moment due to work/travel commitments (yes, ironically I REALLY happen to live in Australia, work in the outback with dangerous animals, shoot a rifle, and travel across the country chasing contract work ><). But I'm more than happy to answer any questions or discuss making things with you even if I'm not cosplaying myself. :)
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JanieSeeley Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Okay Thanks
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project-helios Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
pants were shat upn seeing this image.
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