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3DM41A - Aliens Pulse Rifle

DistingDisting0 Posts: 0Member
edited October 2010 in Work in Progress #1
My next project will be to model and texture the, in my opinion, coolest rifle ever to be created!

The M41A Pulse Rifle from the movie Aliens.

I've gathered tons of reference, but many of them are photos of replicas people have created themselves, so they're not always accurate, so I will try to take the middle road, seeing as there is not many good ref pictures from the movie.

Here is a rough blockout I've made:


Cheers! :)
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  • CoolhandCoolhand289 Mountain LairPosts: 1,298Member
    You know these weapons were built around a Thompson M1, and i think an Italian model of shotgun for the grenade launcher...? might help you with working out the dimensions and proportions if you start with them. Looks like a pulse rifle so far though, good start.:thumb:
  • DistingDisting0 Posts: 0Member
    Yeah, I think it was the SPAS-12 Shotgun that was used for the grenade launcher. :)
  • kippakippa0 Posts: 0Member
    This site might give you some help with references:
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User]2 Posts: 3Member
    seems a really good start...
    after this? you want to model all' aliens-series gun?
  • larundellarundel171 Posts: 0Member
    this is an impressive start.

    You guys are right it is a Thompson M1 and a spas-12 an articel in airsoft international on how you can make one or but the full complete kit with working ammo counter...also showed you how to look like a colonial marine....:)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User]2 Posts: 3Member
    That is a nice start. I love the pulse rifle too and I am looking forward to seeing your progress.

    by the way the guys here are correct about the M1 Thompson being used for the automatic part of the weapon however the grenade launcher was based on the Remington 870 shotgun.
    The mag and ejection opening give it away, the SPAS12 has a small cocking handle protruding. They only used SPAS12 grips for the GL.
    Hope that helps
  • DistingDisting0 Posts: 0Member
    Thank you all for your help guys! :)
    I've started modeling the highpoly now.

    Here's where I'm at so far:

    I also recorded a few tutorials while making it.
    I will continue to make recordings while I start working on the lowpoly.

    First one:

    Second one:
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User]2 Posts: 3Member
    nice work, I like it. thanks for posting your tutorial videos, it is always nice to see how someone else goes about creating a model.
  • DistingDisting0 Posts: 0Member
    nice work, I like it. thanks for posting your tutorial videos, it is always nice to see how someone else goes about creating a model.

    Thank you! :)
    I'm just happy if I can help someone with my tutorials!
    The reason I make these is because when I started modeling I had problems finding videos where I could see others' workflows.
  • DistingDisting0 Posts: 0Member
    Just bumping this, because I'd really love some crits on the proportions etc. ^^
  • WizWiz28 Posts: 0Member
    looking good mate (best film weapon ever!), just a few things though, overall it doesnt look (for want of a better word) chunky enough, this is more noticeable on the casing around the thompson (looking at these images for reference

    Also the lip on the front side comes up to far and is not wide enough... looking forward to seeing more updates, love this weapon!

  • Darth ZiggyDarth Ziggy0 Posts: 0Member
    Overall....AWESOME! The only thing I see that I don't like is the grenade barrel, it looks like it "flares" out in a cone shape. Otherwise, da** near, spot-on!
  • DistingDisting0 Posts: 0Member
    Thank you both for your crits! I really appreciate it, and I will definately take what you said into consideration when I work on it next time! :)
  • Wolvster1Wolvster10 Posts: 0Member
    If you want a place to find more info on the Pulse Rifle you
    can go here..... REPLICA PROPS FORUM :thumb:

    While I love making my Sci-Fi spaceships in Lightwave I am
    also a huge lover of Sci-Fi PROPS from Movies and the Pulse Rifle
    is a favorite for discussion on this site...
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