Building the frame of the Sentry and the sections which will hold up the Gatling guns themselves required a slightly different approach.
Sure, it would be possible to just nail the Gatling guns onto the side of the central column and leave it at that, but that’d be like saying that Diablo 3
is possible on consoles
– yes, you can do it, but why for the love of God would you?
When building the supports for the Gatling guns, I instead chose to use sheets of 1/4-inch plexiglass which had been bent into ‘J’ shapes with the aid of a heat gun.
With that done, small MDF seats had to be made which would match the shape of the ABS rotating barrel that forms the largest part of the Gatling guns. These seats are then fixed into place inside the holders.
In the picture below you can see how the seats will hold the ABS tube. These seats then sit inside the gun holders and the barrels of the guns will be added to the ABS.
The large side of the gun holders are an indicator of how the guns will attach to the main body - more on that in a minute.
Already then, you can see roughly the size and scale of the guns and how they will attach to the central construction. The cuts are still very rough at this stage, but that will be ironed out later.
Next up comes the matter of the rocket launcher, since this is one Sentry gun which has been upgraded to pack a little more punch (as if this mod wasn’t explosive enough to start with! - Ed).
As ever, I was eager to make use of recycled or repurposed materials wherever possible...in this case, an old Shuttle PC case was about the right size and shape to become a rocket launcher, so with a little modification that’s what it became.
A bit of MDF here and a bit of inventive tinkering there and the rocket launcher began to take shape…
With that done, it’s time to move on to something else – it’s at this point I went back to the PVC barrels to finish them off.