Halo fan creates life size Reach sniper rifle out of Lego’s
Halo: Reach fan and Lego hobbyist Nick Jensen has created something that can be admired whether you play the popular FPS or not. Pictured above is the life-sized replica of the Sniper Rifle System 99 Anti-Matériel that he created almost entirely out of Lego bricks. Taking four months of trial and error, Jensen ended up with a finished product that shows his dedication to detail and realism. The model features a removable magazine, sliding bolt, and movable safety to add to its realism.
With a total length of five feet three inches, and a weight of ten and a half pounds, the Reach sniper rifle is very close to what is portrayed on the screen. Jensen used various screen shots from his own games, as well as the action figures created for the game by McFarlane to understand the nuances and fine points of the gun. Apparently, At first Jensen was daunted by the sheer size of the project, but eventually broke it down to three stages to make the build easier. He focused first on building the barrel, then worked his way back to the main body, finally ending up with the scope assembly.
The only items of the piece that are not made of Lego bricks are a dowel rod to support the barrel, and the custom decals applied for customization. That’s pretty amazing given just how accurate this thing looks. In the shot above the barrel looks a bit crooked — probably thanks to its length — but in this image it appears to have been corrected.
Jensen did not keep a brick count for the model, but it’s safe to assume that a lot of plastic and money went into this masterpiece. The sniper rifle and its creator will both be at the upcoming Brick World convention for people to see in person.
Flickr via The Brick Brothers