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Duck Hunt 3D Model by mathaeis Duck Hunt 3D Model by mathaeis
NOTE: Please see my website Love This Empire for additional information and other content.

This started off as a weird experimental idea about a month and a half ago. I started off by taking the pixel art from the Duck Hunt game, and created it in 3D Stuido Max using cubes. You all may remember that post where I showed a picture of it. Only problem with that was the pixel art I used was somehow NOT from the game, but someone else's crappy alternate version. So, no biggie, I remade it. But then, I made it 3-dimensional. So now it wasn't just made out of cubes and still representative of its former pixel-art self, but it had a full 3D body, shaped like that of a duck. But if you look at it orthographically, straight from the side, it still is true to the pixels that it came from.

So then the idea was to construct this beast of a project. More specifically, it was meant to be mounted on a wooden base to be hung on the wall, along with two bronzed Nintendo Zappers. So in effect this would be a duck hunt trophy. Hell yes? I think so.

But how? At first I was thinking of creating cubes out of things like wood or foam core. I experimented for a bit, but then realized that it would be an absolutely maddening process trying to cut PERFECT cubes out of any material, especially as many as I would need.

Luckily, I found a craft place online that sold wooden cubes. I bought a couple hundred of a smaller size for a test, and then decided this was the way to go. So I ordered 1600 of the 3/4" cubes and went at it. Let me assure you, this was far more of a challenge then it looks. It's not just 'put the cubes in place and be done with it.' Even being machine cut, these things were only good to 1/32", so there was a TON of mixing and matching when it came to lining them up to fit. Doing it in 2D was bad enough, but when I started putting layers together, that was a complete nightmare.

But here you have it, the final product. I was so worried the wings weren't going to stay on, but they are holding damn strong. I still need to decide how I am going to mount it, but for now I thought I would show it off to you all. And also, for those who are interested, some stats:

Blocks used in 3D model: 1785
Blocks used in build: 1240 (left the body and head partially hollow)
Approximate Weight: 17-20 lbs
Length: 24"
Width: 17.25"
Height: 21"
Approximate Number of Hours to Create: 35-40

And I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has commented on this, and especially to everyone who is spreading the OG love and posting it on their websites. I really appreciate it!
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pokemontrainergirl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah. Major talent there! Also, nice N-ZAP '85 replica. ;)
Sludge1997 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Badass Model. Also, I love the shirt
Jacobellinger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I need more pics fof this. I want to build it in mine craft.
Lucky-JJ Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should kill the dog!!
Dragon-Art14 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
EPIC!! Super kick-ass!! :iconsuperw00tplz:
Branedeadzero Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Thats fuckin awesome!
KingAlberty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
where is your dog?
Cmndr-Vaughn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Looks like you're holding one of the ducks for ransom: "Gimme 50,000,000 bonus points...right now...or I'll give your friend and all you other ducks an epileptic seizure you'll never forget." XD XD XD XD XD XD
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SuperRawrZ Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Niiiiiiicccceeee!!!!!!!!!! INTERNET HIGH-FIVE!!!!!!!!!
estranged-illusions Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. Someone should start a museum of Duck Hunt awesome. Maybe we should, I would totally display my lamp. ;)
ABot3k Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
sir that is most impressive
cezkid Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey I was thinking of doing something similar. I already modeled several 8 bit characters. Just have to buy the wooden blocks. Yours is amazing. I will probably use smaller 1/2'' blocks
anders-eek Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Ohh my, that was totally awesome :)
oliverleytens Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just too perfect :D still, the dog irritates me, no matter how much you try, you can't shoot it :p
robotwo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :)
and the Haruko poster in the BG makes it even better :D
arcade-art Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
great work :-)
karenmparr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
athelink Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Student General Artist
That is fantastic.
Redmond17 Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Shoot it! Shoot that **** duck!

Oh, and you're awesome, by the way.
demonbarber Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
uh...awesome much?
MikeYoshi Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
That's awesome! =D
The closest thing I can get my hands on (to make something like that) is my cousin's Lego blocks. :XD: I'll have to try doing this some time.
NaokoYouko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Holy schla-MOLY.

I think I love you, amazing fellow gaming nerd. <3

*goes to dig SNES out of the dark corners of wherever the hell it might be*
MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! (Nice shootin'.)
RunaryKat Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG! Gorgeous!
CackbotStudios Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007   Digital Artist
Ljusalfheim Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
WOW° amigo en definitiva es lo mejor que e visto este dia! muy buen trabajo , algo oseoso pero muy buen trabajo! añadido a favoritos
beresford666 Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thats awsome!!!
AkiTusspot Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
I know how it feels to spend a long time on something you care about...I made a cosplay
IIIIBLUEROSEIIII Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Very nice!:headbang:
Saru-Ouji Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Bluesky55j Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
0_0 holy cow thats amazing, you are to cool!
tasiallama Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
I gotta say, that is the coolest thing ever. Not only is it an insanely cool idea, but the fact that its a duckhunt duck, just adds to the coolness. It's awesome. Truely. I can't even think of anything else to say, but it's amazing.
popartmonkey Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005
You are some sort of new world genius.
teaandpot Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
that is beeeeeeeeeeeeauuutiful
Sexy-Cowboy-Predator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
HAHAHA, I love duck hunt! (both the game and in reality) This is totally sweet! I think, if you want some ideas for mounting, put string on the body and the tips of the wings and hang it from the ceiling if possible, that would be awsome!
stuiethegod Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
OMg, that is freakin awesome... that'll be awsome to see it when it's mounted as a trophy...
mathaeis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Hopefully it will be mounted soon. And there will be more of these to come, oh yes. :D
peggy-the-angel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
Oh my god, that's COMPLETELY badass. I'm infinitely jealous.
mathaeis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Thank you very much! ^_^
TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agree with peggy-the-angel, COMPLETELY badass! :D
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