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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Jul 23 '15
So, as part of my overall Vault Dweller costume, a required prop is the ubiquitous "Pip-Boy 3000". For those of you who have never played the game and don`t know what this is, it is essentially the game`s interface in the shape of a retro (yet futuristic) wrist-worn computer. Full info can be found here.


There are several routes to construct one, I have found instructions for one made from EVA foam (tried this but failed miserably), resin casts from an old special edition version of the game, Pepakura versions and 3D printed versions.


Most of these are available in the US and can be very pricey (especially when factoring in shipping) or not even shipped outside of the US. My hunt for one led me to Etsy where I found a seller based in the Netherlands and even with the shipping, the price was very reasonable (especially given the Pound/Euro exchange rates right now).


A few days later the kit arrived and I was very happy with it. Of course, it will need prepping and sanding to get rid of the lines where the printing material was laid down, but I am treating this like any other kit.


There are over a dozen parts to make the full Pip-Boy (including the glove-mounted controller):




Bit tough to photo as it is printed in black ... anyway I have started on the clean up (removing flash and sanding the attachment tabs) and have test-fitted it. I may need to modify the cuff so that my arm fits properly and this may just be a case of adding some sort of styrene spacer/fillers and/or removing the internal sections so that it is opened up a bit more (this parts are meant for attaching velcro straps to, but I have other plans, so they aren`t that necessary).


Still up in the air about what to do about the screen and LEDs; I have a couple of options, so will see which is most achievable.

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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Alun » Jul 23 '15
Looks interesting Mark.  Can see that this is 3D printed from the ridges.  Any idea how it cleans up as heard that the material can be really hard.


Let me know if you want any help with lighting it.  Got a variety of stuff and happy to have a play. Could you potentially fit an iPhone in there and have an appropriate piece of film footage running on it?

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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Jul 23 '15
Quote from Alun Looks interesting Mark.  Can see that this is 3D printed from the ridges.  Any idea how it cleans up as heard that the material can be really hard.


Let me know if you want any help with lighting it.  Got a variety of stuff and happy to have a play. Could you potentially fit an iPhone in there and have an appropriate piece of film footage running on it?


It seems to sand okay, not going for a completely smooth finish as it is retro-tech so I figured these would be mass-produced by Vault-Tec through some sort of casting process; I was going to use some Mr Putty to give it that "cast" look as I have done before on my Ma.K kits. I have read somewhere that an acetone wash can help to smooth the ridges as well, but this seems somewhat extreme!


This version is meant to be able to hold a smartphone (a Galaxy I think) - I have an app for the iPhone that emulates the Pip-Boy screen so might try one of my older phones and see how it looks. Ideally I would love to be able to do this: http://atomicladies.com/how-to-make-a-pip-boy-3000-replica/ - but just the screen and LED buttons (not the full sound, etc). 

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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Jul 23 '15
Here is where I sourced the kit from: driedgear on Etsy
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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Marten Richens » Jul 24 '15
Have you managed to figure out how to get it to monitor your health, inventory and perks yet? Seriously though if you need scan lines adding to the screen to simulate the CRT I can photoshop the image for you, just let me know. Are you going for default green or are you travelling off the beaten track and going for Amber, White or blue?
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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Jul 24 '15
Thanks for the offer Marten, but I`ve got Photoshop and a nice vector version of the screen that I found online (I also have a screenshot of the actual one from the game I`m currently playing), so that part is sorted. For the first version I don`t think I`ll be making the front buttons switched or anything, I`ll simply have the "Stats" one lit up as it will be a static screen.


Have seen people fit all sorts of electronics in these things to make fully functional ones (including NASA!), but I don`t think I`m that clever!

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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 17 '15
Have some progress on the Pip-Boy. I have glued the main gauntlet parts together and have dremelled out the parts on the top that were to hold the velcro straps. This gives me more room for my larger than average forearm, but not quite enough for it to comfortably close.


So, I have made a spacer using layers of thick styrene to improve this. Nearly done with cutting it out although it has taken several different tools to do this! Plan to use some filler to smooth out the gaps and then add Mr Surfacer to give it that "cast" look.



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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Marten Richens » Aug 17 '15
Coming on nicely...


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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Mark » Aug 24 '15
Some progress pics: used milliput to cover the styrene and tested Mr Surfacer 500 to see if it would get rid of the ridges left by the 3D printing process. It will take a few coats but should do the job. Might consider body filler or just a milliwatt `wash`, we`ll see how it goes.


First pass of the screen done as well, might make the scan lines more visible and give it a `bowed` look in Photoshop.


   

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Re: Fallout Pip-Boy 3000

Alun » Aug 24 '15
Give me a shout if you want any help with getting the LEDs working.
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