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My friends and I all LOVED Fallout 3, so we decided to put some costumes together for the cons that we go to. The hardest, and of course most important, part of the costume is the Pip-Boy 3000.
If you search on Youtube for "working pip boy" or the like you'll find several results for people who took the plastic clock that came with the survival edition of the game and modified them for their ipod Touch (or similar) - but to me, those clocks just aren't good enough. They are cheap plastic crap, and they look it. So we made a mold of the clock and cast it in resin so it would be more durable, have a more realistic weight, and be easier to modify and paint.
My 3 friends all have iPhones and dremeled the insides of their Pip-Boys so those could be mounted and removed. The functionality is fantastic, but it still wasn't quite accurate enough for me because the screen couldn't be properly centered and the screen was recessed by 1/2 an inch or so.
Below is the build progress on mine.
I started with the resin cast, of course. I wish I'd taken some pictures before I got started just to give you an idea of how much resin you have to dremel out of these bad boys.
Here are the two halves after quite a lot of dremeling:
The inside view. Note the areas that I reinforced with 2 part epoxy. After the sanding was done, I held it up to the light and said "uh oh" because it was REALLY thin in some places. So I just marked these with a sharpie and covered them with epoxy. Voila, nice and thick again.
Here's a close-up of the front half. There still a lot of cleaning up to do:
Here are the two halves next to each other. It is still too thick in places at this point, so I needed to go back and sand the heck out of it some more:
A few more pics of the pieces next to each other:
More to come later!