Measurements? Here ya go!
Measurements? Here ya go!
Got mine. Now to play with it....
Skruffy you are a God amongst men. Thanks so much, I'll upload the plans once I've finished them to a standard I deem accurate enough. They'll never be 100%, but hopefully they'll be the right size.
Ha! that is awesome. the wife is in love with the Fallout games. does anyone know where i could possibly get a set of castings?
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looking to get a cast so I can has me a working pip boy for halloween, could this be possiible??
your work is amazing btw
excellent work. I especially like the grey dyed castings.
hi from Russia!)
amazing work! great idea to use the player and speaker for Galaxy Radio. I would add more flashlight in the front. Well, you remember, when you long press Tab, you can turn on a flashlight in the game.
Is it possible to get a kit to make it? need only form.
ps sorry for bad english, I want to say many things, but I cant =)
This interests me a lot, on your next run I might purchase something, I would probably just end up wearing it daily though, it would be nice to have one with a phone display as well, like the one featured on the daily what
Are you kidding me? Skruffy, that pip boy is FRAKING awesome!
How much would it cost for the resin cast? Does it come as a kit now, or is it still just the cast as-is. Is it difficult to dremmel and prepare to be painted and assembled?
I've been promising to post up a tutorial of sorts on how to build a Pipboy using the EL sheet and sound amp to create a prop that has a light-up screen and plays music from the game. I finally took some time to build one up last month to have it ready for Dragon*Con. The total build took me roughly 30 to 40 hours. Your build could be shorter or longer depending on whether you plan to include lights and sounds, how careful/diligent you are with each step, your individual skill level, and what demons infest your project (I had quite a few).
I didn't take any pics of the cast at the start, but if you look earlier in this thread (post #251) you'll see a great example of what the casts look like when they come from the mold. They come out of the mold intentionally fairly thick - some people don't cram as much into the inside of these things as I do and want the extra thickness. I, however, spent a good amount of time with the dremel grinding wheel to core out as much space as I safely could. There are a lot of electronics and wiring that I needed to have the space for, plus room for my arm and jumpsuit.
Here's after the first pass of dremel work (about 5 total hours, plus some to fix my goof-ups)
The white stuff on the insides are where I accidentally sanded it too thin and sanded it the whole way through the cast. Whoops! It's a fairly easy fix if the hole isn't too severe... place some masking tape over the inside of the hole, then press some modeling clay on the outside where the hole is. The tape keeps the clay from pressing through the hole and keeps it smooth on the inside. Remove the tape and mix up a small batch of 5 minute epoxy (or resin, if you have it) and spread it over the hole. Once it cures, you can remove the clay (It shouldn't stick) and then sand it smooth. Once it is painted, it will be hard to tell there was ever a goof-up!
Next up is installing the hinge. I used my 1/16" drill bit and dremel cutting wheel to create a slot in the top of the cast. Then I cut short one side of the hinge to slide into this slot:
Then it was time to get the plexi-glass to fit the cast. The easiest way I've found to do this is to use masking tape over the inside of the screen area:
And then use a pencil to trace around the inside where the plexi-glass will go. Then remove the masking tape and you've now got a good starting point stencil to use to cut down the plexi:
I strongly recommend aiming a bit big with your first cut of the plexi. Then use the sanding drum of your dremel to pare it down to fit once you can place it in the cast and see where you need to trim. Once you get the plexi to fit firmly and snugly, it can be used to size the screen print, the green lighting film, and the EL sheet for trimming. Again, you probably want to aim a bit bigger and then trim to fit.
A quick note on the EL sheets - they can be cut to fit, but make sure to preserve the leads on the side. They can be bent, but a crease will break it. The one pictured is one that I creased by accident and broke it in the process.
At this point I started to play some more with how I was going to fit everything inside the cast. My mp3 player was going to press into my arm, so I dremeled out a little recess for it so there would be more room for my arm. You can see here another place where I sanded too much and came out the front of the cast.
Then I gave it a coat of primer and a coat of silver:
Next I cut to shape a spare piece of plastic that I had laying around to close off the gap in the back and glued it down with CA glue.
Then it was time for painting & weathering. I sprayed the inside with Rustoleum black engine enamel. It has a very smooth finish, is very durable, and doesn't flake off if you have to tear out and re-do anything (as I did). Then I hot glued in the screen mesh for the speaker area.
For paint on the outside I used the Sophisticated Finishes Pewter Metallic that I used with my first Pip-Boy (I love this stuff for how well it matches the game) and to weather I used a series of "black washes" using various colors & combinations of acrylic paint diluted in water. I used green + gray for grime, brown for dirt, and black for general dinginess. Next it was time to put in the electronics. First were the LED covers and the screen assembly (the plexi-glass, screen transparency, color films, and EL sheet):
Here's a shot showing the general paint & weathering:
Here's where I ran into my second major SNAFU in the build (the first was breaking the first EL sheet) when a wire came out of the little plastic clip that connects the speaker to the sound amp. To get around this, I just soldered the speaker wires directly to the leads on the underside of the sound amp. This ended up taking up less room than using the plastic clip, so it worked out for the best, but boy was it frustrating at the time. After soldering the wires and making sure the connection was sound, I gooped on some E6000 glue to firmly secure the connection and to keep any wires from coming loose as I positioned things inside the cast.
The yellow LED for the status light:
Here's the EL sheet, sound amp, speaker, and volume knob in a test-fit:
Battery placement. Both batteries are in metal clips that attach/detach using 3M Dual Lock (another product I LOVE). Dual Lock works like velcro, but it doesn't wear out and it doesn't have the give that velcro does. You can buy it on ebay or at Target .
I found that the EL inverter fits best in the upper-right corner, especially once you remove the top of the cast. To remove the case, peel off the sticker on the underside & unscrew the screw. I used E6000 to glue down the 9V power lead so it would fit inside the cast better.
Here's how I have the yellow LED connected into the power supply for the sound amp. I later soldered the ends of the wires to the metal brackets on the sound amp.
Yellow LED wired in:
One thing I did with my build that is a bit unusual is that I wanted to make my hand plate & knob function as the master power switch for the whole prop. The end effect looks really simple, but as with so many simple things, actually accomplishing it is anything but easy.
The hand plate I got from zookone here on the RPF. I did not care for his knob, so I cast my own from a Civil Defense dosimeter re-calibration base. It is completely era and thematically appropriate to the Fallout universe, and it's pretty darn near screen-accurate, too .
To make my knob functional, I drilled through the hand plate and mounted a nut inside. I mounted the head of the bolt inside the knob. Then I *carefully* dremeled out two small recesses where I mounted some micro momentary switches that I had laying around.
The switches, mounted:
The knob & how it depresses the switches:
Getting the knob to not be off-center, and getting the switches to be the same level so the knob depressed them both at the same time was really, really tricky. Each switch serves as a power circuit interrupt; one for the sound amp, the other for the EL sheet. To connect the wires from the hand plate, I just used 9V snap connectors - they are a simple, cheap method for when you need to attach/detach something like this.
Here's the guts of the finished prop.
A closer shot. You can see how I coated the electro-magnet in the EL inverter with hot glue to protect it and keep it sealed off.
And turned on, in the dark:
in the light:
And does it fit on my arm with all that stuff crammed inside? Why yes, yes it does:
I turn on the mp3 player before I put on the prop, then the hand plate turns the whole thing on/off. The knob on the front of the cast is functional and controls the volume, so it is possible to have just the lights on with the sound turned all the way down. The only flaw with the whole thing is that the EL inverter produces an audible hum, and that hum is picked up and amplified somewhat when the sound amp is powered on. If the mp3 player is active the hum can't be heard over the sound of the music, but with the music off it can make people ask "hey, what's that sound?" when it is turned on. I really like the effect of having 3Dog blaring from my arm (and the attention it gets) so the hum is really only the most minor of annoyances.
Nice gadget! Thank You for the pictures.
I think it's really cool that you incoorperated the hand plate into the build, since it's an often overlooked component of the PipBoy.
Thanks for the write up and pictures. Gives me a few ideas.
First, thanks to Scruffy and everyone else who has contributed to this thread! Great ideas!
I'm planning one of these (I've already PM'd to Scruffy to be on the casting interest list) but I just can't bear doing this without a real working screen!
I'm going to try using an Arduino (maybe two...) and a live button controlled screen and mp3 player.
I ordered a 3.2" TFT screen (with touch capability and an SD slot!) I found (from Taiwan) for cheap ($50 shipped, including the Arduino shield to control it). General reviews of the screen are good from the Arduino community, I'll post details once I have it if anyone is interested.
I'm thinking of having the Arduino and the power supply in a belt pouch, using ribbon cable to run (underneath the vault suit) to the Pip-Boy.
For the MP3 portion, I'm considering a separate Arduino Nano with the MP3 shield -- thats tiny enough it might fit inside, and I can communicate to the screen Arduino with serial or even bluetooth.
Couple of questions:
Anyone have a link to the LED buttons they used for the Stats/Items/Data buttons? The ones I found appear either too small or way too big.
Any suggestions for the rotary dial on the screen's left-hand side? The rotary encoder is easy, but the dial is stumping me.
I am very interested in one of the Pip-Boy kits you mentioned in a post.
I don't think I will be on this website to check if I get a reply often so please email me at email@example.com as soon as they become availible.
Part Links to the illuminated pushbuttons are in my thread.
Edit: Another idea for the dial. Sideways rotary encoder with the attached dial wheel cut in half. The wheel is big and would be too deep for a wearable build. Since only 1/3 of the wheel is visible and you only move it a few ticks up and down, can get away with only having 1/2 to 2/3rds of the wheel.
Last edited by thatdecade; Sep 30, 2011 at 8:30 AM.
Hot damn, that's one impressive build. Glad it's arround to reference when I start putting together my Pipboy.
Someone else on here mentioned that they used a small Digital Picture Viewer for their screen. Something like this, I think.
I'm curious how that turned out. I think it would be hilarious to have the screen cycle through various other screenshots.
One question I've received from a number of people is what attachment I recommend to core out the inside of a cast. I had to look it up to find the exact part, but what I like to use for the "big stuff" is a Dremel 115 High Speed Cutter.
These can really chew through resin like a knife through hot butter so be cautious, but it can also save you a good bit of time over just using the sanding drum. Use this for the big stuff, then the sanding drum for the rest, then 300+ grit sand paper by hand if you want to smooth out the rest of the inside.
Hope that helps!
how much would it be to send to a student in the uk who want's to do a fan film based around fallout. zac finfrock recomended you.
how much would it be to have a fully finished replica pipboy 3000 sent to the uk
do u think a droid x will fit in it cause i got some app for mine and i was just wonderin
this is stunning! :o