Ratchet and Clank – OmniWrench Replica WIP Thread

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Studio 49

Sr Member
Because one wrench is never enough, I decided to 3D model and make another version of the wrench seen in the games.
This time it's the 'OmniWrench 12000' which is in the original PS2 games which has a neat rusty brown, orange and silver colour scheme.
Here's a couple screenshots for context:

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First things first, I hunted down some reference images of the in game 3D model/asset which I could use as an underlay at 1:1 scale.
Essentially this helped with getting my general proportions and sizes bang on straight away. You can see an example of that below with roughing out the 2D sketch for the left jaw of the wrench.

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Some progress on roughing out the general geometry of the handle and hand guard:

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The model for the jaws have actually ended up being the most complex single piece part that I've modelled for 3D printing. I've included a stack of different things which allow me to have removable sides and hollow internals that I can mount lighting inside of. I'll expand on tap when I have the printed part completed.

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Next I worked out the best way to run hollow internals through the entire prop so I can run electronics for lighting.

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I also needed to be able to run lighting into the windows in the hand guard.
So I hollowed that out and allowed for an access panel.

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The orange circular window at the top centre of the wrench also needed to be removable so I could insert lens/diffuser and the LED.
My solution was to design the whole panel to be removable using what the reference image had as decorative bolt heads. I have nutserts that mount into the part underneath which the outer panel simply bolts onto.

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Some section view photos showing the internals of the CAD model:

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And then here we have the finalised 3D model! I made sure to do up some nice 3D renders.
I'm stoked with with the quality I was able to get for the render below.

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Studio 49

Sr Member
With the test fit completed I was able to start the process of preparing the parts for paint.

The most time-consuming aspect was sanding, filling, and applying a coat of primer to all the 3D printed parts. This process is one that is repeated multiple times for each part with the goal of sanding/smoothing out all the 3D print lines to produce a consistently smooth surface.

To help with this I used ‘filler primer,’ which is spray paint primer that has a filler additive mixed in. This quick drying filler primer helps with applying consistent coats to sand.

Here's some photos I took during the priming process.

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I also knocked off the bolt plant ons that go on the sides of the handle.
These were nice and easy to do quickly with filler primer.

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With the parts sanded and primed I could commence with applying the topcoats using acrylic based spray paints from Montana. These are paints typical used by graffiti artists however, they provide nice finishes considering they’re still spray paint. As I’m building this as a personal project in my home workshop, this is the only method of painting I have access to.

With the larger multicoloured pieces I applied a base coat of the main colour (for example the silver seen here) and once dry I masked up the bits which remain silver so I could apply the blue coats. You can also see how my plant on fake rivets can be inserted after the blue has been applied.


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I also designed my prop to be able to break down into smaller pieces to make the snading, priming and painting process simpler. Here you can see some examples of that in action.

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Studio 49

Sr Member
The final part requiring paint was the central handle/body of the prop. Painting occurred in a separate stages to help accommodate the three separate colours required.

First the dark grey base was applied for the grip and rim of the top central window. This was followed by masking off the grey and applying the dark blue seen on the top junction area.

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Finally, the blue and grey areas were masked up and the final coat of the matte silver was applied. Once a consistent coating was applied the part was left to dry, after which the masking tape was removed.

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Studio 49

Sr Member
And here it is, the completed prop! To say I’m happy with the result would be an understatement
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This was my first time working with electroluminescent materials which was a fantastic excuse to teach myself a new aspect of electronics.
This was the most complex painting project I’ve undertaken thus far, so this was a worthy challenge in trying to improve my painting skills.


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Studio 49

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I'm also very excited to share that recently my OmniWrench was used in an official Sony PlayStation commercial! I’m humbled to have contributed to this brilliant commercial that is promoting the new Ratchet and Clank game coming to PlayStation 5.

The crew in London were also kind enough to send me some cool photos of the prop on set and behind the scenes during filming for commercial and I've posted those below.

Here's the commercial:

And then here's some behind the scenes photos and close ups:

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ScoobiJohn

Active Member
completed wrench looks great! finish and paint are spotless! amazing work - was this a commission from sony or did they see this and just reach out to you? either way must be amazing seeing your work on tv! oh and the new game is amazing too :)
 

WTCreations

New Member
I'm also very excited to share that recently my OmniWrench was used in an official Sony PlayStation commercial! I’m humbled to have contributed to this brilliant commercial that is promoting the new Ratchet and Clank game coming to PlayStation 5.

The crew in London were also kind enough to send me some cool photos of the prop on set and behind the scenes during filming for commercial and I've posted those below.

Here's the commercial:

And then here's some behind the scenes photos and close ups:

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Did Sony ask to borrow that from you to put it in their commercial?
 

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Studio 49

Sr Member
completed wrench looks great! finish and paint are spotless! amazing work - was this a commission from sony or did they see this and just reach out to you? either way must be amazing seeing your work on tv! oh and the new game is amazing too :)

Did Sony ask to borrow that from you to put it in their commercial?

Thanks so much! The story is I started it as a personal project for fun, but then the designer producing the commercial contacted me asking if they could use it after seeing my update posts on Instagram. So it was a mad dash to the finish with getting it painted and the shipped from Australia to the UK!

It was a mad dash but well worth it!
 

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