The wastelands of Fallout 3 & New Vegas isn't the most hospitable of locations to call home. It's a good thing there are plenty of shiny guns and wearable computers to make the place a little more "user friendly".
The Pipboy-3000 from Fallout is certainly one of the coolest bits of the franchise. Its evolution from a brick of a machine in the first two games to a convenient tool in 3 and New Vegas gives this little device its own little history in the Fallout universe and I wanted one.
A friend of mine, Bill, had gotten a kit from a maker on the RPF and asked me to complete it for him. I took on that project and spent a few hours every week tinkering away on it. Making the screen fit, adding audio, reconfiguring the guts to fit a human arm and so on.
It was all a really big learning process. I shattered my fair share of 3.5" TFTs , burned out a few LEDs, and burned my arm pretty good on a busted LiPo. The above pictured Pip is the Mk II. A real leap in terms of quality (sorry Bill), it uses the same TFT Screen as the Mk I however it runs the audio over bluetooth and the knob actually turns everything off. Unfortunately, because the PVC cast doesn't offer a great deal of space, there is an additional pack that must be worn on your belt or hidden on your body somewhere that houses the Raspberry Pi and the batteries. The MK III will have no such flaws (I hope).
Two Hour Build: Salvaged Laser Rifle
This project was started in the spring of 2014 to accompany a cosplay costume for Comic Con 2014. It featured built in audio, to play the sounds and music of the game Fallout as well as a 3.2" TFT screen and a Raspberry Pi to recreate the screen effects. The body is a PVC cast of a master acquired from ScruffyNerfherder (from the replica prop forum). Subsequent iterations will feature better audio, user inputs (as the above shown simply plays a mixed media slide show) and will be more accurate cosmetically.
In November, 2014 I did a 2 hour build of a "Salvaged Laser Rifle" for a friends short. Gathering spare bits from around the shop, 3-D printing a few parts here and there, tossing on some laser diodes and LED where I could. I think I was able to pull it off.
The primary bit (the upper receiver) was some scrap shelving support that had been sitting in a corner of my shop for months. Same thing with the barrel, refuse from an abandoned vacuum pump. The handle was made of MDF (medium density fiber [think IKEA furniture]) and the stock was a bit of acrylic and a 3-D printed box. The remainder of the parts were things like an Arduino, a big red button, hose clamps, zip ties, fabric backed tape, wood glue, hot glue, epoxy, silver spray paint, black ink mixed with a little PVA glue (so it sticks to grooves in the prop) and just a small amount of blood*.
*Let this serve as a reminder to ALWAYS use a sharp blade.
Guardians of the Galaxy Infinity Gem Orb
This was a fun little project I took on in October 2014, shortly after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy. This was primarily a convenient way to test one of my 3-D printers that was just built. The whole thing took about 16 hours to print and another 2 hours to paint (not counting dry time).
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday in the shop and it really brought the whole Star Lord Halloween costume together.