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« on: October 25, 2012 08:03:35 AM »

(the photos have censor-bars across them because I removed a web link from the photo to comply with our community's policies Smiley My wife was the photographer and she kindly gave me permission to remove the web-link)

I recently made this for a client of mine. He wanted me to make a re-imagined version of the Pip-Boy from the Fallout games. So, what I constructed is what I imagined the Pip-Boy would end up looking like after a decade or so in the wastes: Rough, gritty, almost all of its' components replaced with scavenged bits of tech as the original pieces, one by one, either broke down or were smashed in fights with mutants.

The control panel and speaker grill were stripped off a vintage CB radio (manufactured in the early 70's). The screen housing was also taken from a piece of 70's tech: an old 35mm film editing machine. To prepare the bits of the CB radio, I dismantled it, removed the face plate  (which was that plastic, fake wood pattern ever-so-popularly used in the 70's) and repainted it with a flat grey primer. The screen housing was easier, I just had to cut it off of the film editor. The little gizmo on the top is a gear mechanism for advancing the 35mm film. When you spin the large wheel, the little wheel spins rapidly. It serves no purpose but is very fun.

There is a compartment below the screen housing into which a smart phone can be inserted. The flap then is wrapped back around to cover the edge of the phone (the phone used as an example is larger than my client's, hence it sticks out a bit.) I left the screen housing open by removing it's old screen cover. That way, one can interact with the smart phone inside.

The entire back of the Pip-Boy is covered in black leather. Every piece of post-apocalyptic wear is better with leather. And sports equipment. LOTS of sports equipment. Tina Turner's guards in bartertown would've been in a bad place without their sports equipment. But I digress.....  the Pip-Boy is attached to the forearm with stretchy & comfortable broad elastic straps.

As you can see from the status of all of the limbs... this vault-dweller is a-okay!

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2012 08:45:55 AM »

I wish that it was my husband who commissioned this for my christmas present - but i'm pretty sure it's not.

This is so cool. I loves it enormously.

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2012 09:00:03 AM »

This is quite possibly the most amazing thing I've ever seen on this forum.  I'm hitting "this rocks!"

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2012 06:54:02 PM »

My jaw dropped!
It looks fantastic.
That is one lucky client
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