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Pip-Boy 3000 Progression by Darksamu Pip-Boy 3000 Progression by Darksamu
This is the progression of a mini TV, cardboard, and Model Magic into a Pip-Boy 3000. At times it was a bit rough and I wasn't sure if it was going to work out, but once the paint went on, it's value as a Pip-Boy went up dramatically. I really should have picked a sturdier material because the Model Magic doesn't take well to photo shoots and I've had to do some creative repairs. At least it's only been on the bottom so far...

I really am going to learn to stick to one background and one camera next time I document a process.

Here's just the Pip-Boy.
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Machi-Ramen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Brilliant work!
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otrixx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Looks like you put a lot of work into it. Really amazing :)
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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mehkaela Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Nice! Another medium which works well for this sort of project is Sculpy but that requires baking. In theory you could build the shell, bake it, then attach it to the arm-cuff and television. It would be a lot of work though, and to be honest I'm not entirely sure how feasible it would be in the end.

but, its an idea, maybe you'll get some use from it! :D
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've heard a lot of good things about Sculpy, so I'd definitely like to experiment with it. Thanks for the advice!
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mehkaela Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
no prob!happy to help :D
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plaidsneaker101 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks too awesome!
Everything about it looks just like the one from the game!
Just one question!
Any idea where I can get one of those mini TV things that you used for the frame of the Pip-Boy?
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know this is super late and all, but I found the frame at a garage sale, which was pretty lucky. I'm not sure if they even sell things like that anymore, but maybe some thrift stores or second hand stores would have some. Good luck!
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Karrdeh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
how do you paint the rust effect? Id really like to know :P because I am struggling with my dart gun and my own pipboy
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Mostly, it's a lot of layer. I start with a base of whatever color is the underlying metal that's rusting, and then I start with a lot of different colors of brown. Usually, I started with a wide area of a light color (usually brown, but I did a little light green as well with the Pip-Boy), and I work my way down in darkness and varying areas. I tried out a few different tools to paint with and found that my really messed up paintbrush work well. It had become pretty frayed and spread out from all of my stippling during this, but it helped create a random effect. Otherwise, I found sponges worked pretty well. After the next week I may have some more time on my hands, so I can try to do a demo or something if that would be better for you.
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Karrdeh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Hey thanks for your reaction! thanks for the explenation as well :D
if you could make a tutorial of it that would be even more awesome! I'd love to see a demo.
My pipboy has to be finished next saturday, but hey ^^ I still want to create an AER9 Laser Rifle and a lot of other things that will need some rust on them.

Thanks :D
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This. This is utterly stunning and I can't even begin to fathom the amount of effort you put into it! It looks amazing, fantastic job.

Instead of model magic- have you tried polymer clay? (I looked it up and it seems that sculpey is a particular brand of it...) I've never used it myself, and have no idea what it's like, but maybe that might be a little more sturdy? Haha, I suppose that's not very helpful, but still. I do know that while some types of it require baking, there are other air dry versions.

Anyway, suffice to say, great work. I'm also very impressed by the plasma rifle you made in another deviation- I solely use A3-21's Plasma Rifle in Fallout 3, and it's definitely got to be my favourite weapon of the game! I guess I should go over to that deviation itself and comment, but I felt it should get a mention here despite that. :P
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really enjoy doing things like this, but I just don't do them enough. Sometimes starting is the hardest part, but doing all the crazy details is what I live for. I'm not sure if you've ever played Little Big Planet, but my favorite part is doing ridiculous detail no one will ever see. Oh well.

I've heard good things about sculpey, so I definitely want to try that out on something. I've been thinking about making a Pimp-Boy 3 million because a good Pip-Boy with rhinestones is just too much to pass up.

A3-21's plasma rifle was the one thing I worked the hardest to get as quickly as possible when I replay the game, and then I pretty much never switch weapons. It's just too awesome.

I'm glad you liked them!
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scarletbelacqua Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i had faved the pip boy only but i had NO IDEA that it was made out of cardboard!!
i remember looking at it and thinking "wow that looks heavy i wonder where they got it" i thought it was some scrap metal or something.
this looks really awesome! never knew cardboard could look like that. if i was any good with paint, i'd so make one :p
awesome job! ill go look at the rest of your gallery now.
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, even being made out of card board and Model Magic, the things is pretty heavy and uncomfortable. I'm glad you liked it!
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Dragon11201998 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Cool! Favorite!
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Tainted-Petals Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the progression! Looks great, I wonder if scupley might not work better? It's something I might look into since you said it's not as durable. Can I ask how a person wears it? Does it open up on the back part or is it just slid on?
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never worked with scupley before, but I've heard good things about it. I'm definitely going to have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

You just slide it on. It's a little big for my forearm, but a bit too small for my husband's. I'd definitely consider redoing that part of it if I made another. Having it open would probably be more convenient.
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Tainted-Petals Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know one thing I contemplated is using a pvc pipe and then put hinges on the top or side so that it can open and shut with something to secure it (though haven't figured that part out yet)
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I had considered doing something similar to that with my cardboard tube, but cutting through it proved difficult and time consuming, so I ended up not. If you do manage to do it, I'd definitely love to see it.
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Tainted-Petals Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks, I'll make sure to post photographs if I do get around to it in the new year and send you the link!
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Yamallow Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
Very cool. I use model magic as well, but for other things (sculpture, mostly). You're right, it's not very sturdy, but it is versatile. I can't really think of anything else that would be a suitable substitute, but if I do, I'll let you know.
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be awesome. I'd hate to have to remake the Pip-Boy, but I feel like I could do a better job the second time round. It just takes so much time.
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Yamallow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
I think that one looks great. But I can see how it would be troublesome to repair it all the time.
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Jakari Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Nice one Samu, looks great!
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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E-mArt123 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
What exactly is model magic?
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a bit like Play Doh. It's pretty soft when taking out of the package and decently easy to form. Then it hardens when you leave it out. I was originally going to try to use clay, but I had forgotten that I'm no good at handling clay.
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E-mArt123 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Interesting- What part of this is model magic?
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Anything that is white before it was painted. In other words, everything but the cardboard tube and the plastic tv case. It's decently sturdy, but I've already broken bits off. I'm not sure what to make it out of otherwise that is relatively inexpensive and easy to work with.
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E-mArt123 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Interesting- These detailed costumes interest me infinitely so. As I progress through a career in art I'll need to try this at least once.
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love doing the detail part. I'm really not the greatest at the actually construction, but I do love designing and painting. I usually leave the mechanical and structural up to my husband...
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E-mArt123 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Awh I see- Basically though everything you make is really impressive.
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