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Pip-Boy 3000 prop build – 3D printed and detailed

Pip-Boy 3000 prop build – 3D printed and detailed

It’s not often I get to make myself something, because I’m always making other people things, but this, this is all mine. The Fallout video game series is one of my favorites. The post-apocalyptic setting, the in-depth stories, wonderful characters, it’s just magical.

The Pip-Boy 3000 is an iconic piece of kit from within that universe. It is instantly recognizable to most gamers as being a sort of post-apocalyptic tri-corder, keeping track of your health, inventory, navigation and various other handy things the player character needs.

Before I get into the meat of this build, I want to give credit to the creator of the 3D print model I used. Although I put all the work in on printing and finishing it, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the hard work of ‘Dragonator’. I know he’ll probably never see this post, but credit where it’s due, his work on this model is just sublime… many thanks to him for making it available to fans like me. Also credit to DA users Jloli and TheLoneLouTenant for screen and gauge.

3D Printing the Pip-Boy 3000
My 3D printer is pretty tiny, so needless to say this took a LONG time to print (days), it also used a fair bit of print material, but so worth it.

Pip Boy 3000 3D Printed pieces WIP

It took awhile to print the Pip-Boy, but here are the pieces.

All printed, time to glue it together, sand it, prime it, sand it, prime it, until we get to this… Already looking the part!

Pip Boy 3000 3D printed Prop WIP by Nerfenstein

My own Pip Boy 3000 prop thanks to my 3D printer

I wanted the Pip-Boy to look quite grungy, but still metallic, so did a black base with loads of different metallic shades over the top (brass, copper, silver, pewter), also some green shades in places over the top. I also added the LED’s, gauge decal and further on, the screen.

Pip Boy 3000 3D printed prop WIP

Getting there with the detailing of the 3D printed Pip-Boy

Next up the screen. None of this is fancy, just a printed image with green tinted plastic over it. Perfect for display. Next up, more green, some browns, black inks, more metallic and, we’re done! The 3D printed Pip-Boy 3000 is complete and ready to put on display. Which brings us to this…

Pip-Boy 3000 3D printed prop from Fallout video game

3D printed Pip-Boy 3000 from Fallout – a great little prop for the gaming enthusiast

And a few different angles….

Pip-Boy 3000 Fallout cosplay display prop

My very own Pip-Boy 3000, pretty much finished. I love it so much.

Just a little thanks to my friend Christopher over at Hypercats for his help with the PipBoy font logo and other wording. You can check out his amazing work at
Til next time funsters….

Do good things!

Nerfenstein out!

Originally written for home blog of Nerfenstein… Gold Coast based Nerf Modder, Prop Maker and Artiste who just happens to have a vajayjay. Catch up with her on her Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter!

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  1. That is awsome

    • Thanks Damon, I’m pretty fond of it also!

  2. I like this immeasurably

  3. Do you ever print and sell build kits? I’m very interested.

    • I do dependent on what it is as I only have permission for certain ones. If you need a 3D print kit, contact me at 🙂

  4. What did you end up doing for the screen? I am using ytec3d’s model which looks a lot like this but haven’t decided on how to do the screen just yet.

  5. I love it. I want one. Is it easy to make?

    • Well it’s 3D printed, so if you can afford a 3D printer, maybe $50 in filament.

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