A friend of ours was visiting from Winnipeg and telling us about her upcoming cosplay adventure. She is making a costume from the wildly popular anime Attack on Titan. Part of her props will be 3D Maneuvering Gear - a hip slung propellant driven motor and two cases for spare swords (they often get broken when cutting into the neck of those pesky Titans!). What was puzzling her was how to make the control handles for the 3DMG. That's just the kind of challenge I like to take on.
Armed with some anime from the internet, Corel Draw, a laser cutter, and a little bit of inventiveness, I came up with a suitable solution. I call it suitable, she called it awesome. This Instructable will provide step-by-step instructions on how you can make one too.
This 3DMG control is the kind of prop you carry around with you and show off to your friends.
I'm lucky enough to have access to Epilog Laser Cutters at TechShop. If you can't get your hands on a laser cutter, contact me and I can sell you the pieces to make your own 3DMG. You can do the sanding, gluing, and painting yourself - as I describe here. Or I could sell you an assembled one, if you don't want the fun of making it yourself. Contact me.
To make this 3DMG you will need the following.