Picture of Gameboy Sculpting: "Bricking" Your DMG
Ever wanted to do something to your DMG besides paint it? Me too, so I busted out my sculpting tools today and some Aves Apoxie Sculpt and went to town. My original idea was to just do some red Mario style bricks, but in tradition of the DMG's nickname "Grey Brick" I decided to do just that.
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Step 1: Prepping

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I got this old DMG-01 from the goodwill for 4 bucks, so I wasn't going to be bummed if I screwed up somehow. Take your GB apart (assuming you know how and already own a tri-wing screwdriver) all the way down to just the face plate. Then carefully pop off the screen (good time to replaced your screen cover if need be). After you have it all stripped give it a light sanding (I had to go nuts since my $4 DMG was crapily spray painted black)

Step 2: Applying Sculpt

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Next I just evenly applied the sculpt all over the face plate, smoothing it out bast I could as I went (wearing gloved helps). Dont worry about the over hang and sloppy parts, you can take of them later and it will be easier as the sculpt sets up a bit more. I let it sit for about 15 minutes while it gets firmer and no so sticky.

Step 3: Clean Up Sculpt

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Now that the sculpt is a bit firmer we can trim it up and its more like soft wax and less like sticky play-doh. Trim around all the edges (I also chose to carve out the contrast pot) and also make sure you trim out a nice edge for your screen to go back on as well as nice smooth holes for you buttons. If its not perfect don't worry you can also re-work some ares after your cured.
AnimeChuK3 months ago


Ayce2 years ago
This looks like one of the Gameboy systems that was featured in Nintendo Power about 20 years ago. Someone designed one that had a brick theme to it. I couldn't find an image of it but I always did like that design. Nice instructable!
Abby_Santi3 years ago
This is really kool i might do this to one of my game boys, i own three grey and two red game boys. Thanx for sharing this with us!
Oi233 years ago
Could you also brick the back of the DMG?
brox666563 years ago
do you know if the nes button mod would work with a gbc ?
Just curious, is there any particular reason you didn't do the back of the Gameboy?
ReCreate5 years ago
What is a DMG? Also, I thought by the title you meant to brick the device, like rendering it so useless, that it becomes as useful as a brick XD ;)
Kyle Robinson (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
The original Gameboy is Model number DMG-01. It stands for Dot Matrix Gameboy. In the game community we simply refer to them as DMG's as apposed to "Original Gameboy" or "Classic Gameboy" And yes, the title was a play on words (hence the quotes) it was suppose to trick you ;0
Wow, Dot matrix gameboy, Then the Gameboy color, That makes
You forgot gameboy pocket -- then the color :)
Or2 quad64bit4 years ago
You forgot the gameboy light
Gameboy pocket...rings a bell, I think O_o
Kyle Robinson (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
If you guys want to be super accurate... it would be DMGs, then Gameboy Pocket, THEN gameboy Light, then the gameboy color ;)
gamyboy light?
Kyle Robinson (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
slightly bigger than a gameboy pocket, but its backlit
i think the gameboy light is newer...
Kyle Robinson (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
no, the gameboy light is from 1997, the year after the pocket, yet before the Color
Gameboy pocket?
Kyle Robinson (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
read that WIKI I posted... it breaks therm down in chronological order
well that argument took too long... hahaha
could you add a prosound mod tutorial as i cant find one that actully works plz
otoupalik5 years ago
Gotta love the ol "Brick". Very cool!
crickle3215 years ago
Very impressive! With your detailing it almost looks photoshopped. I’m already looking around for items to try this on. The speaker area seems like a good place to replace with thick gauge wire for a jail window effect.
Kyle Robinson (author) 5 years ago
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Kyle Robinson (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
it was a reply to the first comment, I mis-replied.. my bad
Rotten1945 years ago
Hey, cool Instructables! Where can I get one of these DMG's? Ebay wants $5, plus shipping.
Whoops, I mean $9. D:
Kyle Robinson (author)  Rotten1945 years ago
thats not a bad price, snag one on ebay or check your local craigslist or thrift stores
Yard/car boot sales, or thrift shops can get you one for about $1 if you're really lucky. Cool result, but I'd never play an old-skool gameboy, when a GBC can play the same games and more.
Kyle Robinson (author)  baneat5 years ago
I wish i could find more of them for a and yeah, the DMG is not really for gaming, we use them for music since you can get the best sound out of them (and the retro feel dont hurt much I use a GBA SP and DSi for ACTUAL gaming
how do you get the music on the GB?
how do you get music on them?
Kyle Robinson (author)  matstermind5 years ago
Not for listening to music, I meant creating music. Using the tracker LSDJ you can read about it here. ad listen to TONS of gameboy musicians here
smeata5 years ago
nice job. what does that stuff feel like when it is set? how heavy/strong is it?
Kyle Robinson (author)  smeata5 years ago
THANKS... Apoxie sculpt cures rock hard, and is VERY VERY strong. Its fairly heavy. I would say sculpting this probably doubled the weight of the gameboy face plate
Wow.. were can you get one of those?? Cool info
sashadistan5 years ago
Fantastic dude. Good to find someone else who believes in the awesomeness of Apoxy clays.
craig35 years ago
thats god damn cool, i wish i could do stuff like that. What are the jacks on the bottom of it?
vanpaun craig35 years ago
Kyle said this in the wrong place: "Kyle Robinson (author) says: THANKS, the jacks are what is called the "pro sound" mod, its a stereo jack that gives you better mids and highs and more bass for line into your amp or mixer when composing gameboy music (chiptunes) on LSDJ (little sound DJ)"
craig3 vanpaun5 years ago
ah yeah ive seen things on that. how about a guide on how to install one of those kyle?
Kyle Robinson (author)  craig35 years ago
there is plenty that already exist... heres a good one

and you can just buy the LSDJ cartridge online here

then your making tunes in no time ;)
vanpaun5 years ago
Its itching for some red-brown paint.
Kyle Robinson (author)  vanpaun5 years ago
thanks for quoting my post, I goofed on the
no problem, it happens.
theRIAA5 years ago
so awesome. 5* and nice pics