Step 3: Mascot. Must. Have. Mascot.

Every project that you complete, especially one of this magnitude, requires having a mascot who will faithfully join you in sadness or glee. Whether bird, hamster, small child, or dog, a Project Mascot is an incredibly important asset in maintaining sanity. Ours was a giant golden retriever named Doctor, who watched our progress through the days lying quietly on the floor of the shop.

Feel free to gleefully show your mascot every exciting new detail in your creation – after all, that’s what they’re there for!

Edit: As of early 2014, Doctor the Mascot unfortunately passed away due to heart complications and old age. He is sorely missed.

I have a question. Could you possibly estimate the total price for parts with the electronics, and then without? I might give this a try if I can easily afford it. Nice instructable, by the way!
With all the different iterations that we had to do, I believe we ended up spending about $350 on the finished project as it stands. Removing the electronics actually only shaves about $20 or so at Radioshack prices, since it's basically just three switches, a bit of wire, and a handful of LEDs and resistors. <br><br>Even with the total price, be aware that if you follow our methods you can probably get out a lot cheaper since you won't have to do as many versions as we did. I can't say for certain *how much*, but almost definitely not $350.
Ok, great! I have a budget of &lt;$100, so I'll have a look around for cheaper versions before settling on a certain one. Thanks!
OK, I'll have a look at that. Thanks for letting me know, by the way!
<p>If you look through the comments here, one of the other users reported being able to pull it off for about $100. Your mileage may vary, but I wanted to make sure you saw it.</p>
<p>I WIll MakE thIS FoR My tEsTING FiCCILTy </p>
<p>you spelled facility a bit wrong</p>
<p>thank you for telling me</p>
i did it on purpose
<p>you spelled facility a bit wrong</p>
<p>I am so sorry about Doctor</p>
Me too :(
<p>So, I read through all the comments and didn't see anyone address this, but where did you get your 1&quot; diameter glass lens? I'm having a devil of a time finding one. Thanks!</p>
<p>Hi! You're totally right, that's not addressed well at all, and we apologize for that. We got the 1&quot; dia glass lens by dismantling a frou-frou fridge magnet! I've attached a picture of the kind we used. Just search for &quot;1 inch glass fridge magnet round&quot; and you should find lots of options pretty cheaply!</p><p>Good luck!</p>
<p>Yes truly i am blessed to have seen such a dog. very woof. much furry. wow.</p>
<p>You copied volpinprops <em>DIDN'T YOU</em>? </p>
Where is the plexiglass used?
On the claws. I also used my leftover plexiglass for my LED's :)
Can you teach me how to do a portal gun
Thanks, Cpt! Next question (I am getting full on ready to make this so there will probably be many questions to follow) - They used a modified 4 battery holder, can I just go with a 3 battery holder? I didn't really think there would be a problem with that, just making sure I'm not missing something. <br> <br>Thanks!
Sure! Personally, I powered my LED's with a 9v battery, so they are much brighter :) <br> <br>Bring on the questions! And good luck :D
Hey again, <br> <br>Just curious Cpt, what did you end up using for the clear 2.5&quot; plastic tube?
A tennis ball container! It fit perfectly :D The plastic from the one I found was strong too, unlike the flimsy smart bottle I gave a try at first.<br>I'm talking about this by the way : http://ak.buy.com/PI/0/500/229037683.jpg<br>Hope it helped!
I did it! I finished it with just an hour to spare before the Halloween party! The funny part was that no one knew who I was. :P I will post a victory picture later...once I recover from the massive amount of blood, sweat, tears, and time that went into this project. Thanks for all the help Cpt!
Hoozah! I'm so happy for you :D It's been awhile since I made mine, and I still have little battle scars from it! I can't wait to see pics! :)
Another thing I should mention is that it wasn't perfectly 2.5&quot;, but still fit inside very nicely.
I am unsure in how when you look at the front of the gun it looks totally illuminated even when the leds you used for the barrel were in a ring with none in the center of the piece of card board?
<p>Do not look at the operational end of the device. Do not touch the operational end of the device.</p>
<p>I was COMPLETELY confused about this at first... I don't know if you're still looking for an answer, but I'm preparing to build one of these bad boys and have been studying several tutorials for days. Hopefully this will help you or anyone else who came along and was confused about this! :)</p><p>Here is the organization of the LEDs: </p><p>2 LED Cutout - Top of gun, LEDs facing outward</p><p>4 LED Cutouts x 2 - One at each end of the plumber's tube (facing each other/inward)</p><p>12 LED Cutout - Inside the barrel, LEDs facing outward</p><p>Then, some sort of diffuser is placed in front of the LEDs to even out the light so they glow instead of looking like a little set of lights. I've seen foam used, but I imagine any type of scuffed up plastic would work just as well. I was thinking about using one of those cheap plastic cutting boards from walmart, myself. </p>
<p>I love portal! I beat the second one not too long ago.</p>
<p>About how much did all of this cost total?</p>
<p>Ummm....yea I/m about to start making this thing and I kinda lost u when u when to the part about the grate so if u could just go over that again it would be nice. And now to rust but could someone answer fast I have a specific date for this so thanks in advance! :D</p>
guys, you forgot some important things like how you attach the shells onto the gun. if you just glued it on, the underlying foam would tear off, so how did you get them to stay on?
Nope, glue was it. Well, for the front shell, anyway. The larger one just sat on top -- we needed to be able to remove it so we could access the electronics.
oh, ok. Would using bondo on top of carved polystyrene work rather than using florist's foam? I can't get florists foam, but polystyrene is sold in thick sheets. Then again, I think polystyrene dissolves in acetone, so bondo might react. Would sealing it with PVA glue then using bondo work out?
And how did you make it? what did you change? could you make an instructable or something.. ^^'
Hey guy's! Love this project! But I have one question. On the tips of the claws what are the black things? Their not a template piece and there not in the picture of the claw pieces laid out...
i am planning to make the shells out of pepakura, plaster the inside with bondo, then spend the rest of my life sanding the shell. i have a few questions though, is there any good way for mixing bondo in the right proportions? i have used similar things such as resin before, and it is an utter pain to get the proportions right. to top it off, the manufacturers like to skimp on the hardener, which can result in soft/weak results. i once waster a quarter a bottle of resin due to not enough hardener. <br>any suggestions? thanks.
So I may have missed this, but how much did making this cost overall?
About $350 in raw materials -- thousands of dollars in time and angst. :D
What contributed most of that cost? The bondo?
Thanks for making this. I learned from your mistakes and others to make this for around $60. And Again Thanks SOOOOO much for this :D
Is there a way for me to get small pieces of PVC? I'd rather not buy in 10 foot lengths from Home depot or Lowe's.
How did you cut the acrylic sheet? I tried cutting it with a jigsaw but it promptly cracked horribly. Maybe I need a different blade.
hi im having a problem with the barrel. i cant get it to look anything like yours. and i cant find any flourist's foam or whatever it is? thanks for your help and for the great project in advance
the five 1/2 inch rings what are those? is it from another 4&quot; pvc or what?
So where would one buy this card stock? all the card stock i have is really thin.
Honestly, cardstock is a fairly generic term for thicker &quot;paper.&quot; I'd look for something like a foam core board. You can find those in most craft stores :)
Ok so you just rap paper around it?

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