Picture of How to make a RPG-7 prop.
Today I will show you how to make an RPG-7 prop for your own film, costume, some crude prank or just to make on a rainy day. I chose the RPG due to it's distinctive look and because it's very common in today's world and it's just plain cool. Now neighbor-scaring freaks or  movie directors can make a cheaper version without shelling out thousands.(of course it won't look as real) The total cost of the project ranges from $20-$40 depending on the materials you have. History and technical information here >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RPG-7   (yes i used wikipedia as a source of information)

I tried to make it to scale. I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, I just estimated.

Ok this is my first instructable, so bear with me folks. At times it may seem a bit confusing, so i'll try my best to clarify things.

And let me just say this now. IT DOES NOT SHOOT. However it could be easily modified to do so.

(Disclaimer: I am not responsible for anybody getting arrested or fined for anybody who uses this improperly or anything of that sort.)

Step 1: Materials you will need.

Picture of Materials you will need.
You will need quite a few items, lucky these are common and can usually be found around the household. If not, your local hardware or craft store should have them. If you connot find the exact object you could easily substitute it.

Two 1.5" diameter, 2' long PVC pipes, or one 3' tube.
1.5" PVC coupler
1" diameter PVC tube
Pipe insulation clamps
2 empty contact lense cleaner bottles
Cheap Dollar Store gun
2 wooden paint mixing sticks
electrical tape
PVC cement
Hot glue gun plus glue
2 large styrofoam cones
A bottle cap
Contact paper with wood design
Assorted spray paints and acrylic paint
A plastic cup
Mod Podge

Check it out. I modified your plans slightly to make mine actual size and to fit my available resources.

wat did you use

DIYtime6 months ago

awesome, pretty soon I'll be posting my model rocket Rpg-7 build tutorial.

Here's mine!

Thanks for the tutorial! It's far the best one, explains everything perfectly and the materials give it realism and are easy to find (appart from the foam, I had to use 2 bottles). I'm using it for a BF3 cosplay, so it has to be realistic and that's what this is.


Masher0071 year ago

Danger: See link: This is not spam, but a warning. PVC will fail suddenly after a while. This was band member that hurt badly by a T-Shirt launcher explosion.

See the pictures and never use PVC to hold air, Please.


c j r p1 year ago
i love it
I like this prop a lot. I have looked all over Youtube for a decent RPG prop and have had little success. Then I looked here and I found just what I needed. You did a great job.
GriffinM3 years ago
Very nice this will be used in my action films
myakka3 years ago
just get two funels from autoway and glue together
jgilbert43 years ago
HELL YEA i make it work :D i used a model rocket engine stuffed in the back of the rpg missle and modefied it alittle so i could attach aligator clips tto the igniter and just put a button under the trigger so when u pulled it it wud press the button which would turn the power on making the ignighter light the rocket and it wud shoot out with an AMAZING wuuHUUAAASHHHH noise and it makes a smoke trail like a real rpg but one problem is its not safe to fire anywhere but up cuz i fired it at a wall and it hit it turned around and came back in my direction and also u gotta remember it comes back down lol it landed in my neighbors pool when i shot it up and they thought it was a real rpg and hid in their basement cuz they thought it was active and wud expload if they touched it. :P i explained it to them tho..... eventualy muahah jk i told them right away and told them it was for a holoween party.
where do you get wood patterned contact paper?
dom13marco (author)  That One Eegit4 years ago
I found it at Lowes. Any home store or even department stores should have it. Usually in the section with counters or shelving
GuardianDuo4 years ago
Elmer's glue with water seemed a bit too... watery, so I ended up using just pure elmer's glue for my first cone. Took about 4 or 5 oz of the stuff, but it didn't turn out that bad.
ewilliams104 years ago
Wait, is this the 2 inch PVC or what size is this?
2' = 2 feet.
You need 1.5" (inch) and 1" PVC.

I'm just confused on the styrofoam cone size. THEY'RE SO EXPENSIVE
Cptme4 years ago
real nice but i think you could use a different cup on the end like one that flares out like the real thing
Yoyu should make an "ible" incorporating an estes launching controlor into this so you can shoot off the rpg with a solid fuel rocket motor in the back. 5 stars. YAY FIRE!!!WOOT!!
Yeah, a friend and I are making a movie, and we plan on using this design for the launcher, but we need it to launch using rocket engines. What I plan on doing is lining the inside of the body's PVC pipe with a metal tube, and th rocket's PVC pipe will hold the engine. We would feed a D cell battery into the pistol grip, with the wires hooked up to the engine on the inside. When the trigger is pulled, a button would be pushed, igniting the rocket engine, and sending out the rocket! The only thing is I need something better for the cone on the end, because a styrofoam cup would melt.
Department of Defense specifies that the RPG without missile is 37.40" long.
minimike2294 years ago
That thing is so sick I found out a way to launch it with rubber bands but its not that good good first post
what do you do with the paint sticks
Those are what the trigger guard was made out of.
i will actually make it with an actual estes rocket engine. i will post pics of the completed rpg.
NerfTech4 years ago
Great first post. Well explained with good pictures. I look forward to more.
seabananers5 years ago
this is so cool i hope the cops dont make me make one cone bright orange LOL good job
TimmyMiller5 years ago
you should totally put an a instructable on hw to make a scope for an rpg.
lol, viola en voila is something different :p i'm working on this too for an upcoming video :D thanks for the instructable!
dom13marco (author)  goggerbogger5 years ago
Glad to help. Thanks for bringing up the viola, voila thing. I must have made a spelling error..
lolz, thanks anyway for the beautiful prop :p
 Possibly the best "make a prop weapon" idea ever.

Beautiful job man
\m/ good job
dinnertime85 years ago

 =^@                        wow............

CaseyCase5 years ago
 Inspirational. I'd like to make a panzerfaust instead.
dom13marco (author)  CaseyCase5 years ago
You know what? I might just have to try that
lemonie5 years ago
You finished thing looks great, very much like the real thing.