Introduction: SKYHOOK!

About: Im a Graphic Designer mainly dealing in wideformat printing


Today I will be showing you my design for the skyhook from bioshock infinite. I was bored during my 4 days off of work and started playing my bioshock and decided I should make a skyhook. So as a graphic designer I drew up a vector design and went to work (after hours) to used the laser engraver that I have access to. I then cut it out of 5/8th inch acrylic. I will be providing a pdf template so you can make it out of foam board or cardboard or what ever you want.

NOTE: I couldnt figure out the best way to make the arm part of it so i just excluded it from this build

Step 1: What I Used

Things I used includes

♦ 3/8th inch acrylic sheets (10x9 18x10 16x12)
♦ laser engraver
♦ super glue (3 or 4 tubes seamed to work as well as the actual acrylic solvent )
♦ a sander with 60 grit paper (for paint prep)
♦ spray paint (black and gray)
♦ rub n' buff (i got a variety pack and used colors i liked)
♦ Bobby pins (used as cotter pins for the spinning parts)
♦ wire cutters
♦ dry erase marker

Step 2: Now to Cut It Out

As i said before I have a laser engraver so I used that. I am providing a template that you may use to make yours i don't know if there is a place to custom order cut acrylic like this, but if there is the pdf should safice to do so.

Step 3: Time to Put It Together

Most is grouped accordingly if I need to annotate the file and send it to who ever asks I will. I used acrylic solvent and superglue the superglue proved to be cheaper and work about as well a little easier to deal with bonds quick. I apologize for so few pictures I thought I documented it better. i guess i just got overly excited.

The parts fit together very nicely. Now the main arm (that holds the hook to the body) should have been connected to the handle, I didn't realize this until mid build. I used the circles from the finger holes and gear holes as spacers to the disk that holds the hooks (to keep them from hitting the body ) the holes are all just over an inch diameter. I also added a support bracket for the spacers that is not on the template and a little piece to support the little piece of the body by the handle not needed but it helped

NOTES: The hooks rotate on mine but not the disk that holds the hooks. I found it had a lot of play in it and just glued it down. I made this as a prop for a convention we have here not as a full replica.

Step 4: Off to Paint!

I sanded it and sent it to paint. I used gray as a base coat then spritzed it with black to give it some depth.

NOTE: I know it doesnt match the paint scheme of the actual thing but I liked it.

Step 5: Final Touches

I then used rub and buff there was more sanding I wanted to do on it, but I couldn't find my dremel to round the edges. I also added a plate with my name engraved on it to the front of the disk that holds the hooks then added the decorative part to it

Rub 'N Buff

Pewter: used on hooks to add a metallic feel to it and to the bolt parts of the decorative face-plate
Ebony: used on the Pistol grip part
Copper: used on the handle and the gear
Gold: used on the ring between the bolts on the decorative face-plate
Silver: used on the main part of the face-plate
Ruby: used to add a dried blood feel to the hooks

Step 6: The End

This took me roughly 10 total hours to complete over 2 days. I feel it turned out fairly well for my prototype. I would to make a motorized one but I spent like $5 on this project (more if you include the gas I used to and from work to cut the pieces) a motorized one would require a little more money to set up and being the first week of the month with all the bills paid just not really doable but I had fun. I hope everyone likes my first instructable please comment with any ideas for the arm part or anything i could improve on that I didn't already bring up. Thank you for reading my instructable on this. I'd like to see anything you build off of this that would be great I may add leather later but for not I'm putting this on hold for my other projects

my brother thought it would be a good idea to attack me with it so i took pics

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! I could have done better to make more of a replica but i wanted it for my steampunking and it seamed to work just fine for that and the acrylic proved to be very durable if i would have used the actual solvent instead of superglue to put it all together it would have held up when my little brother threw it earlier today one of the hooks popped off and it broke the arm to the hook some superglue fixed it right back though id like to see someone make a motorizes one or at least one that spins without to much play in the spin to see what i did wrong there