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 >>   (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.

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

Step 2: Making the Grenade.

Grab your Mod Podge and Foam Cones!

First, take your cones, and use a popsicle or craft stick to make indentations on the sides. You simply press while pulling down and make a line. I did four of these. If you are confused, see the picture below. Be gentle, the styrofoam breaks easily. Then, cut off the top of the foam cone about 1" to 1.5" down. Repeat the process on the other cone.

Here comes the long part. You must apply the Mod Podge to the foam cones. This is because the foam is so porous and spray paint will not apply well. Also, the spray paint will melt the foam. You will need quite a few layers. Keep applying layers until all the holes disappear (you will know, it's easy to tell)

You can work on this (applying layers) while working on the rest of the RPG.

Elmer's glue with a bit of water should also work if you can't find Mod Podge.

Step 3: Putting the Grenade Together.

This step is assuming you finished applying the layers to the foam.

First, I attached the two cones together using toothpicks and popsicle sticks. I added tape around the outside between the two to hold it together. Also, I put a small metal bottle cap on the top.

Next, you attach the two cones to the 1" diam. PVC tube. I used a combination of tape and glue, then wrapped cardboard around it.

Now, take a piece of cardboard and make a bunch of squares. Yes squares. See the picture below. Each square is 1.5" x 1.5" Then draw a diagonal through it and cut those suckers out. After cutting out all the little pieces, take two triangles, and glue or tape them together. Repeat for the rest of the triangles. Now you should have six triangles, each two pieces thick. Now glue them around the base of your grenade like the picture below.

See the last picture for other details.

Step 4: Make the Tube

The first thing you must do is attach both your PVC tubes. Put some PVC glue inside the coupler and attach both ends of the tube. Make sure it is all the way in and not crooked because once the PVC glue dries, you won't be able to fix it.

My tubing was a bit long so I had to cut it down to size.

***Note you do not need this step if you have a single piece. Just cut it down. I'm not sure of the length so eyeball it.

Step 5: Still on the Tube.

This is where you take your two empty contact lense cleaner bottles. You could probably use other things as a substitution such as cans. What you need to do is cut off the top so that the PVC coupler will just fit through the hole.

Then on the bottom of the bottle, cut a hole so that the PVC tube itself will fit snugly. Please note that the coupler is a larger diameter, so the hole on the top of the bottle will be larger than the hole on the bottom.

Next, I reinforced the inside of the bottle with cardboard because it was a bit flimsy. But it also helps keep the bottle on the RPG tube.

Now you must slide both contact bottles onto the tube. The larger end (top) goes towards the coupler ( the thing that joins the PVC tubes) If done right they should fit snug and not require gluing.

Step 6: The Triggers and Handles.

Take your cheap dollar store gun. Remove the wires and batteries if yours has them.
I cut mine down to the desired shape. Then added cardboard to cover up the new open sections and make a trigger guard.

Then take the paint sticks. Cut them into four pieces in eqaul length, and glue those four side by side. so now you have a wooden mass. After that, for decoration, put small card board strips 1/4" wide up and down the handle. Sorry no picture. If you are unclear just ask and I will attempt to further explain.

Step 7: Assembly and Painting!

Here, I have taken a cup, cut a hole in the back, and glued it onto the end of the tube. Also, I made some quick iron sights using bits of cardboard and metal. However you may want to save the cup until after applying the wood, because getting the pipe clamps on with the cup is difficult. ( you will see what I mean)

Give your RPG a few nice layers of black paint.

Then paint your rocket with olive drab green, and then some detailing in other colors. I added some electrical tape too.

Step 8: Making the Wood.

This is where you make the wood part of the RPG. It's not too complicated. My job was a bit sloppy though. All you need to do is wrap cardboard ( like a cereal box ) around the tubing like so.

Im sorry there is not a full picture. I had to resort to MS paint.

Then you wrap your wood-patterned contact paper to around the cardboard. My wood was far too light so I added some layers of dark brown acrylic paint so that it looked more realistic and darker.

The I spray painted my pip insulation clamps black. You slide these over the wood and tighten them. I included a picture of their arrangement so you know where to put them. (note: when you tighten them you may have excess clamp hanging out; you can just cut that off)

Step 9: Final Stuff

Sorry for the blurry picture. Now you spray paint the handles black with brown details. I hot glued both onto the launcher. And added some electrical tape around the front end.

Now you probably want to attach that cup at the end mentioned in the earlier steps.

I also fashioned a quick scope, but omitted it from the instructable because I didn't like how it turned out.

Step 10: Voila!

Here is the finished product. This picture also includes the crappy scope. Well there you have it folks, a replica RPG-7 for those on a budget! If any thing is unclear, feel free to alert me and changes will be made! Note it's my first instructable so don't be too harsh!



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    35 Discussions

    omid shakeri

    2 years ago

    Hello! It was interesting plot. I'm gonna turn you into the heart of explosives alcohol and spark ignition model do


    2 years ago

    What do I do with the contact lens bottles if I use the 3ft PVC pipe?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.



    5 years ago on Introduction

    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 p

    5 years 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.


    7 years ago on Step 2

    just get two funels from autoway and glue together


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    dom13marcoThat One Eegit

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 8

    I found it at Lowes. Any home store or even department stores should have it. Usually in the section with counters or shelving


    7 years ago on Step 2

    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.


    2' = 2 feet.
    You need 1.5" (inch) and 1" PVC.

    I'm just confused on the styrofoam cone size. THEY'RE SO EXPENSIVE


    7 years ago on Step 10

    real nice but i think you could use a different cup on the end like one that flares out like the real thing


    8 years ago on Step 10

    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!!

    1 reply

    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.


    8 years ago on Step 10

    That thing is so sick I found out a way to launch it with rubber bands but its not that good good first post