THIS IS MY FIRST INSTRUCTABLE
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
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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 (got a great deal on 12 of them for like $.28 on amazon they gave me a $30 giftcard for signing up for their credit card ) 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