realistic firing mechanisms.

Has anyone developed a detachable magazine with internal follower mated to a weapon which isolates the cocking and chambering of a round? i.e. the weapon is automatically chambered when the ram rod is cocked.

Topic by the rail man 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

realistic model water?

I have a model PT boat 109 ( in 1/72 scale) and the propellers are broken. I figure the best way to do this is to just throw the boat in a diorama scene, so it is at the waterline. Can anyone help, because I have no idea how to do the water, and i was wondering if there was any realistic water things that I can make at home, or buy for pretty cheap.

Question by the poodleo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



Question by mrz. flirty 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

M4 with realistic charging handle

I was trying to build an M4 with a charging handle, but it failed, so I broke it. Anyways, What would be the best way to put a realistic charging handle on a working M4A1 carbine replica?

Topic by rec0n 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Realistic looking fake moss

Does anyone have a way to make realistic fake moss? I've tried using dryer lint dyed green but it just looks like dryer lint dyed green. Has anyone tried using other materials? I was thinking of using felt cut up and shredded.

Topic by javajunkie1976 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Knex single shot gun?

Are there any knex guns that are bolt action and single shot. to load you pull the bolt back, insert bullet, push bolt foreword and turn it. shoot. If you are in the boy scouts you know what I am talking about. It also should look realistic enough.

Question by pmgroundhog 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

is the a way to make a realistic choped of finger effect? Answered

This is urgent i need to find out how to make a choped of finger effect for my short film?

Question by yannyboy 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

how can i make a realistic looking knex bb pistol?

Question by cheeseboy140 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

How do I build a realistic rock climbing wall?

Question by Aaron White 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Human Anatomy Trouble Answered

Every time I try to draw a person, their arms, legs, and torso look stiff and unreal. Can I get some tips that will help the picture look more loose and natural?  I don't think I have a problem with the neck and the head.  Just everything below it. x__x

Question by star_above_the_clouds 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Almost Realistic Major Wound FX for Under $0.50US

Just a bit of a survey. Would an I'ble on this be worth it? Or should I, work on the technique some more. My aim is to create semi-realistic wounds for minimal cost, that can be applied as this was 20mins before kids turned up. Turned out after the first boy, the wound was just too scary for under 16's. I had to cover it up, until later at night when the hoodlems came out. This was last Halloween, took 15mins and cost $0.50US all up... Is it good enough to deserve an I'ble? I know there are plenty, if not too many FX I'bles,  yet all seem to induce some significant cost and/or having to locate "not normal" products. Comments / critique welcomed, as I want to improve this moreso.

Topic by Lftndbt 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What is the most reputable, realistic way to sell photos.?

I am not a famous photogropher, but I do enjoy photography and have accumulated a pretty good collection of decent photographs over the years.  I've heard some hype about online stock photo selling, but the majority of it has that 'get rich quick' scam type feel to it.  I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with selling thier photos and would be willing to give me a bit of advice.  Thanks :-)

Question by Tunesrlife 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

does anyone know how to draw a good realistic turtle? =Þ Answered

a red eared slider is the exact turtle im tryin to draw so thx

Question by I LIKE TURTLES 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I need a cheap, realistic, non firing gun prop for a movie...

   Me and my friends are making a movie. I want to make or buy a pistol which looks a lot like a beretta M9 for very cheap. I'd rather not make it out of cardboard, those guns take a lot of skill to make it look remotely realistic. And I don't have access to wood.    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by The Jamalam 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do you make realistic stuffed animal patterns?

I enjoy sewing but I can figure out a way to make more real-like stuffed animals. I mainly like to sew "mythical creatures" such as dragons, birds ect. I am having difficulty in designing a pattren to make stuffed animals.

Question by SewWhat!! 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

How do I realistically match sprite animations to a video? Answered

I've embedded an example, below. Here are some cool effects I notice:the animations are matched with the shaking camera shots, frame-by-frame.some shots have the animations changing in focus to match the camera shotssome shots mask the animations to make them look like they're moving behind things in the video So, how is this done? What software tools are used? What are the different effects called?

Question by nagutron 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How do you modify a thunder strobe to make it realistic?

I have  a Cannon Thunder Strobe w/sound effects.  I would like to make it act more like a real thunder/lightening storm.  The flash from the strobe and then the roll of thunder.  Right now, out of the box, it just flashes normally and the effect plays.  It does not look like a real lightening flash with thunder.  It needs to have a major pause between lightening flashes so the thunder can roll, then silence and darkness.  I have seen it done in Halloween Spirit stores, but the employees did not know how it was done.  It was fixed up by someone else.Any help will be appreciated.Jeff

Question by Mr. Pyre 9 years ago

How to draw a MP-40?

 How do i draw a realistic MP-40?

Question by mcellis94 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Silicone Mask Silicone?

So I have created a negative of a sculpt (two part plaster) for a full head and top of shoulders mask; I would like to cast it out of silicone but I am not sure what to use... I need something available in uk that can stretch a lot (it is a tight mask so that it binds to your expressions) and is soft like skin. (And Cheap! :) tops around £30) I was thinking about platsil Gel 00 or 10. What do you think? Thanks! (And if you can, how much would I need?)

Question by Digital Flame 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Build me a halo costume?? will pay fair price

HI i am looking for a realistic halo costume if someone can build it for me i would be happy. i don't have time to do it myself but i am willing to pay a fair price debating on how it looks. we can discuss prices and stuff like that. but i want a realistic one if at all possible and if you can help me out let me know. i would like it to be as realistic as the one in the picture and if you could make it black and yellow that would be awesome!! if anybody can help please let me know!!! :) thank you.

Topic by river.solmonson 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Prop Harpoon gun

I need some suggestions on how to make a realistic-ish harpoon gun. Please...

Topic by JerBear 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

M4 parts

I tried to make the first realistic M4 on the site , but i got lazy so here's some of the important parts.

Topic by Katarukito 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Any ideas on making a fairly realistic Jason mask (Friday the 13th)??

I'm looking to make a realistic, fairly inexpensive Jason (Friday the 13th, hockey mask, machete-wielding badass) mask for my Halloween costume and I need some help. The only affordable masks I'm finding are flimsy plastic ones like the one on the photo below or foam masks that look like they're for a 5 year old. I've seen some pretty good fiberglass ones on ebay (like the one in the second picture I've included), but they run over a $100....and none of them are exactly what I want. So, I want to make one.... I'm thinking I can take one of the cheap plastic ones and alter it....I want to do more than just paint it though. I want to make the mask more rigid and appear more like resin or fiberglass than plastic. So, I need some sort of liquid or putty that looks something like resin to cover the mask in that will make the mask more rigid and still allow me to paint on it. and I'll probably drill some more holes to match the ones in the movie and put leather straps on it. any thoughts? anyone made a Jason mask before that could offer some advice?

Topic by movieguy711 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Stunt dummy. Quite awsome.

I just wanted to show off the dummy that me and my little brother made last night, its quite realistic(for coardboard), we used wire coat hanger on some of the limbs to restrict their movability so that it acts more realistic, we then coverd the coardboard fram in news papers, and taped it all down. last we added some clothes, and threw him down the srairs. It was magical.EDIT: video is up!!! Youtube vidoe~Twisted

Topic by twisted 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Wanted : SOPMOD Maker

I need a Knex builder to assist me in making a realistic lokking SOPMOD kit. The more people the merrier. The gun we will be making it for is below.

Topic by Knex Guru 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

painting a cap gun? Answered

I have a little cap gun, and i was wondering if its possible to spray paint, because if i were making a video, orange and green are ot so realistic

Question by the poodleo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Does anyone know how to create a fairly realistic flame effect on a dress using fabric?

Hi everyone! :-) I want to go to a fancy dress party as a Fire Goddess, but I'm a little stuck on finding the best way to make a fairly realistic flame effect for my dress. I was thinking of starting with a black sheer mini-dress, then sewing various shades of two-tone organza on in small strips to look like dancing flames, to create a kind of 'flame vortex' effect. I know that's a really bad description, but hopefully this little picture I found might give you a better idea of what I mean: I have no idea whether there is a better way to do this, so any suggestions or ideas would be very welcome. :-) Thanks!

Question by MissPennyFarthing 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Dr Who's Sonic Screwdriver

I'd love to make a realistic looking and sounding sonic screwdriver from Dr Who, but have no idea how. Anyone have any ideas?

Topic by wocket 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how can i make a realistic green leather jacket thats size 12 trying to make a green leather jacket?

Im trying to make a green leather jacket but they are realy expensive and they are girl style im a boy im size 10 or 12 all the stores i know of can be goodwill but they don't really have kids leather jackets and i dont want the punk ones either im trying to make a ben 10 alien force costume with it and there is also a craft store where i live i have a budget of 5 to $10.00 any tips?

Question by ashmane 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Could someone post an 'ible on making a prop of Emile's kukri from Halo: Reach?

Look at the title. A prop, preferably realistic, specs, blah blah blah.  "I'm ready! How 'bout you!"

Topic by black hole 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

knex ak-47

This is a realistic looking ak 47 it has a curved mag(the dunkis) it is as powwerful as my assault rifle but the stock is pretty bad comment if you think i should post or if you have any suggestions for it.

Topic by the dawg 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

how do you make good pipe supports for knex roller coasters?

I don't know how to create the realistic, strong pipe supports I've seen in videos. will someone please help teach how to make them?

Question by mynci321 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

make real gun designs

I think that people should try to make their guns look realistic and cool rather than blocky and weird. below is my sl9. I am currently working on a m14, used Vietnam as a primary weapon.

Topic by Mintyhippo 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Hannibal Lecter Mask

Hi to all!! I'm trying to create a Hannibal Lecter mask (, but i don't know where to start. I don't care the materials, but i want to be realistic. Any suggestion? Thanks in advance!!!!

Topic by JosePablo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to make a tree?

I just moved my office and now there is a pole in my cubicle. I've decided to turn this heinous and inglorious pole into a beautiful and realistic indoor tree. The pole is 6" in diameter (18" circumference), 9' high. I've ordered birch bark tubes to wrap around ( the pole. The trunk is set. Next up is to make branches for the top of the tree. Anyone have experience making branches and leaves look realistic? Where can I buy artificial leaves? Should I buy an artificial tree and cut off the leaves? Should I make the leaves myself? Thanks!?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Lightning lighting

OK I got one for you all! What I would like to achieve is a realistic lightning effect for Halloween displays. I've tried some different ideas, but none can give me a realistic effect. Most produce a timed effect (2 sec on, 2 secs off, 2 on, 2 off etc...) What I think I would need would be a circuit board or something like that, that would produce a random current to a strobe light source (ie. 1 sec on, 3 secs off, 2 on, 6 off, 1 on 5 off etc...) Could this be done? I've searched all over the internet and haven't been able to come up with anything. Thanks! Wes

Topic by tat2dwes 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

new gun, 1BA-4E (DD-27 reborn as realistic looking rifle, with more power)

I wanted to make this ever since the DD-27 was made. this looks like a real hunting rifle,(thanks to adamsdead for the base design) and packs the punch of the DD-27. i'm pretty sure that this has some more power then the DD-27, but that has yet to be confirmed(i need to buy some more #64 rubberbands) pros: better design then the original DD-27 easier to use stronger firing pin(i have it shooting through card board with no tape!) light weight could hold up to a lot of abuse before breaking. a somewhat good piece distribution(a somewhat equal piece count for most pieces(except for yellow connectors) cons: BLOCK TRIGGER(for now anyway) the problem with the rifle setup here is that the barrel is way out in front of the handle instead of being right over the handle. the block trigger is to far away from the place were it should be, so for now it has a block trigger until i come up with true trigger mech for it it is for that reason that i will not be posting it just yet. pictures:(the second picture is of the sorted pieces from my pinball machine(note some of the pieces were taken out) (by the way, it is called 1BA-4E for a reason, and the first person to figure out why gets a cookie)

Topic by dsman195276 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Suggestion: Instructibles should host a website catagory.

Is it realistic for me to think that Instructibles should host a Website Catagory? I happen to be a 'junior' webmaster and would greatly appreciate some instructibles on php, mysql, mail servers. etc.

Topic by mattameo213 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Screen printing - Should I use paint or ink?

 I will be printing identification and logo on steel newspaper racks that have been painted with a 25 year exterior latex paint. Is it realistic to expect good results using paint or ink? If the answer is ink, what type?

Question by tommytoes 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

m4 carbine

I'm going to try and make the best m4 yet so in the next week there maybe pics so yeah things I will try to include I will try to make it as close to the real m4 it will have a realistic working stock maybe my hk416 stock good mag maybe ironmans nice handle

Topic by nutty guy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

I really want to make scale prefably Working models of the USS Enterpise Command Bridges &the TARDIS Console Rooms help?

Any help will be appreciated never done it before, hope I can do it, I want it action figure size, but realistic and acricate

Question by Wildish 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Fake Human Skin

Hi, Can anyone tell me how to affordably make realistic looking human skin from leather? I'm looking to bind a book with it and, if the method works out, adapt it later into making the outer layer for a peeled man "greys anatomy" book cover type body suit for halloween.

Topic by Eirias 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


We live in Mozambique, internet is an expensive, complex and unreliable problem as it is, but -+$2 a month is a hell of a lot of money for us out here. Is there any way we and others in 'third world' countries could get access at a more realistic rate, after all we really need access to the brilliant ideas on this site. many thanks    Jonbon

Topic by jonbon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What's the best way to make burn marks on clothing? Answered

I'm putting together a pirate costume for a Renaissance Faire, and I was wanting to make some realistic looking burn marks on it, like bullet holes, fire damage, etc. Any suggestions?

Question by lyzz 8 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

I'm Back!

I'm back and with more ideas then ever i have a couple things in the works including but not limited to 1. how to fake a u.f.o. picture guide 2. how to survive a realistic zombie invasion scenario 3. improved Pocket Rocket Launcher if i get permission from zjharva probably more

Topic by darth acexxacer 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Is there an easy k'nex pistol that is (preferably) easy to conceal and uses minimal pieces and a true trigger? Answered

Hey, I'm nex to Instructables and have been looking for a simple,small,realistic,somewhat powerful(30-50' angled?)k'nex sidearm.Please help.

Question by bbot2000729 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Any recommended rifles?

Aby rifles out there that are realistic, powerful and has a good range with few or minimal pieces and has some cool features e.g. Removable mags, bolt/pump/lever/break action, near frictionless barrels, cool loading action if not removable mag, horizontal mag etc.

Question by I.E. 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Special Effects

Hey guys, Our first topic is making special effects with explosions and fire. The goal is to make a way to make safe special effects explosions and make them look realistic. Movie quality special effects on the chaep and/or on the safe. Please, dont copy the ideas of others. And we still except all other transmissions of diffrent ideas.

Topic by impossiblecorey 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Knex p90 update.

Well i failed at making my p90 again, so i have a few pics of the progress i made before i broke it. these are the pics of the realistic mags and firing mechanism. if you make the full gun please give credit to me and the dunkis. (sorry for letting everybody down who was looking forward to it, and the blurry pics)

Topic by ~KGB~ 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago