Pip-Boy project status

Note the Group-Buy is canceled.


Howdy folks,

Well, after much thought, I have decided to do what many have asked for: I will be releasing the full CAD files for the Functional Pip-Boy 3000 MK4.

I am releasing these files as a unfinished work. I still intend on going back and making my “master” version someday. But currently I have a new home with its own projects to work on.

If you want to check out my home projects, I will be publishing that project at: www.halfwayupthehill.com. (There isn’t much up at the moment yet)

I am releasing these files for the sake keeping a huge amount of work from going to waste.

I put a ton of work into this design. I have used my years of experience with product design to create what I feel is the most accurate, and faithful version of the Pip-Boy 3000 Mk IV. The design uses real metal hardware, and mixed materials to achieve a look as good as if RobCo built it themselves.

To that end, this design is expensive. There is no way around that without losing out on quality. This is an unfinished design. Do not expect to just order all the parts, and put it together like a model airplane. Lots of work is still needed to even build just one of these.

It is up to the community to continue the work.

-Joshua Driggs


The terms to receive a guilt free access to the CAD files is as follows:

1) Purchase a Holotape, or any other item from my Shapeways store- https://www.shapeways.com/shops/zapwizard
1a) You may also donate any amount directly to the project by visitng my website: Zapwizard.com and clicking on the Paypal Donate button.
2) E-mail zapwizard+holotape@gmail.com with your Shapeways order number. Or message me on Shapeways or the RPF. If sending a private message, included your google enabled e-mail address.
3) Once I confirm your order number, you will receive access to the Google Drive folder containing these files. (Sent to the e-mail you provided)

If you aquired these files using some other means and not directly from Joshua Driggs (ZapWizard) please go ahead and purchase a prop. You get guilt free access to these CAD files, as well as an awesome prop designed by myself.

Also, anyone who purchases a item and sends me the order number, will also receive e-mail support for this project.

If you have previously purchased a Holotape or any other item on my store, e-mail me the order number.

Functional Pip-boy 3000 Mk4, CAD Design

I have started a new project: My goal is to create a Pip-boy 3000 Mk4 from the game Fallout 4. Why not just get one of the limited edition models? For one, they are sold out. Two, I don’t want a glorified plastic phone case. I want a Pipboy that at least has all the knobs and buttons functional.

Check out the project log on the RPF Forums to see the details on the design. Otherwise click below to see the gallery.

For those who have shown an interested in a group-buy, I have created a survey for you to fill out. I expect a run of these to be limited, so first come first serve will have better odds of getting into the group-buy. I am not out to make money on this project, only to get an good quality replica into the hands of those who want it.

Click here for the group-buy survey.

Current planned features:
-Run Android (and the Fallout Companion app).
-3.5″ 640×480 capacitive touchscreen.
-WIFI and Bluetooth.
-Working Rad Gauge meter.
-Pin-Diode Gamma radiation detector (Geiger counter)
-Non-contact IR temperature sensor (Reads out on Rad Gauge)
-On-board speaker.
-Simulated and real FM radio. The simulated radio will play audio from the Android, select-able via the tuner knob.
-Geared down tuner knob.
-Backlit gauges.
-Holotapes with unique ID tags.
-Light level sensor.
-Working latch.
-1Ah battery (with hidden in-sleeve charger connection).
-Sensor pod/Lamp which can disconnect from the Pip-boy.
-Retractable cable for sensor pod.
If you would like to donate to help make the prototype a reality click below to donate.
All donations go directly to making the project a reality.

For full details from the beginning of this project, visit the project log on the Replica Prop Forums.

The images below are 3D renderings showing the design and project goals. They are not photographs.

Click to more to continue with the gallery and older images of the project.

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Real time architectural visualization.

I have not posted an update to Seaholm in a while because I was developing several real time architectural visualizations.

These were made in SketchUp from DWG and PDF blueprints. The lighting was done in LightUp for SketchUp, and finally the models are brought into Unity 3D. 

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Seaholm Update: Interior details


Finally, after months I have a update with images.
This building is a massive open area with multiple levels and lots of windows. Because it is based on a real building I can't always change the geometry of the building to block visibility and speed up rendering in the game. So I have spent a lot of time optimizing the map. 
But now I am getting back into detailing the interior. When I first started this project I hadn't set foot inside the Seaholm Power Plant. All my reference images were what I could find online. Last year I was able to get permission to go inside and took hundreds of reference images and I was able to explore every room of the power plant. Reality is always stranger and different then what you imagine.
For those interested in photos of the real location I am uploading most of them to here:
Seaholm L4D2
Seaholm L4D2
Seaholm L4D2
One of the new items is a custom made overhead crane that matches the real world crane in the power plant.
The crane will be a key part of the finale. I also modified the original generator prop to make it three times longer.
Not visible in the images are lots of extra stairwells that I didn't originally know where there.
Seaholm L4D2
Seaholm L4D2
Seaholm L4D2
Seaholm L4D2
One thing that amazed me about the real location was the offices. The front half of the building has a tall ceiling, but when they built the offices they installed a drop ceiling with tons of space above it, sometimes that space had nothing more then plywood and a A/C duct. I have added this to the map, it will give more area for the infected to spawn and drop down on the players.
Seaholm Interior
Seaholm L4D2
Seaholm L4D2
Many of the textures and signs in the game are taken directly from the real world. For example the door that leads out to the crane is textured directly from the real door.
Seaholm L4D2
The underground areas will be next to get an overhaul.

Seaholm update: Machinery and rail bridge

Ok, break is over. Back to work.

Behind the Seaholm power plant are the steam release towers. Between the plant and the towers is some large machinery that does who knows what. But there are lots of beams, pipes, ladders and stairs that make for excelent fun in a game.

I have been putting it off as it requires a large mix of custom models, brush work, and textures. The images below are about 75% of the detail that will be in this area.






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World of Level Design, Winner: Storytelling Level Design Challenge



I hadn't posted this on my blog simply because the voting was supposed to be from World of Level Design members only.

World of Level Design posted a "Storytelling Level Design Challenge" in which you were supposed to design a game level in any game engine you wanted as long as the three provided screenshots told the following story:

Long shadows are cast down the street as light from the setting sun hits various objects dotted about the roadside. On one side of the road there sits a lonely bench, which was dedicated to someone long dead. The bench was positioned in front of a low-lying wall that has recently started crumbling. Unlike most buildings in the village, the railway station behind the wall no longer stands proud like it once did. It was forsaken and left to whittle away over the years after the roof collapsed. 

In contrast to the decay around the train station, the opposite side of the street has seen investment and as such the buildings have been re-born and impose the feeling that the rest of the village has entered a new age. 

Written by: Alex 'Smog' Shaw

I had only two weeks out of the four as I joined the challange late. But I was able to pull out the winning entry.

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Seaholm update: Skybox

Ok, long time without an update, but that is because I was hard at work on the skybox. 

The Seaholm power plant is basically located on the edge of downtown Austin, and it surrounded by skyscrapers. 
Because they are so close I can't do the "cardboard cutout" style skybox that I used in Fan Feast. So all of these are 3D models located at the proper distance from the power plant. 
Since the map is based on a real location if any skyscrapers are missing or out of place some people may take notice. A few are yet to be added and are missing from the screenshots, such as the Frost Tower. Also none of them have textures yet. 

The other function of the skybox is to add reflections to water. This is quite a challenge as the skybox is 1/16th scale, so in the case of custom close-up models such as the bridge I have to compile a 1/16th scale model and get it located precisely in the skybox. You may note some tree missing from the reflections, I am still debating decompiling and rescaling those so they can reflect, but I think that may be overkill anyways. 


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Seaholm: KXAN News van

So I figured out a work flow that allows me to de-compile existing game props and modify or re-skin them.

I re-skinned the generic news van to that of one of my local news stations. I am hoping to use in the final map, but I have to get permission from the local TV station first.

Zombies ahead


I think it is fitting since Austin was the original location of the hacked zombie road signs, and KXAN was one of the first news outlets to report on it