Over the weekend I was browsing Youtube after watching Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters. That’s when I stumbled upon a video posted by “The Hacksmith“– have any of you heard of him? He’s a Youtuber who makes really cool DIY videos bringing props and weapons from our favorite TV shows and movies to life. Take a look:
#1 Manners Maketh Man: The Kingsman Umbrella Gun
When I was in middle school, I was one of those really odd, anime-loving recluses that didn’t really have any friends. But I did carry around an umbrella. Why? I don’t even know. Suffice to say that I thought it was hardcore and COOL.
Now, that little old me definitely wasn’t cool, but do you know what is? This hacked umbrella! It can actually shoot darts and slugs, and The Hacksmith rigged it so that you could actually “see through” the umbrella–essentially making it a slightly flimsy shield.
#2 Captain America’s Electromagnetic Shield
I was a bit younger when the first Captain America movie came out, but one of the coolest gadgets from the film was definitely his invincible gun. It was awe-inspiring seeing how Cap turned from a scrawny little dude into America’s most celebrated hero. In this video, The Hacksmith walks us through the process of making a real-life electromagnetic shield. Though it’s not as strong as Adamantium, it still does a pretty job of returning to him and pummeling through hard objects.
#3 SNK’s Reloadable Sword
Who doesn’t remember these awesome swords? Being able to catapult 100 feet into the air is like a genuinely terrifying dream come true! Now, he didn’t actually make the propelling devices. He created the reloadable sword system. He bought replica Attack on Titan swords from his local prop shop and re-designed the handles himself to make sure that they worked the way he needed them to.
Not gonna lie, I’m pretty darn envious of his massive 3D printer. After creating the 3D handle, he also created a sheath to hold all those swords (since in Attack on Titan, everyone’s always lugging around a bunch of extra blades).
#4 Overwatch: Reinhardt’s Hammer
What compilation would be complete without something from Overwatch? In this video, The Hacksmith made Reinhardt’s rocket hammer with real rockets. He later tested it out and destroyed a beat-up car with it, so it definitely works.
His first attempt definitely didn’t work–the head of the hammer fell right off! But he continued building until it finally looked usable.
#5 Another Overwatch Weapon: Zarya’s Particle Accelerator
This “tutorial” is so long that it actually takes 3 videos, and this is the second part of the series. This gun is absolutely massive, and viewers can theoretically make their own weapon too since The Hacksmith has provided the circuit diagram and 3D model for anyone to see. It looks pretty intense and apparently takes a really long time to make, which makes sense since 3D printing can take hundreds of hours.
Now, this series actually isn’t even finished yet! This video came out one month ago, and everyone is still eagerly waiting for part 3/3 to see the gun in action.
So, what do you think? I think it’s incredible how much is done with 3D printing and a little bit of creativity. Plus, I know that a younger version of me would watch every single video that The Hacksmith creates, mainly because it’s the sort of thing I’ve been daydreaming about for years: REAL LIFE VERSIONS OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.
Of course, these things are kinda pricey, so we’re obviously not going to be seeing these become readily available, but if you’ve got a 3D printer, a bunch of money, and time, you also could theoretically make any of these. (Although maybe it wouldn’t exactly be the safest….). What do you think? Are there any weapons that you really want to see turned into reality?
Considering the complexity of the last build, I bet D.Va’s mech suit would be a stretch, but I would definitely love to see that becoming a reality.
What about you guys?