After the phenomenal number of views and comments when Splosh threw this up on reddit I thought I’d better put together a quick build blog. Unfortunately it looks like I may of lost most of the in process pictures whilst “tidying” up files so build photos are a bit thin on the ground.
Vault 57 is the reason this madness was even entered into, it’s an annual non-profit LRP (Live Role-play) game set in the Fallout universe to the Northwest of the Capital Wasteland. Having been involved for a couple of years making props ,costume and playing various NPCs (non player characters) the Vault Overseer asked if a little something special could be created for this year’s event and thus a scheme was hatched
The first bit of luck was finding an old set of shelves discarded by the IT dept.(Old server frame possibly) at the school where I worked at the time which gave me a very solid frame to work around and had the added benefit of being knock downable as the whole thing needed to be dismantled and transported between games .So basic dimension were set by the internal frame and that’s why whilst it’s just about right height wise it’s a little thinner than I would of liked .
I was fantastically lucky to have a very well stocked workshop at my old job and access to some excellent equipment including a Denford CNC router which meant I could design the logo and upper shapes in CAD and cut them directly from varying thicknesses of MDF. These parts where then screwed and glued to a piece of Acrylic salvaged from an old display cabinet. Once thinner pieces of HIPS was stretched between the supports we had the basic structure of the upper door which was designed to flip up and hold the lower door shut when in place.
The two side panels were constructed as lightweight pine frames with thin sheets of MDF over them the pine frames were reinforced along the front edges as they would have to support the lower door .These panels were fixed to the frame by using beech strips that could be screwed through the shelf sides of the metal frame into the pine stretchers of the panels. Again these were easily removed for pack down, once on site we reinforced these with cable ties for added security.
The lower door was made from a steel fronted noticeboard that killed a dozen blades when I cut the bottle slot out and took a couple of teeth off my table saw when I trimmed it. But it has a very satisfying weight to it .It was edged with some plastic coving left over from a building project and the detailing on the front was made from sections of MDF and some bits of tut laying around the workshop. Similarly the bottle box was made from MDF and part of an old camp cooker and fixed over runners made from the aluminium edging that came of the noticeboard. The Acrylic leftovers were used to make the sliding door. Then 4 large door hinges were used to fix it in place.
The back was simply made from big sheets of foam card taken from supermarket signs that had been discarded .The top and top box is again MDF all glued and screwed .Took a total of about 30 hours to construct (the painting took a lot longer but more of that in a couple of days ) and total build cost including paint and
finishing was about £150 .