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Borderlands 2: Zer0 Sword Build by thegadgetfish Borderlands 2: Zer0 Sword Build by thegadgetfish
The digistruct sword that Zer0 uses was just too amazing, so I had to make it. It's lit up with LED ribbon, connected to a 9v battery.

Materials used:
- Wood: MDF, Basswood
- Blue Acrylic
- Blue LED ribbon, toggle switch, battery snap, 9v battery

More build photos in my FB album: [link]
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:iconthemountainlion:
TheMountainLion Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Any chance of us getting a fairly in-depth (more then just the facebook pictures) tutorial on how to make this?
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:iconloliday:
Loliday Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Mind if I ask how you're powering that LED strip with a 9v? Everywhere I go says 12v x.x
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
... Good question. I definitely have 12v led strips, and it just.. works. LOL. 
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:iconloliday:
Loliday Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Lawl. That's good enough for me xD. In that case, what's the battery life like?
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
I've actually never tested it for a prolonged period before. Currently, it's hooked up to a wall outlet, so I can just leave it on forever. Someone on reddit calculated it for me once, and I -think- they said it would last 2 hours.. my memory is a tad faulty though.
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:iconloliday:
Loliday Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well that's not too bad for my purposes. Oh, and thanks for answering my questions! I appreciate it. Hopefully you wouldn't mind answering a few more should the need arise? Your sword inspired me to try and make my own.
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Yup, anytime! My pm box is always open :)  (also, I have more images on my fb page if that helps! www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…
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DuskImmortal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could i please have templates for this?
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:iconduskimmortal:
DuskImmortal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could i possibly have the templates for this?
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Sorry, I don't have any templates :(
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:iconduskimmortal:
DuskImmortal Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok,sorry about the double post, i wasn't sure if it submitted.
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Haha, it happens!
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:icontheraptorsquad:
TheRaptorSquad Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
this is very cool but one question what is a led ribbon ?
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
It's basically a long, thin strip of leds. They sell them in rolls, so you can cut off the specific length you want, and the whole ribbon will light up.
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:iconnyanic:
Nyanic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neato.
But i sort of think Zer0's sword is more cyan colored than this.
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:iconfishbertus:
Fishbertus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oh my god gimme dat
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scadoodle1088 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
can you please post specs like length size and what lights you used, i am trying to build something like this
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:icondragonscott9:
dragonscott9 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
i want that so baddly
[link]
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:iconzanruos:
zanruos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
nice man
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:iconbyzantine84:
byzantine84 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Who is your supplier for leds? Wonderful creation.
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you! I just ordered a roll of LED ribbon from Amazon. I believe it was by LED Wholesalers. Around $15.
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:iconarcticdrop:
ArcticDrop Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Any chance you could give out the dimensions of the blade and handle? (individually)
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:iconfaustus70:
faustus70 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Artist
nice sword :-)
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:iconarceus255:
Arceus255 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How long did it take you to build it? looks damn epic, i would definitely want to try and make my own. Also, for the helmet, you should get some semi-thin plastic for the visor, and a morph suit mask or something for the rest.
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I think it took around 25 hours or so, over the course of a few months. I'm going to try vacuum-forming some thin plastic for the visor (once I get motivation, haha). Thanks!
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VAgue0005 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This is really cool! I am thinking about cosplaying as Zero, but I am having trouble coming up with ideas on just how I am going to make the helmet. Any suggestions?
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:iconfaustus70:
faustus70 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Artist
i build his helm to order if your after one
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I think his helmet is the most difficult part of the helmet. I'm going to try vacuum forming a piece of plastic for the visor. I can't really think of any other way to get the curved shape. Have you looked at Daft Punk helmet tutorials? I think it'd be similar to that. Good luck!
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:iconvenegal:
Venegal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have, trust me I know plenty of vacuum forming. If you have questions just ask, a tip I can give you, use your oven it is the best heat source for vaccum forming aside from those industrial vacuum-forming machines.
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Nights-Shadows-Alive Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
sweet, nice job.
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:iconrazzmatazzy:
Razzmatazzy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Are you planning on making a sniper rifle as well? Those also glow in places and I'd love to see one in RL.
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I'll probably just modify a nerf gun, but I might add lights to them!
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:iconrazzmatazzy:
Razzmatazzy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
That's awesome, I still demand pictures when/if you make it. ^_^
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khz-acid Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Sick work buddy..
posted you up at obviouswinner.com
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Awesome, thanks!
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:iconpopyanni:
Popyanni Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   General Artist
man if you sold these i'd buy one right away
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:iconsesshylover16:
SesshyLover16 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Want. I want this so bad.
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:iconosakahatsunemikuo:
OsakaHatsuneMikuo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, Do you have the CIRCUIT DIAGRAM? I need that please, if it's okay with you.
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Nope, no circuit diagram needed, unless you're trying to hook up each led individually. It's just 1 long led ribbon, hooked up to a battery snap and toggle switch.
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:iconosakahatsunemikuo:
OsakaHatsuneMikuo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know that, but I mean, did you use any resistors?
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Nope, they were all built in.
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yinyangdreamer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! im hoping to work on a zero cosplay at the start of next year so i got to say your sword is awesome !
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AltairSky Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man this is so epic.
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drjag Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Damn, this is badass! This is best zer0 sword I've seen yet. I'm currently working on a default zer0 helmet, once I've completed it, I know what I'm building next!
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Thanks! Be sure to take lots of pics of your helmet when you finish!
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:iconvenegal:
Venegal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A most impressive work. Each detail carving is of such an exquisite perfection.
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GSGC2004 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
fantastic :D
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Looking good! How's the rest of your Zer0 costume coming? What skin are you doing?
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:iconthegadgetfish:
thegadgetfish Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Thanks! I'll probably be doing the default skin, but the costume is on hold til snowboarding season is over XD
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lucky you, we don't even have snow here yet. :( Which head are you doing?
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