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Bethesda's Pip-Boy is sold out, but you can print your own

Pip-Boy

While it's now too late to pre-order the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, and thus get your hands on a neat, official replica Pip-Boy I dare you to wear out in public, thanks to an enterprising 3D printing designer and Fallout fan we can now have the next best thing. Yvo de Haas has released, for free, a schematic for the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV. You can see it above, and in addition to accepting your iPhone like the Bethesda one can, it will also hold a cassette tape. (It won't play it though.) While it's not quite as fancy as the Bethesda-sanctioned wrist-weight, it is pretty close.

All you'll need, once you've downloaded the schematic, is access to a 3D printer, and who doesn't have access to one these days? Oh right, everyone. You'll also need screws, glue, sandpaper and other parts, along with the tools to put everything together. All told, it will require a bit of effort, but if you already own a 3D printer you probably have a lot of the necessary stuff lying around.

Haas is currently working on an "authentic" version of this new Pip-Boy, which should be more accurate to the model seen in Fallout 4, but that won't accept your iPhone. It's not Haas' first time making a Pip-Boy either: here's a link to a version based on the Fallout 3 one. (Cheers, Eurogamer.)

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.