Part 1 of the Auspex Scanner prop build concluded with the completion of the main body of the scanner as well as some of the detail parts. If you want to read a nice fluffy intro about why I decided to build this fugly brick of a prop, skip back to part 1. However, if...read more
Both of my regular readers will know that I’ve had a long history with Warhammer 40,000. I credit the game with providing the impetus to make models throughout my teenage years where other competing interests such as girls, Fender guitars and girls with Fender guitars...read more
If you missed part 1 and part 2 of the Fallout Prop 10mm SMG build you should take a peek at how I made the prop. Or, if you’re allergic to reading about MDF, or just generally a buzz kill at parties, you can keep on reading. How I painted the Fallout Prop 10mm SMG...read more
Let's get this out of the way with to begin with, there are dozens of ways to clean up 3D prints. Like most things, there are a variety of different approaches, and there is no “correct” way of doing things. What may work for me, may not work for you. There is no...read more
While I was adding the finishing touches to my Fallout New Vegas 10mm SMG my mind started to wander towards how I would approach the photoshoot for the finished prop. While I would have loved to put together a suit of power armour and test the limits of my terrified...read more
By the end of Part 1 of the Fallout SMG prop article I had just started construction of the receiver of the gun. This left me in the enviable position of being able to work on all the detail parts and the various greblies. Whoever designed the 10mm SMG from New Vegas...read more
Charlotte and I have been playing through Prey over the last couple of weeks. If you've not played it, and were a fan of the Sytemshock and Bioshock games, then you'll definitely love the new Prey reboot. The humble wrench has proven to be a useful ally throughout the...read more
In the deep dark recesses of my memory I recall a time before the weight of the world had crushed my optimism. A time where summers were endless. A time long before I’d learned of the great shame that comes with such tired clichés. During this mythical “better time”...read more
It’s been a bit quiet in here over the last 6 weeks, in part because Charlotte and I moved to a new house (the less said about that the better) but mostly I’ve been waylaid by building a new workshop. Yes dear reader, a new space for my tools to live, the poor little...read more
It’s been quiet here at Prop Up Shop this week. But, having torn myself away from the inexorable tedium of the so called real world, I’ve put together a Doopydoos DL-44 review. There are two things I know about Doopydoos; they produce high quality, competitively...read more
Prop Up Shop is a DIY prop blog brought to you by Dogless. Scattered among these pages you will find prop building articles, hints and tips about cosplay props and any other assorted crap that gets dumped in here. Dogless has been a maker for around 20 years, being active in the Wargaming, Model Railroad and Plastic Kit Communitites. Now he spends most of his time making fun movie props like ray guns and axes – pretty much anything that goes ‘pew pew’ or needs adult supervision to use. Dogless is not on the no-fly list.
The purpose of this site is to curate a collection of build logs, how to’s and other such instructional do-dads – basically to teach you guys how to make props, cool ones, big ones, safe ones.