RWBY Qrow's Sword Scythe

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Tired of waiting for them to show off the scythe form, and after digging around on the internet for some still shots and gifs of the transformation process, I have decided to start work on Qrow's sword scythe gun thing (It doesn't have a name yet) Production is in its earliest stage right now, meaning I'm still gathering materials and planning various stages in my head. The weapon will be fully transformable and can take on the 4 different modes: Compact, Sword, Gun, and Scythe. For additional added flare I will also be trying to have the gears spin when I press a button on the handle, they won't do anything for the transformation but it'll look cool. I've added some pictures I'll be using as reference below and I'll start building right after January 17th.

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MAJOR UPDATE!!

This project is about 98% done. WIth that said, I have gone ahead and made a tutorial/demonstration video for the weapon. That video can be found here:

I have also now included a full parts list of everything I've used for this build. The total cost.....$123
Qrow Scythe Parts List.jpg

I will probably make one last post in here, once the sword is 100% complete, and it makes it's debut at PAX East 2016 on Apr 22nd. Until then, enjoy the video :)
 
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Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Actually gonna get to start a little earlier than planned due to another project going smoothly. Grabbed some materials from the Home Depot today. PVC pipes to use for the expanding handle, a 4" PVC cap for the round part of the edge guard, 2 PVC caps for the biggest part of the handle to attach to the round part and bottom of the handle. Some screws to later use for attaching the blade and getting it to rotate into different positions (I will show how it's done in a later post). Then I also got a 1'x6' common board, and a 2'x4' thin detail board for the blade. Haven't got anything for the gun part or back of the scythe yet, but I'll save that for another trip. Also, after looking over the whole blade I think it may be too hard to get it to fold in on itself for the "Compact Mode" so I may have to cancel trying to get that to work.
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Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
UPDATE!!
Got some kayak paddle spring clips and put them inside of the handle. So when the handle extends outward it will grip onto these pins, and when I need to fold it they push back in. The last PVC pipe was about 1/16" too thick to fit inside the 1"pipe, so I had to do a bunch of sanding to get it to fit correctly. The bottom PVC cap is attached to the smallest pipe via 2oz of fiberglass resin poured into it. The bottom cap also serves to grip onto the biggest pipe and secure the other two pipes in place so they won't just slide out. Overall length when the pipes are extended is just over 48" which can be seen when compared to the sheet board behind it.
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Also, I cut out the main body of the blade today from 3/4" thick common board. Blade length is about 44" in total. Next step for the blade is to cut out 2 duplicates on the sheet board so it'll lay over top both sides of the sword. This will be explained in my next update. p.s. Ignore the mess, I know I need to clean my work station lol.
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evercross

New Member
Good morning,

I created an account just to say, this is awesome. I saw the previous Qrow weapon you created and found it to be quite nice. I am really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. I appreciate you giving all the updates. I'm not too good with handy work, but if you wind up making any kind of guides or tutorials for this I will probably try and make it myself as well. I just got a Qrow cosplay, costume, wig, and sword commissioned. They said they couldn't do the transformation from sword to scythe. Keep up the good work. I hope it comes out as well as you want it to.

Have a nice day.
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Good morning,

I created an account just to say, this is awesome. I saw the previous Qrow weapon you created and found it to be quite nice. I am really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. I appreciate you giving all the updates. I'm not too good with handy work, but if you wind up making any kind of guides or tutorials for this I will probably try and make it myself as well. I just got a Qrow cosplay, costume, wig, and sword commissioned. They said they couldn't do the transformation from sword to scythe. Keep up the good work. I hope it comes out as well as you want it to.

Have a nice day.
Thanks! Once it's done I'll make a video to explain all the parts, tools, and steps I used to make it. Until then, I'll keep putting updates up weekly. I'd also be interested in to knowing wear you acquired your Qrow outfit from. I have everything but the tailcoat shirt that he wears.
 

evercross

New Member
Thanks! Once it's done I'll make a video to explain all the parts, tools, and steps I used to make it. Until then, I'll keep putting updates up weekly. I'd also be interested in to knowing wear you acquired your Qrow outfit from. I have everything but the tailcoat shirt that he wears.
That's great. I can't wait to see your finished product. I purchased the wig and the Sword from EZCosplay. Sword is $159.99. Wig is $36.99. http://www.ezcosplay.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=qrow They are selling just the coat and jacket as well as a full set. Full set is $85.99. Cape and Coat is $59.99. Shoes are $31.99. I didn't purchase the costume from them though. EZCosplay gave me a discount code of WWW30 (30% off the order). I commissioned the full costume from Lotahk, http://stores.ebay.com/Lotahk-Cosplay-Punk-Costume-Store/_i.html?_nkw=rwby&submit=Search&_sid=460064563 I contacted them through e-mail at lotahk@gmail.com.

Others I contacted who said they would do commissions for this are:
http://meanlilkitty.deviantart.com/
https://www.facebook.com/melvincosplay/?fref=ts
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
That's great. I can't wait to see your finished product. I purchased the wig and the Sword from EZCosplay. Sword is $159.99. Wig is $36.99. http://www.ezcosplay.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=qrow They are selling just the coat and jacket as well as a full set. Full set is $85.99. Cape and Coat is $59.99. Shoes are $31.99. I didn't purchase the costume from them though. EZCosplay gave me a discount code of WWW30 (30% off the order). I commissioned the full costume from Lotahk, http://stores.ebay.com/Lotahk-Cosplay-Punk-Costume-Store/_i.html?_nkw=rwby&submit=Search&_sid=460064563 I contacted them through e-mail at lotahk@gmail.com.

Others I contacted who said they would do commissions for this are:
http://meanlilkitty.deviantart.com/
https://www.facebook.com/melvincosplay/?fref=ts
Perfect! Thank you so much =)
 

1derzone

New Member
Hey, I have updated that GIF you're using for reference. It's on the comments on Qrow's weapon on the RWBY wiki.

I can't wait to see how you work will turn out. Good luck!
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Hey, I have updated that GIF you're using for reference. It's on the comments on Qrow's weapon on the RWBY wiki.

I can't wait to see how you work will turn out. Good luck!
Cool. I see that the back part of the scythe doesn't need to swing down anymore, but I'm wondering if it's supposed to sit down, or if it flairs out to shoot straight off the back. The only thing that makes me wonder this is the silhouette from season two.
 

1derzone

New Member
Cool. I see that the back part of the scythe doesn't need to swing down anymore, but I'm wondering if it's supposed to sit down, or if it flairs out to shoot straight off the back. The only thing that makes me wonder this is the silhouette from season two.
On a scale of 1 to Over 9000, how pissed will you be if Qrow's sword doesn't really transform into a scythe?
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
ehh, probably a 2. Even if it doesn't in the show, i'd make it do it in real life.
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Sorry for the lack of an official update this week. Had a con over the weekend, plus we got dumped on by 2 feet.....yes feet of snow. Plus it's been about 16 degrees outside with moderate winds, all this making it very hard to get motivation to bring my wood working tools inside. Plus, I'm also trying to determine the best way to get the blade to unfold smoothly, and I'm only going to have one shot to do it right. I promise to put up an official update here sometime within the next 3 days.
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Update time:
After staring at the inner blade part for roughly 2 hours, I finally figured out what angles I needed to cut. Here are some more progress pics. You can now see what I have in mind to make the blade transform:

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GingerOfDoom

Jr Member
Okay dude, that is really stinking clever.. The funny thing is that you were even trying to describe this to me.. those pictures really bring it all home. I am super impressed, very cool!
 

1derzone

New Member
Update time:
After staring at the inner blade part for roughly 2 hours, I finally figured out what angles I needed to cut. Here are some more progress pics. You can now see what I have in mind to make the blade transform:

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you should have asked for the specs i used in the GIF hahaha. If it's not too late I used 20-20-10-10 degree turns starting from the one nearest to the handle

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here's a screenshot of the 2D model I made
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
you should have asked for the specs i used in the GIF hahaha. If it's not too late I used 20-20-10-10 degree turns starting from the one nearest to the handle

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here's a screenshot of the 2D model I made
Yeah, it's a little late but I'm not sure if it would have helped with these angles though. Thanks anyway.

Here's another quick update. I'll have some free time over the weekend to get more done, but for now I got the hinges added to the inner core. The hinges help to rotate the pieces easier and keep them from separating completely. The middle one does not have a hinge on purpose. This way I can instead detach the last 3 pieces of the blade and have the weapon appear to be in "Carry Mode". While it would have been cool to make it collapse in on itself, I found it to hard to make it that way, and instead opted for this route.

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Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
UPDATE TIME!!

The first thing you'll probably notice is the paint job. May have gotten ahead of myself a little bit with it, but I wanted to start showing progress, especially after I burnt my brain out trying to figure out the whole unfolding process. So here are some more pictures of the build:

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Some before and after paint job pictures. Also took a picture in 3 of it's forms: Sword, Scythe, and Compact. Compact will probably be just primarily for photo shoots as it seems impractical to just carry the other half of the sword around.

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Some up close pics of how the unfolding mechanics work. To transform it from sword to scythe, I need to insert an allen wrench into the tiny holes on one side of the blade. Inside the holes are sunken 1/4" bolts that screw down to lock, and up to unlock. In the locked position, the bolts come out the other side to be flush and prevent the section from moving. On the inside of the main housing, there is a single wing bolt that runs through to an anchor on the blade. To change from sword to either scythe or gun mode I can untwist the bolt, freeing the blade and then move it to another position on the main housing.

I was trying to find a suitable way of building this without the need of a tool, but it just didn't pan out. The 1/4" bolts provide way more sturdiness than any other method I could think of, and that's important as the blade itself weighs close to 10lbs. More pictures to come as this project keeps moving forward.
 

Korium9

New Member
Just adding that I also registered to say how awesome this is.

If I may, just openly asking if I can try copying the blade design? (Don't know when I'd finish -- hopefully by Fanime)
I'll probably build it out of different materials (most likely sintra & EVA foam) & will need to make mods for a different transformation method.
(I want to try something like those segmented toys that collapse when you press a button, but was trying to figure out the inner pieces when I found this build).
 

Benton188

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Just adding that I also registered to say how awesome this is.

If I may, just openly asking if I can try copying the blade design? (Don't know when I'd finish -- hopefully by Fanime)
I'll probably build it out of different materials (most likely sintra & EVA foam) & will need to make mods for a different transformation method.
(I want to try something like those segmented toys that collapse when you press a button, but was trying to figure out the inner pieces when I found this build).
Yeah, feel free to use anything from this design. I post my progress so other people can use it and know how it works :)
 
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