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September 8, 2014 AT 9:00 am

Making a RWBY Scythe

rwby costume

Cosplayer Cynaesthetics went to Dragon Con this year and created an impressive transforming scythe from RWBY. The weapon, called Crescent Rose, belongs to Ruby Rose and it’s a hybrid between a scythe and a sniper rifle. Cynaesthetics documented the build in a blog post and discussed it in the below video. She said over the weeks leading to the convention that about 75% of her time went into design with 25% in production. She started with detailed sketches because she had to design something light enough for her to carry around for two days:

The biggest requirement change I made for this version was the weight. Version 2 had to be light enough for me to singlehandedly carry around for 2 days or so. That meant re-evaluating the materials I was making this with, and the size of it.

So first up, I reworked the body extension from the last version. Instead of the steel slides from before, I made my own rail system from Home Depot aluminum pieces. (All the components I used for what I termed the ‘Backbone’ can be found on this Home Depot page.) Much lighter, much cheaper, and if I mess up – very easily replaced.

I had 2 angle bars framing a flat bar, allowing it to slide. Sliding aluminum on aluminum isn’t great, but for the
small distance that I needed it to go, it would suffice.

To prep them for the next step, I marked out holes along the clamped angle pieces and drilled them out. Since, to connect these pieces, I was going to use rivets.What are rivets?

scythe sketches

Read more at Cynaesthetics’ blog.


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