The preparation of the hand grenade
When shit happens at work, and aliens start pouring in through the walls, it's always useful to carry a bunch of hand grenades with you, but
since I will only pretend to blow up aliens while wearing a costume, I only need one replica hand grenade that I decided to base upon the high
definition model from the video game since it has a lot more details.
A metal hand grenade lighter was bought for this project since it was
cheaper and easier to find than an actual hand grenade or a training
Fortunately the hand grenade didn't explode when I opened it up, but
instead revealed a small Bic lighter and some other parts I wouldn't
While the worn-out look of the black paint looked just fine, the fuse
housing was brushed to a silver finish to match with the original.
A groove was also cut into the bottom edge of the fuse housing to
make it look like a separate piece from the main body of the hand
The hinge pins were attached to the front of the fuse housing, and was
blended further together with solder metal and filler.
Since the graphics of the original shows it actually has a training
grenade fuse that couldn't even blow up a lemon, I decided to change
the text on mine to make it at least fictionally blow up with the proper
The hollow underside of the fuse housing was also sealed up with
filler that was painted silver and weathered.
The pull-ring was made from a large key-ring I had laying around, and
a strip of metal was shaped to a D-strip and bent around the ring to
make the splint.
With the pull-ring in place so this non-functional dud of a prop replica
is even safer to handle, one of Gordon's many hand grenades was
After the green paint had dried, the bottom end of the lever was also
painted brown to match with the original.
A whole myriad of different paints were mixed together to give the
paint for the lever the right hue to match with the original color, since
green is not just green.
The lever was made from a thin sheet of galvanized steel.
Since the lever that came with the lighter didn't look or work right, a
new one had to be made after a custom template I made to fit with
the size of the hand grenade.
After bending down the various tabs and shapes of the lever, it fit
right onto the hand grenade perfectly, almost as if I knew what I was
doing or something.
To make the missing hinge pins for the lever, two metal cylinders
were soldered together, and more solder metal was added around
them to fill in the shape.
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Denix for making the metal hand grenade replica lighter.
6 days - Between 11 January 2013 and 9 October 2014.
Denix metal hand grenade replica lighter - 160 NOK
Galvanized steel sheet - 0 NOK - Already available
Enamel paint - 0 NOK - Already available
Total - 160 NOK / $18,62 USD
Through the magic of picture editing, this one hand grenade can be multiplied into every other pile of hand grenades that Gordon encounters
along the way, though I ironically ended up with a few more training replicas in the end that I might also paint to this style, but this one will do