It is very unusual that objects in video games exist in real life. Even so, many of the items carried around by Lara Croft are actually based on
existing items, including her two-way radio that was based on the GXT1030 by Midland. As much as I like to build prop replicas, I found the
idea of having Lara's two-way radio as a working device even more interesting.
The preparation of the two-way radio
While showing how I painted something is not really that amazing, maybe someone didn't know about the real-life version of Lara Croft's
two-way radio before seeing this, and the paint color code might be useful for someone too.
After rubbing off the excess dirt, the two-way radios were completed,
but sadly I couldn't make contact with Lara on any of the channels.
Though the text on the video game version differs from the original, I
thought it was best to leave it the way it was instead of trying to crack
open the glass to change it.
To make the shiny new pieces of tech look like worn out pieces of
crap, I threw the two-way radios around in the gravel path of my yard
a few times to get them nice and dirty.
As fun as it might be to talk to no one in a single two-way radio,
having a pair of them that link together is much better, so I bought a
brand new set that even included a charging dock and a couple of
While this set contained a pair of GTX1000 two-way radios, they are
essentially the same model in a different color, so to make them
match with Lara's yellow two-way radio, an enamel paint with the
color-code 69 Yellow Gloss by Humbrol was brushed over the silver
The Tomb Raider cosplaying society for identifying Lara Croft's two-way radio.
Midland for making the two-way radio set.
Humbrol for making the enamel paint.
The person who sold the two-way radio set on eBay.
3 days - Between 4 July 2014 and 16 July 2014.
Midland GTX1000 value pack - 427,45 NOK.
Humbrol 69 Yellow Gloss enamel paint - 23,18 NOK.
Total - 450,63 NOK / $58,12 USD.