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26 July 2012

Bioshock Little sister's ADAM syringe.

I love the game bioshock and have always been terrified of the little sister character and her weapon. 

when i found a vintage petrol pump in one of my strolls around the internet and electronic bay i thought it would be fun to try and make a ADAM syringe. 

so i set about trying to get some screen grabs of the syringe....  Google provided me with a good selection.

so to start i got the petrol pump in the post. this is how it came. nice and dirty.

N.B there will be doubles of some of the things in the photos as i got two pumps and i was making these in parallel.
i cleaned it up. 

First i took the top cap off the pump and drilled a hole so i could fit a pipe coupler through it, this will be how the jar is held to the top of the pump and how the wires get to the LEDs in the jar. 

 I then screwed the top cap back onto the pump and added the LED housing made from clear acrylic tube. this is to keep the LEDs away from the red goo that will be in the jar. 

i drilled a hole in the jam jar lid and used the coupler to clamp a washer either side of the lid and i sealed the whole thing with silicone, to make it water tight.

i took some 1inch pvc pipe and cut it to the same length as the original nozzle of the pump.
i then screwed it into the nozzle opening.

I sharpened a 10mm dowel into a point to make it look like a needle.

two plastic rings cut to the size of the pvc front pipe are put on the dowel and then glued inside the pvc pipe.

In the reference photos i found i could see that the top jar was meant to look like a baby bottle, the little sisters drink out of it after they have stolen the ADAM. so i made a mount for the baby bottle nipple. this was done by making a plastic ring and sanded down the top edge to make it rounded and then i glued the rin to the top of the jar.

I drilled through the handle to make a hole to place a micro switch where the handle of the pump meets the pump so that it can be turned on and off when you squeeze the trigger.

i wired up three LEDs inside the housing and ran all the cables through the body of the pump and the battery will be housed in the rear of the pump.

The LEDs inside the base of the jar will light up the red goo inside the jar.

i glued a drain pipe collar round the bottom of the jar to cover the lid of the jam jar.

once filled with red bubble bath the LEDs light it up real good.
all the excess wires and the battery are housed in a pear pvc pipe coupler. 
Test fitting of all the parts so far. 

Rear end cap was needed to hold the batter in, so i made a hexagon and sanded it down to look like a pipe end bolt of some kind. 

I masked off all the delicate parts and threaded areas and sprayed everything with hammerite silver to get a hammered texture and to cover up marks etc. 

then i masked off the top of the jar(the nipple holder) and sprayed everything gold.

leaving the needle assembly silver. not gold.

once it was all dry i removed all the tape and this is what i got. 

I then weathered all the parts. using browns, blacks and reds. layering up starting with lighter browns and getting darker. then on the needle and some points on the body i used dark red for dried blood then light red to make it look fresh and bloody.

once its all dry i screwed the front needle assembly into the pump.

Now to fill the jar with the red goo (ADAM) (bubble bath)

i didnt fill it all the way up, i wanted it to look like it was mid use so not completely full. 

i turned the whole thing upside down and screwed the pump into the jar and then it is complete.

This is a short video of the light turning on and off. (sorry for the bad sound)

N.B i have two of these. if you would like one please contact me and we can discuss prices :) 


  1. How much do you sell these for? I'd love to buy one.

  2. Amazing! How much would this go for??