Hybrid G3 Retractable Mod [HG3R] by DarkArcher

Alright, finally… the time has come to release my first retractable mod prototype. Presenting the Hybrid G3 Retractable [HG3R]. This idea came to me one evening and I finished finalizing the mod that night. Basically the only tricky part is creating the retractable mechanism yourself. I tried to find suitable mechanisms from pens out in the market, but none seemed to fit. So in the end, I decided to improvise and come up with something. This mod is more for RSVP MX users because the weight is almost identical and is only a tiny bit lighter than the MX.

Retractable mods face many problems. This mod eliminates most of them. The only one I can’t seem to get rid off is the little bit of sound produced when the mod is spun. I convinced myself that making a silent retractable mod is almost impossible since G2s which are properly manufactured also produce sounds when being spun.

Let me share with you the problems of making retractable mods based on my many failed attempts.

1) The link between the retractable mechanism and the pen has to be strong so it won’t pop out under the pressure of the spring. For the HG3R, the strength needed to make the back mechanism pop out would be enough to first cause the grip to slip out. (Problem solved)

2) It has to withstand drops. (Problem solved)

3) The whole mod has to be stable. The HG3R has no loose parts. (Problem solved)

4) The ink tube has to be easily changed. Just take out the tip and replace the refill. (Problem solved)

5) Sound. Unfortunately there’s still some sound when the HG3R is spun. (Problem unsolved)

Ok, this is getting too lengthy so now let’s begin with the tutorial. Don’t forget to point out any improvements that can be made too. Enjoy. =)

Mod Facts:

Name: Hybrid G3 Retractable
Length: 18cm
Weight: Tiny bit lighter than the RSVP MX
COG: Almost center
Type: Retractable
Difficulty to mod: Hard

Parts Needed:

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1: G3 tip

2: HGG grip

3: G3 barrel

File/cut away the plastic studs after removing the grip. File the groove near the screw threads too (optional). Thicken the back portion with some tape.

4: G3 barrel back cap

Make a hole such that you can fit a G2 refill through it. You can use a nail to puncture many holes along the edges of the face of the back cap to make things easier. The G2 refill should have a tight fit when pushed through the back cap.

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After getting ready the G3 back cap and G2 refill mechanism, wrap tape around the refill as shown just in case to ensure that the G2 refill mechanism does not pop out.

5: Pilot’s The Better Retractable spring

Stretch it a little then bend it. This is done to minimize the sound. If you find that there’s still alot of sound when you spin, bend it even more.

6: Pilot’s The Better Retractable ink tube

7: Wooden stick

8: G2 refill mechanism part (Hardest part)

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Cut the refill into half, you’re only going to need one of the halves. Cut an “L” shape on opposite sides of the refill with a pen knife as shown. The width of the “L” shape path should be about 0.2cm. After that, you place some double sided tape on the parts around the “L” shape and you wrap some tape sticky side up snugly around the “L” cuttings. To cover up the sticky portion, wrap tape the correct way over it.

How to tape it:

9: Pilot’s The Better Retractable clicker part portion

Cut off the surrounding plastic with wire cutters to get the inner part of the clicker. Wrap some tape on the silver part of the clicker so that it’s a tight fit when placed in the Bic Round stick barrel portion. Thicken the bottom part of the clicker portion but ensure that it can move around smoothly in the G2 refill. This is done to reduce the sound.

10: Part of the Bic Round Stick’s barrel

It is about 1.6cm. Place some double sided tape at one end as seen in the picture. Once you place it in the G3 cap (the side with the double sided tape in first), try not to take it out again because you might make sticky stains on the insides of the cap.

11: G3 cap

Get rid of the clip and cut the remaining plastic.


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Finnished Product:

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29 Responses to Hybrid G3 Retractable Mod [HG3R] by DarkArcher

  1. tacoflavour says:

    where can I get that insert?

  2. sfsr says:

    You would need to ask DA himself to get it, but I think he has used https://penspinning.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/rsvpv1_design1.gif as a base, changed the colors and edited the back part of it.

  3. tacoflavour says:

    can someone please give me a list of pens I need and links to pictures of them?

  4. tacoflavour says:

    plus where can I get them instead of ebay?

  5. picool says:

    Yes, can we have the list of pens needed ? We can’t do the mod if we haven’t the list

  6. sami4ajax says:

    What Pilot do you use for 8 and 9 please?

  7. sebbl says:

    what pen is used in 9. ???
    or how long is the “Pilot’s The Better Retractable ink tube” ????

  8. sebbl says:

    I think it’s from the “BP-S MATIC”

  9. walnuts5435 says:

    i have all the materials to make the pen, but how long does the wooden stick have to be?

  10. z says:

    Can you use a hybrid gel grip pen + RSVP?

  11. DespairFactor17 says:

    i found this pen to have many problems

    1. short.
    2. the g3 was changed to the HGG grip is harder to get onto the g3
    3. after about a day the tape inside of the g3 cap becomes a weak link and the cap may fly off
    4. you depended on tape for too many things
    5. the retractable mechanism doesn’t even work correctly. you have to twist the cap slightly just to write

    overall 3/10

  12. jo says:

    i like this mod but were can i get an hgg pen or can i substitute it

  13. paz says:

    u dont have to use hgg grips do u?

  14. virus says:

    What pen is used in etap 9 ??????????

  15. ryanlim2008 says:

    wat can be replaced for the clicker part and spring ?

  16. k2z says:

    The pen used in step 9 is the part from the better retractable.

    I finished this mod a little while ago. overal 9.5/10, I just don’t like the messy tape.

    @despairfactor: you’re an idiot, that’s the way the retractable mech is supposed to work.

  17. thnikk says:

    gonna try this again. hope it doesn’t come out as bad as last time…

  18. ruthlessspinner says:

    where do i get pilot better retractable?any one has a pic i cant find it.

  19. ruthlessspinner says:

    dosent the ink come out?? the toothpick will poke the ink out when u retract it

  20. ruthlessspinner says:

    where is part 8 in the pen???

  21. Me says:

    The Mod is quite good, but used a bit too much tape. The pen Pilot the Better Retractable is quite hard to obtain. Does anyone know any subsitutes? Ithink the insert he used was called rasen from upsb. Link-http://www.upsb.info/wiki/index.php/Category:Inserts

  22. gamerguy455 says:

    what else do u need besides a g3 pen, hgg grip, and g2 refill?

  23. gamerguy455 says:

    and how do u cut the g2 refill?

  24. gamerguy455 says:

    OOPS!!! I ment by how long do u cut the g2 refill, and how do u cut the inside of it?

  25. Nation says:

    The mod is a good idea, and very well done, but making you own retractable mechanism is quite difficult, and the tutorial was too vague. I also think that you depended on tape for too many things.

  26. Exciter says:

    The Mod is quite good, but used a bit too much tape. The pen spinning pen Pilot the Better Retractable is quite hard to obtain. Does anyone know any subsitutes? Ithink the insert he used was called rasen from upsb.

  27. Curious says:

    Can you explain more about the mechanism part?
    The video is not very clear

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