I made my own drill like this for my young Simon costume. I'll tell you, it was the part of my costume people loved MOST. Plushie store-bought drill would do, but it wouldn't be nearly as awesome.
What I did to build it in two nights (not including shopping for parts):
I got a few pieces from the junkyard, but all fairly common stuff. A large funnel, a small round lamp base, a piece of metal tubing, two more pieces of metal tubing (to go over that one) to use as hand grips, hot glue, razor, metallic paint, and a sharpie.
- I cut the funnel top to fit the lamp base approximately, leaving tabs in the plastic for gluing.
- I cut the bottom of the funnel up so that the straight rube was converted into a point, which was all held straight and made into a solid piece with plenty of hot glue.
- I applied hot glue to the tabs I left on the top of the funnel and quickly stuck it to the lamp base.
- The lamp base has a hole in it the same size as the first metal tube (about 1/2" diameter, which I bent beforehand using a press. A smaller metal tube/rod may be easier t bend using a bench vice and some leverage), so I applied J.B. Weld and wedged those together.
- The hand grip pieces I put on the smaller bent tube, and used a screw to hold the end one on (a wad of tape would work as well though).
- Taped over the metal part (to keep it looking natural metal) and spray-painted the cone.
- After drying over night, I traced spiral lines on the cone with the sharpie.
I don't have any pictures of the steps, but here it in completed: http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/y...1/DSCN3567.jpg
Now keep in mind that some of these things can be substituted for other stuff:
Bent tube: You can use thin PVC with joints
Hand grips: Not necessary. I just liked that I could grab them and spin the drill without my hands getting raw.
Lamp base: This can easily be substituted with a piece of plastic cut round, or wood, or anything else that you can make into a round shape.
Cone: Anything conical. A modified funnel was the first thing to come to me.
Another Simon tip: The waist/ankle wraps can be VERY easily made.
1: Buy a cheapo bed sheet at Target or something like that (Probably less than $8)
2: Slice off the sewn ends of the sheet with a knife or scissors.
3: Start a cut with the knife/scissors about 8 inches in lengthwise.
4: Grab the piece where you started the cut, and PULL to tear off a strip.
5: Take that strip and wrap it around you. Is it long enough? If not, sew two together.
6: Get it to stay by starting with it tucked into your pants/sock or something, then when done just the end into itself.
Note: You may have to wrap it a little tight to get it to stay, but certainly nothing close to corset tight. I got mine to last the day at the convention, sucking in when wrapping it and pulling it taught. For the ankle wraps, it's the same process.