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GundamGirl
April 28, 2013, 10:34 PM
For awhile I've been trying to find some ways to make a large scale model that is around 6 feet tall.
The problem is I need to find materials that will be cheap but good quality. I've heard of a lot of people using crafting foam for large scale models (not specifically Gundam models).
Anybody have any tips on materials I should use?
I plan to make a Char's Zaku 2, or a Johnny Riddem Zaku (classic huh?).
This isn't my first time doing a large scale model of something, but this is the first time I plan to make a *perfect* looking model, so I must find the best materials for a decent price.
Any ideas?

thwalker13
April 30, 2013, 4:53 PM
What if you used some of those dark gray noodles as the "inner frame" parts. Like the joint areas. You could even run some PVC tubing down them for support and possible even joints. Then you could use styrofoam or even the packing foam like you find in furniture to make the body. Depending on the size you could use a helmet to form the head.

Squee
April 30, 2013, 5:20 PM
The 5ft tall unicorn that has been making it's way around the cons the past few years is made out of wood and metal rods for support.

http://republicofgeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/large-gundam-unicorn-model-statue-new-york-comic-con-2012.jpg

Learn how to use a papercraft program like paprika and you can probably print it up on cardstock and just add resin for support

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVBpCxyNqO0

GundamGirl
May 1, 2013, 12:35 AM
What if you used some of those dark gray noodles as the "inner frame" parts. Like the joint areas. You could even run some PVC tubing down them for support and possible even joints. Then you could use styrofoam or even the packing foam like you find in furniture to make the body. Depending on the size you could use a helmet to form the head.

The PVC tubing is definitely a good idea, especially because of its durability. I've seen a few people use helmets to form heads for similar models. Since the model is intended to be 6 feet, a helmet would be a good sized base. Thank you for that helpful answer!

GundamGirl
May 1, 2013, 12:38 AM
The 5ft tall unicorn that has been making it's way around the cons the past few years is made out of wood and metal rods for support.

http://republicofgeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/large-gundam-unicorn-model-statue-new-york-comic-con-2012.jpg

Learn how to use a papercraft program like paprika and you can probably print it up on cardstock and just add resin for support

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVBpCxyNqO0

If I did use wood I'd use basswood, since it would be the easiest. I don't have a lot to work with, so I would of course opt for the easier to cut wood :p I'll have to take a look at some papercraft programs. I've done multiple papercraft models myself so luckily I already have a decent grasp on that.

thwalker13
May 1, 2013, 7:39 AM
Depending on how that Unicorn is made, it could weigh a ton. Durable for sure no doubt. But very heavy.

Squee
May 1, 2013, 11:01 PM
I've lifted it(even tried to steal the head XD) and it weighs about 50 lbs. It's pretty light wood used.

thwalker13
May 1, 2013, 11:13 PM
Wow. Might be balsa wood.

GundamGirl
May 4, 2013, 5:51 AM
Depending on how that Unicorn is made, it could weigh a ton. Durable for sure no doubt. But very heavy.
That is what I was thinking, it looks really well though. That of course is why I must opt for the lightest wood; I don't want to have to carry around a "boulder" @.@


I've lifted it(even tried to steal the head XD) and it weighs about 50 lbs. It's pretty light wood used.
Wow you are lucky! Did you see it at a convention? And how did the paint look up close? Wow 50 lbs. isn't bad at all for a model that size :0 I'm shocked it is so light!