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Wiltonican
January 22, 2012, 2:37 AM
Gundam Strike Freedom UMPG 1:12 scale
(UMPG = Ultra Mega Perfect Grade! hehe)
(1:12 scale = to fit my head as a Halloween costume)


This is a project of mine that started roughly 10 years ago. (But my first attempt, I failed miserably) Had always wanted to do this one right. A dream project if you will. A full WORKING Gundam costume! Very ambitious, I know. Had a lot of things planned with it. Things that are way out of my realm of expertise or know-how, but it won't really stop me from trying. This is an exercise after all, and I'm going to experiment with everything as I go. Fabricating EVERYTHING.. seeing as I can't just go to the store and buy it. I'll definitely learn a few things along the way.

My bar is high. I won't compromise (much) on the integrity of the design. It'll be both faithful to the design AND be fully mechanically/electronically functional! Maybe you can help me.. and give pointers too.


A full costume? Hmmm.. maybe not a FULL costume, like from head to toe.. this project most likely won't go that far. Well, maybe it will.. who knows.

Follow me and see....



Concept and Design:
Going through the million iterations of Gundam, I've realized I just want a simple, recognizable Gundam. Not looking for anything fancy.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/Gundam-RX78-002-1.jpg
Not too simple like the original 70's classic version (on the left)
Not too complex like the ones that you can't even tell what you're looking at(on the right) Seriously, where does the body stop and the head begin?!?

Looking for the Goldilocks of the Gundams...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/Strike_or_Freedom.jpg
Pretty much the basic model with a few extra touches to spice things up. Think we have a winner! Strike has the simplicity I want and Freedom has the detail touches. (Minus those crazy wings. Not a fan of those either). Guess, I'll have to customize my own Gundam for this project. That's ok.. part of the fun.

I'm treating this project as a big .. like really BIG, Gundam model build. With the exception of buying the kit, I would have to scratch build the head first. Going to custom build the parts/details I want later, then paint it... just like a model build... but on a bigger scale! It's going to draw upon every ounce of skill I have. From scratch build fabrication with any material, to wiring and electronics, to rigging, to the finishing process/painting. Keeping in mind this is a wearable costume. So comfort will have to be a primary concern.

Right out of the starting blocks, I hit my first roadblock. Scale would be a problem with this project. Gundam scales are off-wack! There is no human being on this earth with those proportions. For a visual reference, here's a proper human proportion:

REAL humans are usually 7.5 to 8 heads tall. Meaning if you cut your head off, duplicate it 8 times, then stack them on top of one another... that's how tall you would be. Or cut that last head in half to make it 7.5 heads, that would be ok too.

But, in the world of Gundam, it's a bit different. Actually, in the general world of anime, it's different.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/proportion04-1.jpg

This Gundam is roughly 9 3/4 heads tall! Thems crazy proportions. The cute model next to him looks like she has freakishly big head now. What also doesn't help is the short torso and lengthy legs that any supermodel would be jealous of. The feet.. you kidding me? Compensate much?

So, what does this observation mean? I means I won't be building a standardly proportionate Gundam costume to fit me. If I did, I would be wearing stilts and be 10 feet tall. Nope, not doing that.

My solution would be to throw proportions out the door and go for a chibi look!
This means I can do whatever I want. Might as well make it look funny. I'll try for the "funny but cool" look. It's gonna be a fun challenge! I love challenges.

Here's my quick photoshop mockup:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/Mockup_Helm.jpg
Tee hee. Love it. Gonna start!

*TIP: Use a LOT of photo reference. Use the internet! It's fun! I had downloaded HUNDREDS of random pics from a gazillion websites. I'd even take a pic that had an uninteresting gundam.. but had one tiny cool feature that I'd think I may use.. i'd download it. Store it in the reference library. It might be an inspiration for something else later. You'll never know.

Exia
January 22, 2012, 2:57 AM
So, you're combining Strike and Freedom? You do know there's a MS called the Strike Freedom, right? From SEED Destiny.

Either way, this sounds very fun.

Wiltonican
January 22, 2012, 3:01 AM
Yup! I'm using Strike Freedom as a base. There's a resin bust of it that I like a lot. I had reference it initially.

The details is what I'll be straying off from the original design.

Wiltonican
January 22, 2012, 3:12 AM
Initial Software Build:

The approach is to build this in computer first. Incorporate all the design elements. Give and take details away without wasting time (and material) in the real world. I used Maya. With help from a friend, armed with some great tips, I was able to build the head from scratch. Took me a few days to tweak it to final stages.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/MayaSnap.png

*TIP: Do not overbuild! Remember, the more polygons there is at this stage, the more cuts and folds you will have to deal with later.


My intentions with this Maya model afterwards was to be exported into Pepakura. (Pepakura is a software program for unfolding a 3d object into printable parts) Very easy to learn. It's a free downloadable program you can get from tamasoft.co.jp

I also had to learn how to model in Maya. (I hate modelling. No good at it) But, for this project, I'd go through the basics just to get my head done. Like I said before, this is a learning experience. I treat ALL my projects like this. If I don't know how to do it, just learn it. Resources are abundant. Especially these days with the internet. Never fear the roadblocks. Challenge them!

When building this model in Maya, I had to incorporate one key feature. The face must retract up into the helmet! I don't want to always be limited to the small eye holes in the mask. I can get more peripheral vision AND more air to breath when the face mask is in the up position. Well, that's the idea anyways. So, I made a 'bracket' that is attached to the face with a point to pivot. I'll explain this with a pic later.

Once the Maya model is done. I broke it up into smaller pieces: "mohawk", "horns", "face", "sideburns", "helmet", and "goatee". This made it a bit more manageable in Pepakura. I can then focus and treat each piece as smaller projects. I exported each piece as an OBJ format so Pepakura can read.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/PepakuraSnap.png
Here is the entire head imported into Pepakura. Just for fun. Looking at the unfolded pages on the right.. you can see why I decided to break it down into smaller pieces.


Here is the face piece. And the "L" shape brackets are what I was referring to as the rig I made to allow the face to pivot and rotate up into the helmet. That might still sound confusing. Hopefully it'll be clearer when this gets made. hehe
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/PepakuraFaceSnap.png
You can see on the right side of the screen shows the face unfolded. Each of those rectangles represents a standard 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. This face will take 7 sheets of paper to make.


I had experience with Pepakura before as I had made 3 heads before (One was my halloween costume 2 years ago)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/71600_496424302673_610357673_7702658_3891774_n.jpg

Wiltonican
February 4, 2012, 4:06 AM
Made some progress with the helmet!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_3643.jpg
Here's some of the pieces assembled. Mines the "mohawk" and "horns" and some detail bits.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4039.jpg
A work-in-progress .. Lined with resin and some reinforcement. And test fitted some parts here and there.

Check out the blog for more detailed updates.
http://headstrikecostume.blogspot.com/

Zeta
February 4, 2012, 5:24 AM
Wow, that looks cool. I can only imagine what the final product will look like.

SilverFrameAstray
February 7, 2012, 12:32 AM
If you stop this project and posting pictures, I will smash my gunpla.

Wiltonican
February 7, 2012, 2:29 PM
Zeta: Thanks!

SFA: o noes! No worries.. I will post more tonight. Had a lot of things to sort out mechanic-wise. But, made a LOT of progress on it. Be prepared for a HUGE photo update. And maybe a video too! Your gunpla is safe!!

Wiltonican
February 7, 2012, 6:09 PM
I should back up a little and go through the process of resin. The same process as those fancy composite materials such as "fiberglass" and "carbon fiber".

Toughen Up!

This is what I'll be using for the laminating resin.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_3645.jpg

System THREE mirror coat epoxy resin. It's an A + B mix. (One pint of A and 1/2 a pint of B costed me roughly $30) Where it's a 1:2 ratio. I've used many other different brands and types of resins. Where you it's calculated by volume. The MEKP hardener is added in 1:40. That's a really hard ratio to mix! It's like a small cup of resin to a few drops of hardener. I never know if I get it right. With the System THREE, it's SO much easier to see. The "mirror" just means it's super clear. Dries like glass. Great for top coats too.

The brushes are from Dollarama (Dollar store). 6pk for a buck. Love it when it's disposable. Cause it has to be. You can't reuse the brush after one use.

The measuring cups are from Industrial Paint and Plastics. Same place where I picked up the resin.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4620.jpg

Once i mixed up the ratio into a plastic cup, I stirred quickly. Trying not to create too many bubbles at the same time. Bubbles causes weak points in the resin.

*TIP: Prepare your workspace! Even though this brand of resin is 'indoor' use, it should be ventilated anyways! Better safe than sorry. Stuff is toxic. Cover up your workspace properly. Any drippage of the resin will be next to impossible to get out later. It would bond to anything! Gloves is a must too.

Apply the resin with the disposable brush. Do it fast and methodically. Good thin layer. Making sure there aren't any pooling of resin anywhere. Notice the paper becomes transparent as the resin soaks into the paper fibers. This is normal.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4621.jpg

With an old coat hanger, I hung up the piece to dry. It should be hard for the next layer in about 8 to 10 hours. Make sure there's newspaper and/or cardboard underneath to catch any extra dripping resin. Best to hang this outside (away from rain and strong winds, of course). Garage is good.

Some electrical bits. Micro switches, wires, 9v battery clips, and a couple of micro fans.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_3680.jpg
I have to figure this stuff out later. Where and how it will be installed.

Wiltonican
February 7, 2012, 6:27 PM
Reinforcement


Now that I've got a nice thin coat of resin throughout the entire inside shell already. Good and tacky for the next part of the procedure. The reinforcement. Something to give it a bit more rigidity.

If it was just the paper, it'd be just floppy. And if it was just the resin coating, it would be brittle. It'd crack and things would break off, it'd be a mess. You need something to bind it all together. Like all composite materials like carbon fibre and fiberglass, the process usually includes some sort of fabric for the resin to permeate into and bond. The fabric would give it both strength and flexibility.


The Fabric:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4003.jpg
This fabric is from the fabric store. Just a simple sheer material at $7 for a square yard. Plenty for this project. Just pick something with strength, has plenty of holes, and thin enough that can bend over small shapes.

Obstacle! (I'll hit MANY of these as I build this.. I'm sure!) It's a minor one. I fitted the helmet over my head and noticed the neck opening is a tad tight. Not like I was claustrophobic or anything. Just wanted a bit more room. So, with a pair of scissors, just trimmed it off a bit.

TIP: At this stage, the paper and thin layer of resin was still easy to cut through. This is really the only time to make these adjustments. After I put the fabric in, scissors won't cut it. Only a dremel too would work then. So, plan accordingly!


Pre-cut the fabric into small manageable pieces. Make enough for one good batch of resin. Actually, make MORE than you need. It would be difficult to stop in the middle of the resin process just to cut more fabric.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4006.jpg


The Resin Process:

Here I'll go through the resin process in a bit more detail...
System Three is a resin that was rated for indoor application. Most are super toxic that MUST be used outdoors or with great ventilation. The fumes are really REALLY bad for you. Like cancer bad. Don't risk it. Just not worth it.

Prepare the area. I used a large sheet of cardboard. WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES! Stuff is sticky. And won't wash out with simple soap and water.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4011.jpg
1) Thoroughly mix the resin and hardener in a plastic (disposable) cup. (2 part resin + 1 part hardener) Try to limit the bubbles when stirring.
2) With the brush, layer a thin coat of resin on the area you are going to apply. About the size of the fabric you have.
3) Lay on fabric
4) Lay on another thin coat of resin over the fabric. Making sure it's thoroughly soaked. Especially all the edges.

TIP: Don't mix too much resin at a time. Only mix enough to work on for a half and hour. If you lay too much fabric at one time, it might get heavy and start to sag. Better to work one layer at a time. And in one area. Too much resin.. would just pool down.. making a huge mess. And possibly sticking your work onto the cardboard! Ruining everything. (Trust me, I speak from experience here!) You'd be better off spreading the work across a few days. Working in small sections at a time.

TIP: Keep a towel nearby. Wipe stray drops the moment it lands.

TIP: Don't OVER soak. Too little resin, the fabric would come off and you'll lose strength. Too much resin, and it'll become brittle and crack.. and you'll lose strength. Find and learn that balance.

(silly 4 image per post rule.. to be continuted...hehe)

Any feedback and comments is welcomed. Love to hear what you guys have to say here. Am I nuts in a project so ambitious?!?

thwalker13
February 9, 2012, 4:22 PM
Wow, this is awesome. Looks like an fun project. Can't wait to see more.

Wiltonican
February 10, 2012, 2:59 PM
Thanks thwalker13. Words of encouragement motivates my desire to update posts!!

Totally forgot to mention where I got my inspiration from. A model of a Strike Freedom Gundam by an artist Min Bong-Gi. His work is simply awe inspiring.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/DSC07270-2.jpg
My costume will be 80% from his design. And I'll throw in things here and there.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4013.jpg
Overlap each piece a little. This would give it the strength and flexibility. Try not to go past the edges. It'll be more work for you later if you do. And that would involve a dremel tool.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4014.jpg
Hang it up to dry. Make sure the shape is correct. Not skewed to one side. At this point I have no idea if it's the correct width. I may need to make adjustments later.

Resin all dried. Excited to finally test fit the helmet. Looking at this makes me smile. And totally fuels my motivation to continue!
Wife test fitting the helmet section.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4022.jpg

This is where a lot of questions would be answered...

- Would it fit? Yes
- Is the overall helmet the correct scale? Yes
- Does it look good? (Subjectively) Yes
- Would my eyes align up with the helmet's eye holes? Yes
- Is there sufficient room for the face to retract up? Hmmm.. still a close call. Not 100%. (fingers still crossed)

I think there enough space between my face and the mask for breathing. But, I still think I would put a fan there to circulate the air. I'm sure it'll help.

The vision through the eyes. Hmm... it's there. I can totally see straight. But, I'm afraid it won't be enough. I can see myself running into everything. I might consider virtual glasses and a mini video camera... that is .. if the budget allows. Those are expensive units. $300+!

If I do end up going the route of virtual glasses. Then the eyeholes maybe fitted with a solid piece of lens that I can then light up! Which would be cool at night. And it'll also match the anime! That would be awesome.

Being rich is awesome. Wish I was rich. Wish I was awesome.

thwalker13
February 11, 2012, 1:44 AM
Dude, if you went the virtual glasses route. You could put cameras in the upper part of the head just like an actual head unit from a Gundam. Btw, excellent progress. It's looking really good. And that bust of the Strike Freedom is just awesome.

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 2:33 AM
Dude, if you went the virtual glasses route. You could put cameras in the upper part of the head just like an actual head unit from a Gundam. Btw, excellent progress. It's looking really good. And that bust of the Strike Freedom is just awesome.

Those were my exact thoughts! Perfect spot. Got the height advantage too! With a wide angle camera, there's no excuses for tripping! And if I went with an infrared camera, not only do I have the capability of seeing at night, the red lights adds to the lighting as well!

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 2:41 AM
I think for the next little bit, I'm going to focus on the "horns" or antennas or whatever-you-call-ems. They are the 4 long protrusions that come off the forehead. I had a concern where these long horns where I would bump into walls and doorways constantly and eventually break off. Totally see this happening because I have zero peripheral vision. Only looking out of 2 tiny holes directly in front of me.

So the solution would be to make them strong and maybe 'break-away-able'. So, if I do hit something, it simply comes off.. and I can put it back together again without any damage.

My solution for the strength part would be to use a different material. Metal would be too hard to fabricate with and it would be too heavy. The paper/resin would be too weak since it's hollow. Difficult to reinforce the insides. So, I'm going with plastic. I picked up a huge sheet of (0.08 gauge) plastic from Industrial Paint and Plastics. (They sell all kinds of cool industrial building stuff. Same place where I picked up the measuring cups and resin kits)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4016.jpg
(Small) Obstacle: I had to go back into Pepakura to print these shapes out on regular paper. Since I'm not going to use them in the same fashion as the rest of the build. I'm just using them as cutting templates. So, I left out the tabs and numbers too. Had to go back into Maya to adjust the model of the long horns. This way I can break them into 2 shapes that run arcross 2 pages. Couldn't fit the horn onto one single 8.5"x11" paper.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4036.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4038.jpg
TIP: Make sure that blade is still sharp! You have to make a few SLOW accurate runs on each cut. Being extra careful not to swipe that blade across any of my fingers! Don't really need to cut all the way through, once it's past halfway.. you can just bend-break it off. Still has a clean edge. Sand if not.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4050.jpg
Love modelling putty. Goes on easy. Cures fast. Sands smooth.
(Picked up a couple tubes at the local hobby store)

Plastic Cement is what I used to sandwich them all together

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 2:48 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4053.jpg
All edges sanded down smooth. It's got a great solid feel to them now. Not worried about banging them around.

The solution for the 'break-away' horns.. so they don't actually BREAK. I think I'm going with rare-earth magnets. They're super strong and can easily hold the weight of each horn. (In the above picture) I've tested the magnets' strength. So far so good. If that isn't enough, I can always go with hook and loop (Velcro). Or maybe a combination of both. This is also a good idea for when it comes to storage.

From the paper template I printed out off of Pepakura, I cut more pieces from the plastic sheet. Gluing them together with plastic cement

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5789.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5791.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5794.jpg
The second pair of "horns" are basically glorified tetrahedrons. Throwing in a few details here and there. It'll be strong and lightweight.

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 3:07 AM
"Horns" all cut and glued. Time to finish it off all the edges with a little modelling putty.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5815.jpg

All edges sanded smooth. I left the 'end caps' open. Reason being I needed to figure out how to anchor each horn onto its base. If I were to simply just glue the cap on... it would be fine, if it was a model that I let sit on the shelf. But, this helmet needs to endure a lot of motion. The thin bead of glue would never hold its weight of the horns, it would tear it off the base pretty fast.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5816.jpg

Looked around and found some scrap wood. This will give it a good anchor to the base. So, I plan on using resin to bind it all together. Drilling random holes into the wood to give the resin something to grab onto. A few screws would help this too. You can tell, I'm totally improvising now.

Backside of the entire assembly.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5856.jpg

Inside, there are 2 black strips. These are metal plates. (Random junk I found around the house) These are glued down with superglue. Their purpose for which I may or may not use, is the contact points in which the magnets would attach themselves to the rest of the helmet. (the forehead)


- Metal plates (shown in light brown)
- Paper towels (shown in green squiggly lines) - They fill the volume of space inside
- Wood with screws (shown in grey) - The paper towels are soaked with resin and would 'grab' onto the wooden dowels and nails. Just randomly wrapping around them. Making sure the towels also touch all sides of the walls. Both unifying everything and giving it strength.

You can see the entry holes where I pour my resin into. Filling whatever space there is. This would give the proper solid feel to the entire assembly.

The "horns" are 90% done. Ready for some more details and then paint!
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5856b.jpg

Zeta
February 12, 2012, 3:40 AM
They're called V-fins. And wow, they look awesome. I have a friend whose making an F-91 cosplay outfit for when I go to Anime EXpo in June.

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 4:36 AM
They're called V-fins. And wow, they look awesome. I have a friend whose making an F-91 cosplay outfit for when I go to Anime EXpo in June.

Ah.. haha.. thanks Zeta! V-fins it is then. If there was an cosplay or some Anime Expo around me, I'd go. Sounds fun.

Back to updatin!!

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 4:44 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5857.jpg

Cover up hole.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5858.jpg

A little piece of detail. Paper template first, then plastic again. Love working with the plastic. Very easy to work with. Easy to cut, easy to sand, easy to glue. Awesome.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5859.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5865.jpg

V-Fins glued and sanded! Ready for primer!
I just ordered some LEDs. I might put some into these. Like right at the tips. I'm treating them like tall antennae towers with flashing beacon lights to warn planes not to crash into them. Well.. at my scale.. it's more of a warning for pigeons... or tall people.

Now to move on....

Zeta
February 12, 2012, 5:02 AM
Dude, those look awesome! I can't wait to see these things when they're painted.

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 5:43 AM
Dude, those look awesome! I can't wait to see these things when they're painted.

hehe.. you and me both. But, the road to that point is FAR away...

Wiltonican
February 12, 2012, 5:49 AM
(I know these pics are out of order.. but, my thought process is still the same)

On the subject of ventilation, I was thinking where I should put my mini fans.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_3682.jpg


Since I cut out these side vents, I can place the fan units behind a screen inside the vents. Heck, I can even rig it so I showcase those running fans.


Even though these fans run super silent, having them an inch away from my ear can still be annoying. If it's not the fans' noise, then it's the air being pushed through that I will hear.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/FanSchematic.jpg
...Or I can place them behind the vent holes/nostrils. This would give me direct flow of fresh air. I think this route is best.


And to vent the hot air outward, I chose the most logical place. On the tail end of the "mohawk" piece.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_3681.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_4029.jpg
Perfect. I think this is definitely the solution. The fan's size is perfect for that 'exhaust port'. I can dress up that detail accordingly now.

Wiltonican
February 13, 2012, 5:32 PM
Got excited and duct taped all the pieces together to see what it would look like finished.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5867.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5869.jpg

Taking a little moment to enjoy what I have done so far...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5876.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5878.jpg
It looks like I'm almost done. But, I'm not even close to the finish line. There are a million things on my checklist to do still. So much more fabrication. A lot of obstacles to hurdle over.

Wiltonican
February 14, 2012, 12:48 PM
Most likely I'll be going with the red, yellow, white paint scheme. But, if you guys have any suggestions on a good one, I might entertain it! Show me what you got!

Zeta
February 14, 2012, 5:20 PM
If you're going to go with Strike Freedom, I recommend using this a template.

Wiltonican
February 14, 2012, 5:30 PM
Yup. That's what I'm going for right now. Classic colors. (Head = red, white, yellow, black)

I thought the idea of using Ferrari Red/Red Crinkle finish (Ferrari engine red) would be cool. Treating the mobile suit as an exotic car.

thwalker13
February 14, 2012, 7:51 PM
Wow, progress looks awesome man. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see the body parts.

Wiltonican
February 14, 2012, 8:04 PM
Retractable face

Now that the 2 major pieces are assembled. I can tackle one of the biggest features on my costume. The retractable face. It looks like there is clearance. It'll be close. So, it's a green light for now.
Time to move forward!

Obstacle: Well... I had a feeling about this one when I hung it to dry. The face dried too wide. Meaning the pivot points that I had made in Pepakura stage are too far apart and will not line up with the pivot points inside the helmet. Since I had reinforced it already, this thing will NOT bend. If I force it too hard, it will break.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5886.jpg
Sooooo.. out comes the Dremel tool. Equiped with a mini cutting disc. The pivots gets chopped.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5888.jpg

Now, I have make something in its place. Starting out with a block of hardwood.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5884.jpg

Using Chicago screws to bolt the hinge joint together. The bracket is simple "All Round galvanized bracing" The holes are perfect size for the Chicago screws.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5885.jpg

Wiltonican
February 14, 2012, 8:09 PM
The wood is screwed into the helmet from the bottom.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5891.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_5896.jpg
Done. Works like a charm.

Video of retractable face:

http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/?action=view&current=IMG_6016.mp4

Close-up of hinge:

http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/?action=view&current=IMG_6017.mp4

Wiltonican
February 16, 2012, 1:22 AM
Anyone know of a good link/site that has some good decals/specs? (specifically Strike Freedom, of course) I can make my own... since , my Strike Freedom is sort of customized anyways. But, I'd like to start my base off of the original.

(Not looking to buy the actual decals. Just need the design, font, and whatever random letters/numbers. So higher the resolution ,the better. And AI files/vector files are the best!)

thwalker13
February 16, 2012, 11:47 AM
I have some high resolution scans from the PG Strike Freedom's manual that shows the location of the decals. I can send them to you via email if you'd like.

Wiltonican
February 16, 2012, 12:47 PM
I have some high resolution scans from the PG Strike Freedom's manual that shows the location of the decals. I can send them to you via email if you'd like.

Thanks! You have PM.

Wiltonican
February 16, 2012, 12:57 PM
Satisfied with the retractable faceplate. I decided to get to work on some of the details.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/Details1.jpg

Those tiny fins that jut upward on those "ears".. I might put lights on the tips of those. Just for fun.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/Details2.jpg

There really is no reason why I can't simply paint this design onto the side there. It's not like it has a huge impact on the overall head. It'd be SO much easier if I did. BUT.... I'm not that kind of person. Especially for this project. I'm taking the hard way out on EVERY aspect of this build. I love to challenge myself. I have no one to prove but to myself.

Maybe I'm a closet sadist.

Wiltonican
February 17, 2012, 2:57 PM
Paint:

The paint scheme was something on my mind from the very beginning. I wanted to try something radical. Something cool. Something not done before. Then a friend said, "Go classic". I just sat there and agreed. It is the more recognizable scheme. No one would say, "Hey! look it's Optimus Prime!"

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6153.jpg

Wish Tamiya/Mr Hobby/etc came in large spray cans. Wish hobby paints were cheap. Then I thought, why would I need to?!? Classic Gundam is white, yellow, and red. That's it! Awesome. That only means a trip to Home Depot to pick up some cheap paints!! Starting out with (sandable) grey primer, flat black for all the insides, and flat white for the helmet. I only need a bit of red and yellow for the face and "horns"(aka V-fins). I may just use my hobby paints and airbrush with that.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6154.jpg

Interior painted with flat black. (above pic is still wet) When it's dry, there is absolutely no shine. It gets REALLY dark in there now.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6157.jpg

Face painted.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6156.jpg

With the blade, I cut out the "nostrils" aka vent holes. I had purposely not reinforced the backside with fabric/resin, so I can cut into it easier.

Wiltonican
February 19, 2012, 3:56 AM
Machine Guns:

The machine guns were designed in Maya and eventually printed out from Pepakura. But, a quick glance at the insane work to make those out of paper... I said, "screw that!" I figured I can fabricate something from scratch much easier.

I had originally wanted to put actual video cameras into these spots. Then have these cameras hooked up to a pair of virtual glasses. That way I can see everything in front of me. Rather than the tiny eye holes in the face mask. Alas, that was a really expensive route. And my compromise was to just put LED lights in that location.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6057.jpg

Picked up these cheapo LED flashlights from the dollar store! Clamped them down on my vise and sawed them in half with my trusty Dremel tool.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6058.jpg

Now, it's the perfect size. Even has the placement of LEDs that makes it look like machine guns! Perfect. With 2 mounted on either side of the helmet, I'd get a great flood light in front of me. Perfect for night walks. If I had a dog, I'd TOTALLY walk it at night with the helmet on.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6062.jpg

Dressing it up. Here I'm heating up a PVC pipe so I can wrap it around the "machine gun"

Wiltonican
February 19, 2012, 3:58 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6065.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6172.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6173.jpg
Voila. Randomly designed on the fly. Using whatever scraps I had in front of me.

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 2:15 AM
Thrusters:

Again, like the machine guns, this exhaust port/tailpipe was originally printed out from Pepakura. And eventually decided against the laborious work in folding the insane small triangles. Thinking a simple pipe would do the trick!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6178.jpg

Borrrrringggggg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6179.jpg

Sandwiched 3 pieces of plastic, beveled it, heated it up, curled it up...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6180.jpg

A bit o slicin' and dicin'

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6181.jpg

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 2:15 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6182.jpg

No one would care how much work was involved in getting that subtle curve into those tiny pieces... but me. O.. and now you. haha

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6184.jpg

Most of these detail bits are designed on the fly and in my head. It's a hit or miss process.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6186.jpg

Here, I thought, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if I can design a cool afterburner looking plates?!?"
Uh... looking at it completed.. it's a big no. No, it isn't cool.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6192.jpg

I'm lame.

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 2:17 AM
Anyone have any idea what the function of those forehead lights are on each Gundam? The square-ish box behind the V-fins.

GNzaku0023
February 20, 2012, 2:37 AM
forehead cameras

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 3:20 AM
forehead cameras

In the show? Really? I never recalled their purpose.

squeam
February 20, 2012, 6:20 AM
Yeah, usually that's what they are said to be.

Also, I just don't even know how to respond to all the amazing-ness contained in this thread. I get on to check out how you are progressing and am just completely blown away every step of the way! This is truly genius work being done here and I personally thank you for letting us in on the process of such an ambitious and brilliant project. Thank you!

thwalker13
February 20, 2012, 10:31 AM
Yep forehead cameras. Same with the eyes of coarse. I'm loving the progress you're making. I can't wait to see the final product. Keep up the great work.

Asterisk
February 20, 2012, 11:37 AM
Many mobile suits are actually riddled with cameras all over. Ones with the panoramic cockpits at any rate.

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 12:38 PM
GNzaku0023: Thanks for the heads up (yea.. that was a pun.. so what?!? :p)

squeam: Thanks! It's a fun ride so far.

thwalker13: Thanks. I can see the end in my head.. but, I'm just waiting for the LEDs to arrive. They're kind of holding me up at the moment. I'm just finding things to do now.

Asterisk: Hmmm... having cameras ALL over my costume would be cool. AND very expensive. Having bug-eye vision would be fun. I highly doubt I can have even just one.

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 5:14 PM
Mohawk:

Looking at the top piece, aka "mohawk".. it looked kind of boring. So, spicing it up...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6188.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6190.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6213.jpg

Wiltonican
February 20, 2012, 5:15 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6219.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6221.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6202.jpg

Wiltonican
February 22, 2012, 1:37 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6205.jpg

Needed to find a good place to install the switch plate.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6206.jpg

Inside? On the back? Or the brow ridge? Under the chin?

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6207.jpg

I think this is the way to go. Easiest to access. Those switches would be covered up by the "goatee"

Only thing I have to sort out is all the wiring that needs to get to switch plate. Obstacle being the fact that the wires needs to travel around a retractable face. Not really a big deal... since I built a convenient "channel" into the hinge point. Where I can pipe all my wiring through without the worry of any of the wires pinching by the pivoting action,

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6211.jpg


With a "scratch of the chin", I'm able to turn on all my lights and fans now.

thwalker13
February 22, 2012, 7:13 PM
Now that is cool.

Wiltonican
February 23, 2012, 1:18 AM
Now that is cool.

Thanks, I might consider relocating the switches to a forearm "box". That is.. IF I get that far. I'm still debating whether or not I should just stop at the shoulders.

thwalker13
February 23, 2012, 7:15 AM
I think you should go with a full armor set. That would be one hell of a Halloween costume.

Wiltonican
February 23, 2012, 1:45 PM
Right now.. I'm re-evaluating the entire costume. There is an end goal as far as the look is concerned. And it's the biggest concern. If I can't achieve that look. I simply won't continue. It will all depend on whether or not I can make the costume fit into my body... and still maintain the integrity of the design.

If I can't, I'll just go extra silly and wear a printed T-Shirt with the Gundam body.. and wear those silly gundam slippers. (you know the ones.. the ones that makes that crashing sound with every step) haha

Wiltonican
February 23, 2012, 2:02 PM
Electronics:

Time to dabble in the wiring. Not my forte, that's for sure. But, I know the basics... enough to get by on this project. Not going to do anything crazy.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6209.jpg

Back on the machine guns:
With the flashlight disassembled, I soldered a positive and negative wire to their respective points on the circuit.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6224.jpg

Tested it out with the battery pack that came with the flashlight. You can see a rough schematic drawing of my circuitry of all the elements going in to the helmet. 4 switches that would control the lighting and fans. Eventually, power will be drawn from a small portable 12v battery.

Wish I did know more about electronics , or else I really would go nuts. (fog generator, strobing lights, neon lighting, motorized faceplate, pop-up panelling, robotic voice changer, etc. ... possibilities are endless!)

Wiltonican
February 24, 2012, 12:42 PM
Let's get some colour onto these pieces! Well.. for starters, we need to prime anything that will be painted.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6227.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6228.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6229.jpg

Wiltonican
February 24, 2012, 12:43 PM
Masked the "machine guns". I want to keep a bit of the aluminum showing.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6230.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6231.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6236.jpg
This looks good in matte grey. Hmmm.. not a bad colour choice!

thwalker13
February 24, 2012, 12:45 PM
Not bad at all. I like it.

Wiltonican
February 24, 2012, 7:13 PM
Thanks. I'm wondering if I should stick with the body of a Strike Freedom..or just go nuts and mix-and-match .. and come up with my own design. What do you think?

Zeta
February 25, 2012, 5:32 AM
Go Strike Freedom, all the way!!

Wiltonican
February 25, 2012, 5:49 AM
what.. no faith in my creative chops?!? :D

It would be easier if I just copied SF all the way. All I have to alter is the proportions. But, designing it would be so much more fun!

Guess, I'll spend this weekend back on the computer. I still have to sort out all the decals anyways. I still can't find any detailed or close up shots of the SF decals. I have no idea what some of the smaller texts say. I guess I can make that up too.

Zeta
February 25, 2012, 5:54 AM
You're free to do what you want, that was just my suggestion.

Wiltonican
February 25, 2012, 6:00 AM
You're free to do what you want, that was just my suggestion.

haha.. yea.. I know, I think I'll go with 70% original SF design, and 30% custom. I want to go "Perfect Grade" and showcase a bit of inner skeleton and stuff. I think that would be fun to do. What really be cool is if I can make some of the gears, pistons, etc actually move and rotate and stuff underneath the armor. Maybe you can see it move between the armor plates.

thwalker13
February 25, 2012, 11:07 AM
I've always wanted to create my own Gundam using my favorite parts off others. If you can come up with a design that you like. Go for it. I've been kinda wanting to create a custom Suit using the Epyon and the Strike Freedom.

Wiltonican
February 25, 2012, 1:51 PM
Fans:

Now, to install the second fan. This one is in the back end of the "mohawk". Where all the hot air rises up and the fan will draw it outward.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6232.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6233.jpg
A view through the tailpipe/thrusters

Wiltonican
February 27, 2012, 1:39 AM
Molding/Casting:

Putting in video cameras and integrating a sort of CCTV system into the helmet proved to be too expensive, I'll just make something fancy in its place. I'll leave that option open when I win the lottery. Then again, if I win the lottery, I'll build a full scale working Gundam!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6252.jpg
Building the mold out of plasticine. Designed it with random shapes so it looks anime-ish/mechanical.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6255.jpg
Built up walls for the pour

Here's a quick video of me mixing up the resin...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pekkt-h9mrY&context=C307d03dADOEgsToPDskKekdT7UJfWR3VLfjfceRe8


http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6258.jpg
Give it a couple days to dry and harden up good. 90% of all the tiny bubbles will rise up to the surface and pop. (I had initially coaxed some of the bubbles out of the corners/cracks with a pin)

When hard, take the mold off, scraping out the plasticine out with sculpting tools or whatever is around the house (like an old toothbrush and thinner). Getting it out of every nook and cranny.

thwalker13
February 27, 2012, 7:17 AM
That is going to look awesome man.

Wiltonican
February 27, 2012, 12:43 PM
That is going to look awesome man.

Thanks. I think the lens will add a nice touch to it all. At least, that's the hope.

Wiltonican
February 27, 2012, 10:59 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6370.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6372.jpg
Tinted it clear blue. Planning on putting some LEDs behind it to shine through. The light should refract around the odd shapes I made. Showing all the detail.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6373.jpg
Made a little box to mount the LEDs ... whenever they come in the mail.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6375.jpg
The test fit. Lookin good.

thwalker13
February 28, 2012, 7:47 AM
Looking better and better man. That camera lens really adds some extra detail to it. Looks awesome.

Wiltonican
February 28, 2012, 12:42 PM
thanks. Man, my workspace is starting to get messy and crowded. Need to do a little house cleaning. I hate messy work environments.

Wiltonican
February 28, 2012, 1:32 PM
Face Detail:

Sitting there, looking at the face... I felt it needed a bit of make-up. A little something something to make her prettier for a fun night out. Bit more detail work.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6249.jpg

Some paneling

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6263.jpg

Some Eyeliner

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6269.jpg

Obstacle/Challenge: What do I do for the eyes? I want something yellow, like the show. Preferably, something that can glow/light up. Has mechanical detail, like the mohawk lens. Can't be solid and the light can't be too bright as to blind me. And, most importantly, it MUST minimize my obstructed view! Solution: Yet to be figured out.

Wiltonican
February 28, 2012, 7:00 PM
Suggestions for the eyes? Anyone?

Zeta
February 28, 2012, 8:01 PM
Sorry, my mind's a blank.

Wiltonican
February 28, 2012, 8:30 PM
Sorry, my mind's a blank.

Lasers. Lasers is always a good default answer. haha

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 12:25 AM
Ok.. put some thought into the eye/lens obstacle.

1) modify a pair of cheap sunglasses (the yellow reflective ones) - Gotta hunt for these. Not easy to find.
2) modify a set of gold mirror smartphone screen protectors. - These are REALLY hard to find. Most vendors only carry the silver ones
3) Yellow auto tint. (some are those cheesy mirrored ones too!) - Not easy to find either.
4) Clear acrylic. Painted yellow clear. - Easy. I have the materials already. But, the end result may not be what I'm after.
5) Do nothing. Leave blank holes - Easiest!
6) Yellow tint a 2 way mirror. - I'm not sure how to go about this one. As I would need to light the front part of the mirror too to make the backside dark.
7) Fabricate from scratch the lens. (Like the mohawk lens) - Hardest. Most work.

hmmm.... looking at the list. And knowing me (and if you had been following my thread.. you would know my answer too!)
I already know which method I'd go for on this project.

* a friend suggested strapping 2 smartphones behind it! haha.. I can have goggly-eyes playing on them as movies. That'd be funny.

thwalker13
February 29, 2012, 7:15 AM
There is a company called Laminex (I think that's how it's spelled). They make tint designed specifically for auto racing. Which in turn, is the yellow tint used on headlights. You might be able to use that. Only problem I see is being able to conform the sunglasses to fit.

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 12:33 PM
There is a company called Laminex (I think that's how it's spelled). They make tint designed specifically for auto racing. Which in turn, is the yellow tint used on headlights. You might be able to use that. Only problem I see is being able to conform the sunglasses to fit.

I know the tint you speak of. I could look into that.

Sunglasses can be heated and warped by a heatgun! :D

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 12:54 PM
Primed:

All the major pieces are complete. And a few smaller details. The entire head was painted primer. Was super excited to get to this part. But, that excitement quickly turned into disappointment. Now that the entire head was one solid colour, ALL the detail errors is visible now! Had to fill in areas with putty. Some I'm still hoping I can fill in with paint later. (Hoping the paint is thick enough to do so)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6406.jpg

Obstacle: There was a gunk of hot glue between the helmet and the "sideburn". Even after I cut out as much as I could, the mess was still clearly visible. A total eyesore! UGH!! Either I go back in and just pick at it with a knife or razor until it's all gone... or just figure out a way to just cover it up. I doubt the paint is thick enough to cover this one up. Solution: yet to be figured out.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6409.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6412.jpg

Looking pretty good sitting there... from afar. BUT...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/HeavyVfins.jpg

Obstacle: And this one is a HUGE one. I had to try it all on. With everything on. Wanted to see the weight and its distribution. And it's not good. Not good at all. The V-fins, while isn't that heavy in my hands independently, weighs significantly more when it's mounted on the forehead. This is because it's a good distance from my own head/neck. When in motion, this weight is even more noticeable. Even though the entire head with all the gizmos only weighs 4 lbs. it's pretty light. BUT, I'm in it for the comfort as well... remember, no compromises. I want this thing to be super light. As if I'm only wearing a hat. A hat that I can wear for an extended period of time. I could mold and cast the entire unit in foam. But, that's really REALLY expensive. Solution: yet to be figured out.

Kenico
February 29, 2012, 5:19 PM
ever thought of creating a mounting rig inside the helmet that rests on your shoulders not your head. that way the shoulders would take the weight, leaving your head to only bear a little bit of the weight and move the helmet? just a thought.

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 5:27 PM
ever thought of creating a mounting rig inside the helmet that rests on your shoulders not your head. that way the shoulders would take the weight, leaving your head to only bear a little bit of the weight and move the helmet? just a thought.

Thumbs up! Thanks for the input!

I was brainstorming this with a friend last night about this exact thing. We came to conclusion that since I'm already moving forward with the shoulder and chest build that I now have a mounting point for said rig. I'm going to fabricate some pistons to make it look like mechanical bits that move around. Because it does really need to allow my neck for natural movements. A combination of shocks and springs. I'll have to work out the details after I get the shoulders built.

BUT.. that said, I still run into the problem of mass. When not in motion, it's fine with this rig. But, the V-fins are still too heavy to move around. Once it gets moving, it take more neck muscle to stop the mass. Basic physics. So, I might need to visit both areas. Making this rig AND lighten the weight of the V-fins themselves.

Kenico
February 29, 2012, 5:35 PM
Genius on the Piston style support rigging! does function and form. try placing the rigging on a sort of Railing on the neck collar (think railing of a Turret of a tank) so you can easily turn it with little to no effort.

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 5:40 PM
Genius on the Piston style support rigging! does function and form. try placing the rigging on a sort of Railing on the neck collar (think railing of a Turret of a tank) so you can easily turn it with little to no effort.

Love this! Hmm... Where do I get such thing... I can take apart a lazy susan. Mine has a 2 ring, ball-bearing thing. Now, if my head can fit through it! haha I'll have to check tonight.

Kenico
February 29, 2012, 5:45 PM
youre on the right track. as for the head fitting your on your own, but your on the right track none the less lol.

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 5:48 PM
youre on the right track. as for the head fitting your on your own, but your on the right track none the less lol.

haha.. pun intended I'm sure. :D

Kenico
February 29, 2012, 5:54 PM
Actually that pun was completley by accident lol. any way, i think its safe to say that the head is "Almost done" what are you gonna do about the torso and arms?

Wiltonican
February 29, 2012, 6:08 PM
Actually that pun was completley by accident lol. any way, i think its safe to say that the head is "Almost done" what are you gonna do about the torso and arms?

Yea.. the head is almost done. Just waiting for the LEDs to arrive in the mail. Then I need to sort out all the wiring inside the helmet. Then of course PAINT! (Which is still not 100% confirmed on paint scheme. If I can't decided on anything, I'm going "classic")

I already started on the designing stage on the shoulders, chest, and arms. You'll see an update on that part tomorrow.

Actually.. I have another side project!! I'm building a spray booth. If anyone is interested in making one for cheap... I can start a new thread on it.

Wiltonican
March 1, 2012, 12:59 PM
Logos:

Since I'm stuck with a few obstacles to sort out right now, I decided it's a good time to step back and jump on the computer and do a little designing again. Picking out a few good Gundam Strike Freedom logos and some randomly generic "Caution" icons to cover the costume.

Found a few images online, but they're too low res. And my costume is super large scale, chances of finding 'decals' to fit my scale are next to none. So, I'd have to recreate them all. Part of the fun!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/DecalWIP.png
A couple of work-in-progress logos.

Design: Shoulders, Arms, and Chest

And to continue the costume build past the helmet, here I start to see how the next stage would be. The shoulders, arms, and torso.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/NewTooMuch.png

I always said that if I can't get the proportions to work for my body, I wouldn't continue with the costume. Do it right or don't do it at all. My goal from the beginning was always to make a "chibi" version of Gundam. Specifically, the FW Converge series of Gundams. (Pictured top right)

Roughing in the initial sketches over my body, I maybe able to get the shoulders and arms right. But, unfortunately, the torso isn't looking good. I just don't have a skinny waist to pull it off. So, it seems the costume will end there. Well, I still can get the chest finished.

I think that's good enough. It'll have all the elements I want in the costume. Building the legs would just restrict my movements anyways.

thwalker13
March 1, 2012, 1:08 PM
That is really impressive. Wish I was that good with animating. Seems to me that your waist size shouldn't hinder the overall suit at all. Look at the RX78 in the corner. Granted the Freedom is a bit skinnier than the RX78. But you can tell that the Chibi version is a bit fatter. And the Freedom would be the same. And I think that you could come up with a way to make the legs work. You could use something similar to knee pads for the knee guards and have the upper and lower armor separated from it. That should allow you to move rather freely.

Wiltonican
March 1, 2012, 1:16 PM
That is really impressive. Wish I was that good with animating. Seems to me that your waist size shouldn't hinder the overall suit at all. Look at the RX78 in the corner. Granted the Freedom is a bit skinnier than the RX78. But you can tell that the Chibi version is a bit fatter. And the Freedom would be the same. And I think that you could come up with a way to make the legs work. You could use something similar to knee pads for the knee guards and have the upper and lower armor separated from it. That should allow you to move rather freely.

thanks.

That screenshot is actually an older one. I had gone further with the sketch. Finished off the waist too. But, looking at it in whole, my real legs are way too long to make this work. Kind of opposite of going the route of standard Gundam porportions! I could go all the way to the waist and maintain the look what I wanted. But.. it'll just look silly. And I didn't want to look goofy....well, not MORE than I already am anyways. hehe

I want people to laugh with me, not at me. Wait, what am I saying?!? This whole project will make everyone laugh at me.

sigh. [lonely forever]

Wiltonican
March 2, 2012, 2:27 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6472.jpg
I have a few obstacles to sort out. So, this is the best time to reboot! Or start anew from a fresh slate. In this case, I just needed to clean up my workspace.

Clear the visual clutter, clears the mind.

Wiltonican
March 2, 2012, 12:27 PM
Eye Lens:

In the tradition of not taking the easy way out. I'm diving head first into fabricating the eye lens from scratch.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6473.jpg

Have to sculpt the lens first using Sculpey. Since the eyes have a very unique shape to it, I'll need to mold it into two halves.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6476.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6477.jpg

Like the mohawk lens, I'm adding random detail to the back side. I'm hoping I can have an option of lighting up the eyes with an LED. Making them glow!

Wiltonican
March 3, 2012, 2:58 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6479.jpg
Got lazy and didn't bake them.. and just used a heat gun. Still works, but the concentrated heat caused some of the internal bubbles to get out of control. O well, it's ok... I'll call it "detail". hehe

The Mold:

This part will be the same as the mohawk lens build. Plasticine for the base and plastic for the walls.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6481.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6482.jpg

Gotta run.. will finish this post tomorrow..

Wiltonican
March 4, 2012, 4:43 AM
The difference from the mohawk build is the fact that we need to make a second half mold. So, we need to make "keys" so the 2 halves can join back exactly in the same spot.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6483.jpg

TIP: Just found a pencil. Pushed it down around 1/8". Those 3 little "noodles" that are attached to lens are there to mold the channels where the resin and air will be travelling through. I'll explain this during the resin build.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6486.jpg

TIP: Once the walls are up, I drew a "pour line". It's roughly .5 inch high. This line will tell me when to stop pouring the mold liquid. Any less, then the mold would be too thin... any thicker, then it's just a waste of good (expensive) mold material. It's my goldilocks line.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6484.jpg

I had a new box of RTV Rubber Mold stored away for years. It's a 2 part mix compound. 20:1 ratio (Rubber:Catalyst). I was going to start this half tonight, but when I opened up the box... I found the catalyst was completely dried out! UGH!

Now, this sub-project will have to wait till I can make a trip out to the supply store.

I hate delays when I'm inspired and motivated.

Wiltonican
March 4, 2012, 7:47 PM
Bad News:
Went to the supply store to pick up some RTV catalyst. To replace my dried up batch. And they don't carry it. I'd have to spend nearly $50 for an entire kit JUST to get my $3 bottle of catalyst. Sad. So, I walk.

Now, I have a choice: 1) Order it online and wait 2 weeks or however long it takes to get the catalyst to me. or 2) Go cheap and try an extremely experimental method of molding that I just learned from YouTube.

I'm feeling a bit impatient lately, so I'll chance it and go for option #2. Wish me luck.

and now for the..

Good News:
My LEDs came in the mail today! And it's awesome. All of them are the perfect size and are all prewired with resistors! That'll save me tons of soldering work. Excited to get this part of the build over with.

Wiltonican
March 5, 2012, 12:32 PM
LEDs:

Got my LEDs in finally. Tested them out. Looks pretty bright. Originaly plan was to hook all the electronics to a 12v battery. But, with this test, I used a small 9v...thinking it work but just a bit dimmer. I think it's pretty bright still! So, my plan might change... and just use the 9v. We'll see.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6498.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6496.jpg

Threw it into one of the locations just for fun. Loving it.

thwalker13
March 5, 2012, 4:24 PM
This project is looking better and better. Can't wait to see what you do with eyes.

Wiltonican
March 5, 2012, 7:23 PM
This project is looking better and better. Can't wait to see what you do with eyes.

Thanks, I'm not 100% confident the eyes that I had started is even going to even come out right! I'm guessing a high failure rate for them actually. We'll see. It'll be a few days before I can de-mold it. I'll post about that tomorrow.

Things are progressing slower now. Now that I'm painting in-between making the eyes. Everything takes time to dry now.

thwalker13
March 6, 2012, 7:45 AM
Yeah, that's how it is. Painting is always a pain cause you have to sit and wait for everything to dry.

Wiltonican
March 6, 2012, 1:42 PM
Silicon Caulk Mold:

So, my catalyst dried up on me. I can't make my mold for the eye lens the usual way. And I'm too impatient to wait again for another order through snail mail. I YouTube'd a new process. (at least to me). Where, instead of RTV rubber mold, you can simply go cheap and just use a tube of silicone. Right from the hardware store! Thought this might be fun to experiment with new techniques. It looks like its one of those 'it's crazy enough, it might just work'. Who knows, if this works out, I may use this method in the future.

The process calls for:
- Cup of soapy water
- releasing agent. (I use Vaseline) with cotton swabs.
- Silicone caulk
- Caulk gun
- Organic Respirator (with canisters) or well-vented area.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6504.jpg

Because the silicone was made for bathtub/kitchen repairs, it has inherent adhesive properties. It makes a mess. But, once dried, it's no longer sticky.

I coated the entire area with Vaseline and cotton swab. Making sure every corner is coated with it evenly. No extra globs anywhere. The vaseline will add a layer between the silicone and the mold, eye lens, and walls.. so, I can separate them apart later. (Hopefully!)

TIP: Use the organic respirator. The ones with 2 carbon filter canisters on the sides. Silicone is super smelly. Like strong vinegar. And it's super toxic. A simple face mask will not do.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6505-1.jpg

To start, I laid down one line of silicone. Then dipped my finger into the cup of soapy water, and started to press down on the silicone. Flattening it all out across the surface. Slowly working it and pushing it into every area. Taking caution not to go too fast as to leave air bubbles anywhere. The layer at this point is pretty thin. About 1/8" all around. The soapy water will cause the silicone to just slip around your finger. It's a pretty cool trick. The water actually acts as an accelerator to the silicone. So, it's a plus plus.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6506.jpg

I'll leave this to dry complete overnight. And repeat 2 more layers.

I don't have a whole lot of confidence in this method. I'm actually expecting this to fail. But, I still have to give it a try.

My prediction: The vaseline would fail. And the silicone would stick to everything. Causing me to lose my lens. I'll either have to start over or just suck it up and pick another alternative in making the eye lens. Any bets?

We'll find out in a few days when I de-mold...

thwalker13
March 6, 2012, 10:42 PM
Well good luck man. I hope that this method works out.

Wiltonican
March 7, 2012, 1:04 PM
DISCLAIMER: This project involves electricity and spinning blades of death. Please don't attempt, if you're not 100% sure of what you're doing!! (Young or old!)

A mini project that came out of necessity. I am nearing the painting part of the helmet build. It's wet and cold outside these days. I don't like to wait for mother nature to accommodate my needs. So, I needed to find a way to paint indoors.

But, it gets messy and really smelly. I needed a spray booth. But, they're too expensive to buy. They range from $250 - $5000! Can't justify the price for the amount I need to use it. So, I'm building one myself!

It's a very simple build. Only requires a few elements:

- To be a box large enough for projects
- Needs a fan in the back
- Needs a light
- Needs piping the vent out the bad air
- Needs to be able to be plugged into typical AC outlet
- Standard home air filter
- Optional: A Turntable
- Optional: Switches for the fan and light

Budget: Nothing. Zero dollars. That's my goal!

How am I going to accomplish this wizardry?!? Craigslist!!!! Specifically, the free section of Craigslist.

I went looking for a washroom vent, but found something 1000x better. A complete stove top hood range! The range includes a working fan, light, switches, AND a box that already houses all of them!!! This one item saved me from 80% of the build right there. Love repurposing old items.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6461.jpg

A little oily from the previous owner. But, a few good wipes of the Magic Erasure... it was like new! Really, I can't believe that sponge works so well!

Power cable:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6464.jpg

Have a few old computer power cables around the house. Perfect for this project. Repurposing again!
I just cut the outer black wire wrap to expose the 3 coloured wires. They're industry standard colour-coded: Black = Negative, White = Positive, and Green = Ground.

This would be connected either with electrical tape or wire connectors

Turntable:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6537.jpg

I have an old lazy susan I use for sculpting. It can definitely share duties here. I had drilled random holes everywhere. 2 sizes. They're for sticks with alligator clips at the end to hold my pieces I need to spray.

Venting:
The back was really oily... like really thick caked on grease. Cleaned it up with some degreaser.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6493.jpg

Wiltonican
March 7, 2012, 1:07 PM
Leaving a rectangular exhaust port behind the fan. My hose is round, so I need to make an adaptor.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6494.jpg

Plastic again! Love the stuff.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6495.jpg

Line a good bead of silicone around the hole. Glue my adaptor right on.

Hose:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6535.jpg

I cut a 1" piece of old PVC pipe and silicone it to the hole. This will serve as the adaptor where the hose will just attach to.

The hose is a vent hose (insulated here. Not necessary for this project). I got it for free basically. 25' worth at a local hardware store that was closing up shop. (That day, I picked up $1100 worth of stuff for only $50!!!)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6519.jpg


Finished! Time to test it. Get the band-aids ready. Heck, get the fire extinguisher, chain mail, and get 911 pre-dialed. Turn it on and step back.

It works! Has great suction. 2 speeds too! Even at the lower speed, it can draw all the paint particulates through... even with my filter in front of it. Here I just grabbed whatever I could find around the house to use as walls. I'll try to find some (free) scrap wood somewhere and build a proper box. Thinking of building the box that can hinge as well. So, the entire unit can fold up to a smaller footprint. For storage when not in use.

I need to figure out a better place to place the light as well. It really should be in front of the workspace rather than behind. Either that or just get another light. More light the better anyways.

There ya have it. A free spray booth! Now, if i can integrate a small belt sander in this as well!! hehe

thwalker13
March 8, 2012, 12:34 PM
Now that is a cool little contraption. Only time I've ever seen one of those was in a paint booth. Very nice work man.

Wiltonican
March 8, 2012, 1:22 PM
Now that is a cool little contraption. Only time I've ever seen one of those was in a paint booth. Very nice work man.

Thanks again. It is a poor-man's paint booth. It might be a bit late for me, trying to undo years of toxic chemicals and paints that had passed through my system. But, hopefully it isn't for my family. hehe

On another topic, this thread is awfully quiet. It seems I'm only updated it for you, Thomas! haha Maybe I don't need to update it anymore. :(

RX-78-2
March 8, 2012, 2:54 PM
No please continue I don't respond but I am intrigued by this project and wish to see it step by step just like it is shown here!

thwalker13
March 8, 2012, 4:59 PM
I'm sure more people than just me and RX up there follow this thread. I just post more to give you encouragement and to at least let you know that someone out there in the interwebs is fascinated by the work that you're doing.

Kenico
March 8, 2012, 8:25 PM
i actually read this !! im actually intrigued by your project. im an aspiring prop maker myself and this is a genuine "training course" if you will. lol

Wiltonican
March 9, 2012, 2:24 AM
RX-78-2: Glad there's more than 1 on this thread. haha

thwalker13: I didn't want to come off sounding like I was an attention-getter. I'm not. Just saying that because, even though I write all this up on my blog, I just didn't want to re-post it all on a forum that no one reads. (It is more of a process here too) If I wanted to talk to a wall, I'd talk to my wife. LOL (I know she's reading this)

Kenyon: Prop maker? Cool. It's so much fun. And very rewarding. To create something out of raw materials. My techniques aren't new or even invented. But, I'd thought I'd still showcase it anyways and show my thought process for the entire project.

Ok.. back to posting


De-molding:

Drum roll please......

Turn the entire box over. And slowly worked the plasticine off of the bottom. And it worked! The vaseline did its job. And kept the silicone from sticking to the eye lens and the plasticine. AND the walls. So far so good.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6526.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6527.jpg

Nice clean removal! The silicone is on the flimsy side though. It could've benefitted from a few more layers. Next time I try this method, I'll have to remember that.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6530.jpg

With some plasticine, I filled in those pour channels again. Making sure there's enough room for the resin to pour though and run through the entire negative space.

Again, coating the entire surface with Vaseline again. With the trusty cotton swabs. Start to lay on the 2nd half of the mold with silicone again. And, again... a few more days of layering, drying, layering, drying, etc.

So, I'm STILL not going to jump for joy yet. This hasn't proved to me this was a complete success yet. I'll celebrate when the resin is poured, dried, and comes out perfect without any deformities. Because I'm suspecting the weak silicone mold won't hold its shape. I might have to build a mother mold. Maybe something out of plaster on top of the silicone.

Again... we'll see in a few days...

thwalker13
March 9, 2012, 7:35 AM
I hear ya man. I've been there before. Which is why I'm not a member of very many forums. But, at least 3 of us read your progress. And I'm sure that many more do as well.

Asterisk
March 9, 2012, 8:58 AM
I've been checking this thread every time there's a new post, I just haven't felt I could add anything is all.

Wiltonican
March 9, 2012, 1:56 PM
I've been checking this thread every time there's a new post, I just haven't felt I could add anything is all.

Haha.. thanks. There's no need for everyone to be so shy. I'm very approachable. (not in a creepy way) If you feel there is a particular part of my build that interest you more.. or have questions, I'd be happy to explain it or even post more about it in detail. And like I said in the beginning of the thread, if you have any suggestions to add, if it works out, I might even incorporate it into my design! I'm all about the feedback. That's why I came here. You guys are the experts in the Gundam universe. I'm not. I just like to make things. hehe

Asterisk
March 9, 2012, 4:27 PM
I'm very fascinated, just not always very chatty. I really like what you're doing on your own, and haven't the slightest clue what to add.

Wiltonican
March 10, 2012, 3:54 AM
Decals:

While waiting for things to dry. It really is boring to watch. Thought I'd finish off the final detailing, the decals. Random text, logos, and gibberish that would be littered all over the helmet. Gives it that military vehicle feel that all Gundams have.

Here's the draft on Photoshop:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6542.jpg

and a trip to Kinko's to have them printed on transparency sticker paper.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6545.jpg

I spent a lot of time cramming as much as I could onto 2 letter sized papers. And it turned out it only costed me $2 a sheet! It's perfect. And it's super thin too, so I hope it will be able to bend over curved surfaces well. If not, I can always coax it with a heat gun! hehe

And went a little old school with the pencil/paper sketches.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6487.jpg

Designing the torso. A little sneak peak at what I may work on after the helmet. Always thinking ahead!

thwalker13
March 10, 2012, 11:13 AM
The decals are looking great man. And the initial design for the torso is looking awesome. Can't wait to see the 1st few stages of it.

Wiltonican
March 11, 2012, 1:37 AM
The decals are looking great man. And the initial design for the torso is looking awesome. Can't wait to see the 1st few stages of it.

Whoa.. you're too far ahead of the game here. :D

I'm still working on the head. Still have lots to do! Had a good productive day today.

Wiltonican
March 11, 2012, 1:46 AM
Wiring:

Back on the electric work. Had to figure out how I wanted the switches to turn on/off. And how to wire all of the fans and millions of LEDs.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6563.jpg

Use my vice and alligator clip (held in place by a piece of placticine) to help me hold the wires so I can solder them together. Everything is multipurpose! hehe

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6564.jpg


Heat shrink wrapped the connections. Not necessary here. I just want to do it right.

LEDs:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6568.jpg

I had to sample test the LEDs in the mohawk lens. Needed to know how many I would need to make this thing look cool.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6574.jpg

Maybe just a few more.. hehe

Man, there's so much more electrical work to be done:
- the fans
- the machine guns
- eyes
- V-fins (still waiting for more LEDs to come in the mail)
And all these needs to be hooked up with quick release connectors. For easy battery swap outs.

Wiltonican
March 11, 2012, 4:18 PM
From the first half of the mold, I knew the second half would come apart without any difficulties.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6575.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6577.jpg

Upon closer review, the details are horrendously inconsistent! It picked up some super fine lines here and there. BUT, leaving huge gaps and bubbles everywhere. I guess I could have spent some more time and care applying the first coat of silicone.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6591.jpg

I've already gone this far, might as well go through with it and see how it fares at the resin stage. I attempted to fill in some of the bigger gaps. Then coated both halves with vaseline. Again, this is the releasing agent that will (hopefully) separate the resin from the silicone mold.

I should break here and explain what those channels are for. The ones I made a few posts back.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/ResinAir.jpg

This diagram should explain it a bit better. Once the halves are together, it's difficult for me to make sure the resin gets into every corner. So, the channels are made to 'guide' the resin through. Essentially, making a one-way path for it to travel. The second channel (at the bottom) connects the two lens together. I'll cut it out when it's de-molded. The third channel, the one that's marked "Air out" is for.. well.. the air to escape. If i didn't have this outlet, the air would get trapped, the resin wouldn't be able to displace the air to fill the mold. It's also a good 'window' to use to see when the resin is filling the mold properly. When you see resin come through this hole, you know you're done.


Test casting next....

Wiltonican
March 11, 2012, 4:22 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6593.jpg

Used the box again for support. I can already feel how unstable the entire hold is at this point. So, I attempted to brace it a bit with some clay here and there.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6594.jpg


The resin pour.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6596.jpg

and....FAIL!!!

As expected, the resin leaked out of the sides. I doubt this silicone mold would have worked if I built a hard mother mold around it. It's just too flimsy. O well, I anticipate this wasn't going to work from the beginning. It was an experiment after all. Only thing I lost is a bit of time, and $3 for the tube of silicone. That's my price for education.

Now, I have to start again!

Wiltonican
March 13, 2012, 12:24 AM
Hot glue:

Never said it before, so I'll say it here. I really dislike hot glue. Not a whole lot of positives, but I can name quite a few negatives....

- takes time for the glue gun to warm up
- glue gun is awkward to use in tight spaces
- glue sticks always run out. all the time.
- MESSY!
- those spiderweb-like strands with each use. And it's endless!! You just keep pulling and pulling
- not really a strong bond.
- dries cloudy

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6581copy.jpg

Obstacle: Here, I globbed some hot glue in the area where I was to place the fan. But, it rolled over into the fan blades!!!! UGH!!! Glued them down. I had to go back in, cutting and re-melting the hot glue to rip the fan unit out. Some more cutting and sanding got the blades free. Hot glue sucks.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6583.jpg

Finally got the fan to work again! Wired up all the LEDs for the eyes too. Here, I'm testing out the switch for it too.

Wiltonican
March 13, 2012, 2:16 PM
This week is going to be bit hard for me update this thread daily. I'll try though.
I have a few things to sort out both on this project and my life. Both are challenges. Of course, the latter being the bigger one.

Bring it on!

thwalker13
March 13, 2012, 4:21 PM
Life is always more important. Trust though, I know the feeling. But keep at it. There are triumphs and tribulations with every project. No matter what it is. You just got to keep at and eventually the goals you have for yourself will be achieved. You are in fact making progress and learning new things at the same time. I think that is headway.

Wiltonican
March 14, 2012, 2:26 PM
As of late, this project has been my little "happy place." It's good to have a project to focus my attention on. Even for little bit of time each time.

thwalker13
March 14, 2012, 3:51 PM
That it is. That's kinda what my models are for me. Time where I can focus on what I'm doing and drown out all the sounds of children screaming and tearing down the house.

Wiltonican
March 14, 2012, 5:16 PM
Weight reduction:

The v-fins were still heavy. Too heavy to have on comfortably. To alleviate possible neck strain, I'd have to reduce some weight on it. And since I know the resin inside is the major culprit, I'd have to gut it out from the backside. Time to break out the dremel tool again.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6597.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6600.jpg

Don't want to take away TOO much material. Leaving some behind for structural integrity. Everything seems to be still solid, so, I'll clean her up a bit and close it up.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6601.jpg


5-min epoxy to glue the new (plastic) plate over the hole

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6606.jpg

Contact cemented some Velcro strip to each side. Since the v-fin is still considered heavy, I'm not going to rely on the velcro's default adhesiveness. Didn't think it would be strong enough to not rip off. So, some contact cement will put it on permanently. Strong stuff. The plastic or helmet would rip off first before the velcro now!

Wiltonican
March 16, 2012, 3:01 AM
Got a few moments to work on the project again. More like made the time for it! I really shouldn't right now.. hehe

Polish:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6611.jpg
The "camera lens" in the mohawk is a bit dull. So, I grabbed my bottle of 'fine scratch remover'. It was for polishing up tiny scratches on my rear plastic window on my convertible. Grabbed a towel and rubbed the face up with lots of elbow grease.

LED test:
While I was wiring some of the LEDs, I noticed one of them had a bad flicker. So, I cut it out of the system. As decided to use it for experimenting. I wanted to see if I could diffuse the LED bulbs a bit. And I know hot glue dries cloudy. So, I put the two together....
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6629.jpg
I globbed some hot glue right ON the LED bulb. And let it dry. You can see in the pic... the LED bulb is completely "submerged" inside the wad of hot glue.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6631.jpg
Test wired it to my battery... and voila! A nice diffused glow! Success. I'll do this to a few of the bulbs in the "camera lens"

Wire connectors:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6607.jpg
Bought some quick-release wire-to-wire connectors for some parts of the electrical work. The fins are separable, so these are needed. I'm not really liking these types. But I couldn't find any better alternative. These were pretty pricey too. Don't like pricey.

thwalker13
March 16, 2012, 8:23 AM
Finding time for big projects is always hard. But it just makes you enjoy the time you do get to work on things. Hopefully my wife and I will be able to spend some time on it.

Wiltonican
March 16, 2012, 2:29 PM
Finding time for big projects is always hard. But it just makes you enjoy the time you do get to work on things. Hopefully my wife and I will be able to spend some time on it.

Yup. That's what life's all about. Prioritizing and Balancing it all makes it worth while.

Wiltonican
March 17, 2012, 6:20 AM
Eye Lens:

Here we go again! My second (and hopefully FINAL) attempt at making the eye lens for the build.

To recap my requirements on this sub-project:
- Must not limit my vision, much
- Should have detail
- Tinted yellow
- Must be lit up.
- Lights must not be seen from the outside
- Lights must not be glaring back at MY eyes.

Had put a lot of thought back into this one. Going to start off with a piece of clear lexan plastic. I think this is good approach.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6641.jpg

Since I already have the shape of the eye lens from the previous build attempt. I'm going to use it as a template for the curvature. Here I'm laying it down on a piece of 2x4 wood. I needed a shape to put the melting plastic onto. And the wood can handle the heat.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6642.jpg


Cutting the shape out with a jigsaw.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6645.jpg

I stole this toaster oven from my wife years ago. Started out when I was secretly baking my sculptures in it before. Got caught by the wife.. and said something, something.. and she just gave me the oven! Woohoo!! Score! Anyways, inside the oven is a couple strips of lexan plastic. Warming it up for 5-10 minutes. The moment I can see them droop, I pull them out and put it on my wooden form....

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6646.jpg

Almost lost this piece. You can see some bubbling at the corners! Luckily, the bubbles are outside and would be cut off. Now, to let it cool down and harden up.

Wiltonican
March 17, 2012, 5:48 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6647.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6648.jpg


Cutting them out with my dremel.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6650.jpg


Quick test fit. PERFECT!

Wiltonican
March 17, 2012, 5:51 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6655.jpg
Now, for the details. I'm thinking of frosting them in. To achieve that, I just mask out a simple design. With my dremel again, I used a steel brush attachment, and just went over the exposed areas.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6657.jpg
I could use some fancy window etching solution to frost the details. But, that would mean money. And I rather not spend money if I didn't have to. The return wasn't worth it. Simple economics. hehe

Done. Time to test fit again. Temporarily stick the lens and LEDs on with some duct tape...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6659.jpg
TEST: Can I see out of the new lens?
Yes! Yes, I can. Even in the frosted areas, I can see vague shapes. So, this is successful.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6660.jpg
TEST: Does the detail light up?
Yes, perfectly!! Success, again!

TEST: Are the lights visible from the outside?
Nope. Since the lights would be mounted just out of sight. It's perfect again. Another Score!

TEST: Would the lights be glaring back into my eyes/face?
Nope, eventually, I will be mounting the LEDs with hot glue. Then I'll be painting the globs with dark matte paint. The light would only be directed at the lens itself.

PERFECT SCORE!!

TIP: It's always easier (and sometimes better) the second time around! So, never fear failure.

thwalker13
March 17, 2012, 7:05 PM
Wow. The eyes look great man. Love the detail of camera lens that you put into it.

SilverFrameAstray
March 17, 2012, 8:14 PM
With every post, my Gunpla are happier and happier. And my hands are relieved of their paranoia of having bruised up knuckles.

Your progress is most appreciated. It looks amazing, mate.

Wiltonican
March 18, 2012, 3:15 AM
thwalker13: Thanks. Can't believe I didn't take this approach the first time around. SO much faster.

SilverFrameAstray: haha. Glad to be of service.


I did get a chance to jump on the project again. Was all electrical work. SO many wires everywhere. I don't know how many mistakes I had gone through today. It was insane. So much profanity was spewed. So much burn marks from my solder iron. I really hate electrical work. I have no idea why I put so much of it into my design. I must be crazy.

Don't really want to post any pictures of it. My wiring/solder work is pretty embarrassing. While I tried to be efficient with it, using as little wire as possible. But, it always turns out they were cut too short, then I'd solder more length. grrrr.

Anyways, hope you guys had a good St. Patrick's Day today!

Wiltonican
March 20, 2012, 12:58 AM
Don't have time.

Only can give you a teaser of the lights so far. The lights for the eyes aren't in yet. The blue camera (mohawk) lens isn't in yet either.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/LightingTeaser.jpg
This thing can light up a room!

EDIT: Just found out one of the LEDs in the yellow fin is busted!!!! The one that was permanently cemented in!!!!! ARRRGH. There's no easy fix for this. Only start scratch build another one!!!! sigh.

thwalker13
March 20, 2012, 7:21 AM
That sucks about the yellow LED. But dang that thing is bright. People will see you coming for sure.

Wiltonican
March 23, 2012, 4:34 AM
I got so mad, I threw the entire helmet in the trash and lit it on fire.
2563

I'm gonna start a new project now.

Asterisk
March 23, 2012, 6:46 AM
Oh man, I hope you're kidding

thwalker13
March 23, 2012, 7:54 AM
You're kidding right? Please tell me this is a joke...

SilverFrameAstray
March 23, 2012, 7:42 PM
Wilt no!!! Stop this! Save my Gunpla! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?

Wiltonican
March 25, 2012, 3:03 AM
<<<<<<<------- thought I'd update my avatar ;p

Kenico
March 25, 2012, 7:55 AM
:(:(:(:( (Poises to Drop axis over Wilt) Hope you enjoy that igloo of yours. caust im about to turn up the heat.

Wiltonican
March 25, 2012, 4:31 PM
LOL

Ok.. I was just playin'

I'm finished with the head! Here are a couple of teaser pics. I have to head out now. It's such a nice day today here. I'll post more detailed pics tonight. And a couple videos too! Stay tuned.

SilverFrameAstray: Your gunpla is still safe!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6752.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6760copy.jpg

WING ZERO
March 25, 2012, 6:07 PM
wow...........

thwalker13
March 25, 2012, 10:25 PM
Oh thank god. I was starting to get really worried considering I hadn't seen you post in a long time.

Wiltonican
March 26, 2012, 2:59 AM
Here are some close-up shots of the helmet. Showing ALL the embarrassing blemishes that any supermodel would simply freak if it was ever shown on a magazine cover. I wasn't worried about them cause, frankly, no one's gonna see them... except you, here, online. I'm going to be walking around... I'll be a blur.

Just for you guys, I've put in a few easter eggs in the decals. Can you spot them all?
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/HeadStrike_Detail_p03.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/HeadStrike_Detail_p02.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/HeadStrike_Detail_p01.jpg

Some of the pictures (and videos) came out blurry, so I'll try again tomorrow. (Only thing I have is my iPhone right now)

Asterisk
March 26, 2012, 7:25 AM
Oh God, those decals. Oh, how I lol'd

thwalker13
March 26, 2012, 7:26 AM
Wow, just simply awesome man. The detail is amazing. I can't wait to see what you can do with the rest of this project.

On another note, I love the decal in the 1st picture about the envelope. And I also noticed that you created a decal with your forum name on it in the fourth picture. If there are any more easter eggs, I'm afraid I don't see them.

Kenico
March 26, 2012, 9:07 AM
DAMN!!!! that thing is a BEAST!!! and those eyes, they look like theyre real eyes complete with iris! Well done Sir! Well done! i am surprised ILM hasnt come knocking on your door man. Cant wait to see the rest of the costume. and judging by the helmet its gonna be just as badass!

OH! i forgot something (orders men to move Axis) there lolololol.

Wiltonican
March 26, 2012, 1:22 PM
Asterisk: Thanks. Had fun making them

Thwalker13: Thanks again, Thomas. But, I'm afraid to disappoint you. There's a high percentage I won't be able to finish the rest of the costume. And just end it here. At the very most, I might consider going as far as the shoulders and chest.

Kenyon: Thanks Kenyon, I was getting a bit nervous there. Close call, eh?

thwalker13
March 26, 2012, 1:32 PM
I hope you're able to continue. After seeing the helmet, and the amount of detail that you put into it. I can only imagine what you could come up with. For at least the chest and shoulders. You could probably rig up some sort of fog machine to force "smoke" out of the chest vents or something totally awesome like that.

Wiltonican
March 26, 2012, 2:02 PM
The decal description:

Page 1:
1) -Warning- Do not pull the envelope. Only push it.
2) Decal for my eyes only. Since it's in the inside of the helmet. It's to tell me what switch does what...in case I forget. Icons should be self explanatory.
3) Right side, near exhaust: Danger: Hot oil. Not for cooking
4) Pilot: Wiltonican

Page 2:
1) QR code for my blog. Figured, I'd be tired to explaining my whole process over and over again. So, I'll just direct them to the code. Let them take a picture of it.. and peruse it on their own time. hehe
2) EFSF: Earth Federation Space Force
3) random stuff
4) just a close up shot of the camera lens

Page 3:
1) Danger: Watch Your Limbs and Man/Woman washroom icons. Hey, pilots needs to go too!
2) Do Not Touch Boobies Without Specific Authority: Always Be Ninja-like
3) Danger: Hot Oil Not For Cooking
4) little grey marks under the machine gun... are tally/kill marks. (of ZAFT/FAITH kills)

Wiltonican
March 26, 2012, 2:05 PM
I hope you're able to continue. After seeing the helmet, and the amount of detail that you put into it. I can only imagine what you could come up with. For at least the chest and shoulders. You could probably rig up some sort of fog machine to force "smoke" out of the chest vents or something totally awesome like that.

Funny you should say that.. because fog was definitely on my list of things to try out. Had considered it until I thought of the mess it would make. I'd have to have a bottle of water inside my costume. The humidity would destroy the costume over time.

thwalker13
March 26, 2012, 4:36 PM
Hmm, true that. Though how cool would it be to recreate the famous 1st appearance by the Freedom. Standing all awesome like then steam blowing out of the vents. Totally awesome.

GNzaku0023
March 26, 2012, 4:49 PM
The decal description:

Page 1:
1) -Warning- Do not pull the envelope. Only push it.

No matter how many times you push the envelope, it will always remain stationary. :P

This is looking great man, I can't wait to see the final product, and I'm beyond impressed with the work you've done.

Wiltonican
March 26, 2012, 10:51 PM
GNzaku0023: Thanks. But, like I've said, this maybe the final product. We will see.

Reason being my wife and daughter are already "giving in their orders!" for a costume of their own. And if they want to join me in attending a ComiCon next month, I won't have a whole lot of time in making them one.

I've never been to one. Always interested to see cosplay up close. Not just in online pictures. Love to see what people can do with their creativity. What people are willing to compromise when it comes to designing something with form and function. I find the balance almost an art form in itself.

So, I'll be researching all night tonight while I shelf my personal project. Cause it's really ready to go as is.

My wife wants to be Optimus Prime or Bumblebee... but, I really hesitate in making those.. cause it's so... over-done. I'll really have to put a lot of time in creating a different spin on it. My daughter said "My Little Pony"!. ugh. Well, their wish is my command.

If there's interest here, I'll even post my progress again.

Kenico
March 26, 2012, 11:18 PM
youre attending Comicon???!!!! Super Jelly! ive always wanted to visit that. so lucky dude. but then again, the one thing that would make me super jelly is to find out that you were to take the pilgrimage to the Mecca for gamers: E3. dude that would make me super jelly lol

Wiltonican
March 26, 2012, 11:23 PM
youre attending Comicon???!!!! Super Jelly! ive always wanted to visit that. so lucky dude. but then again, the one thing that would make me super jelly is to find out that you were to take the pilgrimage to the Mecca for gamers: E3. dude that would make me super jelly lol

Well.. it's not THE ComiCon. They're bringing it north of the border for the first time. It's not going to be as big as the one in the States. I'm still not 100% sure I'm going. Haven't made up my mind yet. We'll see.

Kenico
March 26, 2012, 11:46 PM
oh, super jelly non the less lol

Wiltonican
March 27, 2012, 4:20 AM
<<<<<<<<------- Forgot to put out the fire! Phew.. that was close to a complete loss.:p

thwalker13
March 27, 2012, 7:29 AM
Yeah if you said you were going to E3 I might just have to try to sneak into a luggage bag or something. I've been wanting to go to E3 for years now.

Kenico
March 27, 2012, 11:12 AM
At Walker: amen to that bro lol

SilverFrameAstray
March 27, 2012, 1:21 PM
Wilt, buddy, you are one of my favorite members.

Take that in, I've been here from the beginning.

Wiltonican
March 27, 2012, 4:18 PM
Wilt, buddy, you are one of my favorite members.

Take that in, I've been here from the beginning.

Awww, shucks. You're just saying that cause I saved your gunpla.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/internet-bro-fist.png

Wiltonican
March 29, 2012, 2:45 AM
I guess I never officially posted final pics. Here's a turnaround.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/HeadStrike_Off.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/HeadStrike_On.jpg

When the weather's nicer, I might get some videos of it too. I'll post them up later.

Wiltonican
March 30, 2012, 12:45 AM
Grabbed all the receipts I collected for this project and did a tally. All the tools I had and some of the material (like the plastic) I had around the house, I won't add to the total. (But, I'll still give a rough price on them)

Tools I used:
Dremel tool with various attachments (cutting, drilling, buffing, sanding)
Sandpaper
scissors
pliers
needle-nose pliers
tweezers
X-acto blade handle
cutting mat
misc sized grippers/clamps/clips
soldering iron
heatgun
saw + mitre box
drill press
spray booth
airbrush + compressor


Here's the damage:
(10x) Superglue = $10
X-Acto blade refills = $1.59
Disposable gloves, measuring cups, brushes = $2 for the brushes (Had the rest)
Tamiya Putty = $7 (Already had it)
5 min Epoxy (2 part) = $1 (Already had it)
Plastic Cement = $2 (Already had it)
(7 cans of spray) Paint = $38.50
Hot glue sticks = $1 (Already had it)
duct tape (Already had it)
masking tape (Already had it)
Heat shrink wrap (Already had it)

Electronics:
(2x) 9v Batteries = $6
Wire-to-wire connectors = $25
Wires, (2x) micro fans, (4x) micro switches = $21
(2x) fashlights = $2
(50x) 3mm LEDs = $11
(6x) 3mm flashing LEDs = $12

Card stock = $7 (probably should've gotten this for free if I asked one of my friends that work at an office)
Resin = $30 (Already had this)
Sheen fabric for reinforcement = $7
HUGE sheet of 0.08 gauge plastic = ~$40 (Already had this)
3/4" (24 gauge) All Round Galvanized Bracing = $7? (Already had this)
(2x) Chicago Screws = $0.40
(3x) 1/2" round, 1/8" thick Rare Earth magnets = $4 (Already had this)
(3x) Decal sheets from Kinko's = $6

TOTAL: ~$149.49
That's with ALL the electronics. Not bad! It would be easily under $100 if I didn't choose to have any electronics or have the retractable face.

Zaku
March 30, 2012, 1:03 AM
That might be the coolest thing ive ever seen. what would you charge for a Zaku head? i really want one.

Wiltonican
March 30, 2012, 1:09 AM
That might be the coolest thing ive ever seen. what would you charge for a Zaku head? i really want one.

haha.. thanks. That's a good question. I never really thought of price. Zaku would be pretty cool to make. I guess price really depends on how complex you want it. I can make a super simple one (without electronics) for .. I don't know.. $150? .. and it'll go up from there.

And, of course, it ultimately depends on my time.

Zaku
March 30, 2012, 1:24 AM
Very cool. i was just wondering. I dont have the extra income at the moment because i just got out of the Marines. And now i need to get my schooling done before i go to the Fire academy. But once i get hired on to a regular fire department hopefully ill have some extra cash. Then would be a better time to ask you serious questions about it. Until then its just a pipe dream. but you are an interesting person. would you be my friend? lol. I dont have any on here.

Wiltonican
March 30, 2012, 1:37 AM
Very cool. i was just wondering. I dont have the extra income at the moment because i just got out of the Marines. And now i need to get my schooling done before i go to the Fire academy. But once i get hired on to a regular fire department hopefully ill have some extra cash. Then would be a better time to ask you serious questions about it. Until then its just a pipe dream. but you are an interesting person. would you be my friend? lol. I dont have any on here.

lol.. of course. Being my friend is free!

Well.. if money is an issue, you can always try it yourself. I did document everything from the beginning. It's up to you how much and how far you want to take it. If I had money, I'd take my project even further.

For starters, you can just start out with the Pepakura build. Using card stock... which you can just get from someone that works at a office. OR go all out and buy it for $7! haha You'd get like 500 sheets! The program is free. As for the 3D model, you might be able to google for it. Someone out there might have already made one and uploaded for the Pepakura community. If you can't find one, I'd be happy to give you MY Strike Freedom Gundam model to you (for free as well). Just let me know... cause I'll need some time to clean it up a bit. hehe

See, in like a few days, you could have your own helmet made .. for FREE!

O BTW, thanks for your service!

Zaku
March 30, 2012, 1:52 AM
That would be awesome i will try and make a Zaku head. And i just Googled Pepakura and it is all paper right? i just need to research it some more. oh is there a Pepakura website you'd recommend? like with good directions tips tricks and the like?

Zaku
March 30, 2012, 2:02 AM
I was never very talented with auto cad. lol but it looks like i might need to hone those skills.

Wiltonican
March 30, 2012, 2:03 AM
That would be awesome i will try and make a Zaku head. And i just Googled Pepakura and it is all paper right? i just need to research it some more. oh is there a Pepakura website you'd recommend? like with good directions tips tricks and the like?

You can download the program here:
http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

On their site, they also have tons of free downloadable models. Ready to print! Even though this is called paper craft, it really shouldn't be using regular paper. Card stock is what is used. Heavier the better. Highest pound rating that your printer can handle without jamming. My HP printer was able to use 120lbs card stock.

If you want to make helmets, a great resource is:
http://www.405th.com/forum.php

A forum dedicated to making wearable Halo costumes. It's a pretty big community with tons of resources. With lots of great tips and tricks.

Zaku
March 30, 2012, 2:19 AM
Holy crap this is cool i wat to make a Zaku head and a Master Chief helmet. there gonna look so bad i have no idea what im doing lol

Wiltonican
March 30, 2012, 2:11 PM
Holy crap this is cool i wat to make a Zaku head and a Master Chief helmet. there gonna look so bad i have no idea what im doing lol

It's all about the learning process. You just have to START! Can't get good at it if you don't try.

Zaku
March 30, 2012, 4:30 PM
Very true and maybe ill learn something i can use on my models.

thwalker13
March 30, 2012, 9:05 PM
I actually use AutoCAD on a daily basis. Considering it's my job. lol. However it's really not the best program to use for 3D modeling. Now, 3Ds Max, that is a program for 3D modeling. However it's very difficult to use.

Wiltonican
March 31, 2012, 12:05 AM
I actually use AutoCAD on a daily basis. Considering it's my job. lol. However it's really not the best program to use for 3D modeling. Now, 3Ds Max, that is a program for 3D modeling. However it's very difficult to use.

I haven't touched AutoCAD in over 20 years! Can it output *.obj files?

Yea, I'd use either 3dMax or Maya. Although both have a steep learning curve for starters.

Wiltonican
March 31, 2012, 1:11 AM
I'm sad. Sad that the helmet doesn't sit as comfortable as I'd hoped. The heavy V-fins drags things down a bit.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/GundamCouchPotato.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/GundamCouch2.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6835.jpg

Threw the head, batteries and all, on a scale. 5.5lbs! Doesn't sound like much, but when most of that weight is 6 inches from your forehead. That weight doubles! At least it feels it. So, I have to consider further weight loss. I'll have to revisit the V-fins again. But, this will have to wait. I have other projects I want to tackle first.

squeam
March 31, 2012, 8:09 AM
I don't care if you're sad or whatever; the picture of you sitting on the couch just chillin with a giant Gundam head is WONDERFUL!

Kenico
March 31, 2012, 9:07 AM
truthfully Wilt. if you do go ahead with the Entire costume idea than the rail system on the neck may compensate the weight.

Zaku
March 31, 2012, 5:36 PM
use Foam pads to bring it up on your head and they'd also make it a lot more comfortable.

thwalker13
March 31, 2012, 6:50 PM
I certainly hope you tackle the rest of the costume. I know that it would be hard. But it'd be so worth it.

Wiltonican
April 1, 2012, 1:20 AM
squeam: Thanks. I'm not that sad. I was just being over-dramatic. haha

Kenyon, Zaku, thwalker13: It's still on my mind on how to tackle it. My lazy susan's ring-of-ball-bearings was too small for my head to fit through. That's too bad. Cause it would've been perfect. I'll think of something else.

Wiltonican
April 1, 2012, 4:56 AM
Started another thread.. on another build. That would be the main reason I'm putting THIS project on hold. :D

Wiltonican
April 7, 2012, 4:52 AM
It was a nice day today for some chillaxing

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/119654571417.jpg

Kenico
April 7, 2012, 11:04 AM
Bwaahlahahahahahhhah! Very tasteful! bravo sir.

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 2:13 AM
Kenyon: hehe.. that's not really me. Found that pic online. Guess it could be.. but, I'm not that brave.. or stupid. haha

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 2:16 AM
Curious. Anyone interested in my SF Pepakura files or Maya files? I'd offer them up for free. Then you can try your hand at it too!!

If you are interested, I'd have to spend a bit of time and clean them up.

Kenico
April 11, 2012, 2:27 AM
im not a tech head but what are exactly those pray tell?

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 3:13 AM
im not a tech head but what are exactly those pray tell?

Oh.. sorry.

They are the software files I made to create the Gundam head. It started out in Maya(a CG program) to build the shape in virtual space. Then I converted that file to another program, Pepakura. Then in that program, I "unfolded" my Gundam shape and laid it out onto printable standard Letter-format paper. (or card stock)

What does this mean to you?
I means I did all the hard work already. From here, all you need to do is download the free version of Pepakura, open up my file, and hit print!

Then with an X-Acto knife, some superglue, and lots of time, you can build an exact replica of my Gundam helmet!

thwalker13
April 11, 2012, 7:49 AM
Is there any way those files could be converted into AutoCAD files? I have 3 different working versions of CAD and 3DsMax.

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 11:46 AM
Is there any way those files could be converted into AutoCAD files? I have 3 different working versions of CAD and 3DsMax.

Don't know about AutoCAD. But, 3DsMax can read *.OBJs. Which is good, because ultimately Pepakura reads/imports OBJs.

You going to modify the file? Into another Gundam? Love to see that!

thwalker13
April 11, 2012, 12:01 PM
I have some basic knowledge of 3DsMax. But nothing to wear I could modify an existing drawing. Wish I did though.

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 1:15 PM
I have some basic knowledge of 3DsMax. But nothing to wear I could modify an existing drawing. Wish I did though.

What formats can AutoCAD take? Maybe I can convert it to something you can read? But, only as long as you can output it on your end into a *.OBJ so Pepakura can read it.

thwalker13
April 11, 2012, 2:49 PM
CAD mainly uses .DWG files. But it can import .DGN files. Which are basically point clouds.

Zeta
April 11, 2012, 5:44 PM
What about Solid Works, or Inventor?

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 6:21 PM
thwalker13: Sorry, I think you're out of luck. You can just try your hand at building mine from Pepakura. (no mods)

Zeta: Don't know those two programs either. Haven't used it. You know what formats they use?

Wiltonican
April 14, 2012, 11:41 PM
With days looking like this, it's getting harder and harder to stay inside and work on anything...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/photo1.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/photo2.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/photo3.jpg

thwalker13
April 15, 2012, 11:13 AM
Lol nice photos. And pretty scenery as well. Does the weight and size affect your stability in any way?

SilverFrameAstray
April 15, 2012, 2:05 PM
All of my wish I could look like my Avatar all the time.

Wiltonican
April 15, 2012, 2:54 PM
Lol nice photos. And pretty scenery as well. Does the weight and size affect your stability in any way?

Yea.. the weight IS an issue. I can't wear it long. It does need support! [tear]

Wiltonican
April 15, 2012, 2:56 PM
After putting the helmet on, I'm not satisfied with the weight balancing on it. It's just too front heavy. Since the comic convention/cosplay is happening this weekend, I don't really have time to rebuild the head. But, I can build a chest (and maybe shoulders). This way, I can anchor the helmet to the shoulders.

The chest would be made from the same foam I used on the Zaku project. So, it'll be fast.

The design is mostly from the original Strike Freedom again. And, again, I'll be modifying to make it SD(super deformed) so it'll look proportionally smaller than the head. Still going for that goofy look. I'll use my sketch as a base.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7159.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7161.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7163.jpg

Mocking up the proportions
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7160.jpg

Kenico
April 15, 2012, 4:01 PM
THats how to do it! lol go for it and cant wait to see it dont. Suggestion: use some sort of bracers instead of rails (that is if you found out how to do the rails) that way not only your armor, but your shoulders will aid in the support as well. if that made any sense lol.

Wiltonican
April 16, 2012, 4:15 AM
THats how to do it! lol go for it and cant wait to see it dont. Suggestion: use some sort of bracers instead of rails (that is if you found out how to do the rails) that way not only your armor, but your shoulders will aid in the support as well. if that made any sense lol.

Well.. i've decided that the entire chest piece will be the "brace" I'm just going to wrap it around my body! If that isn't enough, I'll even add an extra hook to hook it up to my belt. hehe

Wiltonican
April 16, 2012, 4:49 AM
Resisted going out today. Even though it's absolutely gorgeous out there. But, it payed off. I got the chest ~85% completed! (around 95% fabrication done). All designed on the fly. Measured and cut on the fly too. It's just old school sculpting... but with foam.

I'll just post random progress pics...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7173.jpg

The male clip that will clip into the helmet. This is what will hold down the weight.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7174.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7187.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7179.jpg

Wiltonican
April 16, 2012, 4:50 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7190.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7194.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7197.jpg

And a very confused MS
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7182.jpg

thwalker13
April 16, 2012, 7:33 AM
HAHA! Awesome man. I knew you'd get around to continuing the Freedom project. I can't wait to see the chest and shoulders all done. And the Zaku helmet looks great. And your daughter looks cute in it. It suits her.

Wiltonican
April 16, 2012, 2:25 PM
HAHA! Awesome man. I knew you'd get around to continuing the Freedom project. I can't wait to see the chest and shoulders all done. And the Zaku helmet looks great. And your daughter looks cute in it. It suits her.

I'm fast-tracking this project now. Only in the attempt to finish this before this Saturday's comic con. I'm not going to do the shoulders. Just the chest. I won't have the time. No time to do all the details I had planned either. Too bad.

I'll finish all fabrication tonight and start the paint process. Not sure what paint scheme I should go either. I'll have to go out and get some paint too. Originally, I wanted to do some metallic finish similar to the Zaku helmet. But, I accidentally spilled my entire bottle. [sad] And none of my local hobbies had it in stock! So, I'll have to consider another paint option.

I like Lupes' Strike Freedom paint scheme too.. that's nice. Lots of bling to it. Would've been cool on a large scale.

thwalker13
April 16, 2012, 2:58 PM
To bad on the shoulders. Would have looked really awesome with them. But, at least you'll hopefully get the chest done.

Wiltonican
April 17, 2012, 3:50 AM
Fabrication complete. Ready for paint!
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7201.jpg

Primer
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7202.jpg

Masking
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7203.jpg

thwalker13
April 17, 2012, 7:31 AM
Not even painted yet, and it's already looking awesome.

Wiltonican
April 17, 2012, 1:49 PM
Not even painted yet, and it's already looking awesome.

hah.. thanks. I'm painting it the standard Strike Freedom colors. I didn't have much choice. Didn't have time to come up with something more creative. Didn't have a lot of color choices either when I had to make the last minute decision. O well. I can always go back to re-painting it when I have time.. after the cosplay event.

Wiltonican
April 18, 2012, 3:33 AM
Got a few sections painted.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7206.jpg

Hmmm.. looks very "American" with the colours there. I'll have to finish this off tomorrow. I've been juggling this chest and the Zaku lens all night.

thwalker13
April 18, 2012, 7:28 AM
Hell looks great so far. Can't wait to see it all finished up and put in action.

Wiltonican
April 19, 2012, 1:21 PM
Yesterday, I was super fortunate to come across a vintage toy. A 1989 Countdown Astronaut G.I. Joe figure! (ok, i'll be honest, I had to look him up.. but, he's VINTAGE!) My brother-in-law knew I was looking for one. Because I needed a pilot to put inside the cockpit, of course!

So, I quickly whipped up a chair for him.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7228.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7229.jpg

Cozy cockpit:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7230.jpg

Wiltonican
April 19, 2012, 1:22 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7231.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7232.jpg

Yea, of course the screen lights up too!
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7233.jpg

thwalker13
April 19, 2012, 2:03 PM
That is just to freaking cool man. Nothing says Strike Freedom like a little mini Kira.

Wiltonican
April 24, 2012, 4:31 PM
Even though I did wear this helmet for 6 hours straight. It was really too much. I'm not doing that again. If I do, it definitely has to be lighter. Which means a re-build. I would consider that.. if it was foam.. like the Zaku helmet. I think that would be fun too. We'll see.

DragoninDisguise
April 29, 2012, 9:22 PM
*steps out of the shados behind Wiltonican* Quick question thats not durectly related to this thread. If I'm using 6mm thick craft foam would a blowdrier be a viable substitute for a heat gun?

Wiltonican
April 29, 2012, 11:08 PM
*steps out of the shados behind Wiltonican* Quick question thats not durectly related to this thread. If I'm using 6mm thick craft foam would a blowdrier be a viable substitute for a heat gun?

I guess it would work. Hard to say. Really depends on your dryer. Some are hotter than others. And of course you'd want it as hot as possible. Or else you'd have to hold it for longer periods. Once you get a few good curves out of the foam, you'll realize the formula (duration of heat and how long you hold the shape) pretty quick.

Another thing that is factored into all of this is the thickness and type of foam. Your 6mm is pretty thin and should form pretty easily. The type of foam...like how dense it is. I don't really have a rating for the foam I used. Some are stiffer/denser than others. So, thicker and denser foams would take longer to form.

Are you trying your hand at this? I love to see your progress. Please post it! Any more questions, feel free to ask away!

DragoninDisguise
April 30, 2012, 6:40 AM
Unfortunately, my current project is not Gundam related. Although I'm thing about doing something similar to this for a birthday gift for HensonoOkami.

DrGablehowzer
October 7, 2012, 4:41 PM
Hey Wiltonican where can i get the file for this helmet? pepakura file that is.

uncleremuslegend
October 10, 2012, 8:38 AM
not sure how i missed this thread. but this has got to be the most impressive modelling i have seen!! :thumbs: keep up the good work, this is awesome!

Wiltonican
November 12, 2012, 3:39 PM
Man, I apologize for not responding. I hadn't been back on this forum for awhile now. Been too busy with so many other things.

On the projects front, I finished a fairly large one. A treehouse for my daughter over the summer. Now, I'm back into costume making mode again. It won't be Gundam related. Sorry. But, it will be giant robot related! woohoo :D

(no, it's not Optimus or Bumblebee)

Kenico
November 12, 2012, 9:31 PM
Welcome back into the forum man and look forward to that next project like that Gundam Helmet. Speaking of projects, and this is food for thought. you know that a few days ago Halo 4 came out and man...its the bomb! to commemorate it, id suggest a helmet project (another one after your current one, mind you this is a suggestion lol) make a custom made Spartan Helmet...:p any thoughts? lol any way still welcome back and glad to have a master such as yourself amongst us once again.

Wiltonican
November 12, 2012, 11:37 PM
haha Kenyon, you make me blush. thanks.

I'm also on another forum that exclusively makes Halo costumes. I feel it's been done (to death). If I were to tackle Spartan, I'd go a different route. I don't know.. something like a cross between Master Chief and a zombie or something like that. Just to be different. hehe

I might swing back here and update you with pics or something with my current project. It should be a quick one and fun one.

Kenico
November 13, 2012, 1:08 AM
We look forward to it...good to have you back friend.

thwalker13
November 13, 2012, 2:28 AM
Great to have you back man. And I can't wait to see what you're bringing to the table.

ratfacedudeguy
November 13, 2012, 10:52 AM
I just read this whole thread from start to finish, and I have to say that your work is awe inspiring Wiltonican. Truly an inspiration for those such as myself who wish they were as patient and resourceful to see such a project through to fruition.

ChapelMkII
November 13, 2012, 11:37 AM
I just read this whole thread from start to finish, and I have to say that your work is awe inspiring Wiltonican. Truly an inspiration for those such as myself who wish they were as patient and resourceful to see such a project through to fruition.

^ What he said ^_^

Also, you managed to make my room mate (a non-Gundam fan, mind you) freak out at the complexity and detail of this. Awesome work!

Wiltonican
November 13, 2012, 9:51 PM
thanks. I aspire to inspire.



^ What he said ^_^

Also, you managed to make my room mate (a non-Gundam fan, mind you) freak out at the complexity and detail of this. Awesome work!

Zaku
October 22, 2014, 2:59 AM
Oh wow a little guy in the cockpit thats awesome. I know this is some thread necrophilia but i hadnt checked in on this yet. I wish Wiltonican came on line again. I miss this stuff.

Twitch
October 22, 2014, 6:16 AM
Due to Zaku posting and bringing this to the top of the thread I just had to read the whole thing. Which I did. I would really like to see how the rest of it turned out. The masses demand updates!

thwalker13
October 22, 2014, 7:50 AM
Talk about a blast from the past. Hard to believe this thread has been dead for almost 2 years.

Wiltonican
November 13, 2014, 12:10 AM
Holy. Brought back from the dead! I was going through my old projects and saw this again. I found my pepakura files. A few people had emailed me requesting them. Sorry for the SUPER late reply! haha I hadn’t checked this forum or my email that was associated to the Gundam build for.. 2 years! hehe. I’ll make it up to you guys and make a PDF of all of those files.

So, how’s everyone?!?

Kenico
November 13, 2014, 12:11 AM
WILT! Welcome back man! Glad to see you're still amongst us! :D

Wiltonican
November 13, 2014, 12:36 AM
haha thanks, Kenico!

Well, as promised. Iím offering up my pepakura files! WarningÖ itís not for the faint of heart!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1tQIa4e7uYxTUdRUTJHUnRCSGc/view?usp=sharing

These are the exact files I used to make my Gundam helm you see in this thread. There are a few pages that I didnít use. And compromised as I went. Feel free to try it out. And donít hesitate in asking me for help. (If you can reach me! haha) AND donít forget to post your progress!! Good luck!

Email me if you want a specific jpg version or even the actual pepakura file.

Kenico
November 13, 2014, 12:42 AM
looks them over...wow...all that to make that beast of a prop...kudos bro...kudos...lol

Asterisk
November 13, 2014, 4:19 AM
Man, this is wild. I was thinking about you and your badass Zaku helmets the other day. Welcome back, man. It is truly a pleasure.

thwalker13
November 13, 2014, 7:20 AM
Welcome back sir! It's great to finally hear from you again.

Wiltonican
November 13, 2014, 2:10 PM
Asterisk/Thwalker13: Thanks. Good to see you guys still around here. 2 years. Long time. MANY projects since. It's November now, and it's time for another epic cosplay build. I just don't know what. Last couple years, I was building for my daughter and nephew. This year.. it's me. A lot of ideas are up in the air right now. And only 1 is Gundam related. Which would be a total rebuild of this head. But, in EVA foam! It'll be a much lighter helmet.

We'll see....

thwalker13
November 15, 2014, 10:12 AM
If you're doing another cosplay build, then I'm sure us and a lot of the new members would love to see it.

Dom Tropen MS-09D
November 15, 2014, 10:33 AM
Yeah, it would be interesting to see. At least personally.

Laylow1313
February 20, 2018, 12:14 PM
I wanted to see if I could get the files from you? Gundam was my childhood show and Iíd love to make this. Could you send me the files to this?