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Wiltonican
April 1, 2012, 1:23 AM
So, I decided to start another project. And it's going to be another costume. (Sorry, Zaku.. this one's not for you) It's for my daughter. She saw picture of one.. and wanted it. So, I'll make it for her for this Halloween.

Here's a teaser:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6839.jpg

Zeta
April 1, 2012, 4:33 AM
Are you going to make a Char Zaku II? That... would... be... awesome.

Wiltonican
April 1, 2012, 4:54 AM
Are you going to make a Char Zaku II? That... would... be... awesome.

Hehe... yea. Classic. But, again.. I'm just making the head... and then.. maybe... just maybe.. the shoulders too.

GNzaku0023
April 1, 2012, 10:55 AM
Ohboyherewego.png

After seeing your phenomenal work with strike, I can't wait to see what your going to pull out of this one. By the way, is there any chance you work commission?

thwalker13
April 1, 2012, 11:55 AM
This is going to be awesome. I hope you make it a Char custom. That would be awesome. Have ever thought about making these and selling them?

Wiltonican
April 1, 2012, 1:54 PM
GNzaku0023: Thanks for your enthusiasm! Hope I can deliver. Commission work? Sure, if the project agrees with me. hehe (I'm not cheap! haha)

thwalker13: Custom? As usual, of course. It'll be heavily based on Char Zaku. But, like my Strike Freedom, I'll add my random detail touches here and there just to spruce things up a bit. This time there will be big compromises though because it must be wearable for a 4 year old. It's got to be safe! And I might sell them when I'm done with it. The wife is starting to complain about the size of them "Where do you think you're going to be storing these?!!?"

thwalker13
April 1, 2012, 2:03 PM
Lmao. Sounds like my wife. I keep wanting to buy more models and I'm running out of room. I need to buy shelves. lol But hey, I might be interested in buying one if the price is right. And you could always start taking requests. Might end up being profitable.

Wiltonican
April 1, 2012, 2:18 PM
Lmao. Sounds like my wife. I keep wanting to buy more models and I'm running out of room. I need to buy shelves. lol But hey, I might be interested in buying one if the price is right. And you could always start taking requests. Might end up being profitable.

HAHA. I hear ya. There is never enough room. And I lost my man cave when my daughter was born.

Even though I put a whole lot into each project I work on (mentally, emotionally, monetarily, and physically), I don't have a problem departing with my helmets when I'm done. The problem is price. I'm afraid it'll be too high to make it worthwhile. (Think $500-$600 for my Strike Freedom) I would love to do this all the time, it's so much fun. But, it takes a lot.

thwalker13
April 1, 2012, 8:21 PM
Yeah I gotchya there. But, like some one person said. (can't remember the person) If you're good at something never do it for free.

Why so serious?? >)

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 2:28 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/sd_zakuII_ramba_010.jpg

The requirements:
- It needs to be super light
- Great visibility
- Have lights, just like dad's
- Biggest requirement: Daughter's favourite colour: purple

This should be a quick build. Going to be using the minicel foam (the same foam as the exercise mats). I'll be using my daughter's bicycle helmet for the form building. As it's the perfect shape as the Zaku head. And by forming it on top of the helmet, it also makes it the perfect size as well. It'll look like a chibi version.. just like dad's!! It'll be both cute and awesome. I'll add the usual detail touches on this one as well.

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 2:43 AM
Here's the initial formation of the shell.

Cutting it into strips. Heat gun to warm up the foam so it's pliable. Shape it over the form. Holding it for a few seconds until it cools. Once the foam cools, it'll hold it's shape.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6843.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6840.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6841.jpg

Repeat with every shape on the helmet...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6844.jpg

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 2:51 AM
Quick Question: R U gonna add a Command Horn? cause lets face your little kid is ALWAYS in command lol :D

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 2:51 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6845.jpg
Taping it up to check fitment
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6854.jpg
Once ok, it's time to pull out my favourite[sarcastic] tool, the hot glue gun. Glue all pieces together.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6846.jpg
My client/boss:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6857.jpg

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 3:11 AM
Quick Question: R U gonna add a Command Horn? cause lets face your little kid is ALWAYS in command lol :D


LOL
I'm assuming you're referring to the dual-coloured horns. If yes, then yes. Of course she's the boss!

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 3:22 AM
Command horns are dual colored? never seen one. and glad you caught the joke lol

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 3:28 AM
Command horns are dual colored? never seen one. and glad you caught the joke lol

I've seen some Zakus with 2 stripes on the horns. Always thought they were like CO stripes. Could be wrong. But.. either way... that's what I'll say if anyone asks. hehe

Here.. found one. (From my favourite Gunpla master again)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/DSC00560.jpg
Sheesh.. this guy can do no wrong!!!!

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 3:30 AM
Truthfully, the command horn is the way to show whose the boss. the dual color is the pilots preference. Advice: you might want to question your kid on color scheme of kid. after all the pilot wants what the pilot wants.

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 3:35 AM
Truthfully, the command horn is the way to show whose the boss. the dual color is the pilots preference. Advice: you might want to question your kid on color scheme of kid. after all the pilot wants what the pilot wants.

Ah, I see. There is definitely a horn in my design.

And color? Yes.. of course my daughter has a favourite. That was THE MOST IMPORTANT part of the costume. (all caps for super duper emphasis)

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 3:41 AM
very good, R&D guy from Anaheim. and as for that pic of that Zaku, DANG! that dude is awesome! well i cant wait to see the final design. oh and heres another tip: if you can, use two different type of Colored see through Material for the visor. a pink circle like see throught material for the monoeye and a black for the rest. that way your girl will be able to see 180 degrees instead of a little peep hole and trip. we wouldnt want the child to trip and get a scrape...or face mama bears wrath!!!!!

Asterisk
April 2, 2012, 6:38 AM
Dude, your kid is adorable. I can only hope my daughter gets into this stuff too.

thwalker13
April 2, 2012, 7:20 AM
I agree with Asterisk. I only hope that one day one of my kids get's into Gunpla. The attempt with the wife seems to have failed. Anywho, the Zaku Helm is looking good so far.

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 2:21 PM
I agree with Asterisk. I only hope that one day one of my kids get's into Gunpla. The attempt with the wife seems to have failed. Anywho, the Zaku Helm is looking good so far.

hehe

My daughter's not really into Gundam or anything related to it. She has no idea what I'm making her.. except the fact it's a robot. If she truly has her way, she'd have a My Little Pony costume! haha.. I just sort of "influenced" her into thinking it's really cool to be a robot. Power of parenting!

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 2:59 PM
Agreed. good luck and cant wait to see the final product. how are you gonna make the monoeye?

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 3:23 PM
Agreed. good luck and cant wait to see the final product. how are you gonna make the monoeye?

Still debating on that one. (pun intended. ok that was lame)

When I was working on it, she came up to me and said she wants lights in it "like Daddys". On one hand, it would be awesome if I did just wire up a few of my leftover LEDs into the one eye... but on the other hand, I want this costume to be completely safe for her. Assuming the worst case scenario. Where she trips and falls, face first. The electronics, a mere 1 inch from here face and eyes, is a real hazard. And that's a no-no.

Everything inside MUST be soft. So, it's a big challenge. The batteries and wiring must be hidden on the outside of the shell. (Not a problem, as there are plenty of areas where I could hide the one 9v battery. Then it's just a matter of weight with the electronics)

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 3:54 PM
got an idea: use a double wall system. bear with me, you take a layer of clear material (painted black and pink mind you) and set up the lights in there. then you sandwich the other layer (clear) on top of them and voila! save and amplified. wattya think?

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 4:15 PM
got an idea: use a double wall system. bear with me, you take a layer of clear material (painted black and pink mind you) and set up the lights in there. then you sandwich the other layer (clear) on top of them and voila! save and amplified. wattya think?

Good feedback! But.. thought of this already. Problem is that the "clear material" is a physical object. Having ANYTHING in front of her eyes is both a visual impairment and a poking/cutting hazard

Keep the ideas coming though! Love this.

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 5:40 PM
Muzzle:

Here I'm using some thin foam-core boards to build up my shape for the muzzle.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6859.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6860.jpg
This area is pretty complex in shape. Has so many angles coming from all sides. No right angles anywhere. So many curves. I have to measure everything twice before cutting once. Always a good carpenter's rule.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6861.jpg

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 5:49 PM
Suggestion: use some Metal Parts (safe of course) to make it more realistic and shiny. you know how girls are with shiny things lol

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 5:56 PM
Suggestion: use some Metal Parts (safe of course) to make it more realistic and shiny. you know how girls are with shiny things lol

Resounding: YES.

But, it'll have to be fake metal (ie painted). Of course.

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 6:18 PM
Of course. but use some sort of material that FEELS like metal at first touch. like plastic or better yet aluminum if you can maniplulate it lol

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 7:59 PM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6862.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6863.jpg

Muzzle box (tentatively) finished.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6864.jpg

Kenico
April 2, 2012, 9:24 PM
OH! Idea! put ventilation grids in the muzzle so it will work to not only look cool, but also act as Ventilation to cool the wearers head!

Wiltonican
April 2, 2012, 9:35 PM
OH! Idea! put ventilation grids in the muzzle so it will work to not only look cool, but also act as Ventilation to cool the wearers head!
Hehe. Done. It's in my design.

Keep em coming!

thwalker13
April 3, 2012, 12:15 AM
Not only that, but I'm sure you could figure out something to use the hoses for.

Kenico
April 3, 2012, 1:06 AM
id say use them for a Rear facing Vent in the back of the helmet and the hoses connect both the front and back vents for a full 360 ventilation

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 3:53 AM
Kenyon: 360? That'll create a small tornado in the helmet! haha

haha.. if this helmet was for me, I'd put a recirculation breathing apparatus in to justify the 2 pipes. You know.. in preparation for the end-of-the-world apocalypse! Zombies can't swim, right?!?

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 4:32 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6867.jpg
These are the main tools I'll be using for this project:
1) Electric hot knife - great for cutting foam
2) X-acto mini saw
3) X-acto thin saw - great for cutting curves on foam

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 4:41 AM
Using toothpicks to place the muzzle in 3D space. Trying to get the angle and distance correctly. Then to fabricate the piece to connect it to the rest of the helmet.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6865.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6868.jpg

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 4:43 AM
I'm using a piece of sewing thread to mark my line. This is for the upper edge of the visor opening.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6866.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6873.jpg

There. That should be plenty of space for vision. It shouldn't be a problem anymore.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6874.jpg

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 4:50 AM
Paper template for another piece:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6877.jpg

I didn't like the thinness of the walls. So, I doubled it up in the posts. I also don't like the jaggies of the cuts. I'll have to sort that out later.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6883.jpg

Kenico
April 3, 2012, 5:22 AM
lookin awesome every time i see an update. why the hech hasnt hollywoods ILM* knocked on your door yet? and to answer your earlier question no zombies dont swim. but yeah in a sense if you were to place some gas filters and an oxygen tank system on that and reinforce it with some stronger materials you could make that into a badass gas mask (but thats for another time lol). btw have you found something that will be the monoeye?




*Industrial Light and Magic. Lucasfilm prop and Special Effects department. largest in the world.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 5:29 AM
haha.. yea.. I guess zombies can't swim. But, they can just walk. Walk down the bottom of the sea and get you from under! Even creepier.

I'm leaning towards nothing for now. I'll cross that bridge when the thing is completely done.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 5:32 AM
Using a PVC pipe as my form. I heated and wrapped some mat around it. Then hot-gluing it closed.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6891.jpg

Notching out a space for the nostril canisters (I really have no idea what that thing is called or what it's for)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6892.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6893.jpg
Hmmmmm.. that canister looks suspiciously like a can of beer. (ideas?!?)

To bevel the ends, I used a belt sander.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6894.jpg

Kenico
April 3, 2012, 5:45 AM
what ru gonna use as pipping? ru gonna use segmented parts of foam or a solid rubber piping?

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 6:03 AM
what ru gonna use as pipping? ru gonna use segmented parts of foam or a solid rubber piping?

It'll have to be foam to keep the weight down. It might be a lot of work, but I can custom size it to fit my needs.

thwalker13
April 3, 2012, 7:29 AM
If you made that thing into a gas mask I'd so buy it from you. I'm loving this build just as much as the Strike. Keep the great work man. Can't wait for the next set of pics.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 1:33 PM
If you made that thing into a gas mask I'd so buy it from you. I'm loving this build just as much as the Strike. Keep the great work man. Can't wait for the next set of pics.

Thanks. Hmm.... a designer gas mask! haha that's a great idea.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 3:08 PM
Last year, I made a Hobbes costume (of Calvin and Hobbes) for my daughter for Halloween. It was pretty tight on her body. She got really claustrophobic in it. She never wore it for Trick-or-Treatin. [tear]
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_2652.jpg

This year, I've learned my lesson... I'm making sure she can see out of it from ALL angles. There should be nothing blocking her peripheral vision. So, I'm cutting out some side windows.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6897.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6898.jpg


To cover up those jagged cut marks, I cut up a small strip of craft foam.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6918.jpg

I wish I can have them tinted and roll up for some privacy!

Kenico
April 3, 2012, 6:45 PM
very cool. how r u gonna have it snug of the childs head

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 7:19 PM
very cool. how r u gonna have it snug of the childs head

Foam, of course! But, of a different variety. I have some of the soft foam that surrounds computer parts during shipping. I'll just custom cut them and glue them down. Come to think of it, I can velcro it on instead. Then when an adult wants to wear it, they'll pull the pads off! It does fit me pretty well.

Kenico
April 3, 2012, 7:28 PM
very awesomeness

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 8:38 PM
Again, I have no idea what this box is for. All I know is that it connects both of the pipes on either side. Anyways..it's all decorations as far as I'm concerned.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6899.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6900.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6901.jpg
I hollowed it out as much as I could. To keep the weight down as much as possible. (Learning from my own helmet) This is especially more important as this is for a 4 year old's head/neck.

Hmm.... I could put my battery in there if I choose to make electrical work on this.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 8:41 PM
Again, gotta hide those fugly jaggies...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6914.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6915.jpg

thwalker13
April 3, 2012, 9:07 PM
I can see the links to the piping there in the background. She's looking good. Keep up the good work.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 11:14 PM
I can see the links to the piping there in the background. She's looking good. Keep up the good work.

I had posted the pics out of sequence. I'll post the links next. Not going to work on the helmet tonight..feeling a bit under the weather.

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 11:37 PM
Pipe Links:

Back with my trusty Dremel tool. Love my Dremel. It came with a mini-router attachment. How cool is that!?! What this allows me to do here is 'router' a channel at a perfect 90 degree. It would be impossible to do this by hand. I could, but it'll take forever and it won't be as accurate. Here I have a rig with a board and a couple clamps.

The steps:
- I make one channel across.
- Stop.
- Move the board ~3/8" up.
- Make another channel.
- Repeat.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6904.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6905.jpg

Reason I'm making all these channels is so that one side of the foam has less material. This is so I can roll the foam into tubes. I could use the heat gun again. But, it won't be heated up evenly and it'll bend unevenly. It would just be a mess. I think this was the best approach. Hot glue the ends together.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6907.jpg

Wiltonican
April 3, 2012, 11:41 PM
Made a bunch. Not really sure how many was needed.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6908.jpg

Like the 'nostril canister', I beveled the ends on the belt sander.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6912.jpg

The placement mockup. I think it'll work. Next, I have to figure out what to use for the inner pipe.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6913.jpg

thwalker13
April 4, 2012, 7:35 AM
Looking really good sir. She's starting to look like a Zaku now.

Wiltonican
April 4, 2012, 3:26 PM
Didn't really work on the helmet last night. Had a huge migraine.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6919.jpg

And a really bad burn. Here's a blister from the hated hot glue gun:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6921.jpg

thwalker13
April 4, 2012, 3:52 PM
Ouch on both accounts. Don't really blame you when it comes to the migraine part. I have them here and there and they put me on my ass. I hope you feel better.

Wiltonican
April 4, 2012, 5:00 PM
Ouch on both accounts. Don't really blame you when it comes to the migraine part. I have them here and there and they put me on my ass. I hope you feel better.

thanks. Yea, mine can get pretty bad. And can last for a few days. It has tapered off today. Hopefully I can get back on the helmet tonight.

Wiltonican
April 5, 2012, 12:48 PM
Bought some craft foam from the dollarstore. (Still love that place) I'm trying to keep everything on this project limited to foam... for the kid's safety.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6920.jpg

Covering up the ugly texture of the exercise mats.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6923.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6925.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6926.jpg

This grey and yellow color scheme actually looks pretty cool as is. Too bad I'm going to paint over it.

Kenico
April 5, 2012, 1:51 PM
how safe is this thing gonna be? lets sat she tripped and fell. would it cushion the blow exponetially enoght that you dont hear that blood curdiling scream of pain that makes children cry and mothers go "ROOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!!" and men scream like the little girl?...in fear...of the mama bear...lol...

thwalker13
April 5, 2012, 1:59 PM
Judging from the amount of foam, plus the helmet that all that foam is attached to. I'd say that this mask will be safer than an enclosed motorcycle helmet.

Wiltonican
April 5, 2012, 2:11 PM
Judging from the amount of foam, plus the helmet that all that foam is attached to. I'd say that this mask will be safer than an enclosed motorcycle helmet.

That's the goal! hehe

If she's going to trip and fall, she'll at least look good doing it!

thwalker13
April 5, 2012, 3:10 PM
Lol indeed. I'm still very interested to see how you pull off the Mono-Eye on that thing.

Wiltonican
April 5, 2012, 3:27 PM
Lol indeed. I'm still very interested to see how you pull off the Mono-Eye on that thing.

Hmm... face paint?!?

LOL

thwalker13
April 5, 2012, 7:45 PM
Hmm... face paint?!?

LOL

-.- Unacceptable...

SilverFrameAstray
April 6, 2012, 2:15 AM
- Biggest requirement: Daughter's favourite colour: purple


Clearly your daughter knows class. All the classiest Zeon suits are purple.

Wiltonican
April 7, 2012, 4:21 AM
-.- Unacceptable...
My wife would disagree with you. I'm still trying to find that happy middle-point.


Clearly your daughter knows class. All the classiest Zeon suits are purple.
She is a classy one.

Wiltonican
April 7, 2012, 4:28 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6929.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6936.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6937.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6938.jpg

thwalker13
April 7, 2012, 11:57 AM
Wow, that color is looking really cool. Is all that just base color?

Wiltonican
April 7, 2012, 1:47 PM
Wow, that color is looking really cool. Is all that just base color?

Yup that's just the base coats. I'll spray the purple, then the top coat.

Wiltonican
April 8, 2012, 6:49 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6962.jpg

This project has been sidetracked a bit. Started another project again. (It never seems to end. I have a million ideas in my head I really need to prioritize) But, I'm still on this.. don't worry.

* the helmet hasn't gotten the foam inserts to fit my daughter's head yet. That's why it's drooping down.

thwalker13
April 8, 2012, 9:39 AM
She doesn't seem to look very happy. Though I'm starting to think that a purple color scheme on a Zaku would look pretty good.

Wiltonican
April 8, 2012, 2:28 PM
She doesn't seem to look very happy. Though I'm starting to think that a purple color scheme on a Zaku would look pretty good.

Before the picture was taken, she was jumping all around the place, screaming "I am a Zaku 2" (in a robot voice). Once I told her to stop for a picture, she just froze. She's pretty excited about it. Wearing it any chance she gets. Even when it's not ready.

GNzaku0023
April 8, 2012, 3:23 PM
Before the picture was taken, she was jumping all around the place, screaming "I am a Zaku 2" (in a robot voice). Once I told her to stop for a picture, she just froze. She's pretty excited about it. Wearing it any chance she gets. Even when it's not ready.

I died of adorableness.

TwilightKing
April 8, 2012, 5:47 PM
I died of adorableness.
Are you allergic to adorableness? I am so don't throw a kitten at my face, or I'll die... Nevermind that... Anyways she looks adorable in that :)

thwalker13
April 8, 2012, 6:21 PM
That she does. Can't wait to see the her wearing the final product.

Wiltonican
April 8, 2012, 9:12 PM
thanks guys

I'm 85% done with it. Just need to make a horn. and connect the pipes. I don't know if I want to design another set of decals for this.

Kenico
April 8, 2012, 9:28 PM
not bad on the color. imo a matte purple would look great but hey thats just me lol. but hey thats really awesome. cant wait to see it fully done.

Wiltonican
April 9, 2012, 12:58 AM
not bad on the color. imo a matte purple would look great but hey thats just me lol. but hey thats really awesome. cant wait to see it fully done.

If you were my daughter, it'd be matte purple. Unfortunately, you're not. hehe

This one's her pick.

Kenico
April 9, 2012, 1:55 AM
hey, a pilot has thier preferences. and if the wee lass wants metallic purple than dang it shes gonna get it.

and if any protest, say what Everete Lancaster of Zeonic Knighthood* fame said to Micoleb (or the other way around lol): “It makes the trim stand out you ponce!”

*Zeonic Knighthood: The One Year War by SilverFrameAstray. See Fan Fiction

Wiltonican
April 9, 2012, 3:32 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6939.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6946.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_6996.jpg

Asterisk
April 9, 2012, 6:53 AM
if any protest, say what Everete Lancaster of Zeonic Knighthood* fame said to Micoleb (or the other way around lol
Except that it was Michelob's Zudah that was purple, and Everette's with the fancy trim.

thwalker13
April 9, 2012, 7:17 AM
Nice, can't wait to see it with all the piping added on.

Kenico
April 9, 2012, 7:43 AM
Awesomeness. cant wait to see them fitted on.

@ Asterisk: thanks for pointing that out.

Wiltonican
April 9, 2012, 1:12 PM
So, I'm about 90% finished with this purple helmet. BUT, I'm also around 75% done on FIVE more Zaku helmets!!! (I got really busy over this past Easter weekend.)

Reason is that I'm building an army! And they're for sale. Check out my ForSale thread in the Parts Utopia forum.

If you want one, please let me know. And tell me what color you want!!! I'll customize it for you too!

(My daughter's purple helmet is not for sale, of course)

thwalker13
April 9, 2012, 1:40 PM
If I had the money man I'd buy one.

Wiltonican
April 10, 2012, 2:37 AM
90% done. Missing horn. And I'm considering another coat of paint. And top coat to seal it all off. Still debating about decals. I'm really tired now. Migraine is kicking in.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7097.jpg

Well.. it's definitely SHINEY! The way she wants it!

Asterisk
April 10, 2012, 6:47 AM
If I could make one recommendation; The tube you're using to keep the sections on? I'd have painted that gun metal.
Otherwise, that's some damn fine work.

thwalker13
April 10, 2012, 7:18 AM
That looks awesome!

Forbidden Gundam
April 10, 2012, 8:03 AM
Awesome project you're doing! I'd never have the patience to do such a project. The Zaku helmet looks awesome.
Also, your daughter looks adorable:)

Wiltonican
April 10, 2012, 4:46 PM
Asterisk: I actually had painted those tubes at one point. Primed and painted. But, because the material is so flexible, the paint flaked off. So I had to resort to bare, unpainted tubes. Which was fine to me.. the dark grey colour worked anyways. It even had a nice texture to it that I liked.

thwalker13: Thanks, as usual!

Forbidden Gundam: Thanks. This project was actually easy to make. Didn't take a lot of material and not a lot of tools. Just labour.

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 1:40 AM
Made the horn today. Pre-painted. Tested for fitment. The paint is still pretty brittle at this stage. Hadn't top coated yet.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7111.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7112.jpg

Seeing this picture reminds me that I hadn't tackled the vents yet. I'll do that too.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7099.jpg

thwalker13
April 11, 2012, 7:47 AM
The commanders fin changes the look dramatically. Looks great. The last pic is cute. Reminds me of my daughter going around with a paper towel tube saying "I see you daddy." lol

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 1:10 PM
The commanders fin changes the look dramatically. Looks great. The last pic is cute. Reminds me of my daughter going around with a paper towel tube saying "I see you daddy." lol

haha.. that's exactly what she was doing. Guess it's a universal thing to do.

Yea.. the fin totally "completes" it. Can't wait to get the final paint on. (still on primer/base coats)

Kenico
April 11, 2012, 6:08 PM
"Universal"...Heh heh heh...what a pun.

any way have u figured out how to make the visor and grills in the mouth?

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 6:19 PM
"Universal"...Heh heh heh...what a pun.

any way have u figured out how to make the visor and grills in the mouth?

hehe

The grill is done. I'm using plastic. I figured it's so far in front of her face, it should be ok. I just have to give it a light paint, then I"ll glue it in place. The mono eye... still trying to envision it.

Kenico
April 11, 2012, 8:08 PM
for the Grill (opinion incoming lol) b4 you glue into place, how about painting it a chrome silver so as to stick out from the paint job? or was that what you had in mind? (akward moment -_- )

Wiltonican
April 11, 2012, 8:12 PM
for the Grill (opinion incoming lol) b4 you glue into place, how about painting it a chrome silver so as to stick out from the paint job? or was that what you had in mind? (akward moment -_- )

It was going to be chrome.. like the pipes. But, the bare white is nice too. (Still undecided) If I do go white, then some complimentary white details here and there with decals would make it work.

It'll depend on how lazy i get.

Kenico
April 11, 2012, 8:19 PM
well if your goin with White painted decals and that will make a white painted grill compliment them then i say go for it.

Ooh! weird idea: while were on the topic of decals, how about several decals like "Warning: Stand Clear of Zaku" (u know the classic markings) then you have stuff like "Warning: Chibi Zaku on the hunt for puny Feddies" or "Warning: adorable Zaku, Use extreme caution on approach" or something like that. lol

SilverFrameAstray
April 11, 2012, 8:23 PM
Oh god it looks so good. I hope you enjoy commission work, because I may have to give you all my moneys for a purple zudah helmet.

Wiltonican
April 12, 2012, 3:12 AM
Oh god it looks so good. I hope you enjoy commission work, because I may have to give you all my moneys for a purple zudah helmet.

Funny you should say that. Because I AM selling. Check the Parts Utopia forum! Please buy one... it's for a good cause.

Wiltonican
April 12, 2012, 2:24 PM
test fit of vents

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

thwalker13
April 13, 2012, 10:34 AM
Wow the vents add so much detail to it. What color you going to paint those?

Wiltonican
April 13, 2012, 1:08 PM
Wow the vents add so much detail to it. What color you going to paint those?

I'm not sure. Once I put them up, I like them white. It gives the purple a nice contrast. But having the vents the only thing white seems weird and out of place. So, I'll need to sprinkle white elsewhere. Like, maybe the panel lining. Or decals. Just a small percentage.. so it doesn't make the whole thing look busy.

But, I'll 'dust' the edges before I glue them in.

Wiltonican
April 13, 2012, 1:09 PM
well if your goin with White painted decals and that will make a white painted grill compliment them then i say go for it.

Ooh! weird idea: while were on the topic of decals, how about several decals like "Warning: Stand Clear of Zaku" (u know the classic markings) then you have stuff like "Warning: Chibi Zaku on the hunt for puny Feddies" or "Warning: adorable Zaku, Use extreme caution on approach" or something like that. lol

I like that! Thanks for the input.

RX-78-2
April 13, 2012, 1:19 PM
With decals I think you should keep it to a minimum. Zaku heads are not like gundam heads. Decals might screw with it.

Wiltonican
April 13, 2012, 1:23 PM
With decals I think you should keep it to a minimum. Zaku heads are not like gundam heads. Decals might screw with it.

yes. agreed.

Forbidden Gundam
April 13, 2012, 7:00 PM
Great work! I can't wait to see the finished product. The purple color looks nice.

Wiltonican
April 15, 2012, 6:20 AM
Not exactly finished. Only missing the mono-eye and the custom padding for my daughter's noggin.

But, the detailing is done. Top coated the entire helmet.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7158.jpg

RX-78-2
April 15, 2012, 10:45 AM
Droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

thwalker13
April 15, 2012, 11:14 AM
That looks amazing. I wish so bad I had the money to buy one of these.

Kenico
April 15, 2012, 3:51 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! !!! now all you have to do now is find a way to make the visor for the helmet and youve got a gold mine on your hands.

Wiltonican
April 16, 2012, 4:22 AM
Haha.. thanks guys. My daughter likes it too. 6 more days till Cosplay! :D I'm actually getting excited for it.

Wiltonican
April 18, 2012, 3:45 AM
Time is running out. I needed to make a decision on the mono-eye fabrication. Many options had gone through but none would look good or had too many safety compromises.

This one is the least that looked the best. Still kind of dangerous though. O well, I'll have to keep an eye on her then. (uh.. sorry)

Lexan plastic. Heating it up in my toaster oven. When it starts to droop in the window, I pull it out right away.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7209.jpg

The best form I had around the house was this paint can. Whatever works!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7210.jpg

Perfect diameter

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7211.jpg

To shape it further, I just took it to my belt sander.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7212.jpg

Wiltonican
April 18, 2012, 3:46 AM
There!
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7214.jpg

For the tint, I used some leftover auto tint.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7217.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7218.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7220.jpg

Wiltonican
April 18, 2012, 3:49 AM
Cutout for better vision.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7223.jpg

I did cut out some red cellophane paper. I stole it from the wife. I have no idea what it was for. If she finds out I took it... well.. I'll know. hehe I may or may not use the red paper. It's a bit distorted. Really does impair the vision. I can just leave the red O-ring.

Made a small accent ring out of craft foam. Hotglued it on. And voila!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7225.jpg

thwalker13
April 18, 2012, 7:12 AM
That is so badass! Blast you moneyz! Why can't I have youz!!!

Wiltonican
April 19, 2012, 2:25 PM
Covering up the Ear holes:
Using a mesh fabric. This would hide the wearer and allow ventilation and sound to enter. Triple goodness.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7236.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_7237.jpg

thwalker13
April 19, 2012, 3:00 PM
Haha. 3 Birds for 1 meshy stone. Excellent.

Kenico
April 19, 2012, 3:33 PM
i think the phrases is "3 birds with 1 meshy stone"...just a thought lol

thwalker13
April 19, 2012, 5:11 PM
Don't make me throw a meshy rock atchya meow.

SilverFrameAstray
April 19, 2012, 8:06 PM
Comeon meow let's all get along here.

Wiltonican
April 19, 2012, 8:10 PM
Let's paws for a second before this becomes a clawtastrophe!

Kenico
April 19, 2012, 9:14 PM
Bark...i see your rock and raise with my Hi Nu Gundam...lol

thwalker13
April 19, 2012, 9:41 PM
I'll call. And raise you and your Hi Nu, with a Sinanju.

Kenico
April 19, 2012, 10:33 PM
-_-...Is that a challenge?

SilverFrameAstray
April 20, 2012, 1:10 AM
How about we not derail this beautiful thread LITTLE MAN

Kenico
April 20, 2012, 2:58 AM
(Darth Vader Voice) As you wish Master...(sends Hi Nu away)...my apologies for my outburst Lord Moderator...lol :P


Back on topic: cant wait to see it fully assembled and seen in the field. (Nervoulsy looks over towards SFA)











Note to the Audience: No Members were harmed in any way in the making of this skit. enjoy lol

thwalker13
April 20, 2012, 7:16 AM
Agreed. My apologies.

I agree with Kenyon. I can't wait to see it all fully done. The suspense is killing me.

Wiltonican
April 20, 2012, 12:18 PM
Agreed. My apologies.

I agree with Kenyon. I can't wait to see it all fully done. The suspense is killing me.

All plays and games. It's all good.

Well.. it's essentially finished. All I need to do now is get final fitment for my daughter's head. And we're ready for tomorrow's big day!

thwalker13
April 20, 2012, 12:37 PM
Be sure to take lots of pictures while you're there.

Wiltonican
April 20, 2012, 12:44 PM
Be sure to take lots of pictures while you're there.

haha.. that's a given! :D

Kenico
April 20, 2012, 5:44 PM
Go Zaku!

zaku zaku...

Wiltonican
April 24, 2012, 4:29 PM
Well.. now that the convention is over. I can breath a bit again. The Zaku helmet went extremely well. Had great reception. Funny how my sister-in-law was wearing it when my daughter was in her Batgirl costume.. and everyone just assumed she was my wife. And that we were the family unit. So, we posed pictures accordingly! haha O well.. she had a kick out of it.

Everyone (literally), was asking me if I would continue with the rest of the Zaku build because it was so cute. And after consideration.. I think I might. It'll be for this Halloween then. The proportions on her might work. So, I'll do it.

But, first.. I have to get back onto the Zaku production build! That is priority now. The school needs money soon! So, you guys will have to check back on this thread later.

RX-78-2
May 8, 2012, 7:20 PM
Could you PM me step by step instructions for this as well as tools needed

Wiltonican
May 8, 2012, 9:00 PM
RX-78-2...Didn't I just do that with the entire thread?!? hehe I'll try to fill in the gaps with some details I left out in the thread.

Anyways... I can do one better. I'll just post it all here! Like my daughter says, "Sharing is caring!" haha
There's not a whole lot to it. Quite the easy build. I'll try to just jot it all down from memory here...

Materials:
- EVA foam. (AKA Interlocking exercise mattes, Minicel foam, and a few other names) I got them pretty cheap. Just wait for them to go on sale, and buy the shelf! But, to do this one helmet, it'll take 3 full pieces..2 if you're really good at it.
- Craft foam. Optional for the details. From any arts and crafts store like Michael's. (They're pretty expensive on the whole.. you can find them at dollar stores.. but quality isn't as good)
- Clear lexan plastic. Optional for the visor. From Home Depot
- Sheen fabric. Optional for the ear holes. From the fabric store.

Disposeables:
- Hot Glue sticks. Lots and lots of it. From the arts/crafts store. Again.. when I see these things go on sale.. I just load up on it.
- Masking tape Used a lot to hold pieces together while the hot glue dries.
- Duct tape Also used to hold pieces together... but, used less than the masking tape, because it's too strong, and can rip the foam. I only use it on the unfinished side.


Tools:
- Hot Glue gun
- Hot knife
- Heat gun
- X-acto mini saws
- X-acto blade + many NEW blades
- Self healing cutting mat
- long stainless steel ruler/flat edge. Not wood, not plastic. There's gonna be lots of cutting....and you want that edge to be straight and true. Without any degradation.
- belt sander. Quickest way to get the beveled edges!
- Lexan plastic cutter. If going with the visor route. This tool is very specific to cutting the clear plastic sheet.
- toaster oven. Again, it's specific if you're fabricating the visor.

As you can see from the first post in this thread, the entire build starts its life around my daughter's bicycle helmet. Using it as a starting point for sizing. Taped the helmet all up and drew up some dividing lines. Breaking it up into smaller (more manageable) pieces that I can form. Unfortunately, I can't just bend one big sheet of foam over the helmet. That would've been a nice time saver it it can!!! My foam was 10mm (I think), which means it's not as malleable. But, with the thickness I get strength and a bit more rigidity. It's a compromise I went for. There are thinner EVA foams available, FYI. (5mm, 3mm, even 1mm)

Forming:
The basic process is cut up a shape of foam with a super sharp knife (hot knife or fresh x-acto knife) *I can't stress enough about the sharpness here! Even with a slightly dulled blade, it would rip through your cuts. And it's going to give you undesireable results. Heating all sides of the piece with the heat gun for a few seconds. (even edges) When it's nice and warm, I quickly put it on the helmet and hold it there for 5-10 second count.

A lot of people had been asking me for templates of the Zaku helmet. And I am always reluctant to give them out. Not because I'm a total jerk and didn't want to share. But because I feel the templates are just guidelines. If you're going to use it and relying on them.. you'd end up building something completely skewed and ugly. It'll be a waste of time. I've made 6 foam Zakus now.. and each one was slightly different. My original template would never work on any of the other subsequent helmets. That's a disclaimer I am sticking to!

Cutting:
Because every shape on this helmet is pretty much unique, there are rarely any right angles anywhere. Which means all the cuts are on angles. Bit tricky. But, not impossible. Just "measure twice, cut once" Or else, you'd go through more foam with mistakes. Trust me on this one. hehe I may switch it up and use the saw. (as pictured in one my of my pics in this thread) Whatever tool works.

Gluing:
I think I got the technique down now. Still not perfect, but SO much better since my first purple Zaku. So... you have 2 separate pieces you need to join. Dry fit them, making sure everything is correct. Then with a piece of masking tape, tape one of the pieces' finished side. The more you cover the better the final result. Next step is all about speed and precision...with the glue gun, quickly smear the glue on the ENTIRE gluing surface. Not too much, not too little. Try to get right up to the finishing edge! *Watch your fingers! Glue is SUPER hot right out of the gun! Precision will come with practice, don't worry. Then quickly drop the gun safely. Piece the opposing piece you need to glue. Slap the masking tape over it. Making sure the entire edge is nice and flush. Hold it for 5 seconds. You can further bend it to shape if you need at this point. The hot glue will heat up the foam to allow you further shaping. (Just a little though) A few more seconds and you can peel off the tape. And voila. A nice clean glued piece. Onto the next shape!

Just repeat that throughout the entire helmet.

Visor:
I bought a huge sheet of the clear lexan plastic years ago. And had been using it for so many different projects now. It's awesome.

[to be continued... work time is over.. going home now hehe]

Wiltonican
May 9, 2012, 2:47 AM
Had to finish up one of the Zaku helmets for delivery tomorrow! My first sale! Can't wait.

Ok, where were we...

Visor(continued):
The facial opening was a very awkward shape to fill! Again, there were no right angles. I had to start mocking it up with paper first. Trimming and placing it back to see where to trim some more.. kept doing that till it fit perfectly. Once the template is satisfactory, I cut a rectangular piece of plastic. With the special plastic cutter and the straight edge, I lightly scored the plastic. You can't cut it in one go. It's almost impossible. Only way to do it is slowly and lightly score it. Just need to run it over and over again. Once I can see the score line a little more than halfway through, I bring it to the edge of the table and carefully snap it off the line. Should be a perfectly straight cut. Then to get the right curves on the plastic, I used the belt sander. Slowly taking the plastic off to match the paper template.

When the visor is of the exact shape as my template, I take it to my toaster oven. Set to 275 degrees F. Keeping a close eye on the heated plastic. NEVER LEAVING FOR ANY REASON. Cause it'll be fast. At this point, I already have a pair of work gloves on and my paint can on the floor. The can was what I used to form the visors overall curve. So, once I see the plastic droop through the window of the oven, I take it out quickly and lay it on the paint can. Holding it till I feel it cool down. Here I check on the helmet to see if I need to further trim any of the edges to fit into the helmet properly.

Next is tinting. I used auto tint. I had tinted a couple of my cars so for some reason, I kept the scraps. And it came in handy!!! Woohoo! Yea.. for hoarders! haha. The process is pretty easy. You can probably YouTube this. The tint itself is basically a large sheet of decal. You peel off a transparent backing layer to reveal an adhesive sided tint. Spray water on the adhesive. Apply. Carefully not getting any dust onto the sheet. Squeegy out all bubbles with a card (credit card hardness). Then trim off the edge with a double edge blade.

Painting:
All of the helmets get the same treatment of priming. I used cheapo rattle can grey primer from Home Depot. Seems to stick to the foam pretty good. And the paint sticks to the primer pretty good. (I think I used Rust-O-Leum brand. Great! No need to worry about my foam rusting!! :D) A couple of the helmets I used a different brand of spray paint. (forget the brand) But, it had a super fine misting. Seems it would be great for gunpla. But, not so much for my foam. As it gives me a super thin coat. What that means is I wouldn't get sufficient coating and the flex of the foam would crack the paint. Not good. To counter this, I had to lay on many coats of top coat. For top coating, I used Pledge/Future with my airbrush. A floor polish. Cheap and it works great. Been doing this for years. I might try PlastiDip next time. I believe that would coat foam the best with it being a more flexible coat. With a coat of colour paint on top of the PlastiDip, then a couple Pledge coats on top of that.. it'll be super durable.

Detailing:
I added little black "rivets" here and there to just dress things up. I went this route rather than decaling because I think the flexibility of the foam and the decal wouldn't play nice with each other. And I'm not going to chance drawing/lettering by hand! Got scraps of crafts foam and hole punched a gazillion "holes" with a hole-puncher. Hot glued them in random places. I also finished some of the foam edges with crafts foam too. Edges where I wasn't happy with the cut. (re: bad dull blade!) The eyes are made with crafts foam as well. Hot glued in.

There you go, RX-78-2. That's the gist of it all. If you or anyone else have any questions, post them up. You know by now, I'll be happy to explain it further!

Oh.. and if you tried and still can't make one. You can always BUY one from me!! hehe Still selling them. Still got to make money for the fundraiser!!! hehe I only have 4 left. So, HURRY!!!!!!!! :D

Wiltonican
July 13, 2012, 1:48 AM
Wow.. I've been busy. I did get to finish off another Zaku for a friend. He wanted a themed one. It was a special request.. as I've known him for 30 years now... maybe more.

Know what the inspiration was?

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8166.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8167.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8168.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8169.jpg

Wiltonican
July 13, 2012, 1:49 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8170.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8171.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8172.jpg

Wiltonican
July 13, 2012, 1:50 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8173.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8174.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8175.jpg

Wiltonican
July 13, 2012, 1:50 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8176.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8177.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e321/604R32/Gundam/IMG_8178.jpg

Kenico
July 13, 2012, 1:53 AM
Wilt! We thought you were dead man welcome back...and with a vengance huh?

looks at helmet

Dude! this thing is Sick! and you finlally found a way to make the mono eye look cool. lemme guess: Harry Potter?

Ill tell you this if you were to do a Sazabi, Sinanju, or better yet a Gerbera Tetra helmet youd be raking in dough! or better yet a Gouf! or a Zudah even lol

Wiltonican
July 13, 2012, 3:10 AM
Wilt! We thought you were dead man welcome back...and with a vengance huh?

looks at helmet

Dude! this thing is Sick! and you finlally found a way to make the mono eye look cool. lemme guess: Harry Potter?

Ill tell you this if you were to do a Sazabi, Sinanju, or better yet a Gerbera Tetra helmet youd be raking in dough! or better yet a Gouf! or a Zudah even lol

hehe.. thanks.

Sorry for the absence. Have lots going on with me right now. Just not enough hours in a day. This Harry Potter one was fun. Had a lot of creative freedom with it.

Kenico
July 13, 2012, 3:34 AM
no arguments here...thats what i call a wearable work of art lol.

Asterisk
July 13, 2012, 6:55 AM
As a 28 year old man that builds plastic robots as a hobby, that is entirely too nerdy even for me. Damn, it looks good, though. Glad to see you're back, Wilt.

thwalker13
July 13, 2012, 7:23 AM
Wilt! You're finally back! With an awesome looking Zaku helmet to boot. Helmet looks amazing as always. And it's great to have you back man. We were starting to worry.

Squee
July 13, 2012, 9:19 PM
LOL that Griffindor helm is awesome. Would be badass if you put a Slitherin with an x through it.

NanoSpore
August 2, 2012, 10:16 PM
Man, I am late to this game but you are so awesome!