|Cost :||£230 give or take|
|Awards :||Judges' Award - London MCM Expo May 2010 - Saturday|
|Time Taken :||Too Long|
|This was originally a Secret Cosplay as I wasn't sure how much I'd be able to get started, but it seems to be coming along well, and I still have plenty of time to get this one one for next year.|
I'd been thinking about making a Gundam for a long time now, and it was only until recently when I stumbled across someone else on CI also making one, that I thought I should take my paper concept and turn it into a real cosplay. It's been hard work so far, but I've been enjoying the build.
So far, the hardest part to make has been the helmet. I still have to sort out all the electronics, but that should come in time. The helmet itself is a nice fit, and the only thing that worries me is whether or not I get all the rest of the proportions right.
I'm marking this one as complete but I will be rebuilding and strengthening this for October.
7th June 2010
I now have a little over 2 weeks to finish the first rebuild due to a photoshoot request.
Things to repair/strengthen
Torso - Done
Back - Done
Wings - Done
Wing Mounts - In Progress
Legs - Done
Paintwork - Planned
|Repair and Strengthen Wings||Low||Planned|
|Repair and Strengthen Torso||Low||Planned|
|Repair and Strengthen Feet||Low||Planned|
New Frame and Wing Mount Built (Posted 12th June 2010)
Due to how the wing mount has been made, I have to integrate the frame into the back panel. This means that each Gundam will have its own frame instead of a shared one.
Rebuild Underdway (Posted 6th June 2010)
Okay, There were a few hot days last week, and I stupidly left some of the suit in the car.
Most of the pieces are still there, and I have to remake the right foot (as this is what broke on Saturday, forcing me to pack them away as it would be too dangerous to hobble about with a semi mended foot)
I've started on the new body frame, which the existing shell will wrap around. This will effectively strengthen the torso, and provide a new mount for interchangeable wings.
I'm doing this alongside my Deathscythe as the frame will accommodate for both Gundams.
Started Base Painting (Posted 17th May 2010)
Okay, i've started to trim rough edges, and try to smooth out corners. It's still not working very well, but I started to paint the base layer of the torso, guards, feet and wings. I'm using an acrylic spray as the base, and will apply a second coat plus varnish for the top later depending on how it looks. I'm still trimming the edges for the legs and arms (basically all the white/grey bits) so i won't know how they will turn out until I start painting them, which will hopefully be tomorrow.
Lack of inspiration so close to expo = epic fail (Posted 16th May 2010)
I still have to paint the thing. I haven't even thought about how I'm going to fill any gaps around the edges of the foamboard to give it a smoother look. All the black pieces are okay as the paint can semi obscure imperfections, but the arms and legs simply cannot be avoided. *sigh*
wish me luck...
Lower Legs in Progress (Posted 8th May 2010)
Okay, I've spent most of last couple of nights and all of today working on getting the basic shape of the legs going. My first attempt was initially too tight, so i ended up making alterations and recutting the side panels. At the moment they are both a nice snug fit, and I am still able to bend my legs.
Hands in the making (Posted 29th October 2009)
I've started working on the hands now. I didn't get a chance to do any work on this leading up to the October Expo, so it's nice to finally get things going again.
Not much more progress on this (Posted 1st October 2009)
Been working on something else at the moment, so i had this on hold, but I did buy a massive sheet of Model Foam for the feet. Proper solid material, almost 2 inches thick, so I should be able to cut a few sheets, stack up, and model around them, for some platform goodness. ^__^
Detachable Shoulders (Posted 27th August 2009)
Okay, I already have both arms done, but not joined. I started on the shoulders, and couldn't decide where and how to mount them. So, I had a little inspiration, and made them slot into the sides. Yes, that's right, the shoulders have now been built as detachable pieces, meaning, easier to store, and also easier for me to wear!! So far, I am able to get the helmet, torso, arms and shoulders on by myself, which may prove useful later on. I still need to finish off the shoulder pieces, which I will hope to get done in the next day or two.
Time for some Arms (Posted 23rd August 2009)
Okay, I have some time and hopefully a little inspiration. I know that I haven't fully finished the Torso, but I will probably work on the arms this week.
Arms should be fairly easy compared to the rest of the build, as they're simple geometric shapes, and all detail can be added on later.
Will probably update this journal with a WIP photo at some point, before submitting a proper one.
I officially hate soldering, fingers got too close to iron... (Posted 18th August 2009)
Okay, I decided to make the first of many of the LED units for my build. The standard kit comes with Red LEDs, which i know are pretty bright. I replaced these with Yellow ones, only to find that they're not quite as bright as I hoped they would be. I'm not sure whether the battery is low, or whether the LEDs are genuinely not bright enough.
Attached is a picture of the unit available from Maplin for about 4 quid.
Works well so far, but I know that Maplin sell an LED Torch (Code: MAP401) that has a single/dual bright white LED, but it's more than a fiver :S
Anyway, I shall see how the rest of the electronics go.
Materials (Posted 17th August 2009)
Okay, I probably should have put this one as my first journal, but hey, better late than never.
Normally, I would have gone for this too, but for some strange reason, i went with ....... *drum roll* .......Foam Board.
"What Madness" I hear you say.
Well, to be honest, i was kinda skeptical to begin with as well, but with that in mind, I still went with the foam board, for one thing only. Rigidity (without the use of additional materials (fibreglass/resin/plaster etc etc)
Anyway, so far, the build has been going well, and I'm lucky to have a fellow cosplayer (Odd-One-Out) to set the bar in terms of build quality and finish, because it means I always have a goal to aim for ;)
Electronics (Posted 7th August 2009)
Damn I hate soldering!!
Edit: Okay, so I had all the electronics prepared, but....I couldn't find my soldering iron >__<
Starting Point (Posted 23rd July 2009)
Okay, I've started to make this thing now. It appears to be going well. I've made 1 prop and the front part of the headgear, and part of the chest.