|Awards :||Minami award for making Rob Fahey cry|
|Time Taken :||100 hours|
|A costume I’ve had on the wish list for a couple of years now. When I saw Laputa some 19 years ago it was the first time I realised the difference between Western and Japanese animation so (like so many of us) it holds a special place in my heart.|
This is my homage.
The costume was always going to be challenging, laputian robots have quite plain curved designs so it would be very easy to mess up its shape. As it is I had to use some painting and modelling tricks to hide or distract the eye from panel joins etc.
Plastazote and latex construction over a hardboard frame.
It was a bit rushed to get it ready for Minami so there’s a few things left to do like the fill in painting and some extra supports to help him keep his shape. I might break the head open and install some lights too.
I took some liberties with the design to aid in construction and added in extra chest damage (a la the Statue at the Ghibli museum) so that I had a convenient vision slot.
In the anime the chest pods appear to be solid, however these are the robots flying thrusters so I figured they should actually be open and shaped at the bottom.
Arms and legs both have the correct number of segments, the arms are built around felt strips so that they are fully flexible and wired with a pulley system so that they can be moved. Additionally the hands are wired so that they are reasonably pose-able.
The head attaches to my own head, so, in theory I can move it – this broke on the day though so needs some adjusting before it will work properly.