Costume :Lin Bei Fong
Source :The legend of Korra
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Midlands MCM Expo 2013

Costume Photos

Tenzin... I...

Bro fist!

Don't mess with the law...

I'm watching you...

Just like her mum.

Republic City benders

Let's tear this bimp apart!

Metal Bender

Don't look back...

Metal Bender

The Chief


Costume Information

Cost : I'll calculate the total at the end.
Time Taken : A few months (on and off)

This lady is my Hero!

This costume was a lot of trial and error but it finally came together for Midlands Expo 2013!
It wasn't completely finished so next time I wear it all the improvements and small detailes will be added.


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Mnn Yes Please! :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 4 August, 2012 - 02:35
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I may actually have to make some sort of Meelo mask so I can go round telling people that you're my hero. XD
I'm really looking forward to seeing this!

by electrospectrum on Wednesday, 8 August, 2012 - 22:44
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will be on the look out for this.

by Squall_wolfheart on Thursday, 20 September, 2012 - 11:04
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I can't wait to see this.:3

by ShadowChan on Sunday, 14 October, 2012 - 08:56
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hell yeah, so glad she was able to be as awsome as her mother ^^. Looking forward to this

by nanahara on Friday, 19 October, 2012 - 21:00
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Your expressions are disapproving enough!! XD

But the make-up looks fantastic, I look forward to seeing the finished article

by NixieThePixie on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 - 17:31
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Loving the progress recently!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 - 10:07
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by nanahara on Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 - 22:52
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You look really awesome, well done :D

by yuubalu on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 08:52
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Such a perfect Lin! I was in awe of your beauty! <3

by DevilChestnut on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 11:50
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You look perfect <3

by The-oncoming-storm on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 12:24
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Brilliant, you've even got the stern look down!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 18:11
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I love your Lin cosplay, hun-- so gorgeous!

by CrystalCharmer on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 19:18
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You did a great job hun!

by Alias Cosplay on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 20:52
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Turned out amazing!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 23:00
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You look so amazing! Best Lin ever <3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 09:16
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This looks amazing!

by Moonchild on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 13:28
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you look amazing! great job

by Leolarua on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 14:07
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You looked so amazing!

by ToroSonyCat on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 14:24
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This was so spectacular, perfect even :)

by HotshotShan on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 18:07
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So glad we saw you in this! Next time we need a proper Korra group. You look ace as always hun!

by KuroStylr on Saturday, 23 February, 2013 - 18:21
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I didn't manage to see this at midlands but in the photos you look perfect! Stunning as usual and the costume is brilliant!!

by isamiaella on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 - 15:52
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Wish I'd seen this in person! You look amazing!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 1 March, 2013 - 09:53

Was great to chat to you in the masquerade queue! I was a bundle of nerves so chatting helped take my mind off going on stage, thankyou :3 Btw, Lin Bei Fong is frickin' badass :D I've only seen a few episodes of Korra but I think she's fab! I didn't actually realise your costume was this until I found it just now, I think I didn't put two and two together because you had a big smile on your face while we were chatting and I wasn't that familiar with her outfit! XD

by madmazda86 on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 22:15

To-Do List

Style wigHighComplete
Under topHighComplete
Leg armourHighIn Progress
Armour for armsHighIn Progress
Armour topHighIn Progress
Shoulder padsMediumComplete
Panels for trousersMediumComplete
Foot armourMediumComplete
Back panelMediumComplete
GlovesMediumIn Progress
Pouch for beltLowComplete
Contact lensesLowComplete
Police badgeLowComplete

Shopping List

Contact lenses£19.93Bought
Fabric for trousers/panels.£18.09Bought
Card, Primer and paints for armour.£24.46Bought
Fabric for armour top£16.98Bought
Fabric for undertop£12.01Bought
Base for shoes£4.00Bought
Craft foam£27.18Bought


If I'm going to re-wear her I would like to make the following changes... (Posted 18th May 2013)

[ ]Tidy up wig.
[ ]Re-make the tunic.
[ ]Try to add silver lines to base top.
[ ]Add gold detail to upper arm armour.
[ ]Add gold detail to lower arm armour.
[ ]Try to add elbow to arm armour.
[ ]Add gloves on better.
[ ]Add line detail to gloves.
[ ]Re-make pouch for belt.
[ ]Re-make leg armour.
[ ]Paint the back of the back detail.
[ ]Re-make or re-cover shoes.

Arm armour (Posted 3rd February 2013)

Just an image of what all the armour loked like together before the PVA and spray paint stages.

Elbows (Posted 29th January 2013)

The elbows are the only thing I kept armour wise from my first run of the armour. I created the pattern myself out of card then cut it out of foam. I glued it all together and then spray painted it black. I painted the gold trim around the armour with gold acrylic paint. I then hot glued some elastic so then I can keep them on my arm. I might changed this later so it attached to the armour rather than my arm. It'll mean I can move my elbows better.

Arm armour (Posted 26th January 2013)

I originally did the arm armour just as a tester but it wasn't to great so I re-did it. The newer pattern has more of a curve in it and opens up more at the wrist. I glued it all together before the several layers of PVA, then a base spray paint and the final coat of silver spray paint.

Leg armour (Posted 21st January 2013)

I first did a paper and cardboard template of these to make sure I got the sizing right. I wanted to make sure I could fit into it easily as I had to do this out of 2 parts of foam. Once I'd got all the pattern I cut it out of foam and glued it all together. I add the knee part to the top then began to cover it in PVA. I did about 6-7 layers of PVA to make sure it was all sealed. Then I add the spray paint. It has velcro at the back so I can easily undo it and wrap it around my leg. I may re-do these in the future.

Knee part of the armour (Posted 18th January 2013)

I firstly cut a cardboard template to check the fit of it around my knee. I then cut this pattern out of foam and hot glued it together. Then I will add it to the main part of the leg before I add the PVA layers.

Back detail. (Posted 14th January 2013)

I firstly cut a cardboard template to get the sizing right. Then I cut these shapes out in foam and added all the detail on. I then gave it a god few coats of PVA before spray painting it with a base, then the final coat of silver spray paint. I then used some old fabric and watered down acrylic and added in some ageing effect on the back to make it look more real. I then glued some velcro on the back so I can attach it to my tunic.

Shoes (Posted 11th January 2013)

I bought the base of the shoes from Primark for cheap. Then I painted the fronts with grey acrylic I mixed up. After that I cut the pattern I needed to cover the shoe and sewed it all up. After that I fabric glued it to the bottom of the shoe. The back has hooks so I can put the shoe on easily and hook it up at the back. I may re-do these in the future.

Re-styled wig (Posted 7th January 2013)

Instead of having curls pinned at the back I curled the wig using rollers. Then I straightened the fronts of the wig and pins them up lower so it suited my face frame. I think the re-style looks a lot better and fits a lot better too.

New belt (Posted 4th January 2013)

I bought a new belt which is more accurate to Lin's.

Re-making the tunic. (Posted 3rd January 2013)

My mum gave me an old,black dress which I decided to recycle into a tunic for Lin. I took the lace detail off the outside and cut the shoulders off. Then I basically took it in using my measurements and patterns for reference. Once all sewn up I added a zip to the back then add the bold ribbon detail on the arms and collar. I then added the black detail on the bottom of the tunic. Finally I added velcro to the back of the tunic (for the back plate) and a popper for he police badge.

Time to get back to work (Posted 1st January 2013)

-Fix up wig.
-Test old lady make-up.
-Re-make the whole tunic!
-Find gold badge and attach to tunic.
-Add detail to the tunic
-Re-make the lower arm armour.
-Paint the gold detail to the top arm armour.
-Add the elbow parts of the armour.
-Make the gloves.
-Add detail to the gloves.
-Make a better belt.
-Re-make the pouch.
-Re-make the leg armour.
-Add armour to the shoes.

Update 19/10/12 (Posted 19th October 2012)

+The trousers and panels are done.
+The under-top just need the sleeves sewing and the stripes added.
+The armour is currently drying after a big coat of PVA.
+The shoes are prepared for the armour coating.
+The wig is styled and ready to go.
+The scar make-up is coming through the post as we speak.
+The gloves are made.

-The tunic still needs making.
-The armour needs Primer and final coats.
-The armour still needs velcro adding.
-It also needs the gold detail adding.
-The pouch needs re-making.
-The gloves need adding to either sleeves or armour.

Panels (for trousers) (Posted 11th October 2012)

These were very easy to make. Simply sewed up some fabric together and turned it inside out. I need to iron it as I bought the fabric rather creased. This will be attached to the trousers once i make them.

Police badge (Posted 11th October 2012)

It's made out of foam and coated in PVA. Once that dried I applied a few layers of gold acrylic paint and covered it in another layer of PVA. Finally I glued on a snap fastener on the back so I can easily add it to the armour. Plus it mens I can remove it easily without ruining the outfit and also have I can remove it and be like "F**k the police!".

Pouch and belt (Posted 9th October 2012)

(reversed image) The belt was one I had originally which I cut down. It was originally a light brown, I covered it in black shoe polish to make it darker. It's not 100% black but it's very close. The pouch is in a previous journal entry on how I made it. It attaches easily to the belt.

Wig (Posted 6th October 2012)

The wig is from Coscraft. It is a lovely wig, fits great and in the perfect colour. I began by pinning up the front and side bits. As the wig already has a bit of a curl in it it was very easy to do. I unfortuently cut it too short at the back which at first I was rather mad at. Then I realised it looked weird pinned up at the back anyway so I'm going to get some curlers and curl it up at the back. A few other Lin cosplayers have done this and it looks a lot better, plus will be more secure in the wind this way. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Contact lenses (Posted 6th October 2012)

Got my contact lenses from HoneyColour in "Beaucon Vibrant Match Green". They are a dream, very easy to put in and take out. Plus I got the cutest animal case free with them! Defiently worth the money!

Belt Pouch (Posted 6th October 2012)

I made the belt pouch out of card board, pleather and foam. I used the foam at the back (covered in pleater) as the hooks to slide it onto the belt. I just need to get super glue to glue the sides up and this is done. I also need to glue the front button on. Very simple and quick. Next is to see whether I can spray this belt black or not. I hope I can.

IT BEGINS! (Posted 20th September 2012)

Alright I have my sketches and screenshots all ready to go! Next I need to do some shopping. I'll be buying the wig soon and just trying to find the right contact lenses to buy. Then I'll be buying the foam for the amour online and hoping I can get around 50% of the fabric from a shop (as I hate buying fabric online)