|Time Taken :||3 months|
|My most expensive and tricky costume to date. I spent a long time researching the exact kit that Shin wears in Area 88 and then tracked down each individual component and modified them to get them as close to the source material as possible. |
The helmet was a Gentex HGU-33U I bought from a military outfitters in the US, I added the mask bayonet docks and tracked down the same model mask and custom fitted it myself. I then added Shin's purple Maltese cross to the helmet using custom decals I made myself.
The mask is an MBU-5, which was used by Shin in the anime and was in common use by pilots of US jets during the time period Area 88 is set in.
The harness is a US Navy MA-2 pilots harness as used by Crusader pilots in the 1970/80's this was also quite difficult to source but I wanted to get the look right.
The roll neck was bought from an online retailer.
The gauntlets were sourced from an online retailer as in Area 88 Shin tends to use thicker armored gloves rather than than thinner Nomex gloves in use these days.
The Jumpsuit was originally a white boiler suit so it needed extensively modifying. I removed the zip and put in press studs, added a flap of material the length on the suit to mask the studs, added a number of new pockets and finally I dyed it the correct color.
Shin's costume was very pricey and labor intensive but I think it was well worth the effort. It has become my signature costume and I have yet to see it done by anyone else, the only problems being hearing is rather tricky and it can be warm wearing it. It was last entered into the Sept '07 masquerade with Alias.com as Ryoko and Water_Clone as Roundell. I hope to add more to it and use it at Amecon '08.