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25 Sep 2008 - 19:056405
Keeping cool in body suits.
Well, not quite a body suit, but Nightmare from soul calibur. A member of our team Matt wears this costume, but he can only keep it on for 2 hours max because of the sheer heat inside the thing. The main problem is that because of the arm/back his entire chest is encased, and his head gets really hot.

We are looking to make it better by adding more ventilation into the mask of the helmet, but I'm kind of stumped when it comes to keeping his chest cool enough for more extended wear. I was considering getting one of those air cool systems that fursuiters wear, but I've heard bad things about them, and not just the price.

Any input to this would be greatly appreciated.

-Tab


25 Sep 2008 - 19:466407
tricky one! the only thing that's safe that i can come up with is drinks. things like gatorade and powerade and keep in the cooler areas as much as possible.

isotonic drinks like gatorade go straight into the bloodstream pretty much, and are designed to cool athletes down.

the only other thing that i can think of is possibly making the suit easy to remove and rest at intervals (which is how i have designed the curiass to my Alphonse suit, see my page).

i'll be interested myself if anyone has any other ideas for this, because this is going to be one of my problems too!


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25 Sep 2008 - 20:266408
The drinking thing is a good idea- it would give us a chance to cool down his head/neck which is very important.

Taking the suit on and off is a bit difficult though- mostly because it's all bolted together like real armour, and so we have to undo all of them.

It takes about 1 hour to get on, but only 20mins to get off, so it's not as bad as it could be. It's still a really long time compared to our other costumes though (eggman only takes like 5 minutes. Check out our page for it)


25 Sep 2008 - 21:456412
Quote Uber-Nerd:
The drinking thing is a good idea- it would give us a chance to cool down his head/neck which is very important.

Taking the suit on and off is a bit difficult though- mostly because it's all bolted together like real armour, and so we have to undo all of them.

It takes about 1 hour to get on, but only 20mins to get off, so it's not as bad as it could be. It's still a really long time compared to our other costumes though (eggman only takes like 5 minutes. Check out our page for it)


ouch, that's a long suit up time x_x. it takes probably 20 mins with assistance to suit up into my Al, and seconds to strip it back off, and even then i'm not eager about removing it all during the expo.

is the wearer wearing anything underneath the armour?


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25 Sep 2008 - 21:526413
Amber was the bear mascott for bear factory when she was working there (she was the only one small enough to fit in the suit lol).

For cooling they had a Pc fan rig in the Head they also had a harness which strapped an Ice pack to her front and back which worked really well.

I hope this works for you


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25 Sep 2008 - 22:506418
Under the armour we've got the arm, which is made out of fabric, foam and duct tape. This also extends around the chest, and it's the main problem. He also has the wear a linen under suit, but that's breathable so it's not that bad around his legs.

The suit up time amazed me too- We almost missed the competition first time we used him!

As for ice packs- I've suggested it, but each time I've been met with a big NO from Matt the wearer. I think we're scared he might accidentally get too cold or something.

I think we're just going to have to work on getting it better ventilated. Unforturnately there's no room in the head for a fan, so we can't do that.

I think we'll just feed him liquids and ice pack him until it's almost time to go on. FUN!

-Tab


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