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Title: Cloaks
Post by: Eira04 on January 30, 2013, 04:02:23 PM
I was wondering if anyone has made a tutorial on making those cloaks/capes for any Gundams? Im just so dam curious LOL
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: KaiK on January 30, 2013, 06:54:21 PM
I've seen some images of an Exia R1 with a fabric cloak, it did not seem complex and looked pretty good.

I guess it's a matter of selecting the fabric and designing a shape to use. To attach it you probably have to use CA glue.
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: fury-s12 on January 30, 2013, 08:00:28 PM
Can't day ive ever seen a tutorial or article about cloaks before I'm sure one exists though, but I have seen plenty of custom exia repairs and cross bone full cloth customs with after market cloaks so maybe start there, searching for customs, you might find a blog or something with details
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: thegunny on January 30, 2013, 09:36:36 PM
Not much to it really. Just cut out an oblong piece of cloth to the length you want, then fold over the top and sew a pocket for the draw cord. Fold and sew the edges & bottom.

If you want a cloak that has a rounded bottom then cut out a cone shape instead of an oblong.

If you need instructions then just look up dolls clothes  :)
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: Eira04 on January 30, 2013, 11:06:36 PM
oh wow thats neat thanks! but how about those plasticky looking ones? lol
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: mokana_man on January 30, 2013, 11:46:04 PM
why not thin brass or aluminum sheet, bend into shape then etch prime then paint.
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: TheGhostofZeon on January 31, 2013, 06:38:37 AM
Try thin styrene sheeting warmed up and shaped. Once it cools, it'll hold its shape.
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: cobraleader on January 31, 2013, 11:11:36 AM
or use epoxy putty to sculpt the cloak - if the cloak is small .... otherwise you'll be using alot of it ....

try using tissue paper and diluted whiteglue as well ..... or aluminum foil ...
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: boit-e on February 01, 2013, 12:30:43 PM
And this was the finished product
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/select/IMG_2980.jpg)

EDIT: Transferred the whole tutorial here for those interested
I plan to make this Slash Zaku Phantom into a Spawn looking mech. Itís a 1/144 scale, no grade model kit. It stands about 12cm tall.  The cape is really crucial if you would like to have that spawnish look.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/IMG_2511.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/IMG_2511.jpg.html)

Materials needed:

garden twist ties
bandage gauze
blu-tac
tissue paper
PVA glue and water
food color
First, make the frame for the cape. Here I used a combination of twist ties and stripped ones. Anchor your frame to the desired position. Height is really crucial when making the cape.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2492.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2492.jpg.html)

Measure the right size for the gauze. The gauze will reinforce the cape and make it really sturdy and make it movable without tearing up. Set the gauze using blu-tac.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2493.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2493.jpg.html)

Now mix 50% PVA glue and 50% water. Here, I added red food color to the mixture so that the cape will already have a base color. Very handy step when you are making any paper machete project.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2488.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2488.jpg.html)
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2489.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2489.jpg.html)

Cut small strips of tissue the same height as your cape and about one centimeter wide. Place the piece of tissue on top of the cape/gauze frame. Brush the colored PVA mixture on the piece of tissue making sure that the gauze will also be soaked with the glue mixture. Cover the entire area of the cape and also cover the inside part. Avoid using one big piece of tissue paper. This will not give you a good texture on the cape.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2495-1.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2495-1.jpg.html)

Two or three layers of tissue should be enough. Now let dry and color as needed.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2496-1.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/Cape/IMG_2496-1.jpg.html)

Here it is installed on the mech. Cut the excess as desired.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/ecapz/Zaku/IMG_2519.jpg) (http://s147.photobucket.com/user/ecapz/media/Zaku/IMG_2519.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: Eira04 on February 04, 2013, 06:05:23 PM
thats so cool! :) shall try it out one day :)
Title: Re: Cloaks
Post by: dj898 on February 05, 2013, 03:50:32 PM
I did some what similar but only off to the rough concept stage.
with one of diorama/vignette I needed the Zeon flag on the pole in size with MG Zaku.
thought of rolled out epoxy putty but after failing to keep them in shape while drying up I thought of carving a block of clay for the shape the flag is to be and then once that block is dried pushed against the other yet to set clay block - effectively making the mold set.

After that get the thin sheet of aluminum and make it into the shape using the mold set.
But the problem was I have no way to keep the thin aluminum from deforming during the handling.

back to drawing board I suppose...