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Author Topic: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)  (Read 12089 times)

Wiltonican

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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2012, 05:50:23 PM »

Masking, Painting, Masking, Painting, etc:




Testing the wiring and LEDs:
Fan is also installed now.

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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2012, 05:53:11 PM »

Eyes:
Using a piece of 2x4 wood, I cut it for the form. Heating up a piece of lexan plastic to soften it up and forming it so I get the curve I want.






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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2012, 06:43:35 PM »

I didn't look at the Gundam pics only skylines :p

$2 a sheet for decals Canada is awesome lol, really like the mohawk light would be a crazy night light
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2012, 08:28:21 PM »

Congratulations sir, that is pure win
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2012, 09:17:31 PM »

I didn't look at the Gundam pics only skylines :p

$2 a sheet for decals Canada is awesome lol, really like the mohawk light would be a crazy night light

Same here. More looking at the R32. And a little peek at the Zaku head.
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2012, 10:36:37 PM »

just woke up from the coma upon seeing this. awesome awesome job dude!
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #36 on: April 20, 2012, 03:35:08 PM »

Hot Glue sucks:
Never said it before, so I'll say it here. I really dislike hot glue. Not a whole lot of positives, but I can name quite a few negatives....

- takes time for the glue gun to warm up
- glue gun is awkward to use in tight spaces
- glue sticks always run out. all the time.
- MESSY!
- those spiderweb-like strands with each use. And it's endless!! You just keep pulling and pulling
- not really a strong bond.
- dries cloudy



Obstacle: Here, I globbed some hot glue in the area where I was to place the fan. But, it rolled over into the fan blades!!!! UGH!!! Glued them down. I had to go back in, cutting and re-melting the hot glue to rip the  fan unit out. Some more cutting and sanding got the blades free. Hot glue sucks.

Polish:


The "camera lens" in the mohawk is a bit dull. So, I grabbed my bottle of 'fine scratch remover'. It was for polishing up tiny scratches on my rear plastic window on my convertible. Grabbed a towel and rubbed the face up with lots of elbow grease.

LED Experiment:
While I was wiring some of the LEDs, I noticed one of them had a bad flicker. So, I cut it out of the system. As decided to use it for experimenting. I wanted to see if I could diffuse the LED bulbs a bit. And I know hot glue dries cloudy. So, I put the two together....


I globbed some hot glue right ON the LED bulb. And let it dry. You can see in the pic... the LED bulb is completely "submerged" inside the wad of hot glue.




Test wired it to my battery... and voila! A nice diffused glow! Success. I'll do this to a few of the bulbs in the "camera lens"

Wire connectors:

Bought some quick-release wire-to-wire connectors for some parts of the electrical work. The fins are separable, so these are needed. I'm not really liking these types. But I couldn't find any better alternative. These were pretty prices too. Don't like pricey.

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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2012, 03:43:57 PM »

Lit Eyes:


The wiring for the eye LEDs are in place. All that's left to do here is paint the wires matte black and find a way to shield the bulbs so when they're lit, they won't cause a glare back at my eyes.


Had some leftover "turn signal amber" paint from my car models of the past that was the perfect shade I was looking for. Now, I had both yellow and amber paint. Tried them both, but found out the bluish tint of the LEDs made the yellow shine green. Whereas the amber paint plus the LEDs resulted in the standard Gundam yellow eyes.



Good, the LEDs lit up the details just as I hoped.
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2012, 04:29:56 PM »

amazing love the eyes
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #39 on: April 20, 2012, 05:08:38 PM »

eye...look...awesome

great tip on the glue for a duller ambient light from an led too that will come in handy for alot of people i think
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2012, 12:32:00 PM »

FINALE!




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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #41 on: April 21, 2012, 05:18:39 PM »

Wow thats some crazy work! Have fun at the convention!
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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #42 on: April 21, 2012, 11:32:16 PM »

as i said the whole way through impressive is an understatement, have fun at the con im sure youll be asked for plenty of photos dont forget to throw some of you and your daughter decked out in gundam head helemts i wanna see them on :)
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« Reply #43 on: April 22, 2012, 12:08:55 PM »

Here are some close-up shots of the helmet. Showing ALL the embarrassing blemishes that any supermodel would simply freak if it was ever shown on a magazine cover. I wasn't worried about them cause, frankly, no one's gonna see them... except you, here, online. When I'm wearing it, walking around... I'll be a blur.

I've put in a few easter eggs in the decals. Can you spot them all?




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Re: PROJECT: Head Strike (costume)
« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2012, 09:49:45 PM »

jeez I love the eyes in it, what does the qr code link to?
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