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08-16-2011, 09:54 PM
Im attempting to make the Hand drill of Simon from Gurren Laggan. This is not the necklace, but the hand drill he uses in Giha village. Any ideas?

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTu3aaAPVjC37YsoRNT3jCdLgRCvFnRL 8ucqTafbmTbInzh0jdlHA

Please, this is slowly turning into a nightmare, and I hope to have it done by the 27th

08-16-2011, 10:02 PM
For the main bit. I suggest using a cardboard cone with a layer of foamie (thin craft foam) over top to give you the ridges. I suggest making a support structure inside so that you may install the handle and turning mechanism. The turning mechanism should be doable if you use a, long-shafted, hand crank with a grip that possibly hosts some ball bearings inside to allow for easier turning.

maybe 1/3 of the shaft, before then grip, could be affixed to an internal plate of some sort to allow for the drill to work.

I hope this makes sense, sometimes I'm a bit technical with things. ^^()

08-16-2011, 10:22 PM
Cardboard coan? What do you mean? Where could I get these materials? And...ooooh I have know idea how to make a working one XD

08-16-2011, 11:28 PM
You can make cardboard cones outta cardboard you get from places like Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

08-17-2011, 09:31 AM
to make a cone, you get your cardboard/bristol board and roll it like this (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KJTzmgaQQg0/TUrBaPGb4ZI/AAAAAAAAAKY/_rM1sj-4wVE/s1600/wind1.gif)

08-17-2011, 10:22 AM
...Isnt cardboard too stiff to roll?

08-17-2011, 01:26 PM
hmm go eat a box of cereal, then use that box ^_^; plenty flexible~! and nom noms for working [or keep it in the plastic bag] >.>;

08-17-2011, 09:17 PM
what did you put your presentations on when you were in elementary school??? Bristol board/thin cardboard is certainly flexible. even stiff cardboard can be turned into a cone shape if you cut it and score the one side the right way.

08-18-2011, 01:21 AM
So you think that poster board will be sturdy enough? Im just worried it will collapse if anything hits it. It just seems like itd be delicate. i actually agree, these, are really my mothers concerns XD

08-18-2011, 05:51 AM
that is why you put the light support structure in, and why you add stuff on top. If you're really concerned, used 3 layers or reinforce it with a layer of duct tape in between or something.

08-18-2011, 02:06 PM
What kind of light support structure should I use? This is my first time doing something like this, so Im trying to figure it out well.

08-18-2011, 04:23 PM
1, Go to your local anime store
2, Buy the Gainax official Simon Drill plushie, that you can insert your hand into.
3, ????
4, Profit.

If you can't make something simple, then don't bother. When they sell perfectly fine official replica's.

. . Simon Doesnt even carry his drill around with him. Just his core.
So uh.

08-18-2011, 09:16 PM
Well, I didnt realize they made a replica, and Im doing Giha village simon, soooo....yeah.

08-18-2011, 09:34 PM
If you can't make something simple, then don't bother. When they sell perfectly fine official replica's.

That's a crappy attitude to have on a sub-forum dedicate to making props.

Go to your local hardware store and pick up a can of expanding foam. Make your cone shape from what ever material you choose and fill it with the foam. That'll keep it strong enough to support your structure, a solid base to insert your crank/handle into, and light enough that you would have no issue carrying it for long periods of time.

08-19-2011, 12:27 AM
I made my own drill like this for my young Simon costume. I'll tell you, it was the part of my costume people loved MOST. Plushie store-bought drill would do, but it wouldn't be nearly as awesome.

What I did to build it in two nights (not including shopping for parts):

I got a few pieces from the junkyard, but all fairly common stuff. A large funnel, a small round lamp base, a piece of metal tubing, two more pieces of metal tubing (to go over that one) to use as hand grips, hot glue, razor, metallic paint, and a sharpie.

- I cut the funnel top to fit the lamp base approximately, leaving tabs in the plastic for gluing.
- I cut the bottom of the funnel up so that the straight rube was converted into a point, which was all held straight and made into a solid piece with plenty of hot glue.
- I applied hot glue to the tabs I left on the top of the funnel and quickly stuck it to the lamp base.
- The lamp base has a hole in it the same size as the first metal tube (about 1/2" diameter, which I bent beforehand using a press. A smaller metal tube/rod may be easier t bend using a bench vice and some leverage), so I applied J.B. Weld and wedged those together.
- The hand grip pieces I put on the smaller bent tube, and used a screw to hold the end one on (a wad of tape would work as well though).
- Taped over the metal part (to keep it looking natural metal) and spray-painted the cone.
- After drying over night, I traced spiral lines on the cone with the sharpie.

I don't have any pictures of the steps, but here it in completed: http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy313/misfitrobot/SacAnime%202011/DSCN3567.jpg

Now keep in mind that some of these things can be substituted for other stuff:
Bent tube: You can use thin PVC with joints
Hand grips: Not necessary. I just liked that I could grab them and spin the drill without my hands getting raw.
Lamp base: This can easily be substituted with a piece of plastic cut round, or wood, or anything else that you can make into a round shape.
Cone: Anything conical. A modified funnel was the first thing to come to me.

Another Simon tip: The waist/ankle wraps can be VERY easily made.
1: Buy a cheapo bed sheet at Target or something like that (Probably less than $8)
2: Slice off the sewn ends of the sheet with a knife or scissors.
3: Start a cut with the knife/scissors about 8 inches in lengthwise.
4: Grab the piece where you started the cut, and PULL to tear off a strip.
5: Take that strip and wrap it around you. Is it long enough? If not, sew two together.
6: Get it to stay by starting with it tucked into your pants/sock or something, then when done just the end into itself.

Note: You may have to wrap it a little tight to get it to stay, but certainly nothing close to corset tight. I got mine to last the day at the convention, sucking in when wrapping it and pulling it taught. For the ankle wraps, it's the same process.