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TheJasmineErin
09-14-2011, 05:04 PM
Some friends and I are doing a Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay, and we really need some help with the automail for Edward, and Alphonse's armor.

Now, we have plenty of time this stuff, and we would like affordable materials. Links to where to get the stuff would be awesome.

Any advice on constructing the automail and armor, or any tutorials on it, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Platch
09-18-2011, 09:04 AM
There are tons of automail tutorials and some on Alphonse's armor. Just look around a little more. They're everywhere.

Gypsyangelf4i
09-18-2011, 09:14 AM
Most people use Amythist Angel's tutorial for the automail:

http://amethyst-angel.com/armormaking_automail.html

harmonyisarine
09-20-2011, 06:56 PM
I used Amethyst Angel's tutorial only piecemeal. I wanted a rounder shape and more affordable automail than styrene allows, so I only used craft foam for the base, heat-shaping it to where I wanted using altered versions of her patterns combined with pieces that I drafted on my own (I made a practice arm, but it's still cheap seeing as it was all foam). I coated it with a layer of fiberglass resin, which was only 15 dollars a can for me, and then painted it silver with Rustoleum plastic-bonding spray paint and used rub'n'buff for a slightly different sheen where I wanted it. Then it was glued on to a sleeve made of 4-way stretch fabric in three modules (shoulder/upper arm, forearm and hand) and voila! Automail. I did forget to add the wires, though, which saddened me but didn't really show up.

Here's (http://kitsunesqueak.deviantart.com/art/FMA-Moving-Forward-258994089) a shot of the automail at the end of the photoshoot. Only thing I'd really change is to make sure to use the right glue. I used hot glue and a piece was slipping off. ^_^;; Gonna try an epoxy next time.

TheJasmineErin
09-23-2011, 06:01 PM
I used Amethyst Angel's tutorial only piecemeal. I wanted a rounder shape and more affordable automail than styrene allows, so I only used craft foam for the base, heat-shaping it to where I wanted using altered versions of her patterns combined with pieces that I drafted on my own (I made a practice arm, but it's still cheap seeing as it was all foam). I coated it with a layer of fiberglass resin, which was only 15 dollars a can for me, and then painted it silver with Rustoleum plastic-bonding spray paint and used rub'n'buff for a slightly different sheen where I wanted it. Then it was glued on to a sleeve made of 4-way stretch fabric in three modules (shoulder/upper arm, forearm and hand) and voila! Automail. I did forget to add the wires, though, which saddened me but didn't really show up.

Here's (http://kitsunesqueak.deviantart.com/art/FMA-Moving-Forward-258994089) a shot of the automail at the end of the photoshoot. Only thing I'd really change is to make sure to use the right glue. I used hot glue and a piece was slipping off. ^_^;; Gonna try an epoxy next time.

Wow, thanks so much! That automail looks amazing! Your post was very helpful!
Now I just have to make Alphonse armor...:eeek:

harmonyisarine
09-23-2011, 07:54 PM
No problem! And you're on your own for the armor. I wanted an Alphonse but sort of laughed and said No. I've heard that a lot of people add platform heels to get extra height (and the shape of his legs makes that possible without even deforming the legs/feet), and make the face only peer out of the grill. Would fiberglass armor work? You use the pepakura software to get cardstock folded into the right shapes, then add fiberglass and resin to the inside, and then bondo/seal/paint the outside. Not quick, not necessarily cheap, but it's light(ish) and durable and looks good. I don't know if it would work for Al, though, I don't know enough about armorcrafting.