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stitchez
04-24-2011, 09:25 PM
My friend and I are planning, and have partially done, cosplays for Grell Sutclif and Undertaker respectively. ATM she has a shitty Halloween chainsaw that... yeah she hates it. I looked around a bit and found a youtube tutorial but since we're anal and students and not sure if we have the prop making skills to do that we were hoping for more links to either prop chainsaws in general or specifically to Grell's. She has little red scissors that will do until then, but she really wants an awesome chainsaw prop (props if you can help us figure out how to make it have a moving belt.)

Not as soon as she needs hers done, but soon enough, I'll be doing the anime's shinigami version of Undertaker and need a bit of help figuring out how to 1) make a scythe (preferably collapsible so I can fit it in the car) and 2) make the skull and other embellishments on the scythe so they stay and are pretty sturdy.

Thank you in advance for all the help!

REFS:
Grell: anime screenshots (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh72/mr_stitchez/prop%20references/gpic.jpg?t=1303694643)
Grell: cosplay site prop (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh72/mr_stitchez/prop%20references/KuroshitsujiGrellWeapon.jpg?t=1303694641) ((160 plus who knows how much shipping. hella expensive, no thanks to buying)
Undertaker: anime screenshot (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh72/mr_stitchez/prop%20references/kuroshitsuji-wallpaper-undertaker-death-god-shinigami-1280x1024.jpg?t=1303694638)
Undertaker: art book(?) work (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh72/mr_stitchez/prop%20references/Shinigami-Undertaker.jpg?t=1303694638)

BisectedBrioche
04-24-2011, 09:43 PM
For the scythe; I'm quite sure there's another topic on this board where someone asked about making them, so there might be some useful info there for the blade at least. As for making sure it's collapsable; I've seen a lot of polearm props where people have made the shaft out of lengths of PVC pipe which can be unscrewed so they can take it apart for storage.

There's quite a few different ways you could make the chainsaw's blade move, but it really depends on what you're willing and able to do in making it.

stitchez
04-24-2011, 10:00 PM
For the scythe; I'm quite sure there's another topic on this board where someone asked about making them, so there might be some useful info there for the blade at least. As for making sure it's collapsable; I've seen a lot of polearm props where people have made the shaft out of lengths of PVC pipe which can be unscrewed so they can take it apart for storage.

There's quite a few different ways you could make the chainsaw's blade move, but it really depends on what you're willing and able to do in making it.

I saw the tutorial by cuddles116 and skimmed that, I'm more worried about attaching and making the skull and other things attached to the top since the only prop I've ever made were some foam ball bombs... I actually tried to figure out how to do that for my PVC flag pole, ended up not being able to figure it out and just bought like clunky connector bits. If you know a specific post/tutorial that would help that'd be awesome @A@; I am a bit worried about using PVC though because the shape of the handle isn't pole straight and curves, and the ends have odd bits on them (would use paper mache to get the effect? idk...)

As for the chainsaw, well, her dads a construction worker, he helps put together cons and such too, but he's not there enough to actually be able to help her step by step, but if we needed help with certain aspects he said he'd be more than willing to do a bit for us. Not too sure what tools he has but its better than us doing everything for ourselves.

BisectedBrioche
04-24-2011, 10:15 PM
In that case, what about making the "blade" of the saw a frame with a sliding bit with the teeth on it and simply putting a motor with a cam attached to it in the main body to push it back and fourth to give the illusion of rotating teeth. If that makes sense?

I can't recall any specific scythe tutorials myself though. There are a couple on deviantART (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/tutorials/artisancrafts/?q=scythe) but I don't know if they'll be of any use to you.

stitchez
04-24-2011, 11:59 PM
Hmm seems possible... Might help her make a mini mockup when i test my cheshire claws prototype :> Thankies for that and the link, I'd totally forgot to check DA!