View Full Version : How can I put this together... Air Gear

09-21-2011, 10:45 PM
...No, they're not the ATs xD
I've been trying to figure out how exactly to put this together, but I just dont know what to use.. Pledge Queen Kururu's gigantic cross, with images here:

I need to be able to carry it around with me, I was thinking of a wood base (thin) and then having a layer of foam over it? But I don't know if that will work, since it might be too heavy.. And is there some kind of...i dont know, I want it to have a glossy finish, like some of the pictures, will the gloss spray work? for the skeleton design and numbers I was thinking of painting them on, the metal parts molded from clay or something (alternative??)
Thanks in advance v,v

09-21-2011, 11:20 PM
there are lots of options, most of them come down to the amount of abuse that the prop may have to endure during use.

A wood core with foam over it would be fine, your finished weight should be in the 5-6 pounds range at most assuming you use 1/2 plywood at thickest.

You could also do a PVC frame and cover it with a wire mesh to give paper mache something to stick to.

Gloss finish is a matter of spraying the prop with a good gloss sealer when your all done and happy with the paint.

Draw out your design and look at the strength of the materials you know how to work with. I love pink foam and have used it for alot of my props. Its very strong and easy to shape, but can be very messy if you dont have a good workspace.

09-21-2011, 11:44 PM
Thanks so much for the info, I googled the pink foam because I thought you might have been talking about a particular one, this one, right?
I didn't know about that, it seems very useful, I'm thinking if I just used that as the base it could retain it's shape, like a.. pillow?

09-22-2011, 02:58 AM
Pink Foam is a rigid foam, It would feel a lot like "Styrofoam coolers" but its one solid sheet and doesn't have the little pellets that make compressed foam so bad for props.

It is cheep, sand-able, and pretty durable, although it wont take hard hits as it will dent.

The foam would work great as the outside of the prop. Basically making a big foam sandwich with a ridged something in the middle. Wood as I suggested earlier. The prop you want doesn't look like it has much in the way of carving on it, so some easy prep work and paint the design on.