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Kaiyn
08-29-2005, 11:47 AM
Through out the whole site, i have seen some of the Gundam cosplay cosutmes. Many people have done them, but out of all the pics i have NEVER seen anyone try and cosplay as a Gundam (not the pilot). I want to try and make a Gundam costume, but i`m not sure what material i should use. Can anyone help me out?

Celebrimbor
08-29-2005, 01:28 PM
http://tirion.student.iastate.edu/1117476276330.jpg
http://tirion.student.iastate.edu/1117476635060.jpg
http://tirion.student.iastate.edu/1117478944810.jpg

People do it... but it's pretty uncommon and GOOD mecha cosplays are even rarer. To do a serious mecha cosplay the only option is styrene sheets (the same stuff those help wanted / beware of dog signs are made out of). Cardboard simply isn't adaquate.

Dark_Tiger
08-29-2005, 09:36 PM
You can also use fiberglass, but it's a bit heavy. Still, if you're not ready to set yourself up for heat-forming (google vaccum forming), it's a good way to make nice smooth curves.

Personally, I say spend the extra couple of dollars and use ABS instead of polystryene. ABS is a lot lighter for the same strength, and is more scratch-resistant.

If you're serious about this, make sure you have the time and money to invest. A good gundam shouldn't cost more than the couple of hundered you'd put down for materials on a complicated fabric costume, but it will take a great deal more time, particualry if you're learning while you're doing.

Kaiyn
09-04-2005, 01:05 PM
what if i were to use cardboard?

Zell dincht
09-04-2005, 02:19 PM
eh couldn't you use wonder flex too?, anyway for cardboar you should go over it with foam probably so you don't have to worry about the cardboard getting wrecked, also card board with deform from sweat because the suit will get hot, sitting down will wreck it if it's only cadboard.

misato is hot
09-05-2005, 07:03 AM
i gatta say in my travels iv found that cardboard is the best way to do it its cheap if done a special way itll be durabual and even a novice can work with it and if you make the costume right you will be abel to sit down with only takeing off minimal parts

it may not look like metal but its goona look almost as good (tho iv been givin some tips on how to make it look like metal)

not to mention i was dieing from weight issues of my costume from only one day of wareing it i cant imagine anything else but foam being lighter then cardboard to make an entire costume out of

Dark_Tiger
09-05-2005, 09:17 AM
I'm sorry, but I don't think cardboard is a good choice for any armor, much less a gundam, with its long, thin attachments and fully covered joints. Cardboard is designed as a shock absorbant material with moderate staying together strength. It is not a rigid nor a hard material by construction standards.

Moreover, it is impossible to hide the fact that it is cardboard. No matter what you put on it, the wave of the cardboard is visible from quite some distance. If you put enough modge poge, gesso or resin onto the cardboard to even put a noticable damper on the cardboard's natural look, you add a significant amount of weight.

misato is hot
09-05-2005, 09:50 AM
i gatta disagree all three of these difrent robot costumes wear made from cardboard by three difrent people (me being one of them)

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=249272
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=454493
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=389865

and the only one there that looks compareable to cardboard is mine and i think that has alot to do with the fact that it was my first time doing a robot costume and i think i could cover it up better my second time around


now im not saying if you use cardboard your goona be able to make your robot look like this guys (i dont know what he used to make this)

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=50172

im just saying itll probaly look good enoufh to make you happy and will be strong enoufh to handle a con weekend with minimal upkeep

Crucifixation
09-05-2005, 10:00 AM
i gatta disagree all three of these difrent robot costumes wear made from cardboard by three difrent people (me being one of them)

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=249272
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=454493
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=389865

and the only one there that looks compareable to cardboard is mine and i think that has alot to do with the fact that it was my first time doing a robot costume and i think i could cover it up better my second time around


now im not saying if you use cardboard your goona be able to make your robot look like this guys (i dont know what he used to make this)

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=50172

im just saying itll probaly look good enoufh to make you happy and will be strong enoufh to handle a con weekend with minimal upkeep
Clive, or Mirage, (Freedom in the first picture) did not in fact, make his mech cosplay out of cardboard. He used plastic boards. (Styrene sheets? Not sure what they are called here.)

A gundam's budget varies depending on ur material.....I use mostly plastic corrugated boards and glossy cards and it amounts to around $500++(SGD) to make Freedom Gundam....
I did not attend his workshop, so I am not sure of the procedures. However, having seen his mech in person, I can say that it is definately NOT cardboard. Also, this link may be helpful. http://gaogaygar.fc2web.com/page00.htm

Cardboard is not recommended if you are looking to a serious cosplay. It's floppy and unstable, not to mention that it looks like..well, cardboard.

misato is hot
09-05-2005, 10:05 AM
sorry about saying it was cardboard my bad

Kaiyn
09-07-2005, 03:55 PM
since i`m low on cash, i think making a gundam out of cardboard seems to be the only other option