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Yuki Souma
05-08-2006, 08:17 PM
I was thinking about cosplaying Ikki from Airgear for an upcoming Con.

Reference Picture: http://img278.imageshack.us/img278/1993/airgear01010016wp.jpg


I was wondering a few things, for one, the goggles, I was wondering what I should look for, or how to make them, but the larger thing is the skates, I've looked for 2 wheel'd roller blades, but I don't think they exist.. Is there any way I could make something like that? Or prehaps I should just leave them out of the costume?

ChrowX
05-08-2006, 08:58 PM
For the two wheeled skates I'd suggest getting a pair of Roller blades you could tear up and remake. From what I've gathered, professional skaters often take out the inner two wheels and replace that area with a metal plate of sorts for easier grinding.

I've never worked with the stuff, but maybe use Wonderflex for some of those shapey areas around the wheels? Maybe you could rig up a little locking mechanism in the wheels so you could walk around without rolling and falling on your ass, then you could put them out and zip around whenever you need

Yuki Souma
05-08-2006, 10:01 PM
Hmm, By the sounds of it, it won't be an easy task.. Also something I forgot to add, since I thought it'd be simple, but now that I think of it, it probably won't be, How would I go about making the metal Belt buckle/Badges? I have absolutely no experience when it comes to metal working, but since i have 3-4 months, I hope I can pick it up.

DalaiLiam
05-08-2006, 10:31 PM
Question, why not do Ikki from later on in the series when they get a team unifrom?(That Black Vinyl zipperfest) It'll be alot eaiser you'll really only have to mold their team logo then. Also I think that's the only picture I've seen him wearing goggles. I've seen sunglasses on him quite regular. From the Yaou battle forward he was wearing those big 80s glasses on his forehead.

Yuki Souma
05-08-2006, 10:34 PM
Think You could PM me a few links? unfortunetly I don't have many pictures, and they seem pretty hard to find. Also, I've only really seen the first few bits of hte series, up to the Yaou battle. I'd love to get some reference pictures from farther on if possible.

DalaiLiam
05-09-2006, 08:01 AM
Think You could PM me a few links? unfortunetly I don't have many pictures, and they seem pretty hard to find. Also, I've only really seen the first few bits of hte series, up to the Yaou battle. I'd love to get some reference pictures from farther on if possible.
Watching the anime I see. I'm kind of dissapointed in the anime, they really remove/edit some parts from the manga. (IE: Ikki doesn't get a team till waaaay later.And alot of other parts I won't mention) Anywho.. here's the manga, I think the team starts getting actual "Uniforms" volume 5 chapter 34.

You'll have to register to download though. (http://www.mangadownload.net/manga.php?a=series&sid=4)

Also note on the translator's notes page they usually have pictures of cosplayers about 50% of the time.

NiceGai44
05-09-2006, 08:16 AM
Thanks guys I appreciate it I was going to do Ikky for Otakon and I was going to ask you guys for advice. This is real helpful.

Yuki Souma
05-09-2006, 08:56 AM
Thanks for that link Dalai, I'll look into it when I get home from school. And I'll probably see you there then Gai, That's where I'm heading ^^

NiceGai44
05-09-2006, 09:12 AM
Oh crap thats awesome. My friend may do a Jet Set Radio cosplay with me when I do Ikky probably Beat. Just a rivalry thing would be nice to see. I just have to make the hair and what not for Ikky. I was thinking about buying those Shoes that you can attach rollerblades at the bottom so I dont have to be walking around in skates. I know I will bust my butt just dumb luck!

Yuki Souma
05-09-2006, 10:22 AM
Haha, Yeah, I'd like mine to be functional, but I know I'd probably fall over on them all the time. I still need to think about the hair, I dunno If I want to do a wig, or just spike my hair, since It's longer than I need, and I can cut it pretty easily.

NiceGai44
05-09-2006, 10:39 AM
I need to get a new Gai wig so I will probably just alter my old one for Ikky. I dont have lots of hair unfortunately! I want to read the manga but I know it will steer me away from the show I like. My friend is supposed to get Spit Fire done. I wish I could get my other friend to do Simca because she already has a Pink long wig.

Yuki Souma
05-09-2006, 10:50 AM
Yeah, I understand, I really love the anime, and I think they reading the manga might ruin it for me later, but I like the series too, so I'm torn between the two <_>;

And maybe with some luck there might be random people to fill out the entier Air Gear Cast

calen383
05-09-2006, 11:06 AM
For the goggles, you can probably find them at a ski store. Ski goggles/sunglasses from one of those stores may be what you are looking for. Be warned, though, they may be expensive. You may be able to find something on clearance since its getting to be summer now.

NiceGai44
05-09-2006, 11:20 AM
I am getting mad people involved in this show just have to get them to cosplay. I wouldnt mind having an Air gear photoshoot. That will be nice to see at Otakon.

DalaiLiam
05-09-2006, 05:37 PM
I'd actally planned on doing some Airgear cosplay, but my shcedule is jsut too full. I'm looking at 5 other costumes for upcoming cons though. I was so going to do Kasu.

windchomper
05-10-2006, 05:43 PM
Goggles can be found at army surplus stores. They have the weirdest stuff in there sometimes. I found Katanas in there too, among the army pants. Haha.

Also, two-wheeled rollerblades do exist. They're rare, however. Some people use them for mountain blading, which is pretty hard to do. Hence, rare.

But yeah. Easiest thing to do is take out middle wheels. Big, spherical wheels do exist as well- check your local shop. If they don't have them, you could probably order 'em.

Yuki Souma
05-10-2006, 10:11 PM
I got a pretty good pair today for about 45 bucks today, they're in very good condition, all things considered.
(Picture: http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/945/m4460172fireflysl185largeimage.jpg )
If I can't find a set of 2 wheeled blades before the end of may, I'll just use Wonderflex and modify these, the wheelbase will be off by abit, but they don't have to be 100% accurate, I can make them more stylised, and give them my own twist. As for army surpus stores, there's a really good one near where I live, I'll probably check it out this weekend. Right now I'm just looking for simply things, like a coat/pants. The real problem left for me now is hair/Metal bits, such as the badge and Belt buckle, no idea what I should for them, I don't want them to look cardboard and fakish, But I dunno how to do metal stuff, or make stuff look metal.. ><

Samansa-chan
05-12-2006, 12:37 PM
Oooo!! The goggles! I cna help with the goggles! Those look like snow-boarding gogles, just paint the outside too because the lenses are sometimes tinted orage. OR IF THAT DOESN'T WORK then you can go to your local military store and buy a pair of Royal Air Force goggles, and painted them orange.

Yuki Souma
05-16-2006, 09:47 PM
Ikki's dress seemed alittle bland and I've decided to go with Agito, But the problem is now, that I'm having trouble finding what to get for a top, I thought a hooded sweatshirt would work, But considering the hood has a mask in it, it's pretty big, and has a nice sized collar, and it has the straight-jacket style arms, I'm kinda mixed up what to look for to do this, I've seen a few Japanese Cosplayers with an awesome version of this while I was looking up Reference pictures, but I'm still up the creek on this one.

TheRayeRaye
05-27-2006, 01:10 AM
Ikki's dress seemed alittle bland and I've decided to go with Agito, But the problem is now, that I'm having trouble finding what to get for a top, I thought a hooded sweatshirt would work, But considering the hood has a mask in it, it's pretty big, and has a nice sized collar, and it has the straight-jacket style arms, I'm kinda mixed up what to look for to do this, I've seen a few Japanese Cosplayers with an awesome version of this while I was looking up Reference pictures, but I'm still up the creek on this one.

For Agito/Akito's straightjacket shirt I suggest making it from scratch or replacing the sleeves on an existing shirt....provided you can match the fabric well enough....That type of shirt isn't really hard to make...just takes a little extra fabric since the sleeves are so long....If you need any help with making the shirt you can email me (uesugishuichi at yahoo) cause I've made them beofre...saddly I don't have any photos handy...moving's a pain! ahem...

also! I saw you talked about making Air Trek....may I wish you the best of luck...I butchered a pair of rollerblades recently for my Sleeping Forest Ringo cosplay and learned a great many things in the process of making this abomination: http://www.bunnzilla.com/skates.jpg

In retrospect any commercial rollerblade wheels are just too small and I'll be trying again with scooter wheels...I just have to rig an entirely new fitting....and find a new pair of sneakers to nail it to...my skates arecompletely usable provided you can figure out how to balance in them....at least they made a handy place to store my camera and cell....

ah! and I talk too much! goodluck!!

Q-Tron
07-09-2007, 07:21 PM
ur in luck...2 wheeled roller blades do exist and they're called aggressive skates....they also look a bit like the AT's and r pretty customizeable...