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Ditto
05-21-2006, 02:26 AM
UPDATE:Added more pictures describing how the pieces are made and such, the second and third links are those. Don't use the HTML version for the time being, I must update that one and it will probably occur sometime this week.

Dittoís Wood Buster Sword Tutorial

So you want to make a buster sword? This one was made for a costume but could also be made to just sit in your room and look cool. First you need plans, right? Right, so let use my original plans with measures and all.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/plans.jpg
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/plans2.jpg
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/plans3.jpg
All the measurements in the plans are to a 1:1 scale, so this will make you a life-sized buster sword! Now if youíre reading this and thinking ďthis is going to be heavyĒ DO NOT STOP READING! I promise it wonít be too heavy.

Letís start off by getting all your materials and tools. If you want to follow this tutorial closely then these are the tools you need:

Power sander
Power Drill
Air compressor + nail gun (or just an independent nail gun)
Saw (various different types will work, as long as it works for what you need Ė look at tutorial)

Materials:
Wood (plenty, pine will probably work best)
Ply wood (like 2 of those big sheets at the hardware store, make sure they are not broken!)
Gorilla Glue (recommended!)
Wood Glue (any, Elmerís is good)
Elmerís White School Glue
Fabric (I used white, I suggest it since it has no dye in it)
A couple of long, thin, wooden dowels
On big dowel (for the handle)
Nails for nail gun
Sand paper (both for the sander and just some sheet sand paper)
Wood Filler (like the white wood filler)
Water (hopefully you donít have to buy this)
A roll of large brown craft paper (or some other large paper you can draw the whole blade on)
Expanding foam
Paint


I have no idea how much this all costs, so itís really your choice as to what brand and every thing you use. Now that you have plans and (hopefully) your materials itís time to draw out the whole blade of the brown craft paper. Measure it all out and then draw supports about 10in apart, maybe a little bit less. This is where you will put wood supports on the inside of the sword. One you have all that measured out and drawn then take your wood and cut it out in measures, one for the big long back and various for the supports. Now on the big long piece for the back draw on the point and cut that out with the saw.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/1.jpg
Once you are done with that, sand it down a little bit. Take one of the small pieces and make them to a point from where you want it to slant down into a blade (take a look at the plans if you are doing it to scale). After you draw that on it cut it with the saw and sand it down.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/2.jpg
Well now we have one support finished! Well then, pull out your carpenterís pencils and put that on another piece and draw the lines you used on it too, keep on doing this so you have a whole bunch ready to cut.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/3.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/4.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/5.jpg
Now the problem is that the supports turned out like mineÖ. Meaning they arenít equal. We have to fix this. Take all the supports, line them up by the part that they go to point. After that take the saw and even out the other ends (hopefully you made them a bit longer anyways). Now take the power sander and sand down the points to make them even.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/6.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/7.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/8.jpg

Take one more support and at the back end you are going to cut it to a point, on the skinny side. This one will go near the tip to support the plywood up there.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/9.jpg
Now that you have all that done then you can sand them down so they are nice. Now take the back and the supports, you are about to put them together. Take the gorilla glue and follow the instructions on the container and glue the supports in intervals on the back, take the nail gun (probably connected to an air compressor) make sure that the pressure is not too high since that will just go through the wood. It would be a smart idea to test it out a scrap piece of the same wood. Once you get it right then you should put them together. That is quite enough work for one day, and you need to let this dry for AT LEAST 4 hours, but you should let it sit a full 24. If you still want to do more work or you have come back after a day then youíre ready for the hand guard and handle. Take some large pieces of wood (if youíre lucky like me they should just bee sitting near where you do all of your work and you wonít have to buy them). Mark the center; this is where you are going to drill the hole. Now use a bit that is a bit bigger then the large dowel you are using as a handle. Drill them through both
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/10.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/11.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/12.jpg

Go ahead and glue them in place, clamp them and take the handle, cover the part of the handle that will be inside the sword with some gorilla glue, not too much but enough. Now put in the handle and cut it off a bit longer then you need it for the sword, at least that is what I suggest.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/13.jpg
Now go ahead and let that dry over night. You can move on to a different part but leave that part dry, you should now have a nice looking drying frame.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/14.jpg
Now the drawing of the sword on that craft paper will come in very handy. Put it on the ply wood and start transferring the design, donít dispose of the paper or damage it, you will need it for the other side. I do, however, suggest cutting it into parts so itís easier to cut the opposite side.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/15.jpg
Sand down the edges of the plywood, we need to prepare it for when you apply it. Take some of the expanding foam and get the two small pieces for the ending part that is the blade. Get the two pieces to stay together with a nice little rig by gluing it, after that take a little bit of the expanding foam and put it inside, since this part doesnít have much support this will support it a bit better. Take a look at the support I have set up in the picture.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/16.jpg
So then the next day you can continue working on the sword. You should start by securing the handle a little bit better. You will drill some holes to put screws in. you will have to remember about the materia slots, mine is slightly inaccurate since I put the materia slots off to the side a little bit and then handle in the middle. You can choose how to do it, but keep the materia slots in mind when you put the screws in. now that you have the screws in and the frame is dry you can start adding different parts to the frame. Start with the hand guard; take some small pieces of wood (you should have some left over from when you cut the supports. Increase the size of the hand guard a little bit with the wood and glue. Let that sit ad clamp it, you can do other things but be mindful of that hand guard.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/17.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/18.jpg
Now we need to prep the large ply wood pieces to get them on the frame. Sand the edges and then take the fabric and white glue. Line up the two larger pieces of wood how they should be and then water down some white glue a bit and cover the fabric in it. Put it in between the two pieces of the wood so that they connect. While itís still wet (make sure it stays on though) put some glue on the supports, back, and that big piece of wood so you can put the big pieces of the plywood on. After you put it on nail it in place with the nail gun. Turn it over and do the same thing to the other side. Now take your wood filler and fill all the holes where you put nails, fill all the little parts that you need to and you can also put some on the buster sword to make the transition between the two pieces of plywood look a bit better (after painting of course). You now should put the final medium pieces on the ends just like the others, you should have a nice buster sword shape that looks (and is!) almost done.
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/19.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/20.jpg http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/21.jpg

Ditto
05-21-2006, 02:27 AM
So that we have a nice buster sword looking thing there is still some things we need to do. Clean the surface of the sword, I used an air blower to get rid of all the little particles from sanding and such. Now you need to mark where youíre putting your materia slots if you havenít already. Now take the bit you want to use (I used some weird attachment to drill good circular holes) and drill away! Since you will also be drilling through that big piece of wood you will probably burn some wood with friction from the drill, this is normal. Take some sand paper and start sanding on the inside of the holes, if you have some gaps I also suggest wood filler, but you probably wonít since you put glue on the big piece of wood. You should now have an unpainted buster sword with materia slots!
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/22.jpg
I went out and happened to find these small half sphere pieces of wood at hobby lobby that had a flat looking round bottom that came out. So I drill these indentations into the hand guard for the 5 half spheres on it. One I put those in with glue it just lit it sit over night. Now, the problem with plywood is that itís not a natural wood, making it hard to make it nice and smooth so it looks good with paint. The top part (not the blade part) was easy since I used paint that gave it a hammered look; all I needed to do there was fill holes and indents with wood filler after sanding it by hand. Since the blade needed to look a bit different I used a metallic paint to make it look a bit more like it was sharpened. This kind of look is hard to get with plywood so I needed to make it smoother. After sanding it down by hand I took some wood filler, I watered it down, and spread it all across the bottom of the sword. After it dried I sanded it down so it would be level and made sure the rest of the sword was level. Get some masking tape, plastic bags (of just some sheets of plastic), and your paint. Usual painting on wood thing. Make sure anything you donít want painted in that color is covered. And always keep the handle covered. Once you paint everything (like 2-3 coats should be good) you should notice some weight gain in the sword. After it dries then take some acrylic paint and paint the handle, obviously red and the end gold or yellow. Now I am adding a part to this that I did NOT do, but I am telling you so you donít make the same mistake. After you paint the whole sword (handle included) put a clear coat on top of it all so that the paint job does not get damaged, I did not do this just to save money and now my buster sword needs a new paint job, just costing more money. At the end you should end up with something like this:
http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/23.jpg

HTML version (http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword)

Phinal_Phoenix
05-21-2006, 07:42 AM
Nice! Now this section of the forums shouldn't be as cluttered with buster sword questions. :P

Ditto
05-21-2006, 01:46 PM
that's why i made it

HybridTwist
05-22-2006, 12:56 AM
Nice tutorial Ditto, bet that took you awhile to type up. :thumbsup:

Koisnake
05-22-2006, 10:53 AM
This is a really nice Tutorial! I may used it to help me make a sword from BLEACH.

Ditto
05-22-2006, 03:35 PM
thanks guys, it took me 2 class periods (45min periods) and then finishing it up while waiting for a friend in the waiting room at the hospital..... and then I added the pictures and links when I got home.... but I have been meaning to do it for a while so yea.

OneWngdAngel2
05-25-2006, 12:31 AM
oy people im a real newbie to cosplaying, <rant>but ive loved ff for years and my friends hang out and fight with wooden swords and act out scenes from games and movies like ff7 and AC, and were all in late high school

i just want to put together the buster sword for a hobby, as a decoration, and to show off a bit, and im liking the sound of the convention thing more and more every day, you people have some awesome stories...yeah...to get to my point </rant>,
does anyone who tried/completed this specific buster sword tutorial have the measurements, angles, lengths/types/shapes of wood needed, and/or diagrams of where to put the pieces. yeah, diagrams would be particularly helpful, because i dont understand some of whats going on in the tutorial, but i can read and comprehend blueprints.
ive been trying to draft this particular buster sword design that ditto built on paper for like a week in school, using the pics provided, but im really havin a hard time; and like you said a while ago in inuyasha_king's discussion, ditto, this thing isnt for beginners. but this is the coolest design ive found so far that i can probably do, and i have most of the supplies needed just lying around. can anyone spare the time to post those things? i know im probably askin a lot, but it would really help out me and anyone else attempting to do this. thanks for putting up this thread ditto, you deserve all the praise you get for it:bigtu:!

Ditto
05-27-2006, 02:07 AM
I really don't have much, all I got is my original plans, just use the plans and pictures together and you should be able to make it, sorry about this tutorial not being newbie friendly..... but this was my first major prop so I didn't think that it would be too terribly hard. the only thing I made before this was alucard's guns, and I used a toy gun as the base for those.

OneWngdAngel2
05-27-2006, 10:29 PM
!hanks for replying ditto. :bigtu: i seem to have gotten most of the plans figured now, but i still cant roughly figure out how you designed the inside structure of the "tip" of the blade, the last 16 inches, its pretty complicated looking, or maybe im just making it out to be harder than it is lol. im sure ill have it down in the next few days. thanks again.

Ditto
07-09-2006, 11:30 PM
I was just wondering if anyone has completed (or even begun) this tutorial, I would just like to see wt other people's turned out like.

blackouts suck
07-10-2006, 11:43 AM
awsome tutorial. this would help my friend brandon out alot. he want to be cloud for halloween. ill have to show it to him

gabo
07-12-2006, 09:09 PM
I'm going to try to put together a better list for materials with the size of them.
also going to get some numbers for the layout of the frame of the sword, the point ot it is a little tricky to get many manual adjusments and lost od patience, I'm not in any way an expert on wood work, mostly just finishing jobs.

so keep reeading for this and also may work on any other big swords when they are heavy.

Gabo:rockon:

Seriphina
07-13-2006, 05:39 PM
nice tutorial - this'll help with those "how do i make *insert character*'s giant sword" questions, not only the buster sword.

Ditto
07-15-2006, 02:41 AM
gabo is my father, him and I made the buster sword. and this would work for many large swords

Ma Moi
08-04-2006, 08:44 PM
Wow O_O That's impressive! Haha, I needed help with my buster sword too. That helped. The way you made it looks like a lot of work and money >< Eep. I'll you your techniques with modifications =) Plus I wouldn't be too happy dragging around a heavy sword all day. Well, anyways, thanks a bunch =)

Garnet216
08-04-2006, 10:21 PM
That is amazing. *bows at your feet* I will soooo be using this. Thanks!

Beryl
08-04-2006, 11:46 PM
Out of curiosity, how well do you think this buster sword would hold up if one put the materia holes in the center, where they originally were? They'd end up going through the dowel (drastically cutting its penetration into the handle), but would its attachment to the other wood help support the sword?

If not, any ideas on how that might be done? Some people are sticklers for accuracy. Erm, not that I'm one of them...

Ditto
08-04-2006, 11:50 PM
if you take a look at mine you can notice that the matriea slots are slightly to the side of the handle, so the holes do no but into the handle at all. I have some detail on the supports drawn, once I get a chance I will scan them in

Beryl
08-04-2006, 11:55 PM
if you take a look at mine you can notice that the matriea slots are slightly to the side of the handle, so the holes do no but into the handle at all. I have some detail on the supports drawn, once I get a chance I will scan them in
I noticed. My question was about how well it might work if one were to put the holes in the center instead.

Ditto
09-10-2006, 11:14 PM
I went ahead and posted a couple more pictures plan wise. these two new pictures should make it easier to understand how to make all the pieces.

Vash_Fanatic
12-23-2006, 03:46 AM
Great tutorial.Looks like fun to make!

I might do that. =3

JehnisX
04-14-2007, 10:51 PM
Yeah, thanks for this tutorial. I modified the design for my advent children sword. I haven't really cut many peices yet. I just layed out the design with the wood to see how it would look.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/Demonlamma/2007-04-14-79244.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/Demonlamma/2007-04-14-79225.jpg

Saad
04-26-2007, 06:24 AM
How many planks of plywood do u think will be needed?

Ohtori Kagura
05-03-2007, 07:35 PM
Thank you for the tutorial. I'm really going to try this out. I see success. ^__^

Arigato!

Senliten
05-15-2007, 04:15 PM
Nice tutorial, Just one question.

Since you said it can work for most giant sword's. In comparison would you think the length / width of the buster sword you made be just about the same length / width of Inuyasha's Tessaiga in it's true form? If not should the length / width of the Tessaiga be shorter or longer? Just trying to figure out some rough estimates here to draft upon is all.

Ditto
05-15-2007, 06:19 PM
Sorry I haven't responded in a while

How many planks of plywood do u think will be needed?

Just to clarify you're looking for the really thin wood (I think we call it "triply" or something). you'll probably need to get 2 sheets of it in order to do both sides of the sword.

Nice tutorial, Just one question.

Since you said it can work for most giant sword's. In comparison would you think the length / width of the buster sword you made be just about the same length / width of Inuyasha's Tessaiga in it's true form? If not should the length / width of the Tessaiga be shorter or longer? Just trying to figure out some rough estimates here to draft upon is all.

I haven't taken the time t figure out the length of the Tessaiga, I don't really watch inuyasha either so I can't really help you there. although you will have to modify things in this tutorial to fit the fact that the tessaiga is curved.

Thank you for the tutorial. I'm really going to try this out. I see success. ^__^

Arigato!

Please let me know how it turns out! I would love to see pictures!

Ryunes
05-15-2007, 06:42 PM
Isn't that sword a bit heavy and kinda big? It doesn't seem to fit most con length requirements. Wouldn't insolation foam be a lot better to make it out of and then covering it in fiber glass with a lathed dowel rod supporting the hole thing from hilt to a few inches before the end of the blade? Also that way you can put it into two parts and screw them together so you don't get bugged by con staff.

Ditto
05-15-2007, 06:54 PM
Isn't that sword a bit heavy and kinda big? It doesn't seem to fit most con length requirements. Wouldn't insolation foam be a lot better to make it out of and then covering it in fiber glass with a lathed dowel rod supporting the hole thing from hilt to a few inches before the end of the blade? Also that way you can put it into two parts and screw them together so you don't get bugged by con staff.

I haven't been out of state to cons so I only go to one here in Denver. I have never had any issues in getting it into the con and the sword is surprisingly light. it only feels heavy when you hold it out because it is so unbalanced, no matter what you make it out of that will be an issue. Making it out of foam and fiber glass might even prove to be heavier, and you would want to make it into one piece instead of several pieces since they might not line up right otherwise, and you would be left with a very uncomfortable pile of stuff to carry around. I have a guitar strap that I am able to attach to my buster sword (I added places to attach a strap onto mine) and that makes it easy to carry around if I want to keep it on my back. around cons I tend to carry it similar to a book under my arm so that it is ready if someone wants to take a picture. either route works but I am just showing how I made mine and I feel that it work well and such. The only really tough thing about my buster sword is transporting it.

Ryunes
05-15-2007, 07:52 PM
Oh, the strap idea sounds kinda great. It just seemed like a lot of wood being used to me. Just kinda assumed foam would be lighter, but the fiber glass yeah I suppose would make it just as heavy. Looks good, I plan on making a buster sword for the heck of it this summer, I'll try your way and the foam route and compare.

Senliten
05-15-2007, 08:06 PM
Hey ditto thanks for the tutorial on this, and i believe i may know how to modify it a bit for the Tessaiga. Found also a decent image from some collectible sword maker / dealer that i am using the Transformed Tessaiga image as a basic image of how it will look. Not to mention it tells the dimensions in its description so am going to try and work with the dimensions this dealer used...

Only one thing is still going to complicate this. Getting the curve likeness in the Tessaiga and add the fact the edge sharp slant point goes all the full curve to the hilt start point. But thanks for the tutorial and im sure it will come very handy in the next few days as i find the material needed.

Saad
05-22-2007, 10:33 AM
Hey ditto, apart from the 2 big planks of plywood, I'll need some more wood, right? So what kind of wood should the rest of it be and how much of it will I need? Also, how thick should it be??
Is it also neccessary to use wooden dowels instead of steel?

Ditto
05-24-2007, 02:32 AM
Hey ditto, apart from the 2 big planks of plywood, I'll need some more wood, right? So what kind of wood should the rest of it be and how much of it will I need? Also, how thick should it be??
Is it also neccessary to use wooden dowels instead of steel?

Regarding the wood I couldn't tell you how much you will need, I think if you took some time with the tutorial and the plans I have posted you could figure it out, I currently do not have the time do to so due to finals coming up. But I am not sure I understand your second question about the dowels. do you mean to support dowel that goes the whole length of the sword on the inside?

Saad
05-24-2007, 06:04 AM
Yep i mean the support dowels. Is it neccessary for them to be wooden and not metallic? Metal will make it heavier but also makes it more durable, right?

Maldeev2003
06-24-2007, 10:49 PM
I followed your buster sword tutorial. I didnt do everything exactly, changed a few things i thought should be different. At the moment i have the frame drying, just need to add the plywood and paint! I can post pics of the frame if you like.

Ditto
06-25-2007, 12:51 AM
Maldeev2003: please do! I would love to see what it's looking like! I would also love to see pictures of it when it's done.

Maldeev2003
06-27-2007, 01:18 AM
Maldeev2003: please do! I would love to see what it's looking like! I would also love to see pictures of it when it's done.

I did a couple things different Ditto. My dowel went all the way up the sword for more support and im not drilling holes through mine.


Here is the frame. (yea, my garage is as dirty as dittos, i guess sword making brings out the pig in guys!)

http://www.sourimage.com/links/buster/

Here is the sword finished, just need to sand off that wood putty and paint!

http://www.sourimage.com/links/buster-sword1/


Sorry about the bad load times, i couldnt find a better site to host.

Ditto
06-29-2007, 09:13 PM
Maldeev2003: it's looking great! post pictures when you finish it, I want to see how it turns out.

meistergn0045
05-08-2008, 08:32 PM
would you mind if i gave you my step by step for the one for Crisis Core? just wanted to make sure it was alright before i did it.

Ditto
05-10-2008, 08:48 PM
This thread is for my tutorial for the FFVII buster sword. If you have a CC buster sword tutorial then I suggest that you make your own topic and leave this topic for discussion of my tutorial.

Lady_Shizuka
08-02-2008, 07:23 PM
Thanks Ditto for this tutorial.
I'll do Buster Sword with help of Your tut xD' But I have to do sword bigger =w=

ExileFayt
08-11-2008, 12:44 PM
my boyfriend cosplayed Zack and we used your tutorial off of instructionables.com! :] it worked pretty good for the most part, we only ran into a few problems, but figured them out :]
Pictures should be posted on my gallery soon if you'd like to see how it came out ^_^
Thanks for the tutorial!

Ditto
08-19-2008, 12:12 AM
my boyfriend cosplayed Zack and we used your tutorial off of instructionables.com! :] it worked pretty good for the most part, we only ran into a few problems, but figured them out :]
Pictures should be posted on my gallery soon if you'd like to see how it came out ^_^
Thanks for the tutorial!

I would love to see pictures of it! please let me know when you have them up.

jacobjumpup
10-03-2008, 08:50 PM
nice,
i am going to make a buster sword and i just about have all the materials. its gonna be sweet!


this may sound weird but im going to cosplay as tobi.....but with the buster sword lol tobi is gonna take over the world!!!

Ditto
10-04-2008, 06:19 PM
nice,
i am going to make a buster sword and i just about have all the materials. its gonna be sweet!


this may sound weird but im going to cosplay as tobi.....but with the buster sword lol tobi is gonna take over the world!!!

I'm not sure what you mean, but I would love to see what it ends up looking like. PM me or reply to this thread with pictures, of in progress or finished or both. I definitely want to see it finished.

Shane-san
10-31-2008, 03:12 AM
not sure if this was asked, but how heavy is it?

Ditto
10-31-2008, 04:11 PM
The sword weighs around 7lb~10lb (3kg~5kg) but, due to the balance issues it has, it feels to weigh to weigh 14lb~18lb (6kg~8kg).

CosplayManual
11-04-2008, 04:25 PM
Ditto we would love to have this Tutorial in our Manual Database over at CosplayManual.com
Very well written, great work!

Immortal Ian
01-01-2009, 02:28 AM
are there any tutorials for the CC/AC buster sword, and for an accurate replica too? thats the version im trying to make, nad ive seen some AWESOME ones on this site, but im unable to find ANYTHING that can help me out.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Ian

caineyamiyasha
01-01-2009, 03:47 AM
WOAH! Great work I would have never thought to make it that way.

Slightly more complicated than my original plan 'carve out of insulation foam and resin'. But still it looks great. I might just have to fins some time to do this.

XD

Thanks for posting this!

Ditto
01-01-2009, 04:29 AM
are there any tutorials for the CC/AC buster sword, and for an accurate replica too? thats the version im trying to make, nad ive seen some AWESOME ones on this site, but im unable to find ANYTHING that can help me out.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Ian

I would suggest using this tutorial and modifying it to fit the design of the one you want.

WOAH! Great work I would have never thought to make it that way.

Slightly more complicated than my original plan 'carve out of insulation foam and resin'. But still it looks great. I might just have to fins some time to do this.

XD

Thanks for posting this!

I would love to see yours if you find the time to build it, let me know!

Raikso
02-11-2009, 03:53 PM
Ditto, do you think that you could take either a photo or make a blueprint/sketch over the tip och the buster sword? I have come somewhat foreward, and are soon at the phase were I will have to make the tip. I only have about an hours woodwork a week at school, so no hurry. ^^

Ditto
03-04-2009, 12:25 PM
Ditto, do you think that you could take either a photo or make a blueprint/sketch over the tip och the buster sword? I have come somewhat foreward, and are soon at the phase were I will have to make the tip. I only have about an hours woodwork a week at school, so no hurry. ^^

Sorry I didn't reply quickly. The tip of the sword is mostly pieces of wood fit in the tip and then the tip is filled with expanding foam so it better keeps its shape. I unfortunately can't take photos of it because it is completely sealed up, but I could try to get a sketch out of the images I took before. However, I suggest you take a look at all the images that I have that show the tip to see if that helps you at all. Let me know when you are done, I would love to see it ^^.

TonyFett97
04-29-2009, 09:15 PM
Hey Ditto, I just finished making my own buster sword. i took some of your ideas and combined them with some others and my own too, to make a crisis core buster sword. I was wondering since your tutorial was the basis for my own, would you like to see the finished product?

Ditto
05-01-2009, 01:13 PM
@TonyFett97: I would love to see it, always happy to know my ideas helped someone

@everyone else who has asked sometime from me: sorry I haven't been able to complete whatever it is you needed, school has kept me busy and is destroying me, especially since finals are next week.

TonyFett97
05-01-2009, 09:39 PM
Here is my finished product of Zack Fair's Buster Sword. Thanks for the ideas Ditto

its not perfect but it came out really good

http://s733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/TonyFett97/?action=view&current=100_2958.jpg

TonyFett97
05-02-2009, 01:51 AM
sry posted twice lol

Raikso
06-03-2009, 10:47 AM
Now I'm almost done with the buster sword *pheew* It took a great deal of time, more than I thought it woult... What's left for me to do is some finishing touches and painting. I will post some photos then, maybe this weekend or next week.

Daishe02
09-10-2009, 03:37 AM
Thanks for the detailes sounds alot nicer than my idea of making it out of a single piece of redwood 12'' X 6' but i might do both and see how it comes out with the sturdyness of the whole project. but yours i think will win out ill post pics as soone as i get it bult but dont expect them soone due to my being unemployed atm.... no fun fopr me yet. :waaaah:

unluckyaura013
11-17-2009, 06:19 PM
Not sure if this question has been answered. But if it is, im sorry. I just want to make sure.

If this is done perfectly, is it swingable?( As if you're fighting sephiroth himself...):)

Braithcakes
11-18-2009, 06:22 AM
I want....to make this xD

Tilt
02-02-2010, 03:43 PM
This helped a lot, I had to improvise due to lack of funds so it's made from a solid piece of wood with the guard screwed on. The hilts a little big and I didn't get the edge to the right height but I'm happy with it. (it's my first try at anything like this.) I haven't painted it yet and I've sanded the guard since the picture. Any help to make it better would be appreciated.

http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt360/rusty_spoons/Wooden_Sword__First_try_by_skybel.jpg

And that beam of light didn't show up in any other pictures...... it spooks me.

sky_walker4078
02-05-2010, 10:24 PM
i know you said it doesn't weight that much, but how much does your buster sword weight?

bubblefairy03
02-09-2010, 04:47 PM
I'm a little confused as to what that big hunk of wood's for. (this guy --> http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/10.jpg ) Is it just extra support? If I drilled holes through it, so that my materia slots could be more centered, would it affect the support?
And btw, this tutorial rocks and you're amazing. =]

Ditto
07-17-2010, 10:46 AM
Sorry to reply to this thread so late, I never seemed to get email notifications and haven't been around cosplay.com lately. On to the replies!

I haven't painted it yet and I've sanded the guard since the picture. Any help to make it better would be appreciated.

It looks great! The one thing I will suggest (if you aren't already past this since it's been so long) is to make sure you sand it smooth. Sanding can make or break a paint job.

i know you said it doesn't weight that much, but how much does your buster sword weight?

I weighs, I would estimate, in the 10~14 pound range. It feels heavier because of the sheer size of it.

I'm a little confused as to what that big hunk of wood's for. (this guy --> http://cri-cri.net/ditto/bustersword/10.jpg ) Is it just extra support? If I drilled holes through it, so that my materia slots could be more centered, would it affect the support?
And btw, this tutorial rocks and you're amazing. =]

That is actually support for the handle. Without this is is likely the handle would simply break through everything else when you tried to hold it. The reason I didn't drill through the center of this is because I would end up drilling through the handle as well and I was worried about the handle breaking.I am sure there are other ways to make sure the handle is in there strong and be able to drill through the center for the meteria slots, but I found it more practical to simply drill off to the side. Sorry if this info is too late.

If I, once again, am not responding to this thread PLEASE feel to email me at ditto@gravityprops.com

Daishe02
09-06-2010, 12:07 PM
Ok so i posted a while back that i wanted to start this project well i have started gathering my mats. I also have a couple ideas that might aleviate the problem with the materia holes, instead of drilling holes thru the entire blade in the size of the materia im going to drill holes just big enough to run a couple of wires thru. ill come back to that tho . instead of a wooden dowl as the handle im going to be using a pipe with a screw on cap (will also help with ballance issues and weight management), ill run the wires from the blade down the pipe to a couple of AA batts. As for the materia holes im going to mold a couple of 1/4 spheres 4 to be exact and embed LEDs into them so that once i flip an on switch they will light up in the color of what ever i chose. Will submit photos when progress is in way.

CloudVII
10-03-2010, 08:38 AM
Hey, im new to this cosplaying, and i think that ff7 is awsome, so i thought id create a ff7 costume.

I noticed that you said that new ppl shouldnt try this, but i like a challenge and i noticed that in the background of the photos you took, you have a workshop. Unfortunately i dont have a workshop, and my family's tools are kind of scattered all around the place so i dont think i would have all the tools in the world like you would, so do you reckon i would have sufficent resources to be able to create the sword???

Would you/anyone reckon it would be a good idea if you drill 2 very very slight (shallow) holes into the right section of the sword and then cut 2 pong balls in 1/2, then paint them, and stick them in with glue of some kind, then gloss the 2 pieces of "materia?" because you could say that the sword has materia pieces, and you wont need the holes in the sword that would weaken the strength of the handle from snaping when swinging away???

p.s.the sword looks pretty frikin badass!!, good work :)

Ditto
10-03-2010, 08:47 PM
@CloudVII:
I would recommend reading through the entire tutorial (I would recommend read through the whole thing to anyone who wants to try this) and look at the tools listed and what we use in the pictures as well. If you think you can get those tools together and feel comfortable working with them then go for it. As for the Materia, I think that's a great idea, if you look right before your post that is essentially what Daishe02 plans on doing.

CloudVII
10-04-2010, 07:07 AM
yeah, my main problem is just trying to find a drill that would match the circumfrance of the interior/exterior dowls :( and I found another alternative of the craft paper which would cost cheaper. you could sticky-taping 2 pieces of large paper from office works for about $2 AUS

thanks for the quick reply :)
p.s. ill pm a pic of the sword to you when im done :) but it will be in a couple of months :(

Ditto
10-04-2010, 10:56 AM
@CloudVII:
I don't know about Australia, but finding those drill bits at a hardware store here in the US is pretty easy. As for the craft paper, we simply had that lying around from other projects and used it to make, essentially, a pattern. Hope this helps.

Moku
10-04-2010, 07:08 PM
Nice tutorial ^^
I think i would try it next year and with this i have some problems less ;)

I hope it would work ^.^
And it's not so heavy ...

Lord Tobi
10-18-2010, 12:29 AM
thankx been looking for this ^_^

FallOfSorrow
10-26-2010, 05:38 AM
hey Ditto. i really like your designs, im a big ff VII fan and im going to make the buster sword with your specifications.
is there the possibility of you uploading or sending me the three plans in metric units instead of imperial, i would be very greatful

kuroki-neko
02-20-2011, 02:39 AM
well this is going to be fun ^.^ this is my first time making this and im going to give it my best! i hope this will make my zack fair coaplay better

kuroki-neko
02-20-2011, 03:04 AM
i got s sheet of steel thats thin could i use that for the silver part of the blade ? pm me wit the details this thread was hard enough to find

kuroki-neko
02-22-2011, 06:54 PM
i took a fulll look at all of the steps and i have some exp with crafting with wood ( i built a tree fort club house a 2 story tree fort with a balcony trap door to the second floor it also has a glass window on each floor and a roof of corse the whole thing turned out great)

playmysitardemy
02-22-2011, 11:23 PM
i got s sheet of steel thats thin could i use that for the silver part of the blade ? pm me wit the details this thread was hard enough to find

If you're taking it to a con, no steel. That's idiotic and can get it taken away. Just use the wood.

p.s. edit your posts instead of multi-posting a bunch of times, saves time.