This spells the end for the Reapers.
I am building this N7 armor out of styrene again (2mm thick sheets of plastic). It is being designed this time around with the idea of being modular and flexible. Basically an inner foam core, and outer styrene surface.
The N7 armor I made last year was very heavy, not flexible and acted as one solid piece. Although it looked great and impressed at the convention, it was actually painful to wear. I had to keep myself in a position that was uncomfortable and any sudden movement I would either pinch my underarm or part of the costume would pop off and I had to take it up to the room for repairs.
For my new N7, the modular parts will easily come off for any repairs or touch-ups I need to do, and it'll be great for storage as well. Instead of using multiple layers of styrene, I am using one single layer of styrene and using 6mm black craft foam (Foamies) for the inner part which gives it both depth and comfort; plus it prevents the costume from sliding down as I lose weight (an issue last year). Already at this point in time, the torso section weights about 10 pounds less than the previous one, and that's with MORE stuff attached.
In the picture are the LEDs and the Chasis Fan which I will have wired up, so I can remain cool and refreshed as I'm dodging Reaper fire. The LED's I wired up are 4 different sets, two on each side. Every other LED is either RED or BLUE, and using a rocker switch, I can switch between the two colors at any time. Notice the LED trays have an angle across from the LEDs, I did this to bounce the light off into the diffuser glass which will cover it. In the end, it will look like one bright solid piece rather than multiple LED dots.
I am not sure where the Chasis fan will fit anywhere, but I might need to modify the costume to where the fan is outside blowing air in. Trust me when I say, it gets HOT in this costume. And deviating from the original N7 design will be for comfort reasons.
I am using a 12V / 200 mAh Chasis fan with 8 x 1.5V AA batteries, for a total of 12V / 16000 mAh. For those wondering how long that will last, technically about 80 hours of continuous use without recharging batteries (nearly as long as the entire convention). If I add a second fan, it will cut in half to 40 hours and so on. I originally wanted to add 4 fans (20 hours).
And of course, being the fanboy that I am, I am cutting out a Decepticon emblem at the back that will also glow.