Hey-o all GundamBen here aka the "Desert Punk" you've all seen my pics of my cosplay now here is how you can make your own. For i don't know how long but everyone I mean everyone keeps askin me how i made this cosplay so now i'll just post here how to make your own. Its not that I don't mind answering all of your questions but seriously folks when I originally made this costume I had no one to ask and the only tip I got was for making the hat, so please understand my costume is a one of a kind and I have yet to ever see the same components that I made mine out of. The total ammount of time that I had spent on my costume from start to finish was about a year total in time. any who now lets get started
For this helmet like i mention earlier this is a one of a kind helmet and have yet to see another like it. My original helmet was a HAZMAT helmet and I tell you people this was not an easy find so here is something that I would suggest to use http://www.1000bulbs.com/Clear-Acryl...-with-Opening/
they are clear plastic light-bulb covers but it has the perfect round shape that's needed for the front of the dome-shaped mask. now depending on what size your neck is or the circumference of your head may be try to get the bulb cover that will best suite your needs. there will probably need some cutting and tooling required to achieve the desired look/ also making it comfortable too. as for the reflective shine i have I just used car tint, when looking for tint try to get the darkest tint (keep in mind i used reflective silver tint). when laying the tint down on the helmet I had used strips, I had cut the tint into 1 1/2 inch wide strips the strips should be the length of the tint that comes in the roll, so cut several stips at the 1 1/2 in width and then cut a 2 in width just only one because this is going to be your center strip. When laying the strips you want to go from left to center and right to center (keep in mind that you'll be using the 2 in strip to go over the exact center of it. Okay now so far you've got a plain helmet now whats needed is a piece of pvc pipe for the nose i used a valve pressure stopper i believe what it was called. i had to saw off both ends of the pipe and then drill out the center plunger so that i could bolt the nose to the helmet. I had used computer fans on the inside of my helmet too, these fans can run anywhere from $15-50 depending on how fast or strong you want your fan power to be. add paint and then you got your helmet.
This hat was the only thing that I had tips from and this part was fairly really easy to make. I had took a Japanese sun hat and combined it with a regular american straw hat to get the wider brim and then here is the kinda icky part but after you have the hat pieces together you paint 5 layers of water-proof wood glue. the glue makes the soft straw hat turn into a hard-hat type its really nice if done correctly and makes it more durable too. A small tip unless your hat has straps I would use velcro to make your hat stay on the helmet.
for the cape I would strongly advise getting any fabric with a high i mean high thread count, because most fabric stores just carry your basic materials and not too many high-end stuff. But what i would suggest since I did this for my cape i went to bed bath and beyond went to the king bed sheet section found the exact color i needed and then used sheets for my cape. one, sheets work great for wind effects, and two its not super heavy and very easy to walk around with. with your sheet pack in hand i used the pillow case and then folded it about four times length wise so that it looks like a long tube instead of a pillow case then from there i sewed one end to the opening of the case and that was my neck for my cape then the rest of the cape i got a pattern from the fabric store for a cape costume and then cut along the lines and add the neck, viola you've got yourself a cape.
The gear and clothing and pretty much the whole shibang can be found on e-bay or the internet. the rest as listed is needed to finish your costume, Airsoft vest (tactical vest), tactical gloves (not cheap if you want an authentic look), a long sleeve green shirt, grey or tan bdu pants, for your legs you'll need some white medical raps (like an ace bandage except white), and lastly some boots (desert military boots) oh i almost forgot the shotgun lol well most con's won't let you bring airsoft guns into the convention (lame) so if your good with makin stuff make a shotgun then they can't give you grief about it.
well hopefully this is somewhat helpful sorry if I'm not here to answer all of your questions all the time I'm rarely on this site often, but i'll try to answer them as best as I can if there is some more fine detail's that you need to know about. thanks for looking