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Unread 12-28-2006, 03:53 PM   #16
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greatley done but i really cant read the directions maybe u could take pics and type it?
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Unread 07-16-2007, 09:51 AM   #17
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I would reccomend using cheap aluminum spraypaint from Dollar General, I mean, if you have a Dollar General in Canada.

Oh yeah YOU ARE THE CARDBOARD GOD!!!!!! *bows*

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Unread 08-13-2007, 04:05 PM   #18
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do you think that after i made this,i could put chrome spray paint on it instead?
would the cardboard hold it?
just because i kind of want a shiny chrome metal effect?
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Unread 08-13-2007, 04:28 PM   #19
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automail for about six quid with the chrome effect? brillant! this tutorial will be ace for ed cosplayers who are pretty skint, me and my nephew will probably try the basics of this out on a rainy day.

thanks alot
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Unread 03-19-2008, 09:51 PM   #20
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I just love you right now. I've been wanting to do an Ed cosplay ever since I saw the series, but told myself I can't do it unless I at least have an automail arm. Now...I have an excuse. ^_^ Thank you for the very helpful tutorial!
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Unread 03-27-2008, 05:33 AM   #21
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Hey, Here's how my Automail looks using your Tutorial, it's not finished yet, but this is my frist time doing something like this (just gotta paint it ^_^) oh yeah im only a kid aswell >.<

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Unread 03-28-2008, 04:57 AM   #22
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Well, heres the FINISHED version painted take a look and comment on it ^^

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Unread 06-04-2008, 08:22 PM   #23
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I've never painted cardboard before, but would you need to apply something to it first to prevent the cardboard from going soggy when you paint it?
Or is spray paint so thinly layered that it's not wet enough to affect the cardboard.

Awesome tutorials! My friends and I plan to make bleach sword out of your tutorials for our first cosplay!
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Unread 06-04-2008, 08:53 PM   #24
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Cardboard surprisingly doesn't get soggy., at least, I've never had it get soggy.
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Unread 06-05-2008, 02:16 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by LegacyOfMadara View Post
Cardboard surprisingly doesn't get soggy., at least, I've never had it get soggy.
Oh, it get's soggy all right!. At Comic-Con 2 years ago the humidity and heat damaged our cardboard Alphonse armor. The cardboard started to fall apart.


In this shot you see the brown cardboard peeling away from the forearm. Just the perfect effect for an interview with a japanese TV crew.


We made new parts from craft foam.

BTW, I recommend sealing the cardboard with a few applications of watered-down glue before using spray paint. Un-sealed cardboard can just soak up the paint. Seal correctly and you end up using less paint.
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Unread 12-23-2008, 02:37 PM   #26
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I must say, this is inspiring! As a fellow costumer with no monies, I tend to also find cheap ways to make stuff. You did a fantastic job! It looks even better than it's more expensive counter-parts. I like the comment about the sock, too. XD
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Unread 01-02-2009, 09:05 PM   #27
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its a great tutorial but i can understand it =[
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Unread 01-22-2009, 09:05 PM   #28
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YEEEEEESSS!!!! finally how to make that dang robot arm!! THANK YOU!!!
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Unread 05-26-2009, 02:57 PM   #29
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VeRy GoOd :)

Automail is my summer project so any help I can get is greatly appreciated
I'm debating on what material to use for it but your patterns are a great inspiration.

<3<3<3<3<3<3 Cutty things lol awesome <3 <3 <3

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Unread 06-15-2009, 02:10 AM   #30
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I am going to do this also but besides card bord I am going to go fome core with the sheating over it so it can last longer but this is a great start for me thank you for posting it! I am so happy in seeing this once it is done I will show it off
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