Traditionally, in the past, my girlfriend who's major is in costume design, has always made my costumes for me. I would like to do something on my own for once, but alas, she is much more skilled at working with cloth than I am. I can barely thread a sewing machine.
So, I have decided to make a hard suit of sorts. Of course, a Gundam. A simple gundam at that. The RX-78-2.
Now, though I chose perhaps the absolute least complicated Gundam model to do, I know that this will be incredibly difficult, as I have absolutely no experience whatsoever in hard suit/armour design!
The very first of my concerns is this: What material to use.
Browsing through the pictures here, I have seen a lot of cardboard Gundams, but they do seem a bit flimsy... I'm not sure I would feel comfortable walking around knowing I would tear and break apart should my hot glue and tape fail me. I was looking into Wonderflex, which besides the cost, seems decent to use. I have never used this stuff before, and I was wondering how hard it is exactly to work with it. When it is heated, what is it's texture, and is it fairly tough to shape, or fairly easy? I was thinking of ordering a sample just to see.
Does it paint easily, and would it be light enough to not cause me to topple over? If it collides with something when dried, is it in danger of breaking? How fragile is it?
And the big question: Is this the best material to use or is there a better alternative?
Thanks in advance!