Alright, in the final stages of building the sitar, I've run into a problem.
Reference pictures, for those who are unfamiliar with Demyx's sitar (why oh why does he have to have such a honkin' huge prop?!):
I used insulation foam to make the basic shape of the sitar, then added a layer of plaster and sanded. The sitar is about five feet tall, about 18-20 pounds, and quite bottom heavy, as the base is the bulk of the weight. It's looking really good, as I tried to be accurate to the letter, but a couple possible problems have come up.
Here's the issue- the fact that it's bottom heavy puts a lot of strain on the shaft of the sitar, and that worries me. I'm going to be as careful as possible, but I know full well that all that pressure could add up to disaster. Also, there's no comfortable way to carry it. I would love to attach a strap to the back, be able to strap this monster to me like a guitar, but I'm also scared to death of drilling holes in the plaster and foam to attach a strap- and I wouldn't even know where to start with anchoring a strap well enough to hold that much weight for that long with the possibility of getting jarred.
Also, a strap to make it easier to carry would put that much more pressure on the shaft, the narrowest part of the prop- so even if it's possible, would it be a good idea?
Any ideas are welcome- how to support the bottom of this thing so the shaft doesn't take so much of the strain, or any way I can carry this thing easier. If anyone has attached a strap like this to a prop this heavy and been successful, please speak up!
An while we're at it, how many layers of the base coat of paint should I put on before doing the detailing? Should I put on a coat of sealer over the base coat, before I do the detailing? (Can you tell this is only the second prop I've ever made?
I also need to do this rather quick-like, because the sitar is for Nan Desu Kan, which starts on October 6th. Luckily, it's the only thing I have left to finish, but it's a doozy!