Building a Real Functional Full-Size Mech

Discussion in 'Non-Halo Costumes and Props' started by GMer56, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Hullo!
    It's been a while since I've been online proper, as my attention has wandered away from costuming type stuff,but with the advent of Skeletonic's Suit and the Sagawa Electronics suit I decided to try my hand at it. Buying a few supplies here and there over the past few months has netted me something I'm rather proud of. My phone camera quality not so much XD.

    I'm using cardboard as mock-up paneling: planning to hand-rivet some galvanized steel flashing,or if it is too heavy I'll go with corrugated plastic:
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    You could say I have a handle on the situation with those pauldrons:
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    I had a little fun and made some stencils. The head houses a webcam connected to my tablet, which will be controlled by a rod attached to a bike helmet. That white handle on the front is 3/4" PVC for scale, and that fluorescent light sits at about 6'7".
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    The Legs are standing off to once side, currently without paneling. The mecha stands an estimated 7'6" at the shoulder, so assembly indoors is probably going to be a no-no. I'll either have to wait till spring or shovel out my driveway rather well. Besides, naked mecha leg photos sounds too risque to post XD

    The entire thing weighs probably about 10-20 lbs. I'll post more pics once I get the super secret elbow joint control rods under cloth. It was a pain in the bum to figure out a way different from Skeletonics and I'm not giving up that secret so easily. :p
    So hopefully in the next few weeks I'll get the leg panels done, then freeze my goolies off to make a video of the completed suit.


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  2. MasterSensei

    MasterSensei

    Re: Mecha suit project

    A Mech!? Thats something we don't see everyday... Subbed
     
  3. TwinMustang

    TwinMustang

    Re: Mecha suit project

    Yeah, I'm in on this goodness too.
     
  4. Crimmson

    Crimmson

    GMer56 i hope you get this baby going. Do you have any renderings of the what its going to look like? That second link is much further along than the first.
     
  5. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Necro post!
    I can't leave this project forever on the back burner, it takes up a lot of space in my garage! I also can't store it outside because I am still on the cardboard stage. Because of some silly weather I've been iced in and my play money dried up :'(
    But I just got my tax return back, so you can guess it is going towards... besides some necessary irl things.

    This was the idea. Nothing fancy, just some basic covering:
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    A few aesthetic concepts (aw yea, madox 00 head):
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    But over the past month I've done a bit more research and found some lovely concept art from Bubblegum Crisis that has just the sort of chunky legs I like:
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    I'll be working on it tomorrow. I plan to have at least the shins completed with temp covering, if not all the way up to the hips. Connecting the two will be... difficult because the top and bottom halves were supposed to be two entirely separate suits... Plus there is the 24 hr dry time on "gorilla glue"
     
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  6. Crimmson

    Crimmson

    Man, you went way back with bubblegum crisis GMer56, which unit is on the bottom the unit 01 pic. do you have any other reference pics.




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    i know you didnt ask for this but maybe you can still use it. i made this morning it is just the
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  7. Jason 078

    Jason 078

    We'll have to get together at D*Con when I get my Timberwolf finished for a kick-shebs photoshoot.
     
  8. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    I can always use more inspiration! I'm also going to be nicking a bit from Madox 00 and 01:
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    But I also horde reference pics too: XD

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    But for the most part I'll probably end up free-forming cardboard then trace the parts onto the steel.

    While I would love to -and I do have a van to transport it- that's a 17 hour drive and about $225 in gas... one way. Never mind lodging and food :( But since this mecha is going to be cheaper than a "battlebot"... you can imagine what purposes I might put it to and potential fundraising ideas that may ensue. Probably need one of these among other things:
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    Update! Now it is red:
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  9. Crimmson

    Crimmson


    glad not glad that the server derping hasnt happened only to me. glad to help and i hope you get this awesomeness done.
     
  10. MasterSensei

    MasterSensei

    Looking great mate!!
     
  11. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Its sunny out, so I figured to take some good pics while I worked on it a bit.:whistle:
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    Added some wheels to the stasis dock (support rack thingy) along with some nifty brakes to keep it from rolling around.
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    And working on the frame to support the cardboard mockup: the cardboard is currently just flopping around. Pics of that maybe after lunch.

    *edit: after lunch*

    Hey, how'd it get so dark? All well. Garage was bright enough to get a pic of the frame. 100 linear ft of PVC!

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    Got the torso on the stasis dock under a tarp just next to the driveway. If the cardboard melts in the rain it won't be too much of a setback...
     
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  12. Crimmson

    Crimmson

    Perfect color choice, makes me want to build one.:)
     
  13. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    You do that and I'll have to challenge you to a mecha duel of honor like megabots vs kuratas. Lol.

    Thinking about a different color scheme. Perhaps a little more local, like the "Green mountain boys" uniform.

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  14. Crimmson

    Crimmson

    Hmmm. I would if i wasnt prepping bubblegum crisis files for my daughters halloween costume. Have you seen the kotobukiya frame arms. They are insane!!!!
    I also have a lot of gundam raw files if you want look at them.

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    GMer56, so my girls dont want bubble gum crisis halloween suits any more soooo......
    what are the rules to this challenge, with the exception of time limit since i am gone for 2 weeks to work then back for one week. do i have to be able to wear it or just static? and does it have to be original design or one available.
     
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  15. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    No pictures for this update. Had to spend a lot o time rebuilding the frame because I installed one of the PVC modules backwards, warping the entire thing. Did get some flashing an rivets tho.
     
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  16. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    I started putting the flashing on, then realized I need a lot of 1-1/4" bolts to secure the flashing to the frame. Looks like I get to go on a trip to town this afternoon.

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    (Yes, I now some of the metal got folded the wrong way. Happens to the best of us)
    Probably put duct tape on the pointy bits to prevent injury. Also the aluminum makes lots of fun wobbly sounds. But it seems like a step backwards after discarding the cardboard paneling. All well.

    Honestly, the "challenge" was just me being facetious. Considering this a costume is perhaps a bit of a misnomer: its more for safe 'n cheap piloted robo-combat. So do what you like.

    In other news, the local inventor's guild just gave me a $1000 scholarship and 2 months of free reign in their facilities starting in June to build this and/or a second mech! Neat! When I make my guild presentation I wonder if I'll make it to the local news?
    Once I get a second one done I just need some victims-er... pilots... to mount up and fight each other. This aint gonna be a namby pamby costume that takes 20 minutes to suit up. Hop in, strap in and fightin'!

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    But the workshop gnome is forever watching O.O
     
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  17. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Update: Made some a-door-able progress.
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    Some warping at the top of the door. That will be fixed when I put on the door ventilation cupola. The door side panels are going to be a joy *sarcasm*
     
  18. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Threw together a quick render of the final armor design. Gonna need to get some steer horns from somwhere :p
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    At a thrift store I found some *ahem* "reference material"

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    Planning some work on it this afternoon and maybe visit the inventor's guild to check their facilities. Will edit this post with any updates.

    *edit*
    Wobbled the other metal torso bit onto the frame. That makes all the large pieces done (the side bits are 12ft segments folded!)

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    Messy garage XD
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    Next: arm covering.
     
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  19. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Finally a nice sunny day! Time for some work:

    Prepped the access door for the ventilation cupola.
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    In order to move it around I have to wear it. Fun!

    I remembered where I put the shins and dug em out (look away victorian children, for they are naked shins!):
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    Got some snowboard straps at a thrift store:

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    Modified the shins and bolted em on. Would've tested them out and made a video but during the pre-flight check I found out I didn't glue a few bits.

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    Still haven't attached anything to the pelvis:

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    Mockup of a head design ala Madox-00. About 2 months worth of Iced tea mix.

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    Its a little small XD

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    At least I figured out how it fits together.
    Would've done more, but before I started I had to clean my garage. It needed a spring cleaning anyway.
     
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  20. MasterSensei

    MasterSensei

    Why doesnt this have enough love?
     
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  21. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    The government hasn't whisked me away to secret underground labs (yet), I just got a 3d printer and have been goofing off- er, have been exercising my 3d modeling skills in preparation for making unit 02. Dimensions for Unit 01's basic chunky armor have been measured and will be built (hopefully!) this upcoming weekend!

    I wonder what sort of bits I could make with my 3d printer that would be handy. Maybe giant robot finger bones (5 1/2" print bed) and joystick grips?

    All well, here's some of my first prints! 24 to be exact!
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  22. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    So I finally bit the bullet and started riveting. Only problem is the punches that I bought weren't tough enough, so I ended up drilling holes for the rivets instead.

    First three seams riveted:
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    Preparing to fit onto the shin. Approx 28" tall.
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    Fits a bit oddly. But that's to be expected.
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    Ankle slots are very handy. If only I thought to put them in!
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    Riveting was easier than expected. Planning on doing some more mech building later this week after work instead of working on my webcomic. Also need some black plastic to make a dust cover for the frame... so much to do, so much fun.
     
  23. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    So... turns out the feet are too tiny. To be expected, since they're only 4" wide (13" long) and the torso is 3' wide.

    Got some more PVC and with a new design built some new shins. Here's how they compare.
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    Feet are 26" long and 10" wide.
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    Might need cross-baces on the sides.

    Gonna mount the straps & tension rods tomorrow night and give 'em a test run this weekend, if all goes to plan.
     
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  24. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Making a step in the right direction. Ran out of machine screws (aka bolts) so that put a bit of a stop in progress.

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    Definitely need more crossbeams.
     
  25. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Didn't get much work done yesterday 'cause the lawn tractor died and I spent the day diagnosing it. Probably an ignition coil ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    With my residency coming up (meaning some extra $$$ and a groovy workspace) I thought I'd lay things out to see what's what.

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    Moved my van around and climbed onto the roof get these sort of shots.
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    Hey, my other car!
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    It's much bigger than the tractor.
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