Gipsy Danger 10 Foot Tall

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  1. Benton188

    Benton188 Well-Known Member

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    One of my dream cosplays has been a big mech build. At the top of the list of available mechs to build was Gipsy Danger because I love it's design and purpose. Fight giant monsters with fists, guns, rockets, and swords, what's not to love? In late May of this year I found Gipsy Danger .obj files and decided then and there that it was going to happen, and I was gonna go BIG!
    Throughout June and into July I took time to unfold and resize all the pieces to make a 10 foot tall version of Gipsy. Thankfully there was a full model .obj to work off of, so all the individual pieces will be sized correctly. All the armor will be made of EVA foam, and I plan on building a PVC inner frame for support. Stilts of course will be used for the legs, and some mechanical prowess for the arms to move. It's a work in progress of course, but it should be equal parts fun and equal parts challenging. Just the way I like it :cool:
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    Here's some pics of what i got done so far. Just the helmet and one boot so far:
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  2. Sandbagger

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    Now this should be good.
     
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  3. IPv6 Subnet

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    I have seen a few big builds and they look really epic! Can't wait to see the finished result of your project!
     
  4. topless68

    topless68 New Member

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    Looking awesome! This is one of my favourite movies to watch, something about giant robots with attitude .
     
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    UPDATE!!
    Both feet are foamed out, and I got 1 shin done as well. Did a slight test fit to see how big it was gonna be and.....oh......oh my.
    Once the other shin is done I may need to focus on building the stilts right away to help support the shins. Basically building the internal skeleton as I go to keep everything from drooping and warping too much.
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  6. Beemo8bit

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    Amazing! Looking good! Add in some lights and sounds! :)
     
  7. whtknght

    whtknght New Member

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    Looks good so far
    Can I get a copy of your pep file?
     
  8. Benton188

    Benton188 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, shoot me your e-mail address in a private message and I'll send them out. All files are for foam and not for pep work btw.
     
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  9. GMer56

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    I recommend going all the way and using the PVC primer/cement combo (don't forget a respirator!). Gorrilla glue just doesn't cut the mustard: had my stilts fall apart on me!

    You wanna try to have a mech fight?
     
  10. Benton188

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    Did you use PVC for your leg stilts? I wasn't sure if they would hold up well to weight very well.
    Also, yes I'll mech fight you when it's all done lol
     
  11. Schankerz

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    Goodness gracious dude, you really like to go big don’t you? Not everyone can say they’ve built mechs, alien hover bikes and tanks in their lifetime!

    I was a pretty big fan of the film so I’m looking forward to seeing more of this! I myself haven’t seen anyone do a Jager yet.
     
  12. GMer56

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    Woohoo! Roadtrip!

    Depends on how you use PVC. I've gotten good performance out of a simple prism design:

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    But a few diagonal supports on the corners wouldn't go amiss (bearing in mind 3/4" PVC gets bendy after a foot or so) and a bit of wall-mounted shelf framing to keep the feets from bending.
     
  13. Benton188

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    UPDATE!!
    Almost done making the 2nd shin, and started working on the platform stilts for the shins and boots.
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  14. PillarofAutumn

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    Love me some Gipsy Danger! Can't wait to see further updates
     
  15. Benton188

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    UPDATE!!
    Feet, shins, thighs, cod, and abs have been made. As well as both stilts for the shins and feet. Some smaller detail pieces for the legs and abs still need to be made, but the overall outer big pieces are finished. Going to take some time to figure out how I want to do the pvc structure heading from the knees to the waist. It needs to be designed to be both movable and have a way to lock it into place so I can get out without it falling over. Also going to add some further reinforcement on the stilts before I try and walk with them on. Might be a bit overkill, but I want to make sure they won't break on me.
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  16. GMer56

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    Wall mounted shelf tracks make excellent support if you want that extra bit of metal-based stability.
    It looks so thin! I think you need to bring the legs closer together, but nice foam work!
     
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    The legs will definitely be closer together, I just had them wide because of the pvc pipe holding them up was a scrap piece. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have everything figured out on the legs and I'll begin testing the stilts out with everything put together.
     
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    SETBACK!!
    Huh, I don't think I've ever made an update post like this one that goes backwards instead of forwards. Anyways, I'm going to have to scrap the PVC stilts in favor of something more sturdy. The height of these legs on PVC is just too much, even after I reinforced them with 1 1/4" pipes as well as fiberglass wrapped the daylights out of them. So instead of PVC I'll be switching over to using all wood. Might add a bit more for weight, but I'll feel a lot safer on them. Plus the PVC was actually heavier than I was expecting which is why I wanted to use it in the first place, but now that's kind of a mute point. In the meantime, I'm starting on the chestpiece next so I get a sense of how much wiggle room I'll have inside. If the cod and abs have told me anything, it's actually going to be a lot more snug than I originally thought. That could be good and or bad, but we'll see.
     
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  19. TurboCharizard

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    I don't know if it's a setback in the long run if you're rebuilding for safety and stability. I'd say it's a good time investment if it keeps the legs from collapsing under you and damaging both the suit and yourself.
     
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  20. GMer56

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    I feel ya, especially with a height of what, 30 inches?
    My PVC stilts are built more like little bridges (or an actual power armor component!) than actual stilts.

    Ever consider a stilt core of 4" PVC?

    For the torso you might wanna consider something like Thomas DePetrillo's Reinhart system...
     
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  21. Mysterythetiger

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    Oh wow! This I need to see finished. Keep building!
     
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    UPDATE!!
    New stilts are in progress and are 1,000x better than the PVC stilts. Should have gone this way from the start lol. I wanted the PVC ones to work for the benefit of being lighter in weight, but these wood ones are so much sturdier and feel so much safer. Plus I was able to make an easy step-up platform right off to the side for each foot, meaning getting in and out of Gipsy will be easy. Also, I've been plugging away at the chest piece in the meantime and finally got most of it done. Just some more detailing on the back and sides and it'll be good.
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  23. TurboCharizard

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    Because I'm a nervous nelly and don't want to see your hard work fail and you to fall off stilts, you should look at adding some cross members to keep the uprights grouped together even tighter. Maybe something like slotted steel for sake of strength and low weight.
     
  24. Benton188

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    It's pretty solid right now, but I was thinking of adding just a bit more support near the top to be safe. The middle piece has 3" lag bolts running through it so it's got the 2 uprights pinned really tight already. Working on figuring out the calf braces and rest of the PVC frame up to the hips and waist right now, and that'll help keep it from rocking side to side so much.
     
  25. GMer56

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    Dayum how tall are those stilts, 3 feet?
    Don't underestimate the power of triangles. Maybe get some aluminum flashing, cut it into strips and wrap it around the shins in a chain-link-fence-like pattern?
     

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