Red vs. Blue Tucker and Princess Caboose Build

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by JD of Asgard, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. JD of Asgard

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    Back in the lab again! Working on my 2ndish (If I'm not counting the dozen or so abandoned builds) foam build. Using the Mark VI armor to build Cpt. Tucker from Red vs. Blue. My daughter wants to work with me this summer and make her own so she's going to help me make a "Princess Caboose" suit (Basically Caboose with a tutu).

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  2. Lieutenant Jaku

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    I feel like that would just be caboose if he had access to a tutu, not princess caboose.
     
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  3. Nukulargear

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    You should go all in and get a full ballgown going for Princess Caboose
     
  4. JD of Asgard

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    Moving right along! It would be moving a little faster but summer college is crazy fast pace and I can only really build on the weekends. But I've got two halves built so all I need to do now is build the middle bit and connect it all!

    This was my first time working with contact cement. It really is amazingly tough and seals together neater than the hot glue I was using. Hopefully it fares better in the summer/body heat here in Florida.


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  5. Sean Anwalt

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    Evil Ted has a great tutorial on YouTube (sorry, I can't get the link atm) in which he seals the seams with strips of fabric to prevent body sweat and such from ripping your seams apart. It's his Male cosplay body armor tutorial. Especially somewhere humid, it sounds like a great idea to me, you might look it up.
     
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  6. JD of Asgard

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    that sounds like just the tutorial I need to fix this problem! Thank you!
     
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    More work progress pics on the project!

    Continuing to slowly move along with the helmet. It feels a little lopsided right now but hopefully that'll even out once I get all of the connective pieces put together in the middle. It's feeling a little large on me, but nothing nearly as bad as my last attempt. I'm hoping that after I plastidip and resin the inside it'll shrink a little bit but either way it should be fine.



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  8. JD of Asgard

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    More progress on the Mark VI helmet for Tucker. It's finally starting to look more like the actual helmet. I've got a few more bigger bits put together and ready to glue to the main helmet. In other news, if you ever decide to take a 2nd level Anatomy and Physiology class during the accelerated summer semester...don't. I'm running myself ragged.


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  9. Sean Anwalt

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    Hey! The inside of that helmet foam looks familiar! hahaha

    Looking good, man! Keep up the hard work. When you can, with school... school is importanter that helmets.... unfortunately...
     
  10. Dirtdives

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    Yes we can see how "importanter" your schooling was for you...........Your English teacher must be rolling over in his/her grave........;)
     
  11. Sean Anwalt

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    Principal said it wuz My gramer thet poot them in there grave in the first plase!
     
  12. JD of Asgard

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    Well all that hard work paid off! I made the President's List for the 2nd semester in a row! Go me!

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    I actually did a full a rebuild on this since my last post. I noticed just before finals that it was looking a little big and warped in a few places. I scaled it down about an inch to better fit my head. I had to trim a little away underneath to fit my head through, but it looks so much better on my head now and I still have enough room for a fan and LED's.
     
  13. marscreature

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    Looks really good, especially for a foam build.
     
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  15. JD of Asgard

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    thank you! :D
     
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    A few layers of plastidip, spot putty, and a primer layer down!

    I need to do another pass with the spot putty to hit a few low spots, but I'm definitely digging how it's coming together. All of the thin craft foam I added in really added some depth to this build until anything I've built before.
     
  17. JD of Asgard

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    Soooo...I'm an idiot and completely botched that helmet. It was slightly warped to begin with and warped even more in the resin process because of the way I positioned the helmet during the process. I tried to forge on and painted the whole thing before taking a break from building to rethink my process.

    I watched a ton of Spacemeatthecosplay and HaloGoddess tutorials and I think I identified the flaws in my building process. So for the 1 millionth time, I started over on a process.

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    You can see that the original build (on the left) is warped and sort of squat. I kept trying to forge on but wasn't happy with it. I'm much happier wit the build on the right. Everything seems much sharper and just overall better built. I've ordered some cooling fans and LED's so I can start setting up my electronics.


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    I also managed to build 2 shoulder pieces rather quickly. I added some thin foam for texture, like I did with the helmet, but this time used push-pins for the rivets along the side. I can't wait to see how they turn out after plastidiping them. But first I need to smooth over a few edges with some wood filler.
     

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  18. TurboCharizard

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    The new helmet looks really slick! What was your mistake in the first attempt if you don't mind me asking?

    With the push pins Plasti-Dip may scratch off a bit easier on their smooth surfaces, if you primed their plastic/metal with an acrylic or enamel paint that's a good consistent undertone such as black or silver it'll help with natural weathering if things do get bumped around during transport or at a convention.
     
  19. Badkitty

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    I see where you were talking about the helmet being warped and it looks like it even twisted slightly. I had something similar to this happen to my chest and back pieces when I put the first resin on them. I used a heat gun and pieces of a wooden stake to untwist the warp. I was thinking if you put some liquor thinner and water in a small container, brushed a light coat over one area and heated it you might be able to save it. I didn't use foam underneath though so I would try this out on a piece of scrap first just to make sure it doesn't eat it.
    It looks good so for and good luck!
     
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  20. JD of Asgard

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    Thank you! It always means a lot when other prob makers like my work.

    thanks for the tip about the pins! I didn't prime them but I haven't sealed them in there yet so I'll pull them out and do just that.
     
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    I'm not 100% sure where I went wrong. The foam might not have been lined up properly to begin with, maybe the weather effected the resin, I'm not totally sure. I did realize that I started in the wrong direction. I started with the top of the helmet and once that dried I moved on to the lower half. Maybe all that added weight caused the foam to shift before I could do the rest. I did it the reverse way this time and didn't have that problem.
     
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  22. Dirtdives

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    You could have taken the weight off the top by sitting it on top of a head form.
     
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  23. JD of Asgard

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    I just picked one of those up for the Caboose build I'm going to do with my daughter this summer! Thanks for the tip!
     
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    'The rivets and foam details came out looking pretty nice after plastidip! I even cut some details in to add a little more depth.

    It's crazy to me how different this build feels from the last. I have 3 kids now instead of just the 2, but I guess that's helping because I make sure to do much more set up due to limited time and make sure that the limited time I have is used effectively. I also edited the template just a bit on the inside so that these fit WAAAAY better than my last build. I'll probably still secure them with a snap to the undersuit, but it fits so well they may not even be that necessary. 20190116_233743.jpg 20190116_233755.jpg 20190116_233739.jpg 20190116_233746.jpg
     
  25. Dirtdives

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    They may fit very well now.....but later on after wearing it for a while.....bumping in to people at a con and just moving around will shift things.....I say still go w/ securing it. Great work.
     
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