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« on: January 30, 2013, 03:52:56 PM »

As I stated in a previous thread, I was so blown away by DREDD that I'm compelled to make the costume to wear at Comic Con, Detroit Fanfare and around the house.

Besides the benefit of using it as a goal to get in shape, I will be able to work on my skills as a prop maker, something I've always wanted to do.

This thread will follow my progress.


I know that the costume will NOT be completely screen accurate. I've visited several prop making forums and found that a lot of guys there are a bit OCD about details. So much that they see no problem shelling out for 8 buckles as $50 a pop. I have neither the finances or interest to follow such a path. I will be trying to make this as cheaply as possible, while attempting to keep the quality as high as possible.

I was a bit daunted as to the creation of the helmet. I would have to model it, make molds of the model, cast it in some sort of plastic, etc. I did my research and had chosen SmoothCast 300 as my plastic of choice. http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-S/c1120_1209/index.html?catdepth=1 As I set out to start making a model of the helmet, I shared some of my concerns with an old friend online. To my surprise, he went and found one that someone had already modeled, cast and was selling and bought me one. His only stipulation is that when I'm finished with the costume, I get pictures taken of me in the getup mowing the lawn , shoveling snow, on the can, etc. I also plan on going to the old Packard plant and taking pictures there. 

Here I am wearing the unfinished helmet practicing my frowny face. I was so excited to get it it was hard not to grin like an idiot. You know, my usual face.



That saves SEVERAL steps I wasn't ready to get into! Now I can focus on sanding, painting and weathering. I'm going to use my dremel tool to cut out the section where the visor goes and replace it with a visor cut from a welding mask.

I will add more to this first post as I complete it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 07:23:19 PM »

AWESEOME.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 08:46:34 AM »

I cannot wait to see the development of this project.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 04:48:44 PM »

I've dremeled out the visor area and sanded all of the offending shmutz down. I've also put industrial strength adhesive velcro pads inside to hold the visor in. It will make it painless if I need to swap the existing visor out due to scratches, etc. Next will be to buy some 1/2 inch upholstery foam to pad the inside and give it a proper fit. I will be covering the upholstery foam with black fabric attached with hot glue. The pads themselves will be installed using the same velcro pads I am using for the visor.







Almost ready for paint. I am going to revisit it with some sand paper later.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013, 05:16:02 PM »

Lookin good... where'd you get the pads from?
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 05:35:05 PM »

The Velcro pads? Meijers in the craft section. Just look for the 'industrial strength adhesive' ones.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2013, 06:13:04 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2013, 08:22:07 PM »

The Velcro pads? Meijers in the craft section. Just look for the 'industrial strength adhesive' ones.

Nah, the pads making up the shield on the helmet.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 10:13:06 PM »

Those are strips of kydex plastic. I used contact cement to attach them. I need to buy a heat gun and reapply the contact cement on the sides of thd top bar. Then warm the kydex and bend them a bit so they fit better.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2013, 10:17:24 PM »

Harbor Freight has 'em for $10 or less usually.
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 08:44:40 AM »

Looks very accurate, did you have dimensions of some kind to work with or just eyeball it?
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2013, 11:06:40 AM »

A friend bought me the rough casting online. It's up to me to finish it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2013, 12:50:28 PM »

Now if only you could replicate that gun....  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2013, 01:01:04 PM »

It's part of the plan.
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