I used this technique to create the gun for my Sarah Connor costume (and ended up crafting something so realistic, I got a little freaked out carrying it around on Halloween). It's actually based on the rapid prototyping skills I learned while getting my degree in product design - with a little foam core, hot glue, and electrical tape, you can mock up just about anything :)
Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make a stylized model of the Mechalarum suit, both because it's fun and because I figure I might drum up some more interest in my novel by wandering around New York dressed in a strange manner (though I'm sure I won't be the strangest one out there).
If you're interested, here's a bit of a look into my construction process. It's a really fun thing to do. You'd be surprised at the kinds of things you can create with some imagination and a few simple materials! Feel free to ask me questions in the comments below.
|The first two strips hot glued together.|
|Scoring the strips of foam core. That's how you make the curves that are so important to this shape!|
|Doesn't exactly look pretty at this moment, but you can see the form starting to take shape.|
|Large open spaces are risky to cover with the tape, but I was getting tired at this point :)|
|Four AM? Five AM? Who knows? Got to keep on truckin'.|
|"Skinning" the helmet frame with electrical tape.|
|Roommate was kind enough to take a pic of me when she got up in the morning!|
|And look at that, almost done! Easy as pie, right?|