Jazz Costume

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  1. MiraiBaby

    MiraiBaby Til All Are Gone

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    Deadline: BotCon 2011
    Time: August 24, 2008 - ?
    Cost So Far: $248.15
    Page Updated: 1 July 2010

    Jazz Cosplay Blog (Work Log)
    YouTube - Jazz Cosplay: Helmet Construction

    That's right, I'm making a Generation 1 Jazz costume. When I started building this project back in August of 2008, my goal was very, very simple: "it didn't matter how much it cost or how long it took, but I would make this costume the best as it can be."

    In essence, I wanted to create a costume that seriously looked like it just stepped right out of the cartoon. Or, for that matter, if he were just a walking, animated toy. That I'm goin' for too. I got the inspiration to create such an elaborate costume from Pilot's Blaster Costume because she looks pretty much like a gigantic walking toy. I wanted to make Jazz look the same way and catch a lot of attention.

    He's made of foam and fiberglass (because -- hell -- fiberglass is what cars are made of and he's painted by high-gloss auto paint and will be decal'd the same way a car is) and is almost two years in the making. I'm nearing the $300 mark spent so far and I'm anticipating $600 when he's all done. Currently 20 pounds of heavy weight and will get heavier.

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    YouTube - BotCon 2010 -- Saturday Costumers
     

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  2. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Costumes are 3-D pieces, and 3-D pieces are customs. So, off we go to Customs!
     
  3. Sledgehammer

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    Quite possibly one of the most extraordinary pieces of TF 'kitbashing' it's ever been my privilege to clap eyes on, and the sheer amount of effort involved to get everything just right is breathtaking. Congrats on the work so far, I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything turns out. :thumb 
     
  4. DJCHARTERS

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    great great costume. ive always wanted to try my hand at something like this. great read through also ill definitely be following along with this.
     
  5. frilly toothpick

    frilly toothpick Decepticrumb

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    Incredible. The amount of time and effort really seems to be paying off. Cant wait to see it finished.
     
  6. Bern

    Bern Pathetic fools!

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    Aside from my wife, you are officially The Coolest Redhead On Earthâ„¢!!! :thumbs2: 

    Just spent the last hour or so reading the construction process. What an epic job, this will be the gem of the costume contest. Can't wait to see this in action!
     
  7. MiraiBaby

    MiraiBaby Til All Are Gone

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    Thanks much, Superquad7, for moving this to the right place!

    Thanks for the praise, everyone. I'm glad you love the work so far!
     
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    Agreed. Looking forward to seeing the finished costume.
     
  9. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    I just checked out your blog and I gotta say DAAAAAAAMN. I have to agree, that is some very serious 'bashing/scratchbuilding. I've always admired those of you who build these cosplay Transformers costumes, but this is probably one of the best I've seen. Keep up the great work!
     
  10. MiraiBaby

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    After almost two years of work, it had better be showing all the effort!

    Thanks bunches! c:
     
  11. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    LOL

    Anytime--and it definitely is, so no worries. And here I thought I was finally great at scratchbuilding with styrene......this blows away anything I've ever done (or will do--lol).
     
  12. Biotoakid

    Biotoakid I've never been wrong

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    It's really cool looking in person
     
  13. MiraiBaby

    MiraiBaby Til All Are Gone

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    Hey, you'll get there (some day). There's always a possibility.

    I mean ... I love this costume to bits, but I know it won't ever be my best. There are parts about it already that I hate.

    *nod* That it is. I've been told before that the pictures just don't do the masterpiece justice.
     
  14. Biotoakid

    Biotoakid I've never been wrong

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    At first, I had no clue what it was, then in the front it's like "Why did Jazz rip the top of his head off?"
     
  15. autobotchico

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    WOW. really great.. good luck getting it done it look amazing so far!
     
  16. bellyboy

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    wow

    i like it alot
    kudos on the skill my lady , super impressive
    if that is your first one , i want to see the next .....

    i sat and read all the blog - yes u r the coolest redhead around !!and they say women dont know to handle tools-YOU ARE THE PROOF
     
  17. lotussouljah

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    That blog is amazing, all those photos were just incredible! This is easily impressive and I totally appreciate the effort you've put into this. I can't wait to see a finished Jazz.

    If you can breakdance, this costume just went +1000 in cool pts.
     
  18. MiraiBaby

    MiraiBaby Til All Are Gone

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    Oh, I know plenty well how to handle tools, thank you. I like to fiddle with my quad and build go karts with my brother in my spare time.

    My next costume is actually going to be a 'softie' rig -- Animated Lockdown made from the fabric over foam method and after that .... well .... we'll see if I'm brave enough to try the level of detail (and glory) that Origins Megatron is comprised of.

    I would have to gain +100 Strength to even attempt that .... but I can break normally and I could break when the costume was just foam. We'll have to see if I can muster it once it's completely finished.
     
  19. Tabiasprime

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    This is going to look awesome, :drool: :rock  As a professional fiberglasser myself I know the time and effort you've put into this so far just with the helmet, and it sounds like you have yourself a good contact with your fiberglasser..on a personal note I've never had any problems with using fiberglass that you seem to of had and I've been doing it for 11 years, but that doesn't mean other people don't so just be careful it and I hope your planning to put pics up of the finished costume....
     
  20. MiraiBaby

    MiraiBaby Til All Are Gone

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    It's more that it's just a new material for me and is a learning process. The problems I've had (luckily) were minor and were just because of my untutored stupidity is all.

    Thanks much for the praise -- I just can't wait to stop working on him as I've (sadly) lost interest in the piece many times before and just wanted to give up.

    It's crunch-time, though -- San Diego Comic-Con is less than three weeks away!
     

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