Fan Art: Optimus Prime

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  1. D_Fool

    D_Fool Well-Known Member

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    I just started working on this years costume which is going to be a
    transformable Optimus costume, I've got almost all the engineering
    done on it. It's gonna transform almost exactly like g1 prime.

    In order to do the arm transformation my arms are going to pull out
    of the costume and tuck into the chest piece, and the chest piece
    will pull wider in order to accomadate my arms. At that point the
    entire chest piece will flip around so the back is now my front, at
    which point I can just sit down and the legs will stay relatively the same.
    I've decided to keep a blog on the progress of the costume, plus it gives
    me a reason to play with my camera.

    http://tfcostume.blogspot.com/

    I will try to update it daily as the costume progresses over the next couple
    months. I'm hoping a lot of the costume will come together fairly quickly
    since I'm basing it on the last prime I did. I'd love to hear some feedback
    I think this belongs in this forum though it's a bit different from traditional art.
    This will be my second transformable costume, last year I did a transformable
    Grimlock. :D 
     
  2. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Cool idea, can't wait to see it.:thumb 
     
  3. D_Fool

    D_Fool Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I've posted a few more pics of the basic arm built, with the mechanics kinda working :D .
     
  4. Lonewolf

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    Nice, eager to see it complete.
     
  5. D_Fool

    D_Fool Well-Known Member

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    I'm eager to complete it :D  I've posted some more shots of it. I
    did a lot of work on the shoulder.
     
  6. Brave Magnus

    Brave Magnus Hecho en Argentina

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    Cool costume. I want to see the new one.
     
  7. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

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    was your old costume made out of styrofoam too?

    Everything you have done so far looks great, I just wanted to know how you beef it up. It seems like one trip and the whole thing would be ruined.
     
  8. D_Fool

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    Yup my old costume was a combination of foam, cardboard, and a soft foam for bendable parts.

    In the past I've used layers of paper mache to strengthen the costume.
    It works surprisingly well. This year I'm probably going to try something new.
    I'm gonna try filling the cracks with that canned foam stuff you can get and
    sand that down. Then I'm trying to find some sort of paint or other liquid that
    when painted on will harden after a few layers, if that fails I'll just go back to
    paper mache. The only problem with paper mache is it takes forever to cover
    the entire costume.
     
  9. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

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    Have you thought about using PVC or Styrene? Its pretty easy to work with.
     
  10. My03Tundra

    My03Tundra LOVES TO EDIT POSTS!!

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    Since you're going to be Optimus Prime, Boggs, someone should be Megatron.
     
  11. D_Fool

    D_Fool Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean using pvc or styrene as a coating around the outside? Is it tough to find or is it easily found at a hardware store?
     
  12. Boggs6ft7

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    Not as a coating, build your panels out of pvc of styrene. You can't find the stuff at a hardware store, it would be a specialty store.

    You can get a 4x8 sheet of styrene 1/16" thick for about 17 bucks

    Sheet styene and PVC were what I used on mine. Go here to check it out.
     
  13. D_Fool

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    Ahhh I see, yeah I've looked at similar things, the styrofoam seems to be the most bang for my buck. It's fairly strong and only costs 6 bucks for a giant sheet of it.
    I added some more pics today. Started working on the shoulder mechanism to allow
    my should to rotate.
     

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