Mini P1 build ...

Discussion in 'Predator Costumes' started by Red2, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Red2

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    Hey Peeps!

    Working on a P1 based suit for my 5 year old for Halloween. She wanted a "scarier costume" than her brother's mini-xeno costume from last year. So I'm gladly obliging.

    An occasional tinkerer/maker for a long time, only recently got into cosplay the past few years.

    Using this link as a base for the head build: Foam Predator Mask
    I'm hoping to either make the bio out of EVA or to have it 3D printed if time gets away from me.

    The rest I'm using EVA and found objects using a couple NECA figures I have and Hot Toys, screen cap, and Predatorium for references. Love everyone's stuff on here.

    I'm about a month into the build on and off. It's crunch time.

    Upholstery foam to start:

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  2. Red2

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    Learning as I go with the head ...

    Smile!
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    I thought I was going to be fine using the tube style insulation for the mandibles but that proved fruit less once I tried skinning them with thin foam.
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    Not gonna fly.
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    So I went to the XPS.
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    This is the part of the build where you're not really sure but keep going, but then you're also thinking of 2 other contingencies if it
    doesn't work.

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    Once I got the jaw close I eventually cut it in half and used the cheeks. They were big at first, so I trimmed them down. A lot. More pics to follow ...

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  3. Red2

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    Found a $2 pair of sandals at Goodwill ...

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    Used CA to spot weld the foam together, then eventually seamed it with hot glue.
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    Mostly shaping with knife, scissors, and the Dremel.
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    Messed up on one of the toes, but that should be fixable once latexed and the claws/talons are glued in.
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    Redo ... shaping to make the jaws smaller.

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    Temp fangs and cutting down lower cheeks.
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    Test fit ...
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    Thought I could use some insulation to add to the brows.
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    More trimming ... insulation added to brows. She giggled at the new brows. I told her it's not funny, it's menacing.
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    Can you look up?
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  5. Texas predator

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    Looking GREAT, a lot of work is going into your project I can tell. :) keep it going!!
     
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  6. Red2

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    Thanks, TP! Appreciate it!

    (I'm in ATX!)
     
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  7. Red2

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    I found this Play-Doh fire truck at the thrift store (Savers). It's hose crane is perfect for a shoulder cannon!

    Disassembled ...
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    Cut the front hose nozzle off.
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    Cannon stowed position. :)
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  8. LunaticNic

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    Good looking build! Very impressed with the sculpting you did on the Insulation foam!
     
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    Thanks, LunaticNic! It's not 100% accurate but I have to really let go on builds like this cause I'll end up never completing them. So I go for accurate enough or what I like to call, "it looks exactly like it in a dark picture!"

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    Man good work !!!! .The picture of your daughter looks so much like my daughter in the same size , color dress my wife thought it was our daughter . Lmao my wife and I are cracking up with the similarities . My daughter refuses to be a face hugger that just too bad.
     
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  11. Red2

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    Ha ha! That's hilarious!

    Face hugger? Does that mean she doesn't like wearing tight masks?
     
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    Yea the fitted mask is out . Oh well I will have to work on the wife.lol.
     
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    Looks wicked one lucky daughter right there!
     
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    More messin' with the head today. I carved and shaped with a soldering iron. (Not sure how healthy that is. Put a mask on, and had all the fans on, just in case.) It's faster than the knives, but can be too fast.

    Added more material around the crown also.

    The ridges or bumps don't line up perfectly but I'll have to live with it. Hoping to smooth all the corners and try to get that cylindrical look at the dread roots.

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    Dread test with backer rod. 5/8" and 3/4" is what I'm planning on using.

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    Yeah, I'd probably use an extension cord and do it outside next time. I'm not sure how that is, but I know with EVA foam it releases highly toxic gas, so better to be safe than sorry lol.
     
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    Oh, the garage door was wide open too.
     
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    I am loving the carving you did out of the foam!!! Keep it up and cant wait to see more
     
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    Started working on the gauntlets. EVA foam, guesstimated the size based on her skinny forearms. Started off a slight large, so I sized them down. Added magnets for closure (doing the same on the greaves). Then when she tried them on it was too small, so I made some clearance.

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    Bought a foam head today and made a new stand so I can start sizing up and fitting the dreads.

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    Do the dreads all end in the same length generally or do people vary the lengths based on the layers? Looking at my 7" Necas
    it looks like they all end up around the same length, or at least end at the same point relative to his body. I was planning on landing the tips just past her shoulders. I know it varies, but was looking for an average look.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    The length is mostly uniform, though they do get small around the top layer of the dreads near the cheek area. Length wise I'd say you're approximately right, though I'd say a little longer reaching about to the center of the upper-arm.
     
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    Thanks, Lunatic!
     
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    First stab at gauntlet blades. Think I'll use some PVA to stiffen them up a bit. Then a plasti-dip coat with silver on top.

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    More mouth shaping. Trying to get the top mandibles angled more correctly.

    Off with the temp fangs.
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    After some shaping ...
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    Added some blocks to extend the mandibles a tad.
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    Started sizing up the dreads. Started with the top and bottom layers.
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    Ran out of backer rod in the 3/4 thickness. Managed to start a few of the middle layer.
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    Getting there, I guess ...
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    More mandible shaping ...

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    At this point I slice the newly shaped portions and scooted them in towards the mouth.

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    Filled in some gaps with some hobby filler foam. It's like a feather light spackle. It's great for filling in holes, not so great
    in this application. But it should do. It dries pretty quick.

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    Gonna cut down the back of the jaws a tiny bit more.
     
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    Trimmed down the back of the jaws, started sanding the pink foam, and got one tooth in ...

    Here the left jaw has been trimmed at the back.
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    I'll probably have to adjust that tooth angle cause the bottom teeth go behind. Probably should've started with those. lol

    There's already a few things I'd do differently if I started over, but time is getting away. I'm in "good enough for the kiddo" style mode now.
     
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    Was supposed to have today off but ended up having to work all day. Lame.

    I did manage to construct a rudimentary wrist gauntlet actuator.

    Piece of poplar chopped up, crazy glue, spring, small wood screws, and a brake hardware clip I found rummaging through junk at the shop.

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    Just over 3.5" of travel. That'll do for her. The blades are even, but one of the tips is longer than the other. I'll have to trim that.

    Click!
     

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