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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:51 am 

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More neck/veil work.

Added side ribs and tubes along the front corners. (Sorry, for the blur in that second shot. Need better lighting in the garage.)

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So neat way I attached the tubes.

I cut some 2 inch long dowels.

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I then trimmed a wide popsicle stick so that it wedged the tube open.

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On the actual neck piece I laid three of the 2 inch dowels along the corner seam, equally spaced (about a 1/2 to inch gap between). Laid the opened tube underneath and pushed the dowels against the popsicle stick.

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Then pulled the popsicle stick out while holding it in place!

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It grabs the dowel and the fabric for a great hold. It WILL NOT slide against the fabric since the plastic seam is ribbed and bites down on it like teeth. Worked great. No glue!


I also got some headway on the chest piece, I'll be trying to start gluing pieces to it tomorrow. I'll have pics up of that also.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:01 am 
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Looking great !!

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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:55 pm 

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Thanks, Matt!

(I'm originally from Medford, LI!)


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:04 am 

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Not much progress the past week.

I redid the cardboard chest piece again and glued elastic straps to it. But I test mounted the shoulders, and it was a mess and not very sturdy. I also worried that the cardboard would get cumbersome.

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I really want those shoulder tubes to follow the screen shape and not just be semi-circles.

Using this great build as a reference: http://www.instructables.com/id/Alien-Xenomorph-Costume-1/, I found a vest at Goodwill and covered up the details with fabric paint. Gonna us this 3/4" foam tubing for the ribs.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:38 pm 

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Love your build! I opened this page 3-4 times every day to see your updates. Your progress is amazing so far and I tried to mimic your head in my build. You got this! Keep up the great work!!

Here is my completed mini Xeno for my 3 year old:
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:42 pm 

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AAAHHH, Fuzzball!! That's amazing!! So jealous yours is done!

Appreciate the feedback!


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:43 am 

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Attacking the vest tonight with some renewed inspiration provided by Fuzzball above! (Great stuff!)

First I traced out a template for the shoulder blade/tubes out of cardboard (didn't want to waste foam).
Once I got the curve going over the shoulder, then I drew in the shape that I'd like the tubes to follow.

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Test fit after cutting them out of EVA foam. I ended up changing the shape just slightly. Traced in the ribs with chalk.

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Cut some loom in half, maybe a little less for some of the detail under the ribs. Also made some shoulder details out of foam which I'll add to later. Used hot glue to lay it all down. Plain jane glue sticks seem to be grabbing the cotton vest fine.

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I then cut the 3/4 foam in half also and started gluing it down. I left space in the middle for the bone protrusions which will be velcroed later. That way the vest zipper can be used.

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I may have narrowed the space in between to fit a sixth rib or possibly raise it a rib, but it looks okay.
Really want to knock out the shoulder tubes next and get those fixed and sturdy.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:12 am 

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Got one shoulder done tonight. :/

So I basically forced this insulation tube on to the foam using a ton of hot glue. Not the cleanest execution but I can clean it up or, whatever, he's gonna be mostly black and not sitting still. :D

Glued a portion, held it down. Glued a portion, held it down. Glued a portion, burned myself, held it down.

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I cut the loom to almost a flat portion and glued it down along the edge where the tube meets the foam, covering up most of the hot glue also.

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The EVA looooves CA glue. So I temporarily glued it down where the chest details and the shoulder blade shape meet.

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I got that curve shape of the tube just the way I wanted it!

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Covered up the hot glue with a thin strip of loom on the inner portion. Don't have a reference pic of the inside shoulder but I think it's mostly smooth.

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The one shoulder almost took an hour. Sheesh.

I also decided I want the ribs to have a bit more depth so I've got a solution to that.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:30 am 

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Added other shoulder!

Also added smaller diameter tubing to ribs.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:21 am 

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Test fitting!

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YES YES YES YES YES!!!

That is looking so good!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:15 am 

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^^^ :D

Started a few things tonight.

Spooge tube set up. Cut out three planks of pink foam (I measured out 3"W x 9"L) and glued together with Liquid Nails. Ran out of spray foam. (Or used enough that the nozzle no longer worked.) I'll wait for this to dry then start carving tomorrow. If this size works out then I'll do it three more times all at once so they're ready to carve.

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Then I measured out and cut a back panel to glue to the back of the vest. I'm thinking this will give some added support that way I'm not gluing/velcroeing the, back of the shoulders, tubes, back ribs, and spine/tail to just the fabric. I'm planning on hot gluing it on. The shoulders will be symmetrical in the back once fixed.

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Then I started on the hands. Drew out on to cardboard using my hands (Spock style) as a guide, then just lengthened the fingers. Used the template to trace onto the EVA floor mat foam.

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I then notched out the inner knuckles so they fingers can curl.

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Once notched I channeled small tunnels through (used a tiny drill bit) and then threaded some fishing line through. Anchored the line with a tiny notched piece of wooden dowel, which I crazy glued down.

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I'm hoping I can attach the line to a single rod that he can pull back with a few fingers. I was originally thinking it could be individual rings but that may be too precise/clumsy for him to find with his gloved fingers.

https://youtu.be/oIFGqFIC24w

I'll shape and fine tune the hands once they work simply.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:33 am 

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Spooge tube making:

Notes:

- Liquid Nails is waaaaaaayyyy better for joining the XPS/pink foam. Applies like white glue, is kinda spackly when drying, cleans off super easy, sands and cuts like a breeze!

- Found a pair of thick ribbed corduroy at Goodwill to mimic ribs. Typical corduroy is not a pronounced, this thicker ribbed (found on a pair of XXL pants) looks great.

- This one will be a prototype. Want to lessen the taper to the opening, and form less of a ridge.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:34 pm 

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So I'm looking at the date and am realizing I have 19 days to get this done. :O

I took foam to work to carve on my lunch break. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:30 am 

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Pedal to the medal!

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Little doodle from family art time. :)

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Finish tubes.
Finalize ribs and back detail.
Start tail and attachment point.
Finish tail.
Cut and apply details to legs and arms.
Paint and finalize.

I think the jaw actuation may not make it to Halloween. Darn.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:58 am 

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Progress!

Outer left side, top and bottom tubes.

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Inner.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:36 pm 
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You can do it!

Great progress man. This is a stellar build.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:04 pm 

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Thanks for the encouragement, retro! Getting there!

Three down, one more to go. A few more pics to illustrate the process.

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Helping with his own costume. :)

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Only need the bottom right side now. Woo hoo!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:54 am 

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Primed and ready to paint.

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Messing with masking tape ...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:05 am 

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Formed the middle chest ... vertebrae? (shrug)

Sliced the pipe insulation in half and cut out a repeated pattern (I drew what looked like whale tails, then cut those sections out). Used the heat gun to form. Painted with black latex house paint.

This method was born out of concern for time. It was relatively quick and gets the point across. :) I'll velcro this piece to the chest so the zipper is still functional.

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Also added ribs to the sides/back.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:15 pm 
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Wow...VERY impressive work you've done!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:19 am 
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Keeps looking awesome ! Keep up the great work !

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 Post subject: Re: Mini alien warrior build
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:13 am 

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Thanks, guys!

Started the tail tonight. I'm gonna go with an S shape and make sure it's secured not only at the start of the tail but up towards where it would get close to the spooge tubes. Again, 6 year old. Needs to be close to his body.

Took pipe insulation foam and estimated the S shape I wanted.
Then cut wedges out to facilitate the curve. Hot glued the gaps to keep the bend in place.

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Had a short PVC pipe laying around and used the heat gun to bend it to shape. Since I'll be gluing more corduroy and foam to the tail, it'll need some support at the base.

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Cut a pattern for the tail ribs out of craft foam. I've seen this done with 1/4" or 1/2" upholstery foam for better depth, but I'm trying to use what I have laying around and also to keep the tail light in weight. The gist of the tail is what I'm going for apparently. lol.

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Gonna glue the corduroy on first. Then the rib pattern.

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I slit the corduroy so it would go around the bends, then cut small darts to fill in the gaps. Hot glued to the foam.

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Hot glued the ribs on and then used the interlocking portion of the EVA mats as the spine tips. Scraps for the win! :) If I have time and some foam left over I can later the rib pattern for some added depth.

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I'll minimize the rib spacing and spine tips as it gets closer to the tip.

It's late. Probably lots of late nights coming up.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:21 am 

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Added some detail to the shoulders, extra detail on the ribs, painted stuff black (black latex paint), primed the head a bit, also finished more of the tail.

Cuff around shoulder and tube detail on actual shoulder.

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Trim detail added to cuff.

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Added rib detail.

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Black paint. Rib detail on biceps.

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Tail almost done. I think I'll add a bit more detail to this once I'm closer to all done.

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Less visible pink foam.

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Found a mini blue siren light at Goodwill a couple weeks back. Turned it on in the dark and saw this ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-0PvwUzjYg


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:01 am 
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This really great, man. Love it.

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