Since last Halloween several popular movies were released, including Avatar and Iron Man 2. Initially, I planned to build an AMP costume from Avatar.
Given the success of my Predator and Bumblebee costumes from previous years (http://www.cockeyed.com/incredible/guest/bumblebee/bumblebee.shtml) I knew I'd be able to pull off an amazing AMP suit.
Unfortunately, I got busy doing other things and was worried I'd run short on time and the AMP costume wouldn't be up to snuff by Halloween.
Instead, I decided to make Whiplash from Iron Man 2.
Here's a clip from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQZwHHk9Cy8&feature=related
The character is played by Mickey Rourke who just won the Spike TV award for Best Villain for his role as Whiplash.
Although one battery pack should be able to power the entire array all night, I bought two and built a second one into the backpack as backup in case the other one runs out of juice. Yes, I was kidding about building a real arc reactor.
Here is an in-progress photo of the backpack.
The arc reactor is a modified LED puck light:
I painted it, mounted it in a housing that I built, and then added details to make it look authentic.
Here's another progress shot (not done yet) with my friend wearing the costume so I could see how it looks and if any adjustments needed to be made.
Now comes the other hard parts... the chest piece and arms! Issues: How would I mount the arc reactor? How would I mount the whips? What would I make the chest piece out of? How would I make it look real? How would I connect it to the ALICE frame? What would I make the arm armor out of? How would I hold it all together without it breaking?
Here's a progress photo from before the details were added.
The round parts are made out of various diameters of mailing, vinyl, and carpet tubes. They're just like the little tube at the end of a roll of toilet paper, only they're bigger and thicker. They give them away for free at places like Home Depot and Fast Signs. What I did was cut cross sections of the tubes, then I covered them in vinyl applique and painted them to look like metal. I drilled holes in them and inserted bolts so I could connect them all together with the straight parts.
The straight parts are made primarily of PVC pipe. Thanks to Rob, I'm now the proud owner of a heat gun, which I never had before. So I took a saw and cut various lengths of PVC pipe into quarters. I then used the heat gun to heat up the pipe, then I flattened it out with a board and let it cool. Voila! PVC sheets. From those sheets I cut the straight pieces of the arm armor. I then painted everything, bolted it all together, added details, and used Loc-tite to secure it.
It's built to withstand a lot of movement like in the movie.
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October 21, 2010.