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Posted 22 November 2009 - 09:41 PM

hello world. i'm going to be BRS miku hatsune from vocaloid for acen one of the days.
she has a really large gun that i want to make. i know how i want to go about it, but i don't know what material to use.
the only way i've really made props was paper mache. i don't really know any other ways. so if you could help me out, that'd be awesum. ^^

here are some different pics of it (hope they're good enough)(i own none of them):

http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/90...165910_full.jpg

http://shadowsofeternity.files.wordpress.c...r_figure_01.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_EX8PiePl75g/StuB...shooter-053.jpg

http://tomopop.com/ul/8533-/3432105668_da0...0quality=85.jpg

http://kazasou.files.wordpress.com/2009/07...er-vocaloid.jpg

http://witch.animeblogger.net/images/2009/...ock-shooter.jpg

http://th06.deviantart.net/fs28/300W/f/200...1_by_garion.jpg
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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:01 PM

First: IRT 4' rule. Need to scale to fit.

Second: First thing that popped into my mind. Using old snow shovel handle as core. Give you someting to grip and hold on to. Use shaft as "core" to build around. Weight will be an issue. Thinking box cardboard circles around which you form thinner cardboard or thin plastic sheet to make front body. Pieces of insulating (rigid) foam to form "slats" along sides. Hand-shape foam to do front of slats and glue on. If front open (as in last photo) that piece maybe out of plastic for rigidity. Inner framework needs to be hefty enough to be able to support all... but maybe outside can be more for show.

Not sure how to support large open front part to keep it from flopping though... yet not look bad.

Some "inner core" frame/supports maybe from sturdy cardboard mailing tube?

"Reducer cones" ? parts cut from plastic jugs? Simple cardboard boxes to build back section?


Just some random thoughts. May be better solutions out there.
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 02:53 PM

If weight isn't too much of an issue, but you want to make sure it is a perfect cylinder, you can use a giant cardboard tube, like what carpet is wrapped around in warehouses.

it'll be heavy, but you know its cylindrical, and definitely sturdy enough to hold anything you glue to the outside.

other wise, I like obakasan's ideas of forming foam for the raised portions of the prop, its light, and relatively easy to shape.
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 03:20 PM

You can get really large diameter cardboard cylinders that would be of the "proper" size in the guise of concrete forms (used for setting large street lamp posts etc), but they *will be HEAVY*. I admit I am looking at things from the perspective of being something someone who is not Superman can handle...

It's possible that if you can get one of those large forms you can use it as a "jig" to form sheet plastic or the like around, but then you would have to build a support framework (so it would keep it's shape) like you'd build a ship in a bottle - sort of from the inside. Pain.

Keep an eye on the junk heaps for cardboard disks to use as a frame/support. I've seen things like plastic tubing at the hardware stores come on large cardboard spools that you might be able to adapt. You just have to time it to be there when they toss one out (or ask them to save some for you). I always keep an eye on local construction projects for whatever they discard.

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It just dawned on me: you could glue some pizza carboard circle things together... After you eat the pizza of course... to serve as some inner supports. Might be able to snag some unused ones for little or no $$ at local pizza joint. (If you need help with this - I like cheese and sausage... or Cheese, sausage, and canadian bacon [or ham])
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