The miss and I decided to go out for Halloween this year (its the first Halloween I've had off from band gigs and work conventions in the last 5 years). I'll be breaking out my Fett costume for the first time since wearing to work/school last halloween. I'll wear my just-finished Clone Cmdr Bly costume to work/school for the day (or as long as I can handle it) this year.
That evening, we're going to a costume ball/hard rock concert with about 4000 other guests. With an event this big, there will be security…and it seems like it'll be like NYCC 2014 security: almost no weapons allowed.
I'll have to make a bunch of mods to my Fett to be compliant with their costume and prop policies (all-plastic and resin gauntlets and parts, plastic toe spikes). I am going to still attempt to carry in an EE3… not my resin Sidewinder EE3 with an ASI 4x20 scope, a new one I'll make out of EVA foam. I can't invest too much time, effort, or money into it on the chance that security will make me toss it before they let me in. But I still want it to look the part, at least from a distance.
I started with a wire frame made out of a couple wire coat hangers and some floral wire. 10 minutes of bending and 20 minutes of securing with floral wire yielded this.
I traced out my Sidewinder EE3 onto a piece of 1/2" EVA foam floor mat. I cut it out, then traced and cut out its mirror image. I carved a trench for the wire frame to sit inside on both halves of the foam. I then used contact cement to glue the two halves together.
As the two halves dried and glued together, I took a piece of 2" pipe insulation foam… you non-Canucks know what that is, right? I wrapped it in a sheet of 3mm craft foam, then cut it to fit onto the barrel shaped wire frame at the front of the gun. After a little trimming, it fit just fine. I added a couple foam blocks to the rear to simulate the breech block's rear wall.