This is just a quickie intro into zam costuming because newbies seem to ask the same questions.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: It depends on how accurate you want your costume to be. Depending on your materials, you could spend anywhere between $500-$3000 on a good costume. If you want a budget zam, there are easy thrift store fixes too.
Q: Where do I start?
A: Goto ebay and buy a cardboard standup for lots of your referencing/measurements. Then, look under the zam parts list and make a check off list. http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=4445 Borrow/buy someone's visual dictionary and zoom in. You will find a lot of referencing there. Buy a 12" Zam, or a minibust, lots there too. You'd be surprised how much detail that are on there.
DCB used to have a Magic of Myth Reference CD and a website, I am not sure if he is still producing them, and his site is down.
Final and Best Advice: Read EVERYTHING throughout the entire zam forum. And when in doubt about a part, hit "search."
There are a lot of links that are dead links and stuff sorry! But we don't get paid to host this info for free, so, lots of stuff is lost.
Just recreated my zam site. www.zamiam.com look under: http://www.zamiam.com/ZamIAm/RefMaterials.html for more references.
Edit*4/11/09 Goto the TDH Zam Gallery for pic references! http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/galle...g2_itemId=9750