I haven't posted here much, but I've been 'lurking' on and off for years (as blksun) and I'm just in awe of the talent obvious in most of your costumes.
I'm going to try to attach some photos here for you to laugh at...or maybe to start a list of "how NOT to make a Zam costume". I actually ~have~ made a few upgrades since these photos were taken at Megacon 2005. The 501st had their first Star Wars costume contest that year and were kind enough to give me the "Judges Choice" award (for effort, I'm sure). I was thrilled to get an action figure and a 501st t-shirt in addition to a plaque. (That's the t-shirt over my arm in the one photo.)
My helmet was a $1 toy fire helmet with lots of sculpy, duct tape and silver spray paint. My gun was a combination of a toy gun and a flutophone (they fit together perfectly so I couldn't resist). Most of the rest (like the baggy pants) were straight from Goodwill (I haven't replaced them yet but I have taken them in).
Enough blathering...we grandmas tend to do that...
Okay, I couldn't figure out how to attach photos, but if anyone's interested they can see them at: