I am currently in the process of throwing together a Clone Trooper Costume (specificly Capt Rex) and im using techniques that may not be conventional, but there something to concider if you want to do a costume but dont have all the stuff or money to get a pro level suit.
I like you have been to a lot of the Cons, and seen the 501st and other orginizations, and there awesome armor. It looks really cool. But lets face it, a lot of us want to have cool costumes like that but dont have the money to drop on a full armor suit, specily in this econamy. And some of us arnt master sculptors and wouldnt know how to put a vac form tabel together if our lives depended on it. Maybe you dont have the money, or the work space.
I looked around the net and found that there isnt a lot of help for those of us who dont have the pro level tools. So i thought id thow together my own little "how to" for everyone wanting to make the cool costume but not wanting (or know how) to make the PVC or Polyform suits.
I will update this thread as i get new parts together, and questions or comments are welcome, im just here to help
K, enough jabbering, lets get going....
1st, The Helmet: Probably the most important part, lets face it, if your working on a costume, specily an armord costume, the helmet is the part that people notice first. Long story short, you cant have iron mans armor and put a cardboard cutout face mask on it, It dosent work.
Clone trooper masks are expensive, iv looked around and the cheapest one iv found was still in the $70 range. And a specilty one like Rex, biiiig money. The Salution? the kids one....
Im serious, I went to Toys R Us and got the Capt Rex clone trooper helmet. It is a FULL helmet, it will fit an adult head (if it fits my melon trust me youll be fine )
Its well vented to, it requires only minor assembly, its a good price (got mine for about $25) very sturdy, pleanty of room for the storm trooper voice head set (it dose come with a static burst voice changer but its kinda weak) Pleanty of room for helmet fans (if you want) and most of all it looks great.
Needs some foam padding on the inside to make it a lil more comfortable, only other con that i noticed, is the one most people notice, The visor is larger then the movie clone trooper. Its true (look at the pics) but to be honest, for the money saved and the time and work saved, its really a small price to pay.
All and all, the Voice Changer helmet is a really good choice if you want to save some money and work.
So that takes care of the first part, im working on the chest and back armor and will update as soon as i have new info.
Feel free to post any questions or PM me with any Qs