Sunday, 22 April 2012

Fan Expo 2012

Got my costume (and my daughter's) finished just in time for the anime/comic convention. Boy, was it fun.

At the last minute, she wanted to go as Batgirl. That's ok, because Adam West and Burt Ward was there. And the Batmobile!! Her Batgirl was of the same era so she fit right in. I did take her Zaku helmet along just in case she wanted switch it out. (Which she did.. so, it was cool)

So impressed in how friendly everyone was! Quite exhausting for me. I never really did go through the vendors booths though. I was pulled in every direction for photo-ops. For 6 hours! Even during my lunch, when my helmet was off, I felt cameras on me. Still cool.

 Flash always ruining photos

 Typical Vancouver sized raindrop

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Vintage Pilot!

Today, I was super fortunate to come across a vintage toy. A 1989 Countdown Astronaut G.I. Joe figure! (ok, i'll be honest, I had to look him up.. but, he's VINTAGE!) My brother-in-law knew I was looking for one. Because I needed a pilot to put inside the cockpit, of course!

So, I quickly whipped up a chair for him.

 Very cozy

 Yea, of course the screen lights up too!

All painted! Ready for the big show!!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Zaku: Monoeye lens

Time is running out. I needed to make a decision on the mono-eye fabrication. Many options had gone through but none would look good or had too many safety compromises.

This one is the least that looked the best. Still kind of dangerous though. O well, I'll have to keep an eye on her then. (uh.. sorry)

Lexan plastic. Heating it up in my toaster oven. When it starts to droop in the window, I pull it out right away.

The best form I had around the house was this paint can. Whatever works!

Perfect diameter

To shape it further, I just took it to my belt sander. 

For the tint, I used some leftover auto tint.

Made a small accent ring out of craft foam. Hotglued it on. And voila!

Now, all i have left to do is:
- screens in the side windows
- hot glue the lens in
- custom cut some foam to fit my daughter's head
- maybe another final coat of top coat to seal things off a bit more for durability

Tuesday, 17 April 2012