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Posted by: Pilot Jun 23 2008, 11:38 PM
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Percent complete: 98%
Started: June 11th, 2008
Deadline: July 25th, 2008

So the reason that he's a composite, is because, well... he's a composite. Design mostly based off his IDW spotlight, which is really my favorite (aside from the legs), because it's a fantastic balance of his Marvel and cartoon forms, with lots of awesome IDW-esque details and greebles.


Important Parts - 100% - 100% - 100% - 99% -100% - 100%
8. Feet - 100%

Other Parts
9. Jumpsuit - 85%
10. Spark Chamber - Cancelled
11. Sound System - 100%
12. Mask - 95%
13. Cassettes - 100%

Posted by: Velocity Jun 24 2008, 06:40 AM
Can I ask what your materials are? Its looking really good!

Posted by: Pilot Jun 24 2008, 12:05 PM
Hehe, lots of foam.

I'm hacking through my second 8'x4' sheet of insulation foam, which is really just a kind of styrofoam sandwiched between two thin layers of plastic, which is Also a bit of craft foam and actually cardstock... all covered in vinyl. I'm adding structural support at the corners with some metal L-brackets too.

Posted by: MiraiBaby Jun 24 2008, 01:18 PM

Heh, your Blaster's better then mine; mine's still white. D:

I swear I'll have him AND Jazz done by Comic-Con next year. :]

Posted by: Pilot Jun 24 2008, 01:51 PM


Posted by: MiraiBaby Jun 24 2008, 01:54 PM
I will, I promuss~

Posted by: Pilot Jun 25 2008, 09:25 PM
Sorry I can't put progress photos up (DON'T GET MY CAMERA BACK UNTIL THIS WEEKEND NNNGH), but here's a preview of what my shoulders look like.

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Posted by: MiraiBaby Jun 25 2008, 09:39 PM

They still look good, even with your cruddy webcam.

Posted by: Pilot Jun 25 2008, 09:42 PM
HAHA OH GOD you can see Blaster's face in the first picture and he looks creeeepy as a disembodied face. D:

Posted by: MiraiBaby Jun 25 2008, 09:42 PM
Don't feel bad either; I have NO pictures of my Blaster yet, so I'm even worse off then you are.

AHA, hey, you can! ROFL.

Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 01:31 AM
Tools, Materials, Diagrams, and Damage Report

Alright, tools. Tools are very important. However, that doesn't mean you need to buy the most expensive things, 'cause that doesn't mean they're the best for what you need. Anyways, here's what I've been using this whole time:

Pencil - Pretty self-explanatory.
Sharpies - I've got red and teal. I use the red for touching up corners of the vinyl (because the fabric backing is white), I use the teal for marking on the foam.
Scissors - For cutting the cardstock and sometimes fabric, since those are a drain on xacto blades. I'm using a pretty cheap pair.
Xacto - Indispensable. I use it for all of my precision cutting, removing pieces, and cutting the foam. You have to replace the #11 blades quite often otherwise cutting stuff will become a chore, or worse: your edges will look horrible.
Self-healing cutting mat - REALL important if you're using the small blades that I am. It's a soft plastic, and prevents your blades from loosing their edge even faster from digging into the table top or whatever else is under what you're cutting.
Omnigrid ruler - This thing is awesome and will be a lifesaver in just about any other creative project you undertake. It's a solid 18"x3" quilting ruler, transparent, with all the normal inch markings in between all the squares,and the bottom half has 30, 45, and 60 degree lines. It's a touch pricey for a ruler, but I've had mine for years now and I absolutely love it.
Cutting mat - This thing is also awesome. It's basically creates a mobile workspace wherever you put it cause it's so huge. I really just use it so I don't ruin my mom's dining table. It's also not self-healing, so don't cut on it or else you'll leave marks in it, which isn't good if you intend to draw on it.
Packing tape - I know this sounds strange, but it's really awesome for holding the foam and paper mock-ups together. However, it's the good quality stuff you want. Geoff picked up the slightly cheaper roll to save like, 40 cents at Home Depot and regrets it. I've gone through 3 rolls already and am currently working on my 4th, haha. Any brand is fine, just... some smell more than others. xD

Insulation foam - Lots and lots of it. I've bought 2 8'x4' sheets, and I'm hoping it'll be enough. I've got half inch, just because it's easier to work with and measure than 3/4". Despite it being awesome and flexible and stuff, I know there's better foam out there.
Craft foam - DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CRAFT FOAM. You can use it for lots of things, I know I have. It even has some stretch to it, so it'll hug complex curves a bit if you tug it hard enough. Shame on you if you don't
Cardstock - Also known as poster board. Basically just thick, stiff paper that comes in like, 24"x18" sheets in all sorts of colors. Even grocery stores have this stuff. It's awesome for greebles because it's so low-profile (it's PAPER), and it takes to details very well.
Glues - Now, I have to admit that my selection of glue isn't the most professional. I bought a rather expensive can of weldwood stuff, didn't like it, bought some Sumo glue, didn't like it... so I just settled for super 77 spray adhesive and hot glue. I know, I know, it's a cop out, but I wasn't going to spend a fortune on glue. It's holding up pretty damn well in my opinion too.
L brackets - for reinforcement of corners. I put some in the torso, plenty in the legs, and I'll probably end up putting two in each shoulder.
Vinyl - Very important for the, well... vinyl and foam technique. Not all vinyl is created equal, however. Stay away from upholstery vinyl because it's extremely thick and unwieldy. Stick to the "wet-look" PVC and more metallic 4-way stretch vinyl. (The 4-way stretch is almost double the price of 2-way PVC so use it sparingly.)

Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 01:32 AM
(Images TBA.)

For this, I started out with the most basic of basic shapes that I could build on: a box. This was important so that I could see just how big of a box I could get away with while still maintaining maximum mobility and comfort for my arms and back. My basic torso was 14" wide, 12" tall, and 11" deep. I cut out squares for my neck and arms the smallest that I could manage to lessen the chance that people would see inside.

I then cut the whole thing width-wise so the front and back were detatched from each other.

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And then began work on the cassette deck.

Because I'd made the basic torso so form-fitting, that I couldn't cut out a recess in the deck, so I (originally) intended to make it all external. The deck hatch was considerably bulky, but so is the hatch in the IDW design, so I was fine taking that liberty. It comes out by 3 inches and is kind of in the shape of an upside-down L, so that it rests on the top of the chest piece. I was hoping that this shape would keep it from falling open, but we ended up having to tape it closed anyways. (I didn't have time to figure out another closure.)

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Uhm... yeah. The whole thing is made of the insulation foam, so cutting a hole for the little deck window was no problem, I just had to line the trapezoid-like-shape up right. I lined the whole thing with black craft foam, covered the outside in panels of foamie-covered vinyl, which didn't turn out so hot because the vinyl wrinkled in places. I ended covering it up in MORE panels, except this time they were cardstock instead of craft foam. This is how I created the few greebles that are on the hatch as well.

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To cover up more wrinkles that were appearing as the torso sat around (I'd covered it with a simple layer of red, and the spray glue wasn't cutting it), I added greebles to the problem areas: namely the back, which was at the time just a flat, boring plane, and the top.

Now because of how I cut it in half, I'd left the top one solid piece so it wouldn't look bad and also to make it easier when sticking my neck into the hole (it was way too small to fit my head through). This turned out to be a problem later because the hole was so freakin' small, and made the top part stick up in the back. I'd worry about that later, though.

As for closures, I decided on heavy-duty velcro. I stuck them to big pieces of craft foam on one side, and glued/taped down the other so they were flaps on the inside of the torso. These held up fantastically. However, the unsightly seam on the sides was begging to be hidden, so I covered them up with greebled panels. In the end I figured I only needed to open one side and just slip it on that way, so I completely closed one side, and panelled the other. I glued the panel to the front half of the torso and put velcro on the other so that you wouldn't see the velcro when looking at me head-on.

From there, it was mostly finishing touches. I ended up cutting out a hole in the chest and sticking a panel behind it to recess the deck by half an inch, which was perfect for the later inclusion of a cassette. I covered up all the extraneous white foam with black craft (i.e. arm and neck holes), and slapped on an autobot logo. I made the logo in photoshop (modified a low-res version to look good in print), and printed it out on high-gloss photo paper to match the PVC vinyl. A single coat of spray glue on the back and I was good to go.

Torso finished!

Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 01:35 AM
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Alrighty. The shoulders.

These were not difficult at all. I didn't have to really design them with any other pieces of the costume in mind, and were in fact the second things I made.

Now, because I didn't want Blaster's design to be boring, I went off his IDW design for this and added a few of my own personal modifications.

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I started with 2 pieces of insulation foam cut into 7" squares or something, and cut off corners from there. I measured how wide my arm was, and that was how wide I wade the pieces sandwiched between the two red panels. Those were about 3". I didn't just want those gray parts to stick out, so I made little half-inch "steps" on the bottom for instant structural greeble! The top was kind of messy and I didn't like all the individual layers showing, though they were vinyl'd, so I cut out an interesting piece of cardstock and stuck it on the top. You can't really see this piece, but the little trapezoidal part covering a bit of the top is the end of it.

I then added the raised part in the front with another simple piece of covered insulation foam, and to the top of that I added the little white and blue design he's got on his shoulders.

And then... I added that red triangle 'cause it looked cool. I finished it off by lining the visible parts with black craft foam. :3

Now the arms.

These were... extremely difficult to design, and even my finished product wasn't as good as I'd have wanted it. Anyways, after much painful puzzling over how to construct the elbow joint, I once again turned to the rather uninformative photos of Goldy's gundam, trying to figure out how he made his joints so goddamned seamless. I came up with some rather basic design that I hope to seriously improve in the future: nesting scoops, basically. (I would have used this method for my knees too if those didn't have speakers in them.)

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Well, in a perfect world it would have worked. Unfortunately, there were a lot of little things I didn't take into consideration, so they didn't really nest all that well as you can see here:

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The nesting pieces sort of popped out and misaligned themselves all the time, not to mention I didn't take the thickness of vinyl and craft foam into account, so that made putting them back into position myself extremely difficult, and I only ended up fixing it for photos.

Anyways, here's more:

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Another awesome thing I did get right from Goldy was the idea of building a smaller forearm thing into the larger forearm thing. Because it's flush with your arm, it can come closer to the inside of your elbow more, and also prevent your arms from flapping around in that huge box.

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Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 01:36 AM

The cod was pretty straightforward. My requirements were basically as follows: more or less square in shape, snug fit around my hips, discreet closure, and cover as much of the unsightly "joints" around the tops of my legs as possible to limit the visibility of my pants.

There are a few slight discrepancies in terms of shape, but not much. The actual cod (hoo-hah!) was pretty damn big, as Geoff liked to consistently remind me. It was a slightly tapered prism shape with a square hole in the top, a la his IDW codpiece, which served no real purpose other than to accentuate my pelvic thrusting in photos.

As for discreet closures were concerned, I just stuck it on the side. Again, I ran into issues with the glue, velcro, and vinyl, so after the whole ensemble flew off in that one video MiraiBaby took, we just ended taping the hell out of it. The seam that marked where it separated to slip on and off was hidden behind these little... boxes on my hips that stuck on over them. Under those I had flat panels hanging, and in the front, on either side of the cod, I had more flat, hanging pieces. These did a good job of hiding the huge gap between the cod and the top of the thigh pieces. I had a pair of the same shapes (but smaller, because they were originally mess-ups) as these hanging in the back, serving essentially the same purpose.

Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 01:37 AM

I haven't scanned in all my designs for the legs yet, so I'm just gonna skip that part for now and showcase the legs. And thanks to still not having my camera, I had to take pics with my webcam. xD

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Those are basically the foam designs. Without the kneeguard, it stands at 18". Oh, and by the way, that hole is for the speaker cones. Same thing with that weird little rectangular hole in the knee; that's where the REAL speaker is going to go, and it's going to get covered in vinyl so you don't see it. I have much more planned for them, considering just how greebled and detailed the other parts are, but I'll get to the fun-looking panels and such when I'm finished with the basic structure and important parts.

Anyways, here's what they look like with vinyl:

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Well, that's all I got for now. Updates later.

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Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 01:46 AM
So... this is the progress of my helmet. I started off with your standard baseball helmet from some sporting goods store I went to. I think it rang up to $13? Anyways, I started off drawing my ideas directly on the plastic, which left a bunch of sharpie marks:

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Which I translated to paper, and then transferred to paper AGAIN, and it looked something like this:

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After getting over my initial fears about embarking on this, I finally started to cover up my pen marks with a 4-way stretch vinyl.

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Then I cut out the pieces in craft foam. (Kind of looks like Bumblebee!)

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Aaand then I covered them in vinyl...

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And that's all I have for now. :3
Pics tomorrow when I get my camera charged.

Posted by: Pilot Jun 26 2008, 04:52 PM

Posted by: SeishinKibou Jun 27 2008, 12:33 AM
This.Is.So.Awesome! *o* I so can't wait to see the finished costume!! =D

Posted by: Pilot Jun 29 2008, 02:16 AM
Helmet updated -

Posted by: 13oo13oo Jun 29 2008, 01:39 PM
Ok, so I was just looking at the list of autobots on Wikipedia and apparently Blaster had a brother in the Marvel UK storyline named Toaster just thought you should know what the UK thinks of you. LOL

Posted by: 13oo13oo Jun 29 2008, 01:42 PM
OMG, and a sister who is a "Heated Hair Curler Set" named Karmen I can't think of two more demeaning siblings. Sorry it was two good not to post.

Posted by: Pilot Jun 30 2008, 05:40 PM

Posted by: Velocity Jul 1 2008, 10:32 PM
You should totally carry around a toaster, that would be hilarious and a conversation starter (because, you know, a giant robot costume isn't... lol)

Posted by: Pilot Jul 2 2008, 12:05 PM

Posted by: Pilot Jul 2 2008, 01:57 PM
Well, I'm working on the knee joints and upper leg armor, which is turning out to be much easier (but just as fun) as I thought. So I figured with the time that I'm saving on that, why not rebuild my cassette deck?

Instead of having it on TOP of my torso piece, I cut a giant hole in it so some part can be recessed and it actually looks a bit more like a tape deck. It's also going to make building the spark chamber easier, not to mention easier to make it LOOK better. Also, instead of lining it with the pewter vinyl, I'm going to do it in black craft foam like the inside of the deck lid thing, that way the pewter greebles will have more pop and it'll look a bit deeper. (The foam is a matte black, so it totally eats up light.)

All in all, that's all I've got for now.

If I don't end up doing a spark chamber (this year!) I can always make a mock tape or two and store my Blaster spotlight comic in there and take it out for photos.

I'm also hard pressed to come up with a hinge that works well too... so far, the ones I had on there stuck out like, an 1/8th of an inch or so too far and it looked bad. I think I'm going to build some things on each side of the deck front that slide into the chest piece when closed, and when open, hold it at a pre-determined angle. I just have to make sure the rest of me that's going to be squished in there won't get in the way of those.

Posted by: MiraiBaby Jul 2 2008, 02:16 PM
Yeah, nice way to work with the design, but let's make sure the tatas don't get abused in that costume. XDD

Posted by: 13oo13oo Jul 3 2008, 01:50 AM
Yes Lauren no ta ta abuse I think your Bazongas might rebel otherwise

Posted by: Pilot Jul 3 2008, 02:45 AM

Dude, it's such a tight fit you guys, that I was actually taking the WHOLE of my torso into consideration... not just the bazongas. xD

Posted by: Pilot Jul 4 2008, 01:55 AM

I never thought the tape deck hinges would be giving me such a hard time.

I bought 4 smaller ones so they wouldn't stick out so horribly, but they were too small to be able to hold onto much of anything, so they wouldn't have lasted long at all.

And after putting in the velcro to hold my torso together (the hooks and eyes were too much of a pain) I realized it was an even tighter fit than I remembered, so the foam sides/catches I'd envisioned earlier won't be possible.

This is slagging ridiculous. The goddamned hinges shouldn't be this difficult to figure out.


I need to make a trip to Swain's sometime so I can pick up some flat, thin pieces of steel from their modeling section. Hopefully that can reinforce the hinges so they don't fail so hard.

Posted by: 13oo13oo Jul 4 2008, 11:58 AM
If you haven't thought about it yet you should look into using piano hinges they would give you a lot more surface area to attach to without getting anything that has a larger profile. Also you could attach them with machine screws and really big washers so they don't damage the foam.

Posted by: Pilot Jul 7 2008, 01:16 PM



Posted by: SeishinKibou Jul 8 2008, 04:32 AM
You can do it~~~ ^o^

Posted by: Pilot Jul 10 2008, 10:03 PM

I JUST REALIZED THAT I COULD USE THIS CAN OF WHITE AEROSOL VINYL STUFF I BOUGHT FOR THE VISOR. (Covering it would be slightly difficult due to some parts being raised and whatnot... also due to the fact that it's all a single piece. Ugh.)

Anyways, here are progress photos I posted on DA:

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Posted by: 13oo13oo Jul 11 2008, 04:30 PM
Ok so I have few pointers for anyone who's hoping to meet Blaster at con. He's generally fun loving but he is a little sensitive about his cod so comments like "aww it's so cute" don't tend to go over well, trust me on this one. However he does enjoy a compliment here and there, like fitting "MY you cod is quite large" into the coversation or "OH!!, sorry... it frightened me" will make him very happy. And if you really want to get into his good graces doing this...
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...will definitely leave a good impression.

And just so you get a good idea of what I'm talking about...
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Isn't it cute though

Posted by: Pilot Jul 11 2008, 09:12 PM
Man, this forum is really just turning into a means of publicly humiliating each other. xDDDDDDDDDDDD

Posted by: Pilot Jul 15 2008, 12:42 PM
Percentage updated!

I'll get to posting more pictures when I have time (most likely when I'm done... if I'm lucky, I'll have time before the convention).

Posted by: Pilot Jul 21 2008, 01:52 AM
...and work has been canceled for the rest of the night due to a GIANT LAKE OF CAT PISS IN MY BOX OF VINYL AND CRAFT FOAM.

Production should resume in the morning when the vinyl is dry. D<

Posted by: 13oo13oo Jul 21 2008, 04:19 AM
Holy fuck that sucks so hard. You can just say that you had to battle Soundwave through a mass of interstellar waste. :]

Posted by: Velocity Jul 21 2008, 08:38 AM
I'm so sorry hun!

But hey at least its sterile? Yeah no, there's no fun upside to this. Cats need to be taught a lesson about peeing on things they shouldn't (I'm on screen door number five because of them)...

Posted by: Havoks Jul 21 2008, 09:39 AM

If it's any consolation my dog pissed all over my backpack on my first day of freshman year.

Hopefully it's dried out now and not too much was damaged.

Posted by: Pilot Jul 29 2008, 12:22 AM
Now that con is over and the costume is just about finished, I'm going to be seriously updating my logs here soon.

I'm going to fix my feet because they're torn up after walking in them, and I might redo my mask as well.

Posted by: Pilot Aug 7 2008, 03:48 PM
Alright I'm having computer trouble (i.e. a crushed laptop), so expect MORE delays in finishing my worklog. AUGHASDKFH

Posted by: Pilot Dec 18 2008, 06:52 PM

As it turns out, my family wants me to wear Blaster for the big family Christmas Party.

So I've set to work fixing him.

With duct tape. Which is actually turning out to be rather useful for putting him back together...

I'll post pics after the party. xD

Posted by: Velocity Dec 21 2008, 12:00 AM
lol the Christmas Blaster. Can I suggest a santa hat or some holly? Or Mistletoe since Blaster is Pimpin'...

Posted by: CorazonAzul Mar 2 2009, 01:35 AM
wow! this is some of the best craftsmanship i have seen!

scale and color are fantastic, can't get much better than that! i am most impressed by the craftsmanship even with a deadline approaching. i am sure any person very close to the robo appreciates the fine details.. and makes for great photos!!! this robo could star in its own film

the experience really shows! i would like to see more photos of this robo soon

Posted by: Zonadow Aug 8 2009, 07:49 PM
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...and work has been canceled for the rest of the night due to a GIANT LAKE OF CAT PISS IN MY BOX OF VINYL AND CRAFT FOAM.

Production should resume in the morning when the vinyl is dry. D<

Ravage got some revenge...Lots and lots of smelly revenge.

Posted by: Pilot Nov 27 2010, 07:24 AM
Full-Body Shots

Okay so I'm cleaning out my bookmarks, and I found a folder with links to flicker photos of my costume that I never shared here (!). Since I completely forgot to ever show anyone any good shots of the finished thing:

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Posted by: AutoAssembly Jan 23 2011, 12:39 PM
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Posted by: Transacid Shockwaver Mar 8 2011, 06:05 PM
this is my favorite costume of yours!

so colorful, so much details, so accurate to references - i am REALLY impressed.

and i must confess, that i'd never thought a girl in a transformers costume could look that transformerish and yet sexy at the same time! (without the helmet you look really cute)
didn't all the guys want to press your buttons?
*ahemm* sorry for the pun - i could not resist - and back to topic,
nice work with nice materials, i like the shiny covering. the finish is simply great!

the pic with you standing in an asimo-like pose and all the con-guys gathering around you shows how much respect you deserve and makes me smile! biggrin.gif
even mighty boba fett bows in awe and shame next to you!

thanks for this great board!

transacid shockwaver

Posted by: IBKUP Sep 6 2011, 01:51 PM
This costume is amazing. I would really love to pick your brain sometime to help me get some ideas for my Kup costume. Blaster is my next favorite next to Kup.

PM me or look me up on Facebook.

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