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Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:24 PM »
Contrary to popular belief, it is indeed possible to build a great-looking kit that meets our costuming standards without spending a lot of money. In fact, I'm willing to go as far as saying it can be done for under $150, possibly for as little as $100.

Yes, I'm serious. And I'm going to prove it.

I will be collaborating with Pinocchio on this project, and between us we will demonstrate how you can put together a whole, quality kit including armor, soft parts and helmet for super cheap. And I might add...there will be no cardboard, sports armor, or other questionable materials used.

So let's get started, shall we?

If you have never gone thrifting, now is the time to start. Thrift stores and garage sales are your friend! This is where you can find what you need for your soft parts and weapons/greeblies/other cool things. You have to be patient and consistent; go every week or more! You will find treasures.

On my first thrift store trip for this project, I hit gold. A gently used USAF flightsuit for $12.99! OK, so I got lucky. But if you are consistent in your search, you will find something just as nice. Looky:



Now on to the most important part of the build: your armor.

Walmart has silver-grey, 18 gallon plastic totes for cheap. I bought two of them for $4.00 each, and this will be enough to make a light(Boba-style) set of armor. We will even get knees, gaunts and a backplate from the totes and the lids that came with them.



You can find the WoF templates for armor on the templates/tutorials page of this site. I printed them up and cut them out, then traced them onto the tote with a Sharpie. Easy stuff. Now I confess, I like to use a Dremel to cut out plates. But I will assume you may not have access to power tools, and for the sake of not adding potential expenses, I'm cutting them out the old fashioned way: with a pair of cheap snips.





Because of the shape of the tote, I could not fit the chest and ab plates on one side. But that's OK! I am already thinking about how to make knees from those funky rounded corners. :)

The next step after cutting out the armor will be sanding the edges and shaping the plates. No heat gun you say? We'll be baking them in the oven.

So far my total for expenses is: $21.00

$12.99 for a flightsuit
$8.00 for plastic armor


« Last Edit: Jan 28, 2010, 06:26 PM by Mar'eyce »

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #1 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:35 PM »
This is going to be an awesome reference! I can't wait to see it come to fruition! I'll make sure I link this to new forum members with questions.

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #2 on: Jan 28, 2010, 07:01 PM »
Ok, time to chime in, I have already provided a Helmet for this build, a 27 dollar Jango 2 piece that is already in bondo, there are additional mods done to these helmets that add no significant cost other than a bit of 5 minute epoxy, which you should have, and bondo, you should have that too, and a piece of scrap metal to cut out an ear stalk with either a saw or if you are patient a dremel and file.  I cut mine out of scrap metal on a a band saw and hand sanded into shape but a dremel will do the job, or if really broke a hack saw, I aso intend to supply the gauntlets made out of the same tote material Mar'eyce is using, paint will be wal mart brand spray paint, the 2.00 a can stuff. 

so with the helmet 48.00 whole dollars.

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #3 on: Jan 28, 2010, 07:19 PM »

Looking forward to seeing this develop. Are you set with gun props?  I am starting my $12 blaster rifle this weekend

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #4 on: Jan 28, 2010, 11:16 PM »
we'll come up with something weapon wise, while nothing is a sure thing we're quite confident in our abilities to pull this off, my current bucket is of the 27.00 variety so it is all in how you do it, and a paint job like this only takes a few days to pull off with drying times, and considering it takes about 3 bucks worth of k mart craft paint to weather everything, not too many worries, I want the gauntlets to be dirt cheap and hella' cool.



and I will go over how to gut the cheesy rubies ear pieces and reinforce em' to move things into the non sucky category.


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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #5 on: Jan 28, 2010, 11:53 PM »
that helmet is hella cool!!
« Last Edit: Jan 29, 2010, 08:31 AM by Taglar Dreskk »

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #6 on: Jan 28, 2010, 11:53 PM »
That's nice, but the sad thing is, for people like me, it doesn't work. I've yet to find a retailer who has a 2x-3x flightsuit, even on ebay, for under $40. And a two piece is not the best fit. But, in the end, you can scratchbuild for nearly the same price. And there are coverall patterns for about $14, and fabric can be had usually for $20 or less... So, it comes out to just a bit more.

Just throwing out my own issues. I know my little sisters kit will end up following these, she's paying for it with a babysitting job!
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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #7 on: Jan 29, 2010, 12:20 AM »
I payed 50$ for my black 4x flight suit 2 years ago and when I looked I couldent find anything except this one.

So for some getting a 4x to a 5x suit look into spending a few more bones than the next guy.

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #8 on: Jan 29, 2010, 12:29 AM »
well, there's always circumstances that vary for individuals. but, the point of this thread is a general look wha can be done for cheap. it's not going to be a one size fits all but should fit most, especially with the recent influx, and 'm sure more coming soon, of new forum members looking to build a nice kit on a budget in tough ecomonic times.

that being said, it really doesn't matter how big or how small you are, if you're willing to put the tim in searching second hand shops, thift stores, yard sales and used military surplus stores, you can find all of your needed soft goods for very very low prices. with the exception of the mil surplus stores, the other places are generally negotiable in price as well as long as ou don't try to undercut them.

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #9 on: Jan 29, 2010, 12:45 AM »
i use an extra set of navy blue BDU's from my job ,couldnt afford  $40 flightsuit from the army navy.
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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #10 on: Jan 29, 2010, 12:55 AM »
I am looking forward to seeing the gaunts that come out of this project personally

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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #11 on: Jan 29, 2010, 12:58 AM »
my old man sells flightsuits for like $24

I'm going to laugh my a** off when I see this suit completed and official membership-worthy

keep it up you two
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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #12 on: Jan 29, 2010, 05:58 AM »
For weapons, I have been thinking of a couple of things. Thrift stores and garage sales have toy guns that can be easily modified, and there are some cool looking water pistols that can be painted up for a sidearm.

And I'll be paying close attention to the helmet earcaps tutorial. I want a non-sucky bucket for my next kit. :)



my old man sells flightsuits for like $24

I'm going to laugh my a** off when I see this suit completed and official membership-worthy

keep it up you two

I'm thinking that once the build is finished, to put it up for public critique by the rest of the approval team and the council.



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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #13 on: Jan 29, 2010, 11:18 AM »
This is AWESOME.  :D

And I'm mostly just replying to be able to be lazy about keeping up with it. Because I want to!

Can I make a cheep suggestion for gaunts, in case it is needed? My gaunts were made of empty mint boxes, sintra scraps,  glue, a discarded nerf gun sight, pieces from a kids "chat" set,  and a four-pack of plastic juice tumblers from the dollar store. Oh, and a bit of fabric and a closure strap for each, plus paint and the little bit of filler I used. I think they cost us 10 dollars to make, total, and most of that is the paint, nerf gun sight and the kids' chat set. You can see them unpainted, here, if you scroll down.
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Re: Cheap and Easy Build Tutorial
« Reply #14 on: Jan 29, 2010, 11:29 AM »
i'd also like to see that ear fix method as my dome only fits the 2- pc.

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