Hey all, been reading/catching up on this forum this past weekend, read/skimmed nearly all of this thread. My friends and I are going to attempt outfits. One Sam, one Quorra, one CLU, one orange suit (don't think it will be modeled after Rinzler due to the helmet and full body armor... extra complications in time constraint). Joining the game late but incorporating ideas as possible. We're cheap thou... most of our budget being thrown at the lighting (~$70 for each male costume).
Sorry for the dump of questions I'm getting out an entire weekend of reading and pondering
Ordering El Wire tonight. Just curious how much El-wire have you guys been using (not sure if I saw a concrete number anywhere). Our rough-estimates are about 40 feet per suit to get full lighting with some extra feet to account for all the soldering I will be doing.
I'm also interested in how you got the outer ring off on that disc cleanly, I assume you used that to make a negative to cast the new clear ring?
Btw Annise the pics you posted today for your new lighting is awesome was what I was planning on testing out!. Have you tried using a single strand of el-wire in your reflective tape-elwire-diffusing layer sandwich? If so how does it look? I didn't think to outline the section. If I can get away with a single wire to cut down on cost I'm gonna do that, lets me put $10 towards other stuff.
Also for those who used neoprene rubber to get the armor-look... what durometer have you used? Would you go higher or lower if you could do it again? Thickness? 1/16" or 1/8"?
We are sewing up basic black under-suits out of a regular black fabric and will be overlaying-attaching the armor segments. We haven't decided to go with the neoprene or pleather fabric. Eitherway I'm going to try to find a durable method to add some "body" to the armor pieces.
Also I saw a Rinzler Deluxe Identity disk posted in the other thread... but it didn't appear that anyone really followed up on if it exists outside of China/HK area... or if we can order it in the USA. We were otherwise gonna make some Styrofoam discs, cover throw on elwire, cover in plastic and paint.
Another El-wire question... ~35' elwire off 8AA batteries 12V style... anyone know approx how long that will last and if splitting the task between two drivers increase light with so much wire being used? High-Bright 2.6mm coolneon wires.
Also Annisse your Quorra rocks, looks good in the light! That is my #1 goal... to make it look good in daylight.
Might look into custom making the Rnzler helmet setting up home-made bend-table using super-heated wire to heat up and bend some clear plastic sheet into the rough shape of his helmet so I can fill in cracks with foam and paint black... but that will be the last thing I'd attempt as I'd rather get a working costume first.