Aqualad Backpack & Sword Build Help

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by endo500, May 1, 2012.

  1. endo500

    endo500 Active Member

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    I have been loving the DC Young Justice cartoon and want to make an Aqualad costume. However i'm having trouble deciding how to build his backpack and the hilts of his water swords. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a material to make the backpack out of that would be sturdy and not too flimsy. So I would appreciate any suggestions about what material I should try to make it out of. Also I'm open to ideas about how to build the hilts as well. I have thought about casting them in rubber but i'm not fully sure if that will work as well. So any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

  2. Berserk

    Berserk Well-Known Member

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    Eva foam and EL wire?
  3. endo500

    endo500 Active Member

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    Hmm i never really considered eva foam just because i thought it would be too bendy and not hold tight like an actual backpack. But maybe that could work if I use some of the really thick .47in foam.
  4. Grave

    Grave Well-Known Member

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    1/4 works great. im building a gundam with a lot of flat surfaces on it. it does fine. you can also double it up using contact cement. i underestimated foam years ago. now its all that i will use.
  5. Fierfek

    Fierfek Sr Member

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    If you want strong and light, go with fiberglass and resin.
  6. endo500

    endo500 Active Member

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    The only problems is that I don't have an actual pepakura file to make it out for fiberglass and resin. I don't know how good i'll be at free hand on paper.
  7. Lucien Kane

    Lucien Kane Well-Known Member

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    Yeah the design doesn't look too hard... You could do a design out of foam first to get the templates just right, and then do a fiberglass version... I think the EL wire would look great for lighting the pack.
  8. Sundowner

    Sundowner Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i'd love to see someone do this. It has potential to be an awesome prop!
  9. Riceball

    Riceball Sr Member

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    Since the shape of the pack isn't very complex you could also try building it with sheets of plastic. The hilts would probably be ideal for using foam or maybe a combination of foam and PVC piping.
  10. timelordd

    timelordd Active Member

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    I have been thinking of doing the same project, I will be doing the backpack out of pink foam and fiberglassing it to make a mold..the water bearer will probably be 3d printed. I do plan to make everything light up.
  11. TheBeast284

    TheBeast284 New Member

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    Did this ever happen?

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