Good luck! Post your progress/finished product here! I had to make 3 sets also the first time, but my friends mostly did their own just using me for reference/prototyping.I am going to be starting three of these soon for friends...you're right there's not a whole lot on them here but this is a great thread for it!
I see, but my mechanism is pretty simple, by having a small nock in the tang of the blade, and a catch where the hammer is. My 3DMG is based off the manga, but I included the hammer. I just put a bit of CA glue in the nock to reinforce it in my short blades, which don't need a core due to their length, but making the full length blades necessitates a core of sorts to give it some strength. My handles work fine, but I don't want the blades to snap the instant I draw them.-quote-
Thin aluminum bar stock 1/4 by 3/4, 3 feet long is at home depot by the threaded rods and steel pieces... they should have it.. if you can try Skycraft Orlando on line and they might ship? They have it too. its like 8$ maybe 10$Hmm, I was considering using aluminum strips with PVC foamboard on top, but I can't get aluminum easily,.
You are doing something way more important and powerful. Taking care of your family first. The rewards to that are beyond count and the blessings will come with time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! I salute you my friend!So maybe i need to explain a few things, and please understand, that while this is text, it's not intended to be rude at all.
1. I'm the sole provider for my household at this time, wife lost her job and had a stroke earlier this year.
2. I have a 14 month old daughter, so you could guess that makes me more busy
3. i'm extremely busy running a normal job and a photo studio.
4. I've made two costumes, a Capt. Rex and a Biker Scout, i know the time it takes to make 1 costume.
So as you can see I just don't have the time to donate to creating anything right now. I actually am in NO rush at this time. and eventually i would most likely ask DarkTimes if he was interested to make me a set.
Anyway, hope you can see that i just can't donate even a few minutes. i need to get a new job! LOL
Fist on my heart Friend!
Greetings gang, Darktimes,Uploaded a high quality pic of me wearing the gear in its current version at a recent event in the first post! Hope it motivates a lot of you!
I know I get motivated looking at myself! :lol
I've actually been contemplating on selling some kits, and maybe even some completed sets at conventions!
(I'm not sure about selling completed sets online yet because shipping would be extremely cost prohibitive )
At the moment though, I'm working back to back on some props for the slew of summer conventions here in Southern California!
So sadly, I won't have time to set up something like that till after .
But I've recently gotten interest from this and other props, so I definitely am considering making things for sale in the near future.
If time is not an issue for you, I'll let you/this thread know if and when I do get around to making kits/full sets!
Of course, anyone can take the flag from me and make them for sale using info on this thread; I'm not for-profit, but for-enjoyment, so if someone else can deliver it faster, better, and hopefully cheaper than me, so be it! I'd rather not leave someone hanging from enjoying a set of these.
For my blades, I used foam boards painted with Duplicolor Chrome, with automobile chrome vinyl on the edges, with an aluminum base/tang. The snap-off lines were made the same way I made the fake blade background behind my box's spring window--dents with a ruler. Check my updated OP post to see what my blades look like.
My blades are detachable, and I have spares (well, I used to on my manga version, but as you can see from the thread, my anime version gear only has dupes; now I just nab them off my friend's manga boxes, lol!). However, after spending a lot of time designing the handles and blades, it was either
1) Aesthetic/visual accuracy
And we could only pick two (we--three of us--were all wearing manga gear at the time, so that meant having to make 36 blades! :eek), so we went with (2) and (3), lol. Though the blades don't have a slanted cutting edge, I decided not to because making a cutting edge with blades that thin would either be dangerous for cons (if the blade was a rigid material, as my cons are strict) and time-expensive/weight-expensive (36 blades?! lol). Hence I decided to just substitute the cutting edge with a shiny chrome vinyl to give the impression of an edge (just how it looks on snap-off utility knives), instead of having the same metallic finish all around. The handles are not visually accurate, but they worked! (and better looking than the barebones manga version imo)! The blades are released/inserted using the bike brake lever. Let me know if you or anyone wants info on it and I'll do a quick write-up.
Also, since they're foam board and easy to cut, if anything breaks mid-con, you can just sub it with a spare blade or... cut it down to a stub till the bent/damaged portion is gone! My friend particularly likes rocking his stub blade, lol.
Wow, blades out of actual aluminum! I bet it was sort of a thrill carrying a semi-live blade around huh? :lol At least you were ready to save everyone from any titans!
And nothing beats a factory-made straight edge! I'm a proponent for factory-made anything; if you can buy something already factory cut straight for you, why re-invent the wheel (or in this case, the line)?