Krang Android Suit - TMNT 1987 (PIC HEAVY)

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  1. JWKruser

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    Hey all!

    This whole costume making/cosplay thing is pretty addictive! I finished my first costume (Dead Space) a little while ago and learned so much. I shared my progress here on and this community was so awesome and full of encouragement. The positive feedback received from you all encouraged me throughout the process.

    Now that its done, I'm sitting here chomping at the bit to do another one. So, I started a new build. Over the last two days I've spent 22 hours in the garage working on my very own Krang Android suit from my childhood favorite cartoon. TMNT!


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    So,here come a ton ofpictures.

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    Starting with a thin diamond backed foam floor mat, I made a tube to fit around my stomach and began building around that to make Krang's chamber.

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    Piece by piece, the "chamber" began to take shape.

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    I was careful to leave at least 3/4 of an inch excess at the top of the chamber so that I would have enough surface area to glue the torso directly to the chamber.

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    Once the "chamber" was blocked out, I roughed out suspender's length and started on the shoulders.

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    I have never made shoulders before. So after watching a video from Evil Ted Smith. I drew out a pattern I thought would work and went to town. Once they were done they had a cool shape, but never really did look like I wanted them to. I figured I would shape them once I had more overall to look at and make my decision then.

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    I temporarily pinned them to the suspenders to get an idea. Still didn't like them.

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    I moved on to the stomach and chest. Using the thin diamond back foam floor mat I made 4 pieces and layered them to give the chest those distinctive lines.

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    Attached suspenders and mocked it into place on the chamber to get ready for glue.

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    Still hating the shoulders...

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    Using large poster board card stock style paper I roughed out the sides between suspenders with arm holes. I tried to keep that wide shoulder, triangular upper body shape.

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    TEST FIT!!! Fits like a glove! still hate the shoulders....

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    Time to start detailing out little odds and ends.

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    And then I finally cut the shoulders to an acceptable shape. Finally, I like them. :D Had to do another test fit. Much happier with them now.

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    For the back, I decided to use a heavy duty zipper. Using Barge cement, I glued the zipper to two separate 3 inch strips of super thin craft foam.

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    Now, to kind of hide the zipper, I made a large vent like structure that will cover it. The vent is held in place by magnets.

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    That's it for this weekend. Until next weekend! :D

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  2. collinE83

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    I have to say, your Krang suit already looks 10x cooler than the cartoon version.
     
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  3. JWKruser

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    Thanks!
     
  4. skillsthebarber

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    looks great. im working on a shredder using the floormats. its not perfect but ive had fun using it as a learning experience
     
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  5. nick daring

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    Totallly radical.
     
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  6. JWKruser

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    I should finish this by Emerald City Comic-Con in April 2016. I hope to run into a few other TMNT cosplayers. I saw a few of them last year. :D
     
  7. JWKruser

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    Torso fabrication DONE!!! I re-watched the episode from the first season where Shredder finally finishes Krangs new body. In that episode there are some good shots of the android suit's back.

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    I used Kwik Seal from DAP to fill in imperfections and seams in the shoulders. Then a coat of Modge Podge on the shoulders and let it sit over night. Then for a couple coats of plastidip, primer then I started painting.

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    The flesh tone and hammered metallic paint are not quite cured enough to put masking tape on just yet so I shot a quick light coat of yellow around the bottom. I will let it cure over night and try to mask off the top half tomorrow so I can finish painting the yellow portion. STOKED!!!! :D
     
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  8. Contec

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    So cool, can't wait to see it finished.
     
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  9. Radical Gordon

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    This is brilliant, great work. I look forward to seeing it finished.
     
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  10. Pseudonym

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    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!! Nerding the eff out over here! Awesome work so far!
     
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  11. nick daring

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    Stunning work!
     
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  12. JWKruser

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    Paint done aside from weathering which will be done using acrylic paints and a brush. Now to make Krang himself. Using the same method a fellow rpf member did, I picked up some Crayola model magic. But first, I wanted to be able to make sure I made an easy way to pull him in and out of the chamber. So, I measured the chamber and cut a piece of foam floor mat and recessed 3 magnets into the foam. I used this piece to build up Krang directly on it with the same contour as the inside of the chamber. Once he hardens over night, I will paint him, attach him directly to the foam piece then he will snap into place with magnets!

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  13. Sunkistshark

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    looking forward to see this finished :) Great job so far
     
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  14. hun buns

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    Krang looks disgusting.... Great work. Following you work =)
     
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  15. Grimwood

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    That is fan-flipping-tastic! Excellent work!
     
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  16. collinE83

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    I was waiting to see how Krang would turn out and he looks great! Good job.
     
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  17. B Wo

    B Wo Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hurray for Model Magic. You picked the perfect medium in which to sculpt Krang, haha. Your build is awesome. I'm eager to see it finished.
     
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  18. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Totally tubular!
     
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  19. JWKruser

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    :) I love this forum. All the positive feedback drives me to do better. The Model magic is cracking for some reason, and it isn't fully dry yet. I am going to give it 2 to 3 more days and then coat the heck out of it with plastidip or modge podge to see if I can fill them in before starting over. We will see.
     
  20. JWKruser

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    Patience was never my strong suit. I told myself I wasn't going to touch it for 2-3 more days, but I couldn't help myself. KRANG TEST FIT!
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  21. flastra

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    Looking great so far, can't wait to see the end result
     
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  22. DazzlerFan

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    Fantastic work! I'm learning a lot about L200 just from following this thread. Keep up the great work!
     
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  23. Tribal Spaceman

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    This is so exciting to see come together!
     
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  24. Rupert_Angier

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    Incredible. Simply incredible!
     
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  25. James1214

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    brilliant work so far
     
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  26. zoal

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    Bravo. I'd have never thought of this for a costume. Good idea, well executed - cant wait to see more.
     
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  27. crypto

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    Amazing work !!!

    Nice clean foam work and Krang ..... well he looks freaking awesome !
     
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  28. maton

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    This is totally Radical!!! Awesome work man! Very impressed. Can't wait to see more :D
     
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  29. JWKruser

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    Remember what I said about patience not being my strong suit? Well, Krang STILL isn't dry underneath. I'm starting to think about an alternate medium to use to make him. Any suggestions?
     
  30. nick daring

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    Just put a fan on him and let it run for a while and it'll dry out.

    Can't you just move onto the next part and come back to Krang in a day or two? Those sunglasses aren't going to build themselves! :)
     
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  31. JWKruser

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    LOL.. I could.. :D I work Monday-Thursday and have Fri-Sun to work in the shop. I get so 1 track minded I wanted to finish Krang before moving on to the head because I've never sculpted with clay before and that is my plan for the head. I want to sculpt it, make a mold, and cast the head in a resin to wear like a helmet. That way I can achieve that "cone head" shape and possibly wire in a motor so the little antenna on the top can spin! We just got a brand new Hobby Lobby near where I live. It literally opened up this week and I am going first thing in the morning. Hoping they have Monster Clay. I reached out to Steven K Smith from SKS props and he recommended it. So, hopefully they'll have some along with some sculpting supplies.
     
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    Well, Hobby Lobby was pretty sweet. They had a much better selection of stuff than both Joann's and Michael's. Unfortunately, there was no Monster Clay. So now I'm going to have to order it online and wait. :( So, on to other parts. I made the bracelets and then started to weather the metallic painted parts with black acrylic paint.
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    Made, painted, and weathered... KRANG WAS DRY! So, I went to town.

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  33. terminator fan

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    Look absolutely unreal. Amazing work
     
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    This has made my day. Love it.
     
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  35. George

    George Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Big TMNT fan here (loved the first '90ies movie very much).Your build is awesome so far ! :thumbsup
    I hope you'll get lots of positive feedback on and outside the forum :cool
     
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  36. JWKruser

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    Thanks! I haven't seen a ton of TMNT in Seattle at ECCC for the last couple of years. I hope I run into a Shredder or two!
     
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    bro! this build hit me from left field after your dead space build. wasn't expecting this at all LOL great work so far as always! will def be looking forward to more pic's!! :thumbsup
     
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  38. JPH

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    Astounding! Well done! Great build!
     
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  39. JWKruser

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    Thanks man. Its a little different than Isaac Clarke that is for sure! :D I'm on hold until my order of Monster Clay gets filled. They are apparently on back order due to Halloween. So to pass the time, I'm making a set of 1987 animated series Shredder armor. I started Friday morning and only have the helmet left to fabricate.

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  40. Epona_Rhi

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    You are a machine! Literally ^^
     
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  41. KrangPrime

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    I wish I had talent to do that.


    The arm gauntlets look a little short to me. I think maybe they should be the same length as the legs? or maybe a little in between...

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    there is one at NYCC...I didn't get a good look at it, but while it wasn't bad for what it was, there is room for someone to do better ;o).

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    wow! * impressive for a scratch build. It's tough to nail down a toon accurate design, because the designs in the toon NEVER Stayed the same, unless it was the same animation company doing various episodes. and it's REAL easy to pick out what animation company did which episodes cause they all have the same look.

    people always tell me he looks pink, but I think you got the color scheme down a bit perfect ;o).
     
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    Thanks for all the kind words. If I made the forearms the same length as the shins, they would go to half way to my shoulders! :D I am not going to attach the elastic bands until the pieces have been painted, but here is a picture to give an idea the length while on my arm. Keep in mind that they are not strapped down and just sitting on my forearm. Once the elastic is in place, they will contour to my arm better.

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    And you are totally right about inconsistencies in animation. The location and total number of blades vary from scene to scene on Shredder's armor. I took what I liked best visually and ran with it. Here are some examples. Check out the blades in these pictures.
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  44. KrangPrime

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    yep, that's pretty much what I did for my CGI shredder, too. The legs and feet still don't look right, but I like everything else....finally.

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    Its been a really good weekend. Time to call it though. Gotta go back to work tomorrow, but here are pictures from tonight. Armor made, plastidipped, and primed.

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  46. WBE

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    Such quick and beautiful foam work. Very inspiring, keep it up.
     
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    Work has been pretty intense lately. I have been commuting over 200 miles a day for the last 4 weeks and have had zero time to work on fun stuff for quite a while. I did finish the quick Shredder build before the commuting began. I'll post the finalized pics below. Also, last night I decided that I was going to make time to start sculpting Krang's android head. I have never sculpted anything before. So, I treated it like working with foam for the first time. First stop, Youtube. I watched a few videos and reached out to fellow RPF'er Steven K. Smith, (whose Isaac Clarke build enspired me to get into this crazy cosplay world) for a couple of tips and tricks of the trade. Well, about 5 total hours and two blisters later, I have a very roughed out shape that I am happy with so far. Sadly, I won't be able to mess with it for another week. But I haven't posted an update in over a month, so here is what I've got.

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    I figured that I would make the glasses out of a sheet of styrene plastic and add them last.

    But until next time.
     
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  48. JmanTurtleMan

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    COWABUNGA! This is so awesome! That Krang sculpt looks amazing, and that shredder armor is so well done. Wish I could go to ECCC maybe one day we'll run into each other! Looking forward to seeing more posts and progress, keep it up!
     
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    Thanks! I hope you can make the trip too! Some day I will travel to San Diego. If you don't make the trip here, maybe we have a run in down there!
     
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    Merry Christmas to all at the RPF! I have a quick question for anyone in the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia, Washington area. I was finally going to buy my mold & casting materials for a Christmas present to myself. I consulted SKS Props asking what products he uses. He uses Smooth-On. I would love to use something that I know produces excellent results as his work is flawless. However, he has a local supplier. According to Smooth-On's distributor list, the nearest Smooth-On dealer is in Walla Walla (like an 8 hr drive from my house). Does anyone local to the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia area know of a dealer near by? Or where do you buy your molding / casting supplies and what brand do you use? I need options before I drop $400 bucks on supplies and another $120 in shipping alone.
     

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