My Tron Legacy Rinzler costume

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by jupton, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. jupton

    jupton New Member

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    Hey guys I'm a brand new member on the forum, but I've been utilizing a ton of the great posts found here to help me in my attempt at a Rinzler costume. It's finished now and wanted to share some of my own experience and maybe help out more people who are wanting to give it try themselves.

    So I'll start with the PARTS & ELECTRONICS

    My parts list consisted of:
    Three 3v DC inverters powered by 2x AA batteries each
    One 12v DC inverter powered by an 8x AA battery pack
    Three 7ft lengths of orange EL wire
    One 8" x 11.5" white EL panel
    Several 2-way and 3-three way wire splitters with clips

    The basic suit was an Under Armour cold gear compression shirt with hood and pants, and I bought a Rinzler replica identity disk

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  2. jupton

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    THE HELMET

    By far the most challenging part of the project was construction of the helmet. I saw a lot a really great work by other members here using everything from cardboard and filler foam to clay and resin. For my project I decided to go a little different route and use plaster on a cardboard frame.

    I started by building the skeleton out of just cardboard. This was mostly just to provide a framework on which to place thin plastic sheets cut to shape, but the ribs proved to be very structurally supportive when the weight of the plaster was added.

    I knew that the shape was not "movie perfect", but I also knew that I wasn't planning on spending the time to make a completely perfect costume. The entire project only took about two weeks. This piece, that I was able to assemble in one long evening was good enough to satisfy me.

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    THE HELMET cont...

    So, as I said before, I decided on plaster on a cardboard frame as my medium for the helmet. There were some difficulties with it. The plaster must be applied in multiple thin layers and allowed to dry overnight after each application. Otherwise, cracking will be too much to deal with. Each day cracking became less of an issue as the plaster built up.

    Another issue is weight. Plaster is not light. Although, dry plaster is much lighter than wet plaster. Once the final layer had been applied the helmet seemed to feel a little bit lighter everyday as the last bits of moister evaporated out. The final weight of the finished helmet was almost 8lbs. It sounds like a lot, but in reality once I had it on it didn't feel much heavier than a large motorcycle helmet.

    Lastly, until the helmet was painted and treated with three layers of polyurethane it was pretty fragile. I was able to avoid any major damage by being very careful, but a single drop would have definitely destroyed it. After, all it was basically just made of chalk.

    The EL wiring was easy to install through holes that I drilled and I covered the eye holes with thin dark transparent plastic before spraying it with the polyurethane. The result was a smooth black surface that I was able to see through, but you could hardly tell that there eye holes at all.

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  4. jupton

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    THE DISK & SUIT

    I went pretty basic on the design of the suit. I got a black compression shirt with a hood and some black compression pants and simply wove the EL wiring through it.

    I bought a replica Rinzler disk. If I had the time I would have liked to mod the disk to stay lit and be brighter in general, but I did not. Instead a used the simple fix of taking a length of the EL wire and hot gluing around the the ring of the disk to create the constant light. Don't worry, the hot glue comes off easy so no permanent damage to the very cool replica disk.

    The disk pod/backpack (made from a plastic bowl spray painted black) housed my 8x AA battery pack, the 12v DC inverter and one of the 3v DC inverters. The pack attached to the suit with velcro and I ran the linkages for the battery pack and inverter outside the pack, but hidden behind the disk so that the power could be easily connected and disconnected without having to remove the pack.

    The other two 3v inverters attached to my legs with velcro (as you'll see in the final pics). They were the only exposed power sources on the costume. But, since in the movie the character's light cycle sticks were carried on their legs anyway, they didn't look awkward and were actually very appropriate.

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  5. jupton

    jupton New Member

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    THE FINAL PRODUCT

    So here is finished costume. The "T" on the chest and the two circles on the back were cut out of white EL panel, sewn on to the suit, and powered by the 12v inverter on my back. I had to cover the white panel with just the right combination of red and yellow transparent plastic to match the hue of the EL wiring. They are not actually lit in these photos, but when they were the colors matched nicely.

    Overall I was very pleased with everything. The whole project took me about two weeks, working on it late at night after the family had all gone to bed. I hope you guys like it and thanks for any feedback.

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  6. jedichase

    jedichase Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great work, really like the helmet work.
     
  7. Yoho4ever

    Yoho4ever New Member

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    That looks so good, nice work man
     
  8. mothmonty

    mothmonty Well-Known Member

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    do that is awesome! Truly inspiring work,me wants to make a Rinzler very badly now
     
  9. C4ptN 5p4ulding

    C4ptN 5p4ulding New Member

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    Dude.. GREAT JOB! I'm working on the same thing right now, and I was just curious as to how you ran the 3 7ft wires through the costume/ helmet.
     
  10. ModernDayMarc

    ModernDayMarc Active Member

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    Totally awesome job!
    Your Helmet is sooooo freaking cool XD
    And in only two weeks; most impressive my friend.
    Keep it up!
     
  11. texasguy0712

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    Rinzler - Rinzler Overview


    try this website out for Rinzler outfit reference pics
     
  12. kiefferm1

    kiefferm1 New Member

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    Dude that is awesome!!
     

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