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    Jun 7, 2010, 1:32 AM - Tron Legacy Costume #1

    Anyone pre-planning or actively planning how to make a costume from Tron Legacy?

    We have 6 months until the premier... it would be cool to go all glow suited up.

    Any templates/patterns out there yet?

    Thanks,

    Russ
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    Jun 7, 2010, 1:42 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #2

    I'm focusing on the "first-generation" (Tron 1) program costume. I need to get some chest protector pads to make it complete, however.

    I know UD Replicas are making a replica leather suit and that toy maker Spin Master are making a full-size Light Disc (which I'm going to get when the toys come out).

    If you need some reference photos, here you go:


    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...CY_jpg_jpg.jpg

    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...LEGACY_jpg.jpg

    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...LEGACY_jpg.jpg

    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...LEGACY_jpg.jpg
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    Jun 7, 2010, 1:52 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #3

    I knew about the UD leather version... but I'm willing to bet it's more than I can afford right now.
    I'm looking at DIY as a cost saving measure. Of course, I've also done DIY projects and had it cost
    more than an off the rack version.

    Thanks for the ref images. I think I've stole... I mean, Archived most of those already.

    Russ
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    Jun 7, 2010, 2:36 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #4

    Man I can't wait for this film, I hope it does the original justice. A replica light disc is a must (preferably with working electronics)
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    Jun 8, 2010, 1:16 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #5

    I hear that.

    Russ
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    Jun 8, 2010, 10:24 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #6

    Love the design of this suit...and would love to order one if someone does a DIY version.
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    Jun 8, 2010, 11:30 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #7

    LOL! It's not DIY if you just order one.

    Unless you're talking parts kits. Which could get interesting.

    I know what you mean though.

    I "think" the undersuit has a texture to it, at least under the arms and along the ribs. It has a texture like some sort of athletic mesh, or perhaps the "stay cool" mesh that some women's bras are made from. The material is available online by the yard. I can try and source it again if anyone's interested.

    Russ
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    Jun 24, 2010, 4:01 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #8

    Hehe, I would be very interested Rook 3. Only just started looking at this costume, not sure if it will be financially viable for me to do, but I would love to rock up at the premier wearing it. Do you reckon the undersuit is a skintight suit like a dive suit or body glove? How do you reckon the rest of the costume could be made? A lead on the helmet would be sweet. I was thinking EL Sheet or wire for the light up parts. (Probably just stated the obvious, but someone has to do it.)

    That arm piece looks like it goes from the fingers right up to the shoulder. The glove is pretty sweet!
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    Jun 24, 2010, 9:46 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #9

    I was thinking about this the other day. I'm not sure about the very base suit, but all those raised panels have the glowy bits on them, so it would be possible to sculpt all the pieces and cast them in Smooth-On DragonSkin, or something similar to it (so that they are clear for the glowy bits). Then just use the paint that Smooth-On makes that's specially formulated for DragonSkin, and paint out all the black parts, leaving the glowy bits clear. Then just put the EL sheet under it and affix the whole thing to the base suit.
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    Jun 24, 2010, 11:06 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #10

    MrSinistar said: View Post
    I'm focusing on the "first-generation" (Tron 1) program costume. I need to get some chest protector pads to make it complete, however.

    I know UD Replicas are making a replica leather suit and that toy maker Spin Master are making a full-size Light Disc (which I'm going to get when the toys come out).

    If you need some reference photos, here you go:


    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...CY_jpg_jpg.jpg

    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...LEGACY_jpg.jpg

    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...LEGACY_jpg.jpg

    http://media-file.net/7/tron/images/...LEGACY_jpg.jpg
    My boyfriend and I were considering these for Halloween but wanted them to look as close as possible and the material they use for the light strips ( lighttape ) would probably runs us almost a grand for enough feet for the both of us so we're probably going to pass...though there is a cheaper alternative, lightwire...the only thing is that it's much much skinner in width and would need some kind of translucent top layer in an attempt to make the light look wider.

    May end up going the cheaper route...will post if the decision follows through!
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    Jun 24, 2010, 4:28 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #11

    I'm just speculating based on available images, but the suit looks (to me) to be at
    least a 2 piece composite, with an undersuit that has "vented sections" to aid in
    keeping the wearer cool (the mesh like material under the arms for example)
    and a semi-rigid protective shell on top. The Lit areas look to be intergrated into
    the "shell."

    In it's most basic form, it's "kind of" like a suit of Boba Fett armor, with plates
    over a fabric base.

    Russ
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    Jun 24, 2010, 6:25 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #12

    Not knowing alot about different mediums, but that almost looks like leather to me, maybe with pockets for the lighting to be put in?
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    Jul 23, 2010, 6:25 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #13

    aelynn000 said: View Post
    My boyfriend and I were considering these for Halloween but wanted them to look as close as possible and the material they use for the light strips ( lighttape ) would probably runs us almost a grand for enough feet for the both of us so we're probably going to pass...though there is a cheaper alternative, lightwire...the only thing is that it's much much skinner in width and would need some kind of translucent top layer in an attempt to make the light look wider.

    May end up going the cheaper route...will post if the decision follows through!
    Here is a product called lightsheet I found a couple of years ago. You can cut it to almost any shape. I don't know how much it runs but I think it's cheaper than light tape. Electroluminescent Sheets and Panels
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    Jul 23, 2010, 8:57 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #14

    I want to do this costume, I imagine its going to be seriously sweaty tho.
    EL sheeting and wire isn't too expensive and comes in a wide variety of colors and thicknesses
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    Jul 23, 2010, 10:36 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #15

    pharon66 said: View Post
    Here is a product called lightsheet I found a couple of years ago. You can cut it to almost any shape. I don't know how much it runs but I think it's cheaper than light tape. Electroluminescent Sheets and Panels
    BOOOooOoOoOoooOo they only have pink solid sheets right now! I'll have to scour for blue elsewhere... I gues $56 for 8x11 isn't too bad... though I'd still estimate it at at LEAST 4 sheets per costume which would be over $200 bucks just for the sheets. But I think the tape ran up to like $500+ for enough for the two of us... Could get away with three sheets but that'd be cutting it close. I think the sheets are almost a better option, though, since the light tape is only in certain widths and the sheets you could have the wide-to-narrow strips and not worry about any folding at the rounded corners and stuff since you'd be cutting it in the exact shape.

    Nice find! Definitely going to look more into it!
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    Jul 23, 2010, 10:41 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #16

    These look like tough costumes, lots of different materials, textures, lighted sections. No matter how hard it looks to reproduce though, I imagine we are going to see some awesome stuff once people have had some time to work on them. The pictures in the UD Replicas tron thread show the textured patterns that I believe they copied right from the movie costumes so those may be helpful in terms of getting patterns for some of the components.
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    Jul 23, 2010, 10:45 AM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #17

    What's up with Olivia Wilde's backside in these pics? I mean, what's going on there? Is that a weirdly shaped skirt or is that just skin tight on her butt?

    Also in one picture the glow tape looks literally taped on?! Oh the magic of movie photography!
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    Jul 23, 2010, 2:59 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #18

    For Olivia Wilde's costume, it is an oddly shaped skirt. It's a really weird angle, but that photo shows the skirt coming to a point behind one of her legs. It just makes her backside look really funky from that angle. Different angles make it make more sense.
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    Jul 23, 2010, 5:59 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #19

    aelynn000 said: View Post
    BOOOooOoOoOoooOo they only have pink solid sheets right now! I'll have to scour for blue elsewhere... I gues $56 for 8x11 isn't too bad... though I'd still estimate it at at LEAST 4 sheets per costume which would be over $200 bucks just for the sheets. But I think the tape ran up to like $500+ for enough for the two of us... Could get away with three sheets but that'd be cutting it close. I think the sheets are almost a better option, though, since the light tape is only in certain widths and the sheets you could have the wide-to-narrow strips and not worry about any folding at the rounded corners and stuff since you'd be cutting it in the exact shape.

    Nice find! Definitely going to look more into it!
    The pink solid sheets light up blue. They are pink when powered off.
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    Jul 27, 2010, 11:06 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #20

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm brand new to the forum and this is my first post! TRON is my favorite movie, saw the original in the theater when I was 11 years old. I can't wait for the sequel!

    I've never put together any kind of costume, but I'm thinking of attempting to make one modeled after Sam's suit for the TRON: Legacy release in December. (Maybe Halloween, if I can finish it by then!) I too had checked into LightTape, which is ridiculously expensive. So a cheaper alternative is most likely in order. I had also thought about the custom cuttable EL sheets as they are more cost effective.

    One thing I thought of was if you got the POWO (Pink Off - White On) sheets, maybe you could use backlight film that you could print out with a blue tint to overlay the sheet with to make it appear blue? Since you are cutting the EL sheet into a strip, you could attach an overlay strip of blue tinted backlight film over it. I don't know how well that would work, but it might get the blue tint you're looking for.

    Another idea along those same lines would be to use several strands of high-bright blue EL wire sewn together side-by-side and then have either a white or blue backlight film overlay on it so that it diffuses the light from the EL wire strands. Again, I don't know if that would work or not, but I thought I would throw it out there.

    Another area I'm struggling with is how to achieve the rubberized armor look. I assume it's some sort of latex rubber overlay attached to some type of hexagonal patterned undersuit. I've never worked with latex rubber, so I was thinking of maybe using layers of craft foam, but I'm not sure how well that would work. Finding fabric with that hex pattern is proving to be very difficult as well!

    I guess as a newbie, I sure picked a doozie to start with! LOL!
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    Jul 28, 2010, 2:05 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #21

    HooDooMan1 said: View Post

    One thing I thought of was if you got the POWO (Pink Off - White On) sheets, maybe you could use backlight film that you could print out with a blue tint to overlay the sheet with to make it appear blue? Since you are cutting the EL sheet into a strip, you could attach an overlay strip of blue tinted backlight film over it. I don't know how well that would work, but it might get the blue tint you're looking for.
    I was thinking the same thing. A blue film, or if it can hold up, I'd try to use some clear, blue tinted spray paint. But I don't know how well paint works with the light sheet.

    For the hexagon pattern under the suits, I'm lost. I'm thinking that is the only part I can't make accurate. It might have to be substituted for mesh.

    Right now though, I'm getting the plans and measurements down.
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    Jul 28, 2010, 4:57 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #22

    Sweet costume. I'd love to know what the body suit fabric is made from
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    Aug 1, 2010, 1:50 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #23

    I am actually working on costume too, I use to work for a company that made EL wire but since went under. I have an over abundance of it at my house so this costume seems like it has to be done.

    Some people were thinking about going to the EL route, I think i am going to run multiple strands next to each other and then try difussing it with some clear viynl I spray painted with frost. I have attached some pictures.


    I think the clear viynl needs a few more coats of spray so you can't see the wires...
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    Aug 1, 2010, 4:00 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #24

    carboxyll said: View Post
    I am actually working on costume too, I use to work for a company that made EL wire but since went under. I have an over abundance of it at my house so this costume seems like it has to be done.

    Some people were thinking about going to the EL route, I think i am going to run multiple strands next to each other and then try difussing it with some clear viynl I spray painted with frost. I have attached some pictures.


    I think the clear viynl needs a few more coats of spray so you can't see the wires...

    sell me some of that EL wire and I will send you detailed pics of the suit they had a comic con.
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    Aug 1, 2010, 6:54 PM - re: Tron Legacy Costume #25

    You could also perhaps lightly sand or steel wool the underside of the vinyl to aid in diffusion. I did that with the lenses of my Ghostbusters proton pack and it worked pretty well.

    Russ

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