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Picture of A Battle Mech Suit
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Halloween is the greatest time of year!!!  I love making costumes but there is one simple rule I follow.  Only found or recycled materials can be used unless it is absolutely necessary to buy something.  Oh yes, and the costume can't be lame.  It has to be EPIC!!!

This is not really an instructable.  It is more of what I did to create this costume and hopefully you can use some of the ideas from it.  I didn't take as many pictures as could have been so you might have a few questions.

This costume was made for a Halloween contest (unfortunately the contest was canceled at the last minute due to poor ticket sales).  The only way I could get to the contest was by city bus so I phoned the bus company and found out the dimensions of their doors.  This costume stands about 7 feet high, 3 feet wide at the shoulders, and is about 2.5 feet front to back.

Oh, and there are no pictures of me in the finished costume.  I couldn't get it in my door to take pictures in the mirror!

Here is the material list:

For the paper mache; (Did I mention the costume is made out of cardboard and paper mache?)
-flour
-water
-salt
-construction paper
-newspaper
-tissue paper

Basic body;
-cardboard
-string
-cloth
-old pair of pants
-red plastic from a plastic file folder
-strips of rubber for feet
-pieces of wood
-cloth for padding
-duct tape

Camo, words, and symbols;
-red latex paint
-black spray paint
-white spray paint
-yellow craft paint
-white craft paint
-red craft paint
-green craft paint

Weapons;
-plastic flower pots
-plastic tubing
-electrical conduit
-wiring
-light switches
-cordless drill
-sheet metal
-metal tubing
-mini flashlight

Electronics;
-bicycle flashers
-lights that clip on to a hat
-2 6v gel cells
-wiring

Smoke generator;
-electrical conduit
-metal tubing

Tools;
-stapler
-large sewing needle
-hammer
-pliers
-screwdriver
-heat gun (to speed up the drying process for the paper mache)
-paintbrushes
-welder
-grinder

There are miscellaneous items like screws and stuff.  The back bottles are from a water cooler I found.

I'm not going to describe how I made the smoke bombs for the smoke generator nor the ignitors for them.  Also the gun on the left (left side of the picture) fired special confetti shells I created.  They sounded like a shotgun going off and spewed confetti everywhere! But I made sure that it was absolutely safe by doing extensive testing with the shells and gun before putting it anywhere near my body.  So I'm sorry but I can't tell you how I did that.  It is very dangerous if you don't do it right.

As for the price, I think this costume cost me about $50 in materials.  Most of the materials were found so they were free.
 
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I wanted to say something about how really awesome this is, but my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw that it was made out of cardboard, and I have yet to find it again...
keokg2 (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
Thanks! You made my day! The whole idea of the costume is to step outside of the box (so to speak) and use your imagination to create anything you want to! Hopefully you now have a whole lot of great ideas running around in your head and soon you'll amaze all of your friends!
poofrabbit2 years ago
This turned out fantastic!! Well done!
keokg2 (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you. Tried to make it as simple as possible! Hopefully you guys can use some of the ideas from it for MEGA EPIC costumes! Costumes don't have to be expensive because most of the materials a person needs can be found or bought really cheaply.