Introduction: Attack on Titan/ SnK 3d Maneuver Gear

Picture of Attack on Titan/ SnK 3d Maneuver Gear
Attack on Titan - 3D gear
Cosplay Prop WIP

This gear is a cosplay prop made for and with a good friend of mine. Shingeki no kyojin or Attack on Titan is/was a big hit and therefore she wants to do a cosplay. Here we go trying out best to build and craft the machine all the soldiers use to move around the scary and mostly ugly titans.Follower our pictures and steps to do your own

after 5 days-done with the stuff.I just need to do the swords.
And I am thinking about making me one too

Step 1: References

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I am thankful for these highly detailed references! they helped a lot in this cosplay prop WIP.

This way you can easily understand what is needed,how big and where is needs to be placed.

Step 2: Tools and Material

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You will need the following tools :

- styrofoam
- a cutter
- paste and tissue paper (paper maché)
- webbing (1.2m or depending on your sizes) to hold up the boxes
- hot glue+sticks
- UHU por/g styrofoam glue
- dark,light and silver acrylic paint
- card(-foam-)board
- screws ( at least 3)
- Spray paint grey and or metallic
- some black wire or rubber band used as the cables
(- duct tape)

Step 3: Engine Work I + Base

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Styrofoam is your friend!! :D
You can carve out all the shapes and details out of a block of this foam to get your mechanism pieces from side and back. Once you carved enough, use a little bit of sanding paper to get it more accurate.
NOTE: don't use hot glue, normal glue or spray paint on this now . it will melt down your styrofoam immediately!! D:
Cover your pieces with paste and tissue paper and let it set till it is completely dry and hard. A hair blower can help with the time issue or you can simply make a break or something else. When everthing is dry you can start paining :D

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To create the bottle tanks, we were lucking in one of the office supplies stores (also check out artists and architectural stores). We got ourselves some plastic pipes to transport your blueprint with and cut them! One half of a plastic ball with the same diameter glued on top gives you a good shape.
I drilled in some wholes to put in those T-shapes plastic pipes. I did have some at some, but you can get them at a hardware store!

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The centerpiece and platform of the engine. This piece is light PVC and can be easily cut and deformed after you put some heat on it(hair blower or heat gun). Form it like in the next step, so that the small pieces are pointing to your wastes' sides and the big plane is slightly tilted.

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Tthe small platform of the engines steamer is positioned at your lower back and it's supposed to be hanging a bit diagonal. The screw in the middle of it will help fixing the steam engines part to it - use your hot glue here!

Step 4: Engine Work II

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Round side pieces of the engine. An old cardboard pipe or even the leftovers of silk ribbon pipes are useful to do these things. We added ring shaped pieces of this cardboard,cut with a cutter, to give it more 3 dimensional appearance. Covering it with paste and tissue paper to make it look smooth and easy to paint. The paste hardens everything,too!

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Some details of the side pieces of the engine on your back.

Step 5: The Boxes

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For the boxes you will need 2 big sheets of styrofoam/kappa board (70x100cm; around 5mm thick)

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Use a ruler to mark and carve in the straight lines that will be bend to form a box!
Example: 10cm-25cm-10cm-25cm

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foam sheet construction to slide in the extra sword blades.

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The boxes parts need to be painted - spray paint is way easier and faster and I believe in this amount cheaper then using acrylics and brushes. So We set up a little painting area on my balcony. PLEASE NOTE!! when using spray paint it is a) highly recommended to use a mask, b) very very handy to have some old cardboard underneath and c) you can create a silver-ish metallic look by base coating the pieces in dark grey/black and then add silver spray on top.

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Attaching you will use some screws!
The boxes are almost ready to be closed. Before you do so, add all the details you want to be added. It is way easier to do so then working on the closed boxes. Indeed, use a screw to add the webbing to the box .This way it is still flexible and turnable. The big clip you see on top of the red-black-red piece will be used to hold the boxes at the right hight of your legs and still give you the chance to walk normally. You clip those into the harness of your tight.

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cutting out some extra sword blades;adding details and coloring them. they will be put into the slides of the boxes(better glue some in!!) :P

Step 6: Swords

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I moved with all the materials and stuff into my universities workshop. I was a little bit nervous,but when I get started working-with materials, machineries and tools - I feel...I feel great!! :)


The swords are made out of 3mm plywood. Because the handles need to bigh thicker I made them out of 3 layers: outside-blade-inside! (pic2)
the middle one and inside piece of wood needed to be altered a bit, so the bicycle break would fit smoothly into the wood handle!! (pic. 3/4)

BTW - I used a print out pic from the refences of the handle to test meassurements. the ones fitting my hand guided me as a pattern for the wood work to be ahead!! You can download picture9 of this step to do so,too!

Using a bend saw to roughly cut out all the pieces and wood glue and clamps to bring them together.(pic.4)

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once the glue was completely dry I could take the swords to the sanding machine and sand off all the bumps and larg and pointy edges. I added some details with a Dremel/hand carving tool and smooth some edges into round shapes.
Details are made out of foam and left over ieces from the bicycle break. The handle also needs some grip! I used the silikon kitchen matress stuff from IKEA for this. Made myself a paper template, transfered it onto the silikon sheet, cut it out and spray painted it.(pic6))haha you can see my supernatural shot gun prop in this picture too XD)
Using some contact adhesive to glue the handles onto the wood. You can use a heatgun instead,too.
Wires(hollow and leight) were added later from Lindwurm.


Step 7: Finished 3d Maneuver Gear

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Let me introduce you to Freddie and Mercury - Lindwurms (a close friend of mine) personal soldier gear from the super strange, but cool anime Attack on Titan!


Please Note - I sadly can NOT do COMMISSION on this piece if you are not from germany. This is because of the impossible way of shipping this light weight, kind of fragile thing. I am sorry.
Still, I edited the tutorial with more photos and description so it is easier to follow the steps. Good Lick

Step 8: Cosplay

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I can finally show you the gear in (cosplay) action!
This is the lovely Pola Cosplay with Freddy and Mercury.

Looks cool,doens't it? :D

for more cosplay, design and work in progress/tutorial related stuff, check out my other instructables or visit me on facebook via Kion Cosplay <3

Step 9: No Commissions Possible! :(

I have been asked many many times if I woulddo commission for this gear. I'm sorry to tell you that this is not possible.

Thinking if it would be any helpful to create a template for you to craft it?I'm not so sure

If you would like to know some more detiled information of the process of crafting the gear I am happy to help as good as possible :)


FelinaLain (author)2017-05-29

If you still have the life-sized template could you take a screenshot or picture of them and give us the dimensions of the paper on which they were? It would help tremendously to make the gear. That aside, wonderful tutorial, thank you so much!

walkeremma (author)2016-03-13

I want to Make this but i cant because im looking for something that i wont hit someone with

viurself (author)2016-01-24

It looks wonderful! I can't wait to try it myself!

jveca (author)2016-01-14

When it comes to painting foam/styrofoam, it is best never to use any petrol based paints at all. One missed spot and you will be starting over again.

I have found that the best types of paint to use are water soluable acrylics. Come in all sorts of colors and are easy to mix and clean up.

But if you want to get the surface nice and smooth for painting, try using a 3 parts white glue (Elmers prefered) to one part water, if that is too thin and isn't filling the gaps, just add more glue, I say this because some of the off brands are on the thin side, so if the glue realy runny right out of the bottle, don't thin it out with water use as is.

junebeauty6599 (author)2015-11-18

Hello, i love the way these look they are amazing!! I am hoping and most likely going to a anime con in March, Ive never cosplayed an anime character and i adore attack on titan so i thought why not Mikasa! However, its very expensive and was wondering if anyone knew where i could get the cosplay for a decent price? Please send suggestions!! Sincerely, A fellow cosplayer

a good place to get it would be a site called wish that is where i got my Levi cosplay and it looks amazing, i price up all my cosplays before i buy them and this site has helped me lower the price so much also good luck with you Mikasa cosplay

corymercado5 (author)2015-12-24

do you have dimensions in english please? :s

Eravens123 (author)2015-09-24

Hey I was woderimg if you can send me a list of what you used? And your gear looks awesome and my friend told me about your page and I think this is great!

Pil-Z (author)Eravens1232015-10-11

i'd recommend using just cardboard for the blade holders, and overall Styrofoam, and/or white foam for the maneuver gear.

Kion Designs (author)Eravens1232015-10-04

hey. thank you so much and a hug to you and your friend^^
all you need is listet in the first steps of this tutorial. if somethings missing it's up to your interpretation. try use leftovers for example. :)

xengxue (author)2015-09-28

how much did this build cost...just wondering. and how long did it take to build

Pil-Z (author)xengxue2015-10-11

You are most probably gonna make alot of mistakes and go through alot of prototypes before finally getting it. I'd say you might go through about 300 dollars if you're winging it, 100 dollars if you have someone giving you very good steps.

Kion Designs (author)xengxue2015-10-04

oh and a friend did this in about 3 days i guess. costs ? sry cant say for sure anymore.espacially because its in euro

Pil-Z made it! (author)2014-11-24

Thanks so much. This was probably my main reference tutorial with another one named johnny and junkers i think. Loved your tutorial. Again, without this tut probably couldn't have made it.

Kion Designs (author)Pil-Z2015-10-04

BAM!! looks super cool

Anakin_Starlord (author)Pil-Z2015-04-28

Hey Pil-z I am thinking of making this I am a huge Attack on Titan fan do you think you could post or send me via direct message the mesurements you used for your pieces?

Pil-Z (author)Anakin_Starlord2015-05-12

Sure, sorry for the late reply, I hope I still replied on time for your cosplay, I will send you the measurements later, and I reccomend the main material you use is cardboar from home depot, and a white foam board.

Kion Designs (author)Pil-Z2014-11-25

Dude!!!you rock! this looks awesome!!great job and I am glad I could help you with this!!
feel free to show me the full cosplay later on ;)

Mimin2 (author)2015-09-24

Hey, this is really awesome. Could I may ask how much
styrofoam, card board and wire you used?

Kion Designs (author)Mimin22015-10-04

hey. thx. 2x card board (70x100cm), styrofoam left overs. not much at all and about 4-5m wire? to be sure?..yeah i guess

GabrielleC5 (author)2015-09-19

This is simply amazing 3d maneuver gear!! But I was wondering about how heavy was the final prop? Did it weigh down any of the belts or straps of the harness while you were wearing it?

pradacarlile (author)2015-06-12

i was just wondering what thickness of styrofoam board you used for the boxes. was it 5mm? thanks for the tutorial, it looks really great!! :)

Han_Solo_Order66 (author)2015-02-24

can you give detailed measurements on the steamer part in the rear

Hey Jared. So sry, but the gear is not with me anymore. So no detailed measurement :(
But if you want to be sure, use some paper or cardboard forcreating your personal measured template first.

thanks i eventually just ended up looking for average hight of 17 year old and derived the mesurements from refrence photos but thanks.

CordanJ (author)2015-05-14

is there an english version?

CosplayedKilljoy (author)2015-05-11

Hey! So as I am limited on suplies and budget, could I use carboard for the blades and handle? Thanks!

Pil-Z (author)CosplayedKilljoy2015-05-12

You can't also make this out of home supplies, you need to go to michaels, home depot, or any department/construction store in your local area, good luck on your project!

Pil-Z (author)CosplayedKilljoy2015-05-12

You can't also make this out of home supplies, you need to go to michaels, home depot, or any department/construction store in your local area, good luck on your project!

That is totaly up to you. But I think it shouldn't make a problem. Use some thicker cardboard combined with a some layers of woodglue. this will harden the material and it is more safe to carry it around and not get to much damage on it easiy.

Pil-Z (author)CosplayedKilljoy2015-05-12

You probably can't, you'll need to spray paint, and cardboard, and foam falls apart when spray painted. I was left with no choice other than to use wood. At the end it was inexpensive, and it was awesome. But mind you, this project is very expensive. I spent around 200-300. You probably shouldn't do this if you have a small budget.

JaredW1 (author)2014-12-05

What are the outside of the boxes made of?

Pil-Z (author)JaredW12015-05-12


natli.morales (author)2015-03-24

Hi, this is amazing!!! I am in need of help! I need to find a way to get my back peice to wrap around my waist securly. How did you do that?

Pil-Z (author)natli.morales2015-05-12

One strategy I used which is easier is just make a belt around it, cut holes for the belt to go in the back piece.

Hey Natli,
we used two pairs of bolt and nut to create a click in system at the back sides of your belt. You can see the idea in step 4 picture 1.
this means you need two additional wholes in your basic belt where the bolt can be fit through. the motor thng from the gear will simply be hung into. kind of a bayonette lock.
hope this is helping you out.

electricwalrus (author)2015-05-03

Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me what thickness plywood you used, and what the overall measurements were for the handle pieces and the blade. if you had a template you used to create them, that would be greatly appreciated!

hey there,
the plywood is 3layered and is about 4-5 mm thick.
I uploaded my template test pic to this step so you can download it und testprint and calibrate it to the size you need it :)
good luck!

AmaterasuWH (author)2015-04-08

What did you use for the handle on the swords?

Kion Designs (author)AmaterasuWH2015-04-10

so the handles are made from several layers of plywood + old bicycle breaks. the red brown-ish gripy handle parts are some kitchen mats from ikea.

alex.kulbitsky (author)2015-01-05

would this be applicable and or look right with real O2 tanks attached in it's place? Or would weight be an issue for the rig. Thanks in advance!

I don't think real O2 tanks would be a good idea. to heavy, to dangerous and probably to expensive.
The tanks from this instructable are plastic pipes to keep posters safe.

it would weigh down on the belt and break it or not sit right I think. It would for mine anyway. I have to make mine as light as possible because all the suit is held together by the belt :/

draco.velarde (author)2014-12-06

but may i ask does it work i am trying along with my friends to creat 3d gear that works

Hey there Draco.
No. this gear is not functional!
Didin't have the time and money to put that much energy and effort into it.
But maybe you'll succeed!

I have seen a man crafting a functional one long time ago on youtube.

lili.sotog.3 (author)2014-11-25

can someone please translate the images because I can't read that language...I don't know if its Japanese?Google translater can't read the writing. :(

Thanks if someone dos translate it ^^

OmarK1 (author)2014-11-02

I was so confused on step 3 picture five. What are the dimensions? or are they the dimensions of my backside/butt.

Kion Designs (author)OmarK12014-11-12

Hey there,
I took reference picture #2 - the swords handle to be exact - and tried different scales on a DIN A4 print. this way I could figure out the (almost) right size for my swords.
Here are the handles .maybe this can help you :)

MaulahnaR (author)2014-11-09

How did you get the paper versions of the sword ( Like the Template ) I cant draw a big enough version, Can you tell me how or where too get them?

JasmineG (author)2014-10-25

What are the measurements of it all... I need help. I almost started making the engine but do not know the measurements

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