I made Big Daddy for the Metrocon 2010 Anime Convention here in Tampa Florida. I used items I had around the garage as much as I could. My local Home Depot was fantastic in having any of the odd but necessary items needed for the Completion of Big Daddy. After seeing Volpin Props Big Daddy, I caught the Bio-Shock bug and had to make one of my own. I learned quite a few new techniques pursuing the Holy Grail of Big Daddy.

Step 1: Your Supplies

The supplies used are:3 Gallons of Fiberglass Resin and liquid hardener
2 packs of fiberglass cloth
25 cans of Spray expandable foam
1 - 3/4 in. 4 ft. x 10 ft. board R5.0 R-Matte Plus 3Insulation
Packing tape
stretch fabric of some type. (I used olf jersey sheets)
5 - Armacell 1 In. x 6 Ft. Tubolit® Self-Seal Foam Pipe Insulation
3 - Armacell 1 In. T Foam Pipe Insulation connectors
acetone - for cleaning the fiberglass resin off brushes
6 CANS - Krylon Fusion for Plastic® Hammered Finish Copper Hammered PAINT
2 quarts - Rust-Oleum® Hammered Metal Finish Copper
1 quart - Rust-Oleum® Hammered Metal Finish Silver
1 pint - black acrylic paint1 pint - red paint
1 pk - Shepherd (20 Pk.) 3/4 In. Heavy-duty Self-Adhesive Felt Pads Round - Beige
1 - 32" beach ball

Tools:old electric kitchen knife
old serated steak knifepaint brushes
dremel - cutting attatchment,sanding cone, sander
drill with 2" Bi-Metal Hole Saws
foam block sander

Optional item:I have a PVC frame stand that made that I use for projects that I need off the floor. 
<p>amazing effort ,well done! looks excellent</p>
<p>That's really cool. Although the arm is kinda stumpy. You may want to add a 12th step and make a prosthetic arm that(of course) has moving fingers 'n' such.</p>
<p>Make a foam cylinder and hollow out a small area and insert a wooden dow as a handle but that only work with the drill hand</p>
<p>simply amazing! &lt;3</p>
Looks FANTASTIC! <br>I might have missed it, but could you say the price range on this?
Big dady sound like a pimps name, but good job on the costume
This looks amazing! I love Bioshock and u sir r...................................A BEAST!!!!
Looks real cool! It may be December but I'm still excited for next year's halloween. ewe <br>Now me and my brother can be a matching Big Sister/Daddy. c: I'll need to get started early and show it off around town out-of-season. :D <br>Thaaaank you!
That's awesome that you made the dome :D, you could also use the 24&quot; security domes (like the ones you see at walmart lol)
How do you get those from them?
You can search the net for them :)
I've never been able to find one for less than $100 in this kinda size, I ended up vacuum forming mine out of plastic.
I searched like crazy for one of those, I finally had to design one myself. I was so relieved it worked out so well.
this is a awesome instructable!
I LOVE this!!! You are very talented and creative! ^_^
Heh, i love deadpool.
he's amazing how could someone not love him?
I suppose if he killed me.
ratatatatatatata <br>owww<br>i would not love that
could you make it spin
This instrucable is awesome! Have you seen the Big Daddy costume and step by step instruction for it on Volpin Props? Oman, that guy is incredible. Working Drill and helmet lights and everything :D
Volpin Props is awesome! i wish i could make stuf like that
Reminds me a lot of this: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2009/09/big-daddy-bioshock.html
I did see the Violin Props Big Daddy which Is awesome!! I wish I had access to the materials and workshop he has.<br> <br> But for A Mom who works full time and has never done anything like this before, I thought I did pretty good. I try to find a way to use materials that are more accesible to the everyday person, and I think I accomplished that with this project.
its volpin props
Yes, you did good, gratz :D (and please reply so my comments isn't at 666! lol!)
Not a problem, would not want any evill to get you, Big daddy looks out for you. (^_^)
Thanks, Big Daddy rules! (and how did I use &quot;isn't&quot; ?? *facepalms*)
Me too. When I saw this 'able, I immediately thought of the amazing Volpin Props' Big Daddy costume and his detailed instructions. This one here is also amazing. Fantastic work!
I'll try to do it, but probably the first time will not work. )
METROCON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SAW YA THERE GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome job! I really hope you win, you deserve it!
you proberly could edit the head piece so it looks like a big daddy from bioshock infinite!
that thing looks like it would peirce metal with the drill
so if that thing was in battle with a armed robot who would win?
Looks cool maybe you can put Leds bhind the glass so it changes from yellow to red.
My daughter also asked to have an audio recording that plays the sounds big Daddy makes in the game. I still have to figure how to add light without illuminating her on the inside.
My primary Languige is not English so i can't explain it very well. ow thick is the helmet? I it's like 1-2 Cm you can try drilling holes in it and put the leds there.. (and put the cables in the edges.
your costume is cool but the deadpool costume is way cooler....
Dead pool was having a blast at the convention. And yeas his cosplay was good
I snapped a few pictures of you or someone wearing big daddy at GENCON. It was the coolest thing I seen there. I could tell there was a lot of time invested on the project, however I did not realize the scope of the endeavor . Great job. I like to build props for Halloween and you have given me so many new ideas. Thanks
bioshock always scares the schitt out of me but i love it :)
I really like this, can you tell exatly what material I would need to make the armor look, beause I'm making a Subject Delta suit and I'm not sure what is just needed for the Bouncer.
Hi, Everything in the instructable is the exact materials I used, manufacturer and color. The only item not pictured in the supplies was the stretch fabric. I used an old jersey set of sheets. You know the kind that feel like t-shirt material ,for the body and just layered the fiberglass resin. Being a novice and because of the time crunch the imperfect smoothing of the foam under the stretch fabric actually lends to the age metal look. I painted pieces as they were completed because time was a factor, and that also could account for any debris look in the aging. After the final copper paint was dried we took regular acrylic black paint swiped it on areas and then rubbed it off with a dry towel, this gave it the patina look. This was my first time working with fiberglass so I hope that I was able to help in your project. When you complete it send me a picture it was be great to see. (^_^) Mikoto
Yeah I'll be sure send you a picture when complete, though it is a long way off.
Really great costume! Good work xx
XD thanks (^_^) Mikot

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