Step 6: Chest piece detail and flare

Once the chest piece paint is dry, I hot glued the flashlights into place and used an extra amount of glue for reinforcement.

*word to the wise, if paint is not completely dry, the hot glue will melt the paint and make the bond weak, meaning a.) You'll have to repaint, and b.) Your glue won't stick. So wait until it's dry for sure.

I cut out 2 windshield slats to slide into the chest openings then paint them sky blue. The lighting bolts you see were cut out of regular white print paper then Elmers glued into place. I then took 2 plastic sheets found on those report covers I used to hand in to school, and cut then glued them over the blue sky and lighting bolts. This will give you that glass reflective look without actually have glass.

Hot glue them into the covering and if you want create an outer frame for them by painting metalic foam board strips and hot glueing them to the outer edges.

As you may also notice I painted the bottom of the fram metalic by masking off the top portion with tape and plastic bags found around the house.

*Side note: Notice Spaceballs is on the TV in the background!
<p>My three year old wanted to be Optimus prime for halloween so I had to scale the costume down quite a bit. Thanks for the good design Idea!! He loved it and the family was impressed with what you can do with some cardboard and a bunch of hot glue:)</p>
hi , i would really love to know the step by step in doing your childs costume. please contact me asap. :D more powers to you
<p>did you ever get the step by step on a child's costume?</p>
Tacosmith, great job, especially since it had to be scaled down tremendously...really awesome.&nbsp; <br />
Thanks for the great instructable!
It was awesome using the ideas from this page and making changes to fit my sons size. It was a fun build and he's a happy kid.
<p>I really want to make this for Halloween of 2016. Before I do, though, do you have any estimation as to its total height for, say, a 6' tall male? I need to be able to fit through doors, both vertically and horizontally.</p>
<p>This was a great build. Had a lot of fun with it already and Halloween is still a week away. I made a few slight modifications here and there but primarily to the helmet so my face would be hidden using drywall repair screens so I could see through but no one else could see in. Thanks for the details on the build! </p>
My nephew wanted to be Optimus Prime for Halloween 2 years ago and we followed these instructions. We adjusted of course where needed because he was only four at the time, but the costume came out great! We have made his costume every year since this one. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions.
<p>Thanks for inspiring me in making an awesome costume. I had an idea and searched it up and was directed to your Instructable. I made a costume of my favorite Transformer, Silverbolt. I added LEDs though, just to make it coolsies. You can look at the project here http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-powered-Transformer-Costume-with-LEDs/.</p>
<p>that's awesome!</p>
<p>Dannyeurena, I think it's our duty to remind you how awesome your instructible still is and probably always will be! Many many thanks!</p>
i found this instructable back in 2010. very helpful thank you!!!
I know what I'm doing this year for Halloween, I don't care how old I am this is cool and I want to give it a shot
<p>is the polycentric hinge necessary?</p>
<p>is the polycentric hinge necessary?</p>
<p>is the polycentric hinge necessary?</p>
<p>Best costume for prime i have seen yet, thanks for the inspiration. Made a hot rodimus costume the year after i made my prime, then made my girlfriend a bumblebee for this year. Have won multiple contests since making them! thanks for the help and inspiration! </p>
<p>Thank you for taking the trouble to post this! 4 years later it was perfect for me and my boy!</p>
Just wanted to pop in and say that there are still people using this to make Prime. Mine will be used at comic con and is still not 100%. i've got a lot of detail to add, but decided to take it for a spin at a Halloween party, a costume contest, and to hand out candy to kids this weekend. He was a huge hit, and I actually got a standing ovation when I walked out for the costume contest. It has taken me roughly two and a half weeks so far and will probably take another week to finish up.
<p>The costume we made for our three year old son. A workweek.</p>
<p>The costume we made for our three year old son. A workweek.</p>
<p>The costume we made for our three year old son. A workweek.</p>
<p>The costume we made for our three year old son. A workweek.</p>
That is awesome! You did a great job
<p>I am in need of a transformer costume to help put smiles on kids faces who are homeless. I represent a non profit agency for the Washington DC area and we provide resources for homeless families. Can someone direct me on how I may pay someone to make a costume similar I may be reached at partworldproductionsdc@gmail.com thank you. </p>
Me and my Dad are making an Optimus Prime costume for Halloween. This helped a bunch!
<p>I'm interested in paying for a 'Hot-Rod&quot; vision for a 6 foot tall man to wear at an upcoming event Nov 14th here in Charlotte NC. If anyone can help please call 704.363.8527. this event will be filmed so you will see your work on t.v. call me if your serious and you can build a good wearable Hot-Rod thank you </p>
<p>I decided last year I wanted to be Optimus for Halloween (they were my favorite toys as a kid) so I found your instructions and set to work. I showed my 5 yr old nephew the plans and he decided he wanted to be that too! I had my work cut out for me. I didn't get it done as well as I would have liked as I ran out of time, but it was still fun and he was a hit at school and in the neighborhood! This year I am going to put some time into it to make it easier to walk and re-use it! cardboard, duct tape and hot glue gun was a success overall!! and pretty inexpensive. A million thank yous from us both for your great ideas and plans!!!</p>
<p>We made one according to your design, thanks for sharing:)</p>
<p>thanks for the inspiration.made prime for mcm comic con scotland.cheers</p>
<p>Thank you very much for the instructions - it short cut the learning process immensely. Not only did it inspire me, it kept me busy while I was in the transition for looking for work. I wore it at Supanova 2014 in Sydney yesterday and it brought so many smiles, it has further inspired me to be able to one day create my own future instructable! This amazing drawing was what I based my costume on, it took me every night for 6 weeks - a great challenge but well worth it.</p>
Check out this item I found on eBay: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&amp;id=321392951951&amp;globalID=EBAY-GB
Greeting Dannyeurena,<br><br>I took on the challange of doing my own Prime using our Prime as a blue print. I wore it last weekend for our pop culture expo, Supanova in Sydney, Australia. I could only wear it for a short time but when I did have it on, I could not move without everyone stopping me for a pic.<br><br>Took me over 2 1/2 months to make and had to cram in the time in the end to get it done. Still needs a bit of work done but the result was epic!!<br><br>Thanks for the blue prints. Without them I don't think I would of got this done. The pic's are a shorten pic history. Enjoy.
That's awesome, this helped me a little. what did you put in the leg to keep it on you shin? foam board?
<p>Know its a bit late replying.... 2 years I think. lol! But I used thick foam on the legs and let it 'hug' the leg and prayed that gravity didn't take over. If I was to build it again, I think I would of used a different method. </p>
post your own instructable rather than clogging this up.
It's been a while since I've posted but I don't mind the extra traffic. It's amazing to find others as passionate as I, so &quot;clogging&quot; is welcome.
<p>Been awhile I've been on here too. But thanks for the thumbs up :) Unfortunately I've had to retire Prime due to wear and tear and is now sitting as a demo piece in my comic store for people to look at. I've now moved on to doing a Steampunk Prime and few other things. I've used the Prime blue prints as the base and worked out a few problems. Sorry if I was 'clogging' but I guess some people can't handle the awesomeness! ;)</p>
NO, really get this off here, and post a photo 'ible!
i bet the guy in the assassins creed costume felt like a loser standing next to OPTIMUS PRIME!!!!!!!!!!
<p>Awesome instructions!</p>
Thanks for the inspiration, made my first Optimus costume, and blaster! This was a lot of cardboard carving , let me tell ya! And it's true glue gun burns freakin hurt! Lol!! But just wanted to say thanks for the pics and the info, made my Halloween fun!
Another one.... thanks for the tips and inspiration.
hi mind to post your kids step by step costume. optimus prime. thanks
Thanks for the great instructions. I had a blast making this.
I just want to say thank you so much for posting this awesome picture.. As you can see I made Optimus for my son who is almost 7. I didnt use any of the diagrams, etc.. I just went by looking at the picture of the finished product. And He won Best Handmade Costume this year. And If it wouldnt of been for the main picture you posted, I dont believe it would ever of come out as good as it did.. You had great detail, and all the right things. Again Thank you. Hearing him say &quot;I Love it sooooo Much, Thank you, you are the Best Mommy ever&quot; was worth all the time invested. Which was around 100 or so hours. Next year he wants to be an excavater.... LOL<br> <br> http://prntscr.com/21c2cv<br> <br> http://prntscr.com/21c2o2<br> <br> http://prntscr.com/21c2ts

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