This was all my son's idea, and it took about six weekends, and some late nights but the end product came out nice. The sword and shield were made out of wood (I thankfully had access to a laser cutter but it could be replicated with a jig saw) and I will provide cad files and pdf's of all the pieces as well as the laser settings for anyone who may have access to a laser cutter.
For the costume itself, I had a friend come by and show me how to do basic sewing, and now that I have made it, I will CAD a pattern and also upload several file formats for downloading. If you follow the link to flickr, you can see all the build images, and as I can update the tutorial I will: Link Costume
Step 1: Getting your materials and tools in order
Materials For The Build
Okay, so here is the supplier I recommend for procuring all your basswood needs: nationalbalsa. Eric and Tammy will set you up straight away. I have been using them for years and ALWAYS had prompt service. Tell them I send my love ;)
Aleene's Tacky Glue and 3M Super 77. I have these on hand for other projects, and you can probably get away with just one good glue that works well with wood.
I used a enamel spray paint. Red, Yellow, Silver, Blue, and a clear coat spray.
Tools For The Build
1. Cutting Device:
If you dont have a laser cutter or a friend that has one, fear not. I suggest printing out the templates I will upload and using a jig-saw, band-saw, or similar tool. In the end, even if you use a laser cutter, you will see that I filed and sanded the material so it looked a little more battle weary, so a looser tool will not make the end product any less cool.
You really cannot have enough clamps. Seriously. If you dont have enough, use this as an excuse to go buy as many as you can. Clamps were vital in this process.
This one may seem puzzling, but it makes more sense once we get further down the road. Short of it is, that when you get to gluing pieces of the shield, you will find that some of them are hard to get a clamp on, so it is handy to have a couple of these around.
4. Sanding Files:
These will come in handy when filing the millions of pieces that you will assemble. This part of the process is probably the most tedious and annoying, but in the end, if you put some love into it, your pieces will have that battle-worn look that we know LInk has earned.
5. Orbital Sander:
I have one of these, so that is what I used. Honestly, you could use any sander. This one seemed to work well.
6. Sandpaper and Sanding Block:
I used 220 grit mainly for these. DONT buy a sanding block. Just use a scrap piece of wood, spray some Super 77 on the paper and presto: a sanding block.
7. Xacto Knife:
I used a large and small one.
8. Scrap For Jig
You will need to make a jig to bend the shield (if you want to), and I used whatever scrap I had. This end up being a lot of castoff pieces of chipboard and a couple dowels, but you could easily use some plywood and cut the shape out with a bandsaw.
Alright! We are ready to look at the design!