Step 2: Making Things Complicated: Combining the Boxes
The larger box on the back was chosen to resemble a backpack. On the picture you can see that one of its sides is almost completely cut off and I did that for two reasons:
- Even at this point it was clear that the resulting costume will be heavy (I just didn’t realize how heavy it will be). So everything contributing to the weight had to go. See how part of that box wall still remains in place? That’s to maintain the box integrity.
- I needed a place in the costume to store all the batteries, cables, wires, switches and other electronics. This box is the place.
Finally one more disassembled box was added to the front to cover the belly and the sides. I left the flaps in place so they also work as kind of belt keeping all pieces together.
One part still missing in our armor is something covering arms. I used the flaps previously cut out and bent them in a hexagonal shape. Hexagon seems more sophisticated than round and square shapes and it’s easier to make than 7-, 8- and so on –gonal shape.
A few things to keep in mind while gluing the arm armor are
- You will need to bend your arms. For this reason you need to cut out two triangles from the sections of the hexagonal tube. Check out the pictures to see how this works with straight arm and when it is bent
- I wanted to integrate the weapon system into one arm (to be discussed later). This is why one section was made significantly longer than the other to accommodate extra accessories and electronics
- If you pull the tube all the way up the arm you will notice that the delta muscles are not covered. I added two more pieces of cardboard to these sections. They cover deltas when the arm is relaxed and disappear under the shoulder armor when you bend the arm.