Things I needed to create:
Things I could buy:
Step 1: The Helmet
I came across a Darth Vader Halloween mask and I saw potential. It had the eyes I needed and a smooth forhead piece that covered half the head. I decided to grab it without really knowing how I would use it.
I cut the front of the mask off from the nose down, just leaving the half above the eyes. I then proceeded to do some more clipping and turned the mouth piece of the mask upside down and attached it with a pair of screws to the upper half.
This left me with a gap in the area of the mouth. I cut a plastic plate to a shape I thought would work and glued it to the open space.
Then I glued two pieces of cardboard together and cut the shape of the fin for the top of the mask. I cut a slit in the top of the mask and slid the fin in. I then glued it on the inside of the mask.
Then I realized I needed the two air vents. I used two toilet paper roll, cut them in half and then into triangles. I allowed for a half circle vent and superglued the rest to the helmet.
For decoration I cut the edges off plastic plates and glued three curved pieces to each side of the helmet.
Once all the pices were attached I put a clear coat finish to make the cardboard and plastic have similar finishes. Then I painted the whole thing gold.
Step 2: Jetpack
Step 3: Flight Jacket
I started by dying the jacket with Rit dye in the washing machine. I had never done it before but after putting it through two or three times I achieved the desired color.
The jacket was full length but I wanted it to just come to the waist. I cut it off at the waist and folded a couple inches up under itself and duct tapped it to the inside. The jacket was fairly wide so I took it in in the back so that it fit my chest and waist snug.
I then cut the collar to half its original size and put several gold rivets on it.
I also sowed on one more button so that it had an even number on both sides.
Step 4: The Rest
I took a squirt gun and spraypainted it black.
I wore padded motorcycle gloves and shin high commando boots.
And the costume was complete!