Gundam RX-78 Costume




About: I'm just another guy that likes to make stuff and share what I do, that's all. I make instructables every now and again just for fun.

**If you like this costume, please vote for me in the instructables Halloween Contest! I will love you forever and give you a cookie!**

Transformers are way too mainstream. So I made a Gundam Costume for Halloween instead!

At the beginning of the Summer, I needed to find something to occupy my time with. So, I decided to start working on a costume for Halloween, since I was hoping to win my local costume contest with something awesome.

One of my favorite anime series of all time is the Gundam series. Thus, I decided to make my costume based on the original Gundam RX-78 model.

It took five months to build the entire suit. It took another two weeks to completely paint everything and make final adjustments.

The first thing I did was build the entire suit out of cardboard. Then, after getting the main shape of the costume, I covered it with foam board in order to not only provide better support, but it's also easier to paint over as well.

The body is painted with regular Acrylic paint using a large brush.

The helmet was arguably the hardest part of the costume. Since I have such a big head, I had to make it not only fit, but also still be proportionate to the rest of the body.

A drawback of the costume is that there is little to no ventilation. In fact, when I wore it to a costume party, I nearly suffocated in it. It's also difficult to move around in the costume. However, it is still possible to shuffle around and such, as you can see in this video:

After five months of hard work, it was well worth the effort! I won my local costume contest, and everybody loved it. I hope you all like my costume as well; I'm entering it in the Instructables Halloween Contest. So, if you like it, please vote for me!

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    12 Discussions


    3 years ago

    too bad gundam capsule fighters was shut down. You should do a how to.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    cool i am making a helicopter gundam atachment so its like gundam bulid fighters


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You know, I actually thought about playing that one time. I never got around to it though because of school work. :P


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You're close! :) It was first made with cardboard in order to get the shape right, and then I put Foam Board over on top of it in order to create a better painting surface.