"I'm scared, Fif. You know why? It's that rat circus out there. I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look. Any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, you know? A terminal crazy... only I got a bronze badge to say I'm one of the good guys." -Max (Mad Max 1979)
With the upcoming release of "Mad Max: Fury Road", I figured that now would be a good time to make the costume of the series title character: "Mad" Max Rockatansky. This costume is for a series of videos I am posting on YouTube reviewing the entire "Mad Max Trilogy". The costume is going to be the costume from the first movie. I will also be making the costume from "The Road Warrior", but that will be a different Instructable all together. So, lets see how I made Mad Max: Max's Costume!
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Step 1: Jacket
The first thing I needed to do was buy a leather jacket that looked close to the one worn by Max in the movie. With a limited budget, I knew it needed to be cheap. I eventually found a Indiana Jones: Mutt costume for about $10 on amazon. Also, let me say that I think that the product image is the most accidentally hilarious product image ever! Once it came in the mail, I realized I needed to get rid of the white writing on the collar and shoulder. I first used a sharpie to get rid of the "Mutt" on the shoulder. I then put a piece of silver tape on it to to cover up most of it. Max has a badge in this place, and it is a perfect way to hide most of it. I painted "MFP 4073" (Max's badge number) on it. The sharpie did not work, so I ended up painting it with black paint. That worked better, so I painted the collar with it too.
Step 2: Badge
Because I knew I was going to be using this coat for the "Road Warrior" jacket, I didn't want to poke holes in it with a pin on badge. I bought a set of costume sheriff badges for about $1.50. I took one and decided that I was going to use a magnet to put it on the coat. I took a small magnet and superglued it onto the back. To put it on the jacket, I put one magnet on one side and the badge on the other, this allowed it to be put on the jacket without any holes!
Step 3: Gloves
Easiest task. Buy gloves, cut off fingers on the right glove. Congrats, you're done.
Step 4: Gun Holster
For the gun holster, I took two water bottles and cut the tops and bottoms off. I then cut them to fit around the Sawed-Off Shotgun I made (Which I did not document). I wrapped the entire thing with painters tape to hold it in good. I added a bottom to make sure that the gun didn't fall out. I took a piece of cardboard and measured it to reach from my belt line to my leg. I taped it onto the holster. I added slits for a belt and painted it black.
Step 5: Shoulder Pads
Because I was going to use this jacket for the "Road Warrior" jacket too, I didn't want to add permanent shoulder pads. I found a pair of knee pads that looked close enough to what I was looking for. I just slide them up and wear them on my shoulder.
EDIT: I found a pair of shoulder pads that looked better than the ones I wear in the rest of the pictures. Will update pictures when video is done.
Step 6: "You're Mad, Man!"
Now put on some black pants and boots. It is all done! In these pictures you may notice I don't gave the boots or holster on. That's because I don't have a belt that fits me right now. I hope you like this instructable! You can view the final video here! If you have any suggestions on how I could make it better, comment below. If you want to see more replicas, follow me. Next up, Max's costume from "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior"