Optimus Prime From 10.00 Foam Camping Mats

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About: I love to create. I started as a professional photographer and my interests have led to sculpture.

Hi everyone , wish I would have taken more pictures during this project but I have recently learned of this website and did not realize their was a forum for this kind of thing.
The tools needed for this endeavour are a razor blade, glue gun. velcro, a small torch, some muffler tape for highlights, krylon paint , copper wire for the fingers(this way you can adjust them) and lastlely some camping mats from canadian tire.
Be patient, I've given very good photographs of each peice remember to add dimension you will need to put fillers behind your frontal peices like the braces on the shoulders or the shinguards on the foot assemblies.
He is not a perfect optimus but he is my render, for instance the real optimus does not have a jet pack, too bad ours does.
any questions feel free, I built this costume so most of it was painted post production, sucks cause I had to do a lot of masking.
The finished costume looked alot better at first but he has been around for a while and has the battle scars to prove it.
The torch is for distressing the foam, just hold it far enough away so that it doesn't catch on fire.
Have fun!

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    shaneltlshakes24601

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Acrylic and a torch to give it that abused metal look
    Just don't get too close with the torch

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    scistone

    7 years ago on Introduction

    HOW DO YOU DO THAT!?? I mean, how do you shape the foam. Cuz I want to make an epic custum coustume

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    grayrhino

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing! do you have any more details on how you made the foot part and connected the 2 together?

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    shaneltlgrayrhino

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry, the only pictures I have are the ones here. The whole thing is held together with velcro strapping. Hope this helps

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    Anonbonbon

    8 years ago on Introduction

    lol all the little girls must have loved hugging him, with all that foam making him nice and squisy!
    Great costume, bet the little dude had a blast

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    rredmon

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Simply outstanding!!! I wish I could think outside the box more and come up with stuff like this. very awesome.

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    sarahfish

    9 years ago on Introduction

     This is unreal! well done. welcome to instructables! I can't waitto see what you put up now that you know we're here! great project!

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    knoxy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    G'Day mate, can you give some pointers on how you made the helmet?

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    Mia bea

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I deem you the coolest dad award!!! And a few hours ago I thought my mom was amazing (she still is :) for buying me a pair of boots for my elf costume this year! I would be a transformer but I have more on hand for the elvin valkyrie :P But still! This is THE coolest transformers costume for under $100 I have ever seen!

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    shaneltlMia bea

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    mia just wanted to say thankyou, heres the ironic thing, I just brought the costume down from my sons room an hour ago to display in a halloween store. Truth is, I build almost every day, things get better the more you create, good luck with your elvin costume, I'm sure it will be awesome!

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    antivenom

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hahaha! That is the coolest thing I've ever seen, ever! Nice work, Dad :)

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    kaos211976

    9 years ago on Introduction

    You get the award for "Going Above and Beyond as a Parent". WOW!