This is my tribute to the game series Fallout. New Vegas is my favorite game ever and I have a feeling it will stay that way forever.
I started making this costume last November and I had no idea what I was in for.
I began with the T-51 Power Helmet. I used Pepakura as the base and added fiberglass resin, bondo and paint on top of it. I actually learned how to use bondo during this and realized that it needed to be mixed in small quantites, and that is why the helmet is so lumpy! = P Next time, next time. The additional trimmings I bought off McMaster.
I used Instamorph to mold the MF Hyperbreeder Alpha (gun). This gun took me so long to mold, but I realized how great a heat gun is for working with Instamorph. The additional trimmings I bought off McMaster as well. I am using glowsticks to light it up! Also, I got a recordable push button so the gun makes the noise from the game.
I used Instamorph and leather to build the armor. This was the most difficult part! It is so hard to get dimensions right when you are the one dimensioning yourself! I found a great anchor system, where I embed a piece of leather with buttons into the Instamorph to make it completely modular.
The PipBoy ( lit arm adornment) I bought as a kit from Skruffy Studios. It came with the cast, the wiring and little extras, which I had to paint, wire and put together.
I had so much fun making this costume, and also it drove me nuts! I also learned an amazing amount about different tools and materials I had never worked with before, and I learned that I have to drop the idea of “perfection” every now and again”