Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Heroes Con Charlotte 2016

Looking forward to attending Heroes Con 2016 in Charlotte NC this year.
A few modifications and upgrades on Hound for this week.
Painting the rivets to match green on the helmet and torso.
Also modified the shoulders and forearms to allow reach to helmet.
Crafted a quick license plate with bracket and mounted to front bumper.

Monday, May 23, 2016

TFcon Chicago 2016

Special Guest Michael Bell announced for TFcon 2016 Chicago.
Original voice actor for Prowl G1 from the TV cartoon series.
I am so excited for this event.
The 10 hour drive is worth it.

I might have time to do a few upgrades to Prowl that I have been wanting to do.
Would like to redo the knees with a more curved cylinder joint that flexes while moving around, using PVC material.
The gloves need to be rebuilt, old ones starting to fall apart.
Would like to modify the forearm pieces for a more comfortable fit.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TFCon Charlotte 2015

The whole weekend was amazing at TFCon 2015, had a great time.
Ran into many familiar faces and made some new friends.
Hound suit was a big hit.
Optimus Prime truck from TF4.
Met with Greg Berger (Grimlock) and Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee).

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Helmet & Forearm

TFCon 2015 is getting close and I need to finish Hound shortly.
All I have left is Helmet, Mask, and forearms.
The left forearm is finished.
I did 6 or 7 light coats of Plasti-Dip spray in a dark grey color.
The forearm blaster attachment went as planned.
I made an elastic sleeve with a hard plastic plate to go on the inside of forearm, and pre-drilled holes for screws to attach the blaster barrels.
Knowing the blaster barrels would add extra weight, the inside elastic helps a lot.

Helmet and face mask should be completed by Friday.
May not have time to install a small fan in helmet.
Remainder of bin I used for helmet material.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Forearm Sleeves & Gloves

This past weekend I worked on the forearm sleeves and gloves.
Last year I crafted some prototype forearm sleeves for Prowl to replace the hard plastic ones, but never continued.
So I used them for Hound.
The base sleeves are made out of camping foam mat, easy stuff to cut and hot-glue gun together.
Over the base sleeves I used the mat foam from hardware store.
This is my first time using this grey foam.  
I got two different types ; 1/2 thick and 1/4 inch thick.
Tricky at first to work with, especially the angle cutting.
Used contact cement to glue.
I glued a piece of elastic to fit around my wrist on the inside of sleeves, used hot-glue gun to secure.
Might use Plasti-Dip spray for outer color coating, running a few spray test pieces first.

The gloves I knocked out quickly.
Mirrored the gloves I did for Prowl, minus the finger pieces.
I might finish finger pieces when I have more time.