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Offline greedo

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Episode 1 C3PO
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:53:21 PM »
So this is what you do when you're running out of things to build.......

I know this isn't really costume building, but I thought I'd share anyways. 


I won't go into detail about the whole process, but I'll post a bunch of photos to show the journey.  I researched this for a few weeks before building and didn't see anyone who had made this version of our British butler friend.

So this is entirely scratch built from PVC, wood, acrylic and bondo.  The neck is connected to a servo and there are speakers mounted in the head.  The animatronics will come later after I research Arduino a bit more.

I'll start with the end:

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr


Now here's how we got there.....

I took the visual dictionary and traced the outline of the head/torso area onto tracing paper.  Took it to Kinkos and enlarged it until the eye sockets were 1-5/8" in diameter.  Then I knew I had the scale I needed.

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

The skeleton for this is a 4" PVC "T".  I then took 1/8" acrylic to mold the main shape of the outer area you see.  To bend it, I put it in the oven at 300 degrees for five minutes.  You've then got about 10 seconds to shape it into pretty much anything you want.

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

Then used layers of bondo to create the final shape.

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

Out of the three weeks of research, most of it was spent trying to find an actual reference shot of the back.  There really isn't a good screen cap ( Trust me... I looked through 18 thousand photos of this horrible movie ), so I ended up using the action figure and a tiny bit of creative liberty.

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

Then primer and paint

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

I used heated acrylic to make the face.  Just used an existing 3PO head as my mold and pressed it up against it until it set

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

3PO by chris stephens, on Flickr

And done...

Untitled by chris stephens, on Flickr
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 07:07:39 PM »
 :shock:

Freaking amazing!

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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 08:05:36 PM »
That is super cool.  Great job!
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 08:09:57 PM »
This is awesome!


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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 08:11:28 PM »
very nice!  thanks for sharing.
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018, 09:06:51 PM »
wow!!
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2018, 10:50:57 AM »
Crazy cool! Thank you for sharing.
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2018, 10:57:40 AM »
Holy crapola that’s awesome!!!
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2018, 04:48:35 PM »
Nice work Chris!! Seeing that made my day!!
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2018, 08:28:25 PM »
Hot damn, good stuff!  :grin:
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2018, 08:58:53 PM »
Great googley moogley that's awesome. Nice work Chris!
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2018, 01:48:08 PM »
Awesome


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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2018, 02:26:30 PM »
wow...awesome stuff.
Looking for Droids.  R2 and BB units mostly.
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2018, 06:08:23 PM »
how awesome!!!very nice job!
Look sir,droids!!!!
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Re: Episode 1 C3PO
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2018, 02:07:05 PM »
Nice prop for cons, no?  :)
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