Attack on Titan - Eren Jaeger / Christa Lenz - Anime Expo 2013

Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyojin) was a monumental task that I inadvertently dropped on myself. I had a grand plan to get a group together from the Crunchyroll Ambassadors in order to promote the show, and thinking that the props would be quick and easy, I decided to make 2 sets in the scant 14 days or so we had to prepare. I got a bit in over my head to say the least. First off I want to give  a big thanks to our sponsors Epic Cosplay Wigs and Crunchyroll. Without their support we couldn't have pulled this group off!





*I want to note that not everything is in perfect chronological order, but in the order of which I feel is best for understanding.*

Now on to the reference! I used art that I found on Tumblr. Whether or not it is official I really have no idea, so I wound up cross checking with the stuff in the show.







First order of business was to draft some patterns, and in a first I was able to salvage (dig out of the trash) the patterns that I made and share them with you all. Granted what I could salvage was not all inclusive, but it's better than nothing...Click the link to grab a hi res. If I had to do it over I would have done the correct way of attaching the hip guns to the winch disc things, alas I will admit that I didn't quite fully understand the references OTL.

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I started by making the back engine. Using a PVC pipe to string all the pieces together I started getting to work on the center and working my way out. Cutting circles... endless circles. Luckily I had my circle cutting jig which made things go smoothly. Circles were cut from 6mm PVC foam.



Once all the circles were cut I was able to drill a hole large enough for the pipe and glue them all together.



The two discs on the side were made using the discs with walls cut from 1mm PVC. Additionally holes were drilled in order to decrease weight.



Hole was drilled on the side of the center part of the engine to allow the pipe to go through.



All of this was threaded onto the pipe.



Fins were glued to the pipe and the disc.



Then we sanded a shit ton and added holes to allow for a coaxial female bit.



Added the grappling guns with coaxial female bits for later cable attachment.



Swords were cut from plywood.



6mm PVC and bike brake handles added.





 Hole was drilled and coaxial bit was added.


Finally details were added with 1mm and 3mm PVC.



Boxes were the last pieces to be made. First the pattern was followed and the front grills cut along with the sides of the box.


PVC pipe with acrylic ball added along with PVC plumbing parts to make the top of the cylinder. Adhered with Loctite Professional Liquid Super Glue.


Inside of sheath allowed for dummy blades and actual blade to be housed at the same time. Far right is the sheath section for the real blade, left are the sections for dummy blades.


Boxes were gap filled with Bondo auto body filler and sanded.



Details and brackets were cut from 3mm PVC. Oppai mousepad is also important to the process...


Detailing glued to the sheath.




Painting was done with the usual method of taping sections off. Here is a picture from the last detail coat. At this point we were rushing to finish, so pictures are fewer.


Added parachute cord to the swords as well as 1mm PVC grips carved for texture.


Strapping was done using nylon web on the side of the box and looped through the belt on the waist. Engine was nylon webbed to the waist belt as well. Sheaths additionally were looped with the belts that came with costume to the thigh. 






**Story Time!!!**
For this group it was so much easier to just order from Taoboa, unfortunately when I got my costume (the day before the convention) I found that my jacket and my shirt did not fit AT ALL. My shoulders were simply too wide. So Susan (our Mikasa) came over and sewed a jacket together for me in 3 hours. Additionally Jen (Christa) managed to get my shirt together beforehand. If you look at our group pictures you can barely tell that my jacket is different. So happy! Thanks sewing people!!! Without you I could never really cosplay...

Hope that all helps! The group as a whole more or less followed a watered down version of this tutorial (I was writing it as I went) and their gear turned out very similar to mine. So hopefully that is a testament to the ease of this prop? Or perhaps the effectiveness of the templates? Let us know! Questions, comments and concerns don't hesitate to give us a shout!


My gear is on the right (Eren). 




My gear is on the girl on far right (Christa).






156 comments:

  1. The internet thanks you for this tutorial. THIS IS AWESOME! :D

    One question though. What material did you use to make the belt attachment?

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    1. The belt attachments on the sheaths are a nylon webbing. Hope that helps!

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  2. This came out pretty good.

    Love the coaxial bit connector. I would've never thought of that.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah far from perfect, but it's my humble hope that people can use this to improve their own costumes! Happy cosplay!

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    2. exactly what i thought. good solution. very nice tutorial, wish there were more pictures :(

      thanks a lot. it helped me get some more ideas for my own 3DMG.
      as usual your cosplays are awesome.

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    3. Yeah sorry about the lack of pictures orz orz. When you get in the zone you just kind of forget to take pictures you know what I'm sayin'? I have a couple of extra ones in my album that I didn't use if you want to take a look. Sorry!

      http://imgur.com/a/llvsv

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  3. How heavy was the whole thing? I figure using PVC for most of everything would make it quite heavy

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    1. Wound up being a couple of pounds, not really that heavy. The walls are a PVC foam, and quite a bit lighter than straight PVC. Hope that clarifies things! Happy cosplay!

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  4. This is really cool and super helpful! Thank you so much. :D

    I have a question though, if you (or anyone else that happens to see this) could answer; what dimensions are the box/sheath part? I'm working on my own, and the measurements for mine seem a bit off, and I'd just like a point of reference since your's looks so great.

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    1. The box itself is 29" long from what I can remember. If you print the pattern for the grill onto regular letter paper (8.5" x 11") you'll get whatever the dimensions were for mine. Hope that helps!

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  5. Thanks for this Johnny. This is just amazing in all ways.

    I do have a few questions though what's a rough estimate of price and time put
    into this? It's okay if you don't want to say! ^^; Also, how much PVC
    would you recommend for one? Once again, thanks for this, me and i'm sure
    many other people appreciate this very much.

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  6. I just checked my Twitter, and my first tweet about the project was one 19th of June and my final tweet was on the 3rd of July. So that's how long it took! (https://twitter.com/JohnnyJunkers)

    Raw materials cost around $100-$150 for 2 sets. Mostly glue... Loctite Super Glue is like $6 a bottle, but SOOO good!

    For this I used a 3 sheets of 4'x8' sheet of PVC (not the entire sheet, but they only come in that one size) and these sheets were the 1mm, 3mm and 6mm thicknesses.

    Happy cosplay!

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    1. Oh thank you!

      And agreed, Loctite super glue is the best to use, I used it when I was desperately
      trying to get things together but even my other super glue could not hold it up.

      Thanks again!

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  7. where did you get the PVC sheets?

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    1. Here you go! Hope that helps!

      http://www.sdplastics.com/komatex.html

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    1. Depends when you need it by. Email me at ZabateJ@Live.com with specifics about when you need it by and which version you need (anime or manga) and we'll try to work something out!

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    2. alright thank you :D (idk why i deleted my comment o.o) ill email you thank you

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  9. ahh please johnny (i know i might eb annoying at this point) but i most kno if you are willing to sell me one of the aot gear D; i need it soonish and yours are really amazing i could buy one at ebay or amazon but their like 600$ please reply or message me on facebook(on facebook im katty perez just like my user here) or anything i just need it soon ;l thanks~

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    1. Sorry I couldn't sell it for much less than that. If you talk to Okageo Cosplay he is selling them for $300. He's my Levi in this picture.

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    4. thank you so much :D i appreciate you taking your time to talk to me (i deleted the other two cause i didnt know what to say) thank you again~

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    5. Hey I was wondering if you can link where Okageo Cosplay is selling his gear at? I'm no good at making things xD

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    6. Sorry no idea where he sells them exactly. He just tells me he does when we hang out.

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  10. Excuse me sorry for asking but what material did you use on the Sheath box thing.

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    1. Here you go! GL and Happy Cosplay!

      http://www.sdplastics.com/komatex.html

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    2. Thank you sweety! Happy cosplay to you too!

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  11. How much was the shipping on the PVC foam? I'm thinking ridiculous.

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    1. Sorry I don't know, I have a local supplier and I just drive over to their shop. GL!

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    2. I typically hit up my local sign shop. I pay a bit more than online but the lack of ridiculous shipping costs (oversize my ass...) it works out.

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  12. Hello! Thank you very much for this tutorial , it's very helpful :) I was wondering if you could tell me what did you use to plug the cylinder to the sheath. I mean that little box the cylinder goes throught and has an edge that goes down and pluggs into the sheath. Thank you :)

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    1. It was just more PVC foam. I cut a hole big enough for the pipe to fit through and then super glued it to the piece. Hope that answers your question!

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  13. Hello! :3 This is so helpful, thank you so much for taking the time to make a whole tutorial for this! ^.^ (and it looks absolutely amazing!) Excuse me for asking, but what adhesives do you use (or is it just the two you mentioned)? And also, here http://imgur.com/IYN79nU, what is the wide foam that you used? Sorry for asking and thanks again :)

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    1. I foam was I think 1/2" thick. Also yes just 2 adhesives were used. Mostly super glue though.

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  14. Hi! I'm going to cosplay Mikasa at AnimeNext 2014, your tutorial is very helpful but do you have any measurements for the parts? I'm not sure if I didn't see them or if you don't have any, but they would be really helpful. I want to start working on this as soon as possible but I have no idea where to start.

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    1. Print out the patterns I provided on regular printer paper and you'll get the measurements. The sheath length is dictated by you due to your sword length, but mine was 29" long on the sheath.

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  15. Hey, thanks for the awesome tutorial! I just have 2 questions about http://imgur.com/6LLYcAn
    How did you make the "U" shaped piece and attach it to the back of the engine piece? And how did you make the grappling guns that attach to the "U" shaped part, and how did you connect these 2 parts? Sorry again for the lengthy questions!! Thank you!

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    1. They're all PVC foam (linked in comments). Everything is just attached with super glue as the tutorial states.

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  16. Awesome costume. Good job! I have a few questions.
    What material is your jacket made of?
    Are the patches on the jacket also homemade? If so, how did you make them and what material did you use?
    Thanks.

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    1. My jacket was the only one that was made by us, everyone else's was purchased from Taobao. We used a denim that color matched the denim from the purchased jackets. Patches for mine were just cut off from the jacket that I bought that didn't fit. I don't know anything about how to make the jacket since our Mikasa knocked it out while I was painting the gear. Sorry I couldn't be much help T_T.

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    2. It's cool. Thanks for the help and the tutorial. :D

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  17. For the sheaths, what thickness was the PVC foam sheet? Thanks. Awesome tutorial, my sister decided to cosplay as Mikasa this year, but I have to make the 3DMG.

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    1. Pretty much all of it is 3mm unless I state it's 1mm. Hope that helps!

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  18. Wow! this is amazing! although I have one question: how did you make the back gear? to be exact, the big circle in between the wings...
    thanks!

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    2. I cut a lot of circles just like my log puts out. Don't really know how else to explain it better than the pictures. Sorry!

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  19. Hey! GREAT build! In this image, http://imgur.com/pw3XnSQ, it seems as if you used something other than 1-3mm thick PVC foam or did you just layer it to the desired thickness of the exhaust piece? Also, a lot of the parts look a lot thicker than 1-3mm PVC foam as well. Did you use any 1/4inch or 6mm foam? Just trying to get an understanding of the build before I set off on mine! XD Thanks!

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    1. Wow yeah I should state that. The engine is pretty much entirely made of 6mm / (1/4") PVC foam. I'll update that. Sorry about that! The sheaths are pretty much all 3mm with 1mm detailing, and the sword base is 6mm PVC + 1/2" wood with 3mm/1mm details.

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  21. Brilliant and really well explained, your's is the best I can find on the internet, thank you for sharing this so those of us who cant do these things easily (ME !!!) have a chance at making one:) , Just one quick question, the disks used in the two side gears, What size were they say in radius, I found the photo on your photo bucket but I cant seem to work it out too well :/ any help would be amazing :)

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    1. Basing on the images, It would seem that the outer (largest rear-device) circle is 7 inches in diameter.
      -I have the same trouble trying to figure out the base measurement of the pictures.
      -One of the pictures has a image of the large circle flat against the blue board.
      --Considering laptop sizes, I can safely assume that the measurements on this board are in inches.
      -From this information, you should be able to accurately gauge the scaling of the photo-bucket pictures
      --Of course, this assumes that each of the drawings are to the same scale.

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    2. Thanks should help alot :)

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    3. Yeah sorry the 3DMG are in the VERY BACK of a storage closet. However my intention was to have people print out the picture I had onto a standard letter size paper and cut out the pattern. The yellow paper present is to give you scale since it is 8.5 x 11" standard letter size.

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  22. :/ can you guys give a link for the suit or something? I'm in australia and the Animania 2013 is coming and I really would want to cosplay as Eren Jaeger from the Shingeki No Kyojin series...

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    1. Oh, and please, before 14th september :/ that's when it starts... but i'm still trying to find something

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    2. Don't Worry about the costume now, i found one online, but all I need now is the items i need...

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    3. I state all the materials I use in the build as well as link them within the build and materials section. GL and happy cosplay!

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  23. wow nice tutorial. this will be good help while I made my own 3DG. Let's se how far i'll go before I faill it.. wait what XD

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  24. Hi! I had a few questions as I don't know what some pieces are called. The silver metal bolt screw things that you used throughout the 3DMG as well as the black cable stuff for that. Could you tell me what they are called? Also the pieces that you used to detail screws around the circle thing of the top part of the engine (part that looks like taiko drum) as well as the metal piece in the center of the circle in your first tutorial image? Oh, yes and the acrylic ball. Where can I find that and did you cut it in half or just left it whole?

    Thanks for you help and this looks amazing!

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    1. The silver metal bolt screw things that you used throughout the 3DMG as well as the black cable stuff for that.

      I think they're called coaxial male to male union as well as a coaxial female to female cable. It's used for radios and, to a lesser extent, TVs.

      Also the pieces that you used to detail screws around the circle thing of the top part of the engine (part that looks like taiko drum) as well as the metal piece in the center of the circle in your first tutorial image?

      The stuff on the top of the engine is just apoxie sculpt, nothing really special. The metal piece in the first image is a bolt in the circle cutter, it allows the plastic to rotate about an axis and get perfect circles. In the end it's not part of the final 3DMG.

      Oh, yes and the acrylic ball.

      Here you go!
      http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Plastic-Acrylic-Fillable-Ornament/dp/B002WZIO4U

      GL!

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  25. How big was the box in inches? I'm currently working on the 3DMG in a different way but all the sites I go on won't tell me how big I should make the box part

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    1. Print out the patterns I provided on regular printer paper and you'll get the measurements. The sheath length is dictated by you due to your sword length, but mine was 29" long on the sheath.

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  26. Wut did u mean when u said "Boxes were gap filled with Bondo auto body filler and sanded" Did u cover he boxes completely in bondo? or just the edges?

    @ ^ @)//

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    1. Just the edges. Gap filling is just that, filling gaps with another material to get a nice uniform finish. GL~!

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  27. This is a very detailed explanation for making the 3DMG. But do you know how to make the 3DMG engine that is present in the manga? I know the manga one looks different than the anime and was wondering if you had any templates or ideas on how to make the one in the manga?

    Thanks!

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    1. Yup I gave it some thought prior to the project! I was going to try and use some kind of PVC fitting as the overall cylinder structure (T joint, Union etc) and then build from there gluing details and sanding off nonsense as necessary. Hope that helps! GL!

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  28. hi! I was wondering if I could commission you to make one of these for me. Name your price, as long as its under about $200. if you cant do that, thats ok! I just need one for an upcoming convention in my area and i dont want to spend too much.

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    1. Thanks so much for your interest but unfortunately I am unable to offer a 3DMG at that price. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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    2. Ok, thanks anyway for the tutorial!

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  29. FFFFFFFFFF amazing work! This will be really useful for me :3

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  30. If it's not too much to ask can you make a full list of all the materials needed to make one set and how much of each item? Awesome work btw!

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  32. How much square centimeters of PVC foam is used on this?

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    1. For 1 set of gear I needed to get...

      1x sheet of 1mm, 3mm, and 6mm thicknesses of PVC foam. 1 sheet is 4'x8'. GL!

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  33. Hello there! I've recently attempted to make my own 3DMG but the part that gets me at every con I've worn it to is finding a way to attach the back piece to my outfit (it keeps falling off, so I end up omitting it halfway into a con). How did you guys go about doing so?

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    1. I used nylon webbing that looped into a heavy belt. GL!

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  34. how thick is the plywood you used?

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  35. hi, how did you make the curved attachment for the grappling guns?

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    1. I just heat formed some 1/4" PVC and super glued it to the engine. GL!

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  36. It is really a great production line!! Attack On Titan cosplay costume is so cool, but what really attarct me is Anime plot, it always makes me exciting

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    1. I can't remember exactly but it was about 1ft. I only had to buy 1 x 2ft pipe for both. If you print out the patterns you should get a good approximation.

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    2. But you said the box is 29 in, how can the PVC pipe be 12 in?
      I printed out the pattern, but theres no length for the patterns...

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    3. Ah you meant the PVC pipe on the box. I thought you meant the one on the engine. TBH I don't know. Just make it a few inches shy of your total box length.

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    1. It depends on how long you make your box. Make the blade a couple of inches shorter than your box.

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    2. Mine might have been around 34" total I think. I'm not sure.

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  39. how do get through a con with those on cause with mine i have to keep on my feet not to bump into people. mine it 27 inches long and 4 and a half inches wide. whats your and how do you deal with it?

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    1. Mine are similar in dimensions to yours. I tend to just barrel through crowds with them since they're pretty durable and having them knocked around doesn't really bother them.

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  40. I know this is unlikely but is there a tutorial anywhere for the outfits as well? I have about two months to put stuff together and this looks like the best for the manuever gear. I havent searched for a outfit tutorial just wondering if you know of any.

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    1. Sorry I only do props and armor. Don't know any sewing sites. Just grab them on eBay. Not too expensive.

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    2. There are many sewing sites, I know one for cosplay costumes and shoes and wigs and props. www.eshopcos.com you can try this, I bought one Eren Jeager costume last month, it is amazing!

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  41. this was extremely helpful for me with making my own gear ^-^ i was fully prepared to figure the whole thing out by myself then i came across this and i canot begin to describe the relief! i was not looking forward to figuring this out lol ^-^
    i'm really impressed with your work
    thanks once again^-^

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  42. I also love this anime,love the every character of this anime,also,I have found the Attack On Titan Cosplay Costumes in this shop ,it's very wonder and cool,I like them very much.

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  43. hi just a couple of questions u may have asnwerd these befre but how did u make the bit that shoots out the dart like the box n belt its on. also how did u attatch it to the back was it just glue. and do u have measurements or paterns for any of the items. paterns that you can print out to make it easyer to cut the patern out. thanks regards Elliot :D

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    1. Patterns are provided on this build. The rest of the questions are answered in the build log.

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  44. sorry i meant where did u get your measurements from. did u just draw ur paterns then cut or did u print these out from somewhere. and the unit that shoots out the darts that is attached to the back peice u dont have how u made it im just confused n hw u did it. sorry and thank you

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    1. Yeah I drafted the patterns on my own and the measurements are my own taken from scaling various references.

      The grapple sections are done by layering PVC and sanding them to shape.

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  47. What colors of paint did you use for the different parts?

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    1. I used Rustoleum's line of gloss protective enamel spray paints. Other than that I can't recall exactly what colors I used.

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  48. Also, is it difficult to sit down while wearing the gear?

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  49. I would like to make this with your tutorial but I do bot have the tools or workspace for it. Would I be able to commission a set to be done by August 1st? I am willing to pay for shipping if need be. If a commission could be done, what would the cost be?

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    1. I meant to say I do not have the tools or workspace. I should have proofread that better

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    2. Please send a commission request to ZabateJ@Live.com. Thanks!

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  50. Do you have an idea of just how much PVC foam you had to use in total? And, if it's not too specific, roughly how much of each size was needed? (Also, sorry for all the questions.)

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    1. I only used 1 sheet of 3mm PVC which is 8'x4' as well as the 6mm.

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  51. Johnny,
    I was curious what string/cabling you use for your build? I know you use coax female/male ends to connect them. Did you just have coax cables and connect them that way? I am unsure what your using from the pictures. Great build!
    Jake

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    1. Yes coaxial cables connect them all together. Just like the ones for old TV's.

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  52. What were the dimensions and sizes to cut out for everything? Thanks!

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    1. Print out the patterns to standard 8.5x11 paper and you'll get the dimensions. I state sword length here in the comments section. GL!

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  53. wonderful~~ I also make a tutorail about Attack on Titan Cosplay Prop 3D Maneuver Gear at http://www.miccostumes.com/blog/attack-on-titan-cosplay-prop-3d-maneuver-gear-anime-version-with-tutorial/ :)

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  54. Yo! Love your stuff! And I'm endeavouring to make some 3DMG myself. Though I've been doing alot of looking around and I like your PVC Foam Board approach the Best, but some people have been saying not to use PVC, saying its a pain to glue and all that. I was just wondering, you made this awhile ago and it looks immense, but would you still do it the same way? or would you change some things? :D

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    1. My materials decisions would have stayed the same. PVC foam is really easy to glue with super glue, and only has a 5sec or so set time so construction is fairly fast as a result.

      The only thing I'd change is how I made the belt pieces and the grapple sections. With all the art out now I have a better understanding of what they actually look like haha.

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  55. How much money did all of this cost? And how long did it take to make them?

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    1. 14 days of construction. Costs were already broken down in the previous comments.

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  56. Johnny,
    I am almost done with my cosplay build for this. Your guide has helped me so much. I was curious what you used to attach your Nylon Web Strapping? Did you use Loctite on it? I added some plywood inside my boxes so I can put screws or nails on my strapping as well. I was curious what you did so I can have extra strength on my strapping.
    Thanks,
    Jake

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    1. I just used hot glue to glue the strapping.

      The problem I foresaw with nails/screws is the stress concentration on the strapping causing it to shear over time. Glue gives no stress concentrations since the force is distributed relatively evenly.

      GL!

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  58. //Hello,
    I have a bit of difficulty following through the instructions
    But do you do commissions for these? Just wondering// ~ Tino's writer

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  59. Johnny,
    Using your guide I actually built some of my own Maneuver Gear. It was a long journey, but with the help of your guide, I completed it. Thank you for giving everyone a guide to use. Your help is greatly appreciated.
    **Here are some of the photos of my very own Maneuver Gear**
    http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l124/980_01/070.jpg
    https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/10352779_10202899557068624_7943344727907005907_n.jpg
    https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t1.0-9/10305959_10202899507787392_6468922325861929199_n.jpg

    Let me know what you think. I know some things I changed up, but time got pressed towards the end. Thanks for the guide once again! =D
    Jake

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  60. Hello. Fantastic build as you already know. I only have one question, how is it all held on to the cosplayer? I know you said webbing, but I still don't quite understand.

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    1. I put nylon webbing loops on the engine that slide into the belt, as well as ones on the boxes. GL!

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  62. I got a problem to look u photo, i thing most of the photo is broken please fix it

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  63. I'm sure this may have been stated or someone may have asked already and I just missed but, what did you use for the cables connecting the controls to the gear?

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  64. Not sure if you've already done this but, can you list all of the materials used so that shopping for them is easier?

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  65. HI what are the dimensions of the swords mainly but also the other parts as im making my own based off your design

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    1. Print out the patterns on standard 8.5"x11" paper and you'll get the dimensions. GL!

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  66. how much does all this cost cuz I found some for like 500 bucks which is ridiculous

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  67. Great tips. very well-written, keyword-oriented and incredibly useful. its really interesting to many readers. I really appreciate this, thanks

    Abs pipe

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  68. HOW MUCH DID THIS ALL COST? I really need to know because I want to be Mikasa for Halloween, I don't care if it's the cheap stuff though. Just give me a range. Please! IT'S URGENT!

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  69. I'm probably reviving something old but it's a question.
    If you get the time and if you don't mind, you you list the names of the items you used?
    It would be greatly appreciated ^~^

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  70. Maybe I saw ur work late but I have found that ur work is tge best so I have something to ask u for could u please make sketch for everything shoing dimensions and material I feel lost a bit specially with the middle part in the engine

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  71. wow, It looks so cool. I ever brought a Attack on Titan Costume last year.

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  72. Hey! Amazing tutorial! :3 I'm cosplaying as Hanji Zoe for SaikouCon 2015. I was wondering if you could tell me the measurements of the thickness and length of the pipe you used for the back engine. Thanks!

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    1. Sorry it's been a long time since I did this. Just use on that feels sturdy and you have the drill bit for.

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    2. Okay thanks anyways! Keep up the amazing cosplay work! 😃

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  73. could you put a list of all the supplies needed, along with the prices?

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  74. I was wondering, is it all pvc foam? Even the boxes? What size sheets did you get? I need to remake my ODM gear, and I want to do it right this time. So how many sheets of foam will I need for only one set of ODM gear?

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  75. Did you PVC foam for the Grabbling Hook part as well

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