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Prop - The Black Box by IvynaJSpyder Prop - The Black Box by IvynaJSpyder
Soldier's Black Box weapon from Team Fortress 2! I used this for my BLU Soldier cosplay at Anime USA.

I made a mistake in the position of the line near the front there, that'll teach me not to rush :T Otherwise I think it turned out quite nice.

It's mostly made of green rigid foam and covered with paper mache. The end caps and handles are wood.
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:iconindigovarlet:
What did you use for hinges on the end caps?
Also how long did it take you to make this?
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:iconivynajspyder:
Cut em out of wood (maple, you will want something strong) and used metal rods as pins! :)

And it took about a month, working pretty much nonstop of weekends. It was a last minute rush thing so it could be better!
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BlakRyu Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you making tutorials of this or you sell these?
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:iconivynajspyder:
I am considerin' doing commissions for stuff like this.
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BlakRyu Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I'd get one but I'm absolutely in the greatest misery with money.
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EIGHTtrain Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is spectacular job. I never consider paper mache for a light alternative to things. Probably because I'm dduuuummmbbb. XD
Excellent detail work on this... I'm curious on 2 points - 1, I'm always looking for some readily available foam, any ideas?
and 2, Did you coat this in anything additional after the paper? Bondo? Magic? It looks so smooth.

Excellent job on everything - ESPECIALLY the scale of it! It looks so spot on! Very nice.
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:iconivynajspyder:
Thanks!

You can buy the foam at places like Lowes and Home Depot. Usually you have to get it in large sheets though.

And I just used watered down wood glue with the newspaper. I gave it one extra coat at the end and it smoothed it out really nicely.
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EIGHTtrain Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wood glue? No kidding... See, this is why Prop making, while a huge fascination of mine, is not a simple undertaking. I NEVER would have thought of that! I need more learnin'! XD

Thanks, btw, for a little extra info. You've set me on a good path to slightly more obtainable projects!

And keep up the good work, Love your attention to detail - that makes for damn fine props and cosplay.
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:iconivynajspyder:
Glad I can help! :3 Good luck with your projects
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