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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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Raxater Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
FINALLY FOUND IT!

I once saw that picture of this pitch-perfect black box but didn't favorite it.

Sir I must say, this is the perfect replica of this unique weapon.

And you honestly inspire me a lot with your fabrication techniques, I'm building an airstrike using similar process :P
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Thank you so much! And awesome, let me know if you need any help

(And Sir is fine too XD)
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Raxater Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Aw tanks C:, wuuuull...

I see in your process that you dig the transition in the middle after applying the paper mache. Is that so? How have you managed to cut through with so much precision and still have a nice result? D:

Cause I'm planning on applying paper mache on my Airstrike as well, yet there are so many separations I don't know how I should deal with them...
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
You are correct! And to do the cuts, if I remember right I used a table router I believe with a very small straight bit. I just adjusted the guard and ran the whole piece over it on each side so it created a nice even cut. I'm not sure how well that'd work with the Airstrike being more round, hm. You'd need something more like a lathe maybe o_o

Also you can't see it in the photos, but there's a strip of wood all along the underside of the foam, set into it about an inch. The handles are screwed in from the other side for more stability and then the whole thing was glued into the foam.
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Raxater Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Yeah I was thinking of using a lathe when the project was still and idea, but first was I poor enough to own nothing but a table bandsaw, I neither didn't think there would be a lathe long enough for the weapon anyway xD. So all I did was hook up two wood pieces holding wood studs stuck into a foam block, and then with the help of a drill spin the whole thing manually to cut through (it ended up being sanded to a reasonable cylinder).

So I might just apply the paper all over the tube to begin with and if the splits are overfilled, I'll run my dremel through each :1. (The cuts are already done, all I needed was something to protect the foam).

Now I didn't notice the strip of wood indeed, I was wondering if the prop was holding well altogether without it °n°. 

But my pattern on my side was to dig in a PVC tube all along the RPG. Now, genius as I am, I haven't left any spacing nor holes anywhere in the foam craft, so I'm gonna have to shape some teeth on one of my pvc's end to set it as a homemade lathe, pushing and digging in the foam with a drill fixed on it. (Redneck mode initiated kinda...). Therefore I'll screw some studs in the rpg until it reaches the PVC in order to reinforce the handles.

The rest shall be done rather with ease ^^. (I hope...) 

Thanks for the tips C:
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Raxater Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Goodness... I meant: Miss! ^^'
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TF2Femsniper Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Alright cool ! If you will sell it plz tell me . if you do say yes ill have to check. Anyway thx for the reply
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TF2Femsniper Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
are you selling this i need a weapon he uses for my soldier costume. plz?
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TF2Femsniper Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Are you selling this? im being a soldier for a TF2 halloween party and for tricker treating. And i need a weapon that he uses. plz?
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Hm maybe? It'd likely be around 200 with shipping though considering the size.
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bluefire412 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
sweet looks great
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luigikirby64 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
:iconsoldierplz: < maggots
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indigovarlet Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
What did you use for hinges on the end caps?
Also how long did it take you to make this?
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you making tutorials of this or you sell these?
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I am considerin' doing commissions for stuff like this.
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BlakRyu Featured By Owner 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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classicEIGHT Featured By Owner 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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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
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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classicEIGHT Featured By Owner 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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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Glad I can help! :3 Good luck with your projects
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chaygarth Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
question, what did you make the handles from?
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Wood! :) Poplar if I remember correctly.
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CrocodilePiss Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Best one I've seen yet! What're all the materials you used to make it?
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CrocodilePiss Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Specifically, what's the name of the closed-cell foam you used, and where did you get it? c:
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Deltalead38 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
I am currently trying to make a soldier costume of my own and am having a little bit of difficulty. Mainly, where did you purchase an accurate looking jacket, I am having a tough time locating one.
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I made it :O Can't say I've ever seen a coat in that style and color. I heavily modified a long sleeve shirt pattern for mine. If ya want any specifics I can try to help
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Deltalead38 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Any advice on how to make a jacket would be greatly appreciated. If the coat you made is any where near the quality of the rocket launcher, then I am all ears on suggestions, because that black box is phenomenal.
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Thanks! Hm. How much sewing experience d'ya have?
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Deltalead38 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Unfortunately i don't have any. But I know someone who has some experience who would be willing to help me.
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
hm well the important thing is keeping it accurate, IMO. Looks at lots of references, use SourceSDK to get all the angles.

For the actual jacket I used cotton twill- it tends to come in lots of colors and is fairly sturdy, though it wrinkles like mad and needs to be ironed.

Use a stiff fusible interfacing to make the collar stand up. (no floppy collars!)



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blobbymcblobbings Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!! thats just like a replica!!!!!!!!
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Disputedpartysalsa Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thinking of making a black box myself :3

Would you mind sparing any tips?
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Hmm what might ya like to know

(I am starting a blog where I will talk about prop making here also [link] )
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Disputedpartysalsa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Essentially the materials, aside from the paper mache. I thought the base was Styrofoam, but when I look at it the surface is smoother than that.
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
It's not styrofoam as in the sort made of tiny balls, but rigid insulation foam which actually sands very smooth. Then the paper mache over it. The handles and ends are wood.
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Disputedpartysalsa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, that helps a bunch. :)

Where do you think I can find those lock latches?
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IvynaJSpyder Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Lowes, hardware section :D they were originally silver and I painted em
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Disputedpartysalsa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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BlitsRainer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
wow look's nice.
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tonyfin007 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One does not simply make perfect props...except you!
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SophiaDragonMaster Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is REALLY awesome! And looks so smooth too! <3 *insta-fave*
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Diamonikon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BOX : D
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bluehentrooper Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I got to see this in person and I'll say again that it's awesome. I wish I had half the talent you've got for prop making.
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No-one-o1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so neat :iconirapeitplz:
Would stick that to my wall. Sadly I have two left hands when it comes to building stuff :(
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LunerFoxDemon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YOUR PROPS ARE GORGEOUS!!!
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PKMNTrainerLarfleeze Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Looks awesome, very nice work! I hope to make some props myself someday. :D
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Herpaderpster Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT ONE.
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Dracina Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
oh my lord, you even got the battle scaring right on it o_o Great job!
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toonedfa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Very nice looking!
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