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Re: Building a home-made PVC mannequin....Part 1) the Skeleton...Part 2) bulking/dressing


I've never done it before and these are my only ones. The Panther I did a week and a half ago and the one in the tutorial is my second,within the last 5 days. I just figured out how to go about it two weeks ago,then went to the store,experimented a little and came up with this.
I also thought of going so far as to glue sections of thick foam rubber and carve or sculpt the body and muscles with an electric carving knife. That seems a little involved for a batsuit,but for Spider-man or Superman it might have possibilities. :wink

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Well, PVC pipe mannequins aren't new but you definetly took it into the 21st Century!

 I first learned of a pvc pipe and padding dummy in 2002 (?). Some guy made a lifesize Dr. Smith to go with his lifesize LISbot replica.

He had to sculpt and cast the head to do a rubber one b/c he did'nt like the commercially made Smith mask. He made mine. He's made a number of mannequins of various characters like a 7 1/2 foot Herman Munster.
Later on the web I saw someone had a page on a pvc pipe dummy to display a Storm Trooper or Boba Fett costume on. I made a Superman and a Smith, even Will Robinson.
The Superman will probably never have a head though and no Halloween masks exist of Superman, etc.

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Hey John,

Thanks for the Part 2 tutorial!! emoticon
It really helps!! :up :up


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Well I'll be...Great tutorial there John.




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alittle more padding in the chest and waist and it would be freaking perfect


great display

killer tutorial



so do we get to see the panther version??

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Thanks Jay,but hmm...I have a 44" chest and a 32" waist and so does the mannequin. I'd say it's pretty perfect already. :up

This is made for me specifically. The purpose is so that you can make a mannequin to your measurements...whether you're tall,short,big,thin...whatever.
The point being,everyone's built differently. You make a Batsuit to fit you personally,then buy a standard *expensive* mannequin and it doesn't fit right. This way it'll fit right and it's much cheaper.

  The Panther suit is in the 'Costume Vault' under the thread title 'a Panther,an 89 and a Returns..'

John :flapbat

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the comment is based on seeing like the waist is about two inches shy cause the belt looks alittle to tight, but that might just be angle or foam position, but if thats your waist size then thats all that matters

and the exspensive mannequins no matter how exspensive are never that close to real dimmensions anyways

so you've done a great service with this tutorial John~

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I see. :wink
Actually I should also point out that I took the pics,then let it sit and took a break. Then I went back and touched up a few things,but nothing in the torso area,but in the mid-section/butt and legs and got them a little bigger and closer to me. So I did add a little to it.
 AND,the belt is a little smaller than my actual waist size. If I were to put this suit on,I would use my '89 belt for a better fit cuz the Returns belt is waayyy too tight.
  
Thanks Jay. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I agree with you on the real mannequin thing...mine is very close to my proportions,but still a bit awkward. The idea of this one is that it's softer and has more 'give' like real flesh and muscle,with the end result hopefully being more realistic. It's working for me so far. :lol

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I got a crap load of work to do this weekend as well as trying to go to LA for a business show how but I think I definatelly will try this the following weekend...the amount of time I spend at DEPOT on a weekly basis it would be nice to be there for something other then work stuff

Depot....its kinda like a church when you think about it~

the 2.0 version you did is in my opinion near perfect the only tiny tiny change I would make on mine is make the stance alittle wider, other then that I see it being damn near perfect to the ones in the film cave....cause who could tell the difference really

but something defiantelly needs to be done for the hands so that you can have him have a fist....thats a critical factor to making it looks really intense.....have to research out different options for that....been thinking double wire with a thin wrap to simulate flesh....I know BoBD had a project in mind for a solution to this display issue......I personally dont like the thin open handed look that all mannequins have....the closed fist is the way to go...that and a blacked out face inside the cowl and you can call me a happy bat~


and on the finaly note cause you and I love to pick on each other



 THEY ARE IN THE WRONG ORDER GOOBER!!!!

fix it STAT!!!



hey you know if you moved that lefthand corner shelving unit and space each suit out properlly, and then on your next trip to depot bought the three pack of puck lighting
(they look like hockey pucks, balck, silver, white) you could do the halo lighting perfectly over each and do a really kick ass cave wall kinda thing.....

I can do a quick sketch for you to better explain what I mean~

bitchen stuff john.....better mannequins then the what most guys use for their troopers


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 :lol yeah,they're in the wrong order! My '89's my fav.,so I wanted that in the middle,but we'll see. They're a little cramped,but I'm limited with space. I'm working on giving them a little more room,and,as you said,proper lighting. Those are the exact lights I'm looking into as a matter of fact. :wink
 On another plus side,my buddy is an electrician and has offered to do some track lighting for me.

  The hand situation I'm currently working on. I have a couple ideas to make open hands,closed or possibly even articulated. In the furture I plan to make a third for my '89 and then use the real mannequin for sculpting. I might make more of an action pose,put a face in it and a couple of weapons in his hands(once I figure them out).
 If/when I figure out good hands,I will add to this tutorial. :wink

Thanks for the advice!

John :flapbat

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