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Making Legal Cyborg Claws
#1
This is how I intend to craft my own Cyborg Claws, presented for critique (I am no expert) and helping others who aren't sure (reading the forums gave me the impression that this was the case).

Items:
Pool Noodle - cheap, pretty durable, needs to be at least 3 inches in diameter with a 1 inch center hole
pvc pipe - the core used for the Pool Noodle and the handle
Plasti Dip (Black, Blue, Yellow, etc) Rubber Coating - fairly cheap, durable, latex-based
thin cord
Gorilla Glue - or other type of high strength glue for melding foam and pvc

I plan on using a blue noodle with blue coating for an energy sword theme. As long as I avoid black (because that is the color of the bug claws), the color is purely aesthetic/thematic.

I'm planning on shaving down some of the pool noodle down to about 5/8th inch (according to the bug claws specs) to give it a flatter shape. Multiple coatings of the plasti dip will also thicken it a bit more for additional cushion.

I'm going to coat the first inch of so of the inside of the pool noodle with glue, then insert the pvc pipe (twisting it on the way in) to push the glue deeper in and meld the pipe with the noodle.

I'll make sure that the pvc pipe ends at least 2 inches before the end of the 36 inches (3 feet) of the pool noodle. The handle should be about 8 inches. It will be wrapped for comfort, and the other end will have some excess pool noodle to cover the end of the pvc pipe.

The overall result will function similar to a sword, with the cord wrapping the handle also coming down out of the handle to tether the sword to my wrist.

Does this all sound kosher?
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#2
Hihi! Mmmm so can't say anything useful far as what's ok (coming in September for first time too, and building my weapons too), but here's some links I've found on materials that may help? (As far as functionality, not sure about what's ok) - and woo thanks for the reminder on the 'no black blades'!

I'm very very curious about whether the PlastiDip is also an ok substitute to Latex - heard of it in a several places. If 'latex' is for realism then I'd guess it would be ok? (Since it looks even more realistic as it smooths its self out). If there's another reason for latex then I don't know?

Anyway, links:
https://fairescape.files.wordpress.com/2...making.pdf
http://www.dagorhir.com/forums/index.php?topic=15445.0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2ezxqOYIU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc2b4nUZCvE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0KDoS2i92I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twBd2tf5h9U (the foam he uses is probably bad)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9kRaf9MRH8

So in summary what I'm going with is:
0.5" Fiberglass Rod core (Goodwinds); Plastazote Foam (BioQuip - the pool noodle should work fine too I would think, seems equally soft); Weldwood Dap Contact Cement (the red one is what like.. Everyone seems to recommend), EVA foam for the guard and pommel; PlastiDip (or RD-407 Latex if I can't use PlastiDip); paint (not sure about oil based spray enamel vs liquitex med viscosity acrylics - seen advice for both); some sealent (some suggest Krylon cryastal clear, others suggest something silicone based.. not sure yet); and then mm.. not sure on the handle, probably pvc pipe wrapped in rope or a strip of leather.. will have to get a feel for the rods first and take them down to home depot for sizing.

When I get all my stuff in and make some stuff I'll post how it went Big Grin (here's to hoping Plasti-dip is ok)
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#3
Your method sounds good. Like with any weapon, made or bought, I have to see it to give it final approval. Plastidip is fine. We are mainly going for an aesthetic that doesn't include duct tape or cloth boffers for melee weapons. We really want to avoid boffers, so the droms weapons are recognizable in any situation. As long as your weapons look like attached melee weapons or actual cybernetic claws, we're all good.
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#4
(06-09-2016, 10:23 AM)Ron Leota Wrote: Your method sounds good. Like with any weapon, made or bought, I have to see it to give it final approval. Plastidip is fine. We are mainly going for an aesthetic that doesn't include duct tape or cloth boffers for melee weapons. We really want to avoid boffers, so the droms weapons are recognizable in any situation. As long as your weapons look like attached melee weapons or actual cybernetic claws, we're all good.

Awesomeness and much thanks!  *runs off to get Plastidip*
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