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Megatron Cosplay by DoubleBackstitchArts Megatron Cosplay by DoubleBackstitchArts
Megatron cosplay built from monkeyrum's model and debuted at Kitsune Kon 2011
It was made of printed cardstock paper, held together with regular elmer's glue, and backed with great stuff foam.
It didn't last long, but it is still the best looking rig I've yet to make.
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Edited Apr 27, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
MEGATRON!!!!
It's not very often that I see such a nice transformers cosplay like this but you've truly pulled this off flawlessly! :la:
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^ ,^ It only lasted about three hours because it was crazy weak, but it did make for some sweet pics! Next one's gonna be made from metal, not paper ;p
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Have you thought about using craft foam? I'm no expert but I
think it'd be good for holding Megatron's boxy shape P:

Also, any advice for a beginner? I'm going to make a cosplay for
the first time and I was wondering if you could give me any pointers? P:
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well my first megs (this one) was made of printed cardstock paper and was literally a scaled up papercraft. My second was my own design, but hastily put together from cardstock coated in fiberglass resin- really a half-measure as I only used one coat and no fiberglass. I started a third made from foamboard or foamcore, which was coming along well until I had to scrap it because I had no room to take the costume along with me. I'd like to make a Megatron rig from sheet steel or tin, just because I want a TF suit made of metal XD

Well some basic tips are to make sure you don't try to do something too complex for the time you have to work with. I had to make a Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave with only a few weeks dedicated to each build. They turned out alright, but not great and I was very stressed the whole time. Don't be afraid to do some research. Google is your friend and there are a lot of costume crafters that put out tutorials on lots of different techniques. Don't get yourself hurt, some tools you use can cut very deep and burn you very badly, I know too well from experience! Are you going to be doing a cosplay that's mostly fabrics or are you looking at some armor? I know quite a bit about armor crafting techniques. You can note me if you want to chat more in-depth about this sort of stuff too ^ ,^
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Mostly fabric, this is the character I want to cosplay:
images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…
The wings might be the most difficult P: Though she doesn't have wings all the time so I could skip it if it's too hard P:
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mmmm, there are a few ways you can handle the wings. I'd probably make a wire outline and then an organza cover for them, carefully sewing the wire in place and the detail lines. I don't imagine it would take all that long either :3 Getting them to stay on your back can really be as simple as making the wire frame extend past the wings so it can be bent like an L to slide down the back of your top, preferably in a solid U shaped loop or taping the ends of the wire together so you don't get it scratching against fabric or skin. For best hold, you should really contour the wire to the shape of your back, and have it nice and wide so the wings don't flop back and forth much. I did a set of Wonderbolt wings and goggles for a friend once and that's how I got the wings to stay; you can see the wire going up and then under the back of the jacket below. Was very effective ^ ,^
Wingsandthings by DoubleBackstitchArts
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
That's awesome and a major relief! Thank you so much for this tip! :la:
The wings were really worrying me until you shared that info, so thank
you a tonne! :D
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demonsunitedinc Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
how do you figure out the height, width, scale.. etc to make a full scale costume? been tryin to figure it out but cant
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well my TF costumes aren't really accurate to the show or toy's proportions, what I did was measured each piece and made it of a size that would fit me using cross-multiplication to figure the rest of the dimensions of the piece, as well as sometimes just using estimation and rough approximations. Like I'd measure out my forearm's length and use that as a constant to solve the other measurements of the forearm piece, and so on for each hard piece of the costume to best fit me and still look good. Now this one I used a papercraft model for so I used the program I printed it out on to scale things, I just had to have the right numbers to put in. When I did my second Megs with Starscream and Soundwave I did most everything from scratch- though they were really rushed and looked it XD Some other things you can do to make the proportions look more correct would be adding platform/stilt things to the feet to lengthen the legs, the shoulders don't need to be where shoulders would be by necessity because the eyes are drawn to the hard parts rather than the joints; stuff like that. I hope that all kinda answers your question ^ ,^'
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demonsunitedinc Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
it was very helpful thank you :}
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meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I can't wait for this real transformer to come over and challenge you to a duel

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEvk3L…
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I heard about that one! In 2020 when he's all grown up, maybe I'll get a little worried... but my fusion cannon will still be bigger'n his ~ ,^
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sharkhal Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is epic!
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^ ,^
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SirSasquatch Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Awesome job. Just a thought, but have you considered using coroplast for a more durable material than paper? It's easy to work with and is fairly durable.
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, this rig is pretty old, mate. It was my first convention and my first cosplay. Since this one I've worked with fiberglass, foamboard, plastics, and even steel. I was building a full foamboard suit, but life kind of happened so I ended up having to put my cosplays and conventions on hold for... well, it's been years now. I've worked with coroplast some, but I just don't jive with it. I think a lot about how I'd do it again if I was going to rebuild, and I'd love to make the whole thing out of sheet steel, riveted and welded together. Because I'm very apparently insane. But it'd be a hell of a Megatron. Making it transformable, that's the next version past that one XD
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AlleyViperCommander Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Wow.:eyepopping:
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Zpartuss Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
All HAIL...Megatron!!!!!!!
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Metalchick36 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome!
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Doubledealer93 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
best megatron costume i have ever seen
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wait 'til you see my next one... >:D
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MegatronIQU Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DANG INDEED
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whaleyousea Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
DANG
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SketchMcDraw Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Much love for this!!
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hakushaku Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to be making one so your pictures help for a reference. Great job.
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
If that helps, I imagine this would as well: My old Transcostumer forum costume build threads.

First Megatron rig's build thread: [link]
Unfinished third Megatron build thread: [link]

I don't have many pics of the second one's build, as I built it in three days, but I've got a few in-progress shots of my first and lots of my third(as of yet unfinished and sort of postponed). I hope the info and pics can do you some good. I'll keep an eye out for yours ; D
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hakushaku Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the links. Many of the photos will be printed and used to help me and my cousin in creating the costume. :) Your modifications look awesome.
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GIGAN05 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! It looks just like him.
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Regis-AND Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The most perfect and astonishing cosplay I ever seen... Woooooooow!!!
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MegamanNeos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
This is glorious.
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chelseycosplay Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Sooooo EPIC!!!!!!
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SolarGirlMina Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Your costume is awesome! I love it!!
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Starshot-seeker Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow!!! :wow: you look like a real megatron!!! X3

very awesome cosplay!!!
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Folkeye Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
I wish I could have taken pictures with you guys :) I have a Hot Rod costume. I could imagine some great pictures :D
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, that'd be awesome! We didn't have any Autobots to pick on this time, and all I keep getting is people wanting to join me as Decepticons. Except for one who wants to be Arcee, but picking on her wouldn't be too cool.
I like your costume, did you ever consider tall platform shoes? It does wonders to your height and the proportions of the legs to the body. I was around 7 feet tall in my second Megatron rig(not the one pictured here) and I was always looking over people's heads. I felt like a giant robot, I looked like one, and so it was easy to play the part and make fans' dreams come true.
Also, I prefer the painted face to a mask any day. It allows you to make those sinister glares or heroic expressions that add to the atmosphere.
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southernstingray Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
INCREDIBLE. O.O
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Rafael-Oliveira Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Definitely one of the best cosplays of Megatron I've ever seen.:clap:
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StickMasterNinja1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Awesome cosplay Bro!
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monkeyrum Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Just plain awesome!!! Love to see the lifesize adaptation! How were people's responses?
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They loved it!
At least 60 people asked to take pics (and those were just the ones that asked lol); too many people to count said it was awesome, asked me do say a line or two in my flawless megatron voice, or asked me how long it took to build (week and a half); and over half a dozen people wanted hugz.
I liked the huggers :3
I had trouble resizing some of the parts to fit human proportions, and it cost very much printer ink, but it was worth it. I reinforced any part that wasn't filled by me with great stuff spray foam, and I had to do a lot of cutting to get it to fit right. I didn't use the arm cannon from the model, I built that from scratch (mounting it was a pain). The costume was pretty much shredded by the end of the day though, so I'm making a new one and 2 others for some friends from scratch mostly. It's gonna be Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave for No Brand Con!
Thanks for the model man, I would have had to be V from V for Vendetta or skinny deadpool or something without it XD
Do you know where I could find a Soundwave helmet/head PDO?
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monkeyrum Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
I haven't really seen any pdo's or even any really good meshes out there for conversion of Soundwave.

I saw this however:
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The head is spot on. Almost looks like the person adapted it from that Italian papercraft:
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, this gives me inspiration for my 3 costumes in 6 weeks ^w^
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Brithe-Avannee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is... Wow, just wow. :omg:
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Darknessblade93064 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
It was epic seeing you walk around =)
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I thought the walking (shuffling) looked kinda awkward :3
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