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Author Topic: Steampunk Stilts, phase one  (Read 7819 times)
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« on: January 22, 2009, 03:53:49 pm »

I just recently finished initial work on a set of steampunk stilts. I started with a set of stilts used for installing drywall, and for phase one repainted them in black & copper, and added copper flashing to cover the plastic foot pads. This was part of my steampunk costume for the Arisia SF con in Boston.

Photos for Phase one under the spoiler tag
(these are photos from random ppl at the con, as I haven't gotten mine uploaded yet. More detail shots will follow)
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Future plans are,
Phase two:
-replace fabric foot/calf straps with leather.
-Add fake steam pistons to stilts
-add fake steam reserve pressure tanks
-plumb up steam lines complete with valves, gauges, etc.

Phase three:
-integrate stilts into larger steampunk powered armor costume


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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 05:03:57 pm »

Now that is imaginative and cool!

Being er--lacking in gifts of equilibrium--I can't help but wonder if it's difficult getting your balance and growing accustomed to walking on those?
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 05:19:19 pm »

looking forward to the (steam)power armour, i do hope you'll provide us with WIP pics as it comes along, it'll make a nice change from guns and case mods (not that there is anything wrong with either of these Smiley)
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009, 05:20:16 pm »

Being er--lacking in gifts of equilibrium--I can't help but wonder if it's difficult getting your balance and growing accustomed to walking on those?

  they are articulated stilts and flex along with your foot as you move your ankle, so walking in them is surprisingly natural. It took me about 10 minutes to get used to them the first time. And at the convention two different women tried them and both were walking easily in even less time. Since they are designed for workmen to be in them for several hours they are built to be inherently stable & easy to move in.
  With a bit of practice I am able to move at a fast walking pace in them (or run if I'm feeling very brave), I can bounce on my toes. I wandered around for about 3.5hours at the con and the next day the only pain I had was from one poorly placed buckle having dug into my calf.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009, 05:23:02 pm »

looking forward to the (steam)power armour, i do hope you'll provide us with WIP pics as it comes along, it'll make a nice change from guns and case mods (not that there is anything wrong with either of these Smiley)


I'm planning more WIP pics for that part. Since this was the beginning part I didn't want to post WIP pics and grand plans and then have nothing to show for it if it didn't work. This way I have something to show for it even if I get no further Smiley. Of course with 72 sq ft of copper sheeting in my garage I need to follow through just to rationalize that purchase.

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2009, 06:17:47 pm »

<-- These look like fun! Grin
(I'd probably break my neck on my first try though Tongue )
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2009, 06:25:01 pm »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MutvUfQcmMg <-- These look like fun! Grin
(I'd probably break my neck on my first try though Tongue )


Real life "Spring Heel Jack" ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2009, 07:24:39 pm »

Crackerjack idea, sir!
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2009, 09:13:52 pm »

The only good thing about Drywal, right there. Always wanted a pair of those. How expensive are they?
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2009, 09:17:25 pm »

I got mine on ebay for around $50-60+shipping. Quality sets go for $100-$300.
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 09:52:25 pm »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MutvUfQcmMg <-- These look like fun! Grin
(I'd probably break my neck on my first try though Tongue )


Real life "Spring Heel Jack" ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack


I'd be the guy dropping into the bushes.  I'm a klutz sometimes...
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 09:54:15 pm »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MutvUfQcmMg <-- These look like fun! Grin
(I'd probably break my neck on my first try though Tongue )


Real life "Spring Heel Jack" ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack


I'd be the guy dropping into the bushes.  I'm a klutz sometimes...


Same here..

"Hey guys, watch me jump over this car!"
**ungodly crashing sounds as I somehow manage to dive through the windshield**

yeah.. I can see that happening very easily Grin
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2009, 11:21:32 pm »

Cool! I'm also 4'11", so those would make me normal height!
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2009, 08:06:55 am »

I like your steamy NERF Vulcan, good job.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2009, 05:34:04 am »

I want me some of those! Are they available in the UK?
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« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2009, 06:15:13 am »

maybe you could add "toes" so it gives the illusion like they're made to traverse terrain that you normally couldn't.

something like you see on mechs, just clad small blocks of wood and have them on springsteel fingers, so they don't interfere with actual walking.

they look excellent, BTW. kudos!
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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2009, 01:46:13 pm »

Of course with 72 sq ft of copper sheeting in my garage I need

(one of the three copper sheets)
 
 


Well THERE goes the mortgage payment for this month.  Shocked     Grin Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2009, 12:43:05 am »

Very nice. I've also been planning on picking up a pair of these for the exact same use. Nice to know they're easy to mod, now to just get myself a set and go to work on them and then the larger project...
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