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Make Your Own TRON Costume 205

Posted by michael
from the parents-don't-let-your-kids-do-this dept.
cottonbuds writes "Apparently someone used his imagination -- with plaster, some time, a drinking straw up his nose and vaseline, combining these four elements he created a fascinating Tron costume."
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Make Your Own TRON Costume

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  • Man... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by rune2 (547599)
    If this is his usual getup I wonder what this guy's halloween costume will be like? Looks like his webserver's already Slashdotted too...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:33PM (#8759075)
    ...like that guy in the light cycle.
  • by Faust7 (314817) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:33PM (#8759079) Homepage
    Light that thing up and you wouldn't have to worry at all about being a road hazard when trick-or-treating.

    "Don't hit the program!"
  • Hmm... (Score:4, Funny)

    by loveisafist (766873) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:34PM (#8759085) Homepage
    Seems he built his webserver from the same materials...
  • Then I suggest tomorrow there's a blip about a Boba Fett costume, since DIY costumes information is worthy of news. ::rolleyes::
    • Why wait until tomorrow: Here ya go [bluepencilpro.com], and there also Borg [bluepencilpro.com], Alien, Predator, even the Grinch.

      -cp-

      • WOW the quality of those costumes, Looks like SHIT... The guy in the Borg costume looks like he needs to take a crap, and most of the Predators costume looks like he used a really rough rasp to complete the final sanding on the pieces.

        I didn't bother looking at the grinch or the alien, I figured this person thought that the low lighting situations of trick or treating would be able to mask most of his CRAPPY workmanship. Sorry but I think I'll keep looking before I make anything from that guys site.

        If you
      • "Why wait until tomorrow: Here ya go, and there also Borg, Alien, Predator, even the Grinch."

        Hmmm.... I really must resist the temptation to buy that borg costume and drive up to Redmond.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    For someone reading Slashdot on a Saturday night... like me.
  • by Perseid (660451) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:36PM (#8759095)
    "Apparently someone used his imagination -- with plaster, some time, a drinking straw up his nose and vaseline, combining these four elements he created a fascinating - "

    And I can only thank God the sentence ended with "Tron Costume".
  • by plasm4 (533422) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:36PM (#8759098) Journal
    here is the text from the website, it was a really good read while it lasted:


    Server Error in '/' Application.
    Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.
    Exception Details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    Source Error:

    Line 18:
    Line 19: ldr = MCP.GetDR("SELECT tsDocuments.*,
    Users.userLogin, Users.userFirstName, Users.userLastName,
    Users.userEmail FROM tsDocuments INNER JOIN Users ON tsDocuments.docCreator = Users.userID WHERE docID = " & lintID)
    Line 20: ldr.Read()
    Line 21:
    Line 22: 'Update User Location
    Source File: D:\WWW\TronSector\articles\article.aspx Line: 20
    Stack Trace:
    [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]
    ASP.article_aspx.Page_Load(Object Sender, EventArgs E) in D:\WWW\TronSector\articles\article.aspx:20
    System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35
    System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +731

    Version Information:Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.573; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.573
  • looks like (Score:1, Funny)

    by unknown_host (757538)
    slashdotting in record time..
  • by MaineGuy (626525) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:39PM (#8759116) Homepage
    link [216.239.41.104]
    • Thanks Much.

      It's nice to see something constructive instead of people just bitching and cracking jokes.

      I never have mod points when I really want them. When I have them, I either waste them on something stupid or hang on to them too long and they expire.

      That costume really is impressive, tho.

      T
  • apparently (Score:5, Informative)

    by nuckin futs (574289) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:40PM (#8759121)
    someone used a link by BaumSquad from the Real Akira Motorcycle thread to create something "newsworthy".
  • Article Text (Score:5, Informative)

    by xSquaredAdmin (725927) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:40PM (#8759126)
    I started out with the one element I knew would take me the longest, the helmet. I should mention that any time I have to work on a helmet or loose-fitting full-head mask, I use a bust that I created just for this purpose.

    The bust began with a standard life-mask made with plaster impregnated bandages available at craft and medical supply stores. As you might have guessed, I sat for about half an hour with pieces of drinking straw up my nose, while my mother wrapped my Vaseline coated face in plaster bandage. After the bandages had set, the cast was carefully removed and the breathing holes patched with small pieces of bandage, and more Vaseline applied to the inner surface of the mold. I then poured plaster of paris into the life-mask, let it set, and carefully removed the finished life-mask. I sculpted a bust around the life-mask, all the way down to the beginning of the shoulders. This involved taking measurements from my head and comparing the bust to them, until the basic geometric requirements had been met, and then using a bit of "finesse" to make everything fit together properly.

    The original helmets used for the film were a style of hockey helmet in use at the time, extended slightly at the back to hide the hairline. Since I couldn't lay my hands on one on short notice, I began sculpting it in oil-based clay over my custom-made bust. I used paper templates as a guide to insure that the sculpture maintained it's goemetric qualities, and to make sure the side details would remain symmetrical. Finally, a plaster mold was made, and a positive cast made with a cellulose-based material called Celastic. If I had it to do over, I would have cast it in polyester resin and fiberglass, since Celastic must be dissolved in acetone (which is relatively toxic if not handled properly), and must be sanded and filled before being painted and finished. Alternately, I could have broken the original up into sections and vacu-formed it, but we live and learn! The finished positive, after having been filled and sanded, was painted with a cheap, white, oil-based primer (which has yellowed with age - next time I'll use acrylics), and detailed with the circuit pattern. Lastly, the interior was padded to make it more comfortable to wear.

    In the images above you see some of the painted circuitry work being done by hand. I could have masked all of this off, but it was faster to do it "freehand". The "disc", is a glow-in-the-dark frisbee with most of the surface detail sanded off, and new stripes scribed in and painted flourescent blue. The shoulder and arm guards are formed from Celastic in much the same way as the helmet, and attatched to the leotard with small pieces of elastic glued to the pieces and sewn to the costume body.

    YORI by IronWulf

    Visit IronWulf's TRON costume page for more pics and info.

    TRON by BaumSquad

    First thing to find was some armor. For this, I went to Play It Again Sports (the BEST place to get Halloween gear IMHO) Anyway, I picked up some Hockey gear, which looks amazingly similar to Tron gear. Some hockey helmets look almost identical to the Tron helmets. I found a GREAT helmet used for pretty darn cheap. Then I needed a chest plate because I'm a scrawny little guy and a plain tight T-shirt would have looked too wussy. I found a wonderful thing for baseball catcher's (maybe) and it was great. Had a big chest plate on it and some nice big round shoulder covers. Then I just got some Soccer shin guards to use as those things that Tron has coming off of his elbows. Just wear shin guards on your wrist, with your hand coming through where the foot goes, and the shin part running up your forearm, mocking the things that Tron has quite well. So that takes care of most of your upper body.

    Then at Play It Again Sports I bought an old weight lifters belt to wear, well, as a belt. It defines the look a little better, though drawing lines on the shirt would work as well. And then I bought some old moon boots at Goodwill (okay, goodwill is probably the best Hallowe
  • by JustinXB (756624)
    An essay on TRON Costume

    To delve deeply into TRON Costume is an exciting adventure. The constantly changing fashionable take on TRON Costume demonstrates the depth of the subject. Though TRON Costume is a favourite topic of discussion amongst monarchs, presidents and dictators, its influence on western cinema has not been given proper recognition. It still has the power to shock the aristocracy, who form the last great hope for our civilzation. Keeping all of this in mind, in this essay I will examine the
  • Old info, but useful (Score:2, Informative)

    by Jay Maynard (54798)
    That's a fairly old page...while there are good tips there, one thing that nobody seems to have managed is getting the right green tint to the outfit. For someone wanting to try their own, let me suggest Krylon Fusion spray paint in the color they call Honeydew, shade 2335. It seems to be a pretty good match. Dying the bodysuit that color, of course, is a trick...and I haven't yet figured out how to attach ELwire to it directly.
  • Can anyone else see a little blue glowing man inside of the server pushing a giant wheel while being whipped by one of those red guards?

    Maybe I've just seen the movie too much.
  • Another (Score:3, Interesting)

    by aquasheep (681072) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:45PM (#8759144)
    Two other guys were linked in the article as having their own Tron [rit.edu] costumes [davidsilva.com]
  • by CoolGuySteve (264277) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:45PM (#8759148)
    Maybe somebody can clarify for me, but aren't the costumes in Tron just shoulder pads and 80's style hockey helmets with some weird effects and stylings? They sure do look like it when I caught it on TV the other day.

    I used to think they looked pretty cool until I realized that. Now it's just kind of funny. It makes you realize that it's really just a bunch of fully grown adults running around a soundstage pretending to be IN TEH COMPUTAR.

    Still a good movie though.
  • Tron game... (Score:5, Informative)

    by lukewarmfusion (726141) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:45PM (#8759150) Homepage Journal
    I recently got hooked on a Shockwave Flash game like Tron... enjoy.

    http://www.cybermonkey.org/html/game/swron/index.h tm [cybermonkey.org]
  • website text follows:

    TRON by IronWulf

    I started out with the one element I knew would take me the longest, the helmet. I should mention that any time I have to work on a helmet or loose-fitting full-head mask, I use a bust that I created just for this purpose.

    The bust began with a standard life-mask made with plaster impregnated bandages available at craft and medical supply stores. As you might have guessed, I sat for about half an hour with pieces of drinking straw up my nose, while my mother wrapped my
  • by AtariAmarok (451306) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:48PM (#8759165)
    Sheezh. All you have to do is get a St Louis Blues hockey costume and.... make it more blue. Viola. instant Tron costume.

    I will tell you this, once you do this, all chances of getting Anna Kournikova as your wife (a la Sergei Federov) are over. Keep it as a hockey costume to increase the chances of this from zero to nill.
  • by BaumSquad (632811) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:49PM (#8759169)
    I suppose my response for a wish for a tron Light cycle in the Akira bike thread kicked this off. Tron Light Cycle Thread [slashdot.org]

    Woops. But, yeah, I did make a Tron suit for Halloween a couple of years ago. Have worn it for each Halloween since. It turned out great, and I'm sorry to the guy at Tron-Sector that got slashdotted. It's a great site and I recommend it to all once it gets back up and running. Anyway, the full text of my description on how I made it is posted in here somewhere. My name in that is BaumSquad as well. I'm just sorry that you guys can't see the final products!! It's pretty damn cool, if you like TRON. If you guys are nuts to see it, someone with webspace can post an e-mail address or e-mail me at paul(at)thebaumsquad.com and I'll send you the pics from my version. Pretty rad.

    Anyway, thanks for enjoying the work! And honestly, if any of you are interested in doing something like this, it's not THAT hard. Just take a weekend or so and about $50 in materials, and have a pretty damn kick ass costume, if I do say so myself.

    The light cycle, however, will take a little more time and energy. (And no I haven't made one... YET!)

    • by Anonymous Coward
      ...and a drinking straw up his nose...
    • Mine was hastily done, but I had 4 or 5 6 foot strangs of elwire each with its own inverter/battery and I wore it at a stereolab concert on halloween. I was like a vertical neon sign and made a surprising amount of light. Later my buddy (dressed as hunter s thompson) and I went out drinking and every bar I stopped at someone bought me drinks.

      The best part was when a girl at one bar here in Chicago told me, "Holy shit, I'm related to the bad guy in Tron." I don't remember if he was her uncle or what, but
  • the link is slashdotted and i can't stop thinking about WTF this guy needs the vaseline for!!
  • four? (Score:3, Funny)

    by corian (34925) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:54PM (#8759192)
    Apparently someone used his imagination -- with plaster, some time, a drinking straw up his nose and vaseline, combining these four elements

    That's FIVE.

    1 - Imagination.
    2 - Plaster.
    3 - Time.
    4 - Straw.
    4.5 - Nose
    5 - Vaseline

    Not exactly elements either, are they?
    • Actually, he let the secret out, thos are the real four elements. If you could see the 8th color, you would have know that.
    • Not exactly elements either, are they?

      Not in the Aristotlean, Lavoisierre, Cantorian, or Roman Catholic senses of the word, but in vernacular English... sure they are.

  • Priceless (Score:5, Funny)

    by AtariAmarok (451306) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @08:54PM (#8759193)
    1. Used hockey helmet: $25
    2. 5 yards of blue lame fabric: $53
    3. Look on boss's face when you walk into the office Monday morning in full costume and yell "GREETINGS, PROGRAM!"..... priceless.
  • I wonder (Score:2, Funny)

    by Celsius10 (752865)
    "while my mother wrapped my Vaseline coated face in plaster bandage."

    I wonder what his /. ID is?

    On the sixth day at 11:59pm the lord created Knoppix and it was good.
  • Guy on Bike: "Peter? Is that you?"
    Peter: "Yeah! What are you doing nowadays?"
    Guy: "I'm the Red Guy!"
    Peter: "Hey, I'm the Blue Guy!"

    Or something of that nature.

  • by KageMonkey (740043) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @09:08PM (#8759251)
    "Why hello there, pretty girl. I have a level 60 Paladin on Everquest and he has a sword that does triple damage to Goblins and Orcs!!! OMG!!! And during my spare time, I made this really cool Tron Costume!!! Want to go out with me???"
  • Article Text... (Score:1, Redundant)

    by imag0 (605684)
    Server Error in '/.' Application.
    Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    Source Error:

    Line 18:
    Line 19: ldr = MCP.GetDR("SELECT tsDocuments.*, Users.userLogin, Users.userFirstName, Users.userL
  • Not the best way to pick up chicks mind you;)
  • by raygundan (16760) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @09:21PM (#8759304) Homepage
    I don't know how "short notice" he was looking for, but I managed to find several dozen hockey helmets *exactly* like the ones used in the 80s to make the helmets in the movie on ebay when I made my Tron costume. Took about a week to arrive, and a few days to paint. I'm certainly not as hardcore as he is, but MAN are there easier ways than plaster-casting your head and sculpting the helmet from scratch.

    Still, props to him for going the extra mile...
  • Server Error in '/' Application.
    <snip>
    Line 19: ldr = MCP.GetDR("SELECT tsDocuments.*, Users.userLogin, Users.userFirstName, Users.userLastName, Users.userEmail FROM tsDocuments INNER JOIN Users ON tsDocuments.docCreator = Users.userID WHERE docID = " & lintID)
    <snip>
    Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.573; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.573

    Clearly this guy was using the MCP for his webserver, and Slashdot has about the same effect as a well-aimed deadly disc.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 03, 2004 @09:28PM (#8759339)
    plaster, some time, a drinking straw up his nose and vaseline

    What is CowboyNeal's normal Saturday night, Alex?

  • WORKING MIRROR (Score:5, Informative)

    by Three Headed Man (765841) <dieter_chen.yahoo@com> on Saturday April 03, 2004 @09:37PM (#8759366)
  • by mark-t (151149) <markt@lynx. b c .ca> on Saturday April 03, 2004 @09:37PM (#8759369) Journal
    ... to the people that get slashdotted to the great beyond, I really think slashdot should give them something to compensate these poor unsuspecting people...

    Maybe a T shirt with the catch line "My web site got slashdotted and all I got was this lousy T shirt"

  • No danger at all of missing spotting someone in that outfit late at night on the road!
  • He's got nothing on this guy. [thewiredpress.com]
  • Stillsuit (Score:2, Funny)

    by Denix (125207)
    And if Tron-boy gets too bored he can turn his costume into a stillsuit and get lost in a desert somewhere.

  • W00t! (Score:3, Funny)

    by one9nine (526521) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @10:01PM (#8759431) Journal
    Just in time for Holloween! :-)
  • I'll avoid any costume design that requires vaseline, thanks.
  • MIRROR LINK (Score:5, Informative)

    by jdkane (588293) on Saturday April 03, 2004 @10:06PM (#8759453)
    The site is slow right now under the Slashdot effect.

    Fortunately the content is old enough that it's available through the Internet Archive [archive.org]

  • Momma's geek. (Score:1, Flamebait)

    by jdkane (588293)
    while my mother wrapped my Vaseline coated face in plaster bandage

    Momma's geek.

  • I sat for about half an hour with pieces of drinking straw up my nose, while my mother wrapped my Vaseline coated face in plaster bandage.

    "Martin, you don't scare me". (ref [imdb.com])

  • Wow, this is fascinating alright.

    Fascinating the same way people crowding hotels dressed in Worf costumes is fascinating.

    In other words, this is morbidly fascinating.

    It's a pity people can't "wget life."
  • TWO WORDS: (Score:5, Funny)

    by nomadic (141991) <nomadicworld@nOSpaM.gmail.com> on Saturday April 03, 2004 @10:57PM (#8759606) Homepage
    Girl magnet.
  • I ran into a dude with a tron costume this past halloween. His costume wasn't all that elaborate, but the glow effect looked pretty cool.

    Pics [p4ul13.com]

  • How can this man not have wife or many girlfriends call night and day? Dressing like TRON character very important, but must make time for play as well.
  • I beat all these guys, I made a glowing Tron costume in 1983, the year the movie came out. Of course electroluminescent materials were far in the future, so I came up with a novel solution.
    I bought a whole bunch of Cyalume light sticks, they contain a chemical and a sealed plastic capsule containing the catalyst that makes them glow, break the capsule and the chemicals mix. I tried to buy the chemical in bulk from American Cynamid but they wouldn't sell it to me. So I laboriously cut apart several dozen tub
  • SLASH!

    Aah-aaaaah!

    They crashed everyone of us!
  • Sorry to say this, but I'm gonna have to claim prior art on that costume. I wore the very same Cooper hockey helmet that was used in that movie when I played hockey as a kid. Sorry nerds, I win this round!

  • Looks like Tron's been getting his code updated by the guys in Redmond.

Interchangeable parts won't.

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