Today's build is the intersection of two of Adam's favorite things: and his collection of new hats, and the movie John Carpenter's The Thing! That's right: Adam is working on a MacReady costume inspired by Kurt Russell's iconic character, and it all begins with making an ultra-accurate replica of his distinct and ridiculous hat!
It's been almost five years since Adam made his bear costume to walk through Comic-Con, and the suit is in dire need of repair, refit, and refurbishment. It's an opportunity for Adam to completely rebuild the one part that's never quite satisfied his original design--the bear's head. So it's time to get the bear suit out of storage and make a whole new headpiece for it, turning Adam's original sketch into a full-formed and fur-covered animatronic head!
Adam makes use of one of his lifecasts to make a perfectly fitted skullcap for his Iron Man Mark I helmet. It'll require laying down epoxy fiberglass on top of the lifecast, padding it with neoprene, and then sewing a leather liner to give it a welding-jacket aesthetic that fits inside his Mark I's flip-up helmet. And keep an eye out for a special appearance by Adam's dog Maggie!
Wanting a beaten-up, shiny metal finish for his Iron Man Mark I suit, Adam applies a gloss black undercoat, adds liquid chrome, then seals it all with a clear coat.
Chewbacca isn't just Adam's favorite Star Wars alien, but it's also one of his favorite costumes to wear at conventions and for Halloween. After over ten years of wearing this Chewbacca costume, Adam begins the process of updating and rebuilding its parts, starting with Chewie's feet.