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Zaku Mecha Helmet Tutorial by eva-guy01 Zaku Mecha Helmet Tutorial by eva-guy01
Step by step tutorial on how to make your own Zaku mecha helmet out of craft foam (or rubber sheet in some regions). Be sure you follow it based on the size of the head you plan to have it worn on. This is very basic so feel free to improve on it in terms of designs, gimiks and colors.

Drawn in vector via CorelDraw.

What is a Zaku? [link]

What is Craft Foam? [link]
(usually used for Flip-flops)

Where can I buy them?
If you are from Metro Manila, Philippines, information on sources can be found at FilCosplay Forum's Cosplay SOS Directory: [link] You would need to be a member to view it, membership is free.

If you are from other countries, try to find your nearest supplier online.

Will you be making the whole Zaku body?
Soon. If im successful, will post a tutorial if i can.
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UnicornTheGundam Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
Tacotitan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
This will be most useful.  Thanks!
luckydragonbb Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
this will help me so much. Thank you.
BOWSERDSMAN Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
WarEaglet Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hi, eva-guy01.  The link on where to buy craft foam appears to be broken.  Looking to make my first foam costume.  Help please as to where I can buy craft foam!!! :) Thank you thank you!!!

eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Estanislao Merchandise
Tel#: 645-3017

Photo of store:…

How to get there:

Jeep: From Aurora Blvd take any jeep that has the sign "Marikina Bayan" and it will take you all the way to Estanislao Merchandise. To get back, go to the corner of JP Rizal & E.Dela Paz and take any jeep that says "Cubao Farmers".
WarEaglet Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks a lot, eva-guy01! Found it! :)

ltgsniper122 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I hope u will have to Tutorial up soon on how to make the Zaku's body, also I love your instructions, much better to understand than others I've looked at.
TimLecman Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This a great help eva-guy thanks. I'm trying to build a Gouf costume, can you give me some pointers on what to use for the body and how to put it on? Thanks.
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It may take a while to illustrate you some tips, but if you have facebook, you could view this free tutorial from Clive Lee, the "Gundam Guy" cosplayer of Singapore. You can check his deviantart: [link]

Its pretty complete costume guide in building a Gundam costume, it could help you build your Gouf since its pretty squarish. Good luck!
TimLecman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks and sorry for the late reply, I couldn't log into this no matter what.
I've contacted him and got some tips thank you very much.
gammanet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
this is great, one question, if I dome the peice over the top wont the mid edges kinda bubble?
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would if the lower piece is significantly smaller. And if it cant be helped and large gaps appear, you can cover it using melted glue stick and a glue gun before painting a primer latex paint.
Masetsuke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
a question.. can you help me with something?

the something.... how do i draw the eye shapes? symmetrically.? because i've been wanting to make those shapes of my OC armors.. ^___^. please and thank you~
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can do a "cheat". Attach the rectangle (the top curve of your crown) and the longer rectangle circling your face. Then trace the empty space where the eye-shapes are supposed to be with a pencil on a flat sheet and simply polish the trace into a good eye-shape. Then make two of them.
Masetsuke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
\^___^ that is awesome! thanks a lot!

common sense kinda kills me everyday~ thanks!! no i can make a zaku of my own!
KungfuMustard Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Thank you man, I was thinking Heavyarms, but decided on a Zaku first before anything, haha. XD This will definitely be of help!
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Hope I get to see its building progress!
KungfuMustard Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
I think I'd need a little help with building it. This would be my first to take on and I'm a stickler for it being of proper proportions and all.
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of help do you need. This may pose a problem for you since this tutorial actually encourages trial and error. Everyone have different sizes and proportions so there is no exact science to this. But you can get the nearest proportion by doing the following:

- never use the exact measurement of your head. Always add at least 1 to 3 inches more. Better more than less.
- the rectangular curved part of the head where you attach the eye-shaped parts, the average size is 10 inches to 1 foot. If the measurement of the crown of your head (from forehead and then around the skull) is 17 to 20 inches, make the rectangle 10 inches. 21 to 25 inches, make rectangle 11 inches. Any larger make it 1 foot.
KungfuMustard Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Thank you man, I appreciate it. If I ever get around to making a cosplay mobile suit I'll put up an image and give you a heads up.
Lucian-Ciel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so cool. :)
TylerRnR Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Awesome! I'm going to try this sometime soon! I'll be sure to post the results!
Mellow-Striker911 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
lol ZAKU!!! :w00t:

sali ko diyan :lol:
afrokenshi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
thankyou for the posting this XD im currently making it :D:D
n00m0 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
planning to start a Zaku army or something? hehe
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not me, Mirage_cld [link] of Singapore has an ambitious project called Zaku Army, where each country he invited should make their own army, have a photo taken and it will be placed on his website, partially in celebration of Gundam's 30th anniversary.
standard-deviant Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Sieg Zeeeeooon!
I might try to make one of these. ^_^
jactinglim Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
very comprehensive tutorial ^^
Karumaru Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
nice one
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Or you can go snorkeling with it and scare the trunks off of people:lmao:
PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Whoa...this tutorial looks tight! I'm sure miragecld will be glad to see you do this, as it helps all of us.

Actually, one thing you can do: use a circle of red retroreflective tape for the eye. That way, when people take a picture of you with a flash, the eye will appear to glow--just like what you did with the Accretian costume. If the photographers say that the reflected light is often too bright (washing out the shots with red), you could diffuse and mute it down a little with some wax paper or other translucent material over the tape.
rancidgravy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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