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Has anyone built an Orbak?

 
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IrishIris (Monica Jones)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 2:31 am    Post subject: Has anyone built an Orbak? Reply with quote

Thinking about static props for the base, has anyone done an Orbak either as a static prop or for an actual horse? Thinking a PVC frame, blanket over the back, maybe a foam carved head?

[img]https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/bb/Orbak-TSWB.png/revision/latest?cb=20201021035459[/img]

Aaaand bc the image isn't working here's a link

https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/bb/Orbak-TSWB.png/revision/latest?cb=20201021035459
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow this is an interesting idea!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think its ever been done, but several comparable props/costumes have been done.

My local garrison built a Dewback with Sandtrooper many years ago. They used a PVC frame/skeleton with carved foam body and skin. It it mostly a static prop but can be worn as a two person costume, though it is quite heavy and so not setup that way very often.

A few people over the years have built full sized Wampas and Tauntauns.

Faux fur only comes in lengths up to 3-4 inches (120mm is the longest I've ever found in 20 years) and is fairly expensive.
National Fiber Technology can make something like that but is probably prohibitively expensive for a project like this.

You could get some cheap synthetic wigs and/or hair extensions from beauty supply shops and could get a lot of coverage for a low price, just paint the underlying skin the same color as your hair and you can get away with it being pretty thin.

Beauty supply stores vary in size and selection. There will be a lot of smaller ones with limited selection but call around and chances are there will be a few that are huge and have a great wig selection. There are standard color numbers that hair products come in so once you know what colors you want you can shop for bargains online or order from wholesalers. Kanekalon is the type of hair most of us Wookiees use.

I highly recommend checking out the Stan Winston School of Character Arts video series on building a foam fabricated T-Rex head:You will notice that he creates a lot of structure just with the foam without relying too heavily on PVC skeletons.

PVC is a lot heavier than people realize, and its flexibility means the weight will flex and oscillate a lot. There are many types of rigid or semi-rigid foams that could achieve a lot of the structure (and strength) with much less weight.

Foam Mart carries lots of type of foam.

Long term storage and transport are the major barriers when it comes to large props. Especially in the south contemplating a large, hairy foam-based prop, you need to worry about moisture build-up, mildew, and bugs. You don't want to pull this thing out of a shed or garage after a few months and find it funky (or moldy) or bunch of spiders, rodents and what have you living in it.

If you want to be able to sit on it, I recommend checking out Kee Klamps or Lowe's equivalent SteelTek.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We THINK we have an idea for a PVC/metal piping frame sketched out. I'm thinking I can get a plastic chemical barrel from work to use for body structure. Rideable would be cool, but might be too ambitious for the first build.

The original costumes were made from blankets - we found some shorter furred ones at Target, for a start, but are keeping an eye out for something more accurate. The hair tying method would get INCREDIBLY expensive and we're kinda on a budget here 😅

Will try to upload sketch photos from a computer later.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing idea and this will be so much fun for our Base!
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