We are very proud to share our cosplay tribute to the Terminator series and Stan Winston School of Character Arts, a practical "DIY" version of our favorite Terminator model, the T-1 tank.
Watch our "Building the T-1 Terminator" video!
We used a Primechair mobility chair for our main power source. We drew up a scaled version of what we wanted and began construction around the chair.
Pictured above: PVC pipe was our primary structural material: easy to work with, light-weight, & cost-effective.
THE TESTING PHASE
After the frame was made and mounted to the chair we did many test runs to make sure the structure was stable and had enough clearance from the ground and wheels.
Pictured above: The T-1 Terminator's "armor" was made out of light-weight EVA foam.
Pictured above: The tank treads were made out of cardboard & EVA foam.
ADDING EYES & GATLING GUNS
The Terminator T-1's "eyes" were powered by LEDs that we wired up and connected to a toggle switch in the cockpit. We fitted our Terminator T-1 Tank with two large Gatling guns made from plastic tubes and foam to keep down the weight. We thought the ammo belts came out great and looked very cool!
Pictured above: The plastic tube and foam "Gatling guns" before installation.
Pictured above: The retractable arms allow for a "gunslinger" pose & make going in and out of doors much easier.
HIDING A HUMAN INSIDE A TERMINATOR
We added in countless cosmetic wires and tubing and carefully ran them throughout the frame to give our Terminator an authetically mechanical look. We also inserted mesh screens inside the cockpit so nobody could see the driver while still allowing the T-1 pilot to see around. The mesh also provided great ventilation. Then came some last mobility testing and it was ready for paint.
Pictured above: Courtney handled most of the paint stages and really gave the T-1 an awesome metallic look!
READY TO TERMINATE
The whole project took a month to make and we are extremely happy about how our T-1 Terminator turned out. Right after finishing it, we loaded it up on a large truck and took it to Dallas Comic Con.
Pictured above: The Zod's Terminator Tank storms Dallas Comic Con.
It was an absolute blast to drive around and see everyone's reactions to the T-1.
We would like to really thank our friends and family for all the support and encouragement on this project! We could not have done this without them. Huge thanks to the entire Stan Winston School of Character Arts for all the inspiration and teaching! We hope to someday meet "The Machine" himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Fingers crossed!)
- Scotty and Courtney Zod
Pictured above: Scotty and Courtney with their very own T-1 at Dallas Comic Con.
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