Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Green Ranger Dragon Dagger Prop Tutorial

Behold the mystery prop and I hope those who follow it have a Merry Christmas!



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30 comments:

BandazGeek said...

Dang it, Linkara, you're even awesome when giving an instructional video. They should have had YOU in the Star Wars Holiday Special... if they had time-travel to the future back then... which I doubt.

I'm no cosplayer, but I'll definitely keep you in mind if I ever decide I need a fake dagger in my life. =D

Laura said...

I'll admit I was starting to get a bit curious - mostly because of the twitter posts on the U-ring. But in the end, the finished product looks great. You two did an amazing job on it. I know where to go if I decide to try and make any props.

If I may ask, if you were to do it again, is there anything you would have done differently? And do you make props often? I mean, I think the Arm Cannon in the end of the Silent Hill review was home made if I remember correctly.

Lewis Lovhaug said...

I'd have painted the doorbells BEFORE I glued them to the dagger. I knew it'd be a problem, but I was an impatient little dork. XD

I probably also wouldn't have used the copper stop because of how awkward it makes the blade pole's design, needing to be cut around when making the first layer. Also, if we had known we were going back to the U-bolt, we could have made deeper cuts into the furniture glides so we could just slip it in instead of having to cut the U-bolt.

I don't make props often... I think this is technically the third or fourth (Pyramid Head, the arm cannon, and Cable's costume), but I'm a fan of Indy Mogul and it's a great inspiration for how to get this kind of stuff off the ground. ^^

Mags said...

For months I've had an idea to make a prop that is a walking stick with a gun-like feature at one end (I'd call it my epic pimp stick). But I kept putting it off and forgot about it until I watched this awesome tutorial. I have most of the parts somewhere to make it, but lacked motivation. I guess I should give it a try in the new year.

That was fun to watch and I can't wait to see it in your future videos.

Laura said...

Bah, everyone's a little impatient when they have the finished product in mind and want it in hand :). Still, it looks pretty awesome, you should be proud of yourself.

Happy Holidays.

Xel Unknown said...

Wow... That was somehow cool to watch. There's just something about watching a How-To vid with someone I enjoy to watch. I wonder how many new green ranger dagers are going to be made because of this fun to watch tutorial...

James said...

Very Alton Brown-esque. Thanks for the helpful hints. You and PropLady rock.

Anonymous said...

Now I Know!

And knowing is half the battle!

G.I Joooooooeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Pete said...

The prices are severely high for the original Dragon Dagger at the moment because Bandai is relaunching the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" toyline and their new Dragon Dagger is radically different from the original.


Your tutorial is awesome, btw.

Adam said...

BTW I hate to say this but being a Sentai fan I have to say that's the Green is actually called the Dragon Ranger in the Orginal version of the Show Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger

ironbite said...

Well that looks kinda awsome. Can't wait to see it in action.

Ironbite-no seriouslly...I can't.

Daggers said...

its really very nice video thanks for sharing this with us.

takenoko said...

That's pretty cool. Any chance we can get some comparison shots of the final prop to the in-show prop on the site? That'd be great to see.

Queen Anthai said...

Now you have to build a Green Ranger to go with it.

And then send him to me. XD

Dg said...

Has making this made you want to do the gun version any less? And will you be planning on trying to make that or modify the one you already made?

It came out really nice so good job to you both.

RocMegamanX said...

Questions:

How much did it cost?

How long did it take you per day? Over how many days?

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"How much did it cost?"

Well, that's an interesting question. Walking into it I didn't have the right tools for cutting PVC or the like. In addition, as you saw with the rubber centerpiece, some ideas I had didn't end up materializing in the actual dagger.

Also, should I include the optional bits like the doorbells? And should I include the paints?

Theoretically, the important parts of the dagger should end up costing around $30-40, especially if you already have the tools necessary. Made all the better is the fact that PVC is actually really cheap. Each length of pipe I got was less than a buck each.

How long did it take you per day? Over how many days?

Chris said...

I'll consider this my Christmas present from you, Louis. ^_^

Gotta say, you and AA are really inspiring. I might end up asking her advice on reproducing the DenGasher from "Kamen Rider Den-O", since the toy is just a pale imitation for everything except Gun Modes, mostly because Sword, Rod and Ax Modes involve size-changing.

Voyevoda said...

Indy Mogul fan?

very cool Linkara

pawcanada84 said...

Great job on the Dragon Dagger Linkara. Can't wait to see how it's used (though i feel that way in general after seeing the awesome preview!).

Anonymous said...

I gotta ask, do you have an opinion on the Japanese source material? Something I've wanted to know since I started watching Atop the 4th wall.

GreenRanger88 said...

You should've come to Infinite Bits with NC, Linkara. If you had, you could've seen my Dragon Dagger. I have one of the professional props made by that guy who's myspace pics you showed.

I was the Green Ranger in Doug's Video Game Confessions video.

Anonymous said...

Do you think you'll ever release a DVD of your stuff like the Angry Nerd does?

Perpugilliam said...

This is just proof that I can listen to you talk about anything. I have no potential use for the tutorial, but I enjoyed it all the same... I probably just have too much time on my hands at the moment.

I look forward to seeing you use the dagger in the future!

Face said...

Dude, Lewis, friggin' awesome! I gotta hand it to you! I was never a huge power rangers fan as a kid but I am an avid model builder and love watching scratchbuild projects like this. If you've done any other kind of modelling or what not, I'd love to get a look

Moira Dillon (dollmaker88) said...

i have to say i admire anyone who makes things themselves and this was quite interesting.

I actually enjoy tutorials and i think what i like the most about this is all the very common things you used for detailing.

Very cool vid and the prop lady is the coolest person ive seen in a long time.

Anonymous said...

Excuse, I have thought and have removed a question

Emi said...

Wow, neat! I kind of want to try to make one now, just to see if I'd be any good at following directions. XD

You should do more tutorial-style videos about other stuff.

Also: Tsk! Sir! You have a messy room! ...But whatever, it's still more organized than mine is. XD

ryanlb said...

I started building a Force Pike a couple of years ago when I decided to join the 501st Legion. I got impatient with myself and instead of spending $30 to build one out a cheap pool cue, I bought an machined aluminum one for $150.

I sold the costume pike later, but still have all the pieces to build one, and now I'm really tempted to go back and do it. Curse you.

great video, btw.

Steven Hall said...

just found this,great toturial on how to make it. one question any idea where to find a good 1:1 pic of the dagger for the blade? thanks steve