Disney Planes Dusty Crophopper Costume
Dusty Crophopper tricycle-mounted airplane costume - 1
|Costume type:||Costumes for Boys|
This homemade costume for boys entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Jeff, the 'Disney Planes Dusty Crophopper' costume creator:
Since the first Disney Planes movie came out, my son, Talen, has been obsessing over all airplanes, especially Dusty Crophopper's character in the movie. So, I decided to build him a Dusty airplane to accompany his pilot costume for Halloween this year (2014).
After determining the size of airplane based on my son's size, I proceeded to design the airplane using drafting software to facilitate the layout and scaling of the airplane. After the design, I printed the drawings and used them to cut the airplane parts out of cardboard. After all the parts were cut, I began assembling the fuselage, then the cockpit and vertical/horizontal stabilizers. The cockpit and vertical/horizontal stabilizers were surface mounted to the fuselage using hot glue. Next I created the two exhaust pipes using two short 3/4 PVC pipes (approximately 2-3 long), a 3/4 PVC 90 degree elbow, and a 3/4 PVC cap and then mounted them into pre-cut holes in the fuselage. Next, I assembled the propeller assembly, which is made up of cardboard for the propeller blades, 3/4 PVC pipe, and a cardboard witchs hat that I picked up at a craft store for the spinner. The tip and base of the witchs hat were cut off and a 3/4 PVC pipe was installed inside of it. I cut holes into the spinner and installed the propeller blades into these holes using hot glue. I installed 1/2 PVC pipe from approximately 6 in front of the fuselage to approximately 12 behind the front of the fuselage. Using hot glue, the 1/2 PVC pipe is mounted inside a hole in the front of the fuselage and also inside a hole in a piece of cardboard that is mounted inside the fuselage. The propeller assembly is then installed onto the 1/2 PVC pipe. Using PVC cement or krazy glue, install a 1/2 PVC cap to prevent the propeller assembly from being removed. This ensured the propeller assembly would spin easily without coming off. Next, I assembled the cardboard wings. I cut out the approximate shape of the wings in the fuselage and installed one wing inside the fuselage and hot glued it to the interior surface of the fuselage. Using hot glue, I installed a piece of 3/4 PVC pipe inside the wings to provide rigidity. For my sons airplane, which is approximately 55 wide wingtip-to-wingtip, I used a 36 long piece of PVC. Next, I installed the other wing using the same method as above; ensuring the PVC pipe fit inside the cardboard wing. Next, I applied several light coats of white acrylic gesso primer to provide a good base for my paint. The use of primer is a good idea since paint tends to warp cardboard. I then painted over the primer with standard acrylics. I used silver metallic acrylic paint for the propeller spinner and exhaust pipes to give them a metallic/chrome look. Also, I printed all the decals on glossy paper and attached them to the airplane with krazy glue. Since my child was small compared to the size of the airplane, I had to attach the airplane to his tricycle using tie wraps.
The funny thing is after all the work I put into this project, my son decided that he did not want to wear it on Halloween. While this was slightly upsetting for me, I actually had fun designing and building it for my son. I plan to keep it for at least a few more years in case he wants to wear it in the future.