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My 2010 Halloween project is nearly done, and enough ahead of schedule that I could actually start working on a "walk-around" costume. To make it unusual, I decided to build digitigrade stilts so that I'd not only be taller, but also have an inhuman gait. Finished the support struts and added bungee cord tendons last night, was able to give it a full test. With the struts and tendon, it's surprisingly stable, enough that I can balance on one leg (not that I intend to.)

At any rate:

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(iPhones suck at night-time photography.)
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Smile Well what one can say. Watch you don't hurt yourself and are they springy?
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Is the dog showing us what he thinks? Smile
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Don't mess with demon-dog Smile

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Those seem like they would hurt your legs.
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How (un)comfortable are they?

Might I ask what the final costume is gong to be?
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They're pretty comfortable, except for the right big toe, which is probably a function of overzealous nail clipping.

Final costume will be a ghoul. Foam padding will go over the stilts, shaped to form toes and cover the feet. I'll wear extremely baggy pants (left over from my "death metal star" costume.) Already have the mask, shipped earlier this week. It's a tight fit; there's a surprising amount of visibility given what the eye-holes are. (Warning: ugly.)
http://www.amazon.com/Unknown-Gooey-Ghoul-Mask/dp/B001CC3LDI

I may need to hunt down a turtle neck and some monster gloves.
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They look awful prone to tipping. Do you feel pushed forward or backward when you wear them?
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They're actually pretty stable. I can stand fully upright in them pretty easily- the center of balance is in the middle of the base on the ground. Though it's a little easier to walk leaning slightly forward (which is to be expected- see animations of "werewolves" walking on two legs, if they're on toes (instead of the human-in-a-zippered-suit) they pretty much all walk that way.)

By the way, these are not my own design. Google "digitigrade stilts" and a ton of results pop up; almost all of them follow the same basic plan, down to including support struts and tendons.
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Looks like it will be a really cool costume! Is this for use in your own haunt, will you go to costume contests with it, or do you have another plan?

The design of the "legs" looks like with specialized materials could make a really cool werewolf.
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Lol, generally everyone walks leaning forward. Walking is essentially controlled falling. Though I imagine you might end up doing it more than normal with thee, or at least notice it more.

Man, I need to figure out what I'm going to do for Halloween this year. I was pretty pleased with last years go of it:

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On 2010-09-24 13:38, gdw wrote:
Lol, generally everyone walks leaning forward. Walking is essentially controlled falling. Though I imagine you might end up doing it more than normal with thee, or at least notice it more.

Man, I need to figure out what I'm going to do for Halloween this year. I was pretty pleased with last years go of it:

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Same as last year, only the opposite side of the face to see if anyone notices. Your own inside joke. Just kidding, and the make-up is really good!
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That's right, definitely a good werewolf leg. Since you can stand on only one, it would work well near fire hydrants. Smile
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On 2010-09-24 13:38, gdw wrote:
Lol, generally everyone walks leaning forward. Walking is essentially controlled falling. Though I imagine you might end up doing it more than normal with thee, or at least notice it more.

Man, I need to figure out what I'm going to do for Halloween this year. I was pretty pleased with last years go of it:

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Same as last year, only the opposite side of the face to see if anyone notices. Your own inside joke. Just kidding, and the make-up is really good!


Thanks. Sadly, many of the geeks would notice, and criticize me for not knowing which side of Two-Face's face is burnt.
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Michael, a refinement of that design -has- been used for werewolves and other creatures in movies. For years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Apt5AEsHaE

It's just for my halloween haunt. Though if I do refine it for next year, I may integrate it into a costume and go all out. Maybe. (See below.)

GDW, nice makeup. Personally, I'm done with face makeup- the mask is as far as I want to go. I'm to the point where I prefer ease-of-use and comfort. Plus it's easier to pull off a mask or hood so I'm not quite so scary for my son than remove and reapply prosthetics.
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I also am concerned extended use could injure you.
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Be careful using those.

Really.
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Just added some (cardboard) cushioning to the bottom- next step is grip tape for better traction. I plan on avoiding stairs or inclines of any sort; in fact, I'll be staying off the grass and any/all uneven and soft surfaces entirely.

Only going to be wearing for half of one night, so extended use won't be an issue. If I use similar stilts next year, they're getting a redesign and a steel frame- lighter and stronger.

Hmm. Maybe I should use a crash helmet after all.
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