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Cosplayer PhDPepper > Prop of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

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03-15-2011
Series
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Character
Cloud Strife
Item Name
Fusion Sword
Year Completed:
N/A
Construction Difficulty:
Difficult
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About this Prop
Construction Details:
The sword was crafted by first planning out a blueprint of how the 6 swords would merge into each other. The swords were mostly made of 3-ply plywood in order to give it strength while remaining fairly light. Some sharp angle cuts had pine inserts, since plywood has a tendency to not leave smooth beveled cuts, and also for structural integrity since the swords were actually designed to be hollow inside to reduce weight. In order to cut the bevels, an electric hand planer had to be modified so that it connected to a track assembly and rolled along a wheel with an adjustable height so that the 30 degree bevels could be made. The handles of the swords were made of oak because it needed the added strength, and the main sword's handle was also covered in PVC. The locking mechanism for the swords were custom fashioned by using sheet aluminum, and nickel rivets. The smaller swords on the side had a hinge custom fashioned by using aluminum sheeting, along with the hilt quarter circles being cut using aluminum sheeting because they needed to be structurally stronger. The sword blades were made of 7-ply plywood, and the handle area was chiseled away in order to allow the hinges to mount flush with the sword. The crafting time of the sword was approximately 160hrs, not including the time required to plan it.
Personal Thoughts:
So heavy D:
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