After 2 whole days of contemplation and research, I have come up with a draft for the first prototype for my Air Treks. For those who are a bit confused, my husband and I have a skit planned for Matsuricon this year. We agreed before Ohayocon that he could pick the next pairing we do together and he wanted to do Ringo and Ikki from Air Gear. After a bit of research and lack of reference pictures, I chose to make Ringo's mange volume 6 cover outfit. He wants to do Ikki's Kogaramasu uniform. He keeps insisting on using PVC for the jacket and pants and after the debacle with Yoko's shorts, I'm am sternly refusing. Unless of course, I could find PVC exactly the same as the gold I used for my Ashford Uniform. I have ordered some swatches for some potential fabric choices, but they're not going to get here until like Wednesday.
Anyways.... The Air Treks are the skates the have in the series. It's basically a combination of roller skates and roller blades. The roller skate aspect is the shoe itself and the way the plate is attached to the actual shoe. The roller blade part is the type of wheel used and the plate itself. So, after searching countless websites for potential roller skates/blades to use yesterday, I thought I would give up by tonight. Well, I had an epiphany this morning. What if I make the skates myself? What if I buy shoes to alter and then buy the plates and install them into the shoes myself? Although I did find this nice tutorial on how to make your own skates, I couldn't find any plates that would work. SO! I was nearly in the process of giving up when I thought, what if I make the plate myself?
So I going to attempt to make a basic prototype soon of the ATs I need. I just plan to take an old pair of shoes I never wear for the prototype and perhaps some old roller blade wheels. My first draft is going to have the plate made out of basic wood. The wheels will be sanded flat on two sides and a large screw will be put through the shoe, the attachment plate, as well as the wheel. It will help keep everything in place. There are other steps in this, but overall, I'm hoping it will look nice.
I'll keep you guys posted on the result of the prototype!