I have always wanted a life size Earthshock Cyberman. I like all the versions of the Cybermen, but the Earthshock/Five Doctors/Attack design has always struck me as a personal favourite. In 1997 I was lucky enough to get a battered chest unit that was cast from one of the originals - apparently from the Cyberman that gets stuck in the door. This is as far as my Cyber-aspirations came until this year. I have made plenty of other Who-related props & costumes in the meantime, but that's another story..
A couple of lucky finds on eBay turned up a couple of pairs of the actual type of boots used in The Five Doctors & Attack of the Cybermen, as well as a very close match to the 80's era zip-backed gloves. All they needed was painting. A few coats of Plasti-Kote Silver and the desired effect was achieved. No priming was needed as the coats covered very well.
The next piece is in the puzzle was the helmet - a Cyberleader, which I luckily managed to get from a friend. I had started to restore the chest unit by this time and with much fibreglass resin, filler and swearing it started to become usable again. There's still a bit more to do on it, but as I was working outside, the weather limited my activity. No problems now though:-) I just need to source some .22 bullet trays from the small panels front and rear and make a perspex cover for the top part of the unit.
I bought a boiler suit with a view to adding all the various pipes and mesh as locating an RAF mark 2c ventilated flight suit has become very expensive! This is a work in progress and I hope to be able to post more at a later date.
Coming in Part 2 - The Cybergun!