Cosplaying Dad Builds Functioning D.Va Mecha For Cosplaying Daughter…

Blizzard’s hit online multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch is fun and awesome. I know it. You know it. Mechanical cosplayer Mike Carambat knows it, as well as his daughter (who is also a cosplayer). Carambat, who goes by retroresource on Reddit, has built a walking D.Va mech. This mech even comes with four thrusters that blow smoke and strobe, that arms move up and down via the controllers, a steering mechanism within the torso, an old electric wheelchair forming the base, and rotating guns rotate that light up in different colors. The mech even features a sound system with D.Va voice-overs, a rear exit hatch  and even a fan to keep the pilot cool.

According to Carambat himself, the mech (in which he began making this past January) cost under $1000 to make. His daughter Amanda will be using this mech for her cosplay as D.Va, which will be at MechaCon in New Orleans this coming weekend and at Dragoncon in Atlanta this September.

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Finally done with all the electronics, smoke machine plumbing and other lighting and audio special effects. Just have to finish the body work, the arms and make the two upper wing nacells and the four thrusters which the smoke will come out of and then it's just sanding and finishing. Still though, so far to go and less than two months to do it in!! Getting worried, but I'm plugging away daily At it now and progress is accelerating. Mandy controls all the effects from the four buttons on her control yokes and an illuminated switchboard in the cockpit. When she fires the guns, the sound they make is blasted over the music speakers. The gun audio was sampled directly from the game 🙂 she can also play samples… NERF THIS! The smoke for the thrusters almost didn't happen. Turns out the little fog machine i parted didn't provide enough pressure to force the smoke through the tubes. Thought I'd wasted and entire day working on that but at the last minute I fixed it by mounting an air mattress inflator pump to increase the pressure and it worked awesome! #overwatch #dva #dvaoverwatch #dvacosplay #meka #dragoncon #dragoncon2017 #mechacon #mechacon2017

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