I wanna get started on a Bender costume fairly soon, because I know myself well enough to know that, once college starts back up, I won't get jack done. So, I've been trying to decide what I need. [image=http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~benderm/images/bender%20drinking%203.gif] I've seen a good many Bender costumes already, but a lot of them just look bad. Benders not taller than any of the crew except maybe Amy, so making an excessively tall costume isn't a good idea... though, it's what most do. I also notice most make the body of the costume rounded like a cylinder, instead of rounded and belling out as it goes up. I'd like to use actual metal, but it's going to be excessively heavy, I can't weld, and I noticed that a lot of metal that people use for this purpose, such as home heating and AC vents and ducts, and frickin' sharp. The guy who did our new house's vents is a pro and he still cut himself several times working with that stuff. http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/bender/images/bender0003.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/bender/&h=347&w=320&sz=12&tbnid=GQKjOUf6ecyHDM:&tbnh=116&tbnw=106&hl=en&start=6&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbender%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX This looks like a nice resource, but it's a lot of metal work, and I don't want to copy anyone else's design exactly. I'd probably make arms and legs out of that stretchy shiny metal-and-plastic tubing/piping rather than individual peices. Despite his arms and legs are seperate peices, it looks weird when actually done. So, what do you guys think? Hints, ideas?