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Workshop Wednesday: Dance Central Boombox Tutorial

If you guys saw our Dance Central Halloween post, you’ll see that we built a boombox. We’re taking a short leave from your usual Minis-related workshop wednesday to show you how we built that boombox. Now, I’m not saying that it’s the be-all-and-end-all of dance central prop making; in fact if we were to do it again we’d probably make changes to it, but hopefully it gives you an idea on how to proceed making your own… you know, if you’re ever interested in cosplaying a Dance Central character or something.

It’s too bad that we don’t have as many process shots on how the Lu$h crew outfits were made… 🙁

First up, you need to figure out the dimensions of your boombox. Ours measured… 70cm by 40cm by 21cm. This is kinda too big. I’d recommend something around 60cm by 30cm by… 15? 18cm for you DC fans out there.

You’ll also realise that the boombox is a weird shape; it’s basically a box, but it has a slope on its top front. Technically the speakers protrude out some as well, but we didn’t bother with that. Too much work.

The boombox was made out of 5mm foamcore. In order to provide more surface area for the glue to adhere to, I cut out the edge off the foamcore where the other pieces would join.

The foamcore was then glued together, and held with pins.

These are the internal supports as well as how I would be making the handle. The weird shape on the top is to ensure that sufficient space was available for the slope on the top of the boombox.

This is how it looked as a basic box.

And then adding in the internal supports/handles.

I used wood filler to try to smooth the edges and hide the joins. These would be sanded down later.

I also cut out cardboard to act as raised surfaces for the detailing on the front of the boombox; ie the speakers. The knobs were from juice drink bottles and peanut butter jar caps. I would like to say that I have 2 unopened bottles of peanut butter sitting in my kitchen because of this boombox right now.

Ok: here I tried two different methods of making my speakers. The first was to make a larger circle of carboard, followed by a smaller circle of foamcore. After gluing this together, I used the wood filler to fill in the edges and to make a sloped join from the inner (smaller) circle to the outer one.

Too much work, so all I did was cut out a foamcore circle, cut and edge to it, then smooth it down with woodfiller.

The one with cardboard is on the right, the one that’s just foamcore and woodfiller is on the left. Honestly, they both about looked the same, so I went with the easier option.

Gluing everything on….

Then priming and spray painting. I masked the handles after priming cos they’re black in the game.

I then cut out circles and stars from paper, before spray painting the stars. You can just buy gold paper, but I wanted to cut costs (I had black paper and gold spray paint anyway). And no I’m not trying to summon incredibly tiny demons; I just needed to make sure all the points of the stars were uniform.

The final detailing involved cutting out the buttons and sliders from foamcore and insulation foam. I had a hot wire cutter for the insulation foam, so I used that. In order to protect all the edges from dissolving when sprayed, I coated every bit in a thin coat of wood filler as well.

After that it was just a matter of spray painting the sliders, markering in the details and….


Now, it’s not really a lot, but if you’re interested in how the Lu$h outfits were made….

A lot of it was bought from taobao or off the shelf. The only things that were made were:

1) Angels visor (white visor sprayed grey, just because we couldn’t find a grey visor).
2) Miss Aubrey’s bracelet.
3) Miss Aubrey’s hairband.
4) Angel’s coat and Aubrey’s dress.

But as to how they were sewed… can’t help you there.

Suffice to say lots of measurements were taken and lots of time spend on the sewing machine.

But it came out pretty good, don’t you think?

If you have any questions on the boombox creation, please feel free to ask! And… if you have any questions on the costume… I’ll see if I can ask around. Lol. Remember to tune in next time for more workshop wednesdays!


Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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  1. love love LOVE the miss aubrey outfit! just wondering though, did you sew the costumes yourselves or did you guys ask someone outside for help? (:


    I’ve been trying to look for a Boomy tutorial. I’m thinking of doing a DC cosplay for next year.

    Also, love your costumes!

    1. You’re more than welcome! Remember to make the boombox SMALLER! Ours was ridiculously oversized. The guys had to carry it around, lol.

    1. Haha! Awesome! Most of Angel’s outfit wasn’t tailored, tho… Actually I think NONE of his stuff was tailored except for the jacket.

      We found the shoes, belt and striped shirt online, The trousers were from a shop, and we dyed/painted a white visor grey. The jacket miiight be a problem though. 😉

      1. oh right! x3 its ok, ill get my granny to help me make the jacket (y) do you know were you found the shoes? im having a tough time finding ones even reasonably close to angels T_T

    1. Hmm. I don’t have the jacket pattern with me. And even if I did, I’m not sure I’d be able to get it to you in nice swanky digital format. I couuuld probably get a photo of it, if it still exists….

      I’ll do what I can :<

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