Sokka Weapon Set (Avatar: The Last Airbender) – Complete

Complete Weapon Set

I actually started on this weapon set because I wanted to create the Space (Meteor) Sword.  Most of my swords are combined into one piece before painting, but for the Space Sword, I decided to make it like a real weapon – the blade has a tang, the hilt is made of several pieces that lock together, and the pommel screws onto the end to keep it all in place.  All parts were carved from MDF wood, glued together, and coated with Smooth-On Smooth Cast 321 plastic to seal the wood for painting.  The main grip is wrapped in faux leather, and the upper grip has additional leather craft lace.  Similarly,t he scabbard is glued MDF hollowed out, wrapped with faux leather and leather craft lace.

Pieces ready to go



After that, things just kind of built.  I had some spare wood, and wanted to create the machete, since I’d never seen one of those in prop form.  The boomerang, of course, is so iconic that I had to have one.. and accidentally carved the top side twice instead of a top and bottom when I started, so I created two, just so that one would have the chip in the blade sometimes seen in the show.

The club was the last item I completed.  Like the others, I hadn’t actually planned on making it at all, but it is one of Sokka’s most recognized weapons, so once I had the rest of the set, I knew I’d have to make it eventually.  All the props are carved from MDF, but the ball on the club is carved from insulation foam, since I wanted it to be lightweight and worried that a solid ball of wood might break off more easily.

Looks like someone had a few too many…

I had a metal post in the ground at the corner of my driveway to help guide folks around the ditch next to the road.. looks like someone took that out, clipped the light pole, thankfully avoided hitting the house next door, then took the corner leaving a bit too sharply as well.

They were nice enough to lean the (now bent) post against the light pole, though.  It’s still functional.

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Holiday Lights


Let it snow, let it snow…


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Final assembly

Had these ready for a while now, just forgot to post them here…




Test fitting the parts…

Getting shockingly close to the end on this armor.  Just a few more pieces to go…


LEDs are fun!


They certainly mess with cameras at times…


Chrome Makes Everything Better

Work in progress shot, but still… this:


to this:

IMAG0662.. in just one coat of paint.  Shiny…


The Curious Case of the Missing Spike

For one reason or another, I kept losing one of the armor spikes I was working on today.  There’s a total of 8 in various sizes, but I was always losing one of the smallest ones.  One time I’d forgotten it in my wet sanding tank.  Another it was behind a bottle of paint.  And one time, it had found near perfect camouflage..

Where's the spike?

Work in progress


Laying out the gauntlet to see how it’s going.  Some of the spikes are in paint right now, but should be attached shortly.  Once all the spikes are bonded to their armor plates, I can finally assemble this thing rather than just laying the parts on top of each other for looks.

This part of armoring is kind of fun – I have some parts that are in near-final paint, others that are being painted, some that are just about ready for paint, and others that are still in the very early stages of construction.