Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

  1. #1
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    So I want you all to take a moment with me and think a little bit different about the way we've all been approaching attaching the armor to the vest. I know there's been about a half a dozen ways to do this, but I've always thought that there has to be another way that might be a little easier and less time consuming...so of course I thought - MAGNETS
    I know, I know you're probably thinking "How in the heck can you make that work?" Well, let me now show you
    I went online and found some really strong (probably even too strong) magnets that will fit right inside the armor.
    (Here are the two websites I use mainly, but I'm sure there are a lot others -
    http://apexmagnets.com/ and http://www.magnet4less.com/)
    These are 12-16 pounders if I remember correctly, but after doing this I can honestly say that you'll easily get away with using 5-7 pounders if you decide to go this route...

    After that, I attached 5 to each chest plate and 6 to the ab....with the corresponding pieces, that comes to a total of 22 magnets!
    I used some trusty Devcon plastic welder and they're not comin' off! (or your adhesive of choice)

    Sanded down the areas first of course






    After that was done, all I had to do was line it up on the vest and throw the magnets on the back of it. The best part is that if it's not lined up, you can just move them around a little to exactly where you need them and you're not having to mangle the vest or sew anything or punch holes or anything! (vest courtesy of LSFU). Also, if you want to wash your vest, you just need to take them off. Now there is one catch though, I won't be able to do the collar this way because of the way it likes to pull back towards your throat and the magnets won't prevent that, they'll just slide (note - I haven't actually tried that with magnets, just assuming here)...that piece will have to be done with either snaps or, in this case, I'll be doing mine with bolts. Pics below








    I did run into some issues with the magnets that I didn't think through enough (which is why I'm showing you here so you don't have the same problem) but I got that part figured out. They were actually SO strong that they were pulling the armor over itself. I thought I was really screwed until I came up with a rather simple solution...just cut out some pieces of thin metal to stabilize the magnets between the plates and keep them from grabbing onto each other.


    Here's what I did for the collar seeing as how magnets would likely just slide and not keep the collar from pulling back choking me



    Now for the pros and cons of doing it this way -
    The bad news, these were EXPENSIVE, running me right around just under $100 with shipping (Note - you can probably save quite a few bucks by going with a lower pull strength as magnets seemed to be priced depending on that. I went overkill on these pull strengths (10lbs). 5-7lbs [and 2-4 for the diamond] in smaller sizes should be more than enough to hold the armor on the vest)
    The good news, you will only ever do this one time and they won't EVER wear out and you won't have to do anything to the vest itself, keeping it in better shape for a longer period of time. Plus it took me only about 20 minutes to do this.
    Last edited by redkraytdragon; Aug 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM.

  2. #2
    High Speed Low Drag Fett 4 Real's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2010
    From
    USAF Utah
    Posts
    5,162

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    temporarily stickied till I create a new link thread with all kinds of DIY stuff....thanks Will for doing this write up. Ive got a lot of stuff to link this being on the list....

  3. #3
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Anytime Dom, glad to be able to help out. Great idea you got there, run with it.

  4. #4
    sleepalot's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2012
    From
    USA
    Posts
    849

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Also tried out this magnet method and it works out pretty well. Pretty quick and easy and no risk damaging your vest . Nice to be able to adjust your armor appropriately too. How did the magnets workout for you on your shoulder bells? Did they stay in place or kind of slide around?

  5. #5
    REDBOY3384's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2006
    From
    Mama's Front yard!
    Posts
    220

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    That's how I did mine. They hold up very well.



  6. #6
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    sleepalot said: View Post
    Also tried out this magnet method and it works out pretty well. Pretty quick and easy and no risk damaging your vest . Nice to be able to adjust your armor appropriately too. How did the magnets workout for you on your shoulder bells? Did they stay in place or kind of slide around?
    I actually never got around to doing magnets on my bells, those are still velcro'd on...never really have any trouble with those so I never bothered. I may do that eventually down the road though, not a bad idea

  7. #7
    DeathProof's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2013
    From
    Victoria, British Columbia
    Posts
    600

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Would the magnets have any effect on the chest display? Magnets and electronics don't normally go hand in hand...

  8. #8
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    DeathProof said: View Post
    Would the magnets have any effect on the chest display? Magnets and electronics don't normally go hand in hand...
    I haven't had any issues at all... just keep them far away enough and you should be fine.

  9. #9
    High Speed Low Drag Fett 4 Real's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2010
    From
    USAF Utah
    Posts
    5,162

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    no issues with a magnet near the chest display....

  10. #10

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    I've had mine like this since day one in September of 2010. I used hot glue to hold the magnets in place on the inside of the vest so I always had the right alignment. After 104 Fett troops I have only had the magnets fall off a couple of times, mostly cause the vest caught itself. The only other issue is since I sweat a lot and I have got caught in rain before I have some rust stains on the outside of the vest. Hey, weathering, right?

  11. #11
    Danabanana's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2013
    From
    Essex, England
    Posts
    113

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Hey, where did you get these magnets please? What is N42, is that strong enough :-/ I can find plenty of N35 or N42 strength...?

    Sent from the moon using only the power of my mind

  12. #12

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    I went to Joann Fabrics and found these nice magnets that were 4 for $4. They were like nickel shaped neodymium ones too. I used 26 magnets on the vest and 28 on the plates. On the bottom of my shoulder bells, I added a single one and have my wife stick a loose magnet under my outer second sleeve on the flightsuit. It keeps my shoulder bells from flaring out.
    I used velcro on my vest and collar to hold that in place...but I have a strange setup where my back and collar are attached permanently and my harness is permanently on my backplate. Somehow it works and I don't choke to death. It's nice cause I can get myself dressed.

  13. #13
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Danabanana said: View Post
    Hey, where did you get these magnets please? What is N42, is that strong enough :-/ I can find plenty of N35 or N42 strength...?
    Dana,
    I updated the first post with 2 website links
    I couldn't tell you what N35 or N42 is, but I would recommend 5-7lbs pull strength for the chest armor and shoulder bells.

  14. #14
    Danabanana's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2013
    From
    Essex, England
    Posts
    113

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Thanks guys :-)

    Sent from the moon using only the power of my mind

  15. #15
    Mr Fett's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 2002
    From
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,073

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    gymbeau2000 said: View Post
    but I have a strange setup where my back and collar are attached permanently and my harness is permanently on my backplate. Somehow it works and I don't choke to death. It's nice cause I can get myself dressed.
    This sounds interesting. I always like hearing of different people's approaches to costume comfort. Any pics of this setup?

  16. #16

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    This is a good idea. I actually have access to old HDD magnets, but they're probably TOO strong for this...I'll look into the sites you suggested.

  17. #17
    syllander's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 2013
    From
    Douglasville, Ga.
    Posts
    636

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    $100 for something this brilliant! Takes away aloe of errors and possible error too. Absolutely the thread I needed to find

  18. #18

    Member Since
    Sep 2013
    From
    PR
    Posts
    152

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Magnet size???

  19. #19
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    I think the ones I used were about 1" inch square by .090(?) thick.

  20. #20
    Bounty1138's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2013
    From
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    80

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Thanks so much. This is brilliant. I was concerned about making holes in my vest and getting everything lined up using bolts. This seems way easier and I like how I'll be able to adjust as needed. I'll be using this method when my armour arrives.

  21. #21
    thebeans's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2012
    From
    Ireland
    Posts
    428

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Danabanana said: View Post
    Hey, where did you get these magnets please? What is N42, is that strong enough :-/ I can find plenty of N35 or N42 strength...?

    Sent from the moon using only the power of my mind
    Ive done a little lookin around and it looks like N42's are 7 pounders/ 7lb pull, so
    N42's would be the way to go.http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Circular-Disc...item5198ffa8f8
    Last edited by thebeans; Nov 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM.

  22. #22

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    I did a build for someone using 1/2" square X 1/8" thick N52 magnets and it worked out excellent! They are smaller but with a stronger pull and held up great. Magnets cost me about $45-$50 with shipping. Once i fit into my new BN vest, (still losing weight!) im going to switch from the bolts to the magnets.(except for the collar and shoulders) so i dont have to make holes in my BN vest

    I get my magnets from here:
    cPath_1 | Applied Magnets : Strong Neodymium Magnets - discount wholesale prices.
    Last edited by Darth Voorhees; Nov 24, 2013 at 6:13 AM. Reason: added magnet thickness size

  23. #23
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Thanks for the links guys, helps narrow down the search! Everyone, keep chiming in on what strengths work best for you (along with actual magnet size as well). Thanks!

  24. #24
    Bounty1138's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2013
    From
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    80

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    I used 3/4 x 1/16 Inch round Neodymium Rare Earth Disc Magnets from Amazon. They are N48 and have a 5.3 pull force and work really well for my Bobamaker V3 armour. They were about $6 for a pack of 10, so they're quite affordable too. I bought 1/2 inch magnets for the chest diamond, but probably could have just used the 3/4 inch. Has anyone had much luck attaching the shoulder armour by magnets? I taped them in to test them and they held well enough, but they seem like the most likely piece to bump up against something (or someone) and get knocked off.

  25. #25
    redkraytdragon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2010
    From
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    1,052

    Re: Chest armor utilizing magnet attachment method

    Bounty1138 said: View Post
    Has anyone had much luck attaching the shoulder armour by magnets?
    It should work just the same as the other armor pieces, maybe go with something a little stronger (pull-wise) if you're worried about them coming off? I've only ever used velcro on mine and have never had them come off even once, but that's me

Similar Threads

  1. Question: Ear Cap Attachment Method
    By Susurro in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Apr 23, 2013, 10:39 PM
  2. Jango Fett Rangefinder Attachment Method
    By Art Andrews in forum Jango Fett Costume
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: Sep 18, 2009, 10:22 AM
  3. Rare Earth Magnet method
    By Prymer13 in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Jul 25, 2006, 2:16 PM
  4. Gauntlet attachment method
    By Slowmo in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Sep 26, 2003, 11:09 PM
  5. Gauntlet Magnet Attachment
    By Halo_1 in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Mar 9, 2003, 7:01 PM
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •