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    Mar 8, 2017, 3:53 PM - DarthMalachi goes ESB #1

    Hey TDH! I've been a lurker for a few years, and built a lot of custom mandos in that time. And decided to FINALLY put together the man himself. I've got a LOT of build pictures, so I'll be updating this thread over the next few days. But for now, here's an up to date picture, and a list of items I currently have!



    Helmet:
    Animefan Budget Kit

    Armor:
    Collar- RKD
    Chest Set- RKD
    Backplate- RKD
    Shoulder Bells- RKD
    Knees- RKD
    Butt Plate- RKD
    Codpiece- RKD
    Gauntlets- RKD

    Small Parts:
    Collar/Cod Studs- RKD
    Knee Darts (grooved)- RKD
    Shin Tools- Found parts/MLS
    Gauntlet Greeblies- RKD
    Flamethrower- Combatbaby

    Soft Parts:
    Flight Suit- Arkady
    Vest- Arkady
    Hip Pouches- Arkady
    Neck Seal- Arkady
    Cape- MOW
    Gloves- MIKE M
    Boots- MOW

    Waist items:
    Ammo Belt- Delta13Mike
    Girthbelt- Amazon

    Jetpack Stuff:
    Jetpack Stabilizer- Machinecraft
    Jetpack Beacon- Machinecraft
    Jet Pack- MOW
    Jetpack Harness- self made
    Jetpack Hooks- FMF
    Jetpack Rings- FMF
    Jetpack Clips- FMF
    Diver's Buckle- Full Metal Fett

    Electronics:
    Chest Display- Fettronics





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    Last edited by DarthMalachi666; Mar 18, 2017 at 7:52 PM.
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    Mar 8, 2017, 5:42 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #2

    Welcome and it looks like your build is off to a good start.
  4. Mar 8, 2017, 6:08 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #3

    Looking good, solid start! How tall are you?
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    Mar 8, 2017, 6:20 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #4

    Quote cantdrive55 said: View Post
    Looking good, solid start! How tall are you?
    Thanks! I'm 5'11" out of kit. About 185lbs. Little stockier than Jeremy, but close!

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  6. Mar 8, 2017, 6:25 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #5

    Basically the same as me...well, I'm a little beefier at the moment. Gives me a good idea of how I'll look as I have pretty much all the same major components. =M
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    Mar 8, 2017, 6:26 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #6

    Quote cantdrive55 said: View Post
    Basically the same as me...well, I'm a little beefier at the moment. Gives me a good idea of how I'll look as I have pretty much all the same major components. =M
    Awesome! I can't wait to see for sure!

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    Alright. So to start, I did my helmet assembly. I also did a cheek brace from some metal I had lying around.



    Bondo, two coats of filler primer, and a nice coat of dark primer later!



    Just gonna fast forward to a finished helmet picture to save time.



    Now for my plates, I wanted to be a perfectionist, and make sure that each plate was the same thickness. So I trimmed all of the edges off of my plates, and added my own using 3mm sintra.



    I'm using fettastic's clutch back method for attachment. Once I re-lined the plates, I did a test run to see how nice they looked on a vest. The end result was VERY satisfying for sure.

    Onto shin tools! Fettastic gave me a quick rundown on how he painted his, and I went to work.









    I can always post more in depth pics if anyone requests them, but this is just a good way to cram in about 3 months of work into one quick post!

    So. I love my combatbaby flamethrower. But I wasn't a fan of the backing plate. So I looked at pictures of the RKD kit, and replicated one to match my combat kit.









    Now, for the girthbelt, I ordered one from Amazon, and stained it with minwax penetrating woodstain.


    In some light, it has a nice red hue, in others, it's full on brown. Personally, I think it is a good middle ground, since I see a lot of ESB kits with brown belts, and a lot with dark red belts.

    I have a lot more I can post, but I'm gonna call it a night for now with updates.

    ***I'll fix the photo orientation tomorrow***
    Last edited by DarthMalachi666; Mar 12, 2017 at 9:36 PM.
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    Mar 8, 2017, 10:23 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #7

    Yes yes yes it's looking fantastic, love!!

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    Mar 9, 2017, 10:35 AM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #8

    Looking good!
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    Mar 12, 2017, 10:29 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #9

    Alright, so I finally got around to uploading everything into photobucket, so I can do a much more thorough update. I'm also gonna recap the stuff from my first post, but with more pictures to show the process. Hope this helps!

    I actually started with the jetpack first. I ordered an MOW kit. I don't have many pictures of the early beginnings of the build, since my camera broke LITERALLY the day my jetpack kit came in.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps6bpzubiv.jpg

    I mounted the rocket and thrusters with wingnuts and some threaded rod.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqhwisb63.jpg

    Soon after the jetpack, I got my hands on an animefan budget kit. These kits are STUNNING.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqd8ftnun.jpg

    I did a recessed bolt mount on the visor, and I also did recessed Chicago screws on the cheek brace. The brace itself was made from some light gauge steel I had in my little workshop.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psfxlzajsx.jpg

    Sanded the whole helmet down with 180 grit, and laid down a coat of filler primer. I also added the physical damage to the appropriate areas. I decided to skip the crack in the right inner cheek. Figured it was gonna be too tricky to properly replicate something that almost nobody would see.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pshw0iebqq.jpg

    Assembled the jetpack after all the individual pieces cured. I gave them all the same treatment as the helmet.


    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pswibhtt4q.jpg

    Once the filler primer was cured, I put on a nice coat of a dark gray paint&primer on both the helmet and the jetpack parts.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqxpk7g1o.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psgwpyj1r4.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psztlmq5j1.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pscspxltqb.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pshdzjmb3i.jpg

    I let the dark gray cure for about a week. It was good after two days, BUT I didn't actually get around to spraying the silver until a week later.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pseb1fgcd5.jpg

    My RKD chest plates had come in during that week, so I worked on those, and using fettastic's clutch back method, I attached my plates to one of the vests I use on my custom Mando.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psrlqibfaa.jpg

    Also. Shiny thrusters.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pszrvemlf9.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pskobmuzgw.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psb26uq7m4.jpg

    While the jetpack and all the other stuff was curing, I got to work on my shin tools. I went with an original stirrer and squeegee. The stylus brush rods are resin cast from originals, that I got from Molonlabe.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psyqpxwj7m.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps6slvtk5o.jpg

    Fettastic helped me out, and gave me some tips on how to paint my shin tools. I used the testors silver enamel in the aerosol can for the base "metal" layer on the tools.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqalkspg7.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps7imzz8qu.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psprhl5dzi.jpg

    Now, wanting a bit more of a uniform edge on my plates. I trimmed all of the edges off the plates, and re-lined each one with a layer of 3mm sintra.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psux161sgr.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psba7e3c4s.jpg

    The end result is a nice, even seal between the plate and the vest, as shown in this little test I did on an old TK409 vest.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psb9etitml.jpg

    Now onto flamethrower work. I have a combat baby kit, and I love it to death. But I wasn't the biggest fan of the backing plate. I love RKD's backing plate on his kit, so I figured I would draft up and make my own, that way I could have the best of both worlds.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psdcp3l7nd.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pssvffrr1a.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psarrwoijk.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psg48vmpaj.jpg

    Once I was happy with my cardboard templates, I transferred it all over to 3mm sintra

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psmlckgu5j.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psiclsxj8c.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psbazimlq4.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pscpsscppe.jpg

    After that was taken care of, I worked on my knees for a bit. Metal darts and knee kit by RKD.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psg1illf2y.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pshocflygr.jpg

    Also. I finished painting the helmet. Still gotta do some touchups on the back panel.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps6fktmzbw.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pspvdt28c7.jpg

    I'll get some better pictures once I touch up the back panel.

    The girth belt I ordered on Amazon came in natural white only, so I dyed it using some minwax woodstain. I wanted a brown, that had some red undertones.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pshacbgg00.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pssy1xmwng.jpg

    Then soon after that was done, my Arkady order arrived! So of course, I had to do a test fitting.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps86htetgr.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psr52akk4c.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psduan0mhk.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psitnkukbc.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pstvsngxbi.jpg

    I'm gonna stitch in a small magnet, and a corresponding metal plate so I can clip my cape in place.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psol2peeif.jpg

    I finished a box instert for the belt pouches that actually has a small sound card in there. I have a sound bit from Twelve Parsec Stare, and some song clips from the Trigun movie soundtrack.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqq6d3aqt.jpg

    I made sure to make it all removable for battery replacement, or for recording different sounds.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psasn831k4.jpg

    Can't even see the buttons once it's in the pouch.

    And now we're onto today's work. I finished the Velcro and strap attachment for the knees, and made the Boba thong.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psgd3l04dn.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psjfhvovqc.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps50nsi8jx.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psrdclhiiv.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps3jg8rpth.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psbl8mjoyw.jpg

    I'm also experimenting with the spur sound effect, I know.most people use bells, but I have a few ideas I want to try myself. But as of right now, this thread is FINALLY up to date. I've been meaning to make this thread for a few months now, so it will be nice to post new progress from now on!

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    Mar 13, 2017, 2:30 AM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #10

    You are killing it on this build already.
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    Mar 13, 2017, 5:11 AM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #11

    Quote redkraytdragon said: View Post
    You are killing it on this build already.
    Thanks man! It's all thanks to your amazing armor kits!

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    Mar 13, 2017, 10:04 AM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #12

    Glad to finally see you posting up over here Bram
    Your build will be epic!
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    Mar 13, 2017, 11:01 AM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #13

    Quote Fettastic said: View Post
    Glad to finally see you posting up over here Bram
    Your build will be epic!
    Thanks man! I actually have some new stuff coming in today

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    Mar 13, 2017, 8:25 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #14

    Watching you work on this, from the start, has been nothing short of mesmerizing. I'm so proud of how much you've progressed as a builder. You will be one of the best Bobas out there <3

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    Mar 17, 2017, 9:16 PM - Re: DathMalachi goes ESB #15

    Updates!* So I got my hands on a set of Mojo Fett stylus rods, so obviously I got to work on making my new shin tool
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps4jinih5k.jpg

    Here it is, all finished up
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psya2wqca5.jpg

    And a quick comparison between my new tools and my old ones.* The old set is all plastic.* The new set has a metal tube, and the metal stylus rods.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psxveowd6u.jpg

    Plus, my toe spikes arrived!
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5hijif3y.jpg

    Obviously, my boots needed to be weathered, along with all my other soft goods.* So I Worked on that today!
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps0jftthij.jpg
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pscnslf7c5.jpg
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pseyzl4zyu.jpg
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pslg2iisx7.jpg
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps05pdmxax.jpg
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psg2lwb0fi.jpg
    *http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psz0e4yt3a.jpg

    I've scotchgarded everything to keep my weathering from rubbing off on literally everything I touch.

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    Mar 30, 2017, 8:29 PM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #16

    Alright, so it's been a little bit since my last update, but nothing worth mentioning has really happened build wise until yesterday! I have all of the remaining paint on order, and should be busting out a lot of paint work over the next few weeks!

    But first, the JETPACK IS DONE (minus some small topical scratches, but I'm waiting for the silver I ordered to come in)

    It looks weird, but I put down a scattered layer of black, so I could get some very subtle color variations across the jetpack

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pskj3uzh7i.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pskf1ovj14.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psxbwszr2h.jpg

    Yesterday my Model Master Grun RLM62 came in, so I got to work on some real paint!

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pszyvfiyvh.jpg

    I used scotchbrite abrasive pads to remove the paint and expose some of the silver

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5qqdkvyh.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pschl87mnl.jpg

    After I hand painted the piano keys and misted a bit of black

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psxirrj25b.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psiq6p7dqo.jpg

    Today after a nice tip from bcurtis about adding some brown weathering, and adding the white dot and symbol using my DVH stencils.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pslnh065q8.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pstwi0g6za.jpg

    Definitely super happy with the end result on this paintup. Big thanks to fettastic for his killer paintup thread and MLS for all the guidance.

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    Mar 31, 2017, 7:19 AM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #17

    This is some insane work! Really well done so far!
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    Mar 31, 2017, 8:08 AM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #18

    Quote mhlayne said: View Post
    This is some insane work! Really well done so far!
    Thanks!

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  20. Mar 31, 2017, 2:55 PM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #19

    Impressive work, quick too!
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    Mar 31, 2017, 3:20 PM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #20

    Quote cantdrive55 said: View Post
    Impressive work, quick too!
    Thanks! I'd have more done, but I have some paint stuck in Massachusetts

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    Apr 4, 2017, 10:53 PM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #21

    UPDATES.

    I finally received all the paint I had on order, and I got to work!

    I originally used reefer yellow, but I hated how bright it was, it didn't look right to me. So instead, I made a custom mix of yellow zinc chromate with a dash of insignia red.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pszxmhtwnx.jpg

    I feel like the darker shade looks much better with everything, while maintaining accuracy.

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps9vn6sziz.jpg

    After I knocked out that chest piece, I went to town on MOST of the other plates

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psfkwxyxqa.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5kk90sf9.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psyjllofko.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...pslkmkf0so.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqy2v46yn.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2g6q7yzv.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psq5saa7kk.jpg

    http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/a...psc4josqsi.jpg

    This build is actually my first time using topical weathering for most of the costume. Needless to say, I'm enjoying the process! I finished the collar, diamond, and epoxied the darts into the knees. I'm gonna try to get some good pictures of everything and update this WIP tomorrow.

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    Apr 10, 2017, 12:06 AM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #23

    Quote DarthMalachi666 said: View Post
    Alright! More updates. This will be it until after celebration. I would have more done, but my damn compressor died! So here's some pics of the parts that I have done! Left shoulder and right chest still need the silver. Ab and back still need a bit of paint.
















































    Also, did some gauntlet work today!












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    Just testing something

    edit: think I fixed your links
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    Apr 10, 2017, 5:19 AM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #24

    Quote Raizo said: View Post
    Just testing something

    edit: think I fixed your links
    Thanks! Didn't know there were any issues actually.

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    Apr 10, 2017, 7:18 AM - Re: DarthMalachi goes ESB #25

    DMalachi, are you installing an actual fireball shooter in your gaunts?