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Matty's ESB Display Build Thread

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    sausagemahoney said: View Post
    love this thread, and since nobody else asked....how did you make your mannequin?
    seriously though....great build sir
    The duct tape method my friend. Very simple:

    Put on some old clothes you don't want anymore. The tighter the better.
    Get someone (my wife in my case) to completely wrap you in duct tape from ankles to neck.
    Be prepared to be made fun of and possibly have a panic attack.
    Cut off the clothes with scissors in one big long cut (if possible).
    Tape up the incision on your weird duct tape skin suit.
    Fill the suit with expanding foam. I put 4 ft. wood dowels through the legs for support (they run from the ankles up into the body).

    I used almost two rolls of tape. Home Depot sells decent size rolls for about $3. It's not the best but it doesn't matter. The most expensive part is the foam. I think I used about six cans at $5 a piece. There may be a cheaper alternative. Now, I know what people are thinking, "but you can just buy a store mannequin for about $100." That's true, but this thing is my exact build/size, and you can make it any pose you want very easily. It's very rigid and seems to be working fine. Time will tell how it holds up.

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    redkraytdragon said: View Post
    I really like what you did with the butt plate....yeah yeah I know I need to go back and resculpt that piece lol...'nother notch to add to my growing list hehe.
    I love your collar/cod studs too, those look perfect! Would you mind sharing where you got them? The rest of the build looks great so far, keep up the good work bro.
    Thanks brother! The studs are just computer keys that I modded a little bit. I found that the number row looked the best so I went with that. Then I sanded down the tops and glued threaded inserts inside. There is one side that's kind of flat (not as sloped as the other three). This makes them somewhat less than perfect but I just turn that side to the back .

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    Re: Matty's ESB Display Build Thread

    Current progress. He's going to be armless for a little while longer.



    And here's a thing of beauty...



    SR kit with Woodman stock and Taco sling. The flash tube is just a $3 chrome pipe from Home Depot until I can get a Heiland. Still have to get a scope as well.
    Let me just tell you, this kit is awesome. Very high quality. Hardly any thing to trim or fill. But anyone who's bought from SR already knows this.

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    Beauty build. How is your Jetpack attached? And how about the hip pouches?

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    Dang Matt! You are really doing this armor some justice. I love the way you have it all set up on the mannequin. Even in primer it looks good already. Can't wait to see your paint bro. Thanks for sharing this wip

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    Matty Matt said: View Post
    Thanks brother! The studs are just computer keys that I modded a little bit. I found that the number row looked the best so I went with that. Then I sanded down the tops and glued threaded inserts inside. There is one side that's kind of flat (not as sloped as the other three). This makes them somewhat less than perfect but I just turn that side to the back .
    Awesome bro! Thanks for the tip! I may wind up using that method to give the keys to my machinist and have him make the same changes you did for the master. Great idea!

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    sausagemahoney said: View Post
    Beauty build. How is your Jetpack attached? And how about the hip pouches?
    I have a harness for the jet pack but I'm not using it. It was just too much trouble to have to keep feeding the straps through the vest and back armor...so my jetpack is just hanging on the back armor by two straps. I'll try to take some pics so you can see what I mean. The hip pouches are just tucked up under the ammo belt for now. I'm thinking about using some kind of hidden belt to hold them and the sidearm when I eventually get one.

    redkraytdragon said: View Post
    Dang Matt! You are really doing this armor some justice. I love the way you have it all set up on the mannequin. Even in primer it looks good already. Can't wait to see your paint bro. Thanks for sharing this wip

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    Awesome bro! Thanks for the tip! I may wind up using that method to give the keys to my machinist and have him make the same changes you did for the master. Great idea!
    Glad you like it! Hoping to get some paint on that armor pretty soon.

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    Well I got some paint on the shoulders. Thanks to Lucksy for the decal. Great stuff.





    Here are the different layers of the right shoulder. Silver first (still masked), followed by a coat of bright yellow, then an orange/red glaze, then a dirty acrylic wash.



    I think I'm pretty happy with them. I'll probably mess around with some more weathering and stuff as I progress.

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    Re: Matty's ESB Display Build Thread

    Shoulders look great!

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    Awesome as always. Which yellows did you use?

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    locitus said: View Post
    Shoulders look great!
    Thanks!

    sausagemahoney said: View Post
    Awesome as always. Which yellows did you use?
    The yellow was American Accents Marigold. It's not too far off from Up Armor Yellow, but a little darker. But after dirtying everything up it all evens out anyway lol. I used it for both shoulders.

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    My $20 boots that I got from Target a couple years ago. Once again, not perfect but easy to upgrade later. I still have to make the spikes.

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    For $20, you've made and excellent set of boots mate! once you put the toe spikes on and cover the tops with the ESB ankle ties, you're golden. Also love your layering technique; it looks natural!

    really looking forward to seeing more!

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    boots look great. love love love this thread. think i am going to have to try the duct tape dummy myself later this week. you sir are an inspiration

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    Thank you for the compliments guys. Here's a full length shot. The knees are just stuck on there. Haven't done any work on them yet.



    Here were the boots when I started.



    And here they are now. A little more weathered than before. Still have to make those spikes.


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    Boots are great. Love the duct tape dummy, I need to build one. I figured he would've needed a little help standing up but your pic would indicate otherwise. This is my fav build thread right now

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    Keep it going bro, I'm loving this thread. Your build is so nice and clean and well presented. Great job!

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    So far so good Matty. Looks great.

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    That's turning out to be an amazing build. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this thread.

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    Thanks for all the support! Glad you guys are liking it.

    Finally got around to scratch building some toe spikes for these boots.



    Just have to weather them up a bit and I think they'll be good.

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    sausagemahoney said: View Post
    Boots are great. Love the duct tape dummy, I need to build one. I figured he would've needed a little help standing up but your pic would indicate otherwise. This is my fav build thread right now
    It will actually balance by itself for about ten seconds or so before it starts to fall forward. I figure it's only going to need minimal support to keep it upright, but since I was planning on building a base it's all good anyway. Thanks!

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    incredible.

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    You just keep blowing my mind with this build. Can I trouble you for some explanation on your toe spikes? (which look amazing) started my duct tape dummy tonight, certainly an interesting experience. Always look forward to your updates good sir

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    You just keep blowing my mind with this build. Can I trouble you for some explanation on your toe spikes? (which look amazing) started my duct tape dummy tonight, certainly an interesting experience. Always look forward to your updates good sir
    I did the spikes by basically following Bobamaker's tutorial. I actually had everything I needed laying around so the total cost was nothing. Just a flat aluminum bar and some pens for the spikes. Took a little bit of work to bend the metal to conform to the boots. The soles were very rounded and not uniform at all.

    I originally made the spikes a little too long. Nothing my dremel couldn't fix.



    Here they are all weathered up. Just black and brown acrylic paints brushed on and then lightly sanded randomly.


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    excelente trabajo

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    Do you have a thread on how you made the boots? Those look pretty good especially considering how much they cost you. I am hoping I find something similar cbecuase I am not looking forward to spending $100+ for boots that I won't wear a lot.

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    Do you have a thread on how you made the boots? Those look pretty good especially considering how much they cost you. I am hoping I find something similar cbecuase I am not looking forward to spending $100+ for boots that I won't wear a lot.
    Yeah, the boots I got at Target a couple of years ago. They were on clearance for about $20 and that's the only reason I got them. Similar ones pop up every now and then for good prices. For the ribbed details, I cut up a spare computer cable into a bunch of pieces and just glued them on with super glue. I guess pretty much any monitor or usb cable will do. Then I primed them with regular latex primer and painted them up black and gray. A little weathering and there you have it.

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