My weekend project.......Aluminum Shoulders

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    Rodann
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    My weekend project.......Aluminum Shoulders

    Well, one of my biggest complaints is the lack of larger Shoulder armor. I have a fiberglass set that I've worn, which is actually BIGGER than the RA set I bought to replace it. But the Fiberglass set is three-sided, while the RA set is more accurately curved. So it's a lesser-of-two-evils sort of thing.

    Until I decided to make a set today, using some aluminum I had lying around. They're cut from metal sheets, bent over at the edges, and ground at the corners. Then I ball-peaned the dents into them, and rolled the curves.

    The Fiberglass set is about 5 1/2" from top to bottom, my new ones are 6 3/4" high, but I can bend them again if I have to. But I want to wear them first. Bigger shoulders look better.

    The fiberglass ones are painted a base of silver, but I didn't have to paint the alum ones Plus, the ball-pean hammer scuffed when it hit- more realistic.

    RA's decal is pre-weatherd dark so I streaked it with white paint to "nega" weather it I painted them both the same way- Caterpillar yellow, pumpkin orange, black. Trick is, I used candle wax to mask over the silver- that way you scratch it off. And used acetone for the dents. And with the black, I put them in front of a fan, and spray in front of them. It "burns" the edges nice.





    Whatcha think?

    I have the fiberglass and a RA set I'm painting, both for sale if anybody needs any.


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    Re: My weekend project.......Aluminum Shoulders

    Holy cow!!! That is a terrific looking shoulder there Jim. Very good work.

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    Rodann
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    Re: My weekend project.......Aluminum Shoulders

    Thanks.

    Even with the crap scan, it doesn't look too bad.


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    Re: My weekend project.......Aluminum Shoulders

    Great job jim
    Cheers,
    ST

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    Re: My weekend project.......Aluminum Shoulders

    Hey, nicely done. Wasn't hard a bit, was it?

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