It's finally time to stop stalking the boards and make my build. If anything, I bet it holds me accountable to keep on track and gives me the momentum get this thing done! Please feel free to comment, make suggestions, point and giggle, etc. I'm trying to do as much of the painting, weathering, and overall assembly myself to save on money and feel better about using some elbow grease on things. I'm not the worst with a paintbrush and dear ol' mum taught me how to use a sewing machine, so that will help.
I have a friend who does metal casting at the local university. He suggested making some of the little bits (knee darts, toe spikes, shoulder studs) ourselves, which means I had to sculpt them first out of wax. I know that the end result won't be a clean, turned, machined look, but we will see where this goes.
I, like many others on these boards, had my first big ticket item be an Arkady (Carole) flight suit. I can't say enough good things about Carole! Great communication, the product arrived earlier than predicted, and it fits like a glove! Here is my first pass at weathering:
After taking photos, I think I need to go at it quite a bit more. I'm a firm believer that, no matter how much you weather something, if it doesn't show up in pictures to look like the original photos, then it probably isn't weathered enough! I also think I need more rust/brown colors in there.
I grabbed a white mohair girth belt (34", I believe) from equinenow.com or victorycanter.com, I can't remember, and also picked up some water-based stain from Home Depot. This photo may be a bit washed out due to the New Mexico sun, but the "Sangria" color stain seemed to be the best potential match for what I needed. I'll eventually have more images in different light to see if I need to hit this with a brush as well.