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  1. RafalFett's Avatar
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    Apr 20, 2012, 1:34 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #51

    Wow! You will do the belt templates too?! Awesome!
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    Apr 21, 2012, 1:29 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #52

    Thanks Rafal. And yes i'm currently working on the belt. I'll post some pics soon.
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    Apr 21, 2012, 2:37 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #53

    1000 Thanks for the patterns!!!!!!!!! are wonderfull!!!!!!!
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    Apr 21, 2012, 4:09 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #54

    Thank you very much SNOWAURE !
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    Apr 22, 2012, 9:10 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #55

    Thank you for hard work you put into this project...most helpful!
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    Apr 23, 2012, 4:35 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #56

    Thanks SabotKill ! this is a great reward to know that my work could be useful.
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    May 7, 2012, 5:01 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #57

    Hi guys,
    Lot of time have past since my last post. Have few time to work on the belt. I helped a friend to fix his Rubies scout trooper helmet and it was a real challenge to make it accurate for a 501'st validation. Now i can again work on the belt and finish it.
    SO here's the belt overview with the differents measures.Templates will follow with how-to.
    A detail hit my attention, when looking at this pic below, it seems that the end of the belt is rounded.If i make a mistake i will correct the templates but it's the only ref pic i have.
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    May 16, 2012, 4:34 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #58

    Hi !
    Here's the first part of the templates.
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    I will post A4 and LTR docs later (i need your opinion on measurements and shapes before to validate definitively the templates)
    I also worked on the belt structure. When looking at the ref pics, i have the feeling that the edges are sharped. So i make several attempts and this is the results :
    1 - Just two layers of leather :
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    IMO the structure is too flexible and with the weight of the pouches it will cause the belt to sag.
    2 - With cardboard
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    The rigidity is better and i think there will be no problem curving it.

    And there is a comparative between the 2 solutions and a real leather belt :
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    In order from the top : belt with cardboard, real belt, belt without cardboard.

    In your opinion, which solution is better?
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    May 16, 2012, 8:06 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #59

    I'm a big fan of your project and you did an excellent job so far! Here is an image I did by adding a mirrored lower part of the ammo belt to creat a whole:

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    It seems that you need to lengthen the sewing with 12mm, but all the other parts looks good to me.

    I think the double layered ammo belt (around 2-3mm total thickness) without cardboard is the best choice because when you put the belt on you it should be tight and not loose, this way the ammo pouches won't hang on the belt. But if you use thinner sinthetic material, then the cardboard support is an excellent addition.
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    May 16, 2012, 5:55 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #60

    Thanks Rafal, you are incredible!
    So there's the corrected version. I'll post a tutorial for making the belt from the templates.
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    For the structure you have conviced me and i will go for a 2 layer belt.
    I'm currently working on the weathering of the pouches, trying differents methods and the results seems encouraging.
    I update post #1 adding zip files with documents 8, 9a and 9b.
    Now that the tutorial is almost finished, i can calculate the total cost of the belt :
    For the structure of the pouches, i use plywood (cost 3$) but using MDF, heavy cardboard, foamboard... divide the cost by 2 to 4.
    For the leather layer, the cost of the material i used is approximately 7$ for a piece of 40 x 55 in . I think that is sufficient with optimization.
    For the magnet, the cost is approx 3$
    The rest is constituted by glue, sewing cotton, tape, velcro. Cost is approx 7$ (difficult to calculate because i had already those).
    So i think that the maximum cost is approx 20$.


    When my belt will be finished (sewings with dremel are going to make me crazy), i will have time to work on my next project : Light and sound ESB blaster from scratch (using WOF templates) for 20 $ (again ).
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    May 19, 2012, 1:23 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #61

    Thank you for sharing! They all look great!
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    May 19, 2012, 3:48 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #62

    Thanks Wastedwishes !

    Here is the belt assembly tutorial. It's the method i used but others are possible. I hope to post pics of my belt finished soon (just hundreds of holes to do for sewings...).
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    Next (and last) step will be the weathering.

    I update Post #1 with the files
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    Oct 17, 2012, 5:05 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #63

    Free bump!

    Any updates of the finished belt and ammo pouches?
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    Oct 18, 2012, 4:15 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #64

    Hi Rafal !
    Thanks for your bumping !
    Pouches are finished. i've just to do sewings on the belt itself
    I will post pics soon.
    Have a lots of work with others components of my costume.(i'm working on a functionnal blaster).
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    Nov 11, 2012, 1:40 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #65

    Hi all!
    Here is some pics of finished pouches. For the belt, i had to redo it because of bad quality glue ( hundreds of sewing lost....)
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    For the sewings i see on ref pics that they aren't completely white. so i use tea to color them.
    The sewings in the belt are still missing
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    And a pic took during assembling step
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    Nov 11, 2012, 1:44 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #66

    The pouches looks really good and the unfinished belt too! What about that helmet? More images... maybe in a new thread?
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    Nov 11, 2012, 2:55 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #67

    Thanks Rafal!
    One of the reasons that explain why i take so much time since my last post is that i'm working on differents parts simultaneously.
    The helmet is one of them. I started it last year and i was greatly helped by your amazing stencils.
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    Nov 24, 2012, 3:05 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #68

    Hi everyone,
    Have just finished sewings of my belt.....I think it would be better using a sewing machine but i'm happy to see how it turned
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    i have just to put the buttons and the gromets
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    i found an Humbrol color that can match (in reality it's more dark and brown than on the pic).
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    Nov 25, 2012, 3:50 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #69

    It looks excellent! There's one last thing you must do to achieve the look of the original ammo belt: the way the ammo pouch's flap is slightly folded to follow the top and front edges.

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    You might do the edges with a hot iron or by holding the folded flap in a vice (or something).

    Awesome build and attention to details!
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    Nov 26, 2012, 2:36 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #70

    Thanks a lot Rafal!
    you're absolutely right (as always) about the flap. I work on a minor modification that will fix this problem (due to the fact that the pouch is empty) using magnets.
    I just want to finish the buttons and gromets before to make the mod.
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    Dec 5, 2012, 10:39 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #71

    Finished buttons. Painted with Humbrol 160 and 2 layers of satin coat:
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    Dec 8, 2012, 2:30 PM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #72

    Hi!
    Here's the belt with buttons and grommets.
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    I must fix the problem of the flaps as RafalFett pointed out it to me.
    And it's time to start another part of the costume.
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    Dec 9, 2012, 5:17 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #73

    Oh my... That ammo belt looks killer, the best I've seen so far! Can't wait to see it 'fixed'. I'm surprised that nobody used your templates so far. I love your works and it seems that you have a lot of fun doing each and every part, especially that you work like an expert. Just keep up the quality work!
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    Dec 9, 2012, 8:52 PM - WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #74

    Great job Brother!!! I enjoyed my coffee checking all your pics. I would love to make my own version with white vinyl then paint it. All the pre-pro's and promotional Fetts had a cheap vinyl look to them. Just my opinion but I feel a painted vinyl look is more accurate than a new looking leather ammo belt.
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    Dec 10, 2012, 12:27 AM - Re: WIP Ammo pouches fully functionnal #75

    Quote Syper said: View Post
    Great job Brother!!! I enjoyed my coffee checking all your pics. I would love to make my own version with white vinyl then paint it. All the pre-pro's and promotional Fetts had a cheap vinyl look to them. Just my opinion but I feel a painted vinyl look is more accurate than a new looking leather ammo belt.
    That's true! But this means that when you paint all the hard parts, you must paint it first white then silver and then the rest of the colors? The original suit was all white but when the character change occured, they sanded the white and started all over again with the different paint schemes. Or you can always do some 'reverse engineering' (method used by superjedi in this thread ==> Weathering my new 99centTaco ammo belt) by painting some fine white scratches to replicate the white-under-the-paint look.

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