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  1. I helped at SDCC '08 journeymanprotector's Avatar
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    Jul 25, 2002, 9:13 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #26

    I've got a suit with alot of sintra pieces. I'm very pleased with it. It's much thicker and sturdier than I'd originally expected it to be. My only complaint is that there's a grain in it and it's pretty visible up close. Far away is ok and I'm sure that if I were a more patient man I could have painted and painted and painted until it was covered properly.

    Phil
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    Jul 25, 2002, 10:42 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #27

    Thanks for the comments!

    I actually had a piece of sheet metal lying around so I took a jab at it a little while ago. All I did was one side of the chest. It looks really good but I'm a little worried on the finish. Obviously it's metal but my helmet is a modified DP. I'm afraid that the testors paint I used on it won't look right with the sheet metal. Any suggestions on that? As far as the curves, I don't exactly have a lot of equipment to use to do that with but I think I'll give it a shot and see what happens.
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    Jul 25, 2002, 11:41 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #28

    Well, after reading more posts on sintra, looking more at the Ultimate Boba Fett website, and thinking about how I don't exactly have the equipment to create the metal armor, I think I'm going to opt for sintra instead. Maybe I can eventually upgrade to metal down the road

    Thanks again for all the info though
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    Jul 26, 2002, 12:32 AM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #29

    For my first Jango costume, I used the patterns from an old Classic Action Boba Fett costume to make the armor from sintra. It came out very well. Since it was to be painted, I used a DA Orbital air sander to get a smooth face to it. Primed it, painted it with silver metalic Krylon spray paint and sealed it with Krylon semi-gloss paint. I used industrial strength velcro to secure it to the vest.

    My second version is aluminum armor that I got from a board member. The thighs, knees, shins and toe armor, I made my slef from aluminum sheet. I held the sheet in a vice and beat it into shape with a rubber deadblow hammer to keep from scaring and gouging the metal. It shaped out nicely the knees were the hardest to do...a lot of curves. I had cut a very thick piece of aluminum block to shape out the knee dart boxes. The upper knee darts were maded from 4 seperate pieces of aluminum tubing and rod. The lower knee darts were machined Boba Fett darts from a board member. The darts were secured with a cut down screw and epoxied int the aluminum box. The knee dart box was secured with epoxy and 2 screws form the back side. The armor is secured to the costume with snaps that were punched into a square of thin tin sheet metal and rubber cemented to the back side of all the armor plates to retain strength when the elastic straps are secured to hold the armor onto my body while wearing the armor. To keep the armor from sliding down or around my legs, I used industrial velcro glued to the back of the armor and sewn onto the jump suit.

    I'll get some pics up, hopefully before Comic Con.

    Neil
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    Jul 26, 2002, 2:11 AM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #30

    I did all of these pieces with sintra. It is a very easy material to work with but I would suggest pre-cooking it in the oven before you cut it to finished size. I have had two different sheets & it tends to elongate one way & shrink the other way when heated. Once it has done this it retains the shape & can be cut to size without fear of it distorting further.



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    Jul 26, 2002, 11:22 AM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #31

    bigkidbiggertoys, you made the knee pads out of sintra too?
    How on earth did you get it to look so accurate?
    Most of the sintra knee pads I've seen look flat.
    How did you get them to look so dimensional?
    I'm impressed!
    Any pointers to get mine to look like yours?
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    Jul 26, 2002, 11:49 AM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #32

    I agree.. VERY nice looking armor bigkidbiggertoys. And much props on the knee pads. I would have to also agree and say to go with the sintra. Sintra is VERY easy to work with and hold paint VERY well. I haven's started on my knee pads yet. I too would like some pointers. I was thinking of gluing 2 sheets of sintra on the "knee plate" to work on the dimentions with sand paper. Is that what you did? Any pointers would help.
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    Jul 26, 2002, 1:19 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #33

    I cut the basic shape out of 1/8" sintra & added the curves with a heat gun until I was satisfied with the shape. The actual knee part was a piece of 1/4" sintra shaped to the same curve & glued on top. I then rough sanded with 60 grit sandpaper & filled in the gaps with bondo and sanded until I got the shape I desired. The knee darts are acrylic tubing. I used 1/2" OD & 1/2" ID for this. Very simple & it worked very well without adding weight. The attachment point is two pieces of 1/2" sinra again, cut, sanded & filled. The f shape is another 1/8" piece of sintra. There is enough flex in them to allow freedom of movement without fear of them cracking & the bondo popping off.
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    Jul 26, 2002, 1:42 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #34

    bigkid, Could you post a few more pics of your knee pads?
    I would really like to get a good look at them from all angles.

    Plus, I'm a bit confused...
    Where did you use 1/8" and where did you use 1/4"?
    And you also used 1/2", right?

    How much time did you have into creating one of these things?

    Thanks, man!
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    Jul 26, 2002, 4:13 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armo #35

    Bigkid-
    WOW. Very nice stuff there. The knee armor is fantastic. Ive never used sintra, now I probbly will! I have to FIND some first...
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    Jul 26, 2002, 5:02 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #36

    Dude! That knee armor makes mine look like absolute crap!
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    Jul 26, 2002, 5:18 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #37

    This info on the knee armor would be great in the Official thread. Great info!
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    Jul 26, 2002, 6:10 PM - Merged: Merged: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #38

    Ok, I know how there are slits in the legs for the elastic straps to pass through. I was just wondering how I could rig up my leg armor to do that, but still be detachable so I can clean my jumpsuit.

    I was thinking of gluing the elastic on one side of the armor, feeding it through the slits, and then using velcro on the the other end of the elastic to attach it to the armor. But then I started wondering if that would be strong enough to stay attached for hours upon hours of wear. I'm especially concerned because after a while, velcro can wear out.

    I was also thinking of using snaps like the ones that are one jeans, but then I figured that they might press into my legs and make them sore.

    HELP!

    Thanks

    Later,
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    Jul 26, 2002, 6:41 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #39

    Use industrial velcro. If anything, it is too strong. That is the velcro I used on a lot of my Boba costume, and I have to be very careful when removing it b/c the bond is so strong it might come off the back of the armor. I was thinking for the elastic on my Jango to use the interlocking clips you find in some luggage to secure the elastic. But velcro/ elastic is probably the best way to go.
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    Jul 26, 2002, 6:43 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #40

    If you rig your armor and flight suit like the real one, it should be no problem cleaning the flight suit. The elastic pieces that run through the slits are not connected to the fligh suit at all, there are snaps put into the back of the armor that the elastic attaches to. You just unhook one side of the elastic at the snap, slide it through the slit on one side, around you leg, through the slit on the other side, and snap it into the leg armor on the other side. Nothing permanently attached to the flight suit at all, so evertime you take your costume off, you can clean the flight suit without any extra work.

    I'm not sure if that answers your question or not. But the snaps aren't big enough to really press into your legs, plus, you don't want the armor that tight on your legs anyway. The elastic should give enough to prevent any discomfort.
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    Jul 26, 2002, 7:10 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #41

    Whojedi - wow your like the jango encyclopedia. Man i wish that i was with that day. I would have inserted a digi camera in my eye.
  17. darthtater2
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    Jul 26, 2002, 8:25 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #42

    Are they like the snaps that are on jeans?
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    Jul 26, 2002, 9:29 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #43

    Might I inquire where you got the templates?
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    Jul 26, 2002, 10:09 PM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #44

    I started off using the Mandalorian Blueprints but decided that they looked way too big for Jango. I then used all available reference photos & scaled them up to real size to make a new set of armor. I think these look more accurate for my frame size. I don't know how much time I have into these as I work on it a little bit at a time, leave it & come back to it at a later date. I'll try & get some more photos up later this weekend.
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    Jul 27, 2002, 1:20 AM - Re: What would you suggest????--(wanting to make my own armor) #45

    GREAT armor!!!!
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    Jul 27, 2002, 2:42 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #46

    They are like snaps that are in jeans, not 501's, but normal jeans. The snaps are just glued to the back of the leg armor and then the elastic is glued to the snaps on each side. Two pieces of elastic and two sets of snaps for both the shin and thigh armor. Only one set for the knee armor obviously. No velcro on the real knee pads, but I would suggest it. Just my opinion.

    And Seeker, anyone with the right oppportunity like me can have the knowledge, but you have what all of us would like...











    ...the look!
  22. darthtater2
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    Jul 27, 2002, 2:45 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #47

    Is the elastic glued to one side of the armor, you feed it through, and then it snaps? Or are there snaps on each side of the elastic?
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    Jul 27, 2002, 3:00 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Attaching and detaching the leg armor. How? #48

    There are snaps on both sides of the armor, so that you can unhook it on either side. But, it might be easier just to have snaps on one side of the armor and glue the elastic to the other side.
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    Sep 2, 2002, 12:07 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Jango Vest attachments - Here you go Andy. #49

    What method did you use to mark the location on the vest to correspond to the armor?
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    Sep 12, 2002, 8:37 PM - Merged: Merged: Cod Piece? #50

    How're y'all attaching this thing?

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