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Seattle Zam Progress

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    I know that Jamie never got her snaps to stay done up for long and ended up just using velcro. I was just going to put the snaps on for show and go straight to velcro. As for the screw digging in......perhaps if you cover it with some craft foam that might be thin enough to not add bulk but just enough padding to keep it from digging a hole.

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    Oh good thought, thanks.

    I also mapped out the relative hues of purple on every plate in the skirt, would people want the "map"? I can post it somewhere, I suppose. Got a good back view of Zam in the Prequel Chronicles book. This "map" isn't the authority, of course, affected by hidden plates, my opinion, and flash, but it does give you a starting point.

    Working on the skirt to finish it up today so I can move on to the helmet and chest assembly; gotta finish dying stuff this weekend, then paint greeblies and start tuning the thing while it's on.

    I already noticed that freshly resolened leather against resolened leather squeeks like a duck in heat. Talcum powder or baby powder or corn starch powder will stop that.

    6 days to go.

    Deunan

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Shiruba said: View Post
    I already noticed that freshly resolened leather against resolened leather squeeks like a duck in heat. Talcum powder or baby powder or corn starch powder will stop that.


    I hadn't thought of the talcum powder!! Thanks for that!

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Hey gang...

    Just got back from the con. Happy to say, I got it done enough to wear. Embarassed to say that I had troubles with greeblies falling off, gloves reading the wrong color on camera, etc, but hey - it's at least to a point where fixes are a little easier.

    I'll post pics as soon as they come in, I couldn't carry my camera on me and wear this at the same time.

    And to all you other zammers out there - whoa. My respect for you has just gone up even higher, if that's possible. That skirt, I don't care what thickness leather you make it out of, it gets heavy!! I lasted about 7 hours the first day and only 3 hours the second.

    And by all means, break in your boots before you put all the stuff on them. Good graces.

    Pics coming!

    Deunan

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Hahaha......congrats on your first troop in it!

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    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats... Now you're a real trooper! ERm... Bounty Hunter! Yep.. gotta have some sorta mishaps

    Looking forward to those pictures !!!!

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Can't wait to see pictures of your costume.

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    I'm waiting to see it finished as well. I want to show my wife as I think she'd go for a Zam.

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Looking forward to the pics

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Having seen it at the con Saturday, I can honestly say that you should be DROOLING to see pics!:thumbup
    The costume looked fantastic, and the work involved showed through like a beacon.
    Excellent work

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Okay, okay. Pics. But let's state this for the record, I am very disappointed with how parts of this turned out, and I want to replace some parts immediately. I also think I look as fat as a whale in this thing, and I'm changing the belt's position before the next troop (and that's in two days).

    It also ate into my ankle bones, made huge divots where the bolts have the locking nuts inside the shins. Ideas? The leather around the back of the neck held up the chest armor, but cut my neck open (it's a real troop if you're bleeding, right?). I also got cut by one of the gauntlets somehow, I'm still not sure how that happened (prob the plastic black stuff inside the arm cuff).

    Thanks to all my garrison peeps and other artists who assisted on this. Women: Be warned, this kit is heavy and uncomfortable to wear!! Try clone or TK first, it's worse!!

    Deunan


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    More pics coming, they are still processing them. And we're trooping again in a few days, so we'll have more after Nowescon this weekend.

    Happy moment: Learning to holster my gun without looking.

    Even happier moment: Getting my pic with the three Battlestar Galactica actors who play the characters Helo, Sol, and Galen (Chief). Whoo hoo!!! I de-armored for that.

    Deunan

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Hurra' !! Very well done , Girl !!!

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Looks awesome!!! Yay tall Zam!

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Wow! You did an AMAZING job! Congrats! And as is typical for any Bounty Hunter....they are never ending in upgrades and tweaks.

    How'd you do with all the greeblies on your leg and arm? Did they stay up okay? I was thinking of adding snaps so the attached right to the neoprene and the straps were only for show.

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    I think you did a fantastic Job! And yes... the upgrades and fixes are never ending... (or so they say! )

    Awesome about the BSG actors... Helo? Dang.. I'm jealous!

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Hey crew, thanks. Couldn't have got this far without all the excellent help here at TDH and from my local Garrison.

    The leg and arm greebs don't stay on their own. The leg one fell off once, the arm one three times. The leg one has velcro on the straps on the inner leg, and it was just being super tight (and I never sat down).

    This isn't working... even the Lara Croft leg straps for her holsters have a bit o' elastic on the inside thighs so she can crouch and sit (check out the pics on the web).

    I made them at 3 am the day before the con, including coloring and everything. So I'm coating them in matte or gloss fixative now, to help the paint stay on. I'm also putting an earth magnet into the back of the greeb and another on the pants, same thing for the arm. I have to use ties on the arm straps though, can't glue those to a permanent position, because with working out and summer stuff, my arms change size.

    I'm not that tall, just 5'7". I guess the original actress was 5'6"? I have longer legs, we had to change things around, and the leather ab plate was shortened to accomodate my shorter torso.

    Deunan

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Fantastic!

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    Nice Job!

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Definitely drooling :thumbup

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Okay... I'm thinking snaps or velcro then... (I can just imagine my greeblies flying all over the place! )

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Yep....I started putting snaps on mine. AND....I'm going to put little thread loops in the inside of my thigh and arm to run the straps though. The straps will be for show but I want them to stay in place.

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Hey gang,

    Update, fixed more things on the costume. I was in the costume contest at Norwescon, won Best Novice (had to be in Novice, never won anything in costume contests before), and Best Workmanship Novice.

    I fixed the greeblie on the arm with tiny earth magnets. I love these things. I used liquid stitch to put a patch on the inside of the sleeve with the magnet in it. Then I cut a hole in the leather backing of the greeblie (which is holding the straps to it), and used goop to glue a magnet in there.

    Now it stays put, no problemo. I'm going to do the same thing to my leg greeblie. I made the patch have one side open so magnets can be removed for the wash of the neoprene (which is by hand, but in a metal bucket).

    More pics to post, they are coming in now. I hope to find one here of the improved suit, it's looking better already.

    I lost so much weight from two cons in a row that the belt is falling off of me (and thus, the entire skirt). I am working on an ADJUSTABLE Zam belt design, and I will get back to you all on that when I get further along. This "lace it only in one spot" thing is for the birds.

    I have bone bruises on my ankles from the shin bolts, so open to suggestions there... and I'm replacing the entire vest and belt in the next month. I am not happy, the tape marks stayed on (don't use masking tape on leather!!). I'm switching from cow to pig, it should be thinner and easier to sew.

    The binocs are now glued in place, as are my ear cups. I should shoot a pic of the inside of the helmet to show... I'll do that.

    Hugs, Zammers!!

    Oh, and I'm officially BH 4245, a member of Garrison Titan now!!! Yay!!

    Deunan

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    Pics for you!! (You can track all the excitement on Myspace, on my page for Deunanshiruba.)





    Those are from Emerald City Comic Con 2009, the first of the two cons (back to back). We're still getting pics back from Norwescon last weekend.

    Deunan

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    Re: Seattle Zam Progress

    nice costume congrats on being done ( except for the upgrades of course). Wish we could have been there as I have my TIE pilot almost done

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