Here it is everyone, sorry for the delay. But this is the tutorial for chopping down and piecing together your new Boomer Fett Mannequin.
So guys the first thing you want to make sure you get are these materials:
Masking Tape and Duct Tape
Dremel with Cutting discs
Expanding Foam Sealant x2 cans
PVC Pipe 1/2" width
Hacksaw (or long bladed cutting tool for flattening out the foam)
Fiberglass Mesh Screen ( you can get this at walmart by the hardware/paint area )
Alright: The first thing you will want to do is determine the height of what your mannequin is going to be. The torso is 26.5 inches tall where the legs are 43 inches tall. That makes a staggering 69.5 inches tall which equals to 5'8'' WITHOUT A HEAD! So that would make your Mannequin close to 6'6", so if you are evan4218, then I'm sure your mannequin is going to be a little too tall. So measure up to the middle of your neck and get a good estimate of how tall you are. Now some simple math.
Take the length of the Mannequin (69.5) minus your height measured at the neck (in this case with mine to my neck is 60) so for you visual learners:
So, off mine I will be taking 9.5 inches off of the legs.
We will be taking the excess off of the legs. Because the torso has the joint coupler already mounted, we will be adding the male adapter to the legs. At this time we will be measuring out the excess we will be removing with a dremel. So go ahead and begin by measuring your remander amount from the top of the legs down and measure a line all the way around the mannequin like this:
Once you have that line marked evenly around the waist of the mannequin legs, go ahead and cut the excess from the mannequin.
** WARNING WARNING **
These mannequins are made in China and the resin dust from cutting these can be VERY irritating and harmful to you so take proper precautions while cutting these.
(SAFETY FIRST! WEAR PROPER VENTILATION PROTECTION AND EYE WEAR!)
After you cut them you should have a good hollow shell. This is where you want to get your mesh screen ready. You will want to cut 2 pieces the full width of the roll about 6 inches wide.
Take them and wad them up and stuff them down each leg...
then cut a piece that is the width of legs and place it in to the mannequin.
Here I used the duct tape to tape the mesh down onto the inner portion of the shell, this way the foam does not weigh down the mesh and the foam stays in place.
Now you are ready to begin foaming.
Go ahead and cut your PVC to about a foot long and grab the masking tape. On my first attempt I simply centered the PVC and taped it down to keep it in place while I applied the foam around it. After it cured and I placed the torso over it, I found it to be off center. So to alleviate this problem, I removed the piping and placed it into the Mannequin torso's adapter with the locking screw.
I then lined up the torso to best sit evenly with the body *NOTE: It does not sit flush, they are 2 different sculpted pieces, but with clothes over it, you will not be able to tell whatsoever.* I then jammed the piping into the foam to ensure I had a hole where I would reset the torso.
At this point I suggest placing a layer of foam down so you can do the same method. This will give you the best line up for the two pieces.
Once that layer has cured, with the piping secured in the torso, line it up with your legs, and jam it into the foam to ensure your best alignment. Now remove the torso, and remove the piping form the torso. Place the pipe into the hole you just made in the foam. Make sure that your mannequin is level and tape down the pipe length-wise and width-wise to ensure it stays put. Now grab your foam and begin fill up your mannequin like so...
Tape it down well!
Let this stuff cure and if you have any excess overflow, go ahead and hacksaw that off real flat and even.
Now take your Mannequin torso and place it onto the male adapter now attached on your mannequin legs. A flush line isn't really able to work, because both pieces are for individual displays. But for displaying Fett or just about anything else these work great. This one will be displaying my 300 which the seam is covered by the Spartan Speedo, so hopefully you guys enjoy. As you can see here is where I have gaps...
Now with arms attached and ready for some new clothing!!
The next tutorial I will post will be for making articulate hands that will work on your Boomer Fett supplied mannequin arms. Thanks everyone! Have fun!