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    Sep 6, 2004, 8:18 AM - Knee pad problem #1

    Hi, I have mandalorian blueprint-knee pads and no idea how to build the blocky things on the side. What are you guys using to recreate them?

    Has someone a tutorial?

    Thank you!
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    Sep 6, 2004, 12:36 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #2

    You can build it up with sintra.
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    Sep 6, 2004, 11:25 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #3

    I made a mold in sculpy and baked it as a base, then made a reverse mold and baked it. It is very hard and you could probubly use just that, but if you bang your knee on something it will shatter.

    I plan on pouring a reverse mold out of resin fiberglass then screwing it from the inside of my knees which are metal, and dressing them up with bondo.

    Dunno if its gonna work. The bigger question for me is ,what to make the knee darts out of.
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    Sep 7, 2004, 12:23 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #4

    I used a 1" thick piece of MDF. Just cut the angles, sand and prime.
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    Sep 7, 2004, 1:22 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #5

    MDF?
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    Sep 7, 2004, 2:46 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #6



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    Sep 7, 2004, 7:10 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #7


    cal196 wrote:

    MDF?
    MDF is a fine textures particle board. You can get it cheap at Home Depot.

    **IMPORTANT** You need to predrill the holes if you are screwing the blocks on. If you don't, you'll end up splitting the wood.
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    Sep 7, 2004, 7:27 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #8


    Jodo_Kast wrote:


    cal196 wrote:

    MDF?
    **IMPORTANT** You need to predrill the holes if you are screwing the blocks on. If you don't, you'll end up splitting the wood.
    Nothing else remains to be done. I don't have practical knowledge with wood. I will be careful...

    Can I use primer straight out of the can or should I use
    something else?


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    Sep 7, 2004, 8:06 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #9

    Oh, its like balsa wood or stronger?
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    Sep 15, 2004, 1:06 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #10

    Can you get MDF in a variety of shapes and sizes? What is the best way to cut it since it is basically powdered sawdust and glue.
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    Sep 15, 2004, 4:02 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #11

    I built mine up with sintra
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    Sep 15, 2004, 4:09 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #12

    [img]images/smiles//icon6.gif[/img] WARNING: USE A DUST MASK WHEN WORKING WITH MDF[img]images/smiles//icon6.gif[/img]

    Watch out for this stuff, its HIGHLY carcinogenic (ie can lead to cancer).
  13. Sep 15, 2004, 6:34 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #13

    I'm about to shape out my knee pads out of plastic. As for the darts i'm going to get some darts and cut them down then i'll take out the needle then i have darts for my knee pads but not fully in accuracy but they'll do my suits my custom mandalorian after all.

    I'm making most of my armor out of PVC plastic its sort of like sintra practically is but in a form of a bucket. I followed the budget armor material idea from a topic i once saw around here.
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    Sep 29, 2004, 4:15 PM - Re: Knee pad problem #14

    I thought of using the little rubber bracket at the bottom of a car battery, maybe thatll work im not sure and then on to the paint gotta find that too good luck hope you find a solution
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    Oct 26, 2004, 5:29 AM - Re: Knee pad problem #15

    I did it the hard way...lol.........I made a clay sculpt on a flat sintra knee shape,then molded it in r.t.v.(room temp. vulcanising)silicone,and now I have more knee blocks than God...........lol.....and they simply screw onto the kneepads.
    I'm in the middle of molding the whole thing,with kneeblocks already on the main cast,and then add the darts.
    I'm very well set up for this kind of thing,but I know most folks aren't,so it's a case of "whatever works,works".
    I know I had a hard time with the knees,trying to use any "found" objects for the blocks,so in the end I just bit the bullet,and sculpted it up.
    BTW.here's a tip.........attach your darts with springs........zip to the h/ware store(a well stocked one!)and buy a long spring to cut down,or shorter springs.
    Glue one end into the knee blocks,and one end to a hole in the darts...........We use the same technique with jet pack missiles.........So,when you get knocked or bumped..."Boing",is what you hear,not "snap"!

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