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Making a manequin

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    Making a manequin

    I'd like to construct a manequin to display a set of armor, and I was thinking of perhaps starting with chicken wire, fleshing out with newspaper, then apply numerous layers of paper mache as hardened skin. Has anyone attempted such a endeavour? If so, what were your results?

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    Re: Making a manequin

    1.5 inch PVC pipe skeleton covered in foam padding/old pillows/crumbled newspapers/whatever and then wrapped in duct tape. Since PVC pipe connectors come in different angles, you can have your mannequin pose as you want. Also, It's good to be able to remove the arms on your mannequin when dressing it.
    Last edited by hansoloway; Mar 14, 2005 at 10:46 PM.

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Last edited by slave1pilot; May 1, 2005 at 8:24 AM. Reason: can't see the pics

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Check this thread over at the hunters lair where i posted the same question http://p087.ezboard.com/fhunterslair...cID=2387.topic

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Something I've thought about....
    Not really posable, though. Make a duct tape double of yourself, from neck to foot, in a pose that's 'cool'

    I was thinking that you could fill this 'double' with expandable foam, but most foam needs air to dry, and the duct tape doesn't allow it. But I'm told some stuff is purely chemical. It makes a rock hard filler.

    Or you could use PVC or 1x2 wood and then use polyfil or something like that.

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    Re: Making a manequin

    slave1pilot said:
    ah! Very cool. That looks like the plan. Thanks!!

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    Re: Making a manequin

    I went the PVC route too. here is the skeleton plan, and after that is what my sandtrooper looks like on the final, filled out mannequinn.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails mannequinn_skeleton-jpg   mannequinn_finished-jpg  

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Brak's Buddy said:
    I went the PVC route too. here is the skeleton plan, and after that is what my sandtrooper looks like on the final, filled out mannequinn.
    very informative. This certainly looks like the plan. I'll hit up Home Depot on the way home tonight, and post my results in the next few weeks (still working on the armor).

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Very nice. How do you guys make the hands?

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    Re: Making a manequin

    I made my hands using dishwashing gloves filled with wire (for articulation) and papper.. then i'm gonna paint em black..

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Gr3eat idea for the mannequins. Makes me wanna go build one!

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    Re: Making a manequin

    that looks great, I had done somethign in teh past with pvc, wood, towels... heck even cola bottles...

    but everytime i needed to wear it myself, that means decompiling the standup.... the mannequin... my dad and me proudly named "Gerrit"... woudl break down at soem point...

    I need a Fett a carrying one... so teh jumpsuit would be a pain... im considering to buy or make another one... just for teh mannequin...

    any advice from you guys?

    cause real mannequins have connection points at waste and arms right? so that make sit alot easier and safer tod ress up ur mannequin... anyone done that before from scratch??

    or are you doomed to retire ur suit to a mannequin for months...then decompile it, and recreate one again...

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    Re: Making a manequin

    PVC as well for mine. And I'm about to post pics of my Boba Mannequin done the same way......
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    Re: Making a manequin

    Brak's Buddy said:
    I went the PVC route too. here is the skeleton plan, and after that is what my sandtrooper looks like on the final, filled out mannequinn.
    is that gun your holding even a star wars weapon?!?!?

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Demonchild said:
    is that gun your holding even a star wars weapon?!?!?
    What you mean a heavy assault rifle?

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Hmmm I'm not sure if it's a Star Wars weapon. Last I checked, Brak's doesn't know anything about Star Wars, let alone Sandtroopers.

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    Re: Making a manequin

    its an assault rifle, it wasnt seen a whole lot.. though its been years since ive watched the movies,, could be wrong on the "not used much" part.. but i know its star wars.

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    Re: Making a manequin

    I was asked if I could repost the $20 mannequin pics

    So here they are.
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    Re: Making a manequin

    Demonchild said:
    is that gun your holding even a star wars weapon?!?!?
    That is a REAL MG15 and with all the REAL scopes that were on the MG15 used in the movie. Yes, it is a Star Wars weapon and a beautiful, very heavy, and VERY expensive one at that

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    Re: Making a manequin

    Ok Braks, If that's a real MG15, you don't take it out to the back 40 and go full auto on old TV sets and washing machines do you?

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    Re: Making a manequin

    That thing is real???? Now thats cool!!!!!!! Ive seen them in shot gun news and on gunbroker.com. Just for a real mag ive seen them go for 400-600 bones a pop. Rifles like another 2 or 3 G's. NOT CHEEP AT ALL!!!!!!!

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    Re: Making a manequin

    slave1pilot said:
    I was asked if I could repost the $20 mannequin pics

    So here they are.
    Is that pink stuff just a "foam sheet"? where do i find that?

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    Re: Making a manequin

    the pink stuff is a matress pad. (egg crate stuff)
    you can get them at Wal-Mart.
    I'd suggest going to Home Depot instead, & buying carpet padding.
    I haven't done this yet, but I think it's more cost effective.

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    Re: Making a manequin

    For a trooper its not as important, but you definately need the girth around the arms, legs, and chest to fill out the fett costume...

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