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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 30, 2014, 2:09 PM - All metal Mando #1

    I've recently started building my second ever costume/cosplay, my first being a Psycho out of Borderlands, but that's a whole other universe so nevermind that, it was a long, long time ago (Get it? No one? Ok..). Anyway, this second costume is one that I've been dreaming of building for years and years now, actually ever since I saw my first Star Wars movie, probably more than 15 years ago; a Mandalorian armour. On the 18th of November 2014 I finally got around to get it started, and since then I've been working 25 hours to get where I'm at right now.

    I never intended to buy any armour pieces, nor the helmet, so basically everything pictured in this thread was made by me, in my school's workshop or at home, on the floor, where I work best. My first plan was to make all the pieces out of worbla, but after some consideration I decided that only the armour plates would be out of worbla and the helmet either casted in resin or made out of fibre glass. My plans changed however when I, one day, stumbled upon some 0.8 mm steel plates laying on one of the "pick what you want and use it for whatever you want"- shelf at my school's workshop, and the idea of an all metal Beskar'gam came to me, and so, here it is, the start of my all metal Mandalorian!

    I started making templates of the helmet and the armour pieces out of cardboard...





    After a few days and a whole lot of cardboard, three versions of the helmet, and one destroyed racing/motorcycle helmet (to get the dome good), this was what I ended up with...



    And don't worry, the T visor will be cut out as soon as it can be cut out without risking destroying the whole thing...



    I think I got the size out pretty good, it's perhaps a bit too big, but it's alright for now...





    And so, on to the armour plates.. Templates were cut out of cardboard for these too, and my first plan was to make them out of worbla but...





    ...this happened...







    Did some test fitting of the leg plates using neodym magnets.



    And here is the armor plate set, almost complete. Still missing is the knee pads, the backplate, some bootplates and the cod plate (I think it's called that.. If not; the crotch plate) and the gauntlets.





    So yeah, this is where I'm at now, with about 25 hours spent so far. My prediction is that it wll take about 150 hours to finish everything, but we'll see about that in the end.. I'm hoping that my first version of it will be finished in the end of February 2015, as there is a con' here in Sweden which I'd like to attend with it. This first version will most likely not include a jetpack, but with that said, I'll probably start building that along with all the other things anyway.

    So yeah, that's the start of my Mando project, I'm hoping you're going to like this!

    //Bumbi
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 30, 2014, 3:56 PM - Re: All metal Mando #2

    Well done!
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 30, 2014, 3:59 PM - Re: All metal Mando #3

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    Well done!
    Thanks, it's my first time working with metal like this actually, but I think it turned out quite nice
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 30, 2014, 4:04 PM - Re: All metal Mando #4

    I love using those magnets. What gauge plate did you use? If there's some flex in your pieces, you may want to reinforce the backside with additional metal strips.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 30, 2014, 4:08 PM - Re: All metal Mando #5

    Quote MLS said: View Post
    I love using those magnets. What gauge plate did you use? If there's some flex in your pieces, you may want to reinforce the backside with additional metal strips.
    Yeah they're great, I bought them for one of my other hobbies (I seriously have too many hobbies..), but realised they were perfect for the test fit. To be honest, I have no idea... There's not that much flex though, but I can reshape it by hand if I put some force to it.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Dec 4, 2014, 1:00 PM - Re: All metal Mando #6

    So after a few days of hard studying (university tests are a rea pain in the a** when you want to build cosplays...), I finally got around to work some more on my Mando. So today I've been making the first of two halves of a jetpack, and kind of a dagger or knife, took about five or six hours to get where I'm at right now.

    Started out with this, two half pipes, a piece of plywood and six pieces of MDF board.



    And added a three quarters of a pipe in the middle.



    And then some pieces in between all the pipes.



    And then I filled all cracks and such with filler, though only one layer on so far.



    And while I waited for all the pieces to dryg from gluing, I started with a small (34 cm) blade/dagger/knife...



    With some more details and a leather wrapped handle I think it's gonna look great...



    That's all for now, will be updating more in a while!
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    1 Week Ago - Dec 6, 2014, 12:12 PM - Re: All metal Mando #7

    Good work so far... Are you planning on doing the helmet out if sheet metal too?
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    1 Week Ago - Dec 8, 2014, 5:28 AM - Re: All metal Mando #8

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    Good work so far... Are you planning on doing the helmet out if sheet metal too?
    Thanks! Well... I don't think I will make this version out of metal as I'm not 100% pleased with how it looks. A friend of mine, he's too from Sweden, will perhaps make a helmet out of metal though.
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    1 Week Ago - Dec 9, 2014, 12:13 PM - Re: All metal Mando #9

    Looking good Bumbi.


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    1 Week Ago - Dec 9, 2014, 3:18 PM - Re: All metal Mando #10

    Quote jgarrettg said: View Post
    Looking good Bumbi.


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    Thanks!

    There's not much progress being made right now, lots of stuff to do in school right now, but after the 18th of December and a few weeks onwards there will probably be more work done, so stay tuned!
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    1 Week Ago - Dec 10, 2014, 11:03 AM - Re: All metal Mando #11

    So yeah, I kind of lied yesterday when I said there wasn't any progress being made... Started building my left gauntlet today, I'm not quite sure about it though... What do you think of it so far? Still some work left like smoothing it out and filling some cracks, and I'll also keep also adding more details over time...

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