Australian Mandalorain

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    Australian Mandalorain

    Hi Everybody,

    I just thought that I'll show you guys what I've been up to as of late. This helmet was contructed using Skupilkinson's Template. These photos will show that a lot of work will still needs to be done, but should give you an idea of where I'm up to. I've got some of Stormrider's Earpieces, unfortunately as beautiful as they are they did not fit my current helmet. (We working on a way around that)

    I intend to complete a set of armour to go along with this Helmet. I've already got a black/Midnightblue flight suit and I'm playing around with the chest armour ideas and experiments.

    Not much progress this past week as it's been raining alot and work related issues.

    Any constructive ideas, suggestion and comments are always welcome. I would like to try for an Oriental look on this armour and helm. I'll get some more photos soon.
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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Sorry I can't give you any constructive criticism at this point, but that helmet is really shaping up well. Keep up the good work.

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    It's looking great so far. Once you have it completely covered and smoothed, then we can give you some pointers. Not really much anyone can say at this point in time.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Thanks for the encouragement guys, I'll most likely get a chance to do some more work on this during this weekend. i'll post some more photos then.

    I've just received my Chicago screws, I'd think I've ordered the wrong size so I have used some craft foam to fill the space. Is this a acceptable alternative to using washers?
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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    As long as it works...it's acceptable. =)

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Looking great so far buddy! Your dome is certainly off to a better start than mine was.

    Keep it up buddy, it's worth it.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Thanks NovallTalon: The Work foam seems to work for now, but unitl I install it in the helmet I won't know for sure.

    Skip: I'm still trying to make it even smoother!! But your Helmet still looks better!

    I'm looking forward to working on this on friday!

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    A bit of a update,

    I was able to obtain permission from Hydra to use one of her designs. Cene is his name. Thanks to her, the time that I would have spent on design can be use to construct my suit. I'll be trying to stick to Hydra's concept as much as possible, and I just love the colours she's used.

    Cene will fit nicely with my martial arts background . I'll be attempting to create the spear blade with a cold cast techique I've come up with. I just love blade weapons! Apart from blade weapons that he will possess, he will have atleast one pistol with him regardless. No point in bring a Knife to a Gun fight

    But all this will take place after the helmet is completed. I'll post Photos of the Helmet progress tomorrow.
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    Great news dude!! I love her designs and can't wait to see yet another Hydra design come to life!!

    Rock on!

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Did you measure that bad boy to make your earcaps fit ?

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Skupilkinson said: View Post
    Great news dude!! I love her designs and can't wait to see yet another Hydra design come to life!!

    Rock on!
    Skip,

    Her art work is astonishing and I'll be doing my best to reproduce that with what skill I have

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    Did you measure that bad boy to make your earcaps fit ?
    Mason,

    No I didn't I started this helmet before your ear caps arrived . But it looks like I'll use your helmet to make Hydra's work come to life!


    Well Guys,

    I've got some sanding done today, I don't get much time to do it. I live in a unit and do sanding on my balcony because there is no power point in my garage. i can only make so much noise for a small peroid of time, before others start to get annoyed. I was sanding for about an hour today...then it started raining , well an hour's work is better than nothing I suppose.

    I'm gonna try to make the shoulders in Metasequoia tonight and transfering them into Pepakura, fingers crossed!

    Stormrider's helm came in today, so I'll more than likely use that for Cene. And I might have to bother Skip with more pep designs later if I can't do it!. Sorry mate I know your a busy man

    I've attached a couple of photos, 1st is Stormrider's awesome stuff and second is current helmet progress.
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    Both look pretty sweet to me fella.

    Yeah I'm busy but I'm always open to do some work for ya if you need it bro. Actually I need to speak with you about this rifle I'm doing. Email to be sent.

    My time gets limited for working on mine to buddy, I know what you mean about an hour is better than nothing.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    I've just complete modelling Cene's Armour in Metasequoia, I'll makes some more tweeks before tranfering it over to Pepakura. I was going to Fibreglass these but decided I might stick to the Casting Resin Method, I just love the instant results . I'm hoping that my flak vest will be completed in afew weeks, by then the Armour parts should be finished.

    The soft parts of the project might slow down a bit. Someone else brought a set of Grey coveralls I wanted on Ebay! These things are hard to find especially in a size I want! (44R)

    By the way anyone know where or who I can get some Stormtrooper hand plates from? They looks like just what I need for this project.
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    Nice job bro!

    I would be careful in making any armor parts too flat or boxy. Just incase it makes wearing the armor too uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to try to give it a little roundness.

    That said, I think you're off to a great start!! Keep it up buddy.

    As for TK handplates, I've seen a few sellers on Ebay.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    I was looking at that...boxy it is, so I've now added some roundness to it. Now let's see how it fits!

    It is a learning experience, a interesting one at that!

    I might have solve the handplate, several members have contact me with great info and gear. Thanks Guys!

    Skupilkinson said: View Post
    Nice job bro!

    I would be careful in making any armor parts too flat or boxy. Just incase it makes wearing the armor too uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to try to give it a little roundness.

    That said, I think you're off to a great start!! Keep it up buddy.

    As for TK handplates, I've seen a few sellers on Ebay.

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    Cool stuff! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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    Are you sure on the upper set of plates. The center isnt supposed to be beveled out like you did the center, essentially making a t shape (cross) out of the beveled parts?

    It looks like the beveling is supposed to follow the paint job.

    Regardless, looks sweet



    1ManBattalion said: View Post
    I've just complete modelling Cene's Armour in Metasequoia, I'll makes some more tweeks before tranfering it over to Pepakura. I was going to Fibreglass these but decided I might stick to the Casting Resin Method, I just love the instant results . I'm hoping that my flak vest will be completed in afew weeks, by then the Armour parts should be finished.

    The soft parts of the project might slow down a bit. Someone else brought a set of Grey coveralls I wanted on Ebay! These things are hard to find especially in a size I want! (44R)

    By the way anyone know where or who I can get some Stormtrooper hand plates from? They looks like just what I need for this project.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    And you can make the TK handplates really easily out of sintra. Just cut the shape, then cut the overlay shape and glue them together.

    And a trick I use when I want something SUPER SMOOTH ROUNDED is once I have the shape, I pour resin over it. It will soften the shapes a LOT and make them really smooth to oot. You just then cut out the puddle parts at the bottom and sand the edges, and whoala, you have something that looks vac formed/smoothed out, but its really just a coat of glassy resin over it.

    It make a NICE shiny surface too.

    M2

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Pretty nice scratchbuild! Seems to be coming out quite well!

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Stormrider said: View Post
    Are you sure on the upper set of plates. The center isnt supposed to be beveled out like you did the center, essentially making a t shape (cross) out of the beveled parts?

    It looks like the beveling is supposed to follow the paint job.

    Regardless, looks sweet
    Hey Mason,

    Thanks for the input! I'm changing the chest pieces now, they'll be simular to the normal templates. But the edges will fold up to provide a rim like edge to hold the Casting resin in place. Once cured I can heat it up and bend it into shape.


    Skupilkinson said: View Post
    Cool stuff! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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    Pretty nice scratchbuild! Seems to be coming out quite well!
    Thanks Guys,

    Frankly I'm not sure how this is going to turn out, but I'll give it my best

    I had to do a lot of washing today, so I only had time to spray afew coats on the Helmet, and I've made a shoulder piece. I'm not too happy with it, it looks a bit sharp. I'm re-doing the chest at the moment, I'll post some pics when it's finished.

    Keep up the comments guys, as it helps me improve the armour!

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    No worries mate. You'll get there. Just takes time and patience.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Minor update guys, I'm overseas attending a funeral of my late Grandmother. So no pics till next week. I became a Monk for that period (It's a Buddhist thing), and now I have no hair and no eye brows! Can't wait to see what my co-workers would think about this!

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    WOW! That's pretty dedicated bro. I can hang on for pics, you do what you gotta do.

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    Re: Australian Mandalorain

    Hey Guys,

    Just a quick note, I'm still doing this project. I've been busy pulling some extra Overtime to pay for my trip overseas.

    I've just painted (Most of) my helmet (Pics Soon). I have to re-do one of the colours.
    The First two colours came out great, but the darker blue did not agree with the R&B I used, it just dripped everywhere it didn't want to stay on the Helm.

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