I love watching scratch built jobs! Keep up the good work and remember to keep us posted!
From someone who also used a helmet to create the basic shape, take a piece of advice from me. You will need to cut the helmet so it will sit square onto the lowerpiece, this is around where those metal pins are that are holding the chin strap. I didn't cut square and tried to cut around the metal pins instead and made a right mess.
I wished I had cut a "V" from underneath and took out the pins before planning my work as it would have saved me a LOT of repair work. I'd also sand all the way so that you can just see bondo hole shapes, it will smooth out when you come to put the primer on and give it several goes with wet and dry paper. A bit of extra work, but worth it
The primer also helps you to see dinks.
Went back in with the filler, and sanded the whole thing smooth. I left two of the holes in the back for more air and a more custom look. I thought about the problem of getting the interior mask to lay flat on the helmet with those two pins sticking out, and I'm not sure how I'm going to get around that. I do understand what you mean about the things, but I kinda want to keep the chin strap attached for more secure fitting.
These are my boots. I am going to restain them until they are black. Then, I will attach "metal" plates to the parts where you see the white stitching( these were racing logos). I tried resizing, as suggested, and it still doesn't seem to work. The first pick is 640 pixels at 72 dpi. The second is even smaller.
Nice boots! And your bucket is coming along. Pic size is no prob for me, no worries.
I love your designs for yuo and your wife. It seems you've put alot of thought into this. Always a good thing!
The boots are a nice touch! They are definitly differnt.
Thanks for all the support, guys. It really helps (even when life seems to constantly get in the way). I am still having trouble with the bucket. I cut out the inner surface, and wrapped it around the helmet. It was about a 1/4 inch too short. So, I enlarged the inner surface and made it longer. Strangely enough, it is still about 1/4 inch short?! Anyway, I am now going to measure the helmet, and use math to figure the correct distance and try again. New posts coming soon.
Do what I did, take a big piece of paper and wrap it around the helmet, then mark where they meet, you may want to use blu tac to keep the paper against the surface, but only a little mind, unfold the paper and measure the distance, that is how big it should be
Just remember that the helmet flares at the front, so you need to take that into account too.
Btw, your work looks pretty good so far. I like your concept art, I like that it looks very Mando like while at the same time it doesn't look simply like a recolored Boba or Jango.
Thnx for the advice, Saz. No worries about the flare. Once I get the distance correct, I will simply take the template and lengthen it. This should keep the overall look the same. I appreciate the help and the complements, Riceball, but I am giving up on the picture issue. No one seems to be complaining about the thumbs, anyway. Next post will include more pics. Going to go see a tutorial now. Bye.
Just checking in. Man, this is absolutely the largest and hardest costume undertaking I have tried. I've decided to go with trash can armor, but I'm going to try thicker trash cans. I am going to try a "brawn" if anyone knows what they are. (Big gray industrial types). I promise I will get back to work soon, but I had to take a break to get back custody of my youngest daughter. Will be back in court July, so bare with me.
Finally got more done to my helmet. Have attached the inner surface and the face part. Also started working on cheek pieces.
Had to slow down and take my time putting in the cheek plates, but little by little I did get that finished. I went ahead and cut out part of the visor slit so I could check the appearance and size ratio to the rest of my body. Finally, I have something that is really starting to look like a mando bucket.
Will try to get more posts up tomorrow. I will show what I have done to the boots, so far. They are red, but will be black when I am done. I know I am being kinda sporadic here, but it's just the way I am. See ya tomorrow.
ok, as promised, pics of the boots in progress. Dang things had to be red so .... very light sanding with fine grit to break up the finish on the surface. Then, covering in black shoe polish. It will take many layers to make this work, but I really like the boots for this. When I am done, I will make armor to fit the front where the racing logo was.
those are nice nice boots!
thank you Artek, I will be working more on the helm and boots tomorrow (today, as I have not gotten to bed ). Also, will be trying to figure out how to paint rifle and not mess up the firing mechanism. It is a nerf longshot that I will be replacing the barrell with a nerf recon. It's a bit longer and heavier looking than I anticipated, but I hope will still look like a heavy scout and or sniper type.
i kinda like how the part of the boot you put polish on has a hint of red that shows through. The red will probably go better with your wifes color scheme. those boots are gonna look really cool.
Any Updates??? Seems like a lot of people use the Nerf Longshot, but it works just so darn well! I was going to use one, but was out of my reach and sadly I didnt hold on to mine (Me being a teenager I had one). The boots look great! The armor one the logo spot sounds like a good idea too. Or you can just paint the logo spot with some design. It seems to be plastic there and may not require additional armor on it. Keep us posted!
Thanks to everyone here!! You have all been so supportive. I printed out Alan's earpiece templates today. After looking at them, I kinda feel , so I will find a tut to help me out. The boots are coming along just fine, and I will post more pics as soon as I can. Also downloaded the Mando dictionary from Karen Travis' stuff. I am going to try to learn the language (it seems easier than Tolkien's elvish, which I gave up on ). Any advice or help on this would be appreciated. Again thank you all for your support in this, you are all fantastic.
Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are great though, you've got to admitt.
Mando'a isn't to hard to learn, just a LOT of memorizing--like any language. Good luck with it!
O.K. Does anyone have any ideas on what to use for ear pieces? The plastic I am using for the bucket will be good and strong when I have sprayed in bed liner, but before that it is kinda' flimsy. I am afraid that if I try to use it to support a moving range finder, that the plastic will just bend and tear.
Will be working more on the boots today, as I am not sure where to go on the helmet. (see above question)
Old mobile phone pieces, an aerial from a walkie talkie, a small torch, cut pieces of plastic toys such as guns or swords.
I haven't seen many people use cabling, as in a cable going into one part of the earpiece and then into another.
Just have a look in your loft or cellar for all those old things you never use anymore.
Christ, I even have a dental tape box in front of me that could be used as part of an assembly
Hope that helps mate!