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  1. kal'ika's Avatar
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    May 11, 2009, 8:17 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #26

    awesome! thanks ner vod.
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    May 13, 2009, 7:33 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #27

    Okay... good news! I have the plates cut out for the torso and shoulders on my mando! Still in rough shape tho... will post pics when they're cleaned up a little bit.

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    May 17, 2009, 6:32 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #28

    Okay, so after a few days of hard work on this stuff... I now have cut and trimmed plates... still need to do some small forming work but they're almost ready to paint
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    May 17, 2009, 8:07 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #29

    Aweome!!! good looking bakcplate!!! Im always amazed when people get them looking so good; I cannot get mine to look right without days of work.

    Excellent stuff ner vod!!!
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    May 18, 2009, 2:49 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #30

    thank you! actually my collar plate is still a lil big, so I'll probably have to take the dremel to it again... but i think it turned out fairly well to be honest.
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    May 18, 2009, 3:02 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #31

    I'll give you a little advice on sizing in your plates:

    1) You want the outside top corner of the chest plate to match the bottom outside corner of the collar plate. If it does extend over, then no more than an inch or it will be uncomfortable and look to big.

    2) Gaps between your chest and collar armor need to be big enough to fit your thum through at the diamond. Index finger spacing between diamond and chest, and 1-2 thumb spacing from chest to ab plate. If you try to push it more than this, you run into your armor having way to much gap and looking to stretched out.

    What you have so far looks great!
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    May 18, 2009, 6:25 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #32

    Thanks Mandalore! I'm actually going to be checking the fit again this weekend... the problem I keep running into is I'm not sure how it'll fit with the flak vest.
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    May 20, 2009, 5:44 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #33

    Okay... just wanted to give an update... I'll be starting the helmet for mine and the hard plates for Fi's armor this weekend... maybe even a lil before then. I'm also now going to be doing armor for a group of friends... about seven sets total. These are my closest friends, so close they're family. I really believe in the "family is more than bloodlines" ideaology. That being said, I'm sort of the head of this little clan, so to speak. So I guess it has fallen to me to design their armor... oh well. I guess Kal'ika is going to be more like Kal'buir from now on! lol More pics and updates to come!

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    May 20, 2009, 6:45 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #34

    Can't wait to see vod!!!
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    May 21, 2009, 8:00 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #35

    Don't worry... I'll keep the updates going. I'm going to be working on it some this weekend so... more to come!

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    May 24, 2009, 6:49 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #36

    Okay, This is a quick update and... a cry for help. I have all the plates for my mando cut, they're still waiting shaping and paint... have to wait for the next paycheck for that... I need a heat gun and paint. Working on getting the flight suit lined up. I hope Ladysewforus will be willing to stitch our custom flightsuits. Helmets are started, I'll be finishing those up over the next couple of weekends. I will also be putting in a lot of work tomorrow... after I mow the yard (the wife's gettin' a little irritated).

    Now, here's where I need help:
    First, I need two sets of low cost/high quality gauntlets. I DO NOT have the skills necessary to actually build the gauntlets.
    Second, I have created an amazing design for my custom verpine assault carbine. I want to do a hard rubber cast of it (we call those rubber ducks in the mil) and possibly several casts for distribution. I need help figuring out how to do this.

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    May 25, 2009, 5:31 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #37

    Suc'cy gar vode, I have now shaped the plates for my suit, just need to paint them and get a vest and that part will be done. I checked the fit and they fit great, may need a little more trimmed of the ab plate but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I need some help getting a couple sets of gauntlets. Helmets are started... currently working on the shaping them into an oval part. Also, I still need help with the molding/casting of the rifles.

    Kal
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    May 26, 2009, 7:54 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #38

    Okay... new Ideas! First... I'm working with another member of this forum to try to get a couple of custom made flightsuits. They will be a cross between standard milspec flightsuits, the standard Fett flightsuit and the crye precision combat shirt as seen here.

    Also had an idea for a different backplate. I found this on google images and thought... hmm... I wonder if I could modify that to fit our mandos... I then decided to give it a try. So, I'm going to sketch the redesign... but this is the basic idea that I found.

    Finally, The rifle pictured here is the prepro concept for my new MandaVerp Assault Carbine. Please don't rip off my idea on this, because I plan to mass produce (in limited runs) this particular design in a non-firing rigid rubber/plastic format that we in the military call "rubber duckies." I will then offer them for sale at a reasonable price.

    My plates had been heat formed... but somehow over night they lost their shape... so I will have to do some shopping around and find a heat gun to do some proper shaping of these plates. I get paid friday, so there will be some major work done this weekend.

    I Still need some help finding a reasonably priced set of boba gauntlets that can be easily modified, and the flack vest. Any help would be appreciated!

    Kal
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    Jun 2, 2009, 4:38 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #39

    Here's the two variants of the MandaVerp that I have right now... I'm currently working on both versions.

    Kal
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    Jun 2, 2009, 5:41 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #40

    I like the second variation with the folding bipod.
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    Jun 2, 2009, 6:02 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #41

    Yeah I do too... I like them both actually. I am in the process of "reimagining" both of our mandos right now. I have the plates done for mine minus the paint and am starting the helmets for both right now.

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    Jun 2, 2009, 10:48 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #42

    i think that in you scetch it would look better if the red on your mando was changed to blue. it just seems like to many colors. i really like the big uns they're gonna be so cool.
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    Jun 3, 2009, 3:14 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #43

    Actually... I'm looking at some new colors and I'm doing a few modifications to the suit as is... I'll post those when I can.
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    Jun 11, 2009, 12:34 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #44

    Now, how did I miss this?... Great concept pics! Love the colors. But I agree with BamFett, to many different colors. The verpine design looks great, though a challenge to build with how big they are. Will you do the whole thing from scratch? Good luck with it!
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    Jun 11, 2009, 3:28 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #45

    I am not building it all from scratch... I've got my plates made, mostly painted. I'm sticking with my many colors! lol, I'm going to use standard Fett gauntlets so that IF I decide to do a Fett later, I can and I won't need new gauntlets, and the blue is my clan color (the white detailing on the sholders is a Kentucky Wildcat silouette crossed with a sabertooth skull)... but there are a few changes to the actual design at this point... I'll post the new concepts eventually. As for my verp... I'm actually building on airsoft parts; a few pieces from a nerf longshot, a little paint and voila! lol I Designed it based on the Magpul VIS-1 MUR combined with a Nerf Longshot Front end. The problem I have right now is that the Nerf frontend is literally bigger than my MUR upper and standard lower put together. So, I'm going to have to do some "modding." But that's where I am right now.

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    Jun 11, 2009, 4:57 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #46

    Okay, here's the plates for my armor set. They have a hammered bronze basecoat (Krylon Fusion Metallic) and are finished in Satin Italian Olive also from Krylon. I used masking tape to put the "weathering" on the armor exposing some of the basecoat. The shoulder plates will be Royal Blue/True Blue depending on which I can find in Satin finish.

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    Jun 11, 2009, 5:38 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #47

    Sweet! Love the copper look. So first you painted the whole thing copper, then put masking tape over the parts you wanted to weather and then painted it that green/grey color and took the tape off? Instant easy weather, great idea! i might do that with silver... Lol I figure that it was a longshot. Good idea to use it.
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    Jun 11, 2009, 6:24 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #48

    Yup, that's exactly what I did. Yeah, I'm actually going to have to cut some off the top and bottom back end of the longshot barrel though so that it will mate up with my rifle properly.
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    Jun 11, 2009, 7:13 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #49

    Hey Kal, Ill be watching this thread a lot! My wife and I are just starting our mandos. Still researching and sourceing things. Were going to make it all ourselves as well, though it'll be easier since our Beskar will be matching. Were sort of a matched set in real life so it fits. Looking forward to seeing more progress on your builds!
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    Jun 11, 2009, 8:24 PM - Re: Custom Mandos #50

    Awesome! Glad I can be of some use! lol We're pretty well matched too, it's just I'm a little more tactical/practical in my armor choice, that and I'm trying to double up parts usage whereas hers has to be entirely customized.

    Kal

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