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    Sep 8, 2009, 6:10 PM - Kal's Custom Mando #1

    Okay vode, as some of u know, I was working on a mando and stopped... that mando plan has now become my future AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command) mandalorian, my efforts to honor my bretheren in arms who are far better men than I, the USAF Air Commandos. Pararescue Jumpers (PJs), Combat Controllers (CCTs) and even tho not AFSOC per say... Air Liason Officers (ALOs) and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs). My mando will be more based on the ALO/JTAC/CCT types... but will honor the PJs in name, because they truely are heroes, each and every one. Working up the final concept sketches... I'll post 'em up soon and let u guys help me pick which mando I will do. I plan to use the armor I already have, with a little repainting of course to make this armor.

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    Sep 9, 2009, 7:18 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #2

    Okay vode, here's the concept sketches for my AFSOC mandalorian armor. I realize a lot of them look similar, but they are different. Some are done using modified USAF Issue Airman's Battle Uniforms (ABUs) or Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs) for the undersuit. Plates are slightly modded Boba and the Bucket is a custom build commissioned with A'den Kyramuud, that will I hope be pretty similar to the popular but rare MS supercommando Bucket. The logo on the left shoulder plate is still the modified Kentucky Wildcat silouette, but the logo on the right shoulder plate will be a slightly modified version of the USAFSOC logo. Some of the particular mods inlcude a comm antenna on the right shoulder plate (CC Cody style), a laser designator and LED light on the bucket as well as a set of triclops NVGs. The rifle is a highly modded M4 carbine (airsoft rifle) intended to resemble the US Issue rifle since this is in honor of American soldiers. The sidearm is a modded beretta M9 (also Airsoft). Let me know what you think and help me pick the final version.

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    Sep 9, 2009, 8:21 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #3

    Okay, here's my twelve and a half cents.

    I was in the US Army, before the changeover to the ACU (Army Combat Uniform), so all my stuff is in the old style cammo pattern. Which is why, for the undersuit, I prefer design two.

    With that said, I really dig the heavy leg armor on number five, though I'm afraid the upper girth belt might cause you problems moving around, and might make you look like you have a belly as large as mine (I'm thinking of doing a Santa Mando....).

    I also think that for the armor, your coloring on number two is a bit light. I'd darken it down a hair to the shade of the US Army BDU undershirts (t-shirts). But that's just me.

    Good luck with the build, and as a US Army Soldier, let me just say "Hooah!".
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    Sep 9, 2009, 8:53 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #4

    Thanks Shuk'Om! I also like #2, but I like #1 too. I was actually just thinking that If I do coyote brown on the plates, and OD webgear... I could potentially have BOTH suits with just a change of the fatigues and boots.
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    Sep 9, 2009, 9:29 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #5

    I like 1, but I'd camo the armor too.
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    Sep 9, 2009, 9:32 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #6

    hmm... hadn't thought about that... might do it, or at least sketch it up to see what it looks like.
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:11 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #7

    Hey Kal, I was wondering now that you are going in this new direction with your mando. Can i draw your sketch again? It wont be right away but I just thought i would ask
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:37 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #8

    absolutely ner vod, I'd love to see what u can do. I plan on re-working a lot of my squad's armor too.
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:41 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #9

    alright! i will work on that eventually
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:42 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #10

    lol yeah i kinda have to pick one first... that's a hard choice too
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:44 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #11

    I'd have to say my favorite is 5
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:52 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #12

    he he yeah not sure if I'd want to have so much armor plating, makes the suit a lil heavy and hot... but I do like the way it looks. I dunno tho still leaning toward #1 or #2, but I like the helmet from #3 and probably will go with the unpainted black carbine
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    Sep 9, 2009, 10:54 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #13

    well my second choice would definatly be 3
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    Sep 9, 2009, 11:08 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #14

    yeah I like 3 too... just can't decide! argh!!! lol I dunno I want it to look definitively USAF... which means probably ABUs or Flight Suit, and I want it to look spec ops which means light and fast.
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    Sep 9, 2009, 11:10 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #15

    here let me pick......THREE wasnt that easy just kidding vod, its your call
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    Sep 9, 2009, 11:19 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #16

    lol yeah three is a definate possibility. I already have green plates! I just don't know if I want to go with the tan webgear or not... we'll see, I still have time to figure it out, but I can get the vest itself for around $60... my webgear is a lil more costly at $20 for the belt... around that for all the pouches and then another $20-80 for the holster depending on which one I get... but this is likely to be my same webgear for work so... it's a good investment. Anyhow... I'm off to bed for tonight, so I'll check in with u guys tomorrow.
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    Sep 9, 2009, 11:23 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #17

    you can always add parts from the ones you like together

    Night Vod
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    Sep 9, 2009, 11:42 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #18

    Very nice Kal!!! Kandosii drawings ner vod!!! I'm liking the #8 and #10...the blue looks really good!

    And it's A'den Kyramud. only one u. Let's call it the AK supercommando bucket!!!
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    Sep 10, 2009, 7:49 AM - Re: AFSOC Mando #19

    lol oops sorry ner vod.... yeah I like that... AK Supercommando bucket! lol
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    Sep 10, 2009, 8:40 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #20

    vod, those are really sweet. so you here in florida or kentucky?
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    Sep 10, 2009, 8:43 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #21

    From Kentucky... stationed at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, FL... transfering to Tinker AFB, at Oklahoma City, OK in November.
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    Sep 11, 2009, 7:07 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #22

    Okay guys here's the situation... I've decided to go with a combination of #'s 1, 2 and 3... plus I have to make a few changes based on new uniform regs. I want to get the webgear in the appropriate color for me to use at work, which is now officially... ABU pattern, ACU pattern or Foliage (aka ABU/ACU green). I DON'T want my webgear to be specifically ABU or ACU pattern because it will blend WAY too much with the ABUs, and would look goofy with anything else. I was going to use Coyote Brown/Tan but unless I can find clarification on the regulation regarding that... I won't.

    SO.... that being said I need help... I've searched and searched but am having a hard time finding affordable MOLLE gear in foliage green. Can anyone give me a hand with this? I Need a good vest and belt, a LEFTY universal modular holster and pouches. Any help would be appreciated.

    Kal Waco
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    Sep 12, 2009, 12:03 AM - Re: AFSOC Mando #23

    you've helped me out so much I wish i knew! sorry vod, cant help you there
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    Sep 15, 2009, 6:12 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #24

    ok this is posted in my other thread as well... but I need help from my vode! I am going to be working on some new custom gauntlets... saw some stuff over on the mandalorian mercs where a vod scratchbuilt his gaunts from cardboard boxes and made 'em look good. That's what I'm going to try, using cardboard this time instead of the dang plastic signs. So... I need a few bits of wisdom and knowledge from you:

    1. When glassing... what's the best way to go about it? I want to be able to glass it and keep my level of detail, so how do I need to set that up? Exagerate the details or what?

    2. I want to use a Nerf Maverick to dissassemble and attach to the top in a rebuilt tri-shot configuration (will sketch and show later). I want to be able to rig this thing up so that it will still be able to shoot darts... from all 3 barrels! So I need help figuring out how exactly to do this and make it look good.

    3. I want to add some Predator blades to my gaunts that I can sling out and they will not lock, but will sort of friction lock themselves into the closed position until deliberately opened, sort of like a collapsible baton only it will not lock itself into the extended position, I want to be as safe as humanly possible while still looking totally wicked.

    4. I need to be able to shape this stuff prior to glassing and still keep the shape, and I need to be able to attach a few hoses here and there for proper appearance, what's the best way to achieve both.

    5. The left gauntlet will also have a built in LED flashlight ($20 @ Walmart) to provide "tactical illumination" and I need help figuring out how to attach it while still having the ability to change the batteries and bulbs if I need to.

    6. Anyone want to do this for me?!! lol jk jk, Any other suggestions you may have that I have overlooked or am unaware I need to be asking about... feel free to add it in!
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    Sep 15, 2009, 6:26 PM - Re: AFSOC Mando #25

    I also want to add in some LED lights and a display maybe.

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