Page 1 of 6 123456 LastLast
Subscribe
  1. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 1, 2008, 3:25 PM - Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #1

    Winter is here for me, so I usually spend it down in my shop working on armor or at the forge working on a knife. Ever since I finished my 2.0 armor that most people have seen me in over the last few months...the only thing I can think about is the next set and making it better. So, as I do on Mercs I'll be posting a work log here also.

    This set of armor is very special to me, because it will encompass every ounce of skill I have in metalwork and electonics. I'm sure I'll be learning some new tricks and techniques as I put it together...as you just can't know it all. For all intents and purposes, this is also my last personal set of armor for hopefully many years as I begin working on sets to sell.

    I'm installing quite a few new innovations that I've been working on over the last year. A working RF, compressed jet-firing JP, and modular armor system are the three big projects that go into this set. Many future upgrades are planned, and with the nature of this build there will be no need to replace an entire set, just add on. =)

    So, lets start with the Jet Pack. Firstly, I used Skupilkinson's JP patterns for a Jango arena pack. I've always loved the arena pack because of it's more sleek look. Now there will be quite a few customizations to the pack itself before the internals are even installed. Pictures are in sequence of order, with the final picture being acompairison of it next to my modified Boba fiberglass pack. I still have the center strut to add to the ouside of the canister as well as a couple small parts before the fuel canisters can be added.

    The metals used are 26gu plate steel for the base, top, bottom and outer fuel canister holders. 25gu aluminum for everything else to keep it light. At this point it weighs about 5oz less than my fiber pack, and I don't expect the weight to be that much more in it's blank state. Once the NOS jets and canister are added, I expect it to put on a few pounds. The goal of this pack is not to *fire* but to blow out 2 jets of N20 gas illuminated by 2 ultra-bright red LED's for a working effect. Anyone worried about N20 shouldn't as it's a stable inert gas. =)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00076.jpg 
Views:	691 
Size:	39.4 KB 
ID:	29552   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00077.jpg 
Views:	276 
Size:	127.1 KB 
ID:	29553   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00078.jpg 
Views:	291 
Size:	39.3 KB 
ID:	29554  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00079.jpg 
Views:	267 
Size:	41.2 KB 
ID:	29555   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00080.JPG 
Views:	282 
Size:	309.1 KB 
ID:	29556   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00081.jpg 
Views:	283 
Size:	43.2 KB 
ID:	29557  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00082.jpg 
Views:	278 
Size:	35.4 KB 
ID:	29558   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00084.JPG 
Views:	263 
Size:	130.6 KB 
ID:	29559   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00085.jpg 
Views:	273 
Size:	128.8 KB 
ID:	29560  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00087.jpg 
Views:	390 
Size:	41.5 KB 
ID:	29561  
  2. Apollo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    255
    Dec 1, 2008, 4:08 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #2

    I am going to enjoy this thread so much
  3. Dec 1, 2008, 4:26 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #3

    Well this is odd?I just started back on my metal pack also, after a little hiatus.We must be on the same wavelength.lolol
    Lookin awesome so far bro.
  4. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 1, 2008, 6:21 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #4

    Quote wickedbeard said: View Post
    Well this is odd?I just started back on my metal pack also, after a little hiatus.We must be on the same wavelength.lolol
    Lookin awesome so far bro.


    Took me 2 weeks to get this much done. Just found out my cousin down the street has an industrial sized lathe...so guess what I'll be doing? =D
  5. Punhulk's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    125
    Dec 2, 2008, 10:08 AM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #5

    looks pretty cool noval look forward to watching your progress
  6. Dec 2, 2008, 12:27 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #6

    This is going to be awesome! :thumbup It makes me want to try making a pack out of the thin sheet metal I have at home
  7. SEEKER's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    4,367
    Dec 2, 2008, 12:40 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #7

    that's an ultimate.

    I love it!
  8. stormtrooperguy's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    5,039
    Dec 2, 2008, 12:50 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #8

    wow... metal rocket pack. that's hard core!

    26gq. metal... how tough is that? will it bang up easily?
  9. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 2, 2008, 4:03 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #9

    It's actually pretty tough. It fell off my workbench the other night and didn't get so much as a scratch on it. The support system I built into it really helps alot, and IMHO it's much more durable than a fiberglass pack. I wouldn't break a sweat if it fell down a flight of stairs, however my fiber pack would be completely obliterated I'm sure if it did the same.

    I could have went with a thicker metal, but the back plate just won't bend properly if the metal is any thicker...it's perfectly contoured at 26gu. You also have to take into account that metal doesn't come together as easy as plastic when your cutting these piece out. Any imperfections have been filled in with JB weld for maximum hold, as I am trying very hard to keep bondo from adding weight. The N2O system is going to be heavy, probably pushing the pack to 10lbs or more. That will also be removable though. Thanks for the words guys, I'll be starting on my new helmet this month also! =D
    Last edited by NovallTalon; Dec 2, 2008 at 4:14 PM.
  10. A'den Kyramud's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    1,337
    Dec 2, 2008, 6:26 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #10

    wow. this is awesome!!! I want one!!!

    Are you welding the pack together, or cold welding it with JB weld?

    Also, are Skip's templates on here somewhere, or would I need to get them from him?

    Can't wait to see this finished!!! Post tons of pics, please!!!
    A'den
  11. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 2, 2008, 8:15 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #11

    Goop with JB weld on the seams for added strength and as filler. No need for a hot weld using both those, it's tough as nails.

    You can find the papakura template at the bottom of the Mercs tutorial/template library, but you'll need the papakura program (free download, just google papakura) to view and print it out.

    Mandalorian Mercs Tutorial Library
  12. Dec 2, 2008, 9:18 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #12

    Great job on the armor Keep up the good work
  13. Odran Kor's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    174
    Dec 3, 2008, 5:56 AM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #13

    Amazing work Novall!!! What kind of helmet are you going to use this time?
  14. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 3, 2008, 1:31 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #14

    I'm putting together a metal helmet of my own design for this set. It will have some similarities to the MS custom I use now as well as some traditional changed (RF moved back to the right side) and some designs of my own creation. =)
  15. hapajedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    330
    Dec 3, 2008, 4:59 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #15

    Pretty polished metal! verry nyce!:jet pack
  16. Demagol Aran's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    43
    Dec 3, 2008, 6:25 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #16

    Hmmm... Metal jet pack... that's why my last one burst into flames...
  17. Demagol Aran's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    43
    Dec 3, 2008, 6:26 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #17

    Forgot to mention that it looks awesome! Lol:thumbup
  18. Skupilkinson's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,397
    Dec 4, 2008, 12:54 AM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #18

    Ooh! Shiney!!! I can't wait to see more, you just now it's gonna ROCK!

    I'll be following this with great interest NT!
  19. Member Since
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    6
    Dec 4, 2008, 8:42 AM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #19

    Ahh the wonders of JB Weld... Incredible workmanship. I can't wait to see the nozzle assembly
  20. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 8, 2008, 11:38 AM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #20

    Here's the pack all sealed up at this point. Working on the canisters and missile ring at the top currently. Have the ring on in this photo to get a good bearing on how it's gonna sit.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00089.jpg 
Views:	225 
Size:	124.4 KB 
ID:	29717  
  21. rubenbender's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    16
    Dec 8, 2008, 11:45 AM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #21

    Good Skills man, keep going!!!
  22. Skupilkinson's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,397
    Dec 8, 2008, 12:54 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #22

    Beatiful work NT!! I'd love to have the knowledge for these kind of builds!
  23. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 8, 2008, 1:07 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #23

    Honestly, it's not much different than making one out of sintra or think plastic. Cut, bend, goop and JBweld. Thats pretty much the entire process. This is MUCH easier than making armor. It's only taken me like 2 weeks of total work time to get this far.
  24. Skupilkinson's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,397
    Dec 8, 2008, 1:15 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #24

    Really? Do you need a welding torch? I've never worked with metal before. I may have to try it out next year.
  25. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,032
    Dec 8, 2008, 1:19 PM - Re: Mand'alor the Uniter. V3.0 #25

    You can't really weld metal this thin. I'm using a mix of steel and aluminum, and it's fairly think so I can bend it with pliers and a good vice.

    I've used my best pair of tin snips to cut all the pieces out, so you only need a dremel to grind down some edges.

Similar Threads

  1. Mercs metal Mand'alor armor.
    By NovallTalon in forum Expanded Universe Bounty Hunters
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: Aug 2, 2010, 8:34 AM
  2. Mand'alor the Ultimate's Build
    By MerCenary in forum Expanded Universe Bounty Hunters
    Replies: 74
    Last Post: Jun 14, 2010, 8:52 PM
  3. Mand'alor the Indomitable W.I.P.
    By A'den Skirata in forum Expanded Universe Bounty Hunters
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jun 19, 2009, 7:03 PM
  4. Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet.
    By NovallTalon in forum Expanded Universe Bounty Hunters
    Replies: 55
    Last Post: Mar 27, 2008, 7:56 AM