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My 1st custom Mando

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    My 1st custom Mando

    Hello everyone! Just to introduce myself: My name's Axel ("Kezz" is part of my Mando character's name "Rego Kezz"),i'm from Germany and quite new here,although i followed the mando threads on TDH for some weeks now. I started to build my own custom Mando costume a couple of days ago and i'm quite pleased with my results so far .
    I hope to find some answers, if i'll have some questions ( and i'm quite sure i WILL have ).

    I started my costume with the Rubies Jango helmet,which fits almost perfectly on my head as you can see on the pictures. There've been lots of discussions on using a Rubies helmet,but for me it's just a good starting point and i know i'll have to change the visor for a far better t-visor along with some other modifications

    My armor parts are made of 2mm PP, which is almost like the trash can material and formed with a hair dryer as my "weapon of choice" .
    I've sanded the parts and I will prime them later this day.
    So here are some pictures of my sanded parts for now:
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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    So far so good, Kez'ika. Keep up the good work.

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Nice start Kezz.

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Nice beginning yes!

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Thanks for your comments!
    In the past 3 days, i have been hard-working on my armor parts. and here are some new pictures,so let them speak for themselves.

    As you know, this is my 1st attempt in making a custom armor,so if you have any ideas or some suggestions - feel free to tell me Help is allways welcome and appreciated.
    So,here we go:


    After sanding the body armor parts, i added some 3D scratches and dents to the parts and 2 layers of primer:





    ... and a closer look:




    After that,i added 2 layers of silver coat ( it's chrome-ish,actually) and a first layer of army green spray paint (RAL 6031).

    (Photobucket has some problems at this moment,so i will upload the pictures of the green sprayed parts later)






    Photobucket is on again,so here are the pictures of the painted armor parts. The color looks a little too green on the pictures, but it's ARMY GREEN (RAL 6031),actually.





    and with the first scratches :

    Last edited by Kezz; Dec 3, 2009 at 5:08 AM.

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    UPDATE!

    THIS is how my armor parts look at THIS moment! I added the skull logo (made a template and sprayed it onto the chest part) and added more scratches and battle damage marks








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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    I like armour that comes together quickly

    Nice work man!

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    not bad at all, nice work

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Thx! The main reason, why it comes together so quickly, is: I can do most of the works at my job. I wouldnt be able to do all this spray-painting at home (no garage or similar). And of course, i have all the tools i need there,also.

    Yesterday i finished my left shoulder bell,so here it is:


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    Good work. I really like the paint scheme you have chosen!

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Looks aweomse mate! VERY nicely done damage!!!

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Looks great! keep it up

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    kandossi ner vod !!! looks great

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Thanks (again) for all your comments!

    Today i (allmost) finished my work on my Blaster. While my armor parts were still drying, i thought this could be a good point to start building my weapon (or modifying a weapon i bought,actually )

    So here are the pictures of my blaster,from the very beginning to how it looks NOW:

    (And as allways : Any suggestions are allways welcome )
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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Where did you get that blaster? I need one like that... I plan on putting 2 or 3 1 Watt Lasers in it

    By the way, welcome aboard vod, and NICE ARMOR!

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    I got the blaster from our local Toys 'R' Us, for 15,-€ . It has also 4 different sound modes and some LEDs,as you can see at one of the pictures. I added the plastic pipe and the box,both i found at work.
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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    This is very nice work mate!!!

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    Wow, awesome job! are you sure this is your FIRST custom mando? You look like a pro.

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    yeah your making us look bad good job man

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Thanks! Yea,this IS my very first custom mando! Gonna build my thighs, shins and boot plates in the next week, and i'll let you know about the status

    Then the "interesting" and more difficult things will come: the knee pads and the gauntlets. My main problem will be the gauntlets,that's for sure. There is no one in Germany (i think) who sells them and ordering from the US would be too expensive,because of shipping and taxes So,i think I`ll have to build them on my own. i read something about using the WOF shin templates for making the gauntlets,but i am not really sure how it would look like.So what do you think about using the shin templates for gauntlets? Did anyone made some from the shin templates? Or do you think i should buy some boba/Jango gauntlets?
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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    Well, there's always the option of using found objects. Depending on what you want your gaunts to look like, you could use soccer (football) shin guards as your base, and just build on that. I know a few people have also used large fast food plastic drinking cups as a "full surround" gaunt base. Just some thoughts...

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    yeah WoF templates work well... they did good for me, and I'm horrible at fabricating stuff from scratch.

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    yeah, dont use the shin guards, trust me, even if you cover them completely, they're still shin guards, the WOF templates are pretty easy to do, and easily modifiable.

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    Re: My 1st custom Mando

    I downloaded the WOF gauntlet templates,but to be honest: i don't think, i could do it. The main reason is that i never worked with fiberglass or similar before and i'm afraid,the results would be totally **** I read some threads about the WOF gauntlet templates. And although all my other armor parts were made from these templates, i think, it would be too difficult to made them with my 2mm PP boards. i would have to cut EACH part and glue them together again and as i mentioned before: I'm quite sure that the results would be ...
    Last edited by Kezz; Dec 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM.

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