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    Thanks alot Synn. I love it! Not to blow my own trumpet, I just wasn't expecting it to come across so well in 3D. I've stopped the armor for now to get my helmet moving again. Still need to attach that **** dome! LOL!

    As soon as that's done and drying, I'll carry on with this some more. Though I've already done my lower back plate since my last post. He he!

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    Re: My Custom Design

    Got some pics of my lids now that the dome is on. Figured I'd show it to prove tht I don't just sit at my PC and model things! LOL!

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    Don't be fooled by the poking out tongue, this man is still a cold merc'! LOL!

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    Now, I just have to let all the glue set, and then get int the garage to fibreglass it tomorrow. In the meantime I can model some more armor!

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    NICE!

    The rest of this is fodder for the post limit.

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    Re: My Custom Design

    Nice work! Looking good I hope everything comes out the way you want it.

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    Really excited to see how this comes out, I like the new take on the armor design! And I see there is another fan of the butt-plate idea

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    Re: My Custom Design

    Looks great!!! I'm just wondering...isn't it going to be hard to bend over with the plates over your abs? I was going to do a plate like that, but when I did a paper rough, I couldn't bend without bending the paper. Just a thought.

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    Thanks very much guys, all the comments are great and encourage me to keep going.

    A'den, I've thought about that ya know. My ab plates are meant to sit about my waist, so any bending would be done from the waist, it'll probably limit my range of movement but not much more than than the Fett ab plate I think.

    Remember my armor will have a webbing system to hold it all together like a vest so HOPEFULLY it'll give me some room to move too.

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    I've made yet more progress this morning.

    I'm modelling more of the armor since it's the only thing I can do while glue dries or supplies arrive.

    I've started to work my way down the legs now and I've done the upper arm armor. I know that Boba or Jango doesn't have this but since my guy is my design and I like upper arm armor, I'M GONNA HAVE IT!

    Besides it makes more sense since the idea behind my custom is that he's a heavy weapons specialist, infiltration, demolition type dude! So the armor fits the profile.

    My knees are different than Fett knees too. I wanted them to fit in with my design so the Fett knees had to go. Though I've kept things like knee darts in my design. The shape may be different but the basic principles are still there.

    Anyway, here's a pic:

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    Reminds me of legos, everythign will fit togeather some how.

    Looks great, good luck.

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    I'm not sure I follow. Are you referring to the honeycomb type look to the torso?

    I've started glassing the helmet now! It's just setting while I have a quick smoke. I know it's bad, I know it's practically illegal but I'm weak when it comes to quitting. LOL! Sorry.

    Anyway, it's coming along well.

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    It just looks like all the pieces could lock togeather.

    Like say the chest was all one piece and a part gets damages and needs to be replaced you culd pop it out and replace it with another. That is if you were going for a non mando design type thing.

    Just a very cool idea and reminded me of legos somehow.

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    dude! a pep-mando! why did i never think of that! it would make things like the knees and gauntlets SOOOOOOOOO much easier!

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    I guess it just takes a special kind of person to think of it. LOL!

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    I really like the look of the ab plates. Reminds me of the new batman costume.

    I think if your going to make it such a heavy mando, you should add kidney plates and a tank/boxish housing on the back plate, like a trooper of sorts.

    If you manage to pull this off as pictured, I think it will look great.

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    Thanks Storm'.

    There already is a box on the back plate, though it doesn't stick out as much as a Troopers. I'm going slightly Republic Commando for the back. There'll be a pack that fits to it. Not a jet pack but more a survival pack or weapons rack of sorts.

    I have thought about some more plates on the torso but I think I'll just see how this concept goes for now. I can always add to it later.

    Me too! I love the 3D version, I just hope that it crosses over to the real world as well.

    Thanks for the input buddy, that's always good!

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    Hey man. i like the way youre oging about this.

    only one comment. the SWGalaxies chest armor version youve customized is cool, but i tried taht once and where the chest armor joins in the middle doest work. you lose a TON of mobility and become limited to where your arms can move. think of it like wearing a FX stormtrooper kit on your chest kind of. it LOOKS great but i had issues wearing it, so i cut that part out.

    however you can always take away, never add. so i say go for it and if it doesnt work, grap the tin snips and cut the chest plates apart.

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    Ok.....I need to know how you guys do these designs. Is it paper that you glass over? How does it all work? I'm so confused.

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    bh-7603, Thanks for the input and insight buddy. I did think of that but then if loads of people troop as Troopers then I thought that this design would be Ok. It's not always about practicality. I'll see how it goes when I've built it and take it from there.

    Though you mentioned "the SWGlaxies chest armor version that you've customised", I don't get what you mean bro. I've not customised anything, I drew this from my head and then modelled it from scratch. I've not seen this sort of armor anywhere before. Could you explain? Is there armor like this somewhere else?

    cade', The basic method is this:

    The 3D model you see gets "unfolded" to create 2D templates that will be printed to cardstock and assembled. Once done, a few coats of resin will be applied to the outer shell. Then fibreglass will be added to the inner shell to toughen it up greatly. Once set, car body filler is used to smooth the whole thing out and then sanded back to give smooth armor plates. For standard Fett armor it's better to use thick styrene or Sintra or something similar. Though since my armor has more depth to it than that, I'm using this method of fibreglass under card.

    UPDATE: My helmet is now all solid and set! I may start smooting out the dome today. I'm tempted to cut out the visor opening just to wear it and get a feel for it but I'll wait until all the smoothing out is done.

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    Yet another double post.

    I've started smoothing it out this morning. I was gonna wait until later but in the post today was my overall-soon to be flightsuit- and my boots!! So I got all excited and had to get out and do something.

    I'm only focusing on the dome for now since it's the area that needs it the most. It's strong, even dropped it this morning my mistake with no damage. Though it's a little bumby due to the card core of it. The filler's just setting now before I go back to sand it down. I'm so happy to be making progress on it.

    My overall is pretty good, the online pics of it didn't show me alot but it doesn't need too much work to get it the way I want it. It is rather tight though but not so much so that I couldn't use it. PHEW!!!

    I've not tried my boots on yet. I'm too nervous incase they fit as this is the only pair like this I've seen and I didn't want to chose another if they don't fit me. This was also the only size the seller had so hopefully I won't have to go shopping round for a new pair. Hopefully. I'll try them later on.

    Wish me luck!

    EDIT: Just a quick pic update. I'm further along than this now but forgot to take my phone the last time I was out sanding. The pic is just a quick show of the filler on the dome. I'm uploading it mainly to show any new people to the technique how it looks through the various stages.

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    Re: My Custom Design

    I'm tempted to cut out the visor opening just to wear it and get a feel for it but I'll wait until all the smoothing out is done.
    Don't do it, bro! Resist the temptation, lol! It's so much easier to work on the helmet, especially to apply fiberglass on the inside, if you leave the visor section in for the duration. I know everyone always wants to cut it out and see what it looks like, but it always makes it harder in the end.

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    LOL! Thanks.

    Though I haven't done it. Nor will I. I've already fibreglassed it and I'm smoothing it out now. As soon as that's done I'll cut it out.

    I knew it'd make life harder but temptation was defenitely there.

    I've sanded more of the dome out. It's coming along really well. I'll need another pass over with the filler though, just skimming it really.

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    Re: My Custom Design

    Hay skup let me know if you want to try my new earcaps on it

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    Woh! Those look pretty! I like them alot. And how would I get me a set? I already have me a plan for my ears but I am interested in those too.

    I've sanded the dome back as far as I dare now. I've skimmed it over again too to fill the odd dips and what-not, and to smooth over some uneven bits. I took some pics:

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    I've also started to smooth over the face too. I'll be leaving it overnight now and I'll be back at it tomorrow morning.

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    Im doing test pours tonight. They will need a little cleaning up. Is the side height of your helm standard? Once I mock them up and take pictures, we will figure out how to get you a set to try.

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    No worries mate, I'm always around.

    I'll look forward to more pics too. It's a little hard to make out the design or greebles on them ATM.

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