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    Aug 10, 2011, 5:37 PM - My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #1

    I have finally given in to my Star Wars needs and started building my armor. I've been drawing and designing for about three years now (How the heck did I holdout for that long?!?!?!). I am Starting with the helmet. I want to enter it in the Western-Idaho Fair, but that means that I have to get it done in 5 or 6 days. (Reminds me of school projects ) I am using WoF templates for the helmet and some body armor. (He did a very nice job. Cudos!!!!) the rest will be compleated after the fair. I don't know where the heck my camera is and finding it is not on my schedual for today so the progress pics will have to be taken later tonight or tomorow.
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    Aug 10, 2011, 8:29 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #2

    I found my camera!!!

    Progress pics:

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    Aug 11, 2011, 11:21 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #3

    Wow, looks good so far. Good luck on completing it in six days!
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    Aug 11, 2011, 11:58 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #4

    I just relized that I had miscounted my days till the fair turnin date. I actually only have 4 days left. I stayed up till about three lastnight putting the templates together. I screwed up on the face and had to print off new templates and cut new cardboard. it turned out very nice compared to what I had.

    More progress pics!!!!

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    and a view from the very back of my helmet
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    Aug 11, 2011, 11:42 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #5

    I'm Half-Way-There!!!!!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 5:16 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #6

    do you live in the boise/nampa area? there's a pretty decent sized group of timberline garrison members in that region. you should sign up on our forums, idaho501st.com
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    Aug 12, 2011, 9:19 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #7

    Yes, I do. I have been in contact with MasterShane and he said that my costume would not be accepted (due to the fact that it's a custom mandalorian.). He did refer me to the Mandalorian Mercs. I have also talked with Noval Tallon and he said that there isn't a clan or squad of the Mercs in Idaho. I have started thinking along the line that I could join you guys as a seperate party. I would talk to the timberline in the area and see what they think about it first. if they say yes, then thats whay I would do. If the answer is no, then I would have to figure out somthing else to do with my armor other than hang it on the wall. I plan on being at the midnight release of Star Wars on Blueray on the 15th to talk to the timberline garrison.

    are you part of the timberline garrison?

    Any ways. To join, I would have to be 18 or have my dad right there the entire time. (I turn 16 on September 29th)
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    Aug 12, 2011, 11:15 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #8

    Looking good so far, Aranar! I would advise putting the visor back in so the rest of the helmet doesn't get warped. After you're done fiberglassing and bondoing it's pretty easy to cut out again with a hand saw that has a small blade and small teeth. So when you fb and bondo just don't go all the way over the visor part, but enough to hold the shape. It's important to have that shape when you go to put in the visor after everything is done.

    Nice skater helmet. Are you going to fill in the holes or keep them? What ever you do, try to make it look like it's from the Star Wars universe so we can't tell it used to be a skater helmet. Then when people ask you what did you make the bucket out of you can surprise them and say "It was a skater helmet!"

    Keep up the good work!
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    Aug 12, 2011, 12:26 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #9

    Quote Ordeyn said: View Post
    Looking good so far, Aranar! I would advise putting the visor back in so the rest of the helmet doesn't get warped. After you're done fiberglassing and bondoing it's pretty easy to cut out again with a hand saw that has a small blade and small teeth. So when you fb and bondo just don't go all the way over the visor part, but enough to hold the shape. It's important to have that shape when you go to put in the visor after everything is done.

    Nice skater helmet. Are you going to fill in the holes or keep them? What ever you do, try to make it look like it's from the Star Wars universe so we can't tell it used to be a skater helmet. Then when people ask you what did you make the bucket out of you can surprise them and say "It was a skater helmet!"

    Keep up the good work!
    I'm actually takin ga differant approach to the final helmet. Instead of glassing and then bondo-ing, I found a place this morning on my way home from Cross-Country practice that sells sheet metal. They have several small pieces that they can't use and said that they would give them to me. I'm going back over this afternoon with dad and the truck to pick them up because I couldn't take them home on my bike. I will use a metal blade on th band saw to cut them out tonight. tomorow wi will spot weld them into place, rivit them to the helmet, the smooth out the edges and seams with bondo. then I paint it and add a tinted visor.

    I'm thinking about covering them up, but my dad suggested that I don't because I'll be wearing it for a while when I do. I DEFINATELY want it to look like it came from a Galaxy Far, Far Away!!!! I have compared it to several other helmets online and an original here at home. It looks like I nail the Mando look!

    Also, if you look closley at the images, yo can see that I have a tape bar across the bottom holding it in perfect shape. I have no room for a mistake with only three days till the deadline, so I made sure that I had looked over several armor threads (including yours) to see what mistakes they made, how they fixed them, and what I would do otherwise. My nieghbor is also a professional metal worker, so he is going to help me weld the metal together.
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    Aug 12, 2011, 1:08 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #10

    Quote AranarNakk said: View Post
    Yes, I do. I have been in contact with MasterShane and he said that my costume would not be accepted (due to the fact that it's a custom mandalorian.). He did refer me to the Mandalorian Mercs. I have also talked with Noval Tallon and he said that there isn't a clan or squad of the Mercs in Idaho. I have started thinking along the line that I could join you guys as a seperate party. I would talk to the timberline in the area and see what they think about it first. if they say yes, then thats whay I would do. If the answer is no, then I would have to figure out somthing else to do with my armor other than hang it on the wall. I plan on being at the midnight release of Star Wars on Blueray on the 15th to talk to the timberline garrison.

    are you part of the timberline garrison?

    Any ways. To join, I would have to be 18 or have my dad right there the entire time. (I turn 16 on September 29th)
    yes, to join the legion you have to be 18 and have an approved costume. custom mando's aren't approved costumes for the 501st, however, the mandalorian mercs are a recognized star wars costume club by LA; and the fact that there is no merc presence in your area shouldn't stop you from building a really good custom and joining when you turn 18. mercs troop with 501st and rebel legion members pretty regularly in areas where all three clubs have representation. there shouldn't be too many events in that area that wouldn't allow mercs, only lucas official events, as long as you're accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    so yeah, go for joining the mercs. it's always fun to be the first in your area, it's like being a pioneer. everyone else that comes after will be following in your footsteps.
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    Aug 12, 2011, 1:54 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #11

    Quote AranarNakk said: View Post
    Any ways. To join, I would have to be 18 or have my dad right there the entire time. (I turn 16 on September 29th)
    Haha, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who can't join because of their age. I plan on joining when I'm 18 also... (I'm 16 right now...)
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    Aug 12, 2011, 2:32 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #12

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    yes, to join the legion you have to be 18 and have an approved costume. custom mando's aren't approved costumes for the 501st, however, the mandalorian mercs are a recognized star wars costume club by LA; and the fact that there is no merc presence in your area shouldn't stop you from building a really good custom and joining when you turn 18. mercs troop with 501st and rebel legion members pretty regularly in areas where all three clubs have representation. there shouldn't be too many events in that area that wouldn't allow mercs, only lucas official events, as long as you're accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    so yeah, go for joining the mercs. it's always fun to be the first in your area, it's like being a pioneer. everyone else that comes after will be following in your footsteps.
    Thanks!

    I think that I will join the mercs! Are you part of the Timberline Garrison?
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    Aug 12, 2011, 2:35 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #13

    Back to my armor:

    I am getting the metal mentioned above in about 15 mins. It feels good to be almost done with the helmet, gives me an oportunity to start looking for the other materials I need for the body section. does anyone know where I can get a plastic trash can for the body armor?
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    Aug 12, 2011, 5:21 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #14

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    Thanks!

    I think that I will join the mercs! Are you part of the Timberline Garrison?
    yep, i'm a garrison officer located in montana.
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    Aug 12, 2011, 10:41 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #15

    Awesome news, Aranar! You are off to a great start. I can't wait to see it!

    Plastic trash can = Wal-Mart. Or Meijer, or Target, I suppose. But mostly Wal-Mart.
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    Aug 12, 2011, 11:46 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #16

    Thanks, Ordeyn!

    I got the sheet metal and I cut it out today. It looks AWSOME!!!! Tomorow, I go to XC practice, get my sister a new phone, upgrade mine, then i have to decide to either sand the galvinization off of the metal or get a galvinize friendly primer. Everyone is always talking about how thier battle dammage looks. Some good damage is on Ordeyns armor (see her thread) and Novall Talons. Well, i fugured out how to get laser burns. First, ground a car batterie with a jumper cable. Second, use the other cable to grasp a nail. Three, drag the nail across the helmet for a short ways.

    I also cant wait to show you guys what it looks like painted! I will post the rest of my pictures when I'm done woth it tomorow.
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    Aug 12, 2011, 11:50 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #17

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    yep, i'm a garrison officer located in montana.
    Cool, I'l be talking to your men in boise at the star wars on blueray.
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    Aug 12, 2011, 11:58 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #18

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    Haha, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who can't join because of their age. I plan on joining when I'm 18 also... (I'm 16 right now...)
    Heh heh! Sucks doesn't it.
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    Aug 13, 2011, 9:56 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #19

    dude progress is promising. I'll get you a sketch done this weekend (hopefully) but I'm on call so... I'll do my best! lol
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    Aug 13, 2011, 10:06 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #20

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    Heh heh! Sucks doesn't it.
    I feel your pain guys. My kit is done and I'm only like a few months too young before I can become an official Merc...
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    Aug 13, 2011, 2:04 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #21

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    I feel your pain guys. My kit is done and I'm only like a few months too young before I can become an official Merc...
    Yeah. I bet the wait is worth it though!
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    Aug 13, 2011, 11:43 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #22

    Quote kal'ika said: View Post
    dude progress is promising. I'll get you a sketch done this weekend (hopefully) but I'm on call so... I'll do my best! lol
    Thanks!
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    Aug 13, 2011, 11:45 PM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #23

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    Yeah. I bet the wait is worth it though!
    Dude...we have t wait another 4 years. This is going to drive me freaking insane!!!!!!!!


    Well, the helmet is at the battle dameage stage. Paint is on and it looks great! I can't wait till i find my camera! (I lost it while working...)
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    Aug 14, 2011, 11:38 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #24

    Find that camera! I want to see the helmet, LoL.
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    Aug 15, 2011, 1:01 AM - Re: My Custom Mandalorian SpecialOps/BountyHunter #25

    Quote Ordeyn said: View Post
    Find that camera! I want to see the helmet, LoL.
    I will! Just put the laser whip away!

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