**** sharp blade!!
Nice job on it...
**** sharp blade!!
Nice job on it...
20/10 for workmanship bud, your doing a fantastic job on this. Finally someone shows Mace Windu's troops that you can pull off wearing purple if you actually do it right.
Where do you plan on taking these swords?
Con's most likely won't let them in.
Your work is fantastic! You've really outdone yourself with those knives and sword. I wish I could do metal working like that, but as it stands I don't have the money for the metal.
To skip the con's restrictions, you could remake the hilts, and use stiff plastic blades made from sheets of PVC, or something stronger. Not perfect, but it would most likely be allowed into cons.
And to Vader's pet on that point, you can get the $20 cheap rip off on ebay, and replace the blade on that with a plastic blade for cons. The UC original and the rip of hilts are almost exact, so it could work. I think shipping is low on those as well.
Again, great work dude, keep it up! :thumbsup
The blades are also for my SCA garb... One of the reasons I went with a "medieval" look to them ;)
As for cons... I'll take it on a case by case basis. The sword is false edged, like a stunt sword or stage combat sword, so I *may* be able to carry it most places (Haven't had any problems with the other sword I carried to cons). The daggers are another story... they're designed to be fully functional. What I plan on doing for those is either just not carrying them (unless I can get away with the peace-tie method, like some events do) Or build up realistic handles permanantly fixed to fake scabbards. Or maybe completely rounded aluminum blades.
Either way is no problem, just that making the false ones will be alot of work if I have to go that route. However, I haven't had any problems carrying in the past 9 years.
good to know...
Ordo, your sig says your Jedi is finished, can we see it?
Sure, no prob 8)
I actually have a couple different setups for my Jedi garb:
My Ceremonial Lightsaber Hilt(also built by me):
"Antique Training Remote"(All metal, also built by me):
By the way, Toragh... not being snippity or anything, but there *are* no cheap knock offs of my weapons... at least not yet. They are 100% original. I know... because I made them ;)
oh, sorry for the mix up, I was talking about a sword vader's pet is getting. I have no doubt in my mind that your works are all original :cheers
The Jedi set ups are very nice, and that saber and remote are absolutly fantastic! Great work!
Thats one nice saber and antique training remote ya got there! :cheers:
Wow wish i had you down here helping me on the props and armor for our film, you would be great!
I love the job you did on that knife, I also love how you're using reference photos to see what stuff would really look like in Star Wars :) Other than using an unmodified blade or just an off the shelf Katana; as it seems to be popular now.
I haven't been around much lately, been going through a bit of financial upheaval.
However, I did make an awesome trade for a green flightsuit for my armor:
I love the look of the cape.
Looks like a good fit overall.
Your armour looks sooo sweet. I love the fact that it's real metal and looks like real armour. I'm sure that really adds a TON of the coolness of the fact that you made it yourself.
Excellent work nre'vod! I've always been so impressed by your work. Wear that with pride, you toiled hard for it.
Been TDY for a minute, but now I'm back. Glad to see your setup coming together Ordo. Looks great!
Another addition today... it's not perfect, but it's the best I could do freehand:
This is on the right shoulder area of my flightsuit, visible below the shoulder armor.
Looks good, especially for freehand! Looks spooky.
I went against my better judgement and tried to sew my own neckseal anyway... I'm not terribly happy with the result, but I had materials, time, and no cash at the moment, plus I wanted a specific fabric used, so buying one pre-made was pretty much out of my budget:
also, 2 words. Rumble Rug ;)
I don't see any problems with how it looks at all Te'skot. You did a great job on it.
Thanks again... :cheers
Since this is a real USAF Flightsuit, it already has a ton of pockets, and so I've decided to go a different route with both my added pocket layouts and my lower armor. I modified the shin tool pocket pattern and added them to the outside of the existing lower thigh utiliy pockets:
The camera flash distorts the color a bit, the green is actually the same shade as the nomex Fligtsuit, just a different texture. The thread isn't *yellow*, but olive green. Camera flashes do some wierd things with some colors :lol.
Also, for giggles, my name patch in Mando'ade:
The Flightsuit is actually comfortable to wear as it's own garment, so I figured I'd add a couple things like this for when I want to just wear the Flightsuit around. ;)
I made the upper thigh pockets a bit smaller than the pattern called for, and since there are other pockets already in the Flightsuit. I also made a special pocket for a multi-tool or pocketknife:
Knife/multitool pocket on the left, Thigh pocket on the right.
Today, I started developing my girth belt and regular belt concepts:
I still need to make a couple regular-style ammo pouches, but I figured I'd throw these that I made into the mix as well. I also made the belt buckle for the pouch belt out of 1/4" thick aluminum plate and dremmelled the groove for the border.
The girth belt is made from materials I had on hand. Dyed 1/4" cotton cord, scraps from the faric I used to make my cape and extra flightsuit pockets, oil-tanned leather, and a standard D ring. I'm going to attempt to secure the codpiece to the girth belt, hopefully to help keep both in place comfortably.
I think you're doing great!! And that neckseal looks pretty awesome!
Worked on these last night and today... still have alot to do to them, but they're coming along:
Got more work on the belt stuff done today... I plan on having the buckle in front, since it's a star wars style buckle I made from 1/4" aluminum. 3 of the ammo pouches on either side of the buckle, holster on the left hip, larger pouch on the right.
That's the plan, at least...
Started on one of my custom gauntlets today...
it's VERY rough in form right now, I'm designing the gauntlet
around the use of a datapad. Constructed from a recycled
computer tower shell. :D
hahaha, from a recycled computer tower?? That's funny :) I can't wait to see it completed! You've been doing a great job with your suit!!
That looks awesome Te'skot! Nice job using household parts.
As always, thanks for the compliments:)
More progress... I wired up a momentary switch for a green presentation laser pointer, which will be integrated at a later date. The mini flip-switch is for the single LED flashlight built in to the "dart rack". The gauntlet is beginning to take shape.....
Pretty kewl man.
Probably a dumb question but what kind of glue do you use?
You know. I have a couple Fiber optik cards laying around. If your going to make it look functional and have a plug in, you might as well use a top of the line fiber optic interface.
I use 2 ton epoxy... torx screw, allen screw, JB weld...
Is a fiber optic card similar to an ethernet card?
And the datapad *is* funtional :lol
As is the built-in single LED flashlight... and the green presentation laser pointer(when I acquire that). Among other things... ;)
The fiber optic card looks like a 1 x 2 inch card (like a pcmcia card) but it has fiber output ends at the end of it, and it has heat cooling veins on it.
These are swappable cards for cisco routers. Ill take a pic monday and if you want it for your gauntlets ill send it to you. I was gonna put it on my gaunt, and then run fiber optic cables up my sleeve into my helmet, instead of washer tube, but my bet ended up getting stipulated 'has to be only boba fett'ish stuff and complete for $200. Thats a nother story ill post in a week when its done:)
I got a bit more of the gauntlet fleshed out, and ran the wiring for the LED flashlight:
Who you gonna call?
I still have some filling in to do, and then painting, but I got all the electronics wired for my left gauntlet:
The LED's on top of the gauntlet are actually the readout for a functional wifi scanner so I don't have to use the juice from the datapad to scout for a wifi signal. The flashlight is obvious, and the other LED's are just mainly for looks. I also have the wiring ran for a green presentation laser, which I don't have yet.
Are you planning on wearing that to work evey day? Because I think I would with that much functionality. It would be a shame to only wear it to cons.
Oh, it'll be for more than cons... ;)
But this...*is*... my work. :cheers
Oh... and all of the electronic components were scavenged from discarded electronics.
You must be lovin' your local radioshack, great work!
I used a length of heavy guage copper wire, cut to 1/8th of an inch extra through both sides, then peened both sides and sanded flush. 8)
Nice armor Ordo ! I kinda doubt you could get into a con with the blades though.
Not planning on trying to get into cons with the blades... :lol
Depends on the con though, DragonCon you could as long as they are sheathed. My GF took both of her real swords in...hell she even pulled them out a couple times.
Okay, the pistol holster looks about as perfect as physically possible...
That's because Ordo, the guy who made them, was never born...
... he, himself was scratch built from pieces of used props from the following films:
V (The 80's television series)
Knight Rider (I know for a FACT that his skin is partially made from KITT's leather from his interior...
Just to let you guys know ... ORDO IS A MACHINE
The suit and all of your accessories look great, Ordo...8)
It was a heavy-guage ground wire from lowes... Another thin you can try is Tandy Leather, they have copper nail rivets.
Ground wire...kool, will look for that next time I'm there. Thanks!
Oh, and the gaunt is so awesome! I kno I already said so on MM, but....it's so kool!
I started on my left knee last night as well... I've had the main pieces cut out since before I started on the gauntlet, so I figured I may as well start on them while I brainstorm on how best to make comfortable cuffs for my gauntlet design:
Those are sweet what did you pound them out of?
Discarded street sign and epoxy putty 8)
Started the paint scheme:
Very cool those blades are sweet:eek and the lazier pointer is cool.
What is in the gauntlet that is functional? I realize it is like a palm pilot or something...
Or was it already posted in this thread, and I totally overlooked it?
Either way, you are doing a great job!
Sorry I haven't updated this thread in a while... :facepalm
On the left gauntlet, the Datapad is a Palm TX (not my favorite, but I got it cheap*and* it has wifi), and is fully funtional.
The series of lights on top is the readout for a wifi scanner, so I can check for wifi access without switching on the datapad. There's also decorative LED's, two blink and two stay on. On front, there's a single LED flashlight, and the module on the side where the flamethrower usually goes is a 10mw 532nm DPSS green laser unit. The switch on the back right side of the gauntlet is the safety switch for the laser, the red button on the side of the gauntlet is the momentary trigger for the laser itself. The black button re-sets the wifi scanner, and the black knob turns on the flashlight.
On to new stuff :cheers
Well... I got a wild hair and decided to work on a custom helmet. I have ALOT of trimming, sculpting, filling, etc to do to get my designs out of my head and into the helm itself, but here's the craptacular start.
The red is bondo filler putty to smooth out the hammer marks and imperfections. The blue and green plastic is not permanant, or rather, isn't the extent of what the walls of the helm will consist of... I plan on re-inforcing the helm with fiberglass once I can afford it. I also increased the sight area of the visor in my design:
The fiberglass doesn't seem to like the plastic "guide" pieces for the sides/back of the helm, but I *finally* got it to stick and to stay. Here it is with the sides and back glassed, sanded, and with a coat of bondo putty to smooth it out. Still have to sand it, and attatch the dome, etc/
*Note: The plastic piece in the visor area is to keep the mandibles seperated enough while I'm working on it.
Worked on attaching the dome, which was still slightly the wrong shape, to the rest of the helm. After it was stable and strong enough to handle it, I'll took an angle grinder to the edges of the dome to even up the dome contour to match the rest of the helm, and then re-glassed the outer shell:
I vigorously attacked the mis-shapen dome edges to get a more correct-looking contour, filled the rest of the gaps in the outer shell, and primed... I still had a bit of smoothing out to do, and one more application of fiberglass to put inside, but it's coming along nicely:
After *much* thought, I decided to leave off the RF module, at least until I build something useful to go into it. Instead, I decided to put a green and red blinking LED module into the side of the helm. I am working on custom ear designs, so I'll leave the option of removing the top part of the right(when it's on your head) earcap, to install an RF module at a later date if need be. On the *other* side of the brow, I installed a high-intensity LED tactical light module. ;D
I also built up the brow "lip", cut out the triangles(slightly too large, but oh well.). Also, the oversized visor area was intentional... I like being able to see. 8)
I also used part of a cooling vent out of an old computer PSU for the back air vents (instead of keyholes).
Not even close to being finished with the paint... the purple pearl I use for everything takes a bit longer to dry. I did, however, peel some of the mustard masked areas off the black... So here she is, "lightly" weathered (so far):
A bit more weathering... and I started on one of the earcaps. ;D
I accidentally fried my tactical light setup, so I had to carve it out and re-sculpt that section with a new tac light assembly. I'm still working on the interior electronics, and I still need to get a T-visor, but I have the helmet more or less done otherwise:
Here's my helmet interior so far, with an FRS/GMRS radio installed:
Originally, I wasn't going to go with a chest display. A. I can't afford the nice pre-built ones, and B. I didn't want a carbon-copied display... I wanted something custom. I completely screwed up the flat ribbon cable that connects the camera module to the moterboard of the camera I was originally going to integrate into my helm, but the rest of it still works. So I basically have a small LCD monitor that will display pictures and video... ;D
Rather than stress myself out trying to build and program a comlex custom chest light, I am going to attempt to mount the remainder of the DV camera behind the chestplate where the light board would normally go, and cut the slots to fit the animation which will be displayed on the screen. In theory, this should work. 8)
Here's the animation:
Here's what it says:
Mandalorian Mercs - Honor - Glory
Nervode Akaan - Nervode Naak - Aliit nau an
(Translation: "Brothers in War - Brothers in Peace - Clan before all")
Ordo Te'Skotah (Ordo the Short)
Bounty Hunter - Slicer - Demolitions
The display is green for two reasons. One, to be different, and two, since the LCD display likely won't be as bright as LED's, green appears brighter to the human eye than red. Plus, it goes along with my color scheme.
Installed chest display:
Started on the right gauntlet today... I had some left over fiberglass and alot of scrap plastic and PVC, so I used part of the awesome WOF templates as a jumping off point. I cut the pattern pieces I planned on using from the WOF templates out of my scrap plastic and PVC, epoxied them together, trimmed some problem areas, glassed the interior and exterior, trimmed some more, sanded, and started on customization... ;D
There's a 12 gig hard drive and a 3 port USB hub so far. The USB hub was a 4 port, but I removed the plug for the 4th port and hard-wired the hard drive to the hub.
My first two thoughts on your helmet: wow, the visor opening is much bigger; boy, the dome looks a little shallow. Having scrolled through your images, the visor looks really good, and probably provides a heckuva lot more vision than the standard. And the dome looks perfect--not too shallow at all. I've been following the development of this suit and gear since you started, and every piece is impressive. I can't wait to see what you do with that right gauntlet.
Man. I don't even know what to say about your gear. You've done alot of similar stuff with your gauntlets that I was thinking about doing, and your armor turned out GREAT.
yeah, one word just about sums it up... WOW!
What an inspiration this set is!
I gotta find this "epoxy putty" that everyone keeps talking about to sculpt with. Where is it sold??
Most hardware stores carry it, as well as wal-mart. It comes in a two-part stick, usually looks like this:
Lol, JBweld, no kidding. I had no idea that's what you guys were talking about. Amazing. :-P
JB weld makes a couple variations of the putty, but it's not regular JB weld. The stick putty sets up in about 5-15 minutes, and is sculptable, whereas regular JB weld (in the two tubes) takes *forever* to set up and is nearly impossible to sculpt.
The main stuff I use is called "marine epoxy", and it's a stick epoxy in the automotive section of wal-mart by the bondo supplies. It's cheaper than the other stick epoxies, and it does just as good a job, IMO.
I'll definitely keep that in mind. Perhaps you can send me a PM and give me a quick tutorial on how you use it, and it's limitations.
Almost finished with the right gauntlet, atleast until I can afford a couple upgraded gadgets:
I still have to do some touch-up work on this one, weather the left one, and add the lower halves, which I am going to do with leather, like lace-up bracers.
Is the stick epoxy sandable? I used it to fill some gaps in places, but never tried sanding it.
never actually considered fully sculpting with it.
By the way, what do you plan to use the 12 gig hard drive and USB hub for? Are they going to be functional for some reason?
Yes, the epoxy putty is sandable and carvable when fully cured, and it takes paint and fiberglass really well. ;)
The 12 gig hard drive has a portable application operating system with portable versions of programs like firefox, instant messengers, etc, along with my reference and info databases. The hard drive is hard-wired to the USB hub, and the other three ports are standard USB 2.0 ports. You never know when you're going to need your data. :lol
Plus, one of my mando's specialties is slicing. 8)
as far as i'm aware.. there is no word for how impressive your gear already is, and definately no word for how impressive its going to be when its finished.
Functional gauntlets... I just can't say how cool that is.