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    Variant armor progress thread

    I'm still working on my helmet, but I decided to take a break from that and start on my armor pieces. I'm planning on glassing this weekend and figured I'd do this as well.



    This is the start of my Mando Merc costume. I used the WOF Jango armor patterns (medium size surprisingly was big enough) and cut it all out of less than three sheets of foam board. After cutting, I rolled each piece with a regular rolling pin to get the shape I wanted.

    I'll post more pics as I glass the stuff.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    cool man, cant wait to see it painted

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Now that Christmas is over, I'm beginning to work on the other parts of my costume.

    To begin with, I spent about six hours today building the left gauntlet. I was given a good-size roll of hardboard (cardboard as thin as poster board) and, with WOF patterns, knife, and hot glue gun in hand, got to work.






    It's still in a rough stage. I need to clean it up a bit, but this is my stopping point for tonight.

    I'll be working on the right gauntlet when I get more ink and paper for my printer and I'll put on a coat of resin probably within two weeks.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    That's gonna look nice when it's smoothed out! Good job. I'm gonna try and do the same tomorrow while my wife is at work.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    samlynn79 said: View Post
    I'm gonna try and do the same tomorrow while my wife is at work.
    While the wife is away, the mando will play?

    8)

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    NovallTalon said: View Post
    While the wife is away, the mando will play?

    8)


    Cheers, my friends.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    I finished the rough form of the right gauntlet today. I figured between the two gauntlets, I've invested nearly 12 hours so far with many more to come.

    There's a lot of pics, so I'm putting links in to most of them.

    The top of the right gaunt comes in three main pieces (not including the clamshell). Here's the front and middle pieces.
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R01.jpg
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R02.jpg
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R03.jpg
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R04.jpg
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R05.jpg

    As a mini-tutorial, here's building the top-back piece.
    Lay your pattern out flat and tack down with tape.

    Gently score every line on the pattern.

    Firmly score all the outer lines and remove the excess material.

    Bend along each scored line in the proper direction, testing to make sure it will fit correctly. I used tape as a temporary hold while applying the hot glue on the inside. Some areas may not be easily accessible with the glue gun, but take your time and you can get the glue in the cracks.


    All three pieces put together...

    More views...
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R12.jpg
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R13.jpg
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R14.jpg
    Here's the upper clamshell...

    At first I wondered what the extra patterned material strips were fore. Then it dawned on me that they are spacers to add strength to the clam shells. There's still a few pieces I don't know what they are for, but I got the general idea done.

    Completed upper half...

    Another view...
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0armor/R18.jpg
    Completed right gaunt with my costume glove on...

    Same thing, left side...

    Left and right gauntlets ready for resin...


    Something I noticed was that since I didn't resize the patterns, the peripherals came out great, but I had to add extra material to join the two halves of each clamshell together to accommodate my meaty forearms. You can see it here...
    http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...gauntlets1.jpg

    Once I coat it with resin and do some Bondo fill, I think it'll look half decent.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Wow, sometimes people make the coolest things out of cardboard. good job on the armor and the gauntlets. Question. What did you use for your plates?

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

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    What did you use for your plates?
    If you mean templates, you can find them by clicking here.

    Alan Sinclair has perfected the templates for all things Fett. He also has the templates for the helmet available if you want to build one.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Hey Jaiden, great work man! I've got about half of my left gauntlet completed, I'll post pictures on my thread when I've got it done. Yours are gonna look great when you're done!

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Jaiden said: View Post
    If you mean templates, you can find them by clicking here.

    Alan Sinclair has perfected the templates for all things Fett. He also has the templates for the helmet available if you want to build one.

    David.
    Oh I know about the templates, I used them for both my plates and helmet, but i meant what material.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Oh,:o.

    I used hardboard. It's like brown poster board without the waxy coating. A guy I know was getting rid of a roll and I snagged it.

    But, you can use garage sale signs or regular poster board. Either one should work well.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Those gauntlets are looking really good David!

    Those extra parts were probably the strips that are glued to the underside of the upper and lower clam shells to add extra depth and strength to the gauntlets? One of your pics posted above has it glued to the top section of the clam...
    Will you be adding a fine layer of bondo to take out any score marks etc?

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Yep. My plan is to clean up the glue a little, coat it in resin, and add just enough Bondo to fill in and smooth out. I'll keep posting pics as I go along.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    I took some time out of building my armor to get started on my son's set. (His Mando'a name is Jauri.) I began with his left gauntlet.

    After about five hours of cutting and gluing, here is the end result next to my own left gaunt. (I printed his templates at 80%.)




    I have a lot of clean up left to do on this one, and the right one will have to wait until I get more hot glue sticks.

    David.
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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Do you have enough room in your gauntlet to account for clothing material? Looks kinda tight with that meaty forearm shoved in there. :-P

    Good work on both, tho.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

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    Do you have enough room in your gauntlet to account for clothing material? Looks kinda tight with that meaty forearm shoved in there. :-P
    Gee, thanks!

    Seriously, I worked on mine during the last cold snap and had no trouble fitting them over a thick jacket sleeve. The only thing I'm worried about is making the front work. I made it a little big to make sure my glove would also fit. But I managed to pick up some foam I'll use to make a tighter fit.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Yeah the front of mine is way too big, I was brainstorming for ways to make it tighter. Foam sounds good. I've got a bunch of it. :-P I put on my flight suit and nomex glove, and the back part is nice and snug, but the front was still way too loose.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    UPDATE:

    I finished the rough form of Jauri's right gauntlet last night. I'm going to try and bondo glass them today or tomorrow for his 6th birthday on Monday.

    Here's mine and his together showing the size difference.


    Here's all four together (his in the middle).


    And here is Jauri with his new (still rough) gauntlets.


    I'll post glassing pics when I have them done.

    David.

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    These are looking great! Can't wait to see them glassed.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Let the glassing begin...

    I decided to try cutting out one step and bought Bondo Glass from Wal-Mart instead of resin AND Bondo. I started on my right gauntlet tonight.

    Before...

    After...

    Sanded...




    I still need to touch up a few areas with some minor Bondo fill and do A LOT of sanding, but I'll probably hit that tomorrow or later...once my Dremel battery recharges.

    David.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Looks like the glassed part came out of a swamp haha. Its looking nice. Have fun sanding. Its a PITA

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Here it is. I finished the right one!


    Since this is a custom, I'm going to leave it with this coloring and rough texture. I wasn't too sure about it at first and I thought I'd want to hit it with more bondo and more sanding, but I like the way it turned out. It has sort of a "forged" look to it.

    I painted it all black first to fill in the deep areas and then added two coats of the yellow. It's not the same yellow as my glove, and I may repaint it in the future, but for now, I'm going to put this one down and start glassing the left one.

    David.

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    I like that rough look.

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    Re: Variant armor progress thread

    Okay, time for the left gauntlet.

    It's pretty much the same as before, so here go the pics...

    Pre-glass.

    Bondo-Glass.

    Sanded.

    Black paint.

    Yellow paint.

    Wearing it with my glove.

    And, finally...both finished gauntlets together.


    Yeah! I'm done! All that's left are the peripheral add-ons.

    Now on to the armor.

    David.

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