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    Jun 16, 2012, 11:41 PM - My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #1

    Started work on my next project, a Luke X-Wing Pilot. I am actually doing two; one as a static display and one for me to wear for Halloween.

    So far I have received the mannequin, flightsuit, comm pad, and boots. I have a helmet and chest box coming from Richie's Armor. The mannequin is an egg head I got from eBay. Started by taking off the head to mount the cast of Luke that I have.









    This is just a test fit of the head; still needs some tweaking, then paint. I drilled a hole through the boots so the rod slides right into the bottom of the foot. These are cheap costume boots from Amazon. They look good enough in my low lit room, but I won't be wearing these for Halloween.

    Going to attempt to make the vest, harness, flare holder, etc, etc. Not going for screen accuracy, I will be slightly changing a few things and we'll see how it goes.
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    Jun 16, 2012, 11:46 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #2

    I clicked on this hoping for a lifesize replica of luke's X-wing lol. Still super cool though!
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    Jun 17, 2012, 7:37 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #3

    This is very cool. Nice start. Luke certainly looks creepy with no eyes.
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    Jun 18, 2012, 6:50 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #4

    Quote apolifka said: View Post
    I clicked on this hoping for a lifesize replica of luke's X-wing lol. Still super cool though!
    That was my first though too

    Looks good so far, great Luke head!
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    Jun 21, 2012, 4:06 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #5

    Great progress so far, will have to come back later for an update. Good work!
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    Jun 23, 2012, 11:36 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #6

    Quote apolifka said: View Post
    I clicked on this hoping for a lifesize replica of luke's X-wing lol. Still super cool though!
    If only I had the time, strength, and money!

    Been a very busy and hectic last week or two. I found some time to work on this and wanted to share a little progress. I also want to note that even though I have dabbled a bit in airbrushing, this is the first time I have ever worked on the likeness of a person. Much respect to those of you that have mastered this.

    Here's the cast after some cleaning:



    Mixed up a base coat of flesh color:



    Some minor highlights and then the hair:







    Then placed the eyes:





    One more final test fit before I permanently mount the head:



    I could have spent more time trying to hone the coloring on this and adding a few more details, but I like how it turned out for a first attempt and think I'll let it be for now.

    I also picked up some cheap Rubies Vader gloves, they'll do for now. Since I am not making this screen accurate I figure I can cut a few corners so I can save a little money.
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    Jul 14, 2012, 11:53 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #7

    Slow progress on this, still waiting for the helmet and chest box to come in so I thought I would take a crack at the flak vest. I was originally going to buy one, but just didn't want to spend that much. It's a bit bigger than I wanted, but I can live with it. As you can see, not worrying about screen accuracy. It's almost done, just did a quick test fit with some painters tape. I spent about $6.00 on the fabric and $5.00 on some vinyl tubing. For $11.00 or so I can't complain.





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    Jul 15, 2012, 6:18 AM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #8

    Looks really great so far! You're doing a good job, keep those pics comin'
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    Jul 21, 2012, 7:01 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #9

    Thought I would work on this a bit more and try my hand at sewing the harness. I bought a bunch of different colors / sizes of webbing from Strap Works.





    I also finished the vest. I bought some cheap buckles for the belt from Strap Works as well, maybe I'll upgrade down the road. I paid about a dollar for the two buckles I used.



    It's getting there.
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    Jul 26, 2012, 12:58 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #10

    Looks great ! you got an awesome display lol.
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    Jul 26, 2012, 1:52 PM - #11

    Great work!


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    Jul 29, 2012, 9:07 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #12

    Thanks!

    Today I worked on the belt cylinders. I found these clear tubes of mints for a $1.00 and thought they would work out great if I cut and painted them.





    I removed the outer film wrapper and cut about 2.5" off the tube. I cut a small piece of wood dowel to act as a stabilizer for the two halves. The dowel fit nice and snug with a little glue.



    Primed and painted metallic silver.



    I sewed the 1" strip of nylon strap onto the belt.



    Here's a picture without the flash to give you a better idea of how they look.



    I screwed up a little on the spacing, but all together I probably have less than $15.00 total in the belt and cylinders. Not screen accurate, but I am pleased with how it turned out.
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    Aug 3, 2012, 9:58 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #13

    Started work on the leg flares and code cylinders. For the leg flares, I was walking around Wal-Mart looking for ideas. I saw these little body sprays for $0.97 each. They are only a couple of inches in length, they were the travel size so I thought they might work.



    I emptied the cans by spraying the contents into a bag using an old shirt as a filter. I then glued the caps on, primed, and painted. You really won't see the seam between the cap and body when these are placed in the leg holder. Not bad for less than $7.00.



    For the code cylinders, I wanted to make them from scratch. There's someone on eBay selling a set of resin ones I think for about $10.00. They didn't look bad, but I wanted to try and make my own.

    I started with some misc parts: 3/8" aluminum round bar, 3/8" axle push nuts, and various different sizes of nylon and metal washers.



    I hammered the axle cap to the top and alternated the metal and nylon washers.



    I used several nylon washers towards the bottom and then alternated with another size of metal washers.



    I used a nail head for the top.



    Primed and painted metallic.



    Not screen accurate, but I liked the challenge of building them from scratch. All said and done I spent about $17.00.

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    Aug 3, 2012, 10:17 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #14

    I used the egghead for a Full Boba Commission earlier this year.
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    Aug 4, 2012, 6:06 AM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #15

    Great idea on the cylinders! Those came out nice
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    Aug 4, 2012, 8:02 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #16

    Finished the leg flare holder today. I took 2 pieces of 1.5" OD green webbing and sewed them together.





    Then sewed on the strap for the flares, using another length of the 1.5" webbing.



    I used a little Velcro to close it.



    There you have it, less than $10.00 for all the flares and the holder. Real pleased with how this turned out.



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    Aug 10, 2012, 8:40 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #17

    I'm considering adding a holster rig like Luke's from ESB, just need to find one since I won't be attempting to build one on my own. In the meantime I got one of these lightsaber LED flashlights from Amazon. I got this one for $16.00 and change plus a few dollars for shipping. I have to say, I really like it! It's just cheap plastic, but I think it will look fine in this display. It's almost 11" long and has some bright LEDs.



    I had to do a very simple modification to the base. I sanded off all the manufacturing text from the bottom. I primed and painted it a brushed satin nickel color so it would match the rest of the base. I then bought a "D" ring from Lowe's and a 3/16" midget cable strap. I drilled a hole into the base and riveted on the strap. The batteries are actually in the top portion of the saber, the handle was hollow.





    If anyone had a good source for an ESB belt and holster rig, please post or shoot me an email.

    Thanks!
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    Aug 10, 2012, 9:20 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #18

    This is a great thread. I love how you made the cylinders and flares. And all the strapping as well. Nice work.
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    Aug 12, 2012, 10:16 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #19

    Thanks!

    Today I was messing around with the com pad. I wanted to add some LEDs to give the illusion of functionality, this wasn't originally what I had in mind, but it will have to do for now.



    It's not an accurate paint scheme, but I can live with that.







    I am going to add a few lights to the chest box when it shows up and tie these in together so they work off one switch. I know it's not accurate, but I like the idea of a few lights.
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    Aug 24, 2012, 3:23 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #20

    While waiting for my chest box and helmet kit from Richie's Armor, a member contacted me about selling an EFX helmet that he no longer needed. It was missing the ear pads, but for $215 (and that includes shipping, thanks Nathan!), I couldn't pass it up for this project.

    It came this week and besides some minor flaws, it looks great.





    I wanted to add some ear pads so I picked these ear protectors up from Harbor Freight for $2.99.



    I disassembled the pads and bought some faux leather material to recover them, I didn't want them black.





    I cut a piece of styrene and inserted it on the back, then used hot glue to put the new material on.





    I cut the existing inner pad material and glued them into the center. Not perfect, but you'll hardly even see these.







    As I mentioned before, I also wanted to add a holster rig. There's a really nice all leather one on eBay made by a member here, but I can't afford to drop another $150 - $200 (maybe down the road). So I decided to try and build one from scratch.

    I bought some heavy weight material from Jo-Anns for about $10.00. It's some sort of vinyl hybrid, but I think it will look decent once weathered a bit.

    Also bought this cheap blaster, which wasn't the one pictured and not the one I wanted, but it will have to do. It just needs to be painted black. Never attempted anything like this before, but this is what I came up with.





    I also took an old belt, cut off the buckle, and wrapped it in the same material.





    Then added some snaps.





    Looking forward to receiving the chest box.
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    Aug 24, 2012, 4:02 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #21

    The earpads look great
    I never thought of that LOL
    The helmet really looks good man
    Keep up the great work.
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    Aug 24, 2012, 5:35 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #22

    Thanks again brother!
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    Aug 26, 2012, 11:59 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #23

    Today I worked on the belt pouches. Going to do these quick and economical. They'll be non-functioning with the hopes of buying a real leather setup down the road.

    I'm making these out of foam board, 3 layers, so if I decide to wear this it will be nice and light.







    I wrapped the foam board in the material I had, cut off the excess, and made a cover flap with a non-working snap.









    I'm going to make a buckle out of styrene and then add a leg strap and a little weathering.
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    Aug 28, 2012, 9:30 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #24

    Did a little work today on the blaster. I drilled holes in the muzzle and removed the front cover so it was open. I also did the base coat of flat black. I'll paint the handle, weather, and then call it done.





    I just about finished up the holster and belt, just need to weather it some. I added the thigh strap and then some snap greeblies to the left side pouch and belt. The buckle is a piece of styrene I cut and sprayed with a brushed satin nickel. The lightsaber hook is a cheap key chain holder I got from Wal-Mart.

    All in all this entire belt cost me about $15.00, lots of trial and error, and quite a few hours of work. But until I can afford a nice leather setup, this will do and I'm happy with how it turned out.







    This is shaping up to be one of my favorite builds, right up there with Boba Fett. I really love how this is turning out.

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    Aug 31, 2012, 4:32 PM - Re: My Lifesize Luke X-Wing Pilot - 1st Attempt #25

    I was able to work on the blaster some, did a little bit of weathering.



    Then I put the first coat on the handle.



    A few more coats on the handle and some minor touch-ups.





    Just need to weather the belt, pouches, and holster a little. Still waiting for the final piece, the chest box.

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