The flight suit is from Arkady and is made to my measurements. I didn't need to take it in anywhere else She's really good at what she does. Just be sure to measure yourself properly beforehand.
I'm plugging away at painting the armor to meet my deadline. So far, so good. I had some issues with my masking fluid - be sure to put on a GOOD COAT. In trying to do some of the finer lines, I neglected to put on a decent coat of masking fluid, thus it not doing a good enough job. Those fine lines I will bring in later topically. I'm also still getting used to finding the sweet paint to thinner ratio for enamel paints. I finally got used to it, but it definitely was a learning curve.
Here is the armor all silvered up:
This is what 2 hours of trimming, resizing and measuring looks like:
Silver masked, peeled, yellow sprayed and masked.
The armor as it is today. Gotta finish peeling the kidney and back, apply the decals, and then start to really have fun with weathering. When applying the decals, there is clear transfer paper around the skull and Fett symbol....does this just go on or do I have to trim it? It looks pretty glossy...
Edit - Nevermind...transfer paper comes off.....yup. I'm tired..
What were the greens and finishes/topcoat you used on your armor? I love the dusty look you achieved and want to do the same on mine. I have an airbrush in case you used enamels but I've always done cans. I want to make sure I do what you did because I love your end result. Thanks man!
Ok, so I had a few members curious about the whole suiting up process, so since I was doing a dress rehearsal anyway I decided to video tape it. I figured it would be a learning experience for me as well as I double checked all the gear. I did make one fun mistake by not putting on my balaclava on before my neck seal. I'm such a rookie.
Also note that my voice amp is not at the correct volume - I didn't know how the sound was going to come out on the video so I didn't want you to be confused as to what I was saying because of the voice changer.
If you do have further questions, please ask. I tried to keep the video to around the 10 minute mark so as to not put people to sleep, but because the suit takes twice as long to put on, I had to make some rough cuts to fit that timeframe. Now that I look at the video a few times, some points like attaching the jetpack could have been flushed out more. Overall, it takes time, so be patient and make sure you communicate with your handler.
Keep in mind that this is just how I suit up. Don't take it as the only way to do it. What works for some might not work for others.
Here is another video I mentioned I did for JC27 on how to attach the jetpack straps:
Edit :: Emergency Kit
Another thing I would like to add is to be prepared for longer troops. Fan Expo is a full weekend event in a different city, so if something goes wrong with the suit, it would be good to have a way to fix the problem. I've made a little "emergency" kit just in case (and this should go for any costume that you travel with!).
In the kit:
Small sewing kit
Double sided tape
Additional batteries (my suit takes 3x 9v and 8x AA)
Febreeze (since I won't be putting the soft stuff in the wash)
Bendy straws - so you don't have to take your helmet off to drink!
The audio sample in the video isn't the greatest - recorded on an iPad, plus my own voice kinda overpowered the speaker and I didn't want to get feedback.
Things to REMEMBER: You MUST connect both the speaker and microphone cables BEFORE you plug in the splitter to your phone. Otherwise the speaker works without the mic (for some odd reason). Also I have not found a way for this to work with the phone locked. I'm debating putting some type of protector over the phone to avoid buttons being pushed while in my pouch. Finally, ...if you receive a call while using this...well...maybe you should set your ringtone to the Imperial March or something
Other voice changers can be oodles of dollars. The splitter was $8, the app was $5. Not a bad deal.
IF you are interested in this.....GUESS WHAT....I can EXPORT the presets that I made and EMAIL them to you! You just need the Voice Synth app to install them!
Let me know what you think!
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I had several audio issues and after much trouble shooting, it came down to the splitter not being compatible with my amp setup. If you are using the Aker system, this is the best splitter: