FP Knee Armor Build-up


superjedi

Sr Hunter
Hi all,
Got some new parts the other day! (It's been a long time. . . I've been saving $$$ lately :) ) I got some vac-formed FP knee armor and a cod piece.
Here's some pics of the knee parts being assembled. I didn't take any pics of the pieces in their "raw" form, as I'm sure most everyone is familiar with what vac-pulls look like. Clean up didn't take much time at all. The parts are reeeaaaally nice pulls! Very clean and shaped very well.
There are 3 parts for each knee; the main knee pad, the inner flat rectangle part, and the outer dart housing. I followed FP's tutorial (sent to me by the individual I bought the parts from), making sure to get each part shaped correctly, then assembly was pretty simple! I used some styrene shims to brace the connections a bit, and secured the parts with super glue. They will be reinforced later with some epoxy.
I still have to form the dents. I'm just looking for some type of tool the right shape to press the dents in once I heat up the plastic.
More pics as I start painting!
Eric

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Tension113

Hunter
Yay :D You allready knew I was looking forward to another one of your WIP threads.. btw, shouldn't this be called "Superjedi's knees"?

Looking forward to the rest.. I'm sure they'll be perfect..
 

superjedi

Sr Hunter
OK, next stage: PAINTING.

I got some Polly Scale Reefer Yellow and airbrushed 2 or 3 light coats over the knee assembly. Here's the result.

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superjedi

Sr Hunter
After PAINTING comes WEATHERING.

I waited until my base coat was nice and dry, then started applying the damaged areas. I used my trusty Tamiya Chrome Silver, and following my reference pics, painted on the silver chips and dings using a small detail brush.

I just realized that these pics came out a little fuzzy. . . but I'm already beyond this point in the weathering process and don't have any that are more clear. . .
Anyway, here's how the right knee looks with the silver areas painted on.

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superjedi

Sr Hunter
RIGHT KNEE FINISHED:
OK, not sure what happened to some of my 'in-progress' pics. . . I had taken some after I painted on the lighter yellow around the silver, but before the weathering. But they seem to have been eaten by my computer. :confused
So anyhoo, here's how I completed the knee.

After I did the silver damage as described in my above post, I added the lighter yellow, using ATSF Catwhisker Yellow. I must have gotten a reeeeeaaaally old bottle of it, cuz I had to stir it forever to get it mixed up! But once it was the right consistency, I painted it on using a fine detail brush, then let it dry for a while.

When it was nice and dry, I went back to my reference pics and started dirtying it up. I used pastel powders in a dark orange and reddish brown, and applied them with a fairly large brush. When using pastels, go lightly at first until you determine you have the colors you want. You can remove them with a damp cloth or paper towel, but if your paint finish is dull, the pastel powder can get into the pores in the surface of the paint, and stain it.
I used the pastels to shade the areas around most of the perimeter of the knee pad, and some areas on the 'face' of it, to give the base color a worn, uneven appearance.

I used the back end of a paintbrush to apply the smaller, more concentrated dirty spots. Then, a charcoal pencil to do some of the darker scratches.

After the pastel/pencil was done, I sealed the knee pad with Testors Dullcote. That serves to seal the pastels, as well as dull down any shiny spots.

So that's pretty much it. Left knee, here I come!!
I'd enjoy hearing any feedback. :D
Eric

P.S. Oh yeah, those are machined aluminum darts, too! (y)

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hansoloway

Well-Known Hunter
Hey superjedi, First off, very nice paintjob. I have noticed one potential problem however. The outer section of armor which holds the knee darts seems to be sticking out too far. I believe it should be flush with where it joins the front part of the knee armor, but yours seems to stick out about a centimeter or so. Does that make sense?:facepalm .
 

superjedi

Sr Hunter
hansoloway said:
Hey superjedi, First off, very nice paintjob. I have noticed one potential problem however. The outer section of armor which holds the knee darts seems to be sticking out too far. I believe it should be flush with where it joins the front part of the knee armor, but yours seems to stick out about a centimeter or so. Does that make sense?:facepalm .
Yes, it makes sense. I only realized this after everything was assembled. :eek:
Oh well!
My second knee is now complete. I'll have more pics up soon.
 

MARROW SUN

Active Hunter
That looks great, you did a fantastic job!
My FP armor is still sitting in its box! Maybe one day I'll accually get around to trimming it.
 

superjedi

Sr Hunter
MARROW SUN said:
That looks great, you did a fantastic job!
My FP armor is still sitting in its box! Maybe one day I'll accually get around to trimming it.
Thanks!
And regarding your FP armor. . . ya know. . . if it's just taking up space in your home, I'd be glad to work out an alternate storage plan with you. ;)
 
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