I use velcro (sew-on velcro for the vest and industrial strength velcro for the armor.) Some people have used snaps, but be careful when you do this. If you mess up and put a snap in the wrong spot, the vest may be ruined.
Sorry been busy with life. But it is styrene....I think that is the correct spelling. I bought a 4 x 8 sheet of it about a year ago when I was going to do a RFT helmet costum run. Never the less, the patterns were based on the pics from visual dic. and other pics laying around. Now, I'm bigger then the actor "Tem" so my armor should come out looking correct to my body size.
But I did the patterns out of thick paper and then cut the 1/4 styrene with my band saw. Later with leather gloves on I took a heat gun and started forming the shapes. Then, I sanded them down. 180 grit, then 220 grit and last 400 grit. After that it was all about the rub and buff.
Here is my tip for Rub and buff.
"Use your figures! Spread the past evenly with no build up. You must lay a even smooth base first! Once it is even with no build up or low point with not enough product. Then with a soft cloth gently buff the shine in only when it is even."
Very nice work! One little suggestion: ya may wanna round off the inner corners of the neck piece (closest to the neck.) It should look more curved rather than square. You may have to add some styrene to do that. Other than that, I gotta say you've made quite some progress.
Agreed! I didn't have a great shot of it but a bud of mine Jim sent some good clean shots
I need a girth belt but I'm low on the green. So, I might try to do my bolo braid with my leather skills. I've seen the rope used on some costumes does anyone do this here?
Oh! It seems that the shin and thigh guards are connected to the jump suit but is there a trick to keep it close to the leg?
Next on my list...gauntlets, knee guards, then Jet pack!
Thank a ton guys!
For the thigh armor, you can use snaps or velcro to keep it on the suit. The next thing to do is make sure the holster's leg straps go over the thigh armor. The holster straps will keep the armor close to the leg.
The shin armor can be snapped or velcro'd, but some people also use elastic straps hidden through the leg of the jumpsuit.
Wow! I like to get those Knee guards but I have to watch the green, if you know what I mean. I think I can swing it with those knee guards it's the girth belt that I'm looking at. Plus, I think I'm I can handle the gauntlets and Jet pack as well.
Just the girth belt...so close yet so far!....
Does anyone know where I can get a loan for this stuff. www.dentedhelmetloans.com....heheheh!
I have my 1st leather girthbelt available. I made a second one, the first was a little too short in length. I also have a used JD cod and my 1st version holsters. I now use Cruzer's holsters. Pic shows the cod (no longer attached) holsters (tight fit on MR's) and girth.