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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Beleck Kase on Jun 05, 2015, 09:16 PM

Title: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Jun 05, 2015, 09:16 PM
Hello Vods,

Finaly got time to work on my kit.

Here is the begining of my armor.

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=84010.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=84010.0)

Lately I have been working on my left gauntlet(made out of 3" PVC pipe) and my belt pouchs.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150605_171045.jpg)

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150605_170208.jpg)

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150605_170115.jpg)

And the pouchs, I still need to make something so they hold there shape and I need to stain the belt.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150605_170507.jpg)

Thats it for now.

As always, your comments are always welcome.

Later...
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Catika on Jun 05, 2015, 10:08 PM
I really like the square cutouts in your gauntlets!! Also nice pouches!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Jun 05, 2015, 10:14 PM
Thank you Catika.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Tact Kor on Jun 09, 2015, 07:35 PM
Those gauntlets look good, we are going to have an armor party this Saturday in Granby if you want to come by.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Briks on Jun 09, 2015, 07:42 PM
Awesome! Also love how your helmet has Heinz colors and it's on a Heinz can to boot  :P
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Jaing on Jun 09, 2015, 07:43 PM
Moving to Armor Components. Planning is just for the planning portion, not the build thread :)
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Briks on Jun 09, 2015, 07:50 PM
Moving to Armor Components. Planning is just for the planning portion, not the build thread :)

Wew that crackdown, so many armor wips in the planning section (mine included  :-X)
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Jun 09, 2015, 10:17 PM
Nice work, little bro! Too had you can't make the armor party Saturday... (You're suuuure you can't come???)

Jealous of those gaunts!!!!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Jun 12, 2015, 07:53 AM
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Moving to Armor Components. Planning is just for the planning portion, not the build thread :)

Oups, my bad.  Sorry about that.

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Awesome! Also love how your helmet has Heinz colors and it's on a Heinz can to boot  :P

 Thanks Briks, my helmet has its own visor now so the Heinz logo is hidden now ;D

Last night I started to shape my back plate. That is one time consuming job.  I understand why its better to have someone help you out for that.

Both gauntlets are done but I think they're on the small side.  Thinking about modifying them to have more room inside and if I can't figure something out I'll have to start from scratch :(.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150611_205722.jpg)

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150611_205637.jpg)

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150611_205323.jpg)

I had to make my back plate in two peices, do any of you have an idea how to cover the seem?  Will a layer of fiberglass bond properly to PVC follow by "Bondo"?

Thanks for the comments.

P.S. Sorry Tact Kor, can't make it to Granby this week end.

Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Jun 12, 2015, 08:42 AM
Looking good! Did you go with a strip in behind to strengthen like we talked about last week?

Thinking about it after the fact, if you'd some fiber cloth between your back support and let it come through the 2 outer parts, you could've cut strips and alternated them on either side before doing resin on them, then bondoed over it... To be hones though, I think that might be a bit extreme, as having the pieces riveted and supported in back should be sufficient, especially if you do fiber and bondo over top...

BTW, I have found a place to get up to 12" diameter PVC pipes. But they only sell 10' lengths, and the thickness gets pretty thick rather quickly... 8" pipe has wall thickness of .322" (about 8mm) which is starting to get pretty thick! 12" is right up to .406" (10.31mm)!

Superbe effort, ti-frère!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Kebii'laar on Jun 12, 2015, 11:13 AM
To be honest, I kinda like the seam on your back plate.  You could probably leave it as is and be juuust fine.  But that's my opinion, so take it as you will.

You could probably put some bondo over the seam and sand it down if you want to hide it though.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Jaing on Jun 12, 2015, 11:19 AM
Rough the PVC up a bit with sandpaper. Then fiberglass it. I would do both sides with fiberglass and sand the outside smooth. Then bondo the outside.  Sand it smooth. Repeat bondo and sanding as needed.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Sep 27, 2015, 10:10 AM
Hello all,

Work has slowed down a bit and now I'm having time to work on my build.  Here is some pics of the left guntlet, cod peice, but plate and chest plates.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150926_151600.jpg)
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150926_164553.jpg)
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20150926_164526.jpg)

I was wondering if its best to have extras on both guntlets?  I modded the left one but the right one is plain with no add on.  Should I put something to balance the look?

Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Mercy on Sep 27, 2015, 12:02 PM
You might want to put something on the other gaunt, but don't worry about balance. The asymmetry adds to the look IMO.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Sep 27, 2015, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the input  Mercy.   I might leave it and add to it once I'm official.   It'll be a future projet.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Sep 27, 2015, 03:13 PM
W000t!!!! Balou's back!!!!  8)

Nice work!! Trying to stay ahead, eh? We shall see about dat!!!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Oct 02, 2015, 08:43 PM
Got some paint done the last few days.  Almost done, black wash done. Next clear coat, sand, brown wash, clear coat and final sanding.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151002_195117.jpg)
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151002_195229.jpg)

Let me know what you think of the design on the chest plates?  Still wondering what I'm going to do on the back plate.

Armor wise, I still need to do the boot plates and finish the cod/butt plate.  Then I'll be moving to the soft parts, thats going to be a challenge.  The part that I'm strugling with right now is the girth belt.  I had made one but its way to large, I'll be making another one.

Later Vods...
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Oct 03, 2015, 06:49 AM
Looks awesome Eric!! Real nice job!!! That metallic red really looks cool.

You doing a jetpack, or wearing a cape? If so, probably just solid red would be ok. If not, maybe carry you white stripe to the back  somehow...
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Oct 03, 2015, 08:01 AM
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You doing a jetpack, or wearing a cape?

No jet pack for now, I will probably go with some kind of white accent on the back.  Just don't know what or how its going to be.

Eric
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Tact Kor on Oct 20, 2015, 08:01 PM
That's a great looking color scheme, really happy to see your back at this.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Oct 24, 2015, 10:17 AM
Hello Vod's,

Got some more work done on the soft parts.  Velcro sewed to my vest and plates attached and I made a new ammo belt.  Found a good tuto on the Dented Helmet.
http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f20/batninjas-ammo-pouch-tutorial-8797/ (http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f20/batninjas-ammo-pouch-tutorial-8797/)

Here a re some pics.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151020_081521.jpg)
I got some faux leather at the fabric store and made several strip 2.5 inch wide.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151020_081532.jpg)
Then I sprayed some glue on the back side to help hold the strip folded while I was sewing them.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151020_081542.jpg)
Here is a pics of the glue I used.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151020_203131.jpg)
Here you can see the ammo pouch.  I used peices of 2x4 shaped the way I wanted and covered them with faux leather.  Also made a belt to hold the pouchs.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151020_203156.jpg)
Added some details to the belt with eyelets.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151023_190934.jpg)
And voila, I'm quite happy the way it turned out.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151023_191005.jpg)
With the belt.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151023_191435.jpg)
Here I'm looking for some input regarding the color of my flight suit.  Light blue or darker?
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151023_211836.jpg)
Light blue.
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151023_225240.jpg)
And here is a darker flight suit.

Any comment is more than welcome, especialy for the color.

Thanks all.

Eric
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Nevar Kryze on Oct 24, 2015, 07:14 PM
I, myself, would go with the darker tone. Nice work overall on your kit!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Oct 24, 2015, 08:01 PM
I, myself, would go with the darker tone. Nice work overall on your kit!
Yup.  Definitely the darker one.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Nov 13, 2015, 10:06 PM
Hello,

Had a good evening working on my suit.  Decided to go darker with the flight suit, I did not like the way my light blue suit was looking with my vest.

Anyway, tonight I tailored my suit and added some pockets.  I did not excpect that the soft parts would take so long, but its turning out nice.  I think...

Before pics of untailored suit:
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151113_125541.jpg)

After the tailoring:
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151113_125257.jpg)

And with the pockets:
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20151113_211544.jpg)

Still to be done:

Paint my back plate
Paint my hand plates
Finalise my girth belt
Ankle spats
Fix my gauntlets closing method
And make a holster for my blaster

Oufff!!! That seems a lot, but I'm getting there.

Later...

Eric
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Nov 13, 2015, 10:42 PM
Niiiiiiiiiiice work,  vod!  Love the pockets.

You're really flying with this! Good job.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Nov 13, 2015, 10:48 PM
Poster child for why you should tailor your softs, right there. Looking great!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on Nov 14, 2015, 07:56 PM
Yup,  my little bro is looking GOOOOOd!! Wonder if our favourite seamstress helped....   8)
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Nov 15, 2015, 08:43 AM
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Wonder if our favourite seamstress helped....   8)

Nope, did it all by my self.  Actualy it was quite easy. I found a tuto on the forum and went at it.

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=62118.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=62118.0)

Look mid way down the page for the info.

Later...
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Dec 05, 2015, 07:55 AM
Good morning everyone,

First pics of my almost complete kit.  Back plate is not installed in the picture, manage to put it on the other day and notice that it wasn't shaped properly.  It sits about an 1.5 inch to low.  Might even have to make it again :(.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/received_423160557895113.jpeg)

Just noticed that my gauntlets are missing in the pic.  Oups!!!

In the works right now, cape, cape holding caps and holster belt.

Later Vod's

Eric
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Kitala-Enby on Dec 09, 2015, 07:04 PM
Gear is looking good vod, I can't see anything questionable so far :). Try and get some app style pics up so everybody can chime in and make sure all your spacing and stuff are ok :). great building :)
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on Dec 12, 2015, 09:36 AM
Will do that.  I know for sure that my back plate need work.

This will give me a good idea of what  need to be done for my  approval.

Later

Eric
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Bakara on Feb 27, 2016, 09:59 AM
Amazing tread! Great armor, very impressive
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Daxar Arkada on Mar 02, 2016, 12:38 PM
That ammo belt turned out amazing!  I wish I was that talented.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on May 16, 2016, 08:21 PM
Well, its been a while.  But I finally turned in my approval pics.  Wish me luck. ;)

here are some of the pics:

 (http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20160516_153724.jpg)

 (http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20160516_153752.jpg)

 (http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20160516_153914.jpg)

 (http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20160516_153830.jpg)

 (http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a4/balou34/Mandalorian%20stuff/20160516_153943.jpg)

Hope all goes well.

Later.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on May 17, 2016, 10:25 PM
  :o
Here's to your success!  Looking good  ti-frère!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Raestin Ke'Varek on May 18, 2016, 09:47 AM
Looking good vod!  Good luck!!
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Beleck Kase on May 31, 2016, 09:21 AM
Just a quick update,

I'm official!  Woot! Woot!  ;D

Later.
Title: Re: Back at it...
Post by: Modan Kordo on May 31, 2016, 09:29 AM
Good on ya, vod!  Well deserved for sure!!!