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Armor Construction / Re: Beginning my journey!
« Last post by Arkham on Today at 02:41 PM »
-What is its more generic name? (I.e. Q-tip is the brand, not the actual item itself.)

Expanded PVC board. Sintra, Foamex, Celtec are all just different versions and names of the same thing.

-Where is a good place to source it? (Hardware store, department store, online?)

Depends on the thickness you are looking for. Most armor is built from 3mm or 6mm Sintra. You can find 2'x4' 6mm sheets at most Home Depot stores for around $15 (last time I checked). You can also get 3mm from sign shops, plastic supplies, and even Amazon.

-Would it be more cost effective to construct it all myself, or would it be better to purchase the armor pieces already made?

Cost effective is your call. You can probably get a whole set of armor out of a couple of sheets from HD, so about $30. If you're not doing a back plate, probably out of one sheet ($15). The rest is all elbow grease.

Keep in mind, even if you buy sintra armor online, your still going to have to shape and sand it. So you really aren't doing all that much less than you would building it from scratch.
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Armor Construction / Beginning my journey!
« Last post by Stege_saurus on Today at 01:40 PM »
So I have decided to take the plunge and begin constructing my own suit, and possibly others. Here are the plans followed by the questions I have regarding a few tips.
I would love to plan on doing at least 3 suits. 2 canon suits (which will be more time consuming for perfection) and 1 custom suit. However, I run into the current issue: supplies.

The supplies I'm having trouble finding is the Sintra. It's very unfamiliar to me so I don't know what exactly to look for etc.

-What is its more generic name? (I.e. Q-tip is the brand, not the actual item itself.)
-Where is a good place to source it? (Hardware store, department store, online?)
-Would it be more cost effective to construct it all myself, or would it be better to purchase the armor pieces already made?

Thank you for any and all responses!
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Helmets / Re: Bucket bondo/paint question
« Last post by Epo Malachore on Today at 01:39 PM »
Yes I scratch built it from a hard hat and harbor freight/walmart buckets
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Armor Construction / Question About 3D Printing Armor
« Last post by Staroll on Today at 01:07 PM »
I'm looking into getting a 3D printer for other hobbies I have and was wondering what a good material to print armor from (this would be spool type material like PLA and ABS). Any other tips such as what printers to look into and things I need to learn to properly do that would appreciated as well.
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It all depends on how far you take it. Building a mando is one of the less expensive options for an armored Star Wars character. As opposed to a TK or Clone where its $600-1000 just to get your foot in the door.

You can spend as little or as much on this hobby as you want. I do believe write ups such as these are helpful tho, especially to give new members an idea of what they could be looking at.
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Honestly my entire build wip is only on my clans forum page. But depending on how active your clan is that might not be a great idea.
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Love it! And you articulated our counter points so eloquently. I love it.

I think it's important for new recruits to understand that there are and can be differing philosophies with the build.

Very well said, and great looking build!

I don't have the skills (patience?) to do that, but I love diving into weathering. Well done and well spoken!
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Helmets / Treb's Modern Bucket WIP
« Last post by Treb Draalbucc on Today at 11:17 AM »
this is a 3-d print from blue bantha props on etsy. 





broke the range finder stalk after I glues on the ear cap (using magnets next time!) so I had to improvise.  I added an old circuit board under the keyslots.



I'm going to add some more weathering and a blaster burn to make it look like the rangefinder was blown off.  the weathering I did in the original paint was to make it look like the paint  was rubbed off by manually lowering the rangefinder.

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Armor Construction / Rav Bralor Gauntlet questions
« Last post by Two_Bears_HF on Today at 09:59 AM »
Hey, I'm planning on having a buddy print the Rav Bralor gauntlets available in the 3d print library for me.

My measurements are 16cm wrist, 25cm forearm, 17cm length, measured on bare flesh. My flightsuit doesn't add much bulk, maybe an extra centimetre at most.

Anyone with experience with that gauntlet set know which size would be best for me?
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Wasu'ran Clan / Re: MandoServe247 WIP
« Last post by MandoServe247 on Today at 09:16 AM »
AHH there's a Mando in your room  :o :o :o   :laugh: :laugh:  Good job


Thanks Fabian. It is allot of fun! ;) :D
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