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 Coming out of Retirement {WIP}

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #60 on: Dec 01, 2021, 04:53 AM »
Ok here we go, pic Heavy with details.





Ok so first off from top to bottom.
The front picture I noticed there are issues with the knees and thigh armor. I also noticed my chest plate was a little sideways but I think thats just how I put it on that day. The shoulder on the [my] left side appears to be too close to the collar plate. Its again either due to me not watching carefully where I put the chest plate making it sideways a little or simply I just need to make the shoulder itself is better placed.
There is also an issue with the vambraces as the right one appears to have lost its grip on the velcro. I noticed this happened a bit at a con a few months back but it wasn't as bad. So I'll be repairing this up pretty soon and making it much more durable attachments.
Now the lower half of the flightsuit appears to still be very baggy once more even though I have already tailored it. I've lost more weight and you can probably tell based on earlier pictures with the belt pieces that I wasn't able to get them to sit low at all, where as now I need to punch in a few new holes in the belt parts.
So its time for a new flightsuit I think. Also from a front view the leg parts of the flightsuit still remain baggy.
Now for the back part.
Things appear to be sitting good from my point of view, only thing that sticks out is the lower part of the flightsuit. You can see that its quiet tight from the boots upwards around near the knee area. Yet somehow the front still remained baggy. Again time for new flightsuit.
Left side view.
Bicep armor appears to be up a little too close to the shoulders. Maybe its the layering, I'm not sure. But something I'll fix up soon.
The chest plate I can see some gapping still happening, especially on the collar plate area. Theres also some vulnerability armor wise to my chest as the bust part doesn't fully come all the way around. So to make this mando more accurate and theoretically more battle ready, I'll be making some new chest plates[ sketch down below]. I've also been struggling with the layering which is causing the gapping issue. To combat this issues with my new chest plate I'll be making a 'base' piece first and following a few tutorials for female layered armor. Hopefully this should eliminate any gapping issues and also make things better sized to my body type.
From the lower part down the first thing I noticed is the thigh armor. From the front view its lopsided and not even, but on the side it doesn't appear to be sitting accurately, it seems more to the front of the thigh and not slightly to the side. So new thigh armor[sketch down below] will be made to combat this issue.
Theres also an issue with the blasters as they are causing the soft parts belt and the thigh armor to weigh heavier then they should. So with a new thigh armor also comes a new holsters which I'll try and do one similar to Sabine Wrens at least.
Its also clear to me that from the boots to the knee there is no shaping of my leg. Again weight loss and need to tailor the flightsuit but new flightsuit is best flightsuit.
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Right side view.
Besides the above from the other side photos. The only thing that strikes me as being off is the vambrace. You can clearly see its not properly attached which is worrying because I honestly didn't feel it start to come undone.  You can also see a bit more of my leg in this one, giving a better idea to the baggy-ness of the suit.

And of course some sketches/concept art for the new pieces I hope to make.



New chest plate piece I've sketched up. This should cover more of my side and also in theory work to protect my Mando better. The layered ab only does so much so additional side pieces added. Almost gives me a mass effect vibe tbh.

Ditching the nightowl thigh armor for some layered armor as I'm finding with the blasters in, it makes the nightowl armor harder to stay up and pulls down on the soft parts belt too much for my liking. So New holsters will be in the making.

And the actual thigh armor plating its self. To go with that three layered look.

I'll be fixing up my big gun, which was snapped in half and has remained so for a few years since I've been retired. The idea is that i'll be placing some wooden support pieces inside and attaching that to both sides of the gun to ensure stability and then on the outside of the gun seal it in with some super contact glue, fiberglass and then body filler, smooth it out and add an attachment piece to go with the star wars blaster vibe flow.

And thats pretty much it.
Theres a lot to be done and I hope to start this weekend off with working on the chest plates and flightsuit.
I'll also be using sintra this time around as it'll be easier to work with and much lighter compared to pvc. So there is better improvements to this and hopefully after some experience with making chest plates, this third one will be the final one.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #61 on: Dec 01, 2021, 04:53 PM »
Just for the record, your X Shot rifle is a Hawkeye. Im working on making a sniper rifle out of one myself, although its a secondary project.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #62 on: Dec 02, 2021, 01:38 PM »
Just for the record, your X Shot rifle is a Hawkeye. Im working on making a sniper rifle out of one myself, although its a secondary project.

Wow I had no idea. It was one I found laying around. Figured I'd put it to use

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #63 on: Dec 02, 2021, 11:23 PM »
I found a few foam dart guns at my local goodwill as well; I turned a Hurricane into a pretty passable heavy blaster.

If you ever want to run down a foam dart blaster or just see whats available, go to https://nerf.fandom.com/wiki/Main_Page. Despite the name, its not just Nerf weapons and the off-brands tend to have a lot less badging and identifiable motifs that need to be removed.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #64 on: Dec 07, 2021, 04:20 AM »
Lots of work done in a few days.
 I've been following Kuu's Dart method for chest plates which has helped improve big time


I started off with a body mask and worked out the layer and design I wanted. Slightly altered from the above sketch so its a much more battle accurate chest plate and ab thats not going to end up as a fatal mistake for my Mando.



Templates made, pieces cut out of pvc pipping, and they where finally sanded, fiberglassed and at current have bondo applied to smooth things out. I'm just waiting for the bondo to dry since we got hit with a sudden storm yesterday its made the bondo set as fast as it normally would. [I did the fiberglass both front and back for maximum strength]

Now I've almost completed the thigh plates. I made templates and cut them out, but then I realized once I shaped one to my thigh that they were going to be too long. So I made some alterations and shortened the thigh plate.


I'm hoping to use rivets to attach all my layered pieces. It'll look so epic I think. Only thing is I may end up needing to rivet all the other layered parts, espically the back plate to keep that look.




I also wish I had of taken a photo of the big gun, shes been fiberglassed and bondo too to ensure maximum strength in its weak points.
But for those curious its this gun here that I'm using as I'm ditching that nerf for a Frankenstein gun


And just for a rough idea this is kinda how the layering for the breast plates should go. Fingers crossed it all turns out well by the end of this week.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #65 on: Dec 09, 2021, 12:12 PM »
Plates look cool! Good luck vod  :like:

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #66 on: Dec 09, 2021, 03:05 PM »
Plates are looking good so far. I am seeing a bit of waviness in the back and chest, be sure to fill the low spots.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #67 on: Dec 10, 2021, 03:23 AM »
Thank you everyone so much. I really appreciate it. This kit is taking longer then expected. Almost 12 months, but its really starting to get close to its finishing points I believe. Or more so, hope.

The last few days I've been slowly working on the plates, cutting, trimming, sanding, shaping and sometimes readjusting the plates size. I started to have a bit of issues with how to work the chest plate out until I had the grand idea to literally start from the collar down. Its worked so far.

Thighs are finally completed. I dont know why I never used rivets before now, but man they make it so much easier and look a lot cooler too.



an up close version

I'll start sorting out battle damage and attachments in the next few days.

The chest plates I've shaped and attached. I didn't think I'd get this done all today but somehow I did. I'm currently fiberglassing the back part to ensure stability. Since I've never worked with rivets I wanted to make sure that with the chest they remain firm and in place. Everything is much more shaped to my body too, prior to fiberglassing.



Once the fiberglass is set, I have some additional pieces to attach down on the sides between the main chest and the part where the abs join so that the chest piece kind of flows more with style.
I also want to shape the ab plate a little more and make sure its all straight.

The big gun has also been fixed. It took a lot of gorilla glue and support on the inside before the use of fiberglass and bondo to make sure there is more then enough support and to make it so the pieces dont break in half. So far so good. I do need to paint and sort that scope out though.


Considering adding rivets to the rest of my armor pieces. I mean they look hella cool and just give me epic mando knight vibes.
A lot more work to be done on the chest plates with shaping, molding a bit more and arranging some additional pieces to the plates. Then it'll be paint and attachment and work all the minor kinks out of it. I'm excited to finish it in due time

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #68 on: Dec 12, 2021, 05:06 PM »
Lots of work has happened. The chest plates are completed, its just now a matter of attachment.
And while doing so, I ended up remaking my soft parts belt. The belts a little thicker but it'll hold better.
So I did a test fit/attachment test of everything. Photos are a bit low graphic, sorry about that.
Oh and also ignore the flak vest not sitting right. At the time how it sat was the least of my concerns when testing this stuff out. It'll sit better with the flightsuit top on and proper placement.

First off chest plates;




I did notice some small minor gaps, also some icky velcro is noticeable. I think I can fix the gapping up with better attachment.
I also know I need to work around the collar plate and back plate area too as they may clash a little.

Soft parts belt;





This is all from a standard horse girth belt. Accidentally cut it up, sewed it back together and made some straps for it. I also made the new pieces for the holsters, they look really smooth and nice, just need to actually make the holster part.

The only issue with the thickness of the new belt is that I may need to make a new belt part for the pouch belt. Its a small mans size so you can imagine it doesn't quiet fit the female waist well to start with. So I'll make some changes there as well.

In short all that I need to do now is work on the attachments, fix a few pieces here and there and hopefully the coming weekend I should have some pre app photos up which will also help me to see a bit better to what I need to work on.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #69 on: Dec 16, 2021, 01:17 AM »
Big improvements made this week. I have ended up making a newer and better pouch belt and newer holsters which feel much more comfortable.


I also had a spur of the moment and made some more decorative pieces for my Mando, thus being teeth to bring out that primal beast hunter kind of vibe. I am considering after approval of trying to get into the Beast Hunter brig, but thats still plenty of time away.

With a few minor changes and fixes I decided to bring everything together to see how it looks. So this is my pre app photos thus far.






There was some wind so I'm not too happy about that and the fact it didn't help one bit with the scarf piece flying about.
I tried though. But I will do newer photos after the pre app approval.

I have removed a few things, such as the white girth belt as the soft parts belt was more then enough. I also removed the layering on the shoulder bells as they were restricting movement. So I'll wait for the pre app team to get back to me before I start working on anything else, or making changes.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #70 on: Jan 02, 2022, 04:22 PM »
A bit of an update, after I did my pre app photos I noticed some errors with the vest mostly, there was also an issue with my gauntlets as one side appeared to keep coming undone no matter the amount of velcro I used.
I asked my clan for a bit of help and was given some advice to put the hinges on the inside rather then outside and to use rivets. This somehow solved the issue. I think maybe the screws were coming undone. It showed a bit in my pre app photos above that one side gauntlet was undone.

I've also readjusted some velcro on the vest area as well since I wasn't comfortable with how the chest plates felt sitting on me or how it pulled a bit on the vest. Which may solve the issue of the lower half of the vest popping out from beneath, but I'm still going to add a piece of elastic around the back to attach from one side to the other to prevent any further issues.

I may also swap out the flightsuit top half for another flightsuit piece as I know from the past if something appears to baggy it needs to be less baggy.

I'm also working on a Bo-Katan build for 501st so I kind of just want this kit to be over and done with soon so I dont have to focus on two different costumes at once.
After I finish these little updates I'll do another pre app photo set and send through to the team and get some feedback.

Oh also adding some dirtier looking weathering to all armor pieces so I dont 'shine' too much

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #71 on: Jan 07, 2022, 07:52 PM »
Here we go again...









Pre app photos are done.

Close up photos






So What I ended up doing was trimming down the shoulder bells as they were contacting the collar plate. So they have more of a jango/boba style to them.
I've also dirtied up the armor pieces so there is wear and tear. I've removed the blue loin piece as I just wasn't happy with it.

Hopefully this is the last set of photos I'll be doing. Things are a bit crazy were I live and covid is on a rampage with everyone getting it and potentially myself.
This kit has come a long way, its been almost a year since I've started this journey of returning to the mmcc.
I'll send these photos through to the pre app team and see what they say but heres hoping with fingers crossed I'll be OM soon.

Also a big thank you to everyone that has helped me get this far. it means alot to me.

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #72 on: Jan 11, 2022, 07:31 PM »
I looked at your concept render and your wio, and I have to say that I am loving your kit. Good luck in apps!  :sabine:

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Re: Coming out of Retirement {WIP}
« Reply #73 on: Jan 12, 2022, 11:39 AM »
Looks good! I'm a huge fan of the new chest piece

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