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Title: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Sep 28, 2018, 01:23 PM
This WIP is where I will be chronicling my Executioner build here. So far I have received my helmet from LoneWolf Customs. It’s Version 2 of his proprietary Executioner helmet.

(https://i.imgur.com/0pEdOm0.jpg)

This will be my second Mandalorian Build. My first kit is a sniper build that is approved and brigade special ops sniper approved. I have submitted my application for environmental ops forest ops as well. The WIP is here:
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=144162.0

For the executioner build, I have some preliminary artwork but I will keep that close to the vest for now. I will say that I am planning on a lot of Grey and Black with a touch of green here and there. I expect to update this WIP regularly until completion, so something new in the coming weeks and months. 

Thanks for the interest.

Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Gatorlorian on Sep 30, 2018, 12:07 AM
This WIP is where I will be chronicling my Executioner build here. So far I have received my helmet from LoneWolf Customs. It’s Version 2 of his proprietary Executioner helmet.

(https://i.imgur.com/0pEdOm0.jpg)

This will be my second Mandalorian Build. My first kit is a sniper build that is approved and brigade special ops sniper approved. I have submitted my application for environmental ops forest ops as well. The WIP is here:
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=144162.0

For the executioner build, I have some preliminary artwork but I will keep that close to the vest for now. I will say that I am planning on a lot of Grey and Black with a touch of green here and there. I expect to update this WIP regularly until completion, so something new in the coming weeks and months. 

Thanks for the interest.

Given how your last build turned out, I'm indeed very interested in seeing this one progress.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 01, 2018, 10:49 AM
Gator, thanks brother. I am hoping for this kit to be less chaoctic and fit more with wabi, sabi, and yugen. We will see if I am able to achieve this stated goal.

Update,
I started the flak vest. First I followed Point’s vest patter somewhat. Once I had a paper pattern, I traced it over to some old 1000D I had and then cut out the patter. Next I sewed it up and checked for fit.

(https://i.imgur.com/sv0IA60.jpg)

Next I transferred the patter to the black pre-quilted fabric I will be using for my vest. I cut it out and sewed in some Velcro.

(https://i.imgur.com/m7SwhPN.jpg)

Also, this weekend, I along with my friend Shevla Kal knocked out vacuum forming most of the armor parts. The bucks we used to make the armor are the bucks I made back in 2017 for my first kit. One of the issues we ran into is that the plaster of Paris has become brittle. We has coated most of the bucks in fiberglass resin in 2017 but this did not save the bucks from demolding and although we were able to pull all the parts we needed, several of the bucks were damaged. To make matters worse, the silicone molds I had made to make the bucks have degraded as well. Perhaps I should have figured out a way to preserve them better but its too late for that now. This means that If I want any additional armor, I will need to make new molds and bucks. For some of these bucks I had already started the process of making them in MDF so I will most likely continue this and not make any more plaster bucks.

(https://i.imgur.com/0EQ0wPa.jpg)

I digress, so we pulled all the armor except the back plate. We ran out of HIPS so I will be picking up more plastic on Friday and I hope to get more done then.

(https://i.imgur.com/oZa7ECo.jpg)

Additionally, I received my boots on Sunday but I ordered a size 10 and the seem a bit big so I am also ordering a size 9.5 and once I figure out which size fits best, I will return one pair. Once I get the size correct, I will post some pics of the boots.
I should have a lot of stuff arriving this week for this kit so hopefully Friday will be a big day for getting stuff accomplished.

That’s it for the update, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Shevla Kal on Oct 01, 2018, 11:29 AM
Looking forward to Friday!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Nia Kad Runi on Oct 02, 2018, 08:20 AM
Watching with interest. . .
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 02, 2018, 09:39 AM
Shevla, Cool, I think we will be getting ABS rather than HIPS this time. I will explain when I see you.

Nia Kad Runi, thank you. I hope the end results will be worth the wait.

Ok just a quick update. I sewed on the edge tape on the vest. I will be holding off on attaching the sleeves until I can see how all the armor will look together. I am planning on having the shoulder bells hanging a little lower than I did on my Sniper build.

(https://i.imgur.com/Lc0zIiH.jpg)

Anyway, that’s is for now. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 08, 2018, 10:24 AM
Update,
First, one the things I ordered for my kit came in this week. These boots are AdTech (Ride Tech) 16” tall Engineer Boots.

(https://i.imgur.com/p9ZuZek.jpg)

As with my previous build, I do the research and you can reap the rewards of my observations… I am 50 years old and after 24 years in the Army doing crazy stuff, I am at that point in life where everything hurts (including my feet). I prefer very comfortable shoes and boots. For my Sniper build I used some surprisingly affordable work boots. I marched in parades and stood in them for long periods of time and I can honestly say they are damn comfortable. That said, a few years ago I built a retro 1950s Sci-Fi space suite for DragonCon and for that build I got some costume tall  boots (think Imperial Officer Boots) for 30ish bucks. These boots were horrible. My feet hurt so much from wearing them I was taking constants breaks on the bottom floor of the Marriott. Vowing to never making that kind of mistake again, I am apprehensive about ordering shoes online. I want to try them on and make sure they fit and feel good.

With this in mind, I knew I wanted a tall boot for this kit and the Engineer boot fit the look I wanted. I found the Ad Tech boots on Amazon and decided to give them a try. I normally wear a size 10 combat boot but most of my sneakers are a size 9.5 (ex. I wear a 9.5 Converse All Star Chuck). After reading the reviews of the Ad Tech boots, most people had 3 issues with them. First, most people felt they ran ½ size small. Next, a lot of people did not like the branding logos on them. There are two buckles that have Ride Tech on them and there is a pressure brand on the side of the heal that says Ride Tech as well. The third complain is that they are Ride Tech Boots, not Ad Tech.

Apparently, Ride Tech now owns Ad Tech so that explains that issue. The logos are not an issue since I will be weathering them and can remove whatever I don’t like. As for the size Issue I decided to order a size 10. The boots arrived and were a little big for me. I ordered another pair in 9.5 that fit perfectly so I returned the size 10 boots. So from my experience, if you order these boots get whatever size sneaker size you wear and you should be ok. Once the size was sorted out I tossed around a few ideas for the shin guards. I started to build a MDF buck for vacuum forming but since I was stopping at the plastic supply store later in the week, I wanted to what it was like to work with Sintra. My supplier carries the same product under the name of Celtec. I got a 4’x8’ sheet of 1/8” thick for about $26.00. I have not had a lot of experience with this stuff but its what most of you use to make Mandalorain armor so I wanted to get some experience with it. I cut several pieces out and heated them with a heat gun then shaped them to fit the shin with the boots on. Once I had the first layer shaped I heated and shaped the second layer and then the third layer. I sued super glue to bond all three layers and presto, shin guards.

(https://i.imgur.com/B6QHZda.jpg)

I imbedded snaps on the inside of the shin guards as I built them and then marked and added the snaps to the boots. Here they are snapped on the boots.

(https://i.imgur.com/FFgJNny.jpg)

Next I decided to remove the buckles that are on the boots and replace them with 4 cam buckles I had left over from my Rogue One Stormtrooper Crystal Patrol Pack build.

(https://i.imgur.com/TSuLfuL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1jYO8Wl.jpg)

I painted the buckles with a firearms metal coating in flat black and baked the coating on. While they were baking, I decided to see if I remove the pressure brand from the boots with an Iron. Here is the pressure brand before I started working on it.

(https://i.imgur.com/rT3U1Iv.jpg)
 
This is how it looked after working with water and the iron for about 20 minutes.

(https://i.imgur.com/FMinzvc.jpg)

Its not completely gone but it has been considerably reduced and If I wanted to shine these boots (for an Imperial Officer costume) I think I could remove it further but not completely; however, whatever would be left could be filled in then shined and unnoticeable.

Back to the buckles, I unstitched the top buckle and replaced it with the painted cam buckle then re-stitched it with my industrial sewing machine. For the ankle buckle, I would not be able to access it with the sewing machine so I cut the strap, replaced the buckle and used rivets to secure the strap. I like how they came out. I still need to paint the shin guards and weather them and the boots.

(https://i.imgur.com/ikzr2uo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hDfZStD.jpg)

Another thing that came in this week is the gloves. I wanted silver flight gloves with grey leather but the manufacturer does not accept individual orders so I had to settle on black gloves with grey leather (from Amazon). I will be add some stuff to these but here they are at this time.

(https://i.imgur.com/9jYFDZ0.jpg)

Another thing or things that came in are the 2” wide leather blank strap and blank belt buckle (both from Tandy leather). 

(https://i.imgur.com/lXudP0i.jpg)

When I painted the buckles, I also painted the belt buckle flat black and baked it. After the buckle was done, I cut out my family clan symbol in vinyl and used it on the buckle as a stencil then sand blasted the buckle to expose the symbol. Next, I hand painted red in the Mythosaur claw.

(https://i.imgur.com/BaSeYiX.jpg)

Next I took some sand paper and weathered the buckle then I did a black wash on it. I still need to clear coat it but I like how it turned out.

(https://i.imgur.com/z03V3Ba.jpg)

Lastly, I attempted to pull the back plates with ABS. This is the first time I am using ABS and there was learning curve to vacuum form with ABS. I needed to let it melt a lot more than HIPS to pull properly. Also the ABS has a rough side and a smooth side. Here is a usable but ultimately failed pull with the rough side up.

(https://i.imgur.com/rXxfUek.jpg)
Here is another not so great pull with the smooth side up.

(https://i.imgur.com/1xOkgOj.jpg)

And here is a near perfect pull.

(https://i.imgur.com/e8zDvaT.jpg)

I also got some stuff done on Shevla Kals kit as we are working on these concurrently.

Well, that is it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Shevla Kal on Oct 08, 2018, 11:56 AM
Looks great brother! The family clan logo is awesome!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Orland Greene on Oct 08, 2018, 12:04 PM
that last backplate pull really does look great, the belt buckle is really cool too! very nice work!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 08, 2018, 01:58 PM
Shevla, I need to square you away with the family symbol without the arrow. You and our other brother voted for no arrow so that is why I have been using the one that I have.

Orlando, thank you for the complement.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Yogi on Oct 12, 2018, 05:05 PM
This Looks Great! I may need to holla at you about a vac formed Back Plate if you are offering them. I have the same boots and in my experience they run a bit a large. I wear a 14, ordered the 14 and my feet were swimming in them.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 15, 2018, 10:48 AM
Yogi, send me a pm and we can discuss.

Update,
Ok Shevla and I worked on some stuff Wednesday.
Shevla rough cut all the armor while I knocked out another set of knee armor

(https://i.imgur.com/cfuY6oR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/j2w2QJN.jpg)

You may notice that the black plastic looks rough. This is ABS and it comes with one side rough, I formed these knees with the rough side down but the rough patter comes through to the smooth side on most things formed. They do make smooth 2 sided ABS but you must special order a whole pallet of it and there is no way I can afford that. The ABS feels stronger than the HIPS and less likely to crack so I think I will stick with it. The rough finish is not an issue for me since this is mando armor and not TK armor. There is no real reason I would want it smooth. Keep this in mind if I ever make armor to sell. I suppose you can sand it smooth but that would take a lot of work and it would reduce the thickness of the armor.

Over the weekend I worked on some stuff as well. First I spent two days attempting to alter my coveralls but the damn crotch area got totally messed up. I ended up taking it to a seamstress who is altering it and I should have it back next week. I will still need to work on it once I get it back.

Next I started on my girth belt. For this kit I wanted to make a traditional girth belt and looked at the tutorial on the forum. I decided to develop my own method. I ordered 165’ of ¼” (6mm) cotton twisted rope from Amazon. I dyed this rope with Pearl grey Rit Dye.

(https://i.imgur.com/xNfsZ5s.jpg)

Next I got 120’ of 3/16” cotton rope from Ace hardware and dyed it black but the end results were not good. The rope came out grey and almost the same color as the ¼” rope.

(https://i.imgur.com/GFP4f0d.jpg)

While I was working on the problem of the black rope I took a 4’ wide piece of plywood and drilled a lot of holes spaced ½” at each end then put nails in the holes. Next, I took the ¼” rope and ran it from nail to nail.

(https://i.imgur.com/MtDBVTn.jpg)

I had a ton of para cord on hand so I used black para cord and wove it into the ¼” cotton rope and here is how it came out.

(https://i.imgur.com/HqAhe7d.jpg)

While this looks good, I did not have a method of connecting the belt around my waist. I considered a lot of options but finally decided to remake the whole belt. This time I will be starting with leather ends that will have buckles and straps built in. Here are the two ends. I will be running the ¼” (after I unbraid it) in the 18 holes you see on each leather part. I did not have any black leather dye so I had to wait until I get some (hopefully today) to start this process. I will also look to see if I can find some black twisted rope in a smaller diameter to use instead of the para cord.

(https://i.imgur.com/kaqyq0G.jpg)

That’s really all I accomplished this weekend. I received an email invitation to participate in a pre-BETA stress test of Fallout 76 on Saturday so that was my main focus. FO76 was awesome and anyone who is a fan of the franchise will be very pleased with it. 4 hours was not long enough to really explore a whole lot of the world but I had a blast.

More to come. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 16, 2018, 11:02 AM
Update,

Ok so I got some black leather dye and dyed the two ends.  Next, I remade the girth belt; however, with the addition of the leather ends, it was too large. I once again disassembled the belt and remade the whole thing again, only smaller. Here are some pics of the too large belt so you can see how I anchored it down.

(https://i.imgur.com/NfhpkBu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jMAHfBn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/03ca7SS.jpg)

And here is the correct size re-made belt. I am pleased with how it turned out.

(https://i.imgur.com/8JK32VO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SPXFb02.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hGp7TDJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Zgfwzrv.jpg)

And that’s it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Shevla Kal on Oct 16, 2018, 01:45 PM
Very nice! Nice shirt too!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 23, 2018, 11:14 AM
Shevla, thank you.

Update,
Ok well I helped out Shevla a good bit so I did not make a whole lot of progress with my kit this past weekend. I did get an opportunity to make my flack vest for the armor and once I sew on the Velcro I will take a pic. Here is my armor trimmed for fitting.

(https://i.imgur.com/jcDarWB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tiwO4FE.jpg)

And I am not real sure exactly how far I will get in the coming weeks, the BETA for Fallout 76 begins tonight.

That is the update, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 29, 2018, 10:57 AM
Update,
First, I have glued snaps inside the knee armor (no pics). Next I cutout the area on the breast armor for the display. I will be using the LED display again, like on my previous build.

(https://i.imgur.com/haBJWhs.jpg)

I still need to add some epoxy to hold the display.
Next, I have not wanted to show this preliminary sketch until I had made some headway on this build so now is as good a time as any other. This was just the concept artwork and I have deviated from it somewhat; however, you should be able to get an idea of where I am heading with this build.

(https://i.imgur.com/UWAL2JD.jpg)

Ok so I have gone through three sets of coveralls to get the closest size that will fit and not be too baggy. This last set is close enough. I still needed to taper the legs a bit but I think it’s now where it needs to be. So in these pics you can see the coveralls/ flight suit (it still needs some alterations) the girth belt, the boots with shin armor, the gloves, and the flack vest with Velcro sewn on.

(https://i.imgur.com/v7KzzEM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/LE5jIgZ.jpg)

I still need to make the neck seal and test fit the back plate and shoulder bells. After that I think I will start on the belt and holster and greebles. Also I have been working on the 3D models for the gauntlets and will start printing them soon.

Well that is it for the update, thanks for the interst.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jenga on Oct 29, 2018, 01:20 PM
Fantastic work so far  :like: I especially love how the girth turned out!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jennari on Oct 29, 2018, 03:37 PM
Nice design!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Oct 30, 2018, 01:23 PM
Jenga, thank you. I like how it turned out as well.

Jennari, thank you.

Ok well I started working on the neck seal last night, more to come soon. Also, I have finished the 3D models for the gauntlets. Here is a rendering of them. I am hoping to start the print tonight or tomorrow. I estimate it will take roughly 80 hours to print everything. If anyone is interested, the vanilla version is available for free download on my Thingiverse page https://www.thingiverse.com/11b30b4/designs

(https://i.imgur.com/5bYOyil.jpg)

That’s it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Nov 02, 2018, 09:49 AM
Update,

Well the RAMPS v1.4 board on my 3D printer has burnt out again. That is twice in 2018… Not sure what is causing it. I have ordered another one and it should arrive today. I think it may be time to upgrade my printer to a Prusa I3. I am hoping to be printing this weekend and 80 hours later having a full set of gauntlets.

I applied the epoxy sculpt to the inside of the breast plate to hold the chest display.

(https://i.imgur.com/FllcxUs.jpg)

Also I have finished the neck seal.

(https://i.imgur.com/E1eiSet.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pUPuioM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pwhi0YT.jpg)

Well that is it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Nov 09, 2018, 10:15 AM
Update,

The good and the bad and seeing a silver lining on things…
So My 3D printer burnt another RAMPS V1.4 board and I replaced it, then the Z axis was dead and I confirmed that it also burnt the Stepper Motor Driver A4988. I replaced it and all the other driver chips with new ones and now the Z axis works some of the time and then pauses. I have no idea what is going on with it and there is no customer support for the print since the company is now closed. I got my printer in 2015 and I have replaced the RAMPS V1.4 board twice now. Both times this year. Honestly, I got the cheapest printer I could find in 2015 with the largest build volume and heated bed. The company was located in GA so I figured I would be close to the company and could count on them if I ran into issues; However, I have only marginally been happy with the print quality it produced.

I think it is now time to upgrade my printer, so I ordered a Prusa I3 M3 and should have it in a week or more. I will need to build it and test is before I can continue to building the parts for this build that will be 3D printed. This will mostly be gauntlets, ear caps, range finder (if I decide to have one on this build), and possibly the chest diamond.  More to come on this in the coming weeks.

To add insult to injury, my 20 gallon 2 hp air compressor died over the weekend and that forced me to purchase a new compressor. So, yes the past few days have been very expensive and have stalled the build in some areas.


The silver lining to all of this is that it has afforded me time to further address some details of the build that I was not happy with. One of these details is the shin guard armor. I kind of just made what was easy at the time and then looking at them, the top layer with the V cut just looked cheesy so I cut off the outside part of the V and added another piece of Sentra and now I think they look more like they belong in the Star Wars universe.  I did chip one of the top pieces on the left boot but this will add to the weather detail once everything is painted. Here is a comparison.

(https://i.imgur.com/eMWQWEv.png)

I will be attempting to add some layered details to the VF armor as well. Currently I am working on the leather goods such as the holster and belt and should have some pics to share this weekend.

That’s it for now and thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Nov 13, 2018, 10:05 AM
Update,

I built the holster for my A-180.

(https://i.imgur.com/gwauCIT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/D9C3Euc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9rCor1p.jpg)

Next, following the change to my shin guards, I decided to add Sentra to the vacuum formed armor. This seemed simpler than it was, because the VF armor is based on Boba Fett armor which is not symmetrical. This means that none of the armor was symmetrical. I mat still play with the shoulder bells and abdomen but for the most part, I think this is a good improvement over the basic mando armor.

(https://i.imgur.com/MDX8kYT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0Y9JClI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/asYlL7Y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zLxV9Ar.jpg)

Next, I knocked out a few greebles. I wanted a few small but tall (1/2” x 3”) code cylinder, Aliens grenade looking things. I also want three power cylinder reloads for my A-180. So I jumped on my lather and made these. Initially I made two of each but then I needed to add a third and then realized just how inaccurate I was being in my duplication. I will be adding some black and red paint to them in some areas.

(https://i.imgur.com/NfK5Vk3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tXPhcrZ.jpg)

Lastly, Monday my Prusa arrived so I am now assembling it and then there is Fallout 76 for the remainder of the week.

(https://i.imgur.com/OM09fKj.jpg)

Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Nov 20, 2018, 02:58 PM
Update,
Well two things have been taking up a lot of my time…

(https://i.imgur.com/7ZVdF1c.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/edxHR5S.jpg?1)

However, I have managed to get some stuff done.  First, I cleaned, painted, and weathered the belt greebles I made. Since they are aluminum, I painted them with KG metal coatings 2400 series firearms coatings which is a bake-on coating.

(https://i.imgur.com/aYoGx18.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fZGMlLw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jDL2J5B.jpg)

Next, I dyed my belt, holster, and leg strap, then I applied a protective coating and rubbed away some of the stain to give it that weathered look.

(https://i.imgur.com/hc8NCyG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HkvyDKk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jEvUcHJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zTUdVV9.jpg)

And that is what I have accomplished so far. Thanks for the interest and Happy Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jin'thal Ca'vallas on Nov 20, 2018, 10:42 PM
this brothers got mad skills....
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 21, 2018, 04:23 AM
Awesome build, vod! 
What is that A180 made from?  Looks too shiny to be a resin cast. ;D
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Nov 21, 2018, 10:24 AM
Jinthal, thank you.

Straka Zulu, nope its an airsoft Luger with the AW Custom A180 Conversion Kit for AW Custom P08 6" Luger from Evike.com. I did not get the navy version of the Luger so I had to modify it. Full build is on page 5 of my sniper WIP. http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=144162.60
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Yogi on Nov 21, 2018, 11:33 AM
This build is looking great!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 21, 2018, 12:04 PM
Just read your build thread...   :o :o :o :o
Love what you did with the Famas! :<3: :like:
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Havelock on Nov 21, 2018, 12:18 PM
Everything's looking great, as usual!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 23, 2018, 05:41 PM
I've come in too late to comment on everything individually, so I'll just say for now that everything so far looks great! There's some serious detail work going on there, which is always great. I am not a great fan of trauma plates, but the detail pieces you've added look really good; not overwhelming coverage on any individual plate, just enough to add depth.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Nov 29, 2018, 11:46 AM
Yogi, thank you.

Straka Zulu, thank you. Yes I wanted to find an airsoft sturmgewehr 44 and modify it but I could not find any for a decent price. I could find AKs and Ars all day long but that was just too common for my taste. The FAMAS worked out well and made a great sniper rifle.

Havelock, thanks Vod.

Slade Kel, thank you for the comments. My plan was to just add some 3D detail to the armor. I tried to not get too carried away with it. It is easy to do when you are looking at just one piece at a time, but I hope it will all blend well when painted and highlighted.

Update, Well I just spent 120ish hours of 3D printing to print my gauntlets and Shev’s gauntlets. The Prusa print slower than my previous printer but it also does a 100% better job. I am concerned that I did not go into slic3r and make the walls thicker, but we will see how they work out. Worst case is I will need to reprint everything.

(https://i.imgur.com/hZEtNOD.jpg)

You can   probably see where I am going with these but if its not all that clear, the left gauntlet (pictured right) will be getting 4 barrels that I will make with aluminum on the metal lathe. It will also get 4 rectangles and two round LEDs and two toggle switches. The right gauntlet will 5 rectangle LEDs, one round LED, and a large strobing LED like in my previous build. I am still working on what colors to use.

Also, I modeled and printed new chest diamonds for Shev and myself with our family sigil.

(https://i.imgur.com/MUhjPUb.jpg)

Well that is the update for now. As always, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Dec 03, 2018, 10:09 AM
Update,

I finished the enclosure for the Prusa and got back on the Mando kit stuff.

(https://i.imgur.com/FGNoab7.jpg)

I finished the belt. The belt is a 2” wide leather strap I got from Tandy Leather. Previously I had added the buckle and holster to the belt and stained it black. I also got a 1” wide strap from Tandy and planned on using it to attach my greebles. All the aluminum greebles were made with a thinner 1” wide cut out in the center of each to allow the strap to lock them in place so they would not fall off the belt once mounted. I had been deciding how I would attach the 1” strap to the belt.

My first thought was to use rivets and leave them raw metal to sort of stand out and “pop” as another detail but I decided that was not the best approach. I ended up sewing the strap to the belt and stitching between the greebles. I also wanted to add at least one pouch to the belt and I had an extra black surplus French MAT 49 pouch I got from Sportsman’s Guide for my previous build. Once all this stuff was added I tried it on along with the girth belt, flight suit, and vest.

(https://i.imgur.com/go7o2ea.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6iNqL5k.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kiqCXEm.jpg)

Next, I built the waist strap for the cod piece. I used some 1.5” nylon webbing and added Velcro where needed. Next, I attached two pieces of webbing to the cod piece with rivets and added Velcro. The back side of the waist strap had a bee dot 100% silicone to prevent it from slipping.

(https://i.imgur.com/zw9tO6m.jpg)

Next, I added hard Velcro to the back side of all the armor and did a test fit with the armor on the vest.

(https://i.imgur.com/4m998lt.jpg)

Lastly, I removed the back pockets from the flight suit and used the material to make some tool pockets on the left thigh. I used two reading glasses cases and another of the small tins for the tools. My normal sewing machine did not like the thread I was using so the sewing is not my best but Once everything is weathered is will all look fine. The tools are held in the pockets with Velcro.

(https://i.imgur.com/E8k4pH4.jpg)

And that is it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jenga on Dec 03, 2018, 10:25 AM
Everything is looking great! Love your attention to detail.

May just be the angle but check your spacing between your left chest plate and collar. Looks like it’s creeping a lil close.  :like:
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Slade Kel on Dec 03, 2018, 07:28 PM
Wow, yeah, definitely looks awesome! :D. I'll second Jegna on the spacing looking a little wonky, but it also looks like you've propped your phone on something and are using the camera timer so it could just be the angle
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Dec 04, 2018, 10:28 AM
Jenga Feet and Slade Kel, excellent observations and deductions. Actually, I am using the selfie camera on my iPhone 7+ and it is placed at waist level on something in my shop. So, the angel is a little wonky and I did move my arm to activate the 10 second timer. Regardless, I have no doubt that that the spacing is all kinds of messed up. I just threw the plates on and put the vest on by myself to get a quick picture and see how it was looking. Since all the armor is secured with Velcro, adjustments will not be an issue. My biggest concern was the spacing between the shoulder bells and the collar armor, but I think it looks good.

Update,
I picked up the fabric for my cape and will be starting that soon.

I started working on the gloves. I masked off the area I wanted to be coated with silicone and applied the silicone. Once the grey is cured, I will add some black detail and the top of hand armor.

(https://i.imgur.com/BzfvdCT.jpg)

And that is it for this quick update. Thanks for the comments and interest.


Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Dec 10, 2018, 10:09 AM
Update,

After the grey silicone cured, I added some black silicone.

(https://i.imgur.com/eKTmCxZ.jpg)

Here is one of the gloves with the hand armor. I will attach it permanently once its painted.

(https://i.imgur.com/DgT0V2h.jpg)

I wanted a cape with this kit but I wanted something other than just a rectangle of fabric. I found this pater and instructions online.

https://abramsbooks.tumblr.com/post/159986624521/how-to-make-your-own-cape-from-the-heros-closet

Once I grasped what the instructions were telling me I decided to stray a bit from the design. I purchased just shy of 2 yards of a black “suiting” fabric and just shy of 2 yards of a grey “suiting” fabric from JoAnn’s. I wanted more but both of these were at the end of their bolts so 5.5 feet of each is what I ended up with. The black is a 93% Polyester 7% Spandex blend and is slightly stretchy. The grey is a thinner crepe fabric that is not stretchy at all. I knew I wanted to add sections of the grey on the black and rather than cutting everything and sewing is all back together, I opted to just stitch the grey over the black in several areas. Additionally, I wanted to add some Mandoa script to the cape so a simple line down the center of the back was going to be the best way achieve this. I laid out the pattern on the black fabric and traced all the pleats with chalk.

(https://i.imgur.com/6HpaEhg.jpg)

Next, I measured the area of the two main (top) pleats and then made covers for these pleats out of the grey fabric as well as the 6” wide strip for the center. Next, I stitched the grey patches to the black and finished out the shoulder pleats as detailed in the instructions. Since the fabric was only 5.5’ long, the shoulder pleats do not fall as in the picture of the super hero cape, rather they tend to flare out to the sides. Next, I attached some snaps to each shoulder of the cape and to the flack vest. Lastly, I got some heat transfer vinyl for my Silhouette cutter and made some Mandoa script saying “vengeance”; as an executioner’s job is to hunt down and execute traitors to Mandalore. Here is a picture of the cape mounted sans the back plate.

(https://i.imgur.com/HcG0kuW.jpg)

And here is a side picture.

(https://i.imgur.com/mFJs8ss.jpg)

I am pleased with how the cape turned out and I feel its unique enough to be consistent with my build.

Next, I will be working on the gauntlets and the bucket, then it will be paint time.
Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Dec 13, 2018, 10:54 AM
Just a quick update,

I spent the evening working on the lathe with some aluminum stock to produce the cannons for my gauntlet.

(https://i.imgur.com/CQl14IF.jpg)

Additionally, I built 10 models of Mandalorian Chest Diamonds that will be painted and used as trophies for my kit. Although this picture has holes at the top of each diamond, I omitted the holes for the file I up-loaded to Thingiverse so you can use them as your chest diamond or as trophies.

(https://i.imgur.com/P6pd2fd.jpg)

These are free to download so you can print your own chest diamonds on my Thingiverse page here:
https://www.thingiverse.com/11b30b4/designs

As, always, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jin'thal Ca'vallas on Dec 16, 2018, 11:28 PM
if I end up buying a new lathe because of this ill be telling my wife its your fault Bat o.O
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Dec 17, 2018, 09:32 AM
Jinthal, cool, I can take the heat and if you get a new tool out of it, its all good.

Update,
I sanded the gauntlets and test fit the cannons.

(https://i.imgur.com/llEpK2v.jpg)

Next, I built some of the electronics for the gauntlets, but I am waiting on some other small bits before I can install everything.

Next, I put everything on to test fit it all together. Here is the complete kit minus the hand armor.

(https://i.imgur.com/mIkIfCR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wP3clyY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2nINm0w.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BDmF6Im.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/3S3ScKz.jpg)

I am in the process of building the arm band. That’s it for the update, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jenga on Dec 17, 2018, 12:46 PM
Looking darn good!! Great job on fixing that bit of spacing everything is looking great  :like:
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jin'thal Ca'vallas on Dec 21, 2018, 04:57 PM
whoever said "NO CAAAPES!" obviously hasn't seen this bit of awesome
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 21, 2018, 05:27 PM
I have to thank you for making the file for those diamonds.  I'm waiting for my library to print them for me. 
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Dec 24, 2018, 09:42 AM
Jenga, thank you. I am having an issue with the left breast plate, it will not stay connected to the Velcro, so I will need to diagnose the issue and find a solution.

 I will be using Chicago screws on the top and bottom of the back plate like I am using with the top of the collar plate. Another issue I found is that the crotch in these coveralls hangs lower than I would like and this means the cod piece is not where I think it should be. This is the one glaring advantage to getting an actual flight suit over the coveralls. The crotch in the flight suit is more anatomically cut and fits better. The flight suit is designed to be worn as a garment where the coverall is designed to be worn over a garment.

Jinthal, thanks brother. I may do another cape in the future with a lot more material so that it would come out closer to the super hero cape that the plans are designed for. Or perhaps not…. I am digging how this cape looks and it was all by accident.

Straka, absolutely. I am glad you find them helpful. I try to share all the 3D models I make or modify. I completely believe in sharing content for printing. Most of the time, I wait till I have finished my current project before I share the models, but I have also learned that if I do not do share them while I am thinking about them, I will forget to share them later.

Update.
I realize that I have not had a lot of content to share recently. Life has been getting in the way of me having fun and when I am working on cosplay stuff, its not even my kit. Regardless, this is a little something I wanted to add to this kit.
Since my armor is medium, I will not have bicep armor and wanted to fill that space with something, so I thought about an arm band with some reloads or grenades or something on it. I remembered that I had some spent CO2 cartridges laying around and I had a few of these automotive vacuum plugs I had purchased for m Rogue One Crystal Patrol Pack antenna top.

I sand basted all the cartridges then painted them with bake on flat back fire arms paint. Next, I printed out some vinyl masks of the explosion and the chevron and masked the cartridges. Next, I sand basted the designs on the cartridges. I added the vacuum plus on top and presto. Lastly, I weathered them with some scuffing and scratching with 220 grit sand paper.

For the arm band I cut a piece of saddle leather 3.5” x 10”. I burnished the edges and died it black. I took a 1” black strap and marked where it needed to be attached to the larger piece of leather then I sewed it all together. I attached a 3” wide piece of elastic and added snaps to the leather and the elastic. After I took these pictures I applied black silicone to the back side of the leather to keep it from slipping when worn. I think the arm band turned out well.

(https://i.imgur.com/94TDD5g.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uXtIxwu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Jk42TbV.jpg)

Its these little details that I feel really make a costume.

Thanks for the interest and have a wonderful Christmas.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Slade Kel on Jan 06, 2019, 12:08 PM
Everything is looking great! I could list each individual thing and what's awesome about the progress on it, but you don't need me to write a novel just on praise :). The CO2 cartridges on the bicep are a nice touch for a non-armor filler. I feel you on the coverall crotch issue; it's one of the reasons I went to using Dickies work pants and shirt for an easy-made two-piece under-suit a few years back, for availability and ease of alteration. If you haven't already, a little velcro on the lower crotch and the end of the cod-piece can help alleviate the problem a bit, or a half Boba-thing; a strap from the bottom of the cod piece that fastens pretty much right between the legs. It's a little more comfortable than having the full strap all the way up to the back of the belt.

Re: Left chest plate velcro; I'm sure this is answered elsewhere, but for clarity you're using Industrial strength velcro on the plate (the hook side) and regular sew-on loop side on the vest, right? If so your issue might just be not enough velcro, unless your issue is the velcro coming off of the plate? It can happen with certain materials, and you might just need to get some super glue, gorilla glue or epoxy on there to reinforce the adhesive on the velcro.

I like your attention to detail when laying out how you've done each part, it will be a valuable resource for other members doing work they haven't done before, or even for those of us that have, giving a different perspective on some build points. Me, I'm pretty bad about laying out my work :P, so my build logs are always done in fits and starts.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 07, 2019, 09:07 AM
Slade Kel, thank you for the suggestions for the cod piece and dealing with the coverall crotch issue. The Velcro used (both sewn on and adhered is industrial strength. The issue is the LED name tag that I use for my chest display and this leaves a 1” x 3” area without Velcro in the most crucial place. I have some ideas on how to address this, but I have yet to try it. I appreciate your comments and praise.

Update,
I have finished assembling the electronics for the right gauntlet. In this picture you can see the two halves of the gauntlet, the four barrels, the hinge pin and locking pin (bicycle spokes), the hypnotic bars kit, and two LED flasher kits. All the electronic kits were ordered from Chaney Electronics; however, I replaced the LEDs for the flasher kits with rectangle LEDs and I added additional LEDs.

(https://i.imgur.com/wc9lFVR.jpg)

I will finish the left gauntlet on a later date. I moved on to the helmet. First, I rough cut all the areas to be removed with a Dremel. I used two bits to accomplish this, the 1/8” 9903 Tungsten Carbide Cutter and then the 5/64” 7134 Diamond Wheel Point for the smaller and tighter areas.

(https://i.imgur.com/lp1FUzS.jpg)

Next, I cleaned all the edges with small files.

(https://i.imgur.com/mcDr9Zl.jpg)

And here is the result of the filing. All the holes been cleaned up and the helmet is now ready for sanding.

(https://i.imgur.com/R3IIXqz.jpg)

So, more progress and we should be painting soon. As always, thank you for the comments and interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 07, 2019, 10:16 PM
Those are beautiful buckets,  aren't they?
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 09, 2019, 02:10 PM
Straka, yes they are. I should be doing more work on them tonight.

Thanks for the comments.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 15, 2019, 03:22 PM
Update,

Ok so I finished sanding the bucket and I will be mounting the earcaps and then painting soon.

(https://i.imgur.com/rsst1o8.jpg)

Next, since I formed the knees and back plate out of Abs and the ABS has a rough side, the parts came out rough. I was not that concerned since it is armor but to get them to closer match the other armor parts I sanded the knees. I drilled and milled out the mounting holes for my knee darts and then I sanded with 100-220 grit. In this picture the knee on the left has been sanded.

(https://i.imgur.com/8eWwZHl.jpg)

Next, I needed to re-form the shoulder areas of the back plate because of a gap near the top of the pale and my shoulder. Re-forming with a heat gun was not going well so I cut the back plate then heated the area up and folded it on itself. Next, I reinforced the fold with fiberglass on the inside and PC-7 on the outside.

(https://i.imgur.com/pqecUJr.jpg)

Lastly, I sanded the back plate with 100-220 and now its ready for painting.

(https://i.imgur.com/xeoaMb9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BovBWPR.jpg)

That is it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 15, 2019, 08:37 PM
Nice! Are those custom earcaps for the Executioner?
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 16, 2019, 09:42 AM
I made them in Tinkercad and printed them. These particular earcaps are not on my Thingiverse page ;however, I have several different types available for free download on my Thingiverse page. You will need to scale them to fit the specific helmet you are working with. 
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Jan 16, 2019, 01:52 PM
I keep trying to come up with reasons not to buy a 3D printer for myself and I'm running out. Seriously some awesome work here, man. I'm loving the custom leatherwork most of all!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 16, 2019, 02:01 PM
Novoc, thanks for the comments. for what its worth IMHO, the Prusa I3 MK3 kit is worth every penny and more. I love my Prusa and I am soooooooooooooo glad I upgraded from my old printer.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 22, 2019, 10:59 AM
Update,

First, I attached the now sanded back plate to the vest and checked to see that my modification did fix the gap between my shoulders and the back plate.

(https://i.imgur.com/z1O8Xbf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/brhONFp.jpg)

Everything looks good, so I drilled and installed the Chicago screws to the back plate to provide additional support in keeping it secured to the vest.

(https://i.imgur.com/QLdfcip.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gEgx9yT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dN9fR5A.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CWFRjBj.jpg)

Next, I sanded all the armor with 220 grit then I dented and scratched all the armor by rubbing it in gravel and scratching it with a file. After the scratching, I washed everything and set aside to dry.

(https://i.imgur.com/NqV5w4m.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/d47CF07.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9jCekOL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aKKU6Zc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AGsNGEc.jpg)

Next, I cut out the vent holes in my helmet for the ear caps and attached the ear caps with super glue. I filled in any gaps between the helmet and ear caps with super glue and baking soda then I sanded the joints and cleaned everything up.

(https://i.imgur.com/TEbTuW2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5qcStkM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CmVKhbI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/LhU3DQ6.jpg)

Next, I got a variety of grey spray paints to test to determine the colors I will be using for the armor. I sprayed the test plastic with primer then metallic silver. Once that cured, I shot the grey colors on the plastic.

(https://i.imgur.com/Wj5qFOC.jpg)

Some things to consider:
There are not a lot of shades of grey (insert joke here) in spray paint. Additionally, the primer is grey already and a lot of the grey spray paint I found was primer and not paint. Yes, I could just use the primer as a paint but that only gives me one shade. Many of the grey spray paint shades I found were gloss and not flat or satin. The largest selection seemed to be in satin and while not ideal, I can work with satin. I had considered using my air brush and I still may do some touch-up work with it but for painting all the armor, spray paint is the most economical way to go.

So, this test gives me 5 colors to work with and I will develop a color scheme and get to painting in the near future.

That’s it for the update and thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Jan 23, 2019, 11:49 AM
This is coming along really nicely! Vest looks great, you did a great job of fixing that back plate up. Can't wait to see the paint job.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 23, 2019, 11:53 AM
Novoc, thank you for the comments.
Here is an updated concept art with the paint scheme. Nothing in stone yet, still tossing some ideas around.

(https://i.imgur.com/sOJ4Tm2.jpg)
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Jan 23, 2019, 09:38 PM
Very nice looking kit!!! I wish I had a set of those ear caps for my Executioner!!! Those plates are very nice! I love the layers you have put on this kit. Its definitely shows some nice attention to detail!!! I will be following this build!!!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 24, 2019, 10:06 AM
Darasuum, thank you for the comments and I realize it’s a bit after the fact but here are the earcaps if you should ever decide to do another helmet and want to use them.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3378050

Everything I post on my Thingiverse page is free to use, alter, print, whatever you want to do with the models.
https://www.thingiverse.com/11b30b4/designs

Update,
Finally painting! Ok so I shot a coat of primer on all the parts to be painted. The thing about primer is that it really brings out all the flaws in the armor. If I wanted to make a nice and shiny Mando, there would be a lot of sanding and filling to be done; however, who want a shiny Mando? My Mando is an executioner and he has seen a good bit of combat, so all the flaws just add to the battle damage look.

(https://i.imgur.com/qnKGJJA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vH1Pnpq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FKpszjN.jpg)

A few hours later I shot all the armor with metallic silver. I will let this paint cure for 24 hours, then I will be able to mask and start shooting the color on.

(https://i.imgur.com/mSVEWeu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vHqvIfI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6NbHqI6.jpg)

And that is it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Jan 24, 2019, 10:14 AM
Thanks for the files, its never too late, I have my ear caps bolted on so they can be easily removed!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Blackdugal on Jan 25, 2019, 09:34 PM
I am loving this build and I need to get with you on the vest pattern.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Jan 29, 2019, 12:35 AM
Darasuum, no problem. I did notice when I attached my ear caps that John’s helmet is not completely symmetrical. One side is about 1/8” longer than the other side. I just filled and ground both sides to look symmetrical.

Blackdugal, Thank you sir. The pattern is easy enough and I am sure we will be meeting sometime soon for the hand over. Then I can get a nice colored cord, a new tag for my forum profile and a lot more stress in my life. 

Ok, Lots of painting has been done…
After the metallic silver, I shot all the armor with Stone Grey Rust-Oleum. Next I began masking and then shot all the Iron Ace brand paint.

(https://i.imgur.com/8MByP09.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0HJ9kBr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AOn5AYi.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xRenSRY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FHZysAy.jpg)

Next, I shot the Costal Grey Rust-Oleum on the helmet.

(https://i.imgur.com/3BlVwTo.jpg)

Next, after more masking, I shot the stainless Krylon.

(https://i.imgur.com/8gHcQRg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JZOo9OZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wwQkWb0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GWKpAmb.jpg)

Next, I masked and shot the Pewter Gray Krylon.

(https://i.imgur.com/eW0W0HW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XgMFnUe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Yoa9Ndo.jpg)

Next, I shot all the trophy chest diamonds in a variety of colors.

(https://i.imgur.com/mKwcAuD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cEAAtRS.jpg)

Here is how the armor looks currently.

(https://i.imgur.com/dfLsCVH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KjTJBoH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FeaFHU8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hDBHxQ5.jpg)

The decision to mix types and brands of paint was made because of the lack of gray shades available. This unfortunately, resulted in some orange peel on several parts. I am not concerned with the orange peel since all the armor will be sanded, weathered, and black washed. If anything, this adds to the used and battle damaged look.

(https://i.imgur.com/yvNIPg4.jpg)

Lastly, I added the knee arts and painted them.

(https://i.imgur.com/4mWa9t3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/156O6rV.jpg)

So, now I will start to decide what symbols and decals the armor will get before weathering.

That is it for the update. As always, thank you for the comments and interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Jan 29, 2019, 12:50 AM
Almost seems too pretty to dirty up now, but I cannot WAIT to see what this looks like covered in some grime!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Nico Fett on Jan 29, 2019, 01:10 AM
Ho boy i'm finding this thread at just the right time; I'm very eager to see how beautiful those scratches on your plates are going to look once the weathering paint is done  :like:
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Jan 29, 2019, 09:15 AM
Paint is looking great! Keep up the fantastic work!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 01, 2019, 12:08 AM
Novoc, thank you.
Nico, thank you.
Darasuum, thank you.

Ok, I spent some time and came up with my decaling scheme. As expected, there was a lot of masking to be done. I shot some of this stuff with airbrush acrylic but the acrylic had some issues sticking to the spray painted surfaces so some of this was redone with spray paint. Also, almost every decal had edges and in some cases complete letters that pulled off with the stencil. This is not an issue and will contribute to the weathering effect.

(https://i.imgur.com/6Cs0WLt.jpg)

And this is how everything turned out. I am happy with everything and I will start the weathering Saturday.

(https://i.imgur.com/xi0WvFF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6dFGtuQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nw6LEhd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sf3V9Us.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oZeac39.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/z2gbxa7.jpg)

And that is it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 01, 2019, 12:34 AM
Did you custom make the stencils for the letters? 
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Nico Fett on Feb 01, 2019, 12:52 AM
I approve of this orange diamond
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 01, 2019, 08:28 AM
Straka, all the letters are mandoa font, if that is what you are asking. I can’t rember exactly what everything says but one says, execute traitors, another says always loyal, and another one is the 3 canons.

Nico, I am glad you approve. I tried to make each a little different.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Blackdugal on Feb 01, 2019, 09:27 AM
I am not letting Amy see your basement b/c then she's going to want me to get in my garage and get it cleaned up.  Everything is looking good.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 01, 2019, 09:52 AM
Oh, I know the letters are in Mando'a.  Was asking if you made the stencils or bought them.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Blackdugal on Feb 01, 2019, 11:20 AM
Knowing Bat he probably made them himself.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jennari on Feb 01, 2019, 02:14 PM
Looking good, ner vod. Everything's awesome!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 03, 2019, 10:51 AM
Straka, I have a Silhouette Cameo. This is a cutter machine used mostly for scrapbooking; however, it cuts vinyl as well as other materials. I make the stencils in a graphics program called Corel Draw then cut them out with the Silhouette. I pluck the parts that are not needed out then apply the vinyl to the object and paint over it. It has been an invaluable tool for cos-play.

Blackdugal, every man needs a man cave. Besides, you and I both know, Amy will be using all that space for costume making and you will need to make appointments to get access to the work shop. And now that the kids are getting kits, you guys can turn it into another fun family activity.

Jennari, thank you.

Ok, I sanded a ton and applied a little bit of silver paint here and there but mostly I was able to sand off the top coat and expose the metallic silver underneath. Once all the armor was sanded I mixed up some watered down black acrylic paint and applied it to everything. This wash is basically the final step in my weathering process. Now I will let everything sit for 3 days and then shoot a few coats of clear matt on everything to seal in the weathering and help protect the paint. Next, I will install all the electronics and the visor and weather the flight suit then I should be ready for application pictures. Here are the pictures of the weathered armor drying.

(https://i.imgur.com/IP3EOyJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PEk7KAT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AbmF4x9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vyBASG8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Qu8LuzS.jpg)

As always, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 03, 2019, 01:37 PM
Thanks for the info!  :like:  :boba: :like:
I need to get back into Corel Draw, I haven't used it since college. 
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 04, 2019, 10:46 PM
Straka, no problem. I think most people are using Adobe now but I cut my teeth on Corel and I tend to stick with what I know.

Ok, while the weathering is still off gassing and curing, I wanted to show some detailed pictures of the weathering.

(https://i.imgur.com/DOFFhSL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/k47aUMp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Jhxehtv.jpg)

Additionally, I shot some spray paint on the flight suit and cape to weather them.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZJTCXwX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WwrDdyE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ekCqkUt.jpg)

So, Wednesday I will shoot the clear coat. Once that is cured, I will add the electronics.

Oh, and I am now the Ver'alor for Naast. Let the shenanigans begin.

That’s it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jennari on Feb 05, 2019, 07:25 PM
Noice!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 06, 2019, 11:08 AM
Jennari, thank you.

Ok, last night I finished all the electronics for the gauntlets. The rectangle LEDs are white; however, I painted them with transparent red, green, and blue Tamiya acrylic paint. Tonight I will shoot the clear coat on the armor.

(https://i.imgur.com/MP60xxu.jpg)

Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 07, 2019, 10:32 AM
Ok, clear coat shot. I really hate spray paint for this. I used Rust-Oluem flat enamel clear and it did “orange peel” in a few areas. I let all my parts cure for longer than 72 hours just to attempt to avoid this issue. Oh well, I did learn that if I shoot several very light coats over a period of time rather than thicker coats, it did reduce the frequency of the orange peel.

Here is the bucket clear coated.

(https://i.imgur.com/v4T3K7R.jpg)

I also clear coated then attached the chest diamond trophy’s.

(https://i.imgur.com/IDY0IWG.jpg)

Next, I weathered and permanently attached the barrels to the left gauntlet.

(https://i.imgur.com/3YjgI0B.jpg)

Lastly, I assembled the helmet fans.

(https://i.imgur.com/wj4gxdo.jpg)

Next, I will be adding all the electronics, visor, and fabric covers for all the holes in the helmet (ear caps, key holes, mouth). I should be shoot some application pictures next week if all goes well.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 08, 2019, 06:35 PM
Big Update,

First, I glued the armor to the gloves with RTV silicone adhesive.

(https://i.imgur.com/UB1BYUm.jpg)

24 hours late they were done.

(https://i.imgur.com/YAQ91GL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/iq02OaV.jpg)

Next, I installed the mounting screws for the visor inside the helmet with PC-7. I also glued in some Velcro and used magnets to hold the Velcro in place.

(https://i.imgur.com/hlqleq8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/p1ihE6S.jpg)

24 hours late, the Velcro and PC-7 were cured. I used super glue to adhere some very thin black material on the inside of all the openings in the helmet. I also used some craft foam to make the top padding inside. Lastly I cut the visor from a 3M safety shield and test fit it inside the helmet.

(https://i.imgur.com/sAiSJ1q.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UQYM6sO.jpg)

Next, I applied the mirrored window tint to the visor and installed it.

(https://i.imgur.com/Sqvr5vP.jpg)

Next, I installed the cooling fans and padding. I like how the helmet came out.

(https://i.imgur.com/e4l09Th.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dL1gAiP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yxD95r6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ANbhJJ1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zcOTcii.jpg)

Next, I installed all the electronics inside the gauntlets.

(https://i.imgur.com/Rzylh01.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TcpnpWq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gszsw7p.jpg)

And that finished all the pre application work. Sooooooo I took some application pictures. It was outside and on a not so flat hill.

(https://i.imgur.com/UiZ17WW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BFh8qNu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zHNcHm8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UevP3iK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WimhYwN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/A1qaN8X.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vekyJUD.jpg)

So we will see if there is stuff to fix or not.
Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Feb 09, 2019, 01:00 PM
Bat that is some spot on gorgeous work you have there. You should be very proud of that kit and will have those kill stripes in no time!!! OYA!!!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 10, 2019, 01:05 PM
Darasuum, thank you. Pre-app already in progress.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Jennari on Feb 10, 2019, 07:57 PM
You look amazing!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 10, 2019, 08:15 PM
Jennari, thank you.

Just a short update. Over in the pre app thread, a comment was made about the left breast armor protruding slightly and if there was any weathering on the flack jacket.

To address both of these, I removed the left breast armor and milled down the epoxy sculpt a bit to allow the armor to lay flatter. Also, I did weather the flack jacket but I added more weathering. This should fix both issues.

(https://i.imgur.com/OxujsX4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hdm8FRM.jpg)

That’s it for the update. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 10, 2019, 09:25 PM
Looks good, vod. 
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 14, 2019, 10:21 AM
Straka, thank you.

Ok I submitted new pics for pre-app and they have now been sent to regionals, so the waiting continues. In the meantime, here are the current pics.

(https://i.imgur.com/hvo2aHc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/brZBK74.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tMDE8q9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/7J8exQd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MvMFHA2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wRtVX2O.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EPIWuVQ.jpg)

Thanks for the interest


Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Kol Varek on Feb 14, 2019, 04:47 PM
Beautiful quality work, well done! I would recommend tightening up the spacing just a hair, but I'll be interested to hear the feedback from the pre-app process! Well done.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 21, 2019, 10:05 PM
Really excellent work :). Your right shin looks like it's twisted to the side a bit, and the spacing from collar to chest and chest to ab plates does look a little on the wide side, but not impossibly so.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 22, 2019, 09:36 AM
Kol, thank you for the suggestion. Its actually the camera being held at chest height and not the actual spacing. The spacing is 1” neck to breast, breast to abdominal, and ½: diamond to breast. Keep in mind that the armor is vacuum formed and based on Boba Fett armor so there are no real straight lines. I haven working on some symmetrical bucks for future pulls, but these were the last pieces I was able to pull from my old bucks.
Slade, thank you for your comments. Again, it’s just the position of the camera and this is one of my largest complaints with the approval process. Its like the app team does not take into account the position of the camera and or the angel.  Regardless, no one at regionals had an issue with my spacing, rather the seeming lack of weathering to my cape. I did weather my cape and quite considerably; however, it does not show up very well in a picture (again issues with pictures). Soooo I went hard and heavy with the spray paint. I do not like how much I had to use to get the weathering to show up good in a picture but there should be no doubt that its been weathered now and is consistent with the rest of the kit. So tonight, more pics and resubmission.

(https://i.imgur.com/vhZT93L.jpg)

That’s it for the update, thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Tusken Dan on Feb 22, 2019, 03:56 PM
Looks good man!! :like:
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Feb 22, 2019, 11:04 PM
thanks Dan


App submitted 2/28/19 21:39 EST

App approved 3/2/19 13:18 EST

And a little something I am working on for everyone:
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=166608.0
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Sep 08, 2019, 04:42 PM
I made a visor tutorial for anyone needing it.
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=174839.0
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Sep 23, 2019, 06:06 PM
Update 9/23/2019

Back in 2018 I upgraded my side arm from a nerf conversion to the Blastech A-180 (Jyn Erso’s gun from Rogue One) because I wanted a sidearm that felt real and I have always liked the Luger pistol design. The A-180 uses the Luger are the base weapon for the its design. I learned that almost all the weapons used in Rogue One were made from all metal air soft guns and then I found out that a company (AW Customs had made an all metal conversion kit to convert an airsoft Luger to an A-180. I jumped at the chance to build this gun and unlike almost all my other accessories and costumes, this would be primarily a kit gun. I would not need to do a whole lot of fabrication, so that A-180 became my primary side arm. If you are interested in the A-180 build its on page 5 of my other Mandalorian build thread:
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=144162.60

When I decided to make another Mandalorian costume, I knew I wanted to do an executioner and I wanted to be fairly minimal on accessories. I used the A-180 for this costume as well and did not want to carry a rifle for invasions; however, I later found that there were times I did want a carbine rifle but not a huge sniper rifle like I had for my other build. Additionally, my original sniper rifle build with a wooden stock got a lot of complements so I knew that if I made a carbine, I wanted to do another wooden stock as well. I also wanted to base this carbine on a real world gun and use an air soft gun for the build.

After Rogue One and Solo its hard to find a correct era looking gun to base a build off that has not already been used. As I said previously, I like the Luger and I have a good knowledge about its design and development. One weapon that I have always liked the look of and knew it had not been used in the SW universe before was the Borchardt C-93.
(https://i.imgur.com/GRhNWqq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FyMRu5r.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ARogWq8.jpg)

The Borchardt C-93 was designed by Hugo Borchardt in 1893. As you can see from the reference pictures it shares a lot of similarities with the Luger, this is because Borchardt’s assistant was Georg Luger. Anyway, the large drum structure near the rear of the weapon housed a large spring that provided the return slide action, and there are other differences but the Luger was heavily based on what Borchardt pioneered. There were roughly 3000 Borchardts made and they saw service in WWI.

There are real versions still around and they sell for over 20,000.00 and there are a at least two Japanese companies that made air soft version but they sell for around 400.00 if you can find them. My only real option was to 3D print one. I found a few models but many of them were renders for gaming and not designed for printing. Regardless, I reworked a free and license free model for printing and then designed many of the add-on parts to resemble the A-180. I may later develop a more accurate 3d model for printing but for now this will do.
(https://i.imgur.com/wAUzqpx.jpg)

I also nabbed a free and license free model of a single point scope based on the Armson OEG. For anyone who wants to know, the Armson OEG was the first “red dot” scope and was later sold by Trijicon. The US Military (special operations) used them late in the Viet Nam War and continued to use them until Trijicon developed the tritium red dot scopes and later the battery powered scopes by Trijicon, Aimpoint, and others. The Armson OEG is the scope you see on the rebel DH-17 and even on Capitan Andor’s A-280 CFE. Anyway, the scope is not a see through scope, its actually solid and has a red fiber optic running through the center that picks up ambient light from the reflector on the front (the clear dome part) and illuminated the fiber optic. When you use the scope you keep both eyes open and look at the target with your left eye and look at the scope with your right eye. This results in a red dot to appear on the target since your brain combines the two separate images. Now days we look through red dot scopes and the red dot is projected on the target inside the scope but back in the day this was cutting edge tech. I digress, I printed out the single point scope and made some mounts for it to work with my designed carbine. Unfortunatly, clear abs does not print exactly clear but it turned out good enough. The actual domes on the Armson OEGs were known to discolor and become a milky white so this is not that far off.
(https://i.imgur.com/dS5Em3S.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mHWLDbM.jpg)

After sanding, everything I primed and then painted all the parts.
(https://i.imgur.com/2cFEsBS.jpg)

I wanted the A-180 style parts to look stainless like my A-180 but recreating this with paint is hard. The Borchardt was originally parkerized and later blued so I painted it with a grey color. The scope and other parts were black or another shade of grey. The grips were wood on the Borchardt but again that is hard to replicate on a plastic gun. To further complicate things, it would be very difficult to match the real wood stock with the plastic grips. After painting, I began the assembly.
(https://i.imgur.com/XvT63jO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wk04NWx.jpg)

I made the T-tracks from a garage door seal and applied them with some E-6000. After that I roughed out the stock template.
(https://i.imgur.com/vdsPgND.jpg)

Like my sniper rifle, the stock was made from ¾ thick white pine. It would be two parts that were glued together and attached with 4 screws. I cut the template out on the boards and then routed out the inside of the boards to reduce weight and allow the stock to slide on to the end of the gun.
(https://i.imgur.com/26LT32Q.jpg)

After a test fit, I glued the two halves together then rogued out the exterior with a band saw and various sanding tools. Once I had the shape done, I stained the stock with an English Chestnut stain.
(https://i.imgur.com/mAhapnw.jpg)

I made some templates for graphics and painted them on the stock then applied a clear coat. I also weathered the rest of the gun and clear coated it was well. Overall I am happy with how it turned out.
(https://i.imgur.com/IeQHRrJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2cmhcVr.jpg)

Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 24, 2019, 01:35 AM
Wow.
I love the look of that blaster.  The C-93 was an excellent choice for the base.

If you haven't,  check out Forgotten Weapons on YouTube.   A LOT of good videos for inspiration.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 25, 2019, 02:50 PM
Really clever cobbling together of parts and unique weapons! This gives me a very vintage original trilogy feel!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Dac'Gar Ordo on Sep 26, 2019, 07:13 AM
I just took my time to read this whole wip.

I love the time/effort and diffrent skills you've put in it man. Makes everything pop really nice!
I've learned a lot of new stuff to use in my own 2nd build now, but it's fun to see how people use the same things we all use in difrent ways!
The level of deail in every move/part you make is absolutely amazing!
 :like: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Sep 26, 2019, 09:52 AM
Straka, thanks brother, and yes, I have seen a ton of the forgotten weapons videos, its like tales of the gun but more personal.

Kol, and that is what I was shooting for. Since most of the weapons in the OT were built using WWII era weapons, I started with that in mind. In fact, I was sure that Star Wars would never base a weapon off a modernized weapon like the AR-15, only to be proven wrong with examples like a BlasTech A280-CFE. In any case, there are still a ton of unique weapons from the 1800’s through the mid 1900’s to work with.

Dac’Gar, thank you. I do it because I like working on this stuff and if you are going to do something, you may as well do it right. I realize I am not a professional prop maker nor am I professional costume maker, I am just happy to be around such talented people.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 28, 2019, 12:09 PM
Correct, a lot of those weapons were world war surplus. I try to look at those old weapons whenever I'm working on new blaster designs!
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Oberin on Apr 06, 2021, 07:20 AM
Dude, this looks awesome! I'd buy one of this for the Halloween. Can you make a customized one? I have some ideas! Also, is it possible to draw something on it? Or maybe even transfer vynil heat? Will a machine like this one stahls.com  (https://www.stahls.com/) damage the helmet? I would like to customize it with some additional paintings or prints for me and my son. Other than that, just want to say that it looks amazing. If you have a page of your works I would like to see more of them, as I collect all kinds of cool stuff.
Title: Re: Bat Akaan’s Executioner WIP (2nd kit)
Post by: Bat Akaan on Apr 06, 2021, 12:23 PM
Oberin, thank you for the compliment. I only made the Borchardt C-93  for my kit, many of my 3d printed designs are available for free on thingiverse but this is not one of them.  I am retired from the MMCC and only come on the board when I receive a notification. Good luck with you build.