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 Panzer - First Build WIP *Pic Heavy*

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Panzer - First Build WIP *Pic Heavy*
« on: Feb 20, 2019, 12:07 AM »
So I've been working with my clan to build my first Kit. One of them suggested that I should create a build thread here and get some feedback from everyone. The build is not complete yet but I will update as I go. I've been taking pictures as I went so I will go through everything - even the parts that I messed up on and the Clan suggested fixes.

Please feel free to comment and let me know if I'm on the right track.

The build started with a question to the App Team about a Do3d Boba Fett 3d model.
https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=160040.0
I wanted to know if the model would be appropriate for any of the Eras because I liked the overall look. As it turned out the helmet was acceptable for a Modern Build.





























With the Helmet done it took me a bit to start working on the armor as I didn't really know the best place to start. I researched a little and figured that the vest was the best place to create the base. I am not very good on a sewing machine so I went through the trading post and found someone to commission to build it.  K'raam Xrati built it - fit like a glove!



Eventually I figured out Sintra was the go-to for armor plates which I had never worked with before. I was very taken back with how easy it was to work with! I used the Jango fett templates from the forums (Not sure the original maker) and a local sign shop provided the Materials. They were 6mm.





Small hiccup which my clan pointed out while I was heat shaping was the distance between the plates is very specific. I shaped them on a mannequin which didn't work so well. Huge thanks to Ciryc Ca'tra for catching this early and sparing alot of pain later.







I reheated and shaped the plates directly to my body creating a MUCH better fit.



Time for some paint and some "Duct tape" mounting.

















Came across some black Faux Fur and I needed to incorporate it into the build.



Work continued on the kit - this time focus on the shoulders shoulders



Quick 3d print on the bracers.



I was walking through walmart and saw a Nerf Blaster guy... I needed it. The clan told me I needed to seriously "de-Nerf" it if I wanted any chance of it passing through the app team. I filled the screw holes with Bondo, Injected the insides with smoothcast resin (so the springs and such wouldn't rattle) and gave it a complete paint job. (sorry best pics I have on this one)



Painted and such.





« Last Edit: Feb 20, 2019, 09:57 AM by Panzer_Elite » Logged

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Re: Panzer - First Build WIP *Pic Heavy*
« Reply #1 on: Feb 20, 2019, 12:38 AM »
so far everything seems to be in order, I was having issues pulling up the weapon photo, but I'm worried it hasn't quite been modified enough.

that being said, excellent work smoothing out that helmet!

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 20, 2019, 12:41 AM »
I wasn't satisfied with how small the shoulder pad sat on the suit. So I dug around and found another that could sit ontop of it to add a little bulk.







Next I came across a bandolier on wish that I thought would compliment the build perfectly!



bandolier needs something in it... so I modeled the capsules from the Mandalorian tv show thats coming out. Sadly my printer has been in better shape so I have to do each capsule one at a time...







Little bit of a road bump here. I had an extra shoulder pad that didn't quite work out that I heated and thought 'Bicep armor!". I was told that you can't use the same template for a different part of the body... I was dissapointed. But I did say I would post mistakes here :P



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« Reply #3 on: Feb 20, 2019, 12:46 AM »
I love the shoulders you added!
here is a tutorial from the war college that can possibly help

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=159524.0

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 20, 2019, 12:48 AM »
Moving down the body I started working on the belt. I was a pretty hardcore batman cosplayer before getting into this build so ... belts are something I am VERY familiar with lol. I picked a belt pouch model and printed away! To keep my printer from hating me I opted to create a mold of this one and do casts.

















I love the shoulders you added!
I know its not a "nerf" brand but here is a tutorial from the war college that can possibly help

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=159524.0

Oh Cool! I'm not the first nut to try something like this lol. Thanks for the encouraging words! I've been nervous to post! I found the original pictures on my phone - check it out  :)




















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Re: Panzer - First Build WIP *Pic Heavy*
« Reply #5 on: Feb 20, 2019, 09:55 AM »
Lots of great work here, the colors look good, I especially dig that shade of red. I'm a fan of the helmet too, and you assembled it really well, looks sick man!
The gun is gonna need a fair amount of work. Your paint job on it is solid, but you'll want to modify it to change the look so you can't tell which nerf it was when you're done. Cut some pieces off, add some panels or a cowling for part, maybe cut a chunk from the front and add a pipe barrel? Lots of ways to do it.
You've got some great work going on and you clearly know what you're doing. Can't wait to see this thing finished

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Re: Panzer - First Build WIP *Pic Heavy*
« Reply #6 on: Feb 20, 2019, 10:07 AM »
Lots of great work here, the colors look good, I especially dig that shade of red. I'm a fan of the helmet too, and you assembled it really well, looks sick man!
The gun is gonna need a fair amount of work. Your paint job on it is solid, but you'll want to modify it to change the look so you can't tell which nerf it was when you're done. Cut some pieces off, add some panels or a cowling for part, maybe cut a chunk from the front and add a pipe barrel? Lots of ways to do it.
You've got some great work going on and you clearly know what you're doing. Can't wait to see this thing finished

Thanks for the encouraging words! I I'll play a little more with the gun - the suggestions sound like there is still some fun to be had there :)

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« Reply #7 on: Feb 20, 2019, 12:17 PM »
Great work so far! As Ronin said, certain sections of the weapon will need to be modified to eliminate the nerf silhouette. Certain things include the charge slide, pistol grip, and the bottom end of the front of the pistol. It'll take a bit of work, but I would recommend taking a look at that War College article for some extra ideas and assistance! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know!

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 20, 2019, 01:16 PM »
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This is a really interesting build.  Watching with interest.

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 20, 2019, 04:35 PM »
As part of my moderation duties I must request that you please avoid Double Posting in the forums.  This is against forum rules as documented HERE.

The posts have been combined.



This is a really interesting build.  Watching with interest.

Sorry about that, I tried to clean it up after Kol Var'Das mentioned the rule. I was honestly just trying to make it easier to post - but I will be more careful in the future.

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 20, 2019, 06:10 PM »
No worries.   ;D

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 22, 2019, 10:54 AM »
Some more progress on the build. I started working on the codpiece. I laid two pieces of sintra together and used gorilla glue to hold them. After the glue set I used some Free form air to fill the gaps. It's an epoxy puddy that when glued is super light weight.















A little black primer...





I hit the cod with leak seal to help fill and hide blemishes. Also gives it a basic texture like the rest of the build.









Also managed to finish the belt pouch mold and do a few castings. funny thing was I was running out of 65d casting resin and ended up ordering smoothcast 325. I didn't realize it was a clear resin. Not a big deal - just threw me off when it wasn't going solid lol.







In regards to the belt I've been doing Batman Cosplays for around 10 years. I've made dozens of belts using a tool box liner that is made out of some kind of urethane rubber. It takes paint well and has always served me as a base for all my utility belts. I figured it would do the trick!





Finally I did some painting on my little chest capsules. This was actually very time consuming to do as each one I painted the silver by hand.







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« Reply #12 on: Feb 25, 2019, 01:41 PM »
Dude, this is coming together so well!

How are you thinking of attaching the pouches to the belt?

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Re: Panzer - First Build WIP *Pic Heavy*
« Reply #13 on: Feb 25, 2019, 01:53 PM »
Dude, this is coming together so well!

How are you thinking of attaching the pouches to the belt?

When I do a belt I do the pouches in solid resin, makes them easy to screw into. So I will come at them at the back of the belt screws and a larger washer. Only challenge with this build will be the weight - I may have to reduce them amount of pouches but we will see.

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 28, 2019, 06:04 AM »
I like your way of doing things in a diffrent way sometimes. Specially with using resin inside the gun to give it more weight and more important don't get the tinkering stuff inside!

Keep up the good work, I liked reading your progress so far.

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