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 Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP

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Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 05:43 PM »
Hello All.

So I'm finally starting  my WIP  DW kit. I'm working on the Airborne Version A season 5 from the Clone Wars.
I have the KW Designs kit óhad it for the past couple of years actually, and just casually working on and off until I've made a bit more recent significant progressó so that's it a bit more worth my time to start this WIP...and hopefully this will continue the momentum.

I have based alot of the work process by following Kade's build thread, and a few references from eqdizzle (if photobucket is not blocking his images)...LOL
I am also one of the two members in the forums that had commissioned Cruzer to build the DW jetpack for us over a year ago...pictures of  putting that together will come later, but here is Cruzer's build thread if you're curious: https://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forums/threads/deathwatch-jetpack-project.30359/

So on with the WIP...
These are my reference images:

 
KW Deathwatch kit (roughly cut out), palladium boots, and leather gloves:


These are some of the paints I picked up...


---DW Airborne boots



Black Palladium boots acquired size 9.5


Trimming the boot armor


Then I set off to making a template for the horizontal disc shooter for the boots...


And then cut out the pattern on sintra.


And then glued it on the armor toe...


The heel armor and armor over the lacing are being held by velcro which I have painstakingly hand sewed on to the boots.

Toe armor may need to be glued... maybe shoegoo or E6000 may work...

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #1 on: Sep 24, 2019, 05:53 PM »
I used glue (leather glue since my toe cap isnít quite like the palladium boots) to glue on my toe armor, itís worked really well so far!

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #2 on: Sep 24, 2019, 06:19 PM »
Thank you clan sister  :8): :8):

Now for the shin armor:
Shin darts acquired some time ago...


A little too narrow, so i'll have to widen the shin armor a bit...it was too narrow for my legs anyways...


The widening process...added about another inch width; used styrene for extra material...


The gluing process...


Fits fairly well...but will need to do some detailing, bondo to cover up screws, and sanding out the wrinkle effects of the gluing...



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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #3 on: Sep 24, 2019, 06:21 PM »
Looks good to me :)

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #4 on: Sep 24, 2019, 06:40 PM »
Now for the knee armor...
KW's kit is vac-formed into two halves and has a pattern on the front of the knees, which will have to be smoothed out for the  airborne grunt...here's the reference:


The two halves will have to be trimmed out...


Now trimmed and positioned for a rough fitting.


Then I used sintra to make the shape of the front of the knees, this will be smooth and put over the flimsy vac formed abs...


Placed over and a crude taped up mockup...I have also cut out sintra fillers for the left and right side of the knees for reinforcement...those abs knees by itself won't last one troop!


Clamps and magnets to pin down the gluing process.


Knees after the gluing and some bondo applied, and some sanding....painting to come later...

 

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #5 on: Sep 24, 2019, 06:42 PM »
I love tuning in here to see some awesome builds, especially with assistance from Kryamla!

Scrolling through your build, it looks like your hitting the details on the head with the weird little toe plates, and shin dart launchers.

Excellent progress here.

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #6 on: Sep 25, 2019, 02:10 AM »
OK....next is the thigh armor and holsters...just like the knee armor, this work method is emulated from Kade's build...it's much appreciated, as it shaves off all the problem solving time out of the way...

And so, again, these holsters are also flimsy vacuumed formed ABS , so sinta reinforcements  are added around the inside of the holsters...they will also act as a puzzle piece to insert and secure into the thigh armor...
Here we have the left, botttom and right inside sintra pieces measured out and then taped into  place temporarily to check fitting...

The tabs sticking out will come to play into the thigh armor.

Measuring the placement of the tabs to the thigh armor and then cutting slots so the tabs can slide right in...


The gluing process of the sintra to the holster....this makes for a more durable holster...


After the gluing is set, the holster is attached on via the slots cut out on the thigh armor...


And then the tabs are heat bend to secure the holster on...here is a look on the back side.


Bondo is used to smooth out the cracks, open edges, uneven surfaces, etc.


Final sanding and cleanup....priming and painting to be done later...



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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #7 on: Sep 25, 2019, 04:15 AM »
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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #8 on: Sep 25, 2019, 11:18 AM »
Looking good Fred!

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #9 on: Sep 25, 2019, 03:49 PM »
---Now for the belt and girth...

ABS belt trimmed out...it seems that there is more than enough belt there...so most likely i'll be trimming off the excess, but that won't be till later, during the assembly of this thing...


Got myself some 7-8oz. leather hide for the girth, and trimmed it to about 6in. wide...


And measured out the width of the belt on the hide.


The belt was designed for the earlier TCW season 2 DW grunts, but the S5 airborne grunts have additional parts of the belt segmented, so I penciled those in based on some visual references and Kade's build. I'll also be using velcro for this belt also...


The belt will have to be cut out at each segment, so I marked all the segments so I won't lose the place for them...


The backside of this belt...i'm estimating that i won't need at least one segment of it...


Total of 3 pieces of the belt...two for the outer layer and one (the back piece), that will be overlapped by the outer backside of the belt.


Backside of the belt that will be overlapped...I've "X" off the segments I don't anticipate using...


A crude mockup assembly of the belt, the leather girth and the velcro to be used...


Segmenting the belt and adding snaps at key points...


Then I glued (E6000) a strip of velcro (hook side), to the inner side of the segmented belt. Snaps are cut through the velcro also. This velcro piece is what will be holding the segmented belt together...


Adding some magnets at key weak points of the belt.


Here I have contact cemented and hand sewn the loop side of velcro to the girth.


This is where the belt (hook side), will meet with the girth (loop side).
 

In addition, I've velcroed the whole inner side of the girth. This not only will give a sturdy thickness to the girth but will also keep the girth in position when velcroed at key spots around the waist-side of  the flight suit. I've seen kits with just the leather girth by itself, and when worn it has a flexed and wrinkled look which looks kinda sloppy to me...


And this is what it looks like put together...It holds up nice and firm on its own...


In addition, I've created a 1"in leather spacer to increase the size of the girth if needed...if God forbids I need to expand my waist-side a bit more at times...



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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #10 on: Sep 25, 2019, 03:58 PM »
Very detailed :)

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #11 on: Sep 27, 2019, 02:09 AM »
---The Helmet

I started the cleanup of the bucket during a big build party with my local garrison...I began dremeling away the flash and then the cutout of the visor area...


One thing about the cleanup, be sure to check the surface area of the interior, especially where your visor will be sitting on...there were a few spots that were uneven that i had to smooth out with the dremel...


Nice and clean now...


One of the things that eqdizzle mentioned about the helmet was that at the bottom of the ears are protrusions where they're suppose to flare out. I failed to heed this advice and ended up dremeling them out by accident...fortunately I patched it up using JB Weld epoxy...


For the Visor....
I went for the Chicago screws approach where I would glue the screws to the inside of the helmet, along the edge of the visor opening, and be able to put on and take off the helmet visor when I needed to...
 Made a paper  template of my visor and laid it to the inside for placement and traced around it with a red marker...


Marked off the spots where the screws will be placed...


And then applied the visor on...I will also be placing left over material from the visor to place a couple of horizontal bridges across the visor for stability (those will be glued in).


Unscrewed the visor and Plastidip the interioró


I also made a cardboard visor to mask the interior when I'll be ready to prime and paint later down the road.



---The Range Finder
The Range Finder is an Eternal Armory RF...RIP


Drilled a countersink hole on the base of the RF where I'll be fitting an aluminum 1.5" post...also used some material from the visor and decided to re-purpose them as spacers...


Having one hole wasn't enough...I did a second hole to keep the RF from swinging down...


Have to cover up those screw posts! JB Weld epoxy will do the job...once dried, I sanded and carved a horizontal line across as part of this kit's design...


All set for now...


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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #12 on: Sep 27, 2019, 08:53 AM »
Wow, I blink and this thing is moving in leaps and bounds.

I have a number of kits at my place that need some attention like this.  :laugh:

Really great WIP so far.  The attention to detail is outstanding.

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #13 on: Sep 27, 2019, 04:25 PM »
---Gloves
Initially I proceeded to go with these leather gloves...they were standard blue, but I went through the process of dying them to a darker blue...


Then I later found out  that aviation nomex flight  gloves were available in navy blue, so I decided to go with them instead. They're made with a much more low profile fabric.


And then proceeded to dye the leather areas of the gloves to the navy blue color...


ABS Handplates and 3d printed darts placed into position...


Painted darts and then proceeded to create out of sintra, four mini ridges aligned behind each dart for both hand plates.


Glued hooksided velcro to the back side of the handplates...


Everything painted and glued...filled in open gaps with green sculpting putty...


Based primer paint done...weathering to come later...


Sewn loop sided velcro in navy blue to the gloves...


All set...


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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #14 on: Sep 27, 2019, 04:55 PM »
That looks great - always did like the look of those hand plates :)

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