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 Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread

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Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« on: Aug 02, 2020, 12:09 PM »
For my "pandemic project", I've begun the process of building Bo Katan from Clone Wars Season 7, and am slowly becoming aware of the various differences between this version and the other versions.  Before I was aware of some of these differences, I purchased an armor kit from Imperial Surplus.   I hope that I'll be able to modify some of the pieces, or acquire replacements for those I can't change.  In addition, I've already communicated with Delta13 for the belt, pouches, etc that are unique to this build.   

I'll be posting pictures of my progress along the way and hope you all can guide me through this!
Chris

Supply list:
Armor:   Imperial Surplus
Belts and straps:  http://deltaleatherworks.com
.stl file for strap clips: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n8r2ga062paq00q/bo%20strap%20clip.stl?dl=0
Gauntlets: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/467195204/bo-katan-night-owl-mandalorian-gauntlet?variation1=628660315&variation0=567023503
Jet pack: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4184843
Flight suit:  https://www.amazon.com/Hanes-Womens-Stretch-Jersey-Legging/dp/B01I21GX40/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=womens+jersey+stretch+pants&qid=1625610218&sr=8-9

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SL6BFP2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

LEDs for gauntlets:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07P6L6FSF?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #1 on: Aug 02, 2020, 07:51 PM »
I started with the bucket.  I've got it trimmed up and ready to paint....
44FEA5DB-9E94-4668-83AF-5771AE38DCFF by Beren97, on Flickr

1E6FFD55-2D34-4D37-9F23-8A8394A41CDF by Beren97, on Flickr

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #2 on: Aug 02, 2020, 08:02 PM »
Commenting to follow along :)

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #3 on: Aug 06, 2020, 08:39 PM »
More work done on the bucket prior to painting.  I used a cardboard template to determine shape of the lens material, and then placed a pair of countersunk screws on either side to secure the lens.  These will be covered over next with Bondo and sanded...
18DF5FF8-F0F6-47A4-8A82-E78675ED145C by Beren97, on Flickr

54D521A4-E5E7-4EB4-9BA1-AE444FC1CD8B by Beren97, on Flickr

A4585160-F8EB-4DC8-9763-D82482301C48 by Beren97, on Flickr

F78B5A93-56BC-4C32-97D8-F9257F87CCF9 by Beren97, on Flickr

C029FD4D-CA5F-42E5-BFA0-9B04D9156B65 by Beren97, on Flickr

A03DFDD8-1BD2-41F9-A2DF-70C07241F3FF by Beren97, on Flickr

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #4 on: Aug 08, 2020, 01:07 PM »
With the helmet done, I've decided to next work on the thigh armor.   Of all the pieces, why the thighs???  It's certainly not because they are the most exciting pieces to trim, but I am hoping to place my order for belts and straps, and the thighs need that piece of leather behind them. 

The challenge is that the thighs in the Imperial Surplus kit don't match this particular version of Bo Katan, so I've done some trimming.  My goal is to reproduce the shape on the back of the leg as seen here:
BB043C20-5211-4A77-93C1-F4D0F52AE993 by Beren97, on Flickr

Imperial surplus armor before modification:
6C6AC270-2FC9-42E9-89E5-D519CABB47CA by Beren97, on Flickr

Modifications:
DF917E1A-4AC1-4098-8C7E-521E5F394FE8 by Beren97, on Flickr

5C085169-56AA-48D1-9669-D8DFA1772A84 by Beren97, on Flickr

I tried to create a return edge with a hot iron, but the plastic was too brittle afterwards and broke away.
D8151484-6D79-4618-972A-E8D903AED8FE by Beren97, on Flickr

After sanding:
59B24C54-FEEA-4BC2-9406-E33B1D772E2E by Beren97, on Flickr

Cardboard template used to create identical shape for opposite thigh:
38BACF88-F886-48D4-BFF2-6128A8A99340 by Beren97, on Flickr

475B8D80-EC5C-4D9D-95FD-8CF3FBEF32BA by Beren97, on Flickr


So given that the shape better matches, how much if any return edge is recommended?  With the leather piece backing the armor, it's hard to tell if any return at all is necessary.

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #5 on: Aug 10, 2020, 09:45 PM »
More work on the thighs...  I used a heat gun to correct the shape to match my leg size and made a cardboard template to assist with sizing of the thigh plate leather...
7FB5E8E2-B306-464E-A36C-CA41D6A92F9C by Beren97, on Flickr

9006A83F-2CE8-4A9D-AA23-32B297CFE1C7 by Beren97, on Flickr


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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #6 on: Aug 15, 2020, 02:11 AM »
I have used a thin strip of 3mm sintra to create a return edge. Its easier to cut and shape than trying to heat and bend ABS.

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #7 on: Aug 16, 2020, 08:19 PM »
I've got the thigh armor finished for now...  holsters have been attached.  I'll clean up the small gaps later with Bondo.  I ordered my leather parts and will work next on flight suit and chest armor.
11F2FFFD-6C56-4389-B1CF-6F51ACCC3DF5 by Beren97, on Flickr

4210FD9F-EC86-4B8A-B241-A0A44B0F6831 by Beren97, on Flickr

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #8 on: Aug 16, 2020, 09:47 PM »
Looking good!

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #9 on: Aug 17, 2020, 10:01 PM »

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #10 on: Aug 18, 2020, 08:37 PM »
I have been searching for a suitable flight suit option, and now have a collection of various "charcoal" colored tops and leggings at home from Amazon!  I really like the leggings made by Spaulding, but they don't make a matching top.  The closest match is pictured below... will this be adequate considering the belts will cover the transition?
3C7A3DE3-8616-4DC0-9717-0B99C0403BD5 by Beren97, on Flickr

F0F3A93D-0478-408B-8DC1-61A3843555F9 by Beren97, on Flickr

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #11 on: Aug 18, 2020, 11:48 PM »
Iím not on the approval team but Iím not sure theyíre quite close enough unfortunately. Perhaps you can try dying the top to be a slightly darker shade of grey?

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #12 on: Aug 19, 2020, 09:06 AM »
Have you tried searching "thermal sets"? that's usually what gets me matching tops and bottoms.

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #13 on: Aug 19, 2020, 07:58 PM »
Thanks for the flight suit feedback... I'm not completely thrilled to have mismatched stuff, and am not confident in my ability to dye one to match the other.  I've ordered some options in black and will see how that looks next.   The challenge for me with thermals and Underarmor is finding options with the turtle neck. 

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #14 on: Aug 19, 2020, 08:04 PM »
While I await the arrival of my next flight suit trial, I've got the helmet and shoulders bells painted up.  For the helmet range finder, I tried to modify the stem in the Imperial Surplus kit to better match what is seen "on screen".

Screen shot:
263EF695-70D6-442E-AB35-89E46E890C58 by Beren97, on Flickr

7DA4DE58-0327-4056-9A7B-860F9B0147FF by Beren97, on Flickr

884DD794-5840-42F3-9A3D-839FDF56ADB3 by Beren97, on Flickr

6DABEF57-6DB9-4F6B-971C-7FA14A35E0C0 by Beren97, on Flickr

A588FC44-F0BA-4430-8EA0-37D8F905ACBB by Beren97, on Flickr

B37CC372-5709-4A87-AB00-F53E6AEF6C06 by Beren97, on Flickr

Disclaimer... I have no such talent for painting, so I've connected to a local builder who I consider an absolute artist!

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #15 on: Aug 21, 2020, 06:11 PM »
I need some guidance with the chest armor.   The armor from Imperial Surplus is shaped better for Season 4-5 Bo Katan, so I'm trying to modify it.  It still needs some work, but before I move on, I was hoping for suggestions or feedback...

Goal:
FB10DD9E-0590-4C84-931A-824E02437266 by Beren97, on Flickr

Imperial Surplus gear without modifications:
218DC42C-53DD-495E-BE40-1EF1853CB031 by Beren97, on Flickr

Initial modification to correct center line:
F49705A3-F588-42B5-BFDC-BB46CB179797 by Beren97, on Flickr

Initial result.  I tried to soften the crease across the front to create a flatter look.  I still need to open up the center piece more, and feel like I need to reshape the bottom of the neck piece and tops of the breast armor:
8E2FC64B-E3BB-4CC1-82C2-F60613FB9D0D by Beren97, on Flickr

Comparison:
31087941-4B64-4E4E-8656-CD30B6F569DA by Beren97, on Flickr

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #16 on: Aug 21, 2020, 08:05 PM »
The collar looks too big and is the wrong shape - the center point shouldnít come down that far. When that is fixed, the angle of the top of the chest plates should be adjust to match - the angle is too steep right now.

The crease should ideally be completely gone. You might have to do some major surgery to achieve that - cut at the sides, flatten out the crease and then fill in the resulting gaps with more ABS and bondo. Another option would be to build up on the top to cover the crease, but that might make them too heavy (depending on what material you use).

Your helmet looks gorgeous!

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #17 on: Aug 28, 2020, 10:28 AM »
Lil' late but commenting to follow  :<3:

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #18 on: Aug 30, 2020, 08:42 PM »
I am still working to refine the shapes of the chest armor, but diverted today to work on the shoes.  I may have overlooked something in my Imperial Surplus kit because I needed to make my own heel plates.  (Most likely, I trimmed away something I shouldn't have).   I cut out a piece of styrene and using the heat gun, molded it over a soup can to get the right shape for the heel.  I used the heat gun as well to contour the toe and spat pieces....
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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #19 on: Aug 30, 2020, 11:51 PM »
That looks good :) the heel plate is easy enough to make, thankfully!

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #20 on: Sep 05, 2020, 05:47 PM »
Round 2 on the chest armor.  I've trimmed the neck collar piece down and I am happy with the new reduced size and shape.  I am still working on the breast plates to improve the overall shape... and would certainly welcome some feedback.   I'm hoping to further minimize the crease across the front later.  These pieces are challenging me but I believe I am making progress.  Wondering too if there's a way to affix the breast plates to one another to control the midline spacing gap.

Neckpiece before trimming:
C1F0EEF8-6B10-4BB4-B9C1-C4E8B8D692FF by Beren97, on Flickr

After trimming:
45BACF40-736B-4C31-BAAB-668275F0201E by Beren97, on Flickr

Chest pieces, trial #2:
31C29F26-C4DA-4DEA-8F0A-4AC00112112D by Beren97, on Flickr

8F965034-C6BA-4AD6-85FA-DD01C18C935B by Beren97, on Flickr

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #21 on: Sep 05, 2020, 06:50 PM »
I think thatís definitely going in the right direction! If you canít get the crease any smoother, I wonder if you could use a sculpting material on top to sort of round out that crease?

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #22 on: Sep 05, 2020, 09:59 PM »
I adore your build you are going to look so awesome!!! Cant wait to see this!!!!! 😍

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #23 on: Sep 07, 2020, 06:06 PM »
Trial #3... I'm not sure you all will be able to see the subtle changes I've made, but I believe I'm getting really, really close.  I've got the center line more evenly spaced out and the breast plates fit better on me.  I have a plan to reduce the appearance of the crease across the front, but am working now just to refine the overall outline.  The other issue that I hope I've improved is the general width of the plates.... out of the box, they can accommodate larger body frames, and I believe I've reduced mine to fit appropriately for me. 

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Re: Luthien's Season 7 Bo Katan build thread
« Reply #24 on: Sep 09, 2020, 09:51 PM »
The only thing more exciting to share than a completed bucket is a completed JET PACK!!!   This was completed today and certainly motivates me to get the remainder of my armor trimmed and finished!
CEFB6CA8-2EB6-480B-980E-34050EC43AF1 by Beren97, on Flickr

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