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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #15 on: Jul 20, 2021, 07:16 PM »
Today we finally got around to doing the little bit of heat forming that still needed to get done.  I adjusted to corners of the little angled plates at the bottom of the chest plate and did a little bit of heat forming on the edges of the backplate.  I glued the little angled pieces to the chest plate.  I glued them in place initially with superglue.  Then I ran a bead of hot glue to help hold it together until we fiber glassed it.   Then my vod'ika and I fiber glassed the inside of the chest plate.  She had to help me as I stabbed myself with the Exacto blade and am down the use of a thumb for a bit.  (No worries, nothing permanently damaged, just need to keep it immobile for a bit.)  Never been so grateful to be ambidextrous (that has it's own problems but for something like this it is a good thing).  It is also getting her more involved in making her kit which is also a good thing. 

   

   

I also worked a bit more on the knife sheath box.  I got one mostly assembled, just need to add a bit of filler to the one seam and then paint it up before attaching it to the straps.

   

I also got a bit of sanding done on the knives and grav charges but no pictures of those.

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #16 on: Jul 21, 2021, 02:06 PM »
Looks good! Hope your thumb is okay  :<3:

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #17 on: Jul 26, 2021, 05:37 PM »
Looks good! Hope your thumb is okay  :<3:

Thanks!   It will be good, just have to not use it for 3 weeks or so.   Honestly I just feel a bit stupid about it as I am always the one harping about PPE.  I took off my gloves to change the blade and yup that's when it happened.

Update:  Vod'ika is crafting!!!  She cut out her own trauma plates and did a bit of sanding for the edges.  Then we started to heat form them to match the plates they are going on top of.  We also finished the rough construction of the second knife sheath.






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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #18 on: Aug 01, 2021, 07:21 PM »
We finished heat forming the trauma plates and glueing them on to the other plates.  ;D

   

   

   

We still need to heat form the ab plate but then we can sand in the inset spots for the magnets.  After that we get to paint!

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #19 on: Aug 05, 2021, 05:14 PM »
Since the last post we have heat formed the ab plate.  We marked and sanded out the spots for all the magnets on the back and chest plate.  Then we cut and sanded both knees and the one half shell gauntlet.  We then procceded to fill some of the small gaps between the plates with bondo.  Then we sanded them down and did a layer of wood filler.  I also used the wood filler on the knife boxes.  I really like this combo because the wood fill allows for a finer finish.  After that we sanded the armor pieces for the loin cloth.  We'll have to wait on the weather to get some paint on the plates.

   

   

We still need to finished sanding down the Karta and I need to pattern out the plates for the alternate gauntlet (aka the bite guard).
The helmet should be finished printing and in our hands by the middle of this month so we should be close to my self appointed deadline for finishing this kit.

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #20 on: Aug 07, 2021, 09:24 PM »
Alright, there are lots of photos in this post.  Today was painting day.  We started with the primer,



Then we lightly sanded that with 400 grit sand paper, and on to the silver base coat!

   

Then I sealed the silver off with a clear coat. ( I did not take any pictures at this step because it looks exactly the same)  The next thing that went on was the copper.

 



Then came the taping, lots and lots of taping to get the pattern that we wanted.

   



These sections were then painted with a glossy grey.



Then more taping for the next two colors.  We are using two different shades of green to get a semi-camo look for this kit.  We have also been using toothpaste as the masking fluid to get the layered paint chips and to help get the camo look.

   

Tape pulled but before washing the toothpaste off

   



And all cleaned off

   

   

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #21 on: Aug 07, 2021, 11:45 PM »
Nice! I love the scale pattern and weathering.

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #22 on: Aug 08, 2021, 10:38 PM »
Nice! I love the scale pattern and weathering.

Thank you!  It was inspired by the Varactyl but I kept getting told it looks nautical.

Update:

My vod'ika poked her nose in my room today and asked if she could try it on.  So we got the strapping done and then taped it to the vest.

   

   

The knees are taped in place and completely falling off but it gives the idea of what's going on.  The half shell is only at the silver stage in these photos but it still provides a rough idea.  The other arm is for the bite guard. 

The one shoulder on the backplate looks like it got a bit warped so I have to try and add a bit of gentle heat and see if I can fix it up without ruining the paint job.

The straps for the knife sheaths around the shins are temporarily clipped in place.  The sheaths are just about done but the knives are still under construction.

I will be taking the belt in some more (I already took off about 6 inches but it still sags just a bit too much). 

After these photos, I added the copper coat to the half bracer, and finished the armor plates for the loin cloth.



   

I still need to pattern out the shoulders and the panels for the bit guard.  I also need to finish the Kar'ta.  We also heard from the person printing the helmet, due to technical issues the print has been postponed about a week.  Which isn't an issue at, while I would like to have this kit approved by Sept. I am realistic enough to know that it will be very close.

It will be pretty cool when it's all done. 

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #23 on: Aug 14, 2021, 09:59 PM »
Alright so I definitely haven't posted here in a bit.  We put a rush on some parts of this kit to get it wearable for MegaCon.  Not at approvable level yet but definitely wearable.  It got a test run the past three days.  This post will be a big photo dump.

Knees: Attachment method is butterfly pins with locking backs.  They stayed in place very well.  The only complaint I got was that they were a bit scratchy on the knees.  I should be able to add some foam inside and make them much more comfortable for the next trip out.

   

Gauntlets/Bite Guard: Attachment method is a magnets for the gauntlets and hook and eye snaps for the bite guard.  I didn't have time to add the strap to help hold down the hand plate portion of the guard but that is coming.

   

   

Chest plates:  Attachment method is magnets.  The front magnetizes on with the exception of one pin on that odd corner that just didn't tuck right.  I will be going back with my heat gun to try and gently fold it down into place.  The plates themselves are held together with nylon strapping and chicago screws.



Back Plate:  Attachment method is magnets.

I seem to have failed to take a picture of the backplate all completed but before weathering.  Ahh well, just look at the unattached version from the earlier post.  ;)

Shoulders:  Attachment method- temporary.  These are currently held in place with a buckle on the top (that will stay) and a butterfly pin through the strapping at the bottom (this one will change).

   

Again I seem to have failed to take an assembled, finished painted picture.  Rushing to get this done has done a number on my documenting.

Knife sheaths:  Attachment is Chicago screws onto the former belt which then velcros around the leg.

   

   

I took a chunk out of the belt to both shorten and change the angle at which the belt sits.



Then we weathered it all with black and brown washes.  Vod'ika hated this bit.  She kept asking why it needed to be dirty, "she could be a neat freak mando".  "Sigh, what do we look like when we get back from riding?"  "Fine."

   

   

I may have gone a little overboard on some of the weathering (you can barely see some of the stitching in the belt) and there are still a few places where I feel it needs more.  (Like the caramel sleeves)  But overall I think it came out pretty good.  We still have bit more to go but it was done enough for her to debut it at MegaCon Orlando

   

Con photos graciously provided by Stacy DeDeo.

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #24 on: Aug 16, 2021, 01:15 AM »
That is some seriously impressive paint masking! You're really setting the bar high for creative paint designs. Both the kits you've made have breathtaking details.

Then we weathered it all with black and brown washes.  Vod'ika hated this bit.  She kept asking why it needed to be dirty, "she could be a neat freak mando".  "Sigh, what do we look like when we get back from riding?"  "Fine."

I definitely know where she's coming from! :laugh: That's the part of my build I'm dreading most.

She looks great at the con -- fits right in! The hood and scarf are a great look, will she wear them with the helmet?

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #25 on: Aug 17, 2021, 11:02 AM »
That is some seriously impressive paint masking! You're really setting the bar high for creative paint designs. Both the kits you've made have breathtaking details. 

Thank you!  I might be a bit of a perfectionist.  It's also really fun to take the picture in my head and make it real.


She looks great at the con -- fits right in! The hood and scarf are a great look, will she wear them with the helmet?

So the scarf was actually my clan mates.  Her bucket is still being printed so she didn't have it for this past weekend.  When he noticed that he pulled the scarf from his bin and offered it to her to wear this weekend.  I took and wrapped it into the hood she's wearing.  We do have plans to add a hood/short shoulder cape-ish thing to this kit but it wont be this particular scarf.  So the answer is both yes and no.  She will have a hood/scarf-ish thing that she will wear.  Up to her if she tries to pull it over her bucket or only wear it when the bucket is off.






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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #26 on: Sep 03, 2021, 09:09 PM »
We got the helmet!  After a few delays it was handed off to us at the armor party.

It's pretty big bucket.  So I will have to enlarge her silhouette to avoid the bobble head look.

   

So to make her look bigger I added quilted cap sleeves to the vest.  Put some foam on the inside of the top section of her shoulder armor and we will be adding a cape-ish thing made from this fur I pulled from the clearance bin.

   

   

   

I measured and with the fur added to the padded shoulders she is within the range of the recommended helmet to shoulder width ratio.  So her helmet is 1/2" bigger then half her shoulder width with the addition of all the armor.

I also properly finished one of the knives for her kit.






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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #27 on: Sep 23, 2021, 08:21 PM »
My vod'ika did the first two layers of sanding because she wanted to do her helmet herself.  She finished the second and handed it to me with a, you can work on it now.  So I did.  I like to start with a layer of resin after a rough sand of the 3-D print.  (Vod'ika did both the rough sand and the sanding of the resin.)

After which I added a layer of filler primer and then sanded it down to help expose the spots that need more work.  I did a thin layer of bondo in the lowest spots, sanded it down and added a second coat of filler primer. 

 



After this I did a thin layer of wood filler.  ( I like to mix the two fillers, bondo for the bigger deeper stuff and the wood filler for the shallow stuff.)  Then I added a layer of black primer.  The black is purely so I can see the spots that still need work.

   

   

I wet sand with a higher grit paper after each layer.  Some more wood filler and by this point I'm up to about 320 grit.



   

   

I think once more with my 400 grit and then we can put on our base metallic.

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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #28 on: Oct 01, 2021, 09:32 PM »
I just realized that I never posted the painted bucket on here.  It does still need to be weathered but here it is with all the paint on.

   

   

And then after the touch-up to the copper in some places

   


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Re: Vod'ika's Kit
« Reply #29 on: Oct 30, 2021, 10:03 PM »
I have been working on getting the visor installed for the last couple of days and it's finally in!  I haven't tightened it down yet but it's more or less installed.  I also reinforced the cheeks and dome with a bit of resin and fiberglass mat.







Both of those areas are sanded down and now we just need to determine fan and battery pack placement before we get the final padding in.

I am also making her a second set of shoulders that will help bulk out her frame for bobble head prevention.

   

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