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 Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #75 on: Jun 20, 2013, 10:44 AM »
This is looking good!!

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #76 on: Jun 20, 2013, 10:46 AM »
So how do they look now?  ???

Mighty fine ;)

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #77 on: Jul 05, 2013, 03:32 PM »
OK, Been trying to collect a few more parts & decide on what style knees I'm going with... But I also started another thread which will be a future upgrade for this kit:
*NEW* Boba Fett Chest display project
I'll be basing the display off of Scur's "Boba Fett Chest display project" with some custom tweaks (Blue LED's & 7-segment numeric displays, modified connections, etc...)

I also finally got the expanding foam to finish up my codpiece, so updates will be coming soon! ;)

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #78 on: Jul 05, 2013, 03:43 PM »
Keep those updates coming, you're doing well.

I dig the ab plate design.

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #79 on: Jul 11, 2013, 11:09 AM »
It's Cod Time! :laugh:

OK, so I finally got around to getting some spray-foam to work on my codpiece some more.

Well, It started off pretty good, I cut some wedges out of scrap PVC to hold the top plate at the height I wanted and taped it down, as I knew the foam would want to push the piece out a bit from using the stuff in the past (waaaaay in the past)
Initially all looked good after about 15 minutes of dry time, so I left it to dry and picked it up the next evening...
I removed the tape from across the front... Off cam the tape, then I heard the slow creaking of the expanding foam and this is what it looked like after about 5 minutes of creaks & pops!  :o

Talk about an expanding cod!  :laugh:
The thing blew up like a balloon (the inside and top both warped slightly and the top plate was pushed out a good 10mm from the PVC internal braces I put in there! ???)
So I proceeded to start trimming down the foam and instead of removing all of the foam and starting over I cut out the foam on the lower peak (there were large air pockets here anyways) up to the front of the internal braces. I then cut out the foam between the braces and removed the braces.
OK, shape started returning to normal but the top plate was still a little too distorted, so I shaved slivers out of the remaining foam wedge to correct the shape using a fully extended snap-off razor blade.
Once I was happy with the shape again I re-taped the top plate down across the widest part of the top plate to the codpiece and from the peak of the top plate to the peak of the cod and re-foamed the front making sure to leave the channel that was between the braces open to allow for internal expansion and prevent the warping again. :-[
This time it worked like a charm!
Here is what it now looks like after trimming it up:

I left a 2-5mm lip on all edges to give the Bondo a good surface to bond to once I get to that (hopefully this evening)  ;D

So the moral to the story... Be careful when foaming your cod or it will blow up on you! :laugh:

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #80 on: Jul 11, 2013, 12:35 PM »
Hehe, it sure does expand to quite a large volume.

looking good on the second time, keep up the hard work.

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #81 on: Jul 11, 2013, 02:09 PM »
Inspiration! Looking good vod! I took too long of a break on my kit, but the good thing about that is I get to see stuff like this before I try it.  :P

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #82 on: Jul 15, 2013, 10:04 AM »
Hehe, it sure does expand to quite a large volume.

looking good on the second time, keep up the hard work.
Why yes, yes it does! :laugh: Thanks Vod!

Inspiration! Looking good vod! I took too long of a break on my kit, but the good thing about that is I get to see stuff like this before I try it.  :P
Glad to help Vod, so get back in the saddle and give us some updates on that kit!! ;D

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #83 on: Jul 15, 2013, 03:22 PM »
Little bit of an update...

So I got a round to putting the Bondo on the codpiece, I also found that after letting the trimmed foam sit for a few days that it actually started to shrink a bit, so I had to add a bit more to the front, let it dry for a couple hours, re-trim then immediately Bondo
(I believe that exposure to air/humidity caused the shrinkage, the Bondo should seal it up to prevent this! :P)
So here is the current state of my codpiece:



So now I just need to smooth out the sides, fill any divots and re-sand...  ???

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #84 on: Jul 24, 2013, 03:44 PM »
More cod updates!

So I finally got around to sanding the cod... I apparently didn't put enough on the bottom peak and ended up with a pretty good gap:  :P



So here it is now, second coat on, I applied it as smoothly as possible to try to achieve the sharp lines from the peak of the upper plate to the base and on the corners as well as getting the angle on the upper edges even from left to right:


I also have some progress on my "Flightsuit"... I'll be going the scrubs route as I just happen to have 2 pairs of pants and a shirt all in the same color!
Here are how they look prior to any modification...
Pants:


and top:


This should give you a pretty good idea of how baggy these things are! :P

I have since altered the pants...
and here is how they look currently after about 4 rounds of altering, test fitting, too tight in the thighs to waist, adding additional panel in the backside, test fitting, finding that the crotch seam is too short, expanding the crotch by an inch and finally fitting where they don't want to slide off my shebs when I crouch!  ??? :-[ :P  :laugh:


And to prove that I can actually crouch:


The first time I tried crouching I thought I might pop the center seam :-\ so I double stitched it and added a reinforcement panel:


And here is the crotch seam expansion that I did to make sure the waist band stays on my waist!


I will be adding a Boba thigh pouch to the left leg since I have my grab-it pack for the other leg and will be making the double sleeves on the shirt using the other pair of pants, then I will be de-coloring and dyeing them dark gray...  ;)

Until next time! ;D

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #85 on: Jul 25, 2013, 07:06 AM »
Good job on the pants!

And being able to crouch with just the pants is something... With the whole kit on, that's another thing...!!
* but hey, you're better off than I am anyway, I can't even crouch with my flight suit, even without my armor...

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #86 on: Jul 25, 2013, 11:21 PM »
Don't worry about the flightsuit body being baggy, that'll be hidden by the vest and allow you to move. Just make sure the arms are nicely tailored and you'll be good ;)

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #87 on: Jul 26, 2013, 12:16 AM »
Looking good. Are you going to be leaving them that colour, or dying them?

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Doh! Don't worry, re-read your last post and found the answer to my question :)

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #88 on: Jul 31, 2013, 04:28 PM »
Good job on the pants!

And being able to crouch with just the pants is something... With the whole kit on, that's another thing...!!
* but hey, you're better off than I am anyway, I can't even crouch with my flight suit, even without my armor...
Thanks Kelan, I just figured that I wouldn't want to bust a seam if I had to bend down to grab something!  :rolleyes:
I figure the cod will restrict the movement a bit, that's why I went with a Jango/Boba hybrid! ;)

Don't worry about the flightsuit body being baggy, that'll be hidden by the vest and allow you to move. Just make sure the arms are nicely tailored and you'll be good ;)
Yep not too worried about the body, since I probably wouldn't' be able to get it over my head if I tailored it anyways since the fabric really doesn't give any! I will be somewhat tailoring the sleeves since I'll be going with the double sleeves on this one. ;)

Looking good. Are you going to be leaving them that colour, or dying them?

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Doh! Don't worry, re-read your last post and found the answer to my question :)
:laugh: Yep, will be dyed dark gray...

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Re: Jaa'det 1st Beskar'gam... NEW WIP
« Reply #89 on: Jul 31, 2013, 04:39 PM »
Quick update...

Cod is ready for paint!

Got the cod pretty much finished last night and is now ready for primer!

First, a quick bit of info on getting the sharp lines on the edges/corners in the Bondo...

When I was rough sanding the edges near the upper part of the sides where the top plate meets the cod itself I noticed that the line was pretty wavy... ???

So my OCD kicked in and I made this simple device... a sanding block :laugh:

Yep, just a scrap of 1x2 with some 120 grit stapled around it...
It let me get a longer, straight line to fix the edge by being able to rest flat against the side and dig into the corner better, like so:


And here are the results:


So next I need to get another can of primer and see how it looks!  ;D

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