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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #15 on: Mar 31, 2015, 04:00 PM »
Yesterday's progress- both chest plates are now cut and shaped, still have to polish off the firescale but that will come later when I'm ready to start attaching them to my flak jacket.

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First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #16 on: Apr 01, 2015, 03:23 PM »
How'd I miss this build?! :laugh:

Looking good so far.  I'd advise riveting your plates and keeping them attached via backing straps as opposed to welding them.  Trust me, when you weld the suckers together, you're going to lose a good deal of range of motion.  On the other hand, if you do end up welding your plates, you'll turn yourself into an unstoppable juggernaut/ crowd control Mando.  I've been used to clear paths before because my armor is pretty close to unbreakable. :laugh:

Another point to consider- welding or riveting your plates to one another will allow you to have a "floating" kit; that is, very little is attached to the actual vest itself.  A 16-gauge steel kit will be with you as long as it continues to fit, and will far outlast your vest.  It's a worthwhile idea to cut out the extra step of having to re-mount your plates when and/or if your vest wears out.

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #17 on: Apr 01, 2015, 04:57 PM »
Thanks for the input Cin, I hadn't considered putting my armor together like that but I suppose I should have for the sake of simplicity. I was considering having the collar welded since it's kinda on the long side so I'd have to make two separate pieces (front and back) and then attach them so it becomes a single solid piece. I was already going to have the back plates attached to the collar but i think I'll go with what you suggested and mount the whole getup to the collar, that way if/when I make another kit all I have to do is strap on the plates over the existing soft parts and I'll be good to go.

I have some leather straps I plan on using to attach all the plates, I figure I have it I may as well use it.

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Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #18 on: Apr 02, 2015, 01:19 PM »
Soooo.... I pieced the templates together, and this is what I found.

Yes, that bottom lame is JUST above my belly button and all the pieces are overlapping, this tells me one of two things-

1) This torso armor is going to be simpler than I thought since I won't need as many plates (thank you mom & dad for being dominantly shorter than the average American)

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2) I screwed up somewhere and have to recut my chest plates, which is no problem if that IS  the case since I have plenty of plating left.

Can anyone tell me one way or the other?

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Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #19 on: Apr 02, 2015, 01:36 PM »
The angle of the shot is a little off, but it looks like you chest plates might be a little off.  Being short here also means you get to use less material, and have less of a struggle lining everything up, though. :laugh:

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #20 on: Apr 02, 2015, 02:26 PM »
So... I didn't mess it up? Please tell me I didn't mess it up.

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Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #21 on: Apr 08, 2015, 01:12 AM »
So I was taking apart the pistol I found and it should be fairly simple (I think) to make it more closely resemble a DL-44 or a Power-5 blaster, which essentially has me covered for a sidearm. This however, leaves me with what to use for a primary weapon.

I had considered a shatter rifle, A280, A295, proton carbine, and a bowcaster. I'm kinda leaning towards a bow caster at the moment, mainly because I have material on hand to rig the general shape of one and if nothing else I could rig up the one I have with a few small modifications (adding a longer stock, scopes, polarizing pods, and barrels) into a hopefully passable bowcaster. Any input from anyone who has done any of these would be incredibly helpful.

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"Too noble to be a Sith, too volatile to be a Jedi... You'd be a GREAT bounty hunter!"

Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #22 on: Dec 30, 2015, 07:48 PM »
Gonna bump this a bit.
After a horrific series of mishaps, medical setbacks, mechanical failures, moving, and countless other impediments, my kit is once again in the works! I'm currently working at a half pace due to some medical issues but weapons for this kit are being worked on in what little spare time I have. I've taken the liberty of going over the forums and various wookiepedia entries for weapons and equipment info and I hope to have a blaster ready early next week, rifle in the near future.
Thank you MN Mando's (both OM's and UM's) for the many ideas and support, I WILL be fully geared by summer.

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"Too noble to be a Sith, too volatile to be a Jedi... You'd be a GREAT bounty hunter!"

Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #23 on: Dec 30, 2015, 09:42 PM »
Either or is fine. A neat/invisible weld line would be better and as long as the rivets are painted and/or weathered to match the plates.

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #24 on: Dec 30, 2015, 09:57 PM »
Hide the rivets on a Legacy kit? I thought those were ok on these kits?

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Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

Cin Vhe'rang


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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #25 on: Dec 31, 2015, 01:22 AM »
Hide the rivets on a Legacy kit? I thought those were ok on these kits?
"Painted" being the operative word.  They don't have to be hidden, just painted to match the rest of the kit.

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #26 on: Dec 31, 2015, 06:42 AM »
Thanks for clarifying Cin, with any luck I should have a blaster WIP starting tonight or tomorrow, armor unfortunately still has to wait a bit.

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Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #27 on: Jan 24, 2016, 10:44 AM »
In soft parts and weapons mode for a while until my hand heals up and I can get back to the armor itself. The seamstress for my vest has unfortunately gotten overly busy so I will likely be handling that myself, getting started on weapons this last week or so, albeit slowly while I find all the parts and greeblies I need. Probably have a bowcaster pistol here soon, gonna need a bandoleer for extra ammo and rockets, there's a place in town I can find an ammo/girth belt, managed to find parts for gauntlets too.
Long story short- I'm working on several parts of my kit all at once, mostly looking for parts on a budget. Will be posting pics will happen soon.

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"Too noble to be a Sith, too volatile to be a Jedi... You'd be a GREAT bounty hunter!"

Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #28 on: Feb 24, 2016, 10:29 PM »

Here is today's progress, some time with an angle grinder and some cutting blades has sped things up nicely. Front half of the torso is nearly complete, just need to file/grind it down some more. So far it fits to just above my navel, so I'm spot on there. My armor templates seem to have disappeared in the move so I'll have to reprint those for the back half. Let's see what else... Oh! I have some rare earth magnets on the way, I plan on using those for modular kit parts and probably attaching my earcaps on my bucket when I get there, migh make battery changes easier. Any input or ideas is appreciated!

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"Too noble to be a Sith, too volatile to be a Jedi... You'd be a GREAT bounty hunter!"

Always start with the big one, that way the rest seems easy and everyone thinks you're either insane, or a hardcase. Either way you win!

First kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=90059.0

Blasters WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=113456.msg1563160#msg1563160

Second kit WIP
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126140.msg1677297#msg1677297

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Re: First kit WIP
« Reply #29 on: Feb 26, 2016, 05:43 AM »
Arrrrggghhhh, rust!!! :P Evil stuff, I have to carry WD-40 and a scourer as part of my kit.

Apart from the rust infection, they're looking good.


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