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Zeafus *WIP*
« on: May 10, 2015, 09:42 PM »
Hello,

I recently decided to start making my first set of Mandalorian armor and join the MMCC. I am deployed so my process is going to be a little slow right now, but I am working on some stuff while i am here. I am making a modern style light armor. I plan on making metal armor, but that might change if the process seems unreachable with my schedule. Right now I am planning on having a desert camo pattern and my mando will be a sniper. I will post pics as soon as I can.

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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015, 10:19 PM »
If the camo is to Earthy it won't be allowed, here is a part of the do nots from the requirements.
No "modern" or "common" off the shelf camo patterns may be used.  Camo patterns allowed must be uncommon, vintage, or in-universe and will be highly scrutinized during the application process.  Officially barred "off the shelf" camo patterns:  Woodland, Tiger Stripe, 3 Color Desert, MARPAT, Real Tree, Mossy Oak, ACU, Urban, 6 Color Desert, Swiss Alpineflague, and MultiCam.

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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2015, 07:37 PM »
If the camo is to Earthy it won't be allowed, here is a part of the do nots from the requirements.
No "modern" or "common" off the shelf camo patterns may be used.  Camo patterns allowed must be uncommon, vintage, or in-universe and will be highly scrutinized during the application process.  Officially barred "off the shelf" camo patterns:  Woodland, Tiger Stripe, 3 Color Desert, MARPAT, Real Tree, Mossy Oak, ACU, Urban, 6 Color Desert, Swiss Alpineflague, and MultiCam.

Thank you for the info! I will be sure to remember that

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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2015, 01:20 AM »
Update:

Steel was being a pain in the rear to shape with the available tools so i have opted to use aluminum sheet metal, 16 gauge I believe. I will post pics as soon as i can figure out how to lol

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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2015, 08:44 PM »
For some reason i cannot load the photos onto this thread, so check out this public album on my facebook for pics.

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.zalesak/media_set?set=a.976448379033518.1073741829.100000050954973&type=1


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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2015, 08:48 PM »
For some reason i cannot load the photos onto this thread, so check out this public album on my facebook for pics.

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.zalesak/media_set?set=a.976448379033518.1073741829.100000050954973&type=1

Get a photoshop account then take the images direct link and paste between the image tags on this thread (picture of the monalisa on your emoticon board when you post, looks like this [img]

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2015, 06:37 PM »
Get a photoshop account then take the images direct link and paste between the image tags on this thread (picture of the monalisa on your emoticon board when you post, looks like this [img]

I will do that. Thanyou! BTW, love the armor.

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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2015, 06:42 PM »
With help from Briks, I give you pics!












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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2015, 06:55 PM »
Here, i have started bending the armor to shape. I can adjust it here and there once i get the flightsuit and vest. I am so happy i changed to aluminum.





Next is the gauntlet design. I didn't want to do a standard boba style gauntlet, so i am doing some basic papercraft to come up with my own design.






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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2015, 02:37 AM »
Armor's looking good, vod. The weaving on the girth belt was a nice touch.

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2015, 07:07 PM »
Armor's looking good, vod. The weaving on the girth belt was a nice touch.

Thanks! i might have made it a bit small though so either A.) Ill have to had something to it to give it another couple of inches or B.) Make a new one.

I hope I do not have to do option B. It took me all day to do that one lol

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Re: Zeafus *WIP*
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2015, 07:23 PM »
Looking good so far, I really like the girth belt.

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2015, 08:28 PM »
Nice metal plates! Also like that girth!

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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2015, 09:21 PM »
Dang man, all these metal plates make me want to run out to the garage and start rebuilding mine tonight!

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« Reply #14 on: Jun 30, 2015, 01:05 AM »
I'm back in the good ole USA and unfortunately off of R&R. So after work I have working on my armor again!

Here we go!

Disclaimer: The camera I am using on my tablet does my armor no justice with its pics, but it should suffice!

Last time I showed you what my metal armor looked like once I was finished cutting and shaping the armor. Now we are on the the beginning stages of painting.


My first attempt at knee caps were a failure. My second and third were too. So i broke down and ordered a set of sintra knee caps online and have to say i was impressed by the quality. Here they are without the dart launchers installed, and before I covered them in rub and buff.


After a coat of rub and buff was put on there and my hands lol






I forgot to take a picture of the armor with my second coat of paint on it. On top of the tan, about a foot away from each item, I sprayed a faded black/ gray rustoleum spray paint onto the pieces of armor. It gave them a slightly weathered and scorched look to them. The following pictures are of the weathering i started today on the chest plates, diamond, and shoulder plates.






Here is a quick pic of the second coating of paint. You can see how the black/ gray gives it a less than new look.


Here is a pic of the chest plates and diamond. I used a dremel tool on the sheet metal with a cutting wheel for most of this.


Left chest piece.


Right chest piece.


Right shoulder piece. Scratches made with a dremel coarse sanding bit.


Left should primarily done with the cutting wheel.


I made it look as though something scratched and gouged the center of the chest plates and diamond.


A better shot of the diamond. Used a cutting wheel to gouge out some metal and create the scratched look.


I also have this 3D printed pistol from the Star Wars: Rebels Series. I am going to either do some major work to it or scrap it and use my buddy's CNC machine to make a pistol out of a block of aluminum. Only time will tell what I'll end up doing. This is what i have for now I suppose.


The minor scratches were made by rubbing the plates in the rocks in my yard and on the driveway.

That is all i have done right now. Hopefully ya'll like it and I can have some more pics uploaded here soon for ya'll. Happy Hunting!

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« Reply #15 on: Jun 30, 2015, 08:12 AM »
Looking good so far vod!

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« Reply #16 on: Jul 04, 2015, 01:55 AM »
The torso section of my armor is all weathered now. Here are the pics. Any input yall have would be greatly appreciated. Ill have gauntlet pics up tomorrow!










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« Reply #17 on: Jul 04, 2015, 05:20 PM »
Looks great love the weathering!

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« Reply #18 on: Jul 06, 2015, 02:40 AM »
Gauntlet Update!

I have started working on the gauntlets this weekend. I didnt have any 16 gauge aluminum available, so i opted to buying 26 gauge steel which is thinner than the aluminum in the rest of my kit. I do not have any welding equipment at my disposal, so I bought some weldbond from hobby lobby and tried using it for putting my pieces together.







The left gauntlet


On my right gauntlet, i wanted to have an area to connect a barrel for a secondary weapon.


Hmmmmm..... i dont like how that looks


Ill just cut out the area itll fit into then and then ill bondo it!


Boom.... roasted....



I will have more pics as time progresses. This is all i had time to do today.

The plan is to bondo the gauntlets, and then sand them down to make a seamless looking single unit that will slide on and off.

Happy hunting!

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« Reply #19 on: Jul 11, 2015, 06:17 PM »
Everything is looking great! Can't wait to see you official and glad you are working on this again.

Cheers!

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« Reply #20 on: Jul 17, 2015, 11:04 PM »
Update!!!!!!!!

My helmet should be shipping out next week! I am so excited to start that part! Pics coming soon of my gauntlet progress! Stay tuned

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« Reply #21 on: Jul 17, 2015, 11:46 PM »
Prepare,

It's Rather Pic Heavy This Time!


Gauntlets:

I used bondo to fill in the gaps between the two pieces.






Gloves:

I have a pair of these Kevlar knuckle gloves that I am planning on using. They are great gloves.


I was watching the Rocketeer the other day (one of my favorite movies and comics) and got an idea on how to wire LED lights into my armor and eventually my helmet. A switch in the glove activated by a press of the button!


Speaking of LED's, here i was practicing my saudering and electrical techniques





The gauntlets painted!












I know this isn't armor, but i weathered my pistol while i was at it.


Hope ya'll enjoyed!

Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated! Happy Hunting!

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« Reply #22 on: Jul 18, 2015, 04:24 PM »
That is definitely some mighty progress...looking good!

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« Reply #23 on: Jul 28, 2015, 03:52 PM »
UPDATE 28 JUL 15

After the armor party this past weekend I now have a vest to mount my plates to (shout out to Meridian Creations on etsy and facebook), have finally finished the girth belt, learned that I needed to patch the hole in my back plate, patched the hole in my back plate, wired up the electronics in my right gauntlet, and decided on making a gaffi stick as the hand to hand weapon on my kit.

I talked to the Etsy store making my kit and he is shipping my helmet out tomorrow finally. So soon I will be able to start posting pics of that.

I will have pics loaded up tonight. Stay tuned and happy hunting!

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« Reply #24 on: Aug 02, 2015, 12:00 PM »
Finally I am able to upload these pics, sorry about the wait.

Patched hole in the back plate.


Gauntlet Pics






The plates are not mounted yet. I was just getting a good look at them on the vest.




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