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Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 25 Jan 2015, 23:18
by 7995
Those who know me, probably also know about my first Stormtrooper armor. Complete ripoff, bought from Jedi-robe/stormtrooper-costumes.com.

Crappy FX armor made of Polystyrene plastic.

I had it approved, but only wore it once, before getting me a TM suit.

Anyways, I have given the old armor to a friend of mine, and we have started the slow process of making it fit him (he is tiny ;) ) as well as trying to make it look better, meaning, cutting the pieces, so the have same form as my TM and giving it all return edges(!!!!!)

We have been working only a few days now, but wanted to show the pictures of the process so far.

First, we just put the armor on him...as is
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Then we started cutting, sanding and heat bending...comparing as best we could, to my TM along the way.
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Making return edges, really does a lot for this armor!! But damn... takes sooo much time to do!
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Stay tuned ;)

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 26 Jan 2015, 07:10
by 3893
Looks nice! How do you do the return edges? Bending existing plastics or adding more?

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 26 Jan 2015, 16:38
by 7995
Using a heat sealing iron...veeeeery slow process! (it sucks ;) )

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 26 Jan 2015, 16:43
by 66261
Could you give a more thorough description of the "heat bending" process? I've been trying to do this with some of my ABS-plastic parts but they just end up warped beyond any rhyme or reason. I guess I haven't got the magic touch :-)

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 26 Jan 2015, 19:08
by 7995
FISD has a guide and video how to do it ;)

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/1 ... ling-iron/

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 26 Jan 2015, 20:02
by 66261
Great! Cheers, mate :-)

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 05 Feb 2015, 00:43
by 7995
Ulf have been making progress with the return edges last sunday, and I have assembeled most of the pieces.

TIP: If you are going to make return edges, spraying your Heat sealing iron with silicone greatly helps the iron run along the plastic, instead of just sticking to it and melting it!!!

Cant do much about the way the armor lacks confoming to the human anatomy...but still. We are getting there. Just checked the CRL and we are aiming for EIB approval ;)
Will never go Centurion, without at least a new Chest and backplate though! ;)

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Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 11 Feb 2015, 01:00
by 7995
Tonight we have done some strapping and fitting of the thighs. We are slowly getting somewhere...

Please ignore the butt plate for now. It will be fixed ;)

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The thigs needed a bit of cutting, but I think they turned out quite allright :)

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And just to show you what scale we are talking here.
Thats my TM on my bodyfitted mannequin ;) )

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Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 03 Mar 2015, 16:03
by 7995
Getting real close now!!

Just need to fix the butt plate. It got too tiny (luckily we have a spare [;)] ). Also need elastic for the shoulder bells, but thats an easy fix.

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Aside from the few things on the armor, we still need boots, neckseal, holster and undersuit

Re: Getting the best, out of the worst...

Posted: 03 Mar 2015, 17:33
by 6528
Looks much better now! Great progress!