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WIP - Rebel One's Chewbacca (ANH)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: WIP - Rebel One's Chewbacca (ANH) Reply with quote

I'm starting a Chewbacca build (ANH, two-piece suit, 18" drywall stilts, kanekalon hooking). I'm 5'11".

1. I am having trouble finding good reference photos of the fur colour on Chewbacca's back. Do you think it is grey across the entire upper back (from shoulder top down to shoulder blades), as in reference photos from later films?

2. I'm using stilts, so where should I place the grey outer leg fur in relation to my body? The reference photos show from the hips to the knees. I was thinking of using my own hips as Chewie's hips, and my own knees as Chewie's knees, giving him long shins/calves due to the stilts.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also wondering about the T-Rex/short arm issue. Has anyone else used the 18" drywall bucket stilts (steppinup) who is around 6' tall? Were your arms too short for approval? If so, what did you do (cut the stilts, prosthetic arms, ...)?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For avoid the t-rex arms simply let the arms of your suit more long. I've let a pair of centimetres over the tip of the fingers.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like I can cut and reinforce the stilts. That will bring me to 7'1" (12" stilts + 5'11" tall + 2" mask). I'll extend the fur 2" past the fingers.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 15" stilts and I am 5'11" too. The mask usually adds 3-4" and I stand about 7'5" in my wookiees. I think it is the perfect height for me. Not too big and not too short. You definitely wont want 18" stilts though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer your question above: depending on the movie suit, some have more gray across the back and shoulders, but some are more darker brown with less gray. Im trying to do an ESB Chewie now and have decided to add more #4 brown to the #44 grey in about a 70% to 30% gray ratio.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the site you need for reference
https://sites.google.com/site/solochewy/costume/bodysuit
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5'2" here Smile My mesh extends about 6" past my fingertips and the hair adds another 8"+ to that. Welcome to the Wookiee world!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Gato and Jamie, for the link to the reference photos, colour advice, stilt advice, and arm advice!

Assuming arm length (shoulder to fingertips) is about 40% of the body height, I'm going to make my costume mesh arm length will be between 2'10" (7' tall Chewie) and 3'0" (7'6" tall Chewie).

I tried the stilts, and they are a little awkward to walk in, so I'm researching a 7'0" build, with 10" of foam under my shoes. (5'11" tall + 3" mask + 10" foam shoes).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What stilts are you using? I may have a better solution for you Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stilts by themself are narrow and should have a wooden base applied for stability. It also helps when you build up your foot. I hope this makes sense to you. I had difficulty building up foam lifts in my Chewie build because the foot looked too big and I abandoned the idea for stilts.
Example of wood base:
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a more stable option, Gato. Regular drywall stilts can be unstable and uncomfortable for some folks. Safety and comfort are really important. Steppin Up Highstepper bucket stilts with some simple modifications are really light weight and have a very sturdy base.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jamie: I'm using Steppin Up Inc's High Stepper bucket stilts (http://www.steppinupinc.com/). I used your instructions for building the stilts/knee brace.

I also tested foam lifts. I bought some construction foam last night and made simple lifts stacked to 10". I found it easier to move around, but was worried about rolling my ankle.

For safety, I'm going with the bucket stilts, cut to 12".
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, Daniel! They cut down really well too. Just cut a pair for a buddy who's 6' Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have suggestions about shoulder pads (what features to look for, possible brands/models)?
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