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X-Wing pilot WIP from Austria
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good. Webbing is definitely the way to go with belts.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another (possibly overly precarious, nit picking) question, regarding the leg flare holder:
both sturdy fabric and / or webbing seem to be approvable and to get approved.
However fabric might be more accurate as far as I see and understand it, right?
In colour olive drab or black.

I found some fabric in my stash that's nicely sturdy.
However, I am unsure about the color which appears quite differently in various light conditions.
To me it looks dark olive green, but it might appear on the brownish side sometimes.
For contrast, I put the fabric next to my flight suit and some webbing that I initially bought for the leg flare holder.

I like the fabric and would like to use it, but I am unsure whether it's "obvious olive drab / green" enough
(though the colour description "olive drab" in general does seem to have a brown aspect).




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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Fabric" (technically a heavy canvas) is definitely the more accurate of the two. I personally have a pet peeve about the webbing versions, as they're not at all accurate.

Olive fabric can indeed look green or more brownish, depending on the lighting.

My opinion (as a non-judge) is that your fabric color is fine. It looks a bit thin, to be honest, so you may want or need to reinforce it somehow, or at a minimum, double it up.

Or, if you can, find some good vintage heavy military canvas to use. I found some on eBay, originally some sort of weather covers, I think, when I made my own.





You can see how brown it looks in dim indoor lighting, compared to sunlight where it's very clearly green.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a (buttoned) shirt from a local army shop.
The colour is better in my eyes. I was just too unsure about the initial one.
The fabric is sturdier than it appears in the photos.

In the picture with the two different types of fabrics, it's the one in the front, the "greener" one.
In the second picture, it is the very same fabric / shirt, just different lighting.




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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that that will look fine as a leg flare holster. That was a good idea. Smile

If you think that it's too thin or flimsy you can always put some interfacing behind the material when you're sewing it together.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Sirs!
At least with sewing I feel quite comfortable.

Before starting to sew (I guess you could speak of procrastinating), I thought I'd post pictures of my "prototype" of the leg flare.

It's made of an aluminium pipe and "lamellar plugs" ("Lamellenstopfen") / plug connections made of PE, and therefore lightweight.
I put on some "putty", did some sanding since the end caps have a rough surface, did some priming and spray painted it.
I also drilled a hole in order to spike it for painting, but also in case I'll have to attach / secure them in the leg flare holder.








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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update June 2020:



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- Orange flight suit
OK, bought from Germany, had to do major adjustments

- Mid-calf boots
OK, bought in a local army shop

- leg flares & leg band holder
OK 06-2020: holder made by myself of an old army shirt; leg flares made out of aluminium pipe + "lamellar connections". Had to adjust my prototype from september a bit.

- ejection harness & web belt
made by myself

- Flak Vest
ALMOST OK, bought from Poland; maybe will do minor adjustments

- Chest box
kit ordered & received from the UK; trimmed and sanded, built a back plate and attachment for the ribbons.
Missing: priming, spray painting, attaching the greeblies.

- Code cylinders
OK, made by K.F. from Bavaria, Germany

- Black gauntlet gloves
OK (after some struggles)

- Comm pad
OK (made by a friend, did some additional painting and weathering)

- optional: Helmet
kit ordered & received from the UK. Started built with help of my boyfriend who has experience with armor building (RC Boss for the 501st legion).

- optional: Mini-Flares for belt
OK (made them myself out of wood)

- optional: accurate belt buckle
OK; removed the brassy finish
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting there. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a great looking flare holder. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Final steps.
Built and completed / upgraded several pieces in the last months = adding weathering.

Leg flare holder with weathering


Belt with weathering


Chest box



Jumpsuit weathering - especially at the edges (the picture does not really show)


Helmet before and after weathering. The paint scheme reminds me of "creamy spinach with potatoes and scrambled or sunny side eggs" (a traditional dish in Austria) Razz




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- Orange flight suit
OK, bought from Germany, had to do major adjustments regarding fit. Added weathering 10-2020.

- Mid-calf boots
OK, bought in a local army shop.

- leg flares & leg band holder
OK 06-2020: holder made by myself of an old army shirt; leg flares made by myself out of aluminium pipe + "lamellar connections". Had to adjust my prototype from september a bit. Secured leg flares to the holder. Added weathering 10-2020.

- ejection harness & web belt
made by myself. Added weathering 10-2020.

- Flak Vest
Bought from Poland. Changed tubing. Added weathering 10-2020.

- Chest box
kit ordered & received from the UK; trimmed and sanded, built a removable back plate and attachment for the ribbons. Priming, spray painting, attaching of greeblies in summer 2020.

- Code cylinders
OK, made by K.F. from Bavaria, Germany.

- Black gauntlet gloves
OK, bought from the U.K. (after some struggles finding a quality vendor offering small sizes).

- Comm pad
OK, made by a friend, did some additional painting and weathering

- optional: Helmet
kit ordered & received from the UK. Started built with help of my boyfriend who has experience with armor building (RC Boss in the 501st legion). Finished built, priming, spray painting, attaching decals, weathering, building and attaching microfone, cable, building padding out of foam sheets and headphone ear pads in summer 2020.

- optional: Mini-Flares for belt
OK, made by myself out of wood.

- optional: accurate belt buckle
OK, bought online from the Netherlands. Removed the brassy finish.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! Very Happy

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Helmet before and after weathering. The paint scheme reminds me of "creamy spinach with potatoes and scrambled or sunny side eggs" (a traditional dish in Austria) Razz


That just made me laugh. Laughing
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