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Rex season 1-3 ! [FINISHED]
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Rex season 1-3 ! [FINISHED] Reply with quote

Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to announce that I am back in the UK and I am more than ready to start working on my Rex. I won't have much time in the next few days but I will slowly start working on it!

I've got nearly all tools that I need. Just need to get some snaps, maybe more velcro and bondo ( I will get it tomorrow).
I've received my blaster, I am gonna visit post branch to pick up my kit (taxes, etc are 20GBP) and helmet is being processed by custom clearance in the UK!

Sorry for bad quality, iPad sucks. I started sanding pistols today.




Oh and I have rare earth magnets somewhere..


Do you think I should modify the shoe sole?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The kit! Its WCA/ATA kit by the way.

Exciting box.



I just marked cut lines on all pieces, too late to cut.



The whole set.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: no comments? why? Reply with quote

I had a super productive day today! Smile Spent the whole day working on my costume (even forgot about a dinner).

I started with initial trimming of the armor but had to take a break in the meantime because my wrist was too tired of cutting the plastic Shocked and yes, I trimmed it all!

Then I had to adjust it to my size and shape so more cutting and checking.



Used a tape to help myself with cutting straight lines.



And the armor on for the first time! All done on my own so far, even the chest piece which was a tricky one :p



I am expecting helmet, pauldron and holsters delivery tomorrow. Also I will work on details like edges, straight lines so that it will be ready to glue.

And I am thinking whether I should make cod/butt and abs parts seamless or not. I am able to put it on without opening it...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My main concern today is about forearms. I had to trim a lot at wrist because I couldnt bend my hand. Now its quite wide at wrist and still movements are limited. Should I trim it more and then use heatgun to narrow it?


Received the lid!


And its ready for assembly.


Currently working on seam lines to start gluing.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another busy day for me. I have finished all the trimming and sanding so its ready for assembly. Chest, ab and shins will be seamed, rest seamless.

I had few problems with chest and cod pieces because the difference in size was huge(no clue why) so I had to heat it up and remove excess.





Fixed:





Belt box:



Kev forgot to include usable boxes, thermal detonator and boot straps so I decided that I will use what I have. Here is the question- should I attach the back side of the box to the belt with velcro or rather something else?
If my cod piece is seamless, should I glue the belt to cod piece or velcro it?

Next question.. is it better to assemble range finder and helmet and then paint or paint it first?

And lastly I am not sure how I will attach the range finder so that it holds headband instead of screw used for grunt.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks great man!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Smile

Update on yesterday. 13hours of gluing and modifying shoes. I didnt expect it would take that much time but I guess its always long the first time. Had some problems with a few parts and I was limited by the amount of clamps. Anyway its all glued now and I will start filling gaps today.







Sole modification. Trust me, you dont want to modify a sole of safety shoe. Its made of some weird material and its nearly impossible to cut it with dremel. I had to cut it mm after mm and it took a lot of time just to remove it.



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uhhh I am tired. 4th day in a row with 10-13hours of work on the costume, everyday when I wake up my back hurts and I feel all muscles (because of intensive cutting). But I am getting closer!

This is to show how much I had to trim in the past few days.


The main part of the day was to bondo all pieces and as it was my first time, so I had to test it a bit. On the bed you can see one part of kama (also done today). I filled all gaps in the morning so it was hard enough in the afternoon to sand it down. I am still feeling dust in lungs :p After sanding, I reapplied bondo for final touch. I will sand it in the morning and then apply primer.



And in the meantime I was trying to come up with solutions to pieces I am lacking - thermal detonator, usable boxes and shoe straps. Using some hips provided by terrell I created shoe straps (still have to shape them properly.



And I was lucky with the pipe because guys in a local DIY shop offered it for free! SO I will have a detonator but I am not sure how to attach it to the belt.



Visualising how holsters should be assembled.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to post on yesterdays progress.

Had to attach compad to left forearm.


Then I was thinking how to attach knee pads to shins. It had to be a strong bond and the shape of if didnt allow me to bind them safety so I decided to add 2 layers of plastic which is enough.


And finally I covered the armor with primer.


More to come today!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I kicked off with sanding forearm and its compad area. Then painting it with matte white Rustoleum.




I decided to wait til evening with detailed painting and after 9-10 hours I started to mask all elements. I am so proud of my hand made jaig eyes! Very Happy




I will present how it all looks tomorrow when its dry.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally some updates for you! Unfortunately I wasnt able to do it earlier because I moved house so I had a lot of packing, cleaning, etc. And I dont have internet access yet!

Now, when I am at uni I forgot to take one SD card with pictures so I wont be able to show you the whole progress.

ANyway, I had quite a few problems, mostly related to snap fasteners. I tried to attach belt boxes with 2 snaps but the belt is not flat so it was contantly detaching itself. I came up with some velcro+snap mix and hopefully it will work. Also I had a problem with snaps on shins because for no reason the male and female parts of snaps were glued to each other so when I tried to open left shin, it just came off with two parts of snap on one side. SO I will have to clean it and glue again (what I did was direct gluing of metal snap to plastic shin).

I finished kama and shoes. Also I weathered the whole armor (again no pics! -.-)... uhm wait.. I nearly finished the whole costume! Just need to improve my harness suspension and replace velcro with snap fasteners. Hook and loop works fine but the adhesive side sucks so I am gonna get more snap fasteners.


Shoe:


Its how I attached the detonator.




Weathered chest:


Weathered helmet:


And finally a test. I didnt have harness suspension so it was all messy and I had left shoulder and biceps on right arm. My velcro on legs failed. Basically it was just to see how everything works and I still have some work to do to keep it all in place. here you go:


More pics later!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice progress mate

a few small observations though - and these are my opinion only based on what I would advise clones in the UK 501st Garrison

(1) Jaig eyes look too small
(2) armour still looks a bit too long for you; in particular the forearm (I would trim from the end near the hand) and in your lower limbs (although that may be a strapping issue rather than armour length)
(3) your biceps are the wrong way round
(4) the indents on the cheeks of the animated clones is quite dusty - weathering it here will make the details of the helmet pop out more



compare this (pre-weathered)


with the post weather helmet


but you are getting through this quick!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job. You are making me envious of all the time you've gotten to spend working on your armor.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got pics that I wanted to upload yesterday!

OLD PICTURES

Detonator.


More visible weathering.


inside shin (already changed it a bit)


holsters&boxes.



usable box.


hand plate.


How I was doing the weathering.





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Today the first thing I did was getting some more pop fasteners and super glue. And I started gluing, removing velcro and fitting again.

Fixed suspension.


Trimmed the inside part. Also I cut around 5-10mm off forearm .


New snaps at biceps.


improving harness.



Checking the position of shoulder bells.


Hopefully I will be done with proper fitting today so I will be able to take some pictures of the whole costume. Then I will see what to do with weathering.
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