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Master Plo Build

 
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amcclary (Andrew McClary)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:47 pm    Post subject: Master Plo Build Reply with quote

I just joined the Jedi Legion as The Mandalorian, but there is another costume that I have been working on and have decided to finish. The history of this build makes it very difficult to finish but also rewarding.



I first became interested in Master Plo while watching the Clone Wars series with my son when he was in the hospital fighting cancer. I loved the idea of being able to do a Jedi who wore a mask. But the character of Master Plo is also such a cool character. I began working on this build 2 years ago as a costume that I could wear while I was operating R2D2. My Death Trooper costume just didn’t have enough mobility or visibility to be able to operate R2. A good friend of mine had made me a great set of Jedi robes and the “turtle neck” type portion that Master Plo wears. I wanted the costume to match the Master Plo that was seen in the prequel movies. I found that Rubies had actually made a very good mask already that I could use as a base. While not screen accurate, it was very close and could be modified to make it much more accurate.


The costume was mostly complete in 2018 and I wore it when I took R2D2 to Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital where my son had received chemo. In October of that year I was asked to wear it again at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami on October 31st when my son was in the ICU fighting GVHD and seemed to be getting better. He loved Halloween so we thought we would bring some of it to him. Little would I know that he would lose his battle only 18 days later. I haven’t touched for a year after that and it just sat in storage.

This is a photo from October 31st, 2018


The finished painted mask.


The Light Saber
I downloaded a nice model of Master Plo’s lightsaber by Brad Harris from Thingiverse. At the time I didn’t have a good quality 3D printer. Though it came out OK, I really wanted to have a high quality real metal saber for the costume. So I bought a very basic all aluminum light saber as a base and used my CNC machine to machine out the parts to make it look very close to Master Plo’s saber. Some creative license had to be made to make everything work with the existing light saber I used as a base. But the end result is a very realistic looking light saber that looks very close to what Master Plo carried.




The Talons on his hands.
I am still working on these and also the gauntlets that he wears. My goal is to match how Master Plo looked on the movie screen, but I do want to add in the gauntlets he wore in the Clone Wars cartoon series even though they were never seen in the movies.


There are more photos of the build on my personal website at andrewmcclary.com
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry to hear you lost your child, but excited to see this costume being done. And you can do both the movie and clone wars version if you want to. Smile
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