Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:56 pm Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
The underneath side of the ABS has a slight texture to it. The black color with the lighting really exaggerates the effect. It's not really noticeable with paint. If you primered it first and sanded with a fine grit paper, it would probably disappear all together.
This chest and back had the same look before painting. No primering or sanding was done.
Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:00 pm Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
After seeing it for myself this morning, the orange peel is a little more than just an optic. Because of the long pull and stretching, the texture underneath has given the outside a slightly grainy feel. A little rubbing with a fine sanding sponge made it disappear.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:58 am Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
EPIC BOOT PAINT FAIL...
The Dupli-Color Vinyl and Fabric Paint looked GREAT until I actually put the boots on and started walking around. Then they cracked like egg shells. Maybe I did something wrong. Too many coats? Just the wrong paint for the application? I don't know, but they look BAD!
Oh well, I will be experimenting with another product soon...
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:08 am Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
Also, I got the ab, kidney, posterior, forearm, shoulder bells, and belt painted. Made the canvas belt and attached to the plastic part. Shoulder straps for joining the chest and back have been made, as have the straps for joining ab to kidney, kidney to posterior, and for joining the cod to the posterior underneath.
Still to do:
* Finish and paint the other forearm.
* Finish and paint the biceps.
* Make strapping for the arms.
* Make suspenders for ab to kidney.
* Finish and paint thighs and shins.
* Make straps to hold up thighs.
* Attach hand guards to gloves.
* Add snaps velcro to the belt.
* Add snaps to the back side of the belt.
* Add clips to thermal detonator.
* Add straps to holster and attach to belt.
* Finish, paint, strap, and pad helmet.
* Add lenses to helmet.
Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:43 am Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
OK, time is slipping away. I'm trying to finish my build before Halloween which is two days away. If the Emperor's minions had worked as feverishly on the second Death Star as I have on this armor, there would have been no need for a shield generator, and the rebel scum would have been crushed at the Battle of Endor! The finish line is in sight. Still to do:
* Finish and paint shins
* Finish and detail helmet
* Finish strapping the suit
* Make and assemble clips for thermal detonator
* attach holster to belt
* try to repair paint on boots
Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:55 am Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
OK, here is my first unofficial troop... Not a 501st member yet, but nearly ready to submit an application. Still some work to do on the suit. This was a good test run, as a friend and I brought an Imperial presence to my church's Awesome Autumn Celebration on Halloween night!
Darth and the Stormtrooper were a big hit. From the time we appeared, we were swarmed by little kids wanting their picture taken with us.
And some big kids, too!
Obviously, there are still some issues with my costume. I didn't have time to make and install the bicep hooks for the shoulder bell straps. You can see that my right shoulder bell is riding up a little high. My shins kept creeping up to the tops of my boots. That, coupled with my method of connecting the thighs to the ab/cod produced a nasty armor bite on the back of my knees. I disappeared for a few minutes to install a velcro tab to the top front of my boots to keep the shins in place. This solved the armor bite problem, but the thighs kept pulling down. I will replace the snap straps with a belt and straps to hold the thighs up.
All in all, it was a great experience. We had a lot of fun and brought smiles to many faces, young and old. One kid was absolutely starstruck. I learned a lot about the suit and what I needed to do to improve the wearability, most notably that I NEED a fan in the helmet to keep the fog off of the lenses! Live and learn, but this was the realization of a childhood fantasy for me. Everyone went on and on about the armor and could not believe that we had made it.
Does anything stand out to you that I could do to improve the armor before submitting my application to the Carolina Garrison?
Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:57 am Post subject: Re: Stormtrooper Armor Build
We are making some improvements to the molds, but should soon be able to start pulling parts again. One issue we found with the black ABS is that the paint will wear where the parts rub together constantly. Easy enough to touch up, but we are also exploring trying to source some white plastic.
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