Here is another small update. Hard trying to get the time to have a good run at this. Anyone who has assembled this armour will know how much work is involved.
Got time off booked from work to give me a good 10 days or so to break the back of this build
Happy start for this update as my gaskets arrives from Teresa (Geeky Pink). I have to say right out that I have never received anything that has had such care and personal touch put into it, and that's before I unwrapped it to find fantasic craftwomanship in every part of my order. It all fits like a glove. Now I can start sizing the armour to fit better.
Sweet delivery by brian.mcdavid, on Flickr
Best packaging ever by brian.mcdavid, on Flickr
Baskets, harness and neck seal by brian.mcdavid, on Flickr
Now that's out the way onto the build. More filling and sanding. Luckily I'm not finding very many places that need filler. Filled where I have found so far and once the filler dries sanding back to 800 grit. Couple more small cracks found when doing initial sanding so repaired them with fibreglass repair tissue and resin.
Had some left over resin mixed up so painted it onto the inside of my replacement chest piece. After it dried it has strengthened the chest without stiffening it much and has made me consider doing it to the whole armour.
Thoughts? Has anyone else done this?
I'm not going to post lots of pictures of filled and sanded armour. We all know what it looks like
In saying that, here is the helmet only because I filed out the tube vents and eyes.
Do the eyes look OK or do I need to take them into the middle a bit more?
Vents filed out by brian.mcdavid, on Flickr
Eyes trimmed out by brian.mcdavid, on Flickr
Going to keep at this every time I get a chancebut I've come to the conclusion that I am not going to be able to paint this myself. I even bought a tent as suggested by Daniel (Ensi) but the way the weather is turning in Scotland it is not an option. I even tried putting the tent up in my garage but the fumes going through the rest of the house were pretty mean. Struggling to find a paint I was happy with too. Tried a couple of different types/brands but nothing I was happy with. Probably just the conditions that spoiled it for getting the finish I wanted.
Tomorrow I am going to visit a local bodyshop to see if they can do it. The guy on the phone laughed when I told him what I wanted painted and asked if they actually made stormtrooper armour in my size!!!!! Lets see how it goes in the morning
Started sanding and painting the parts of the F11d when I found a quiet ten minutes during nightshift last week. Bonus
Thanks for looking