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So what I've decided to do is use the bicep from the Mudtroopers design and make a jig or guide for those J hooks. It will be something you can print out and use to draw your template. I'm also going to make a backing that can be glued in place to provide a little more support around the hooks.

 

Just in looking at my biceps, it feels like the cord running through the J hooks might rip through or crack the ABS and I'd expect the fiberglass might feel the same. I really don't see any other alternative than to reinforce this area from the inside. 

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56 minutes ago, tat2trooper said:

Those traps look awesome. 

David,

Thanks. I finally finished modeling my tears and traps and will probably print them in resin this week. I discovered as I was doing this that there's small differences on either side because of the fiberglass casting, so I ended up making a separate file for each part. After I was done I realized that I probably could have just printed each one a little oversized and file the resin down to fit. Oh well.

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So, no update for a while. Please forgive me as I "cheat on the FISD." I got in a little over my head on three simultaneous builds.

However, for your consideration, please see the following pics of my abdominal armor and let me know your thoughts. I'll provide another update soon, but am looking for some feedback on my hack and slash. Pretty sure I'm the first to do this to a Jimi kit and I'll explain it later. Long story short... extremely comfortable.

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I'll explain the soft belt later. Also, that's primer on the armor; it hasn't been painted yet. But this thing's going to be smoooooth when it's finished.
Thanks again,
Jason

 


 

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Ok. I'm back. LOL.

Since I was out "cheating" on the FISD, I got two other costumes approved and will be submitting a third next week. Unfortunately, as I said in the Artillery Stormtrooper forum a couple minutes ago, I'm packing up the printers for the time being and will not be able to finish the fourth costume I intended on knocking out before returning to my "home detachment." Candidly, I'm getting ready to pick up my family and move into a little apartment for a few months while we wait for our new house to get built. So, while my Shoretrooper is now on hold, I get to return to my priority build.
Yeah, I know. I use the word "priority" loosely, but with the creation of the new Remnant/ Anthology forum, I've decided to move this build thread to it's new home.
This is definitely back to being my priority build.
So, with that said, let me throw up the first couple pictures that indicate my desire to create a Remnant TK:

 

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LOL! Whoa! I've read about asymmetrical OT helmets a thousand times, but nothing prepared me for this. I even had to reach out to @TheRascalKing to make sure I didn't receive a dud. LOL. Regardless, I love it.
Ok. So with all that said, I'm going to continue this build as if it were a ROTK, but when I get towards the end, there's definitely going to be some modifications. Also, though I'd love to finish this quickly, building TKs in an apartment might slow down progress, but we'll see.
Anyways, thanks again for viewing.

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  • Sly11 changed the title to Centurion from the Start/ The BigJasoni's Remnant Jimmiroquai Build Thread
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Lol. Temporary apartment or not, I'm getting back to work. However, I need some help from the OT community. So here's the issue:

 

I got this helmet from a fellow TK buddy and he did most of the "heavy lifting" for me, i.e. he trimmed the bucket, put the face and dome together, and connected the ears. I think it looks great, but me being an ANH rookie, and also being used to the clean lines of the ROTK/ Anthology helmets, I want to make sure this is right.  

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From the front it looks pretty decent, but there's a big gap under the ears on both sides. I looked at the CRL for ANH Stunt and it doesn't mention anything, but since we're trying to build a Remnant without a CRL, that's the only thing I can think of as a reference. Is this normal?

 

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Next, this is how the bottom of the ears lines up with the neck opening. When I attempt to put the S-trim around the neck line, I can't seem to get it to go over this part. Is there a trick I'm missing? Finally, should I put some sort of adhesive in the S-trim to get it to stay put?

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I've got a troop tomorrow night, then I'll be finishing an E-22 blaster and submitting my Muddy pics this weekend. But after that, I'll start putting in the hours on this kit and update the thread regularly. I've got a little porch to work on and a nice field across the street to paint in. Not the most ideal conditions, but it looks like I'll have some good (hot) weather for a couple days, so whatevs. Please let me know if you guys have any tips and I'll get this helmet finished pretty quick Thanks for looking and thanks as always for the help.

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Saw your post in the FB group and have answered you there. Hope the info is useful but i thought I might copy it onto your thread as well for others to reference.

 

S trim needs to be pressure fit. This means the trim needs to be longer than the required length. Start at one point and really force the trim along the thin ABS edge.
When you get back to the starting point really push it along some more as hard as possible. Mark just past the cross over point of the two ends of the S trim then force that last end along to really squeeze in and but hard up against the other end.
You can try some rubber contact cement to a few points but I have never needed to glue mine in place. Only time I manage to dislodge it is if my mic headset gets tangled and catches the edge and pulls it off the helmet when removing.
 
Your next question
 
Andrew Franke, thanks, that's perfect. The S-trim I have is probably about 9" longer than the overall circumference of the neck trim, so that makes sense, but is it supposed to go over that bottom part of the ears? Thanks for the assist.
 
My reciprocating response.
really will depend on how you assemble the helmet. If the ears have a slight angle following the line of the back of those traps on the dome, also the fit of the ears against the helmet. It tends to cover the base of one side more than the other as the ears are shaped slightly different at the bottom. Don’t stress about the S trim covering them both.
It also depends on the type of S trim as in the profile.
Many use the rounded S trim as it is easier to obtain. The flat version actually sits a little deeper over the bottom edge of the helmet and as such tends to better cover the bottom of the ears.
 
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Some great info in this thread in regards to getting ears to sit flush 

Note your ears are being pushed out at the top as they are sitting on backplate material if you trim that and add a small step they will sit better 

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8 hours ago, Sly11 said:

Saw your post in the FB group and have answered you there. Hope the info is useful but i thought I might copy it onto your thread as well for others to reference.

 

S trim needs to be pressure fit. This means the trim needs to be longer than the required length. Start at one point and really force the trim along the thin ABS edge.
When you get back to the starting point really push it along some more as hard as possible. Mark just past the cross over point of the two ends of the S trim then force that last end along to really squeeze in and but hard up against the other end.
You can try some rubber contact cement to a few points but I have never needed to glue mine in place. Only time I manage to dislodge it is if my mic headset gets tangled and catches the edge and pulls it off the helmet when removing.
 
Your next question
 
Andrew Franke, thanks, that's perfect. The S-trim I have is probably about 9" longer than the overall circumference of the neck trim, so that makes sense, but is it supposed to go over that bottom part of the ears? Thanks for the assist.
 
My reciprocating response.
really will depend on how you assemble the helmet. If the ears have a slight angle following the line of the back of those traps on the dome, also the fit of the ears against the helmet. It tends to cover the base of one side more than the other as the ears are shaped slightly different at the bottom. Don’t stress about the S trim covering them both.
It also depends on the type of S trim as in the profile.
Many use the rounded S trim as it is easier to obtain. The flat version actually sits a little deeper over the bottom edge of the helmet and as such tends to better cover the bottom of the ears.
 

Andrew,
Thanks again for the response. I decided to post to FB because I typically get responses and can make adjustments to the costume in real time, so that really helped. However, like you said, I wanted it here for others to reference and to document my build. Based off what you said I played around with the S-Trim and started to see how it tightened up as I pushed on it. For the portion of the ear that lines up with the neck trim, I'm just going to have to mess around with that part a little more, but I am interested in finding some of the flat trim as well.

 

9 hours ago, Sly11 said:

also the fit of the ears against the helmet. It tends to cover the base of one side more than the other as the ears are shaped slightly different at the bottom.

 

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I think this is what you're talking about. The left side (as we're looking at it) does cover the base better than the right. The S-trim fits well over the left, but the right is what's been bugging me. 

 

8 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Note your ears are being pushed out at the top as they are sitting on backplate material if you trim that and add a small step they will sit better 

Glen,
Thanks as always. This is one of those tips I was specifically looking for. Also, thanks for the forum link, somehow I missed that when I was searching last night.
Though I'm happy with the work my buddy did on the helmet, I'll likely pull it apart and play around with it a little bit.

Thanks again for all the help. If anything, working on this helmet is making me want an OT costume now. I'll add it to the list. 

 

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SHOULDER STRAPS

 

Lol. Ok, back on task. So, if you look at my signature block, you can tell that I've been relatively busy with a few other costumes. I got the IOC costume approved up to Imperator, and became only the 8th Mudtrooper Specialist in the Spec Ops Detachment. But this TK... this is why I got involved with the 501st and I've got my eyes set on the level 2 and 3 approvals that I was originally aiming for, Expert Infantry and Centurion. 
Now with that said and to provide a little update since I've been rather sporadic on my updates, I've got my abdominal armor ready for final paint and set how I want it, so now I'm moving to the chest, back and arms.

I've talked to a few people about these pieces and for some reason, the shoulder straps seem to be a little tricky. Unlike the OT kits that have a shoulder strap attached to the top of the chest and back, the Anthology armor has much larger trapezoids that the straps physically slide into. Not surprisingly, this has become a bit of a thing with anthology era costumes. For example, please see the following pics for my Muddy back armor, followed by the back armor trapezoid from my Jimi kit:


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So, it's not totally unforeseeable that I could cut through the fiberglass and file out a slot in the back armor for the straps to go through, but the angles of this particular piece just don't seem conducive to that type experimentation. Essentially, I've got a shoulder strap that sits 1cm tall, but there's only about a cm. to work with underneath the trapezoid. Even if I cut everything out, it would cause the shoulder strap to curve downward at almost a 90 degree angle towards my shoulder. If I use the rigid straps that were supplied with the kit, it would look unsightly.
I may be able to cut out a slot and hog away some of that block under the trapezoid, but I almost feel like I'd be creating a weak point and the "juice may not be worth the squeeze. Since I'm not painting this for another month, I may just get everything prepped and then take one last look at this to make an informed decision. However, the solution I came up with is pretty cool, so let me show this.

 

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This is the shoulder strap I modeled as a template for rubber casting. I have another that I've made some screen accurate additions to that recently came to light, but for the current shoulder strap setup, I'm going to use this design rather than bust out something that looks different. Here's a sneak peek:


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I'll post the reference photo later. Also, I'll get this molded and cast probably about the same time I decide whether I'm cutting out the trapezoid. For the time being, I want to show the setup that's closer to what most people will be using.

So the main issue people run into while strapping this part is finding way to connect the chest and back armor at the shoulders without getting the webbing in the way of the shoulder strap. Essentially you have a hard part and soft part fighting for the same real estate. Here's a pic:


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You don't want the weight of the armor resting on the shoulder straps, but it has to go to the same place the shoulder webbing is occupying. I decided to essentially split the difference.


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I had a bag of small leather rivets I was never going to use, so I decided to attach the ends of the shoulder strap to the webbing. Additionally, I know a lot of people use snaps to connect their webbing, but I've had too many issues with them popping off the armor. Industrial strength Velcro typically holds very good.
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Ok, so you might be able to see where I'm going with this. Essentially, I eliminated the two pieces fighting for the same space by forcing them to share the space. By hard mounting the front of the webbing to the front of the strap they both lay flat under the chest while remaining secure. Additionally, though they're attached, the two inches of black Velcro provide a solid anchor and keeps them separate from the shoulder strap. The white Velcro does provide a second anchor point, but the weight of the chest armor is not supported by this 1" strip. Additionally, while wearing the armor, my shoulder kind of pushes everything up into the Velcro strips:

 

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Once I had the front set, I trimmed the strap to length and sewed on the back armor Velcro.

 

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Despite the two pieces being fastened together, this kind of shows how they're independent from each other. If you go back up to my side photo, you can kind of see how the black webbing goes underneath the back armor while the straps go on top. This is probably getting confusing, but please follow my descent into craziness for just a few more minutes. Here's the installation pics:
 

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So, in the end, I've got a secure fit, the armor is suspended by the black webbing and the flexible shoulder strap fits directly into their trapezoids as intended. If I keep the rear set as is, I'll likely secure it with magnets or a small piece of Velcro on top of the back armor; either way will work great. I believe the preferred method will be to fish the straps through the rear trap similar to my ICAT/ Muddy armor, but I'll make that decision later. Regardless, I think this is a pretty good solution.
Finishing costumes in the apartment has set me back a little, but I think I can get everything fit and ready for paint before we move into the house next month. This week I intend to finish the torso armor and begin on the arms. If I'm lucky, I should be able to get this primered by the end of the weekend.
Thanks again for viewing.

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It's really coming together Jason, nice attention to detail, i love it.

Also great to put a face to the name as you model your impressive build :)

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SIDE EXTENSIONS PART 1

So, I decided that for ease of reference, I'm going to start each post with a title. This should help others as they go scrolling through the WIP later on.

The second part of the ROTK/ Anthology armor that can be a bit of a hassle is the side extensions. When I built the 3d print ROTK, I was fortunate in that I could scale the piece to fit however I wanted. However, now that I'm playing with a "real" kit, or at least a more accurate kit, I need to figure out a way to get this to fit better. Let me first post a pic that I robbed off @TheRascalKing's build thread:

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When Justin posted this pic, his attention was drawn to the "notch" that's taken out of the top of the abdominal armor. The way it swoops down appears to be there to keep the top of the abdominal sides below the actual side connectors. My thoughts are that this Flametrooper may have received a one-off or it was possibly cut for the individual wearer. Regardless of how the armor's cut, the theme seems to be that we need to aim to keep the top of the abdominal sides as close to the side connectors as possible. Optimally, I think the abdominal armor won't be seen behind the side extensions while the wearer is stationary. However, these screen caps show that it can't be entirely avoided, especially when moving around. The first pic is a shiny Anthology kit, so it's easier to see, but I lightened the Remnant TK pics just to show how the abdominal armor can't be hidden entirely. They're kind of difficult to see, but they're definitely visible.

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So, from these pics the "swoop" appears to exist throughout, but in the later costumes it doesn't seem to be as pronounced as the Flametrooper. However, regarding Remnant TKs...

 

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this last guy's not even wearing side extensions. I'm definitely not going that far, but since this will eventually be a Remnant TK, it's fair to point out the things that makes these characters unique.
So back to my armor.

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The Jimmiroquai armor does have a little swoop from the front to the side, but it's not nearly as pronounced as the screen used props. This definitely doesn't make it wrong by any means, but it may have to be trimmed if the abdominal armor sits too high. I actually think Jimi hooked us up by making the armor a little tall; it gives the wearer the option to custom fit it. Additionally, I've got a slightly longer torso so for people like me the design is brilliant. However, I've decided that if I do trim it, I'll probably do something similar to the Flametrooper, but that will require a lot of test fitting in order to make that determination and ensure I don't chop too much off. Since I titled this post "Side Extensions Part 1," I'll be covering the test fitting tonight. If trimming is indeed needed, I'll do it when I fasten the extensions this weekend. Unfortunately I already prepped and primed the armor, but I think I can get a clean cut and not really mess things up. A little touch-up might be needed, but that's not uncommon. 

 

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I started off by getting the abdominal where I'll be wearing the finished armor. I've said before that I feel like the abdomen is the base of the armor, so it's important to get this right. Again, I think the majority of my height is in my upper body, so the armor may seem a little high, but it feels great. This is also where I'm glad I made the "Roman Belt" cuts. The additional flex in the belt backing really makes this extremely comfortable.  Also, I'm kind of using Mr. No Side Extension as my model:


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Now everyone's getting to see the apartment. Lol. One more month. Anyways, at first I was using tiny clamps to hold everything down, but I realized that I had the chest and back so tight against the abdomen that I couldn't fit the kidney plat under the back. For fitting purposes, I used the larger clamps to hold the extensions in place, this created just enough of a gap to get the plate in there comfortably.

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For my first side pic, I've got a ton of abdominal armor showing. Based off this alone, I definitely feel like I need to trim the kit. However, I said earlier that as the costumer moves, things change. Here's another pic:
 

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And now it's gone. I am lifting my arms a little higher like in a submission photo, but this isn't how I'd typically be standing during a troop. This is:
 

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Of course I'm holding an E-22. Did anyone notice the SE-14R in the previous Remnant pics? Lol. We've gone down that route before. Also, please don't judge me on my daughter's show playing in the background. Regardless, based off the fit and these side poses, I feel that I could get away with not trimming the abdominal armor, but it would probably be better if I did.

So, the test fitting is done. Also, after working with the clamps, I've decided that I'm going to permanently mount the side extensions to the back armor rather than use Velcro, magnets, or something else. Additionally, since I'm keeping the top of the extension flush with the top of the back armor "swoop" painting this shouldn't be an issue or something I need to do prior to mounting. 

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Anyways, I'll finish off the extensions and get everything prepped this weekend. Tomorrow I'll start working on the arms. All this prep may seem like a lot of nothing going on, but it's all a necessary evil. Bear with me, the fun stuff is coming.
Thanks again for viewing.

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SIDE EXTENSIONS PART 2

ARMS PART 1


Last year when I was studying everyone else's ROTK builds @11b30b4 kind of introduced me to PC-7. If you've never used it before, it's insanely awesome. Basically, if you want something stuck, and don't ever want to see it come off, this is what you reach for:
 

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For those unfamiliar, the manufacturer calls PC-7 a "slow curing paste epoxy" which is designed for "permanent bonds." It's insanely resilient and the fun thing is that if you dip your gloved fingers in IPA, you can shape it to your liking. Last year I picked some of this stuff up and was thoroughly amused. I even fixed my mail box with some right before I sold our house, so yeah, it can hold fiberglass pretty good. Thanks Jeff! Lol.

 

For ABS kits, the following steps can be followed, but CA glue or E6000 would probably be a safer bet.

 

 If you go back to my previous post you'll see that I had the extensions lined up right where I wanted them, but unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic of the inside until after I made some cuts. Please use your imagination for a moment:

 

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The side extensions wrapped all the way behind me up into the back box. Jimi's kit can definitely fit a wide range of individuals. But, for an average size person, you're going to have to make a cut either at the front or the back. I decided on the back because I have the fronts lined up in a position where I'll be able to Velcro them into place and they won't be seen. 

 

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The fun thing about Jim's fiberglass is you can score it with a razor and essentially snap it off. You do have to be careful because you can break off more than you intended to, but a file and sandpaper makes it easy to take care of happy little accidents.

 

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Mix PC-7 part A and B 1 to 1, but even their website says "It's not a precise measurement." Again, on ABS, you'd probably be better suited to use CA-glue or E6000. For fiberglass this stuff is pure gold. After mixing the putty, is was just a matter of "buttering" up my pieces and squishing them back into place.

 

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Keep in mind that if you choose to use PC-7 THIS STUFF IS INTENDED FOR PERMANENT FIXES. Once you've put your stuff down and clamped it in place, you've got about an hour to work with it or change your mind. Anything later than that and you may as well bust out the Dremel and find some new extensions.

 

Like I said earlier, you can dip your gloved finger in IPA and smooth this stuff out. I'm sure you can get a lot prettier than I did, but I'm intending on sanding this down a little and will be coating the inside later. That's my way of saying "this'll never be seen." Also, I used glass cleaner instead of IPA which is an old trick I typically use for shaping silicone.

 

So, I won't be touching the side extensions again until I start throwing down gloss later down the road. But other than putting down Velcro (which recently I've started doing before paint) these are done. This weekend I'll sand down the mess, clean it up, prep and primer. 

 

ARMS

 

One of the first things I decided to do with this kit was ensure my strapping was done right. In order to ensure accurate fit for the final costume, I'm going to end up doing a lot of things twice. This will primarily be evident as I connect "clam shell" pieces such as arms and legs. Ultimately, the things I'm doing in the next couple steps are things I'll connect, disconnect, paint and reconnect. Ultimately, I'm just trying to avoid running into fit issues that may create bigger problems at a point where I should be finishing.

 

Alright, this is where I get creative again. Early on in this thread, I wrote about how I intended on using these:

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On January 27th (yeah, I've been slacking) I posted my trial run on these where I quickly used CA glue as a trial, but for their final application, I ended up fastening them with 2 part epoxy. In the end, this is what I was left with:
 

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I let the pieces dry for 24 hours and then attached the TPU (bungee) cords to fulfill the CRL level 3 requirement that Biceps are loosely held closed in the back with elastic, shock cord (bungee cord) or white Velcro and are designed to remain flexible.

 

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Additionally, I fastened the front of the biceps with Velcro which looks like this:
 

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Again, the Velcro pieces and final strapping will look a little nicer, but I need to do this in order to get an accurate fitting and make sure I'm not going to run into any "snafus" later.

I applied the same technique to the forearms which resulted in this:

 

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So, this works great. Here's a little 13 second video of the application:
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So after I got my clam shells assembled, I had to get them attached to the shoulder bells. If you go way back in this thread to April 9th, you'll see where I cut out the J-hooks into the bicep armor. I think I mentioned previously that I decided to do this after seeing it on The Mandalorian, but also after assembling my ICAT/ Muddy armor. I also provided a link to some shoulder bell fasteners you could 3D print, but of course, since I've taken so long to do this kit, I lost the ones I originally printed and have since packed up my printers for the move. So, I busted out some HIPS and put some together that I think are actually better than my original ones. 

 

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Cut them out, glue them together, file down the edges and glue in place. After the epoxy dried, I test fit everything and hung the biceps from the bells:
 

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So, that's it for now. I still have to add the final strap that goes through the little slot above the R in this picture, but I'll get that taken care of pretty quick. I'll put some pictures of that up later, but that strap works almost like a backup to the bungees holding up the bicep. It also keeps the shoulder from "flapping" around so I'm looking forward to how this all comes together.

This has been a slow process, but I'm glad to be back on it. Thanks again for viewing.

 

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PAINTING STEP 1

CHEST AND BACK STEP 1


Fiberglass is not a perfect material. I think we speak so highly of Jimi's kit for all the right reasons and personally I really like working with it. However, fiberglass does have it's flaws as does any material. However, with adequate prep and finish, I really think you can't beat the look of this armor.

 

So here's what I mean about it not being perfect:

 

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Yesterday I took a close look at the armor and noticed that the back box had a bunch of cracks in it. Basically, in the second pic, anywhere you see significant sunlight coming there's likely a crack (except for around the cog which lets sunlight in because it's just thin). This is nothing catastrophic, but they're cracks nonetheless. Additionally, after working on the abdominal armor a few months ago, I realized that those pesky pin holes should be taken care of before primer if possible. Of course, you're not going to find them all, but any you can see should be addressed early.If you take a close look at these pictures, you can actually see the deepest crack out of all of them. It's right in-between the cog "O" and the 11 greeblies and it had to be addressed first.

 

Additionally, in the last pic, you can see the pill shaped hole that I filled with resin and sanded flush a while back. Before I went on, I gave the armor a quick scrubbing with some purple Skotch-Brite and then skim coated the problem areas with Bondo spot and glaze putty.

 

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I thought my days of Bondo S&G putty were behind me :lol:. Actually, they'll never be fully behind me, this stuff is great; it does an awesome job at filling and is very easy to sand. After knocking down the red stuff, I took the kit out and sprayed with what should be the one and only coat of filler sandable primer, which left me with this:


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I chose to hit it with a coat of the thick stuff to give the paint another barrier against the pinholes  that are sure to surface. Though that big crack will need a little more TLC, after spraying I was pretty happy with the finish and pleasantly surprised by the significant lack of pinholes. Between the chest, back, shoulder, biceps, hand plates, and kidney plate, these were the only pinholes that really showed up.

 

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There's a tiny bit more, but really when compared to the abdominal section, they're nearly nonexistent; I'm talking about 10 or less. Because of the prep work, any that did show up look more like pits rather than holes as shown in the next photo. These are very easy to take care of.

 

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Not bad. I wish I would have taken more prep photos of the Bondo, but to illustrate what it looked like, just Imagine my armor with chicken-pox. Also worth noting in this picture is the smooth transition between the back armor and the side extension. I don't want to call it seamless because it's not supposed to be, but you can see how that PC-7 pretty much made a solid connection between the two pieces. The extensions now flex with the back armor as one piece, not multiple pieces stuck together.

So, the final thing to note is that after playing around with the forearms for a while, they're just not going to work for me. I reached out to a friend who also has this kit and our opinion is that these forearms are just too small. The bungee system I made for them helps tremendously, but with my shirt and gloves on, they don't close. They're not bad, not at all, and since I saved the fiberglass strips I cut off my abdominal armor, I'll eventually extend them a little and finish them. However, for this costume I'll be using a set of forearms I made for my Shoretrooper build.

 

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These are from the Mr. Paul's Shoretrooper build kit and they're deadly accurate. You can't really tell from this pic, but the angles and lines are simply next level. The shoulders and biceps are equally great, but the difference between those pieces and Jimi's is negligible. Since completing the forearms sets me behind a little, I'll finish the rest of the arms and update the WIP with these pieces later.

Thanks again for viewing. 

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Damn dude, this is coming out amazing. I love the correct strapping for the biceps and shoulder bells. Outstanding job Jason.

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On 9/20/2021 at 12:31 PM, 11b30b4 said:

Damn dude, this is coming out amazing. I love the correct strapping for the biceps and shoulder bells. Outstanding job Jason.

Thanks Jeff!
I ran into another slow patch, so I missed this comment a few weeks ago. We're closing on the house in two weeks, so I've been rather busy. This has been a long process, but it's finally coming to an end.

 

I have a few small updates, but the one that I'm most excited about is that I jumped on the Imperial Boots New Era Undersuit pre-order,


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YAY!!! This should be ready to ship early November, so my goal for finishing the kit has to be around that time. Also, even though I didn't want to do it, I'm going to be using my Shoretrooper biceps along with the forearms.

 

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When I placed the Mr Paul forearms next to the Jimi Biceps it just didn't look right.

 

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Jimi's look great, but the cover strips just didn't match. Visually, the difference is minimal until you put them next to each other. Also, the fiberglass strips are about 1/8" wider. If the forearms were a better fit this wouldn't be an issue. Regardless, it's coming together great and I'm hoping to get everything primed this week.

Ok, for the next two pics I know they aren't TKs, but this is what I've resorted to for painting:

 

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When your county abandons a parking lot... it becomes a great 10 acre paint booth. I don't mind doing primer out here, but the Swamptrooper got a few errant bugs and there's no way I'm risking that on the TK. This is why I don't dare paint any more while we're stuck in the apartment. 

 

Ok, one last thing. I did retrieve my resin printer from the storage unit so I could print off the belt boxes I designed. Here's a pic of the medium (trapezoid) box and the drop box with the back hollowed out for elastic. I also did a full set of Shoretrooper/ ICAT/ Mudtrooper boxes and will start casting these in resin when I get to the new house. I'll likely cast the TK boxes as well.

 

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So now I'm looking forward to how the belt's going to look. I'll likely put that together this week and get it ready for paint.

 

So this was another one of my "nothing updates," but I should be able to get a few things done before we leave the apartment. 

Thanks again for viewing.

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