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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:53 pm 
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Hey BigbisonT,
I've been watching your vids over the last days, and this is excellent work! Thanks for sharing. It inspires me to build an alu armor by myself! Thanks for that!
Thanks to all great women an men that built cool stuff and posted pics! Excellent community!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:35 am 
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Thanks man!

Speaking of which, I finished the most recent video. Was waiting on some paint and some webbing, but I am good to go and this sucker is wearable!
In this video I do final prep on the finished (but still raw and bare) pieces then get it fully strapped up.

I took a few liberties with button snaps in order to be able to take it apart for repair/repaint/cleaning, but none of it is visible when worn. Overall I am really happy with how things turned out. This one clocks in at just over 46 mins, but has a nice 'rapid fire' tempo that I think makes it more fun than the others.

Video #14 - Final material prep and strapping!
https://youtu.be/QCVLwlbojX4

Coming up next is paint and finishing touches.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:40 am 

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Really enjoyed watching this project evolve. Great inspiration for anyone wanting to tackle building armour thanks for posting.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:21 pm 
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Thanks and really hoping it inspires others (even if not in metal exactly).

Here are some quick pics for people not necessarily watching all the videos.
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This is insane. I love the idea of making a star pattern with a dremel wheel before drilling through the helmet. Making those holes was the hardest part of my helmet build, broke probably five bits.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:25 pm 
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Oh man, that just looks so beautifull! And what i really like is the sound of it! That alu armor sounds like a symphony to me!
Have to go to workshop and begin...by the way: where did you get the templates for the parts? Is there a link or something?

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I am afraid there are no templates online (that I am aware of). I essentially came up with mine via evolution. Counting my plastic and mixed media sets, this is the 5th overall armor set that I have built for myself, so I have evolved my patterns to be a better fit and more accurate each time. After my 4th set (my first metal set) I was able to compare my finished bits to actual Terry English bits and discovered I was actually REALLY close on most items. This latest one I tweaked things just a bit more based on that info. One thing I will stress is that the number one change to every single one of my 5 builds is that each time I realized new bits needed to be SMALLER! I see it over and over again with props, costumes and armor where people (self included) want to make everything too big right off the bat.

I don't really have the ability to do scans of my own templates, but I will try to post up some general measurements/reference on some of the more prominent features so people have a starting point. (Then of course adjust to yourself from there).


***EDIT/UPDATE: I did post pictures of my patterns straight on, which Martinr1000 was able to convert into CAD.
Downloadable 'starting point' patterns are now available in this thread viewtopic.php?f=3&t=18692 ***


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:55 pm 
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Had a long stretch of non-productivity, but I'm moving again!

I finally knocked out the paint after a very productive weekend. Forgot how long this process takes...but overall I am pretty happy with it.
I used the "original Humbrol" colors, and like most, I just despise the "Matt Sand". There is nothing "Sand" about it!!! It is bright yellow!!!
All that said, there are plenty of pics showing a yellow color from surviving screen used sets, so I guess it simply 'is what it is'.

In the video, I document the effect of a clear matt coat over the paint vs leaving it bare, talk about different weathering techniques and decided to go with the liquid form of 'grate/stove (black iron) polish'. I also am documenting the 'scratch build' of the webbing/grenade straps and neck bindings. I am still editing up the video but should have it either later today or tomorrow morning.

In the mean time, a little "before and after"...

"BEFORE" (does have a little charcoal on the 'matt sand' and a "matt" clear coat on everything)
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Glorious! It has been so much fun watching this come together.

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daaamn dude, thats amazing


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:38 pm 
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Thanks everyone.

Video #15 "Paint, weathering and Trim" is finally UP! I also scratch build some neck bindings and grenade straps here too.

https://youtu.be/vvEfoOjj9x4

This guy is damn near ready to go. I will do one more video in this series based on "optional" accessories. In that I will touch on the various 'other stuff' that completes the marine such as pouches, knives, weapons (briefly), watches, belt tools, shoulder lamps and all that jazz. Nothing new for you guys, but just some of the fun stuff that will flesh out the costume and make it more 'complete' just to finish off the series.

So "creation" is over and done, though. 10 weeks of effort have led to this:
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That looks top notch. I still need to watch the video but I appreciate the still shots!

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Wow this is superb. Great work!


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Great work. Love the camo painting.

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Excellent work! Thanks for taking us with you on this journey!

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