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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Thu May 08, 2008 9:09 pm

New pics. I will be pealing away the tape tonight on the mask and hopfully not the grey paint. We shall see. Also, some other pics of Mikes finished chest box and cape.

http://s193.photobucket.com/albums/z9/twagensomer/Mike/

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by shawnpane » Thu May 08, 2008 9:41 pm

My finger are crossed for ya!
"I'D do almost anything for A peek under that
helmet"..."almost anything."
"not today...I'm here on buisness."
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Fri May 09, 2008 1:11 am

Thanks Shawn. Well it didnt go as planned (which it never does) but it wasent as bad as last time. Just a few spots, which I have already started repairing. I didnt take pics of the repair jobs, cause there not done, but here is the mess ups. These will be fixed in the next few days. Dammit!!! sorry.

http://s193.photobucket.com/albums/z9/twagensomer/Mike/

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by shawnpane » Fri May 09, 2008 6:57 am

Wt kind of tape are you using? Maybee try the blue painters tape.It may peal off A little better.
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Sat May 10, 2008 2:12 am

Uggghhh balls..... Ive tried different kinds of painters tape and still...... crap. More pealing still tonight. I fixed most of it. Hopefully this weekend will be clearcoating and then no more taping.... lol. Mike will be at MCCC!!!

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by shawnpane » Sat May 10, 2008 10:43 am

Awesome!!! I can't wait to meet him and check out the Vader.
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Sat May 10, 2008 11:50 pm

Ok, its late, but I'm off into the garage to get Mikes helmet done. Pray that I have no more paint pealing.... :blink:

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Sun May 11, 2008 1:38 am

Ok.... yea, yea, yea.... The paint it done :bar: I should have listened to Mike and Stevo in the first place, I pulled out the old model supplies ( I used to do a lot of model building) and finished it up by hand. The paint scheme is done and I will be clear coating it tomorrow... I cant wait :thumbs: :cheers: It could have came out better if the spray paint would have stuck, but I think it still looks good. No new pics, but I will put some up tomorrow (monday).

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Mon May 12, 2008 1:04 am

Ok, 3 coats of clear coat today and tomorrow the 4th, and the start of the wax. Should be mounting the magnets for the dome tomorrow night and adding the padding and the fans and ready to ROCK AND ROLL!!!!-

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Yoda Jenkins » Mon May 12, 2008 8:26 am

It's about time that you get all my work done! After how much I pay you... wait a sec - I don't pay you anything... Great Job Wags! :lol:
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Tue May 13, 2008 1:37 am

Ok, I am going to make this short and sweet ( I have typed this 3 times and my internet keeps closing). Here are the new pix. Mike will be done in time for the con this weekend.

http://s193.photobucket.com/albums/z9/twagensomer/Mike/

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by shawnpane » Wed May 14, 2008 9:31 am

Ah Yeah!
I dont know what kind of suit he has but.You should really try and find A cooling vest for him before the con.
VADER GETS HOT! Really really hot!
If he is just kinda walking around posing for pics,it's not real bad. But if your on the move.Say Droid hunt,It gets almost unbearable.
I would recomend one with A cammel back.I have cooling pouches in the front and back.I cannot use the ones inthe front because of the chest box.(makes it look funny) (tillted to one side)But freeze those suckers for A few hours and put them in the back.They cool at 56f for 4-5 hours.
He will be super happy that he has one. :mrgreen:
In the winter months.There are almost no problems.But come spring and summer,It gets hot hot hot :thumbs:
I have 3 2 inch fans inside my mask. They do very little.2 push inside the mask while one pulls the air out.They don't do A whole hell of A lot. What kind of goves do you have?
Prepair for your hands to be stained black for A day or two. :mrgreen:
I can't wait to see it!
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Wed May 14, 2008 3:27 pm

Thanks for all the advice Shawn!! Here are some more pics from last night. We should have "Official" pix tonight for submission to the legion :thumbs:

http://s193.photobucket.com/albums/z9/twagensomer/Mike/

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Wags » Wed May 14, 2008 11:06 pm

SOOOOOOOOO, after many hours in the man cave, Vader is DONE!!!! It was raining out so we had to do the pix in the garage. Many, many, .....MANY long nights were put into this so lets hope it goes well. I myself am VERY pleased. The inner cape and outer cape were made by Mike. The body suit was made by Mike and I and many long hours of sewing 1 inch lines in them.... The chest box was made by Mike and I with the resin parts, the mask and dome are a rubies HEAVILY modified and many coats of paint and wax, rubies shins with 4 inches added to them and repainted and waxed, ESB gloves off of the legion boards.Cod,belt and chest armor bought off the internet. Chest painted by Mike and I.

So there it is. Also, many of the new pix Mike doesent have is neck ring in cause my kids wanted to be "choked out" by Uncle Mike...lol So I made him put his gear back on and we forgot it.

And on a side note, Mike is about 6'11" fully geared up.... :shock: :shock: He has to duck when walking out the door. AWESOME!!!! All I can say is... BA!!! lol

http://s193.photobucket.com/albums/z9/twagensomer/Mike/

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Cujo » Thu May 15, 2008 9:06 am

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z9/t ... G_2016.jpg

Vader's 3rd cousin says Git R Done!


Great work you guys!

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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by shawnpane » Thu May 15, 2008 9:48 am

Good Gawd!
6" 11' holy crap! What Vader are you going for? The chest box is empire,but the shoulder armor looks off to me.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news.It does look damn good.But, I don't know if it will past for membership.
But there's only one way to find out. :mrgreen:
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Yoda Jenkins » Thu May 15, 2008 10:31 am

We were going for Empire. Did we paint the bells wrong? I've seen the grey/black bells on some Vaders (I thought that was ROTJ?). Or is the grey color we used on the shoulder armor too light?

Anyway, I already sent it in, so let's hope for the best (but prepare for the worst!). I figure I'll still wear it this weekend even if it wrong. You guys won't point and laugh at me will you? :lol:
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Sleg » Thu May 15, 2008 10:54 am

Yoda Jenkins wrote:You guys won't point and laugh at me will you?
At 6"11' and the ability to force choke...I don't think so!

Looks great.
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by Kal » Thu May 15, 2008 1:30 pm

When the time comes to upgrade. You may wana look into a ESB JB or SPFX mask. Here are the 2 side by side.

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Your cape and robe look good. But other soft parts you may wana look for "LA" he makes very good stuff and is priced well. The armor color looks a bit bright but that can be from the flash. My armor looked gold in some pics with the flash on.
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Re: Mike's Vader Build Thread

Post by shawnpane » Fri May 16, 2008 8:57 am

I think Rob hit the nail on the head,
Of corse I am going to laugh at you. Geez! :rotflmao: You should have seen my first fett. :oops: :shock: It was horrible.
I wasn't even thinking of your shoulder bells.Just that the chest is really bright.
Rob is probably correct about the flash.I didn't even think of that.
Make no mistake,For what you guys accomplished in this amount of time was incredable.I don't think I could have done it.
The good news is,You don't have to be approved for the comic con. I assume this will be his first full day dressed?
You will learn a lot.What needs to be fixed,what needs to be glued instead of velcro ect.... A learning experiance.
"I'D do almost anything for A peek under that
helmet"..."almost anything."
"not today...I'm here on buisness."
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