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dmpsk8

Sr Member
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Thought I'd share phase 1 of my ANH Vader project. This began as a Rubies Vader Supreme costume (standard size). It has potential, if you're OK with modifying and replacing parts over time.

Here's what's happened so far:

-Cut up and modified a basic mannequin. Bulked him up with closed cell foam.
-Cut off fingers and rebuilt posable hands with wire inside
-Repositioned mannequin arms for wider upper body stance
-Swapped Rubies helmet for an EFX, which was repainted. (still need to mess with the dome's finish)
-Repainted Chest armor, upgraded cape chain
-Swapped chest box red/green LED positions.
-Repainted chest box
-Moved chest box straps to the outside of the costume for better centering
-Replaced rubies belt with a leather one
-Cut up the original rubies belt to make pleather "strap covers" for the straps that support the chest box. Those were simply hot glued to the original strap surface. (looks way less cheapo this way)
-Repainted the belt boxes/buckle and added red washers
-Added a modified Force FX lightsaber hilt to belt
-More accurate cape and ANH gloves are on order!

Total project cost was about $1500 to get it to this point, and that includes the mannequin.

Still a work in progress, more required for phase 2.
Thanks to all the members who have posted tons of Vader costume info. So much to take in, which is why I plan to tinker on this statue over time. Really happy with where things are heading.

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Darth Ocram

New Member
That looks fantastic! Beautiful display room.

I'm currently researching and investigating a good mannequin for my ESB Vader costume. I'm trying to get to Prowse's measurments to the best of my ability.

Any recommendations for a mannequin or photos of your build?

Thank you!
 

dmpsk8

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
A few more updates. New cape and gloves!
 

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Pwrsrce

Sr Member
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Wow... that looks really fantastic! The helmet change actually makes the rest work pretty well.

Great job!

Jason
 

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