A new Vader : Khal

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Khal, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    Hi everybody,

    As I said in my little presentation, IÂ’m going to realyse a rotj Vader costume, I decide to create this post to have advice about it and discuss with you.

    IÂ’have alreay somes pieces, the Helmet and the shin guard.
    IÂ’m satisfied by my helmet, unfortunately I buy the shin guard on eBay and the quality is really poor. So I plot to change it by another version, probably a GT version.

    There are some pictures of my Helmet.

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    I have found all the soft part, and IÂ’m waiting now for the tailoring.
    Only the cod seems to me not perfect and I want to find a better one. I have seen the version by TMP which is really beautiful.

    IÂ’m waiting my chest box and the belt, all is paid and order Â… I must waiting to the delivery now.

    For the armour, I have decide to take a GT 2006 armour, I know there is another version are more movie accurate but I’m really stronger and I ‘m affraid this version don’t fit me well.

    I must now find a lightsaber Â… and I have no idea about where I can find a good one.

    And finaly the boot Â… IÂ’m searching boots for my size and my calf.


    Thanks for all, and glad to be on this forum.
     
  2. DaddyfromNaboo

    DaddyfromNaboo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice start.

    For a lightsaber you can do the obvious and buy an MR one or you could get a replica Graflex (ROTJ) and search the board for advice on where to buy an upgrade set.

    BTW, that horse shoe that hangs in the back of the first pic has got to be turned upwards, otherwise all the luck will fall out ;)

    Michael
     
  3. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    GT 2006 armor isn't bad it's pretty big its off by a few inchs from movie size if i remember right so you should be fine with it. ;)
     
  4. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(ManfromNaboo @ Jun 23 2006, 06:25 PM) [snapback]1266698[/snapback]</div>
    Thank you .... I will go on my research :D :D MR version is really beautiful. I will see.

    <div class='quotetop'>(ManfromNaboo @ Jun 23 2006, 06:25 PM) [snapback]1266698[/snapback]</div>
    Hoooo welllllll see, thanks for the piece of advice.

    <div class='quotetop'>(GundamZeppelin @ Jun 23 2006, 06:28 PM) [snapback]1266700[/snapback]</div>
    I think so, now by the Belgian Garison I had the opportunity to try an old GT and it were very too small, that's the reason why I'm searching a bigger version.


    What such a coincidence, I've just received my chest box and the belt.
    I must now attach the chest box with leather belt, nobody has the correct width for it ?
     
  5. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    I have receive new parts for my costume, so I decide to post them for having opinion.

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    Next step :

    - Fix the buckle at the belt, and wear it more upper.
    - Fix the chestbox.
    - Find boots for my size and attach the shins.
    - Find a saber for wearing in the belt.
    - Perhaps change the cod for anoter more accurate, I had an opportunity from KevVader but I'm affraid there is now too late ... and TMP don't reply me.
    - Wait the armour (which is still being made).
    - Change the metal chain by the correct one.
    - Lose weight.
     
  6. Darth Detroit

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    Congrats, your one of the few people that actually can have the mask fit PERFECTLY above the shoulders. Usually the dome sits too high, and you see all kinds of daylight just above the shoulders. But you did great. :thumbsup :)
     
  7. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    What shin guards did you buy from eBay? Who was the seller?
     
  8. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    The seller was 502smallblock, after my purchase, I have notice a post about him on the forum, unfortunately at this time the registration was close and I don't have any account.

    Here picture of the shin :

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    The wasn't really expensive, so it's not really important. I will find another one.
     
  9. Too Much Garlic

    Too Much Garlic Master Member

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    Doing great so far. Good luck on your future purchases. I believe you will make a great Vader. You certainly got the posture right. :thumbsup
     
  10. Darth Kahnt

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Khal @ Jul 7 2006, 05:05 PM) [snapback]1276211[/snapback]</div>
    EBay seller TK510 makes excellent shins. I own a set as do many others here on the RPF and I have yet to hear a bad word about his stuff.
     
  11. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I just got a set of TK510 shins myself and they are perfect, I love them. I don't know who he is, but he's friends with Darth Will so thats good enough for me anyday.
     
  12. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    your doing great so far. :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  13. StarWars Collector

    StarWars Collector Well-Known Member

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    I'm no Vader expert, but it looks very RotJ to me. :thumbsup Great job so far.

    Cheers,
    Leo
     
  14. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    Thank you very much.

    Now I'm waiting for finishing it ..... I'm impatient.
     
  15. SithLord

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    For your first Vader that is a terrific start and definitely have the right "presence"....once you have screen-sized chest armor on you'll see that you won't need to lose weight ;).
     
  16. tk2647

    tk2647 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks great, your first Vader, my great respect to you. What kind of undersuit is it ? From Mr. Alvarez ?

    PM me if you still need a buckle,

    Greets
    TK2647
     
  17. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    Thank you very much.

    For the suit, this is correct, it is a suit from Alvarez, I'm really happy about this suit, really great one.
    For the buckle I'm waiting for it, but thank you for your proposal.
     
  18. Al May

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    looks great i too just got a suit from Mr Alvarez, i love the helmet,may i ask who made it?
     
  19. tk2647

    tk2647 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    To the shins: I also use the TK510 shin´s and they fit me very well...

    TK2647
     
  20. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    I've just buy shins from TK510, thanks for the informations.
     
  21. HoundofCulaine

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    Nice looking start, good work.

    And yeah don't worry about losing weight, you seem a good build for Vader.

    Seen that undersuit and wondered about it myself, both my undersuits get pretty hot, and his seems to have a few panels that should help reduce the heat inside the costume.

    I've got a GT armour set from the first year they were made bigger, I've owned a few others and they weren't big enough. The bigger GT armour is great, and fits the more well built Vader much better.
     
  22. xmart

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    Great proportions mate..I think this will end up AMAZING.
    Just update your FX saber into Hyperdyne though :)
     
  23. Hedjii72

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    You are off to an awesome start. I am going to get a suit from Alvarez also, I think.
     
  24. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    Really great idea, the suit is perfect, and it's a pleasure to deal with Lucas, great guy, he takes care to satisfy the customer.
     
  25. tk2647

    tk2647 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    By reading these lines about this undersuit, it´s time to change mine
     
  26. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    I was considering one of the Alverez suits myself. any chance of getting some closer pictures of the suit?
     
  27. tk2647

    tk2647 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  28. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    I will realyse pictures of my suit this afternoon.
    The pictures on the auction is nearly the same, my suit has somes additionnal details.
     
  29. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    There is the pix for my Alvarez suit and his gloves

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    For purchase it, no need to use eBay, you can contact him directly. He ask you your measure and the suit is full custom for you.
     
  30. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    Yesssssss my costume is now totally done ....

    Totally finish saturday evening, and I had my first event this sunday.

    I've notice a lot of think to modify it.

    First of all, fix the chest box more closer to the armour, also put higher the belt and the cod piece (perhaps change the cod by a new one) and finally change the cape chain by the correct one.

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  31. GundamZeppelin

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    great pic's
     
  32. vaderdarth

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    Excellent costume... I only wish my first Vader costume was as nice as yours. You started off with a superb helmet. :) Looks like you got the "walk and posture" down as well. Nice job indeed...

    Dave
     
  33. Too Much Garlic

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    Pretty sweet looking outfit... and I agree with your own observations... cod, belt and chest-box has to come up a little... otherwise: superb. :thumbsup
     
  34. DonnieDarko688

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    Nice suit my good man. I used to have a ROTS Vader until I retired it.
     
  35. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    After a few months and especially birth of baby :D :D

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    I have now my SL ID : SL 9555

    I decided to improve the costume and to start to change the parts.
    Here a small list of the things which I wish to change.

    Armor

    So Â… IÂ’ve got a gt version and I am not realy satisfied with it.
    This is some pics for example.

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    And :

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    As you can notice, the shoulders are too small that the armor AND the more important for me, my breadth is too much round.
    At the beginning I wanted to buy the armour of Darth Kahnt but finally I will buy a JB.

    Cod

    I try to do one of myself, I hope the result will be satisfying.

    Chest Box

    Change by a Gino Â… the problem will be from finds one of them.

    Cape and inner cape and suit

    I will contact a professional dressmaker, and thus will see what is possible to make.

    Helmet

    Can be should I change it... by a spfx ? I have no idea.



    Do not hesitate to give me your opinions, all advices are welcome

    Thank you for all
     
  36. Dark-Side

    Dark-Side New Member

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    Really a nice Vader,good job.
    About the armor....
    Watching your pics,this GT(2007??) is very similar to the JB's one.
    The shoulders are small but the chest piece IMHO is pretty close.

    Vader's experts what do you say???
     
  37. Clutch

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    I have yet to see a suit that has enough 'wrinkle' to it. And the correct sheen. Gino's is probably the best I've seen, but that was custom-made. Here's the best pic I could find at the moment.
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  38. ArtisanProps

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    Khal,
    Nice job looking very good, just out of curiousity how much was the Alverez suit? :) :thumbsup
     
  39. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Dark-Side @ Feb 6 2007, 10:31 AM) [snapback]1413003[/snapback]</div>
    My armour was supposed to be a GT2006, but ... when I have receive it, I was really disappointed by the bells, that's the reason why I plot to change it.

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ArtisanProps @ Feb 6 2007, 08:37 PM) [snapback]1413264[/snapback]</div>
    Mmmm 600$ for the suit and all the soft parts.
     
  40. Davy Jones

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    How tall are you? The proportions look very good. Im a skinny 6ft 1 guy and I want to know how much bigger you are to give me something to shoot for someday if I become a Vader costumer.
     
  41. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    I measure between 6.4 and 6.5.
     
  42. MisserCraig

    MisserCraig Well-Known Member

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    Khal, your suit is looking great so far. I am also interested in your helmet and who made it. feel free to PM me :)
     
  43. Khal

    Khal New Member

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    Pm send ...
     

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