Animated ARC Trooper Havoc

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Truro, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Truro

    Truro New Member

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    Hi guys

    Thought i would share my build even though i finished it in November

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    Last year i got on the first run of Kev's animated arc trooper armour and slowly over the year built it up with a event in November eyed up for it's début.

    As builds go it was actually fairly easy but the for some freaky reason everything sort of fit perfectly on me. I have no explanation but everyone of the cut lines matched me perfectly. I'm 6 foot 2 and so at the more or less max height. I say more or less because there are no doubt taller clones than me and i don't want to offend.

    Now the first decision i had was sort of meant to be the easy one. Which ARC to do. When i ordered the armour there was only four to choose from and then Fives and echo came along to add all kinds of confusion. Was going to do echo right up till he died. So i stck to my first choice of Havoc.
    Mind you i really should of gone with Colt as being blue i will now forever be Rex.

    I will post a more full build post up tomorrow but first i must thank some people.
    Darren Langthorne - For the truly excellent paint job on the helmet.
    JediFran - For the sexy kama. Really need to get the T-shirt done up as only real men wear skirts.:lol
     
  2. KMosher

    KMosher New Member

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    That looks like a screen cap from my TV! Great job! How long did it take to assemble from Kev's kit?
     
  3. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    good stuff! ive put together 3 of kevs kits, they are amazing! Nice to see some cartoon lovin on these boards.
     
  4. Lucien Kane

    Lucien Kane Well-Known Member

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    I swear I thought that was a screen cap.... Amazing!!!!
     
  5. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Well-Known Member

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    Quoted for truth and not a little bit of amazement. * that's spot on.
     
  6. terryr

    terryr Sr Member

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    So did I. Your height must help as they are drawn impossibly tall and thin.
     
  7. Truro

    Truro New Member

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    KMosher - Ordered the kit in Feb and was finished and cleared by the last week of Nov
    But it was very stop and start as i had to wait on parts.

    Thanks for the complements guys.

    Now the build thread:

    The first lot of parts to arrive was just the standard bits that go with any phase 1 animated build. I would of got the ARC trooper parts but as this was the first run they weren't quite ready yet.

    Big brown box:
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    All the bits and bobs that the first box had inside it

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    Securing the abb in place

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    Test fit No.1
    The funny thing about this build is that i actually fit the armour quite well and i had no need to add shims or anything.

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    Chest and back glued together

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    Drop boxes and assorted bits

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    Test fit No.2

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    Calf's

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    My original idea was to have interchangeable armour so that i could do a ARC trooper and a standard grunt so i experimented with magnets. This lasted for only a short amount of time as to put it simply they would be too easy to knock off.

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    Experiments with Acetone. If your doing a animated clone from Kev then acetone is your friend as it makes such a great filler.

    Now for break while i explain about the acetone filler i used:
    A friend of mine told me about the acetone filler and since i am not the biggest fan of P38 i thought i would give it a try and see if it worked.

    The Acetone i got from boots and it cost me the grand sum of £1.53. The abs i used was just off cuts and the little bits of dremmeled of abs from the armour, basically the scrap bits that were too small to be useful.
    The mixture took two hours to turn the abs into a sludge that was usable and once the sludge was formed it proved to be a very handy filler and now i swear by it.
    On a side note when i had finished with the filler i resealed the jam jar and left it for two months. I was getting ready to prepare another mixture and was about to clean out the jar when i noticed that it was still useable

    Here it is next to the jam jar that i used to mix it in.
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    Most of the join on the top is actually hidden by the straps

    And this is where it turns from a normal Animated clone into a ARC trooper

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    The right gauntlet which is clam shelled together the join is hidden my the strip that is held in place by valcro
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    The shins are also clam shells with the outer side all acetoned up so that it is nice and smooth
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    Pauldron sitting on the top of chest armour
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    Left gauntlet this side has the valcro closing
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    This side is simply glued shut while underneath it is held in place with valcro
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    Right gauntlet with the strip on showing how it is meant to look closed.


    The helmet
    The helmet is from Andy aka Evo3 and is wonderful. It also comes with sweets which makes those sweets the most expensive ones i have ever bought. Mine is #28.

    The helmet i didn't trust myself to paint because to be honest my painting skills are somewhat lacking and for this project i wanted it to be the best of the best. That is why i asked Darren if he could paint my helmet as he is a master and would do my helmet justice.
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    Painting:
    Here is the different blues that i went through trying to find the right one. In the end i simply went for the standard 501st Rustoeluem Brillaint Blue
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    the little squares were a right pain in the bum as i tried about eight different ways of doing them. In the end i sprayed the bottom light blue ones then marked of the inner ones and painted them by hand with a small brush.

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    This picture was before i modded the pauldron since out of the box the pauldron will not fit properly as in you can't get you helmet on and it looks wrong. Seeking advice from kev i then heated it up slightly and then bent it. unfortunately i didn't do that before i painted it so i ad to sand down and repaint my pauldron and it has left two week points on my pauldron. So i would suggest that to all future ARC builders mod the pauldron before they paint it and to take great care while modding it.

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    The back pack:
    The backpack comes from steelblitz and arrives in kit form like this: Please note that backpack kit does not include cat.
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    I had a grand idea to attach it to the back with magnets so that i wouldn't have to cut the backplate but this proved impossible as the backpack is just too heavy and the magnets i bought couldn't handle it. So i simply put two nuts and bolts through the back box and that has served ever since.

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    I weathered everything with black and white mixed slightly to give a greyish affect. Animated clones just look so much better with a slight weathering as it brings out the lines and detail. I use acrylic paint for my weathering because it is easy to use and more importantly washes out of the carpet.

    Blasters and holsters:
    They are again another Steelblitz item and i wanted his simply because i could not break them. I have a habit of breaking things and so wanted some blasters that didn't break.
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    Almost done in those pictures just the kama and a few things a walk round my local homebargin highlighted. I like to do a practice troop round the store where i work as it highlights area that need improving. I have a very understanding boss.

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    Finished article:
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    Troop pictures:
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  8. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

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    Wow that's amazing, how do you go about getting the kit?
     
  9. mothmonty

    mothmonty Well-Known Member

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    Great work on the assembly and hats off to the paint job. Animated Arcs are wicked as are the Season 4 clones.
     
  10. Torment

    Torment Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I am so jealous of you guys who can wear animated armor. It looks great man. Kudos on the awesome build
     
  11. carnnage

    carnnage New Member

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    Where did this kit come from?????
     
  12. fevereon

    fevereon Active Member

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    Incredible work! Thought the finished photo was a render, and didn't realize it was your actual gear til I scrolled down further! Much thanks for sharing your WIP as well, definitely will try out the acetone/abs mix :)
     
  13. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    Did you get it from OSCS? I love the animated clones (esp the original helmets, which I think are way cooler than the AOTC version).
     
  14. Truro

    Truro New Member

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    Yeah it's a OSCS animated set with ARC add-ons.
    Thanks for the compliments guys.
     
  15. crabbyjay

    crabbyjay New Member

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    Can you get out the website on where to order a kit from I am very interested, and also about how much was the base kit you bought cost? Great work one of the best that I have seen.
     
  16. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    Just google one stop clone shop.
     

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