another nike air mag markpoon modified shoe

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  1. who45

    who45 Well-Known Member

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    well i had bought a pair of modified markpoon/pitbull mags that im awaiting delivery. the intention was to modify my original markpoon pair i had but i was terrified of pulling it all apart. eventually last week i decided to bite the bullet and have a go myself realising if i made a total mess of things i could simply have a pitbull converted pair to fall back on.

    so these are the pair in question - they hadnt even had the decals put on - so a quick ebay purchase gave me these:
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    so the fun began, ripping the shoe apart and removing the small clear rubber and the heel section to test fit how i wanted the leds to fit.
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    holes and leds fitted in the heel cup and shoe and test fitted:
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    i went for clear leds - as i wanted a stealth look rather than being able to see the leds unlit through the clear rubber. test illumination:
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    splattered some turquoise paint onto the heel cup:
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    now the horrible part - pulling the sole apart from the side, scraping away the grey rubber/foam and then scraping the clear so i have a window. i decided i wanted tuquoise leds over blue, and i also wanted to leave el out of the process. i wanted the led to diffuse the light as to illuminate the square patterns more and to have a more direct illumination sideways so i also decided to cut an arc shape into the sole to allow some reflection of light from the leds sides - sandpaper to diffuse the leds worked a treat here:
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    heel cup declas were added
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    and soles were re glued and splattered
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    and re tested the leds
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    a quick mock up of the parts to see its progress:
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    and the light i was wanting to be produced with the el tape section fitted:
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    so now its time to sort the power source and wiring in the sole:
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    now being in the uk always throws a spanner in the works and locating a judco switch seems very hard - i didnt want to order from the usa and have to pay more in postage so i needed a small switch that was also hideable - this proved quite a challenge to find a suitable option - i decided to locate the switch at the rear of the shoe to allow it to be powered up and hidden at the same time:
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    next was the wiring which was tidied and hidden, the shoe reglued and tested:
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    now the bad news regarding these shoes - the pure terribleness of the strap - mine was cracked and very worn away so i made my own, out came the sewing machine, 2 pieces of suitable material and a scalpel knife. my new strap allows me to slide the el tape into the strap with ease which simply was not possible on markpoons existing strap, mine are the 2 bottom ones and the badly worn markpoon item at the top. since these were the first strap makes and were quick and easy to see if they would look cleaner i have since made a version 2 of the strap (not pictured on this thread) the new ones have a finish which is smooth on both sides which helps the look on the velcro section where it has to be folded the opposite way ( you will see the underside on these pics) the new ones are also stiched perfectly as the first 2 were trial and error to see where i actually needed the stitching, and ill replace those when i build the second shoe this week:
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    as you can see my strap allows it to be cut with ease and have a nice tidy line, one side is velcro'd and stitch on, the other end has a very high bond adhesive tape to wrap onto itself to hold it onto the foam/rubber upper heel section:
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    i also added a new nike swoosh, much larger than the original, i have many nike shoes which all have a larger logo so i played around with the size and made one from the same material as the strap - im much happier with the new size:
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    and so it was time to take pictures of the completed shoe, one done and one to go, some hi res images here as the others are all camera phone based ones:
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    the new straps in its 50% stage, just need to stitch, velcro and cut the hole out to see if i can nail the finish better than i have at the moment, ill update my progress on my shoe strap when i get to the second shoe this week - im very confident i have nailed the idea in my head and the stitching will be top notch for the final one - i have lots of trial and error here, and plenty material to nail it :)
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    the rpf database has been a tremedous help, also the ability to see how other people have made these shoes made the building very simple to do - id like to take a quick few seconds to say thanks to the rpf and the people whom have done there threads in the past, i hope some of my build also helps others out to add to the existing shoe builds on here
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  2. markpoon

    markpoon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi who45,

    Nice job, pretty sure you're going to receive lots of PMs for conversions now :)
     
  3. Jedifyfe

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    Great conversion. Can I ask what type of glue you used to reglue it all back together? And how did you do the splatter? It looks like the best I've seen!

    Also, you should fix the toe area (slim it down).

    Here is mine and you can see the toe area fixed:

    ALMOST DONE - YouTube
     
  4. Strickler

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    That is a great conversion. They look amazing.
     
  5. who45

    who45 Well-Known Member

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    be far too expensive to ship to the uk and reship out and warrant it worth doing, glad i went against the el in the shoe - id have liked the same colour as the strap but i wanted more glow than they gave - its nice to have the fade out around the light highlighting the clear area. blue leds that i could get would have been nice but they simply didnt give the required light i was seeking - seems the viewing nagle on blue was very restrictive to what i could get hold of

    glue was bondlock 2 part structural 60 second epoxy adhesive - code n69bz - literally i glued it, held it in place for 60 seconds and left it to harden for a few hours, have used alot of there adhesives before and have never been let down. im unable to tell you if it will be durable for wearing, but i never intend to anyway so in there current finishe state there glued just fine.
    i glued the shoe back in sections - about 2 inches at a time and worked my way around the shoe bit by bit

    the splatter was a small tub of turquoise paint from hobbycraft, a stiffish paintbrush, dipped it into to bottle and flicked my finger over the brush head over and over to create a fine speckle - nice thing about the method is you can control how much splatter to add as it flies off in a fine spray.

    i did think about the toe - but i didnt find it too offensive......and when mattys hoverboard appears ill place these on the board with the heel propped up slightly. the next test for the shoe will be some thin foamex strips to see if i can simulate a lace effect from side to side of each shoe. i have the shoes padded out with cloths so im hoping with the strips added it will give a little oval bumpage.

    finished the second shoe today, sorted the final straps to replace the cracked one, seems i have few left over - oh well i did make a few to get it right and experiment with how to enhance the shoe

    time taken to make the led conversion for both shoes was approx 24 hrs

    the shoes as a pair :)
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    and my replacement straps i made, there a white pvc in 2 sections, then stitched togeather, the velcro stitched on afterwards, double sided tape holds one end onto itself as its passed through the foam heel and folded back on itself just like markpoons originals, and the vlelcro secures the other end, i also made it so there is approx 22mm between the stitchwork, this allowed a 20mm x 120mm el strip to easily glide inside. ( my strap is 3mm higher that the originals for the easy glide of the el strip and allow for stitches) im sure many know what a pain it is to cut into the originals :(
    the nike hole was trimmed out with a knife with light pressure to go through the one layer. the new straps i made today are not pictured on the shoes - the shoes shoewthe first gen of strap i made, the below pics where my 2nd gen which ill replace shortly. as there are 3 changes to the way i made them

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    the shoe is now in the usual ikea display cabinets we all have with my signed crew jacket ;)
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  6. lukebrynycz

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    Great conversion mate. The splatter paint is the best I've seen. Points for UK lads ey ;)

    Glad our threads helped you out. I posted as many pics as I could in my thread for members to use, I hate the idea of hiding anything from the community. I guess to some, it's a business and they keep it under the radar.

    You even used the same batteries as me, good old maplins ;) cracking job, and yes, the original straps are horrid. I had to go to a local fabric place to get some white leather.
     
  7. who45

    who45 Well-Known Member

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    i used stuff from work, leatherette wasnt up to it, so i used something so common it didnt compute in my head as a thought originally, the paint was from hobbycraft - i think it was the desert turquoise i chose as it was a bit greener - was 1.99 - have message you via bay ;)
     
  8. lukebrynycz

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    Sweet. If you could send me a pic of the paint tub that would be spot on :cool

    I've got 2 spare judco switches if you want them. Drop us a line on a pm with your address and send us enough for a few pints and they're yours :thumbsup
     
  9. who45

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    have sent u a link showing the pic from hobbycraft ;) - if you want post the judcos and ill post my leftover paint ;)
     
  10. lukebrynycz

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    They cost me a bomb from the US you cheapskate :lol

    Is there enough left in there to do a few other pairs?
     
  11. who45

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    its virtually full - dab a brush head in the bottle and flick it with your finger.

    was going to buy some switches.....but postage was more than the product - wasnt worth it
     
  12. lukebrynycz

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    You're telling me! Cost me a bomb for these things, was worth it though. They are soooooo slick when in the white section :cool

    Stick us a 5er across and i'll send them both out 1st class, sound fair? I'll nip to hobbycraft and get the paint after.
     
  13. felixsmith1

    felixsmith1 New Member

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    hey could i buy a pair of your converted ones and how much will it cost
     
  14. Henryofmagic

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    Hey where can I get the markpoon mags at?is there a contact number a email?thank you please let me know I really need a pair,my email is henryofmagic@aol.com please email me

    Thank you
     
  15. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Email sent.
     
  16. Maverickeguia

    Maverickeguia New Member

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    I have the shoes

    Who can I ask to purchase for replacement white bands and Nike mag adhesives? And also who can I contact for the lighting materials?


    My email is emaverick13@yahoo.com


    Thanks
     
  17. Henryofmagic

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  18. GoodGuy

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    They look Fantastic mate! Keep up the great work
     
  19. DeLorean12

    DeLorean12 Active Member

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    Very, very nice shoes! Always love seeing these conversions!
     
  20. cavx

    cavx Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice conversion. Is it possible to slide a piece of translucent film in between the LED in the mid-sole and rubber in the outer sole? It might help diffuse the light a bit.
     
  21. Nerdgirl83

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    Hey =) Im a german girl and my english is not so good. So if anybody speak german please kontact me. I would like to build my boyfriend some of these shoes, cause his 30th birthday is in february and some originals arent affordable. Also i like to give him something that i do. My problem is that i dont do anything like this before and i really need help. I would get ecxited if someone kontact me and tell me how i can do that. It would be the best if you can tell me in german but in simple english i would try it too.
    thanking you in anticipation.
     

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