Captain America: TFA Belt and Holster Rig - Finally done!

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  1. Kevin Gossett

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    After reading through Sandman0077's thread on his holster rig build, I wanted to have something like this to display with my TFA helmet and shield. Then when he decided to offer up pre-cut leather pieces, I had to have it!

    So I got a full set of pieces from him, which included:

    - belt
    - drop leg holster rig/leg straps
    - ammo pouches (4)

    Everything was pre-cut, but that was it. My first task was to make sure I knew how everything was supposed to go together!

    I posed a couple of questions to Sandman0077, and he was more than willing to help me out. I assembled what I could, and then asked him about a few pieces:

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    He responded with this:

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    So now that everything was sorted out, I was ready to start with the build. First, I used an adjustable groover to make grooves in each piece where I would be stitching. I know this isn't screen accurate, but I don't have much experience sewing, much less leather. I wanted to have the grooves to help guide my stitching and keep it straight! With that said, I loaded up the wife's sewing machine with a leather needle and began putting some of the superficial stitching in.

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    With that done, I began "dry fitting" some of the pieces

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    Of course I had to throw my own 1911 in there to make sure the fit was correct! :lol

    Next up I began the dye process. I used Fiebing's British Tan that I picked up at Tandy

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    The toughest part (for me) was the holster, simply because I knew I would be hand-stitching it all. To make things a little easier on myself, I ran the pieces through the sewing machine (sans thread) to create evenly spaced holes, so I could get a nice, even stitch. I used a lockstitch awl to stitch everything together

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    And here is where I am now

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    I only have one of the pouches assembled, so I still need to finish the last three. After that, I need to do a little bit of clean up work on some of the stitching, and figure out the buckle! I'm chasing a couple leads there, so we'll see what I end up with.

    Oh, and a sneak peek to how this will all be displayed... I had hdtheater whip up one of his helmet stands on his CNC. Just so happens he lives about 15 minutes from me, so I picked it up yesterday...

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    It looks awesome! Can't wait to get it sealed and painted up :D
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2012
  2. NuRF

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    I was the commissioner of Sandman's original belt set. I could never have put this together myself...but that's looking NICE!
     
  3. jamesrickards

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    OMG! thats skills right there - great work :)
     
  4. Kevin Gossett

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    Thanks guys! It really hasn't been difficult--more frustrating than anything! But I love the challenge of learning a new skillset, and working with leather is quite fun!

    Nick, thanks to your excellent photos Sandman was able to get a pretty darn accurate pattern together for these pieces. Thanks for that!
     
  5. StarksWarehouse

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    i have to say, i tried sewing when making old costume last year (Aladdin - street rat version) and that was bad enough! never mind having to sew leather!so for that, i say well done! looks great too by the way!
     
  6. Crusaderman2004

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    That's great work! I wish I would've felt confident enough to tackle this, if so I would've jumped on this offer when it came up from Sandman...

    Either way, I love seeing this process!
     
  7. Gator Fett

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    Nice progress picutres. Looking forward to seeing the finished display.
     
  8. Kevin Gossett

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    Thanks again guys!

    I do have a question for anyone that can point me in the right direction. I'm looking for a WWII era M1911A1 airsoft (or resin would be fine too) to display in the holster. I've looked on the bay and other airsoft sites and haven't come up with much. Any ideas?
     
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  10. Kevin Gossett

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    Making your first post count! Unfortunately it is out of stock and a bit pricey for my needs
     
  11. Kevin Gossett

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    Found a cheap-o plastic airsoft on ebay that I think will suffice...

    Here's a quick update:

    Finished up assembling the pouches. The straps were hand-stitched using the same lockstich awl I used on the holster

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    The pouches have all been glued, but only one has been stitched all around:

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    I was totally going to finish them tonight! But the needle on my awl snapped, so I need to pick up a new one before I can finish the stitching. After that, all I have left to do is make the metal hanger for the holster to attach to the drop piece
     
  12. Kevin Gossett

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    Got some steel rod today and bent it into shape for the belt hanger. It isn't completely screen accurate, but that's because I had already sewn the piece it slides into down. Would have been impossible to slide it in place with those complex angles!

    So now that this is almost finished, I need some suggestions for displaying it. Any ideas out there?
     
  13. CommanderNiyic

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    This is looking like a pretty good build. :cool

    I used a replica holster with an old belt riveted through the grommet in the bottom of the holster, not completley accurate, but it works for now.

    I'm about to begin making the pouches for my belt, probably out of vinyl, I just need to draw up, or find some patterns.

    That teardrop shaped piece of leather drops down inside the holster and acts as a sort of stopper for the 1911. It's a pain to get it in there so that it is perpendicular to the sides of the holster.

    As for displaying your belt, perhaps a shelf, or some "L" or "U" shaped brackets to place the belt on, and another shelf or bracket below that for the holster would work. I'm assuming you aren't displaying the whole costume as a mannequin would do the trick. I have my belt linked to the shoulder pads, sort of as a Y-harness would be, so if I were displaying mine it would be on a mannequin.
     
  14. Kevin Gossett

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    Thank you for the kind words! :thumbsup

    Check out Sandman0077's thread linked in the OP for a pattern for the pouches. As for the teardrop piece... :facepalm :facepalm Even after he tried to explain where it went, I still wasn't quite sure, so i left it out. I may have to unstitch and put that in :)

    I'm going to have to figure out the display part... Still open to more ideas!
     
  15. jedimika

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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing this.
     
  16. Fly4v

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    Kevin, Great job building Sandman's kit.
    What size are the squares on your cutting pad to help figure out the size of the belts?
    Sandman's pattern is a great help but other than the holster everything else is a mystery.
     
  17. Kevin Gossett

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    The mat is squared inches. I can give you measurements of anything you need, just let me know. I'm away on vacation right now, but I'll be home tomorrow night :thumbsup
     
  18. Kevin Gossett

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    Finally getting around to work on this a little more... At the moment, I have disassembled the drop holster/leg strap pieces to rework some of them. Some of the stitching was off, and I just wasn't happy with it... So I made some patterns of the pieces, ordered more leather, and I'll get to work on those once the leather gets here.

    On another note, I also finally got around to putting Jamie's (hikz) buckle on the belt, just to see how it all looks together. The buckle was 3D modeled and printed, then cold cast using resin and aluminum powder.

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    The second pic is with the flash on, so you can see how it shines! It really is a great piece, has a decent weight to it, and has the look of metal.

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    The above pic shows how everything will look once it is complete. I haven't attached the buckle yet, because I still haven't decided A) the best way to attach (I've seen velcro used to attach the overlapping belt straps) and B) if I want to do anything else to the buckle (round off the edges of the face sections, weather, etc)

    Lastly, I started painting up my Avengers display stand today. Here it is shellaced and primered:

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    I'm using a metallic satin nickel for the main portion, and then I will paint the outer ring in a metallic oil rubbed bronze color

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  19. Kevin Gossett

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    Finished stand:

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  20. Fly4v

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    To be honest everything is beyond words.
     
  21. hikz

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    Hi Kevin, this looks awesome mate you've done a stellar job, I'm really glad you like the buckle.:thumbsup

    cheers
    jamie
     
  22. Kevin Gossett

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    Thank you for the kind words! I'm trying to make this as high quality as I can. And Jamie, your buckle speaks for itself :thumbsup
     
  23. TV8

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    It's all looking awesome! Agreed on Jamie's buckle, I got one not too long ago and it is flawless.

    Question: how did you get the "line" indented along the edges of the belt? Is there a leather tool for that?
     
  24. Kevin Gossett

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    There is, it's called an "adjustable groover". It allows you to determine how much inset you want the groove to be, and then you just run it along the edge of the leather as a guide.
     
  25. TV8

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    Thanks Kevin, I'll have to find one.
     
  26. steamshovel

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    So informative! Great work on putting everything together! Looks fantastic!
     
  27. Kevin Gossett

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    Here is the one I use, from Tandy
     
  28. Kevin Gossett

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    Got my leather in yesterday, so I cut out all the necessary pieces to redo. Also thought I would try my hand at the chest pouches too!

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    Big thanks to Minakolabelle for the pattern!
     
  29. Finhead

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    This is looking fantastic Kevin, can't wait. :)
     
  30. Fly4v

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    Nice, I have her pattern saved for future use.
     
  31. Kevin Gossett

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    Thanks guys. The wife is headed out of town this weekend with the baby, so hopefully I can get this finished so i can move on to the next project :)
     
  32. Minakolabelle

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    Glad to know the pattern helped!
     
  33. Kevin Gossett

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    The pattern helped quite a bit, thanks :thumbsup :)

    Finished one of the pouches up tonight

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    Just need to sew the belt loops to the back, and then finish the second
     
  34. Kevin Gossett

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    Finished up the chest pouches and belt today

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    All that is left to do is stitch one more belt pouch together and I'm calling this one done!
     
  35. Kevin Gossett

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    One small, tiny little detail piece left to finish--the L bracket on the back of the belt. Once that is done, this is complete!

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  36. Kevin Gossett

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    Almost forgot, this beauty arrived the other day:

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  37. Fly4v

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    Wow, it is Christmas in July.
    What a beautiful way to start the 4th.
     
  38. Kevin Gossett

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    Yep, can't wait to start laying down some paint :)
     
  39. roblenzz

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    Nice work Kevin!! I'm a few steps behind you in my leather work but I hope it turns out half as good as you've displayed here. Awesome man
     
  40. Kevin Gossett

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    Thanks Bobby! Your helmet liner work turned out great, so you've got nothing to worry about :thumbsup
     
  41. Chris Fields

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    Yep, everything is looking awesome! great job!
     
  42. roblenzz

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    How's your shield coming along? Or did I miss this build thread somewhere else?
     
  43. Kevin Gossett

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    Still working on it when I get the free time. I'm going to post up my thread soon :)
     
  44. EyeofSauron

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    i would love to see you put it on. doesnt matter if its in costume, just the leather parts would do :D
     
  45. Kevin Gossett

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    :lol
    I'll do that tonight :)
     
  46. Fly4v

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    :eek Kids can see this. Need to keep a Disney G rating. :behave
     
  47. Kevin Gossett

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    Here you go, as promised:

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    I added the L hook to the back of the belt to accept the back harness, so this one is done! I'll be boxing this one up and sending it off to its new owner in the coming days. There was a lot of interest in if I would be selling this... I may, may consider doing a very small run of these in the future. Just takes a lot of time to complete, which I don't have a lot of these days. Thanks to all the great feedback and support I received during this project, and a special thanks to Sandman0077 for the initial leather and guidance! :thumbsup
     
  48. battlehawk4

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    Looks great! Would you ever consider offering up the patterns? I read through Sandman0077's thread and was unable to find them.
     
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    Oh, and looking good Kevin!!
     

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