Check Out My New Vader! Update Post#60 11/28/2012

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Reel Fakes, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey Gang,

    I just finished this guy up and wanted to show him off.
    He's kind of a mix of ESB and ROTJ.

    I know he's not as accurate as some Vaders, but I'm quite pleased with him.

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    Hope you like him!

    Thanks for looking,
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012
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  2. Clutch

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    That looks wicked awesome cool!
     
  3. Chewcy

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    That looks awesome, can i ask what parts you used, he really does look great?
     
  4. pinder91

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    That is fantastic! I'm definitely interested in seeing a parts list as well. And that mannequin... PERFECT!
     
  5. Borjis

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    coulda fooled me...that looks amazing!

    how tall is he in that shot?
     
  6. Reel Fakes

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    Thanks for the complements!

    Helmet/Armor: This was a "w-c-fx" set purchased unfinished off of Ebay. If I had known this was SPFX I would have gone elsewhere - deal with this seller at your own risk! I have heard of people who got ripped off by this guy. I waited 2 months and had to get ebay involved, but he finally delivered. I painted these myself. It was originally ESB-style, but I modified it to ROTJ prior to painting. I made the cape hook from a piece of brass rod.

    Cape, robe, leather suit, and gloves: all purchased fro Ebay member "argentina-worldwide-custom-props" Top notch seller, and quick turn-around.

    Fiberglass Shins are from Ebay seller "southwestpropshop" - theses are a bit rough arounds the edges, but the price was right.

    Cod piece: RPF Member: 'Artison Props'. Best/most accurate cod I've ever seen and a great person to deal with as well!

    Chest box: RPF member 'Ace Replicas' machined aluminum ESB chest box. This thing is just crazy cool, and he's also a great guy to deal with.

    Belt: I scratch-built the boxes/electronics and cut/died the leather. The buckle came from ebay. I removed the glossy powder coat from the back plate, and then painted it flat black and weather it. The green lights came from RPF member "tk2647" and the other greeblies were sourced locally.

    Thanks again for the comments!
     
  7. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ha! The mannequin is PVC, bubble wrap, and wire!

    He stands about 6' 9.5" (costume included)

    Thanks!
     
  8. Chewcy

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    Re: Check Out My New Vader!

    Awesome, do you have pics of how you built the mannequin?
     
  9. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sorry, I didn't take any pics while I was building it. It's just a simple PVC skeleton with wire joints in the arms. Then I fattened him up with rolls and rolls and rolls of bubble wrap.

    Here are a couple pics of Vader with his roommate:
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    Thanks again!
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  10. MightyTank

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    Looks great bro.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
     
  11. Clutch

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    Bubble wrap has a shelf life, so Vader might sag after some time.
     
  12. hdtheater

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    Looks great! I am close to finishing my ESB Vader as well. I just need gloves and boots.

    -Eric
     
  13. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys!
     
  14. BigT

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    Looks stunning authentic! :thumbsup
    I am also working on my ESB Vader :)

    And I am currently waiting on my helmet from "w-c-fx"... :rolleyes
    But I feel at the end the force will be with me.

    I am just preparing an order at "argentina-worldwide-custom-props"
    and made a research about that seller. So I came here.
    Finally good to hear that this is the right place, as I felt when I communicated with that guy yesterday.

    Again: Great work and a benchmark for my project! :thumbsup
     
  15. Reel Fakes

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    Thanks everyone. I think I'm gonna redo the mannequin this weekend.
    This time with foam :)
     
  16. streetjudge79

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    VERY nice.
     
  17. hdtheater

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    You should document the mannequin work. Especially for someone about to finish a Vader. ;)

    -Eric
     
  18. Hedjii72

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    Excellent Vader! Looks tremendous!
     
  19. BigT

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    Chris, I got my raw SPFX :)
    A very good product, will love to finalize it.

    I mean its worth a try, they only seems to use a special supply chain management method :love The product is awesome cool.
     
  20. Too Much Garlic

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    Awesome looking display! .)
     
  21. MooCriket

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    Very well done!
     
  22. ArtisanProps

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    don't sell yourself short. That Vader is wicked cool. Nice job! :thumbsup

    If you redo your mannequin using foam, I would keep those proportions.
    They look perfect.
     
  23. Reel Fakes

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    Thanks again everyone - you're too kind!

    When I redo the mannequin, I'll snap some pics :)
     
  24. Darth Niob

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    Thats really one of the best Vaders i've seen in the past years and a good example that its possible to get a super display without using just the best of the best parts. Its not lookin like a mannequin but like an actor with the right proportions in the costume...well done.
     
  25. lharles

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    Very impressive. :)

    For the feeble stuff I've made so far, I've tried to keep my head out of the "I know he's not as accurate as some" space & focus on something that looks how I imagine it should or something I can say "I'm quite pleased with".

    I'd be proud to have somethin' like that, especially if I did most of the work myself.

    Well done!
     
  26. Rymo

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    Looks great!
     
  27. Darth Eckhoff

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    Hate to change the subject, but where did you get the Han Solo? Did you make that also?

    Very cool display... I'm back in the early 80s watching ESB in my head!
     
  28. neon2102

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    Impressive...most impressive
     
  29. allosaur176

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    Looks amazing!! you should be proud
     
  30. chalback

    chalback Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks amazing man, i hope my vader looks this good when im done.
     
  31. forcesensitive

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    great display!!!
     
  32. dfchang813

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    Wow have to give props to you for a magnificent display. You hear some huge prices tossed around even in the 5 digit territory but you've shown that for a reasonable price, you can put together a phenomenal Vader.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  33. Darth_Finger

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    Dig it, would love to have a 1:1 Vader someday.
     
  34. Reel Fakes

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  35. Reel Fakes

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    Hey gang,

    I have my house to myself tonight, so I fully intended to do the mannequin mods. That was until I went to the store and saw how much foam costs... It would have cost close to $200 for all of the foam I would need! The bubble wrap mannequin is just going to have to do for now. :lol

    Anyway, since I was in the mood to work on Vader, I thought I would make a few adjustments:

    1. I rewired the electronics to plug in to the wall, so now when I flip the lights on in my office, Vader and Han both light up and blink! :)
    2. I gave him the ROTJ belly ;)
    3. I hiked his belt and cod up a bit - for some reason I like the look of the belt and chest box being a bit closer together.
    4. I tweaked is stance very slightly and relaxed his hands.

    Anyway, here's a new pioc of how he stands tonight:
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    Thanks again for all of the great comments and complements!

    For the record, I am VERY proud of this display. I just don't want anybody thinking I don't know it isn't 100% perfect. ;)

    I should really thank GINO for setting the bar so high with his Vader displays. I know for a fact that if his Vaders weren't as awesome as they are, that I would never have gotten this good of a result within the budget that I had. At some point I would like to replace a couple parts of this display, but for now, I'm tickled pink to have a sweet Vader standing in my office.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  36. ecl

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    This is incredible, looks like could suddenly start walking around the room. Very clean looking. Amazing work with constructing the interior "mannequin", it really looks convincing, like there's a solid body under there
     
  37. GINO

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    Hey Thanks Chris.
    Looking good man. :thumbsup
    I know you are happy with the display as is, but if you were to replace the ESB style chestbox and buckle with ROTJ versions, you'd have a pretty nifty ROTJ setup.



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  38. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks again everyone!

    GINO: someday man... someday...:)
     
  39. Coop

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    I love the setup with Vader "admiring" Solo in carbonite. Awesome.
     
  40. Quick2

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    well done. Most Impressive.
     
  41. jkno

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    Looks great!! Very imposing! I like that Carbonite Han too!
     
  42. PantheraGem

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    I'll add to the chorus. Awesome Vader you made there.
     
  43. Zombie Killer

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    I agree, that is an awesome looking Vader. Very clean looking.
     
  44. Monster Dave

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    Looks awesome!!
     
  45. BrundelFly

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    Thats really nice. What did you use for a BODY?
     
  46. Trilogy

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    Very nice indeed.
     
  47. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks! Like I said back on page 1, I made the mannequin from PVC pipes, wire and bubble wrap. This is a temp. solution until i can get something better :)

    Thanks again,
     
  48. Challenge64

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    Cool Vader! Thanks for listing your resources as I am slowly beginning my build here. Do you ever wear the outfit, or is it just for display?
     
  49. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks!

    I don't wear it, bit it is wearable!
     
  50. Coldblackice

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    Wow, gorgeous! Impressive stuff!
     

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