Introducing Jorena Varas

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by yakcam, May 3, 2006.

  1. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    Well, I'd like to introduce my 10 yo Daughter, Kristy, as Jorena Varas (Mandalorian Commando).

    It all started with this thread....

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=11404

    Considering the search function and all the wealth of infromation on the TDH, we pulled together a custom Mandalorian suit for my daughter. Please understand that this was a hardware, toy store and cheap eBay effort, so I know that she doesn't represent to a tee a known Mandalorian. She's still got the skirt to go, we just need to find a purple to match her helmet and armour. I was going to go with a Teras Kasi master armour type thing (see SWG) but I liked the look of a cartoon pic I saw recently (I don't want to re-post it as it's not my image to use).

    Anyway, without further ado, here's Jorina (in all of her 4ft 10 glory in costume)....

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    I hope you like what you see :)

    Cheers,

    Kraig

    Edited because I'm an idiot.

    NEW PICS.....

    Well here's some pics we took this afternoon.....

    On our way to the location...

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    Picked up some local wildlife along the way....

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    Turns out that she's a good lookout....

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    They must be around here somewhere....

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    WOAH...

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    Payback time.....

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    Ok, now that's taken care of, time to wander Tatooine.....

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    Phew it's hot here.....

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    That's all folks, please forgive a proud Dad, I had to post them :$

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  2. Tambo Fett

    Tambo Fett Well-Known Member

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    nice job dad. I can't wait to build my little one a mando costume.
     
  3. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    If I'd had an outfit like that when I was 10, it would only have come off when I outgrew it. Fine work.
     
  4. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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    Wow you are such a cool dad.
     
  5. rigormortis

    rigormortis Well-Known Member

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    As a fellow Mando, I'd proudly troop next to her any day. Vod An.
     
  6. KevVader

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    Nice job Kraig. :thumbsup
     
  7. GeneralMayhem

    GeneralMayhem Sr Member

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    That's one lucky kid you've got there.


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  8. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    Thanks for all of your kind comments :)

    It was a budget build, but it turned out pretty well. I had to think of comfort as well as functionality she will be wearing it when we do unofficial events/troops. She's got a couple of nice ball raced fans in her helmet and the belt holds her audio. With all the flashing LED's she has, I told her that we weren't going to get a Christmas tree this year, she's got to stand in the corner and we'll decorate her with tinsel. :lol

    Well, total build cost (unless I've forgotten something) was $337.57 ($443.10 AUD)

    Thanks again for your comments.

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  9. yakcam

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    Here's a few itemised pics, I hope you enjoy them.

    Since Jorina was to spend a bit of time in her suit, cooling had to be installed......

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    I did the small bits of foam as opposed to a large one, with the theory that it will help with the movement of air around her head.

    Gauntlets......

    The left one has bits added from things around the house and the buttons at the side are square anti slip pads that are used on the bottom of chairs etc. I've painted them with Mandalorian letters, R (ready missile), P (preignition) I (ignition) F (fire) L (left) R (right) for guidance. The LED's are turned on and off with the opposing switches.

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    Oh and if you're wondering what the missile is, this might help....

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    The right gaunt was much simpler, I found the push button in a junk drawer and the little red missiles are the heads of rivets, not very high tech, but they look ok...

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    The blaster is a mix of things, the barrel and sight are from a cheap temporary car port we bought for my daughters birthday last year, that ended blowing over and disintegrating, I kept a few bits off it thinking to myself "Hmmmm, they might come in handy one day" and I was right for once. The eyepiece is the end of a barrel from a cheap pirate's pistol we bought at a $2 shop.

    Considering it's E11esque appearance with the butt, trigger, finger guard and it's length from the butt to the end of the barrel is exactly the same length as my E11, I've called it the E7 and earlier BlasTech model, this is a before and after pic....

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    I had to sand off all the powder coating, after I painted it I sanded a bit off and put it in some water to promote rust for an old look. It's a simple blaster, but it does Jorina well.

    The jetpack was an adventure, it's made out of polystyrene sheeting,balls and cones from a craft shop, postal tubes and the jet nozzles are medicine cups. We paper mached the lot, primed it then glassed over that. I learned one thing making this...... I SUCK at fiberglassing, the amount of highfill primer I had to use to get it remotely smooth was insane......

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    The Mandalorian text on the tanks say... Left " Premium Fuel Only" I was going to use unleaded, but premium looked cooler. On the right is JV for Jorina Varas. The LED is a giant flashing one, the battery and switch are located in the bottom of the missile tube.

    The harness is home made.....

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    The belt, was bought from a guy here in AUS for $40, it's a Swedish army bandolier. I didn't realise until a couple of days ago that it's the one they used for the Tusken's in the prequels. It houses Jorina's audio, I gutted a radio shack personal PA amp, one of those kidney shaped ones. I tried to add a voice changer and blew the speaker, so I went out and got the cheapest CB external speaker I could find. One day I'll upgrade the speaker with the one that comes with the RomFX....

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    Anyway, that's about it I think, thanks for looking and for all your compliments.

    Now, back to working on Wendy's Zam and I've ordered a BKBT Jango for me, I can't help myself.

    Cheers,
     
  10. SmilingOtter

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    My parents were never that cool when I was 10, neither were any of the girls I knew.
     
  11. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    New pics in first post, I hope they're ok :)

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  12. SmilingOtter

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    OK is an understatement.

    The skirt's a nice touch. So's the dog (a Germandalorian shepherd?)
     
  13. allosaur176

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    Thats too cool :thumbsup
     
  14. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    Thanks for putting up with me boasting about Jorina. We're both very proud of what we've pulled off.

    Germandalorian Shepherd :lol that's priceless, I love it.

    Thanks again folks.

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  15. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Very cool Kraig, Your daughter makes a great Mando :)
     
  16. OldKen

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Tambo Fett @ May 3 2006, 10:03 AM) [snapback]1237532[/snapback]</div>

    no kidding, i woulda tried to wear it to school.

    heres a cheers to one kick * dad... :cheers
     
  17. kell

    kell Well-Known Member

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    Super cool. Cant wait til my kids old enough to enjoy this kind of stuff .








    Kell
     
  18. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    Thanks for being so supportive.

    Here's a couple of pics from her first troop......

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    Well, thanks for letting a dad express his pride of his daughter.

    I'll make this my last post as this must be boring to see it keep popping up.

    Once again, thanks, we really do appreciate all of your kind posts in this thread :) .

    Cheers,
     
  19. AlderaanGirl

    AlderaanGirl Well-Known Member

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    WOW...very nice :) You should be proud ;) She looks great. Well done.
     
  20. Luisiana Jones

    Luisiana Jones Active Member

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    OMG thats so cool, wish I had such a great costume when I was her age, really she should be very proud of it :) Congrats.
     
  21. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    Wow i wish my old man did that for me when i was a kid.... instead he told me what an F*up i was and how the army would tuffen me up.. look at me now i'm on a star wars forum nothing is more hardcore. :lol
     

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