McQuarrie Vader WIP Scratch Build & Research (Studio 49)

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doctorDWwho

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I'm going to be taking delivery of a little something for this build this coming Saturday...

All will be revealed soon enough but lets just say it's one of those Holy Grail parts that I've been chasing for years now ;)

The helm? I feel kinda rude asking this, but if so, how much would you be letting your old one go for?
 

Studio 49

Sr Member
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The helm? I feel kinda rude asking this, but if so, how much would you be letting your old one go for?
Indeed it is the helmet! And yes I would be looking to part with him as I now have a helmet that will work with my chest armour (which is why I changed buckets, need one that'll work nice for trooping)

You get first preference mate so once I reach holidays in under a weeks time I'll shoot you a PM with a quote and as bucket load of pics for you ;)
Hoes that sound mate?
 

doctorDWwho

Sr Member
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Indeed it is the helmet! And yes I would be looking to part with him as I now have a helmet that will work with my chest armour (which is why I changed buckets, need one that'll work nice for trooping)

You get first preference mate so once I reach holidays in under a weeks time I'll shoot you a PM with a quote and as bucket load of pics for you ;)
Hoes that sound mate?

That sounds fantastic, but... I sort of went off on a bit of a fantasy,lol. To be honest, I'm only sixteen and don't have a job yet, so I really wouldn't be able to pay for it if it was over about $150. And I'm def not one of the crazy types that expects things to be that cheap. I definitely understand how much hard work (and money) has gone into a bucket like this, both by the original maker and yourself. So it looks like I'll have to pass this up :( Thanks for the offer though, and I hope you find a good home for it :)
 

Studio 49

Sr Member
That sounds fantastic, but... I sort of went off on a bit of a fantasy,lol. To be honest, I'm only sixteen and don't have a job yet, so I really wouldn't be able to pay for it if it was over about $150. And I'm def not one of the crazy types that expects things to be that cheap. I definitely understand how much hard work (and money) has gone into a bucket like this, both by the original maker and yourself. So it looks like I'll have to pass this up :( Thanks for the offer though, and I hope you find a good home for it :)

Ok then, no worries
 

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Studio 49

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After 2 years of searching I found my holy grail of McQuarrie Vader parts!


I present to you my McQuarrie Vader Stone Bucket and Chest Armor.
As many may know I've been wanting a set of these ever since I laid eyes on them and when a full set came up for sale in my state I knew I had to buy it there and then otherwise it was never going to happen


So here I am and I've just received these glorious parts today, now I just have to wait until University break to get cracking with sanding, painting and building these bad boys
Now of course, onwards with pictures!


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Studio 49

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So I did have a little spare time last night so I unscrewed the dome from the face of the bucket and then gave everything a once over with the brush/cloth followed by a wipe down with a wipe down with a wet cloth to get any remaining junk and dust off.


And too my surprise there really is very little filler or sanding need from me! Which as me very tempted to just throw on a coat of black to see what he looks like and so I can pick up areas I need to work on... ;)


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Studio 49

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Re: McQuarrie Vader WIP Scratch Build & Research (Studio 49)

With having done a wipe down to find it was pretty much ready for paint the temptation was far too great! So in between painting my University Assignment stuff I went right ahead and did just that


So I didn't have any nice gloss around but I did have my really nice MTN Matte Black which I did a really quick coat of on each part and it came out stunning, I was blown away just how amazing this looked even after one coat! Sure there's some small imperfections but that's a single afternoon job there


Having painted him up in a really nice job, I'm getting the feeling that for the RMQ Vader a gloss black fish like for ESB/ROTJ just isn't an appropriate or accurate representation of the sketches Ralph drew. Gloss or Matte is something I'd been tossing up between for along time now and I do have some points for matte over gloss. First Matte lends itself more to the "drawn"type appearance and second and more importantly this was concept art for the ANH Vader, and if much he's not glossy, but dirtied down and weathered so to me and with research I've done I feel the matte is the way to go!




And of course I take some pictures of him in all his glory
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With having used this nice Matte it still does an amazing job of reflecting light across the bucket and it looks unbelievably nice in person




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And some nice detail shots of the bucket
(I plan to pain the inside of the dome black so the yellow fibreglass isn't noticeable)


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Studio 49

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So I did a small experimental suit up this arvo...
I couldn't help but see what I could do with the RMQ Parts I had so far


Now I know it's way out of line positioning wise, like not being able to see half the chest box but to put in in perspective the shoulder bells were sticky taped on for these photos haha, and there's no lenese in the bucket yet so I just colour it in with black

Once I fit proper hinges to the bells then I can really start to progress
Either way progress is progress and I'm chuffed I was able to jerry-rig it enough to do semi sort of suit up no matter how dodgy!
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Studio 49

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It's been a nightmare trying to find boots for this project since as it turns out they go over the knees (have a look at the reference pic below, that area above the knee must flex and not be part of the shin otherwise I'd not be able to bend my knee)

With that said I think I finally found the closest thing to the Chippewa Boots/or any typical boot used for the other Vader's. I'll probably by them in etc coming weeks and they should hopefully do the job and be my size. I'm surprised I was even able to find something as close as these actually


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DaddyfromNaboo

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It really is coming together! I must admit thoufh that I do not think tje boots will work. I think that probably an ankle high boot like a Jodhpur plus a stretchy tube material with an e.g. leather or cast urethane "crown" would probably work better. Or, bare with me... a atretchy boot cover from an exotic dancer or costuming supplier. There are suppliers of cosplay superhero overknee boots, iirc. The gummi boots my probably not flex enough or not in the right areas.
 

Studio 49

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I need this... you know, for 'reference material'
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In all seriousness though in a couple pay days time after I've paid for University related expenses I'm hoping to be able to have enough to pre-order him. He'll be perfect as a solid basis for referencing for the remainder of my build (when I find the time that is)


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Studio 49

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I may still be a week out from my month and a half mid year Uni break... but it doesn't mean I can't set the workshop up early


I don't have money for any more R2 parts at the moment and I can't do much else on R2 until my frame is cut so I figured it was high time my RMQ Vader project got some love! ;)


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Studio 49

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I was finally able to be quite productive today ;)
Now I'll be the first to admit when it comes to sculpting stuff I know absolutely nothing haha, so I'm usually making this up as I go along. Now my bucks at present don't look particularly attractive, but that will change in due course as I'm able to work on this stuff more.

Long story short I wasn't happy with how the shins were and felt that since I plan to use them as bucks for Vac Forming I wasn't confident they'd be strong enough to deal with the vac forming.

So I decided to start the body work process again first layering on a nice thick layer of two part builders bog. This builders bog helps with the rigidity and to all bulk out the over all size a bit which also helps me with my worries that it may not have been big enough to fit around a boot.


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Next up I gave it a quick light sand to knock up the rougher areas
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Following which I gave it another finer coat of the two part builders bog and then a really in depth sand with some nice rough sand paper. I went for the rougher grit paper simply because the builders bog is harder to sand than your typical filler. After which I got my finer normal filler out and coated both halves in a coat which is the start for getting it smoother and beginning some detailing.
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After applying the normal filler and letting it dry I got a sponge and whilst it was wet I gave both halves a once over to just smooth out the filler a bit.
Now the lighting in the pictures below makes the bucks look WAY rougher and worse than that really are so I can assure they do look better in person haha
So next on the list is to continue to smooth the bucks out and to detail it such that it would be ready for vac forming whenever that may occur.
Stay stunned for more updates hopefully not to far into the future as I try learning sculpting as I go along
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