My Supreme Vader

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by TK-Fett, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. TK-Fett

    TK-Fett Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys here are pics of my Rubies Supreme Vader. I know it has been dissed, cussed, and discussed lots around here but I wanted to show pics anyway. The only alterations I plan to make before Halloween are to paint the chest armor, and take in the arms a little they are made for guys with 30" pythons for arms brother. I may get new boots before then but I doubt anyone would notice.

    My opinin of the suit is that it may not cut it as a movie accurate replica prop (im no Vader expert but even I can tell some of the places that it falls short) but it is one hell of a nice halloween costume with lots of potential. I think Rubies has outdone themselves, especially with their track record. With just a little work I think this could be an excelent 501st quality suit, and I plan to prove it.

    Anyway let me know what you think.

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  2. shortimer52

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    I like it
     
  3. Jack Bauer

    Jack Bauer Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I see you have the same bunching up of the undersuit near the chestbox that I do.

    The suit over all is pretty comfortable. But I am 6'5" and 240lbs and the undersuit is STILL a little big.

    YOU LOOK GREAT.

    I hear ya on the start of a long road. I have already changed the padding, lenses, and tusks in my helmet as well as made the dome fit better and so tight I can hang upside down and it won't come off. I now have the real leather gloves and Cod Piece. The ones that came with it, just didn't do.

    I also made the neckbrace, as you can see in this pic. I didn't like how from the side the neck didn't look complete.

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  4. Darth Kahnt

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    Looks good.

    I am in the process of upgrading mine as well. I repainted the helmet to the correct color scheme, replaced the lenses, grill and tusks. I recently bought fiberglass armor and new leather gloves. I had the back of the suit cut out and replaced with a strong mesh in order to make the suit more breathable, I found that it is like being in a ziploc bag... it has no breathability. Besides, I am 6'6 and 245 pounds so I needed to expand the suit a little.

    I will post some pics soon with my progress.
     
  5. WebChief

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    Way to go Tyler. Can't wait to see what you do with it bud.
     
  6. Darth Domain

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    Cool, i have one, the standard fit perfectly apart from the codpiece which kept sliding down and the belt. But i have a leather belt now, and i waiting on a buckle from russrep. I have some ANH leather gloves, and i'm getting some chain. I put extra strap in the neck area of the helmet, when the dome was on the helmet kept pulling away from my face but the extra strap stops this. I have 2inch soles on the boots. Next plan is to get some chest armor, but apart from that, i'm very happy with my purchase
     
  7. TK-Fett

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    Thanks guys, I didnt think that I could be the only one who thought this was an alright suit.

    For the bunching I found that if you dont tighten up the staps on the chest box all the way and you add velcro on the suit above the box and then to the inside of the armor it will pull the bunch up under the armor and hide it. In these pics I had the box straps pulled to tight.

    Also Im 6'2 270lbs for size reference.
     
  8. ObiJuan70

    ObiJuan70 Well-Known Member

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    Question for you guys, for the lenses, is there a certain color to use ?

    I saw some people have gone with a Dark Green (ala Sandtrooper) but I always thought that Vader lenses were like a Dark Sunglass color ?

    Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.

    Take Care

    Juan

     
  9. Jack Bauer

    Jack Bauer Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I finished some mods.
    It VERY nice not having my face pressed up against the mask. Plenty of room for the squirrel cage fan you see in the pic. I couldn't fog those lenses if I tried to now. Face stays cool. And the padding has felt material covering it. VERY soft. Over all it is so comfortable I left it on 3 hours straight the other day.

    Also when I put in the new metal screen I put Drywall Sandscreen behind it. I liked the look of the silver mesh so much I said "screw it." and left it silver. Changed the tusks and lenses too as you can see. I'm not going for accuracy as much as I am comfort for trooping charity events. I made the Neckseal out of rubber tubing, wire mesh, and styrene heated with boiling water. Now I just have to add all the greeblies.

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  10. phase pistol

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  11. KevVader

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  12. jordankarr

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    I am looking at picking one of these things up and planning to do some upgrades to this suit also.

    How do you all feel about those shin guards? are they at all symetrical looking? Would a repaint make them look even better?

    One of my major gripes so with some of the shins one Ebay are the one's that look great but one of the shins longer then the other, and what not. I am into the symetrical look of the RTOS Vader. I am all for those who want RTOJ,ESB or ANH vaders, but some of us want symetrical perfection.

    The shoulder armor looks passable, if repainted, But I know theres from time to time a fan made set of them up on ebay. But I would like your feelings about it. I think it would work if it was thickend up some with fiberglass to make it look thicker.

    The belt is also looking promising to me in my book. Correct looking Mesh in the bottom corners of the boxes. a Repaint and then a changeing out of the knobs for aluminium ones would probably make it all the better. how big are those boxes?

    I am trying to justify Picking one these up and want to know your all feelings about those parts. or if I should just take the time to piece together the suit as I want it. I already know I am going to end up with a Leather body suit, an MR helmet or a Fan Made RTOS helmet, and I am going to make my own chest box as the rubies looks under sized just a bit.

    Fun part of the Chest box will be getting custom made aluminum Rods and Coin Slots, and then I am kicking around the Idea of Aluminum rockers switches, and using the Rubies Light system from this suit box.

    I know the thing I dont like the look of from that suit is the Cod. Just looks fugly to me.
     
  13. Jack Bauer

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    I did this because when I put it in the other way, it just didn't look tright. and since I don't care too much about being 100% I did it my way. I think part of the reason is the diamonds on mine are too small. someday when I find larger diamond mesh I'll probably switch it out.
     
  14. KevVader

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    Actually, I think your mesh looks about the right size to run horizontal......any bigger and it'd look like chicken wire.....

    ...but, whatever floats your boat. :)
     
  15. Klocket

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    Does you Mask not flare out on the neck??...mine has the worst flare, drives me nuts....JB how did you make the neck seal?...i have been trying to figure out how to make something but my ideas always fall short...

    M.
     
  16. ObiJuan70

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    Anyone know what color to use for the lenses ? ? ?

    Anyone ? Anyone ??

    Any input would be appreciated

    Thanks

    Juan
     
  17. ob1al

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    Smoke Bronze for an ESB/ROTJ look.
     
  18. anakin

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    For the neck flare - boil some water - and dip the mask in ( neck) - pull it out and run under coldwater while re shaping it. Did this to mine and the neck looks great.
     
  19. Jack Bauer

    Jack Bauer Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's what I did and it was a GREAT fix.
     
  20. TK-Fett

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    Hey JB, im interested in your neck seal, where did you get the materials and how does it attach to the mask
     
  21. SithLord

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    I think this is a great starting point for a Vader suit and the great thing for you I think is that it seems your proportions are excellent for a Vader. I look forward to great things from this one. :)

    :cheers,

    Thomas
     
  22. TK-Fett

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    Thanks for the compliments Thomas, its nice to hear things like that from one of the established Vaders around here.
     
  23. darthraider

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    Got mine off eBay although I'm just 5'7" and slim...thinking of getting ankle high boots with internal lift and mouth screen...

    Here are some pics of my costume without any mod with MR saber. :lol

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    Cheers.
     
  24. RedTwoX

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    This an encouraging thread after reading so many people dumping on this costume. At 5'7" I have no intention of "trooping" as Darth Vader (more power to you Darthraider.), but I would love to have Darth Vader hanging out in my home office. I've been checking out mannequin prices on eBay and this is starting to look like a doable project. Like others here I don't need a screen accurate Vader, but it needs to look good and I don't want to dump 3 grand into either.

    I've shaped enough styrene in my years of model building that reshaping the neck flair shouldn't be a problem. Tusks and mesh seem to get swapped out no matter who makes the helmet, so I expect to do that no matter what Vader gear I end up with. Obviously I'll have to paint the helmet too.

    What are the opions on the body suit? So far the only complaint has been bunching around the chest box. Is that it? Are there no other problems? (obviously I don't have to worry about ventilation for the mannequin)

    How are the boxes? (chest and belt) Has everyone been satisfied with those so far?

    Again, it's good see some folks not trashing the costume since its the least expensive way to get started down the dark path. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys do next. Keep up the great work.
     
  25. GundamZeppelin

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    I have moded one of the rubies helmets my frist one came out bad you can see why in the picture, i left the tape on too long missed some black on the nose area, i was also out of sliver that day so i had to leave the plastc picec in :angry but on this helmet New lenses flate,Grill two sets of screen so you cant see in but you can look threw i did this for anyone to sort to be vader,they can look threw the mouth, i also reslcupted the face to even it out, as well as set the lens back in the helmet. I Also gave it a ANH widows peck just so see if i could, this helmet is just another case of looking way better in person then in pictures, and as far as the costume go's i am not sure if i just want to make an Rotj chest box or just mod the rubies one.
    I also am making a body suit out of foam padding for the inside of a vader costume so you will fill it out just right for all the skinney vaders out there :D
     
  26. KevVader

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    I have new one for sale in the JY....never wore it, but I did take it out of the box to look at the components. Overall, for the price...it's pretty decent. The chest & belt boxes are nice, the bodysuit looks the part....if you are going to be putting it on a mannequin only, then you would just have to bulk it up to fit properly. The only parts which are very cheesy are the gloves and cod....very flimsy and cheap looking IMHO....the helmet can look very good with some work....
     
  27. Darth Kahnt

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    I agree. The chest and belt are pretty decent. The gloves and cod stink. I don't particularly like the armor either but I think if repainted it could be good.

    The bodysuit is fine. I had the back cut out of mine by a tailor and replaced with a hockey jersey mesh to make it more breathable and comfortable. I am 6'6 and 240 pounds and the standard suit fits pretty good, a little short in the legs but thats behind boots and shins so you cant notice.

    I dont particularly like the shins either. I am looking to get fiberglass shins. So far I bought a new helmet (cKing), new gloves and fiberglass armor. I did mods to my Rubies helmet (paint, mesh, grill, tusks and lenses) for events where the time would be sutiable for the plastic lid.

    I think the capes are ok. I plan to line my outer cape with satin and see how it works before I buy a wool cape.

    Overall, I think it is a very good starter suit. I have certainly enjoyed it and it has been a great start for me.
     
  28. hirgon

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    I bought one and i am modding the crap out of it. I think it is an excellent starting point for us new Vaders out there.
     
  29. KevVader

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    .....capes are a little on the thin side IMO...good for most, but if you're going for something more accurate, I'd get a heavier weight cape set....
     
  30. Darth Kahnt

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    True enough. I am going to line the cape anyways and use it for events where there is a potential for damage to the cape (ie: kids parties). I will reserve my wool one for photo0 shoots and special appearances that are short in duration and in a more professional environment.
     
  31. Darth Domain

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    Kids have this uncontrolable urge to see how many times they can step on the cape and stop vader in his tracks :D
     
  32. Darth Kahnt

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    ...as I found out on my very first event. :D
     
  33. Bountyhunter Niko

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    I think it looks good. :thumbsup

    But IÂ’m sad when I see threads like this. You see ; I live in Australia. I bought one of these Rubies VaderÂ’s off an U.S. Ebay seller back in April. I had hoped to modify it and display it proudly. But alas it was never sent to me. It cost me $1200 ozzie dollars. :(
     
  34. RedTwoX

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    Would anyone care to comment on this? Has anyone else felt a need to rework the sculpt of the face plate? If so, which features did you rework and to what extent?
     
  35. KevVader

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    .....the 4th nose slot needs to be filled and the lenses removed from the outside of the facemask and attached to the inside....therefore some reshaping of the eye sockets may be needed. There's a great tutorial link listed earlier in the thread....

    Niko...that sucks...if you paid via credit card through Paypal, you should be able to recoup your $ through your credit card company...I'd check it out. You're way past the time limit to claim via Paypal....
     
  36. JBReplicas

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    Im liking the supreme vader mask more and more, hmm can I afford one? No
     
  37. Darth Kahnt

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    What did you do about it?
     
  38. Bountyhunter Niko

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    IÂ’m still waiting. I know that is pretty sad of me. :$

    I bought it off a guy called Tom Capizzi. Ebay username sc4rf4c3. ( Now banned from Ebay.) . Originally he was blaming Rubies for the wait. After a few months waiting ; he then started saying he was trying to find a way to post it to Australia. He has been in contact quite a few times.

    I gave him until the end of November. The end of November has come and gone. I asked him for a refund and all he said was ‘ Please stay calm. We will get this to you.’ I’m sick of waiting. A friend over here has suggested I get the F.B.I. involved. I know this seem a bit extreme but I don’t want to lose $1200.

    And yes ; I did pay by Visa though Paypal.

    IÂ’m sorry. I donÂ’t mean to hijack this thread ; but any help would be great
     
  39. badass89

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    had mine for years. love it. got some nicer gloves and a buckle but other than that stock. i am 6'5'' 275 and the xl fits.

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    i wear a trooper neck seal and a black hood over my head and mouth to keep the white skin from showing.

    it is hot however and i am thinking of cuting the back out and doing something like this.

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