My Vader ROTS,better pics at end

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by chris1748, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here is my heavily modified Rubies ROTS Vader on mannequin.
    The only thing left intact are the capes.
    the helmet is a modified Rubies.
    the shoulder armor is fiberglassed and painted Rubies armor
    the suit is from Fettpride and looks perfect.
    the chestbox is a painted Rubies one.( I am not sure if this box is the right size? Seems a bit small to me.)
    Belt and buckle are leather and aluminium.
    Boxes are homemade.
    gloves are from Katarra creations a long time ago.
    shin armor is from ebay.
    boots are riding boots.

    critique away.
    chris
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  2. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    Wow, looks great.

    You have the same colour walls as me LOL. :MY VADER
    Nice work.

    Regards

    Al
     
  3. Henry Wayne

    Henry Wayne Active Member

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    Looking very good..
     
  4. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    One word: TRIPOD
     
  5. Aegis159

    Aegis159 Sr Member

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    or even a hyphonated one.... "anti-shake"

    ;)
    :lol
    :p
     
  6. vaderfanforever

    vaderfanforever Active Member

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    That is probably the best looking ROTS Rubies Vader I have seen.

    How long did it take you to mod everything? It looks great. :thumbsup :thumbsup

    Elijah
     
  7. gts072

    gts072 Active Member

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    Looks great but I want better pics. :p
     
  8. WebChief

    WebChief Sr Member

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    Looks great Chris. What mods did you do to the helmet? Did you follow the tutorial that's been posted here? The reason I'm asking is because I'm following it too. Looks really nice.

    Also, what cod is that? Is it just the Rubies?
     
  9. Hedjii72

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    Looks great. Can you give details on the mannequin?
     
  10. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The cod is a modified Rubies. It can actually look really good with work.
    on the helmet, I used a heatgun for the neck-flare, I fixed the eyes with bondo and filled in the nose ridges also.
    I filled in and put new eye indents then cut new ridges
    I will get better pics I do not know what happened.
    I then painted with gloss black thick
    The nose ridges are really sharp.
    I also used a fiberglass helmet.
    the Rubies mask is really sharp and looks great all modified.
    I also have a portumac ROTS Vader helmet.
    I actually like this one better.
    The mannequin is a heavily modified one also.

    whewww, I think I got all the questions.

    chris
     
  11. vaderdarth

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    Extremely nice Chris......great display.........you would blow us away if you had a tripod to steady the camera.......or a table set to timer for that matter. :) From what I can see it's one of the better ROTS displays I've seen.

    Dave :)
     
  12. vaderdarth

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      It's very nice especially considering what you began with...  Now if that neck were only a bit longer on the facemask.  Don't worry you will be upgrading for the rest of your life.......just ask someone who's been there......LOL

    Dave :)
     
  13. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Vaderdarth I also have an ESB Vader that started out as little more than a cardboard cutout.

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  14. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    here are better pics





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    thanks
     
  15. gts072

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    Better pics. Very nice display. One of my only comments about it is the chest box which is strapped on instead of a bolt-on look like the movie. Were you afraid to cut into the pleather suit? Are the gloves screen-accurate? I would like a better look at those custom belt boxes. :D
     
  16. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    Wonder full job...
     
  17. kell

    kell Well-Known Member

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    Chris- Your Vader is off the hook man, great job.

    How did you go about fiberglassing the Rubies armour ? That would be interesting to know. The armour looks awesome. Ive seen some on Ebay that is sith style but it is kind of deformed. I got a rubies set I want to mod, or replace.

    Kell
     
  18. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Nice work :)
     
  19. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to know this too :)
     
  20. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The way that I did the Fiberglassing was
    I took the bells off.
    then I cut a long piece of styrene as thick as I want the armor to be thick.
    I then Duct tape the styrene to the front of the armor at an "L" .
    then I use the Bondo with fibers in it.
    I fill it up to the edge and go back about 4 to 5 inches.
    I wait for it to dry.
    then it pops off because the Bondo does not bond to the plastic of the armor.
    now you have a molded piece of Bondo.
    You peel off the piece of styrene and you have very smooth edges.
    you then epoxy the piece back on.
    then I sand the front with a sander.
    fill in any spots with Bondo.
    Sand again then paint.
    Very solid will not fall off and looks great.
    Do the same to the bells.
    This only took about an hourfor the armor and an hour for the bells.

    anyone can do it .

    I hope that this short tutorial is helpful and understandable.
    any questions PM me .

    chris
     
  21. TK-Fett

    TK-Fett Well-Known Member

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    How did you mix the bondo and the fibers? Also where did you get your fibers?
     
  22. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    They sell bondo with fibers in it already.

    chris
     
  23. TK-Fett

    TK-Fett Well-Known Member

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    Ok, thanks
    Where did you buy this type of bondo?
     

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