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ID10T

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Very nice build!

And make sure you get good on the sewing machine. I’m looking at $50 to alter a collar and sew on a patch at a seamstress...

You’ve already paid for it twice over and your not even done!
 

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importsusa

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Very nice build!

And make sure you get good on the sewing machine. I’m looking at $50 to alter a collar and sew on a patch at a seamstress...

You’ve already paid for it twice over and your not even done!
Thank you very much.....oh trust me I have been making sure that every second I get I am on that machine! lol Initially when i was thinking of purchasing the jacket, I was going to find a seamstress. So i called around and found a few and the more I talked to them about my project, the more they seemed to almost shy away from it, like they wanted me to bring it in no matter what to see if it was something they would tackle. Well, the last person i spoke too laid it all out in the open, she said I'd easily be looking at close to $400 or more to try to get it to fit AND moving zippers etc. Fast forward and I cannot do anything on it without seeing my investment I put off for so long....lol

It truly has paid for itself twice over and then some....just hope I can continue using it for many years to come.
 

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importsusa: This is a fantastic build you've got going here!

I just love how you and your daughter can share interests like this.

As for some of the patterning you did on the orange stripes: I've seen people use a mesh that they've placed on top of the fabric and spray painted through it to create the illusion of texture. Might save you some time with the marker in the future ;)

You could probably stretch out some of that hexagonal mesh you've found and paint over it, so the mesh works as masking.
 

importsusa

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importsusa: This is a fantastic build you've got going here!

I just love how you and your daughter can share interests like this.

As for some of the patterning you did on the orange stripes: I've seen people use a mesh that they've placed on top of the fabric and spray painted through it to create the illusion of texture. Might save you some time with the marker in the future ;)

You could probably stretch out some of that hexagonal mesh you've found and paint over it, so the mesh works as masking.
thank you thank you and I for one have tried that same technique in the past with some of my art work which worked out perfectly. My only problem with stretching mesh is that it doesn't like to always comform to all shapes etc. This is why i went a little different route and decided to just spray glue and sew in the mesh onto the jacket directly. This way when I add my color and shades I don't have to worry about missing a spot etc. The orange strips were the hardest because I could not find a workable pattern for them. My intentions were to spray it on but I'd have to build some kind of a template (which i did) but still didnt turn out how I wanted it. Had I had a cricut machine much like Dan used on his Don west suit thread I may have been able to pull it off much better.

For now I am ok with it but I can always go back and try something different if the time allows. If I could find an exact pattern they used I could replicate it on my vinyl cutter machine then spray it. Also if it wasn't for the jacket already been put together, It would be a heck of a lot easier to replicate on a piece of flat fabric that I could cut out to the shape I want. I am still taking any and all suggestions as I know one will work in some way. On this suit though if I can make it loom damn near identical without using a ton of illusions, I'll be much more satisfied.

I thank you again though...all suggestions are always welcome. I will see what way I decide to go if I still have some time.
 

importsusa

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So here are some attachments.....unfortunately I am missing A LOT of files and only managed to retrieve the ones here. Not sure what happened but am trying to figure it out. Either way I threw in what I had and hopefully each one of these will help in some way. Watching the show and getting onto Mina's instagram profile will help A LOT as she has her "IT TAKES A VILLAGE" which shows a lot of behind the scenes and everyone's role in the shows success.

Just FYI, these are different quality and not all are perfect as not all are available online. Some were taken as I'm watching show on my pc while working on the costume. If you aren't aware, Netflix DOES NOT allow you to screenshot off their app on a phone...otherwise I'd have wayyyyy more pics than the original 300+ I had. I originally had between 350--370 pics and now I am only able to load 196....so I assume some of my files are likely corrupted.:(
 

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CactusKnight

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This is quite the awesome build! I have thought about doing a personalized space suit for myself, and this just gives me so much more motivation and something to strive for! Great job!
 

importsusa

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This is quite the awesome build! I have thought about doing a personalized space suit for myself, and this just gives me so much more motivation and something to strive for! Great job!
Thank you very much, I am indeed glad I could help get ya going further on the thought process. That is where I was a year and a half ago, thinking about what my little one would like me to do next. We started watching the show Pre-pandemic and here I am today making as much of a reality as I can for me but most importantly for her. Ive always told her from the day she could understand that nothing is impossible if you can put your heart and soul into it. The entire cast and writers of lost in space truly put it into perspective using 1 line in Will Robinsons dialogue and it said:

"the impossible happens all the time, you just have to believe it can" .....if you also go back to my original 1st page I hadnt noticed it until 3 weeks back, my little girl Charlie is wearing a shirt that says "BELIEVE".....truly made me think this was meant to be and we couldn't be happier!

All you members on this site are ALL gifted and I am honored to be on this site of greatness. The same way you feel is how I felt when I saw the Danlex9 thread, it was incredible to see another artist at work doing things I am just learning....lol Inspiration and motivation is what he put upon me.....plus Penny and Don are buds!! lol
 

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importsusa

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Welp, only had a few minutes I could spare for the costume this weekend. Thursday night around 6:30pm after getting home from a wonderful long day of digging and running around in the Bobcat, I decided to run some tests on what will soon take over areas of the jacket and pants. Tests came out with flying colors as I am using a combination of 3M Super 77 spray glue, my blue base paint, fabric glue AND my plastic dip clear to finish the job. Even though this suit will not be subjected to any water (natural rain or wash) I still wanted to make sure it would hold up. The washer test proved to be a bit of a downer as I predicted it wouldn't hold up as great....which it didn't. Rain test came in the form of both faucet water and garden hose. Those weren't hugely bad until they are constantly bombarded with water.....like anything just slowly began to peel away. With those silly tests out of the way I began the heat test (both regular outside heat and heat gun from a couple inches to a foot away), those weren't hugely bad other than heat gun discoloring the fabrics a bit.
As for the pull and stretch test those were my main ones and the combination I used thus far holds up to some abuse. Overall I was satisfied with how the material test went and because I don't have the time to attempt longevity tests on each I decided to just got for it. I applied my very first piece of mesh onto the jacket...starting with what to me would be the worst 2 areas first....the arms. I managed to also finish the other elbow piece earlier after all my car work was completed for the weekend. So with some time in hand I applied my first piece and I am beyond excited with how it turned out. I am going to be acquiring soon a nifty little air brush (which fyi I've never worked with) and will begin adding the shadowing type touches the suit has. Once I am all done I will very quickly hit the entire suit one last time with the Plasti Dip Clear spray ((word to the wise, you HAVE TO make sure to use a fan as soon as you spray it, Plasti Dip spray in clear while wet will begin deteriorating either the glue or paint and you'll be fighting it).
I was lucky to have learned that trick couple years ago when I did one of Charlie's first costumes, I wanted the sealing power and flexibility of plasti dip on my fabric but quickly found out it didn't like other sprays....I'm an Artist not a chemist, so I had no idea....lol Anywho, pictures bellow do it no justice as it looks awesome (to me) in person and matches what I had in mind. It knocked out the illusion (which again thank you all for the suggestion made about painting the mesh). It truly made the pattern be almost an exact replica of the raised pattern on the shows version....which I added under my suit pics.
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Here's the original bellow!
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I also found a few weeks back (hopefully this link works) a flickr account that has more pics of Will's suit from NYC comic con I believe in 2019. If you scroll through past the robot, you'll see the suit in quite a few shots. I had originally found this about 6 months back but they didn't have as many as they do now....so hope that helps people out seeing it.
https://flic.kr/p/2hri3uV
Well, that's it for now.....Long week for us in the wonderful world of Construction, maybe if we get one little rain day I can catch up a little more on this.

Until then good night, this old man needs his beauty sleep! LOL ;)
 

joberg

Master Member
Great update and yes: as an artist you'll have to learn some "chemistry" dealing with an array of products (list is too long). Looking very good and eager to see your next update(y)
 

importsusa

New Member
Great update and yes: as an artist you'll have to learn some "chemistry" dealing with an array of products (list is too long). Looking very good and eager to see your next update(y)
thanks good sir! I couldn't agree more I've had to make sure to remember quite a list of things throughout the years (being a mechanic helps) but am always amazed at how much more there is to explore. Once PlastiDip went into spray form (I used to purchase the original dipping kind for my tools couple years ago) it was a whole different ball game as this stuff was amazing but came at a price when in contact with things it didnt like! lol
 

scooter1965

New Member
Thanks so much for posting all of the photos. They are very helpful! Also, I love how the mesh turned out. I have a question, does the 3M spray glue dry clear? I think you mentioned that you sprayed it to both the mesh and base fabric. I'm just wondering if any residue shows through from the base fabric. Thanks!
 

importsusa

New Member
Thanks so much for posting all of the photos. They are very helpful! Also, I love how the mesh turned out. I have a question, does the 3M spray glue dry clear? I think you mentioned that you sprayed it to both the mesh and base fabric. I'm just wondering if any residue shows through from the base fabric. Thanks!
most welcome and it is just barely visible but once I applied color over it the residue faded away.....only time it REALLY shows it is if it spits out a little blob...which you can easily clear away. For the most part just have to let it dry and most of it goes away...applying colors to it will hide any imperfections though. I am going to add more depth to it by darkening any areas that are raised, the suit shows some darker coloring around it. It's a hell of a process but I am determined to make this damn near as close as i can....minus a few illusions here and there...lol
 
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importsusa

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Excited to have gotten 1 of 2 shipments of buckles and the closest I could get to the Molle Waist belt....all from our wonderful friends at Ebay...lol All the buckles I've purchased have been cheap on pricing (between $5-13 roughly) and I do have more coming but in black (it's the only color they had ALL different sizes on). The ones pictured are 38mm and they go down from there....once I receive the rest I'll try posting size differences. The black ones will be turned into silver via my trusty shop wire wheel and a few minutes (which I already tested one one I had extra from a different belt). I may sacrifice 1 or 2 of them and use aircraft paint remover. I have plenty of that I use for shop purposes....just HATE IT as it is highly toxic and a bit painful if it touches any part of your skin, so gotta be covered head to toe and safety a priority.

Hopefully having these items will speed up my process a bit more, A Bit less sewing...lol. I am going to shoot for August/September (hopefully) as my completion date BUT all depends on how many free times and days I can get. It is INCREDIBLY hard juggling construction work schedules, automotive schedules and family schedules but I'm gonna make it work somehow....some way!!! lol I am determined to hell to get this one knocked out of the park before My little Charlie is not so little AND I do know I want to have it all shown at C2E2 in Chicago in December!

crossing my fingers and toes!!
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importsusa

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Hola Amigos!!! lol If you were wondering where I have been then you probably haven't read my past previous posts....lol.. I've been WORKING and then after that MORE WORK and after that....well, you get the picture. It has been beyond incredibly overwhelming the past few weeks. Construction work to the max and it seems everyone's cars are going to **** as well which is keeping me busy in the shop as well...lol
In all the busy shuffling around I only managed to get 1 thing done and ahead at least with items I have been awaiting.
My black buckles are all in and I was beyond happy to see the differences in size right away. So for starters, here is what I received.
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I ordered the 33mm and 26 mm ones off Ebay and only took a few weeks to get them in. I chose these 2 sizes mainly because I had noticed some missing things while looking through pics. I noticed that 2 of the 26mm buckles went to the belts that went around the thigh area. Then I also noticed that my previously installed buckles on the suit were mighty hefty and the smaller ones would do it more justice. There is also a HUGE weight difference which will help aid in that department....the less weight on my 11 year old she has to carry the better!! lol I Also managed to get the other arm piece done, just need to sew in the elbow pieces and cut off extra fabric. After I get all covered in the blue mesh and am satisfied...I can then move onto the forearm and wrist pieces and so on. Below shows what I will be switching out, the other arm piece and what my wire wheel accomplished....turning the black buckles into a nice silver color.
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I am also posting sizes given so you guys have an idea.....I wish I had more time to get more info posted but this is all I have at the moment. You can always use a conversion calculator or digital caliper to figure out these measurements in inches.
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Hope to have some kind of a rain day soon but not looking like it.....we worked through our last one on and was really hoping to have one to get a little more ahead on this suit.....Time is slowly Running out and I'm startin to freak out a little!! LMAOo_O:lol:
 

scooter1965

New Member
Great progress. When you get the chance, could you please post the dealer on eBay selling the buckles? I've been having a hard time finding the smaller ones. Thanks!
 

importsusa

New Member
Great progress. When you get the chance, could you please post the dealer on eBay selling the buckles? I've been having a hard time finding the smaller ones. Thanks!
this is the one i used for the black ones....which can be wire wheeled to its original color before they get coated. It is hard to get the smaller ones at the moment in silver....so I had to find another way.

Look at this on eBay:
25 32 38mm Quick Release Men Belt Buckle Metal Tactical Military Strap Buckles | eBay
 

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