Rubies armor

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Darth Domain, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    i've finally got the courage to mod my rubies helmet (thanks to the encouragement and lots of tips/advice from guys on the board).
    I was wondering if any one has modded the rubies armor such as removing the cape clips, filling the holes with epoxy, sanding then repainting the armor, clearcoating and adding a brass hook. If anyone has, have you got any pics. If no ones attempted it, then i'll have to post pics when i start.
     
  2. Darth Kahnt

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    Mark,

    I know a couple of guys who repainted it, its a piece of cake if you are going to do your helmet. I dont have any pics though. I added a cape hook to my own fiberglass armor and I would imagine adding one to the rubies armor would be a piece of cake as well.
     
  3. KevVader

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    ....since the chest armor is somewhat more flimsy than the helmet, make sure that the paint you use has flex agents in it so it won't crack when it distorts....
     
  4. Darth Kahnt

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    Good point Kev. Do you know what brands of paints contain flex agents?
     
  5. KevVader

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    DK....I would say any automotive type paint made specifically for plastic bumpers etc....some of these paints are custom mixed and the flex agent is added. I know Krylon makes a paint specifically for painting plastic car bumpers that has the agent already in the paint....
     
  6. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that Kev i'll check on that when i purchase
     
  7. JDFett

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    if you do that it will no longer be ROTS accurate. the armor in RTOS has the two clips on the side not one in the middle..
     
  8. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    look at the thickness of the chest and shoulder armor. and the paintjob is new.

    chris
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  9. Darth Domain

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    Good point, i go for the unusual mix as opposed to screen accurate i prefer the cape hook in the middle though, with some good AG loc chain. I just thought the armor would be much better painted again and clearcoated. Also, the shin armor which is terribly scratched already and next to impossible to get a good shine on with polish.
     
  10. KevVader

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    ....replace them with a set of TK510's ABS shins off ebay....they are an excellent set...
     
  11. Darth Kahnt

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    Yes, that shin armor is incredibly frustrating. I would recommend a new paint job on that as well.... well I'd actually recommend a new set altogether (like Kev suggested) but a paint job for sure if a new set is out of the question.
     
  12. JDFett

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    my RSV chest armor and shins came out of the box looking like crap...i too had to sand and repaint...im actually thinking of attempting my first fiberglass project this summer...ive never done it before and i would like to make the chest armor ROTS accurate from fiberglass. until i get motivated to do that i will just go with the repaint.
     
  13. GundamZeppelin

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    Here is a picture of what i done with the rubies shins i also painted the armor, helmet,belt boxs etc., they look far better after being painted but i am selling them, since i already have fiberglass ones so i no longer have a need for them (fiberglass + Heavy boots = walking like darth vader at the end of EPIII) :(
     
  14. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    Nice job, with regards to the armor/shins, did you use the paint that has a flex component to it?
     
  15. GundamZeppelin

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    To tell the truth i don't know :( i havent worn them since i painted them but from what i can tell so far they can move with out chiping or pealing, I just use dupli-color paint from wal-mart or any auto store but i hear auto-zone sales it cheaper then walmart, there is also http://www.autobarn.net/duplicolor.html for the harder colors to find. i hope that Info helped. Maybe i'll take a shot or two with my web cam to show the chest armor and helmet, I've done a few more mods to the helmet to give it a better look

    heres an updated shot of my helmet and armor on a cheap web cam :(

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