STII:TWOK Field Jacket Chest Boxes

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Felgacarb

Sr Member
Here's a fairly simple prop I'll be needing for my current costume project. The little box with the arrowhead insignia worn on the jacket in the Wrath of Khan:



The actual props were made from band-aid tins- which is great, as it's a pretty inexpensive found item to start with. They are not selling the regular brands in these tins anymore, but the novelty brands (and candy, I believe) still use them. So I was able to pick up a pair containing 'Rainbow Monkey Bandages' - who doesn't need those, anyway?



The other found items here are $0.69 cent fiber washers from the hardware store, along with self-adhesive rubber feet. The feet had to be cut down a bit. Thin, easy-to-work with sheet aluminum made the raised stripes, and later the arrowhead insignia.





A 2" diameter piece of PVC pipe was cut and filed creatively to make the part on the bottom. Finally, I cut slots in the backs for mounting them on the jacket straps, and painted them.





Hanging on one of my 'practice pieces':



I may need some dry brushing or sharpie work to make the stripes stand out a bit more...

Now, back to choosing fabrics for the sewing...
 
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micdavis

Master Member
For the longest time it was rumored they were made from R/C Airplane gas tanks.

Glad to see it turn out to be something a little more available.

Great job.
 

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Felgacarb

Sr Member
The latch in the photo is my first try at scratch building one- I'm not happy with it yet.

It is made out of two 1/2" D-rings, a piece of aluminum tube, a zip tie to hold the rings in place, and a machine screw. From a distance, the overall shape is OK, but none of the details are right.

I'm still looking for a better method to make a bunch of closer ones...



Chest Boxes updated!








I 3D printed the details this time:


 
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