Vader on budget,scratch build WIP, (PIC HEAVY)

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  1. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    thought i'd give Pep a try, apologies to Vader purists here since this is obviously nowhere near the quality of what you guys make. just wanted to see if i can make something distinguishable at a first glance as Vader...kindly excuse the noticeable inaccurracies (anyway i dont know if this can pass as ANH or ESB or ROTJ, definitely not ROTS because the symmetry is way off, hehe)...as usual this is a budget build

    here it goes....
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    when i got the pep for the head partially completed i really thought that it was way too big... but decided to go on and build the dome as well...
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    the flare of the dome was kinda flat so i cut up a big piece of cardboard and did this..
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    test spray paint just to see what it looks like..
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    with flash..
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    w/o flash...
    i cut up some more pieces of cardstock to define the cheek area..

    thought the next step was to resin the interior but since i have no knowledge of how to go about it, except what i've viewed on tutorials on the net, i decide to forego it and just use duct tape to make the pep a bit firm...and then...
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    surprise,surprise...it held up against bondoing...hehehe
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    so i thought i'd do the same to the face and neck...using plumbers putty this time...
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    while i was waiting for the bondo to cure properly i tried to do this.. (not a pep just eyeballed some reference photos)
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    i've did some more refinements to the face,dome and chest armor since these shots and although its a rough version it is looking acceptable so far ( at least from my point of view). will post more progress pics when i have done a little more to show..

    so far i've learned that.....sanding is such a *%:cry$#:angry@*!!! :lol

    big thanks to Fierfek for the pep file!!!

    thanks goes out as well to projectearth and quovadis for the suggestions about resin, what it is and where to source it, thanks bros

    comments?suggestions?

    thanks for looking:)
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  2. littledragon88

    littledragon88 Active Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, first pep attempt

    Wow, that helmet front looks awesome! Good work!! Can't wait to follow your progress. :thumbsup
     
  3. Celtic007

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, first pep attempt

    Nice work so far. I don't think I've seen a Vader pep completed before. I'm looking forward to the progress as well.
     
  4. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, first pep attempt

    That looks really good, looking forward to seeing it finished.
     
  5. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, first pep attempt

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    some items for the chest rods..

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    assemled...

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    painted and installed... (the chest box is an old picture frame, and the switches and coinslots are just cardboard i cut up and painted, oh and the writing underneath the coinslots are not aurabesh...just copied it from reference pics) not perfect but looks pretty ok to me..:)

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    working on the shoulder bells..
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    makings of the metal thingies on the face...

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    still lots of bondoing and sanding needed..
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    codpiece...eva foam covered with faux leather i ripped from an old planner (hence the noticeable fold along the center......) ;)

    more pics when more developments are done...

    comments?suggestions? thanks for looking:)
     
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  6. steveo

    steveo Sr Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

    Looks pretty good for a pep file build. Great job!
     
  7. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

    thanks...this is pretty much an uber slow build, working on it only when i have freetime and not too tired from the office..hopefully i can put up more progress shots soon...Happy New Year to all!
     
  8. pRoJectEarth7

    pRoJectEarth7 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

    Man, that sure looks fantastic!!!

    Good job for the 1st time pep build :):thumbsup

    So how is it now?... updates bro :love
     
  9. VaultUK

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

    Looking great
     
  10. justincruz

    justincruz New Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

    Thats talent! congrats bro...looking forward to more progress
     
  11. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

    thanks guys...

    minor updates;

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    Fierfek's vader shin pep file
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    one shin pepped and initial bondo..

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    got me a pair of boots..

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    lenses from a pair of knockoff oakleys...

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    tried to do a better paintjob for the face...

    still a long ways to go in a galaxy far far away......


    thanks for looking. comments?suggestions?
     
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  12. Joe Pep

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    Wow, this looks great. I like the different ideas you have there, for the rods and the face. Keep it up.....
     
  13. omel

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    Re: Vader on budget,scratch build DIY, my first pep attempt

    some updates

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    plastic electrical utility box

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    green plastic folder
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    to make these

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    some bits and pieces...

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    installed on the utility box...

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    quick test on possible lighting method..

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    outlet plate as base for buckle,painted black and stuck cardboard painted silver on top.

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    now to find the belt...

    thats it for now...
    thanks for lookng, comments?suggestions?;)
     
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  14. Jedifyfe

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    Re: Vader on budget,scratch build DIY, my first pep attempt

    This is a great thread! I love the inginuity!
     
  15. sjorsjo91

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    Awesome build with those household items and such.
    Simply amazing.

    -Giorgio
     
  16. xmr1

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    Wow, I'm amazed, looking very good. I'd never have the the patience or the skill to pep something
     
  17. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    Re: Vader on budget,scratch build DIY, my first pep attempt

    thanks guys, pretty soon i'm gonna have to sit down and finish the bondo,sand,bondo,sand, more bondo and more sanding for the dome, armour and shinguards, then paint and move on to the soft parts..will post more photos with next developments. thanks again ;)
     
  18. Indy Magnoli

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    Re: Vader on budget,scratch build DIY, my first pep attempt

    This is outstanding! This is exactly how I build most of my stuff, well done! The belt boxes look great!

    On the helmet, the dome looks like it's falling back and should be raised more. It could just be the angle of the photos, but I think propping up the rear of the dome from the inside should give the helmet a better proportion.

    The new paint job looks good. I'm looking forward to seeing this come together!

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
     
  19. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    Re: Vader on budget,scratch build DIY, my first pep attempt

    Thanks Magnoli,

    yep the dome as of those pics, sits flush on the top of the head of the face portion of the mask, but when i've done the final bondo/sand/paint for the dome i will adjust the best position for it. i agree with your observation that it needs to be propped up to raise the back portion and lift the whole helmet a bit.

    Thanks again ;)
     
  20. pRoJectEarth7

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    I never thought Macgyver is into props/costume making... lol:lol

    Well done bro... well done! (y)thumbsup(y)thumbsup
     
  21. omel

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    correction bro...."YOU DA MAN!!" with your Ironman related projects.:lol, but thanks anyways...comments from greatly talented people such as you is highly appreciated.
     
  22. DOORMANMATT

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    In awe of this!

    May the force be with u always!

    Awesome build!
     
  23. drago0013

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    You've done a great job! Anxious to see how the rest of it pans out! I would really like to see some more on the shins if you can.
     
  24. MaskMaker

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    SCREW the purists and have fun at what YOU want to do. Yeah. I said it. Now go play.
     
  25. Psicorp7

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    This is a great build!
    It is really fun to see someone making this with just the household items available.
    It reminds me of the early days of Star Wars costume making when all the parts were not identified or replicated and you had to find whatever was laying around to match the photos.

    Takes me back to by first Boba Fett (made of sintra and buttloads of time in front of the TV with ESB on VHS on pause!). That comment alone should date me pretty good!

    Good Luck and keep up the outstanding build!
     
  26. omel

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    Hahahaha:lol....i still have my anh,esb and rotj vhs tapes somewhere in storage;),
     
  27. PetiteAltesse

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    This is really amazing! Love what you've got so far. Really excited to see the finished product. C:
     
  28. slipshot139

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    That is truly an amazing job for a pep project. Especially on a budget, I have personally attempted pep builds myself but they have never turned out as good as this. Again great job and I as with everybody else who has seen this I can't wait to see the finished project :D
     
  29. Dirty

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    You really can think outside the box and use some everyday items to come up with a fairly decent wearable pep suit. I can't wait to see finished project mate.
     
  30. Tom Sheldon

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    This is so great!
    And its just paper and plastic folders! :D
    ...And a whole lot of work. Respect!
     
  31. Lauralot

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    This is gorgeous. I love costumes that are pieced together and still look as awesome as this build does.
     
  32. omel

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    thanks guys for your kind words, got some small items over the weekend from the hardware store ( an aluminum round thingee to be put on the buckle, its what is used to hold up mirrors unto the wall), some colored led lights ( kids' toys from a 66-88 peso store, going to diy a lighting method for the belt and chest boxes), some faux leather belts to use as straps for the codpiece and the chestbox and an all leather belt for the ...uhmm.. the belt itself ;), made a new shoulder armour (still out of cardboard), coz the first one i did was a bit small in comparison to the mask/helmet, oh and i adjusted the mounting ( temporary) of the dome as suggested by some of you guys and yep it made a big difference...., made some DIY shoe lifts ( out of eva foam) for my boots, ( with it and my mask/dome on,my Vader stands at about 6'4"/6'5"., i stand at 6 ft. flat barefoot hehe) hoping i get inspired to do the bondo/sand/paint routine for the shin,shoulder bells and dome soon ,,lol..will post pics soon. thanks again.
     
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  33. Rysjin7717

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    Omel, ya budget scratchbuilds are inspirin ta say th' least awesome job bra keep it commin.

    Sent from my HTC Wildfire S using Tapatalk
     
  34. omel

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    Thanks Bro,

    Hoping to get something done soon so i can post more development pics. which i hope can give others some ideas they can use for their respective builds ( not necessarily Vader).

    :)


     
  35. PrimoOptimoso

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    Dude, this is amazing. It's also pretty much exactly how I do costuming, minus the pep part just because I've never tried pep. I think making stuff out of found items is my absolute favorite part of this hobby.
     
  36. CorriTimigan

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    I can't wait to see how this turns out! I'll be watching intently :)
     
  37. Papa Darth

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    Very creative and inspiring work. I look forward to seeing the completed project.
     
  38. Jessica

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    Wow. Unreal. Love it.
     
  39. AnotherChris

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    That's incredible! It never fails to amaze me what people with passion can get accomplished. It's already more impressive than the tattered remains of my ESB Vader build. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out!
     
  40. omel

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    here are some updates done over several weeks ( worked on it only when i wasnt dog tired from the office)
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    found this aluminum round thing...

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    added piping/lining to the cod piece ( some black audio wire lying around...worked pretty ok i think), and attached the belt

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    plumber's chain painted black...kinda small links but will do for now..

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    made some hands from newspaper and masking tape to give form to rubies gloves a cousin sent over from the UK..

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    oh...and he sent me this as well..

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    need to make about 6-8 of these for the back of the mask...

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    added legs to my duct tape mannequin and put all finished (semi-finished parts) on it, the cape is the temp cape from my TDK..oh and so is the TDK undersuit hehe, still figuring out what to do/use for the soft parts ( body suit, robe & cape), the helmet, armour and shins are still a long way to go in the bondo,sand and paint dept but its shaping up pretty ok, albeit a bit slowly..

    comments, suggestion? thanks for looking

    will post other progress pics when theres more to show..
     
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  41. waltonrawlins

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    dude this looks amazining. you have done some wonderful work and from scratch.
     
  42. modellbaubert

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    Ok, thats just AmAzInG!!!! you got such great ideas!! you made a really good vader costume out of trash! You are just brilliant!!
     
  43. omel

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    thanks guys! appreciate the kind words...oh i forgot to mention, a friend found some thin faux leather that looks really good for only around 2$/yard ( cheap huh?)asked her to get me a couple of yards...now i gotta find someone who can turn it into a vader body suit i have in mind. :D
     
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  44. omel

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    tried to give the shins a better finish( the bondo,sand,bondo,sand,bondo,sand routine got on my nerves , hehe,so decided to cover large areas with vinyl placemats), cardboard, plastic placemats, plumbers putty,foam....still wonky but will do for now.

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    a shot with the temp inner robe and the hands/gloves attached..

    still dont know who can make the undersuit and nice soft parts..

    thanks for looking. comments?suggestions?
     
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  45. omel

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    since i still cant find anyone here who can make the undersuit for me....i did this just for fun...please bear in mind that this is a fun budget project and is not intended to be screen accurate or anything...made from (as usual) bits and pieces scrounged from the storeroom,

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    my attempt at a Vader reveal collar

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    comments? suggestions?
    thanks for looking!;)
     
  46. JUSTINIAN

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    Looks really good. I just started to do these peps also. I'll have to look back at your work as a reference.
     
  47. omel

    omel Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, feel free to send me a PM if i can help out with your build in any way. lookin forward to seeing you post your progress:)
     
  48. omel

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    made some refinements to the shoulder bells...
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    cut up an old plastic bowl, painted it, stuck it to cover the duct tape bondo old shoulder bells and ...tadahhh, shiny bells, and its held unto the armour by hotglue. ;)
     
  49. jw3032

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    I guess this build makes it official; I have no excuse for not being done with my Vader yet just because I can't find the helmet kit I want. You're an animal! This is a terrific build.
     
  50. omel

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    Thanks bro:), just go ahead and finish your build...just don't forget the fun factor as the main reason for making such things, because even if you finish a super gorgeous build but remain unhappy about it...it will all be in vain. any and all improvements will come later....remember...have FUN!!:lol hope to see your build!
     

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