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

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omel

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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:)
 
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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.
 

omel

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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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omel

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Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

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

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!
 

pRoJectEarth7

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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
 

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omel

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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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Joe Pep

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Re: Fierfeks Vader, my first pep attempt

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

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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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!
 

sjorsjo91

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

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

-Giorgio
 

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omel

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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 ;)
 

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
 

omel

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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

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 ;)
 

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