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    Jul 2, 2017, 2:18 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #601

    Hi Ben, sorry haven't been on here much these days. Let me have a look and see what I've got. I was getting a load made up by someone but it's only taken about 4 years and still nothing. Lol.


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    Jul 2, 2017, 12:02 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #602

    sskunky said: View Post
    Hi Ben, sorry haven't been on here much these days. Let me have a look and see what I've got. I was getting a load made up by someone but it's only taken about 4 years and still nothing. Lol.


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    thanks for the reply Mark always a pleasure to hear from you, more info the merrier, if I can get these right I should be able to get a few knocked up. I've still got my eyes on you (FB CFO) patiently waiting
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    Jul 2, 2017, 4:59 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #603

    Hi Ben

    - also guilty of not checking here much lately I'm afraid..

    Also as my build progresses (very slowly) details and measurements occasionally need revision, so although this is what I came up with sometime ago it could still be subject to change! You (or anyone) is welcome to use these though.

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    Jul 3, 2017, 1:55 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #604

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    Hi Ben

    - also guilty of not checking here much lately I'm afraid..

    Also as my build progresses (very slowly) details and measurements occasionally need revision, so although this is what I came up with sometime ago it could still be subject to change! You (or anyone) is welcome to use these though.

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    Thank you, very much appreciated, let me see what I can turn out
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    2 Weeks Ago  Jul 30, 2017, 11:20 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #605

    Sorry I've not posted for a while, been a bit busy with work, a little update, I've just redrawn and ordered some brass discs, thanks to @gonk27. as I want to see my size to gonks size.
    ive also ordered a new piece for the ears, I was missing a small detail and I just could not add as much detail as possible.
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    2 Weeks Ago  Jul 30, 2017, 4:08 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #606

    Thanks for the update!
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    2 Weeks Ago  Jul 31, 2017, 2:13 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #607

    OdiWan72 said: View Post
    Thanks for the update!
    I know it wasn't much of an update but I thought I should post a little something just to let people know I'm still active
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    1 Week Ago  Aug 8, 2017, 1:03 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #608

    While working and waiting for things to come back from my "laser cousin" correctly, I've been very very impatient lately over my Vader build, waiting for other people is terribly annoying!!! but there's nothing I can do but wait, so in the mean time I've done a quick mock up of my crown just to make me feel better
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    Still loads to do on the crown but not until I've got the base I've been so patently waiting for
    also still waiting on the new size brass discs, my laser cousin can't seem to follow a simple email, 2 attempts and he's still following the original sizes I sent him months ago
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    1 Week Ago  Aug 9, 2017, 3:08 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #609

    Update..... I've got the new size brass disc back 21.6mm my old disc 24mm, I've not cut the edge down as yet, I've given it a quick rub down.
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    Ive rescaled the disc from the shutter lens on the Paris expo pictures
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    The shutter is 24.9 and when I've scaled the pic to size then transferred the size over to the disc, the disc measures approx 21.8 mm. So the size of the second disc is almost correct by 0.2 of a millimetre. Thanks to @gonk27 for the sizes. @sskunky did you manage to see if you had any sort of disc measurements ?

    ive also had back a new design for one of my ear linkage parts that was missing a tiny detail
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    i now need to pull apart my old ears and add this new piece or build a new pair
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    1 Week Ago  Aug 10, 2017, 4:16 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #610

    Great...Im always a little bit confused when I see only the middlepart of the ears..can you put the parts together that I can see where the new area exacltly is?
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    1 Week Ago  Aug 10, 2017, 1:50 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #611

    Kroenen77 said: View Post
    Great...Im always a little bit confused when I see only the middlepart of the ears..can you put the parts together that I can see where the new area exacltly is?
    This piece
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    1 Week Ago  Aug 10, 2017, 4:05 PM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #612

    Ah now I see..but you must just glue the little "plate"on it.
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    1 Week Ago  Aug 11, 2017, 1:54 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #613

    Kroenen77 said: View Post
    Ah now I see..but you must just glue the little "plate"on it.
    I have some more plate to cut small pieces to stick on but I must give the piece a very sharp bend then file it down thinner before I stick a plate over it, as you can see there's a very thin line ( paint cracking ) where the original was stuck together, so I must achieve a very tight bend first before sticking another piece on first.
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    Thanks for your input Mark and a very sharp eye, always appreciated
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 2:55 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #614

    Great news on @sskunky CFO ROTJ mask I've been so patiently waiting for, he posted on FB, the first test cast should be around 2 weeks away OMG I can't wait ( did I mention I'm like a 4 year old on Christmas Eve)
    im really looking forward to this as it will mean I can scale my parts better and make some fantastic progress
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 4:53 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #615

    Hiya

    I'm away for a week but will dig out my reveal stuff when I get back in the workshop and see what I've got for any size comparisons. Although I'm sure everything is more accurate these days.
    Yes the rotj is in moulding and I should have the first test piece when I get back.
    Stay tuned.
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 5:05 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #616

    Update on the brass discs
    I'm currently working on designing some metal discs that I can shape and put together to create a mold for the rubber surrounding the brass discs, I want to shape the top part of the disc with a file to get the curved blob effect, I want the mold to be seamless and not look like the blobs haven't been added later ( no joints or seams)
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    update on on the nose/lip guard
    I'm having some shinny 0.5mm stainless steel cut as the little engineering shop is supposedly having trouble trying to bend what I have supplied to them to the shape I want and thinner would be better !!!

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    Hiya

    I'm away for a week but will dig out my reveal stuff when I get back in the workshop and see what I've got for any size comparisons. Although I'm sure everything is more accurate these days.
    Yes the rotj is in moulding and I should have the first test piece when I get back.
    Stay tuned.
    Hi Mark
    thanks for your reply, look forward to hearing from you

    Ben
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 8:04 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #617

    So F$%king angry and p**sed off right now arghhhhhhhh
    nothing is going right !!!!!
    Trying to adapt my reveal ears for the updated parts and I can't get the small pins/rivet's to hammer straight down they keep going off skew !!!! 8 pins later arghhhhh I feel like just throwing it across the room
    The Dremel has just thrown a split cutting disc at my forehead !! Ouch but no blood

    packing up now !!!!! I'm going to sit in a corner, rock backwards and forwards and cluck like a chicken and probably cry ( so frustrated, I was really in the mood for building today )
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 8:17 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #618

    Go have a cuppa and come back to it. No point getting frustrated as everything will go Wrong.
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 8:49 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #619

    Had a cuppa
    got the first one finished, need to give it a quick refinement before priming
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    Taking into account these are just test pieces and more will be made if I can improve anything ( especially putting them together ) need small copper pins or rivets, I would say the overall size and look are ok but input is welcome
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 8:59 AM - Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #620

    What type of rivets are you using? Always wondered how they were riveted.
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 9:19 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #621

    Combination of different things I've got in my garage metal pins, nails, ally rivets ( but the heads need working on ) the best so for are copper roofing nails I can refine them easily on the lathe and easily hammered, but the lathe speed control has gone caput, until I order a new PCB the lathe is out of commission
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    6 Days Ago  Aug 13, 2017, 11:15 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #622

    2nd set done, refine then prime
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    5 Days Ago  Aug 14, 2017, 1:08 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #623

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    2nd set done, refine then prime
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    wow...these are looking great!
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    5 Days Ago  Aug 14, 2017, 1:17 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #624

    OdiWan72 said: View Post
    wow...these are looking great!
    Thanks Markus, I've got to find a supplier of the correct size washers, collets, copper rivets and copper pins if I'm going to make these for the kits, making them by hand is very time consuming, I can't wait to see these on a DV reveal mask.
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    2 Days Ago  Aug 17, 2017, 2:04 AM - Re: Bengrim's Darth Vader reveal project #625

    I received my 2 metal discs back last night for the inside of the mask ( rubber backers for the brass discs ) I need to file the top disc to the correct shape then stick it to the bottom disc, then I need to make a mold of my metal discs then I can make a rubber backing disc !!!!

    Any tips on mold making I've never done it before
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    You get where I'm going with this, the pics loaded in reverse order.

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