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Mandalorian Build Log by MachaPanta Mandalorian Build Log by MachaPanta
Everything is finally coming together. The helmet is being flushed out, and I am working on some gauntlets from scraps. BTW, lightsabers work well against blasters, but I have poison darts, a flame thrower, and a rocket.

I am also working on a grappling hook for it. It's not ready yet, but look for it in the next update.
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok I got the tutorial, but how do you shape the armor? I don't get how puttin a piece of plastic in an oven is gonna do it
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I've never made plastic armor, this is metal. Create an account there and ask. Someone with more experience than me will explain it.
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, but do you know any other sites...cause I'm not 18...you have to be 18 to join.
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
You have to be 18 and have armor to become an "Official Member". My armor is not finished yet, so I am not an "Official Member", yet I have hundreds of posts there. There are many people on the board who are under 18. The board still helps them build their armor. You just have to wait until you are 18 to participate in certain real world events. So go ahead, sign up and introduce yourself here: [link]
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a noob on computers...how do you post on there I can't figure it out?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Go here to register: [link]
Then read this: [link]
Then introduce yourself by making a post here: [link]
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it won't let me register...this is what it was doin' to me this mornin'...I filled everything out 3 times, but it still won't let me register
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't know, but I found a help file: [link]
Try this: [link]
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ZacicVolkshed Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
looking pretty good there ner vod! whats that thing you have where the rocket usually is?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Sorry, I was cleaning out my DA inbox when I came across this message. That is a grappling hook. You know those badge things with the retractable cord? I took one of those and modified it. I put it in the gauntlet, and made a dart with hooked tips to attach to the other end.
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's is so cool man!
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks man! I over sanded on the helmet, so I had to add more material back: [link]
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that would suck...at least you can fix it right?

what's it made out of?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, most of it's an easy fix. I have to take my time on details like the skull to make them stand out. The helmet is made out of resin. So Bondo is the usual fix since it is resin too. I'll be using Bondo glass, it's resin + fiberglass. So when I am done, my helmet will be stronger than it was when I broke it.
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm. Cool. man i wish I could make something that.

I attempted a jango fett helmet once....that didn't turn out well
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
You can find help here: [link]
You can find people near you that can show you in person at Armor Parties.
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Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks man

The meeting in person thing aint gonna work sadly...I live in a very not star wars fan area...I'm probably the biggest fan in the whole town

...very very small town

I checked out those tutorials...they do really help...thanks
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CDL113 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you plan on wearing that armor for long periods of time be sure to factor in ventilation for breathing and staying as cool as possible. It sound dumb to say but I know two guys at my old comic shop that built "home-brew" Mandalorian and Stortrooper armor and forgot to account for BREATHING in the damn helmets of all things! One passed out cold from lack of oxygen in the helmet and the other dropped from heat exhaustion where the armor and under padding trapped to much body heat. They solved the air flow problem in both the armor and the helmets by using cooling fans from old computers of all things. One rigged in the dome of the helmet pushed air down while a mesh fitting colored and shaped to match the armor allowed air in. One of the installed the fan on the back of his armor the other on the front of his armor, covering the opening in a similar manner as the helmet with the mesh. After one or two outings they even added vent tubes to allow air to flow through to the opposite [front or back] side from where the fan was. They used a combination of those batteries that you use to power large rc cars with and those big square batteries for a really big flashlight.
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Already a step ahead of you, but you can't see the vent in that photo because of my head. Here's a better shot at the vent: [link]
There you can see where I get my airflow. I am in a hurry to finish it for ConCarolinas, but afterwards I will be installing a fan there. Got a few other cooling ideas, but I am not sure yet.
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CDL113 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to see that you thought about breathing! What made it so sad and funny about the two guys at the comic shop here in my home town was that they were both engineers, one mechanical, one electrical, and neither one of them thought of air or venting in the design portion of their planing. The guy that ran the shop suggest the mesh to cover the holes and I suggested the computer fans to move the air. After they showed up at one of the cons with working air flow in both of their armors they got paying gigs to retro fit other peoples armors of all types with cooling fans! After one summer of fan work they had recovered the cost of both their armors!
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Mandalorianwarriors Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Now that is awesome ner vode!! Are u gonna make legacy armor or the original mandalorian armor?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, I have many plans: Boba Fett, Jango Fett, then canon armor for different periods (Early, Crusader, Neo-Crusader, etc...) I will also make different Clone and Storm Trooper armor. If you check my gallery, you'll notice I've even started making some R2 Astromech parts.
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Mandalorianwarriors Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The neo-crusader armor sounds pretty interesting. Good Luck!
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
It's coming along nicely!
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, I hope to finish it in 3 months.
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks really good ner vod, can't wait to see it finished.
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
It should be finished in 3 months, then I'll start my canon Boba Fett.
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, I can't wait. What materials are you using for it?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
So far I have one of Hand-Schaub's foundry forged aluminum Boba Fett helmets.
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool, what did you use for the kit your making now?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Sheet metal, resin, cloth, fiberglass, and all of the above! :XD:
The helmet is resin, sheet metal, fiberglass, and mixtures of epoxies / putties
The flight suit is cloth
There are other parts not shown made of leather
the armor is all metal
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How heavy is the armor?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
That's a good question. It's only slightly over 90% done and I haven't weighted anything yet. I honestly don't know the total, but I would not imagine that any one piece is more than a few pounds. Everything is a lot thinner than it appears here, so it looks heavier than it is.
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Lomeloke Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice! i even recognized the style (mandalorian) when i saw the thumbnail before i check it out, so you know you are being accurate. so far it looks great!
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, the skull helps. I am also working on canon Boba and Jango Fett cosplays.
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Lomeloke Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impressive (as vader would say) :) i cant wait to see them!
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll post a photo of the Boba Fett helmet soon.
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Lomeloke Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool! i cant wait to see them :)
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
kinda look like the juggernaut from X3
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, the first thing it reminded me of was Ram-Man from the original He-Man series :D.

[link]
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
wow no shit XD
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Not as much as the next helmet I am working on. It's for a canon Boba Fett and it is a foundry forged aluminum helmet, that helmet is a BEAST, and it can only be worn by an individual with a large/tall frame and a big head like me. It does not kinda look like the juggernaut from X3, it looks like the juggernaut from X3! :XD:
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
wow nice! sounds legit you gonna make any more mandalorian armor? XD
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I plan to make a lot. First this custom OC, then Boba Fett, then Jango Fett. I am also working on StormTrooper, CloneTrooper, the training Fatigues from episode 2; and plenty of others.
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
wow that sounds legit. I assume this takes a while?
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Legit?
This OC has taken me almost a year so far. Canon characters like Boba and Jango Fett take longer because you have to be more precise with the details like Boba Fett's dented helmet and battle scars. Droids build times vary greatly depending on what materials you want to build it out of, your skills, your tools, and how much money you want to invest.
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
sounds cool
hmm interesting I though actually getting the details on the OCs would be harder because you not only create the costume but also put time into creating the character as well
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, but you make the details instead of having to match someone else's. Canon characters, if you make a mistake, you may have to remake the part you are working on. If it's your OC and the dremel slips, you can make it into weathering or battle damage.
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