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My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2017 03:18
by Ner Jate'kara
Su'cuy

Well ner vode, i have officially started my beskar'gam. I decided to make it of metal. I started with the
Beskar Kar'ta (Kar'ta Beskar?) I will soon begin construction of the rest. I am getting closer to becoming a true Mando'ad.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 25 Aug 2017 00:55
by Aarlaya
How're you going to colour it?

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 25 Aug 2017 02:15
by Ner Jate'kara
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I DO REALIZE THE CODPIECE IS CRAZY
I will probably use a self etching paint but i will use a wire brush to texture it. If the paint doesnt want to stick then i can just go Jango style.

I finished the rest of the torso, back plate not shown.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 29 Aug 2017 16:59
by Vlet Hansen
Jate! Now that I have access to a machine shop, hopefully I can get going on mine again, too!

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 30 Aug 2017 14:19
by BlackSwordKirito
What kind of metal are you using?

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 17 Sep 2017 23:42
by Aondeug
Oh this is neat. I just started myself a week or two ago? Started out with cardboard and fiberglass resin but my cutting sucks badly. Also it's a pain. Next set I'll be using sintra. Gonna finish with the cardboard stuff though for practice with the materials. Also for something to paint with and to be able to test which color of paint I prefer against the flight suit. Using spray paints to color mine.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 03 Oct 2017 02:38
by Ner Jate'kara
Sorry, i have been busy, its aluminium.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 03 Oct 2017 03:09
by Ner Jate'kara
Everytime i try to attach an image i get logged out, how can i report a bug >:(

Im using my dickies coveralls for my undersuit because im cheap and dont want to buy anything for this build. So im not sure what ill do for flak vest, but im not going to order on online.

Ill show you a picture if it ever works

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 03 Oct 2017 06:34
by Aondeug
Dickie's coveralls are honestly used by a lot of people in the Mando Mercs club. Really anything works so long as it gets the look across. Some people use yoga pants sewn to a matching top, for example. I'm using an air force flight suit because I was able to find a nice one for under 50 bucks.

As far as flak vests...One suggestion is to use a leather jacket that fits you snugly. Cut the sleeves off it. Then turn it inside out and wear it backwards. Check around thrift shops and the Goodwill for that sort of thing. Will take a long while but you can find nice stuff for costuming at them. If you want to try making one yourself the Mando Merc's board's got patterns for that. The suggested material for vests is duck cloth, but really anything that doesn't stretch easy like t-shirt fabric and that can hold up to frequent use and the weight of the plates will work. Things like t-shirts sag and stretch under the weight which isn't great.

List of the resources on the site: http://mandalorianmercs.org/get-involve ... templates/

You can find some vest templates in there. Also maybe check through the soft parts board on the forums and look through people's WIPs. You might be able to find some ideas there.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 22 Oct 2017 00:20
by Ner Jate'kara
Because its considered socially unacceptable wear armor in modern life, and because the resolnare require it, i made this necklace so i am following the rule about wearing the armor. It says knowledge and a sharp tongue. More accurately it says "kar'tayl , paklalat" didnt put bal (and) in there to save space. Now i will wear this necklace at all times, once i actually but the string on it.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 25 Oct 2017 03:51
by Aarlaya
Yoga pants and armour sounds like an epic combination.
I dig the necklace.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 26 Dec 2017 21:00
by Adi'karta
Nice bes'kar'ta and 'gam. How did you end up forming the codpiece? I chose Sintra for my gam and it was easy to form with a heat gun but also a bit of a pain, as it would just succumb to gravity without some kind of form/jig to hold it in shape.

Did you use WizardOfFlight's templates?

And I can second the Dickies coveralls method. Quite popular on MMCC. I have mine but have yet to alter it.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 31 Jan 2018 22:24
by Aondeug
Were you overheating the sintra possibly? I haven't had trouble with that myself and I've heard that if you heat it to the point that it's floppy then it doesn't set right. Basically you want to get it hot enough that you can manhandle it into the places you want, but not so much that the stuff droops by itself. You need to be applying a decent amount of force when shaping when it's at the right temperature.

For heating evenly and tips for that...What I've been taught to do is just kind of wave the gun around constantly over the surface or move in nice little lines up and down the thing evenly. Then turn it over and do it on the other side. Do that for a bit and try bending. If it doesn't bend go back to the heating method and try again after a bit longer. Once you can manage to kind of force it into place do that and stop heating. You might need to heat things up again after shaping it a bit and that's fine. If you do it more slowly it doesn't droop out of place.

It's also good to have a shaping buddy around if you can get one. Especially with things like chest plates and it seems pretty mandatory with the back plate. There's also the question of when to shape and what to wear while shaping...Generally what seems to be done is first you do a rudimentary shaping over whatever you happen to be working in. If you're in a t-shirt or material that is thinner like that drape a towel over yourself while shaping. You're not really concerned with getting it just perfectly right at this point because the fit won't be perfectly right at this stage no matter what. You kind of want a general idea of the shape though that can be more easily modified as you near the final fitting. Final shaping occurs only after your flight suit and flak vest are completely finished, and the flak vest can only be truly fitted after you finish the flight suit. Fitting will be just a bit different when everything is all finished and on you, but that just a bit different is apparently super vital to a proper fit. So for final fittings you get in your soft parts and shape over them. Then you fiddle and fuss until it all looks just right.

Re: My Metal Beskar'gam

Unread postPosted: 04 Feb 2018 03:41
by Ner Jate'kara
Sorry to miss this for so long, but with a hammer, for forming the pieces. A planishing hammer, something to shape the piece around, and times of time and energy. The helmet is going to be a whole other story to shape though. Because i need to weld it to look right, but aluminum is a female dog and a half to weld, compared to steel that is, mostly because ive never welded aluminum before. I might just have to rivet it together, but it wont look as good.