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Submit Your 501st Costume Here / Re: Mike's Wampa
« Last post by alexcobb202 on Yesterday at 07:31:22 PM »
Just Wow.


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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by CadBane3 on Yesterday at 04:46:11 PM »
Wow. What a horrible day... Well, if I'm going to share the good, I may as well share the bad as well. I took a vacation day so I thought I would hammer out the calf muscles. I had bought this huge roll of plastic coated steel boning from a place in the UK because all the other wampas were doing it. My idea was that I would use a few bands of it around my leg supports to give me more bulk and to make it so that where the lower pants meet my shoes, it's not so bumped out and obvious that I'm just a guy on stilts.

20181115_215356 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

So, I cut holes in the aluminum supports, and cut my finger. I tried to cut holes in the steel boning and broke 3 drill bits and even the titanium bits that I bought barely scratch the stuff. I ended up drilling a nice gouge out of my desk and nearly broke a hand, as well as putting enough stress and pressure on my shoulders that I may not need to bulk up the top half. Getting swole! Here they are after I was able to put a few holes in them to hold them together.

20181116_121411 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

Plus, this stuff doesn't want to be flexible. I bent it and hammered at it and swore at it (which surprisingly didn't work). Even my mini wampa helper didn't want anything to do with it:

20181116_140552 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

So, I took a long break and we went for a nice walk.

Well, after about 5 hours of work, I was able to get the holes in it I needed plus some additional holes at the front and the back should I need to add supports later. I got two of them done and installed and will have to build two more that I want to put up higher. Those will be a little smaller, to show the legs tapering.

20181116_161611 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

I'm not sure if they're going to work. I need to go ice my hand and have a cold one... I should have just worked today...
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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by Bodacieah on Yesterday at 03:55:48 PM »
Yeah I latched onto “creamy Calves’ too Oh My!!!!!


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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: WIP ARC Trooper Fives
« Last post by CadBane3 on November 15, 2018, 09:39:38 PM »
Wow! Looking good!!!
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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by carpe mindiem on November 15, 2018, 07:31:10 PM »
Creamy calves!  :lol:  :lol:
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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: WIP ARC Trooper Fives
« Last post by NavySith on November 15, 2018, 07:24:27 PM »
Getting closer. Touch up, weathering, strapping .



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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by CadBane3 on November 15, 2018, 04:13:45 PM »
Back at it again! APPROVAL MEANS NOTHING!!!! Haha. Well, it means I can troop but, like my Cad Bane, approval means I've met the minimum requirements and now it's time to keep improving until I'm happy with it. So, my first concern was the stilts. They attach to my shoe via two separate Velcro straps. While secure, they are a bit wobbly and I wanted to make it safer, so I researched some solutions.

The basic idea is to run two "rods" up my legs to just above my creamy calves and have the stilts secured in a third place. This should add stability and make me feel more comfortable. So, I bought some aluminum "rods" although "rod" isn't the correct word, but you get it...

20181114_135845 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

Here's the dry run using tape, safety pins, and sewing pins to see if it seemed like it would work:

20181114_151300 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181114_151304 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181114_151333 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

Satisfied that my basic idea may work, I started drilling holes in everything and sewing Velcro onto elastic:

20181115_113629 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181115_114033 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181115_115659 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

And viola! I have them done! RUN FORREST, RUN!!!!

20181115_153035 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181115_153911 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181115_153918 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

20181115_153921 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

Here's the basic idea because there is no way I'm wearing jeans underneath this costume...

20181115_153448 by Michael Halstead, on Flickr

I wandered around the room with them on for a bit and they did feel more stable. They have some areas where the metal will rub my legs, so I may need to wear some knee braces or something to keep them from chafing, but it did feel more stable and it felt like I was a little safer, which is the ultimate goal!

So, another thing that's nice about them is that they provide me with a frame around my legs and one thing I wanted to do was add some bulk to my legs. I am going to toy around with the idea to have this bulk mounted onto these but need to do it in a way that I can still get my feet in and out and still secure the Velcro to my feet down below. Time to go to my thinking spot...
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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by Bodacieah on November 13, 2018, 07:42:18 PM »
Congrats Mike!


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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by jj49 on November 13, 2018, 07:40:43 PM »
This thread is so great! Nice work Mike!!
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Imperial Work In Progress / Re: Wampa Challenge Accepted
« Last post by CadBane3 on November 13, 2018, 04:53:03 PM »
Received approval! Now to improve it and make it look better and be safer! Stay tuned as I have some ideas.
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