BODY ARMOUR & NECKPIECE

3 - Armour & Neckpiece (£0 & paint)

Cut from plastic file-dividers (most templates used in this costume were from DentedHelmet.com) and painted green. They were flexible enough to allow curvature where needed (across my chest and over my shoulders). Velcro sections were attached to the panels to match up with those on the vest.

I used gunmetal model paint with a small brush to create the damage and war-wounds that I needed to make it look more authentic.  It would have been far easier to scratch the green paint off in places, but the file-dividers I had used were red (stupid idea, but it was all that I had at the time) - next time I’ll use grey ones!

The bolts on the neckpiece were keyboard keys painted silver (that's actually what they used in the original films). I hollowed them out and used epoxy resin to glue nuts inside. These could then be bolted on through holes drilled in the armour. I made flexible washers from small strips of plastic, folded 3 times with a hole punched through. I used a longer bolt for the outermost one, as I’d need to use this for attaching the cape.

I didn’t bother with a back piece, as I’d have the jetpack on.


All the chest-armour, painted green and with the decal on the left panel. The chest display shape had been cut out and the acetate section attached (see 'Decals' section). The small velcro sections at the bottom were used to stop the Compartment Belt moving around and tearing the panel from the vest.

This is one of the bolts for the neckpiece. The folded red plastic made a good spring washer to keep the key in place

Update - Chest Display:

I finally got around to making this part a lot more accurate - an actual digital display rather than just a picture of one.

I bought a set of small 3-digit voltmeters from the internet, which display the voltage across a battery in bright red digits.

Two of these together fitted exactly behind the numbers part of the display.

I thougt that a series of letters or symbols would be better than numeric digits, so I turned one of the units upside down. Remember how you could write words on your calculator at school? I've always liked the number 5318008.

I connected them in series to a 9v battery. The cable went from the digit display, behind the various panels and into the left-hand girth belt pouch.

The measured voltage between the 2 units was constantly varying, which made the display look very effective.


NEXT... THE CODPIECE

 

INTRO
INTRO
HELMET
HELMET
JUMPSUIT
JUMPSUIT
ARMOUR
ARMOUR
CODPIECE
CODPIECE
GIRTHBELT
GIRTH BELT
BOXBELT
BOX BELT
GUARDS
SHOULDER & KNEE GUARDS
GAUNTLETS
GAUNTLETS
GUN
GUN
SCALPS
WOOKIE SCALPS
CAPE
CAPE
BOOTS
BOOTS
JETPACK
JETPACK
DECALS
DECALS
OUTRO
OUTRO