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Let There Be MORE Light!! /Battle Damaged Darth Vader Custom Build From The Kenobi TV Series WIP

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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
I already have 8 1/6 Vaders (+a couple of Hasbro old school 12" scale ones), 3 of these are battle damaged and I had planed to do a 'lit up by Force lightning ROTJ' version until I saw this super cool looking version in the 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' TV series so sorry for any spoilers pirat . Hot Toys of course announced theirs but I'd never planned on waiting for or buying theirs since most of my Vaders are custom built by me anyway. The biggest challenge to this build is probably going to be the now very inquisitive kitten Pepper who can't sit still for a second and attacks everything not nailed down (although she has been great about avoiding my collections except a couple of bottom shelves just like Murphy did to get around the inside of the couch, fingers crossed I haven't just jinxed that!).

Some live action reference stills and a brilliant short video of the fight scenes that cause the damage, best sabre fight since ROTS on Mustafa.

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Excellent video! Watch!



What I'm starting with and facing as a challenge! Wink

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Things I need to make or get are: a Crispy Anakin hs (Hayden), shoe part of boots (large obviously), correct gauntlets (horizontal lines not vertical).

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
So done a lot of searching both in my storage room and on the net. I found possibilities for head sculpts in/on both. Nice to see Ada Chang still offers her old sculpts like the bald Anakin one which I've used in the past a couple of times for exactly this kind of Vader build, sadly prices have gone up, used to be $20 now it's $40 for an unpainted sculpt, it is the way... to misquote the Mandalorian. Other heads online are either a joke or not much better than a joke. I found a bunch of bald head sculpts in my box that could work with some mods (they'd all need mods including the online ones) but these are free. Boots/shoe bits are sorted, found the ones that came with the over sized Kylo Ren Disney electronic figure (who's hips I just used for Sauron lol).

Online stuff

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best of the bunch probably..

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Stuff from my boxes (I think I have another couple)

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Boots

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Oh, here's the complete final battle between Vader and Kenobi uncut, not choppy editing Very Happy


Stryker2011

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Looks like a cool project. There’s someone over at the Freaks (can’t remember who) who has been making an unmasked damaged head sculpt — but he’s using Dave Prowse as the bases for it — and adding battle damage. I think his plan is to seek the sculpt to others when finished.


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Ovy

Ovy
And here I was thinking after all your work on custom Bane, you would finally have the free time to look at all those other people's threads. :p But off to work you go once more.

Surely you will create something cool again and have a beautiful light up function. I guess you will do some actual melting of plastic here?

I think that fight was good, until those stupid styrofoam stones started flying. Really hate it when they ruin goods saber duels with their weird rock throwing stuff. And why did poor Vader have to lose like that again? Overall that series often felt like a fan film to me. The few moments with Vader in Action and menacingly walking was nice mostly (if you stop your critical thought or search for logic), but very weirdly written and cut overall. But then again I would even watch Ewan McGregor talking about sea otters for six hours, he is just a likeable guy.

GubernatorFan

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Glad to see you embarking on another project. I hope kittie cooperates, of this might end up being her inside the Vader suit... Smile And cats hate to play dress up.


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shovelchop81

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Stryker2011 wrote:Looks like a cool project. There’s someone over at the Freaks (can’t remember who) who has been making an unmasked damaged head sculpt — but he’s using Dave Prowse as the bases for it — and adding battle damage. I think his plan is to seek the sculpt to others when finished.

Cheers! Cool idea! I guess the guy on SSF is on the Prowse side of that old 'Lucas vs. Prowse' war from way back to ESB I think, or perhaps he just wants to see wants a damaged Prowse hs vs. the Sebastian Shaw one?

Ovy wrote:And here I was thinking after all your work on custom Bane, you would finally have the free time to look at all those other people's threads. :p But off to work you go once more.

Surely you will create something cool again and have a beautiful light up function. I guess you will do some actual melting of plastic here?

I think that fight was good, until those stupid styrofoam stones started flying. Really hate it when they ruin goods saber duels with their weird rock throwing stuff. And why did poor Vader have to lose like that again? Overall that series often felt like a fan film to me. The few moments with Vader in Action and menacingly walking was nice mostly (if you stop your critical thought or search for logic), but very weirdly written and cut overall. But then again I would even watch Ewan McGregor talking about sea otters for six hours, he is just a likeable guy.

Sorry Ovi I'm just naturally an antisocial bastard! I'll try and visit your threads more though as I know you make brilliant work! I keep building to combat chronic depression and try to sort of socialise by posting WIP's since agoraphobia kind of killed off any social life I had way before Covid did.
As for the TV series, yeah, it was pretty lame except for Vader, little Leia and Obi-Wan at times. The inquisitors were terrible especially 3rd Sister who couldn't act to save her life (literally in her character's case although that was more forgivable). I enjoyed the rocks in the fight, broke it up a bit (no pun intended) but hated the stupid back twirling! Strange I know, I'm ok with flying rocks but incorrect swordsmanship and techniques relating to real life annoy me in a fantasy setting! pirat . Episodes 5&6 saved the series for me, I'd recommend people only watch episodes 4,5&6 and skip 1,2&3.

GubernatorFan wrote:Glad to see you embarking on another project. I hope kittie cooperates, of this might end up being her inside the Vader suit... Smile  And cats hate to play dress up.

Well to be fair I'm not actually trying to dress Pepper up as Vader LOL.

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
I knew I had another suitable head! In fact I'll actually use this one with some mods of course, eye colour and added scarring on its crown. The only down side was it was already part of a nearly completed build, that of the Anti Predator Suit from the movie 'The Predator', actually that build was when I started having my burn out with 1/6. I believe it's Tommy Oliphant as The Beast in some teen like drama adaptation of the fairy tale or something, never seen it.

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GubernatorFan

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Don't you mean Alex Pettyfer? Or however that is spelled. Anyway, I think it is suitable, so good call.


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Stryker2011

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Great choice for a head sculpt.


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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
GubernatorFan wrote:Don't you mean Alex Pettyfer? Or however that is spelled. Anyway, I think it is suitable, so good call.

I'm sure you're right about the actor, I was just going off something stuck in my head after asking someone who they thought it was at the pub many years ago, they were  probably confusing it with 'Hitman' another movie I never watched lol.

Stryker2011 wrote:Great choice for a head sculpt.

Cheers! Still needs work, like extenuating/enhancing his eye socket and the classic scars. I believe this battle is explaining how he got that prominent scar across his forehead that's was first shown in ROTJ.

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The strike goes right across and through the crown of the helmet and aligns perfectly with the scar, hard to capture on the YT video.

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THIS IS THE TOP OF HIS HELMET AS HE IS CROUCHING FORWARDS RECOVERING FROM THE STRIKE OF KENOBI'S SABRE

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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Some reference pics of other figures and artwork etc.. for the scars and lights.

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I'm choosing this mask as it's actually a casting I must have made years ago so not destroying something expensive!

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Rough/basic start to his scarring using thee soldering iron, will be smoothed out, improved with sandpaper and putty later.

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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
The head sculpt process continues with a bit more soldering iron work to make more curvy scarred tissue and define the cheek bone some more, then removing more plastic with a scalpel, later trying to get rid of any angular cut marks with sandpaper; all this being done under a magnifying glass which shows all the flaws brilliantly! Embarassed Mad Thought I'd messed up and lost the eye at one point but luckily it is just the paint which had adhered to a hot piece of plastic while I was giving him a more aggressive brow above the eye. Boots are getting there and started thinning out the mask to fit the head properly.

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Eh.. getting there, to quote the industrial/gothic metal band Paradise Lost: "It's in the art of the process".

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Trying the acetone trick on this head that I discovered with Boba's bald scarred head sculpt I did a few figures back. This is a different polymer though, not rotocast PVC but injection moulded so a lot thicker and harder, sort of worked I think! LOL. Then did a bunch of Dremeling on the mask to fit the head properly but was reduced to doing it by hand eventually as my kitten (after going bonkers for days like she'd snorted coke or had a rocket up her butt, running laps around the room attacking everything including me) finally for the very first time decided to trust me completely, go all cute and not only sat on my lap for the first time properly but stayed there and eventually went to sleep! Shocked So I had to finish off the mask/face plate by hand as I didn't have the heart to move the little cute fluffball.

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GubernatorFan

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Ah... the added responsibilities to being a parent. Smile Great work on the head. The acetone trick worked nicely to soften those edges. The result actually reminds me of Prequel Palpatine. Smile


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Stryker2011

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That’s a great job modding that head sculpt. Looks close to the Obi-Wan version. And it looks like you’re new friend won’t let you get much work done.


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shovelchop81

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GubernatorFan wrote:Ah... the added responsibilities to being a parent. Smile Great work on the head.  The acetone trick worked nicely to soften those edges. The result actually reminds me of Prequel Palpatine. Smile

Oh yeah...but I can lock her out of the room if I need too for her safety more than anything although she was fine with the Dremel, hairdryer (for evaporating the acetone) and me working on and testing a full auto gas powered Uzi today and that was with the pheromone stuff turned off! LOL, he does look a bit like Palpatine, he's frowning severely as you would expect given the circumstances  pirat .

Stryker2011 wrote:That’s a great job modding that head sculpt. Looks close to the Obi-Wan version. And it looks like you’re new friend won’t let you get much work done.

Thanks Stryker! Don't worry she may distract me a bit but won't interfere with my builds as I can lock her out if needed.

I just made the crucial cuts in the helmet components for the face reveal. Obviously there's more to do such as texturing and shaping the edges to the cuts, removing more material around the nose and mouth area but now I can see how thick the plastic is on the face plate I can carefully thin it out more to fit his face better. I'm thinking of doing electronics in there too, a blue and red binary LED and hopefully get him to say the lines from the fight too using the guts from a knackered digital Dictaphone I have.

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Diana

Diana
Awww, first signs of trust and belonging! Gotta love it. Smile

And Vader is coming along nicely! Very Happy

Ovy

Ovy
I think the distinctive brow of the sculpt fits the brow of the mask rather well.

And yeah I guess the scar on the head has a origin story now, it's Star Wars after all...

Stryker2011

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The face mask mod looks excellent. The idea of electronics and sound effects is promising, I’m sure you’ll make it happen. Very cool idea.


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GubernatorFan

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Excellent progress and a perfect fit!


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shovelchop81

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Diana wrote:Awww, first signs of trust and belonging! Gotta love it. Smile

And Vader is coming along nicely! Very Happy

LOL, cheers Dianna! Had to lock her out of the room today, too dangerous.


Ovy wrote:I think the distinctive brow of the sculpt fits the brow of the mask rather well.

And yeah I guess the scar on the head has a origin story now, it's Star Wars after all...

Thanks Ovy! I think the scar being part of this duel is now cannon, there might be a scene or two in ROTS's ending that conflicts with that but I think it works and like it.

Stryker2011 wrote:The face mask mod looks excellent. The idea of electronics and sound effects is promising, I’m sure you’ll make it happen. Very cool idea.

Thank you Stryker! I'll do my best!

GubernatorFan (sorry I don't know how to fix the quote misspelling!)

Thank you! Guess I chose the right parts! LOL.

So... the body is 1cm too short, bugger, I found a Hot Toys Darth Vader body for a sane price over here in the UK which was very lucky, the same seller had a complete set of HT Vader boots so I grabbed those as well since my solution so far wasn't great.
Done loads of soldering iron work on the helmet parts, it reminds me very much of my other hobby, making replica gas guns where I've done quite a bit of stippling over the years for custom grips, it's a very popular way to add 'grippyness' to surfaces that need it on competition and some military guns, usually SF pistols like the H&K 45 I've made to mimic an MK23 in appearance but is smaller as MK23's are giant pistols, too big. Anyway pics of that and what I used for reference, I'll probably need to sand some of it down and add a bit of matte paint on the edges etc.. I did my best to show the sort of 'honeycomb' structure that the material has looking at HT's interpretation and they get to see all the real props as I understand it.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Excellent progress and a perfect fit!

You replied while I was creating a new post and I made a complete hash of trying to include your kind words with a quotation tool! Sorry! But thank you!

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Pretty cool effect.


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No problems. Glad you found yourself a taller body and boots. Very impressive work on the helmet.

I wonder about one thing -- and I'm not sure whether the source design, HT design, etc, necessarily figured it out -- if part of a helmet gets destroyed by a lightsaber, just how jagged and sharply defined would the damage be? There seem to be three options: what you got (which is beautiful in its complexity), sliced clean (which doesn't seem to be the case from HT's promo photos), or somewhere in between maybe showing some melting of the metal? I really don't know, just thinking out loud. Visually, it is already stunning.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Pretty cool effect.

Cheer Stryker! Still more to do.

GubernatorFan wrote:No problems. Glad you found yourself a taller body and boots. Very impressive work on the helmet.  

I wonder about one thing -- and I'm not sure whether the source design, HT design, etc, necessarily figured it out -- if part of a helmet gets destroyed by a lightsaber, just how jagged and sharply defined would the damage be?  There seem to be three options: what you got (which is beautiful in its complexity), sliced clean (which doesn't seem to be the case from HT's promo photos), or somewhere in between maybe showing some melting of the metal? I really don't know, just thinking out loud.  Visually, it is already stunning.

Cheers and good question! My version of damage needs taming down with acetone, sandpaper etc.. and the dots on the surface areas are the result of plasma splatter, in fact the whole cut is indicative of a plasma cutter! Have you ever used one? They don't actually cut very cleanly at all (older hand held ones at least), a gas axe is usually tidier but takes longer; as part of my welding certificate I got to play around with both. His helmet would be made of 'plastisteel' so the effect plasma would have on it is a bit of a guess really but something like what is shown I think.

Some plasma cut aluminium before and after being tidied up, a lightsabre would be made of plasma I believe (some scientists have speculated this would be the only way to do it, like the Japanese/American guy from MIT who did a great tv series on SW and reality)

Below is a before and after cleaning of a plasma cut to give you an idea and this was done by a machine.

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shovelchop81

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I've been experimenting with acetone and sandpaper to get a different finish on the burnt helmet parts. Tested an off cut from the shell of the helm in acetone but that was way too aggressive! I then tried painting on the acetone with a real hair paint brush (for obvious reasons) but that seemed too gentle, I finally chose to use different grades of sandpaper to get rid of most of the unwanted burrs from the soldering iron work, then applying acetone to smooth out the rest and scratches left by the sandpaper.

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That's looking pretty good and very realistic. The head sculpt is looking great too.


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Very interesting, glad you had thought it out.  Looks really good.


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Theboo-bomb wrote:That's looking pretty good and very realistic. The head sculpt is looking great too.

Thank you very much!

GubernatorFan wrote:Very interesting, glad you had thought it out.  Looks really good.

Probably over thought it but that's how my brain works, engineering on one side and art/design on the other! Rolling Eyes Wink

You are going to be sick of this sculpt by the end of this post lol! But at least I believe it to be finished to my best abilities right now, will need clear coats but that's it, at least the headache I now have from working on it through a magnifying glass circular light doodad for hours on end tells me I'm done at any rate! Twisted Evil  Lots of tweaks, mostly with my nemesis, the eye! At least there's only one to worry about this time!! Very Happy

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All done in situations like this or worse as at least she's not attacking everything I'm trying to work with when she decides to use my beard as a nest! LOL.

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Haha! At least you know she loves you. Nice work on that damaged head, Alex. Looking good so far.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Haha! At least you know she loves you. Nice work on that damaged head, Alex. Looking good so far.

Very true! And I'm glad of it as it's taken about 2 months to get her comfortable enough to come into the room, let alone sit on my beard although that wasn't exactly the end goal I had in mind, more like next to me on the couch which she does too! Smile

Pretty much finished with the face, head, faceplate and helm just needs gluing together and another coat of gloss black then clear. I made the air supply mister/nozzle and the clear coats to the face. I've been trying to give the eye a more 3D effect with multiple coats of clear but it's not working, I need to find a 'acrylic paint and marker friendly' clear gel like substance that dries crystal clear and glossy/wet looking, any ideas? Super Glue is unpredictable I've tried it before, some times dries clear sometimes dries foggy, nail varnish top coat gloss is a bit of a gamble too as it takes so long to dry the shape deforms and it often reacts with markers and paint. He's been reminding me of one of my other favourite villains throughout this build, Tom Hardy's portrayal of TDKR Bane.

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Nice work on the head sculpt. Strange that even a gloss coat isn’t working on the eyeball; no idea what would work other than that.

And ha! What is it about toilet paper and cats/dogs. We had to take the toilet paper off the holder and put it in a basket on the back of the toilet that the damn dog can’t reach because of this behavior. He still tears about used facial tissues if he gets his paws on them — tears them to shreds.


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Vader is looking mighty gruesome, and it's nice your kitty kat likes you so much she decided your beard would make a great bed.


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The head came out very artistic, actually. I commiserate with you on eyes, although, as a matter of principle, I would have done the other one too. Smile
Nice kitty, don't let her get into the habit of shredding things.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Nice work on the head sculpt. Strange that even a gloss coat isn’t working on the eyeball; no idea what would work other than that.

And ha! What is it about toilet paper and cats/dogs. We had to take the toilet paper off the holder and put it in a basket on the back of the toilet that the damn dog can’t reach because of this behavior. He still tears about used facial tissues if he gets his paws on them — tears them to shreds.

LOL! Well I kept taking it from her but she just grabbed it again as soon as I wasn't looking so I gave up, I find it funny how she looks like a novelty toilet roll holder in the picture!
Tried super glue today on the eye but even though it dried clear it didn't add much depth and caused the red ink to run so had to paint it again.

Theboo-bomb wrote:Vader is looking mighty gruesome, and it's nice your kitty kat likes you so much she decided your beard would make a great bed.

Cheers! Yeah she's become a lot more friendly recently and is also going bonkers attacking everything as kittens do...

GubernatorFan wrote:The head came out very artistic, actually. I commiserate with you on eyes, although, as a matter of principle, I would have done the other one too. Smile
Nice kitty, don't let her get into the habit of shredding things.

I imagine she'll grow out of it, she has a scratching post that she uses. As for the eye, well redone it again, going to just leave it now.

I took my dictaphone apart as it still works to my surprise! I'd thought it was broken but I guess it just didn't like the long USB lead I'd used for charging it. The pictures will show the idea I had of installing a small speaker into vader's mask behind the vents which I planned to connect to the recorder to play the lines from the battle in the Kenobi episode. Apparently I was being thick... Embarassed .. as a smaller speaker means it's really quiet unless you stick it next to your ear like it is meant to be since it was from an old set of headphones! Rolling Eyes . Found this obvious flaw in my design out after having untangled loads of headphones, modifying one (breaking it apart) and soldering it to the recorder, worked great..next to my ear.. pirat silent . So guess I'll be using a bigger speaker then taking advantage of the HT body that I ordered which already has the space cast in it especially for one!DOH!

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Bloody hell! This sound editing malarky took me hours!! confused First I had to convert the video file into an audio file (bare in mind I've never done anything like this before, other figure's clips were recorded directly from the tv through a microphone) then came the painstakingly boring stuff, editing everything from the entire episode except Vader's lines in the fight scene which is split into parts across the episode. Then there was was the fractions of a second to edit out when Kenobi yells a word here and there so they are almost talking over each other. Then I had to learn how to put it back into a video format to upload it to You Tube so I could share the exciting 1 minute 20 seconds of Vader/Anakin talking with you guys! LOL. Boy do I feel sorry for sound editors now!!

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I was wondering if you were going to take advantage of that feature of the Vader body. Glad it will come in handy.


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That’s pretty cool, Alex. Nice job editing that all together.


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Stryker2011 wrote:That’s pretty cool, Alex. Nice job editing that all together.

Cheers Stryker! My very first time using the free software so could easily been a lot worse Laughing hopefully I'll be a lot faster in the future!

My HT Vader body and boots arrived....yeah...not thrilled. At first I put it next to the body I'm using and was like WTF?! It's shorter!! confused affraid Mad I then thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt and put the boots on as they just peg in and might have built-in risers at the ankles, it seems they do fortunately but it's still shorter than my SSC ones Suspect. With the boots the body is taller than the one I was using (I need it for my custom Dooku anyway) but when you factor in that the non Vader body isn't wearing boots the difference is negligible. We'll see how it goes when everything is put together after it's been made of course! Wink

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Who would have thunk it? But, yes, HT's Vader bodies are not impossibly tall. Have you considered whether some of those ankle extenders might not help?


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GubernatorFan wrote:Who would have thunk it? But, yes, HT's Vader bodies are not impossibly tall. Have you considered whether some of those ankle extenders might not help?

Impossibly tall? I think you're being a bit facetious there GTF,David Prowse was 2 meters tall or 6'6", basketball players are usually around 7' and there have been cases of people growing to over 8'. Ankle extenders have a nasty habit of throwing all proportions out of whack i.e.: then the arms and torso are too short etc.. but I'll make it work.

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As you said, I think the Vader boots would make him the correct height. I have the Sideshow Vader, and I think it’s ridiculously tall — too tall, even for Vader. He looks like he’s 8’ tall when you put him next to other SW figures.


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Stryker2011 wrote:As you said, I think the Vader boots would make him the correct height. I have the Sideshow Vader, and I think it’s ridiculously tall — too tall, even for Vader. He looks like he’s 8’ tall when you put him next to other SW figures.

I used that body on a lot of my Vader's so I want consistency more than anything and too tall is way better than too short, trust me I have the Medicom ROTS version which is displayed on its own by some 3&3/4" dios of Vader in his meditation sphere, Death Star etc..

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I've been soldering like a mad man trying all these speakers again and again! I found the video tool can actually increase the audio of the file which is great as I couldn't hear a bloody thing with any of the speakers at first! I'm still going to need to use the largest speaker for the best volume though so I've decided to incorporate it into a base like I did for my scratch built TDKR Bane and dying Vader figures; I'll probably put the power pack for the LED(s) in the base too. For the base I'll use half of what was left from the 1/6 Sauron build I did recently, it's rocky and suitable for the fight scene on that wasteland planet; I'll use the other half to match it for a custom Obi-Wan Kenobi I'll probably do next and they can then duel and throw rocks at each other Wink Twisted Evil . I recorded the speaker live with my phone in a video below (it's the real world playback through the speaker picked up by the phone's microphone, not a direct link to the file like above).

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That's real progress, very promising.


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