Bandai 1/12th scale Darth Vader

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  1. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    I happened to be in the right place at the right time, with a little money left. LHS in Kennesaw Ga on my way home from work Saturday, they got 12 in, this was the last one on the shelf.
    DarthVader.jpg
    Now to get my modeling area put back together...
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    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    :Bravo::Bravo::Bravo:

    GOOOOOOOD CHOICE!!! The Force is strong with this one!!!

    I recommend to skip the plastic cape and make one from fabric. Women's underwear (negligés) fit best because they are seamless and have the right flow.

    Trust me, I have done it myself and it looks so much better.

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    I have attached the template I made but I must admit that this is not the best solution, as I have found out later. This it how it is done better (I'll have to redo mine according to this tut):



    This kit is fun! :) thumbsup

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  3. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Taking full advantage of a day off at home, finished up the little X-Wings, and started on DV...
    It starts with the head...
    I decided to paint as many details as I can,
    I added the silver accents to his face, the eyes are clear red coated to give them that little bit of color,
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    the upper mask has the brass accents,
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    the back of the head is multi coated, to give the flesh like appearance,
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    and the collar has the silver studs added.
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    and the frontal shot with the helmet.
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    Next is the body.
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  4. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    I'm going to build him with the plastic cape, to get the measurements to cut my cloth...

    I found some relatively cheap black "Peach Skin" cloth for less than $2.00
  5. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    That is a once big Darth!! Nice clean build. ;)
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  6. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    The chest piece is the show piece, all details hand painted, and the "light" have the silver base coat covered by green or red clear.

    aand when picture uploading is fixed I'll post the pics... :) I Know that "Z" is aware.
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  7. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    the chest piece done, DSCN1191-1.jpg
    and installed DSCN1192-1.jpg DSCN1193-1.jpg DSCN1194-1.jpg
    and the cod piece with the belt. DSCN1195-1.jpg DSCN1196-1.jpg

    building legs now, cutting out fabric for tunic and cape
    More to come.
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Really coming along quite nicely!!! :)
  9. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    I have the cloth for the cape, and tunic cut, legs done and working on the arms now....
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    Pictures - or it didn't happen! :D ;)
  11. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    going to work at 0530, and not getting home till 2030 are killing me... get home get a shower, check email and get to bed to do it all over again... Next off day is Sunday 01Jul18... pics will be done then.
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    I was just kiddin', mate! ;) Please take your time. :)
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    @Gandolf50 : I think I owe you a cookie...

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    ;)

    And yes, my Vader is proud to wear women's underwear! (As long as it is black, of course..!)

    :animated::animated::animated:
  15. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Vader with arms, legs Lightsabers and a bunch of hands
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    Cape version 2.1... first version was too thick, second version was to big, so 2.1 is just right.
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    Tunic version 2.0... first version was too thick...
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    tunic installed
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    cape installed and Vader posed with his hands clasped behind his back...
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    Now to get some good pics of the finished build....
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  16. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    first off taken at night on the cat proof shelf
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    taken this morning, Darth and his trusty sidekick...
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    and my favorite pose...
    DSCN1212-1.jpg

    now to just figure out something about those frayed edges...

    Edited for spelling.
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  17. Revell-Fan

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    I'll definitely have to add a proper underskirt to mine as well. Good job! You should trim the frayed parts a bit, otherwise it's great! :)

    As for the sidekick, it seems that Bandai has a love for R2 units. whenever they need something to fill up their boxes they throw in another R2. Good to know that there are so many of them around - in different paint schemes. ;)
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    I had to wear compression leggings for a day, I felt like "Dr. Frankenfurter" from the "Rocky Horror Picture Show". Longest day ever. :)
  19. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    New pics with cape version 2.2...
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    found some self sticky patch material, that I cut to size and shape, and made "finished" edges.
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    and I replicated the box top pose, also added lead wire to the cape bottom, and tunic bottom to give it some weight.
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    The model is awesome, and the cape looks superb!! ;)
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