THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Mon May 16, 2016 12:24 am

Got lots done today too.

I trimmed away some of the material from the cuirass to give my arms greater mobility.

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Test fit... Alexander seems to approve.

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The problem I'm experiencing with the legs is that the PCV brace that goes up the back of each leg is vertical, but my stance is wide so my calf muscles lay against them and it's pretty uncomfortable. Going to have to do some brainstorming to decide how to deal with that.

I added a hinge to the arms made from simple lengths of webbing. I normally don't like using the foam as structure, but the arms won't be carrying any weight so this should work okay.

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Then added the elbow guard.

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I just glued it to the upper arm plate.

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I also added a vent to the right forearm, to match some of my Space Marine minis.

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And added plastic canvas to the inside.

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Here are the completed arms.

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I also added some padding in the helmet to make it fit better.

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ccgr » Mon May 16, 2016 1:20 am

looking good! No suggestions for the legs, sorry.

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby Chozon1 » Thu May 19, 2016 7:11 am

That looks so amazing. O_o Seriously, it's coming along fantastic. ^_^
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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Thu May 19, 2016 6:54 pm

Thanks!

From the test fit pictured there I learned that I need to lower the belt piece by about an inch or two, to make it closer to the thigh plates as well as give more clearance above it for the cuirass. The way I have it adjusted now, they touch and aren't supposed to. I also found that it hurts my calf muscles to stand because of the way my stilts have that brace going up the back... my wider stance with the boots on means my legs are hitting them at an angle. Luckily my friend had some of the same problems so I'm gonna see what he did.
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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Tue May 24, 2016 7:04 pm

At last, the backpack is underway.

The early frame:

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The frame with the upper section:

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All that was 100% foam. No internal structure as yet, since I haven't decided what it'll need and I want to keep the weight down.

Next, I set up the exhaust grating on the two exhaust vents on the upper portion of the backpack. This is where I'm locating the cooling fans. Here's one fan sitting on top of the exhaust grate piece.

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How it will sit inside the spherical exhaust:

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And the grate as viewed from below:

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I need to get some nuts and bolts to fasten the fans to the grates. I'm also looking at a 12V portable battery to ride inside the backpack to power the fans.
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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Wed May 25, 2016 2:28 pm

Last night I did the lower vents on the backpack. They look a bit oversized, but I'll wait until I have it assembled the rest of the way and if they still look big, I'll trim them down a little. Once that's decided, I'll probably add some plastic canvas grate to them.

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ccgr » Thu May 26, 2016 3:54 am

lookin good!

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Thu May 26, 2016 1:39 pm

Thankya!

So last night I completed the foam assembly for the backpack.

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I also built it to have an access door so I can install the electrical stuff and possibly carry items like emergency repair supplies.

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby Chozon1 » Fri May 27, 2016 5:46 am

I'm running out of words to describe how great this is. XD

The backpack is turning out great. ^_^ Especially the curves, since I imagine those were tricky to manage with the foam.
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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ccgr » Fri May 27, 2016 1:35 pm

nice work!

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Fri May 27, 2016 1:38 pm

Thanks guys.

I'm dreading the caulking of the backpack. Probably gonna have to do that in sections.
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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Tue May 31, 2016 5:57 pm

Removed the snaps from the straps holding my feet onto the stilts and replaced them with parachute clips. Much more secure.

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ccgr » Tue May 31, 2016 6:29 pm

secure is good :)

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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Tue May 31, 2016 6:48 pm

Indeed. When the other parachute clips that I ordered arrive, I'm gonna replace the snaps that hold the shin plates to the boots as well. A couple of those let go when I was test walking in the suit.
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Re: THE BIG PROJECT: Space Marine Armor

Postby ArcticFox » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:49 am

Lots done the last couple of days. Did the caulking for the backpack, and spray painted all the parts I have so far black. I also picked up a pair of used lacrosse gloves for gauntlets.

I added a crown of laurels to the helmet:

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And did clips to attach the upper arms to the cuirass in a joint that gives me full mobility for my arms.

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Tomorrow my buddy is coming over and we're gonna spend the day finishing the armor to the point where I can wear it to AwesomeCon in Washington DC on Sunday. Fingers crossed.
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