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 Post subject: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles Done....(.Pics)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:02 am 
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Hello,

I posted this on another fourm also but this looks like the prefect section to post it on this forum. I want to obtain as much feedback as possible before I start machining these pieces. :thumbsup


Let me start off by saying how amazed I am on how much accuracy and detail that is attempted to be applied to every costume part. Many years ago I purchased my Vader Costume mostly through GT. I always thought that was the cream of the crop. Come today I am finding out that I am light years behind the latest and greatest replica pieces out there.

This brings me to my present dilemma, updating my costume to be accepted into the 501st garrison. I have spent the last few days reading this forum and others page by page post by post. In conclusion I have found that obtaining the most accurate pieces from ANH, ESB, RTOJ and ROTS is not the easiest thing to do.

Since I have to update most of my costume I will be making my own pieces. I have access to a CNC laser cutter, CNC milling station and a CNC lathe. Before I start to make any pieces I will post a AutoCAD drawing for review by all. I would like to get POSTITIVE and NEGATIVE feedback before I start loading the programs into the machines. I will then make any necessary changes. When finished I will post pictures of the piece. At that time I will be offering to make more per request. Pricing will be posted at that time as well.


My first piece will be updating my belt buckle. For my ESB costume I need a 5 slot but I will make both while I am at it. Here are the drawings I made of a 5 and 4 slot buckle. Please review these and let me know of any changes that need to be made to make them as close to 100% accurate as possible. All 3 pieces will be made from billet aluminum. They will made up using the CNC laser, CNC mill and CNC lathe. The backing plate will be powder coated gloss black. The 2 remaining pieces will be finished in brushed aluminum. If there are any problem with these finishes please let me know.

Here are my latest AutoCAD drawings. I have tried to gain as much info as possible for all 4 buckles. Please review them at let me know if these are accurate. I would like to start machining the prototypes some time next week.

****Update 12/20/09

Thanks for all the feedback and PM's. Here are the final prints. I will start making the prototypes on Monday unless someone start screaming stop the presses..LOL. I changed the ROTJ to a 5 slots and changed some dimensions on the RTOS buckle. Here is a picture that I photoscaled to get an accurate size for the RTOS buckle. I used the 2" belt for scale.



Thanks

Michael Parent


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:46 pm 
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Just curious, are you able to import a .JPG file and then do an overlay analysis by viewing your schematic at a perspective that matches that of the photo?


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:53 pm 
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Yes, Just send me the picture and I will do it up. :salut


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:00 am 
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Hello everyone,

Trying to clarify if the RTOJ has 4 or 5 slots in the buckle. I have seen screen shots showing 4 and other pictures showing 5. If anyone has some information on this subject it would be of great help.

Thanks.. :salut

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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:07 am 
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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:40 pm 
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As i worte in the other forum,because of the RotS buckle: :wink:

This pic i have, is from the Star Wars Celebration 3.
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Resize the pic that the beltbuckle ( black part) is 6,8 cm ( 2,67 inch) in high and 8,9 cm (3,50 inch) in lenght.
Than you have all other messurements you need.


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:29 am 
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Well... I don't know of the 501st standards... they may be less than what we generally strive for here, which is near 100% like screen used, warts, imperfections and all... which may not be well suited for costuming or trooping. For more in-depth info on the 501st requirements, you should probably check with these guys: http://www.501stsithlords.com/forum/index.php


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:38 am 
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TMG,

I am trying to make these 100% screen accurate as possible. There should'nt be any problem meeting there requirements with the correct pieces. This is why I am asking for everyones input so I can make these buckles to be screen accurate. Once I think the drawings are complete, I will start making a couple of prototypes. I just figured I have all the equipment at my finger tips, why not make the best possible pieces while updating my costume. If you guys like what I end up with I have no problem making more for anybody that wants one, or maybe I am wrong about all of this? :violent

Thanks.. :salut

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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:37 pm 
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I'm also think as you Michael. :salut
I'm always on the hide after better parts to make my Vader accurate as possible and not look at the minimum standarts of the 501st.
I make my costumes for me and not for other and i want to make it best as possible.

So i'm at the same point of view as you.
Keep at it , i'm looking forwad to your results. :thumbsup


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles....Need Feedback Please.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:47 pm 
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Great. That makes sense. What you need to know about the ANH/ESB buckle is that it sits askew on the black back-plate. There should be good pictures showing the details of the pieces. Would be interesting to see what you come up with.


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles Final Prints 12/20/09
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:51 am 
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Hello everyone,

The final prints are done. I will start making them on Monday. I should have to prototypes done by the beginning to the new year.

Thanks.. :thumbsup

Michael


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles Final Prints 12/20/09
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:06 am 
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Very cool project. I want to upgrade the belt buckle (RussRep) from my ANH belt. So i might be interested in pending of accuracy and price.


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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles Final Prints 12/20/09
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ROTJ version received, very good job :thumbsup


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 Post subject: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles Done....(.Pics)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:43 pm 
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Here are the pictures of the completed buckles.

Please PM me if interested...

Michael

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 Post subject: Re: ANH/ESB ROTJ ROTS Belt Buckles Final Prints 12/20/09
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lolo080 wrote:
ROTJ version received, very good job :thumbsup



Thanks again !!!

I hope you enjoy your new buckle. :salut

Michael


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