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Garbz's ANH Tusken build

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So I've been lurking over here on the Krayt Clan for the last five years, might as well dive into my next project...

 

Many of you know I have a Jawa costume that my kids have used in the past...

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Since the my kids don't wear it any more, I stole the bandolier from it. It's the 1903 British bandolier from IMA-USA military surplus. When I did the Jawa, I just used black powder paint for weathering. Now it's my turn!

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I took some 150 grit sandpaper and started the edges..

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After I got to where it looked good with the sandpaper, I gave it some character...

 

..with a BLOWTORCH!!!!

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WITH A BLOWTORCH!!!!!

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As you can see, the tabs/flaps curled up very nicely and gave the leather a very wicked weathered look!!

 

 Thanks for looking!

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Oooh I like that.  I might have to pull out a test strip of my couch leather and see how it takes to my mapp gas torch.

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well done.  I may have to try this.  


 


A+ for the use of the GI Joe figure.


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Update:

I got some more parts for the respirator!!!

A 59¢ 20oz can of tomato paste!!!

I went over to my mom's house and used her "anti-sharp" can opener. It cuts the side lip instead of the top lid.

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So apparently tap a talk doesn't carryover pic links.

Oh well.

I used backup mirrors for the bowed end cap of the respirator. They pop out of their cover real easy...

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Did some drilling...

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I didn't want to line up layers of holes so I drilled the mirrors bigger.

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I sunk the brass bits into an old craft paint lid and glued it to the mirror..

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I then hot glued the ends to the can and glued yarn to the center of the can..

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Til next time...

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I like the yarn addition- looking good!  


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It's here!!! My DarthHair Tusken lid came today!!!!!

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DarthHair sure knows how to treat his customers!!

Everything was packaged so nice!!

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All the resin pieces were individually wrapped and screws preset!!!

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My first purchase from DarthHair and I'm so very impressed!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Looking forward to seeing how your DarthHair Tusken Helmet turns out.


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Great looking kit- look forward to the build!


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Update:

Had a few hours to kill so decide to smell up the house a bit.

I tore some test strips from my bottom weight material...

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Boiled some insant coffee..

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And I'm happy with the results. The top overplayed one is the non- coffee'd one..

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Next I took my DarthHair tusks and I added 1/16" edge. I used a garage sale sign for this..

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Thanks for looking!!

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Both tasks look like a big success! 


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Yes they were! I hope to really tackle the helmet this week and next! The baby is due mid April and I want to get the toxic smelly stuff done and over with.

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I had some time this morning to play...

I used Silver Leaf Rub N Buff on the resin parts. I used a Q-tip for the hard to reach spots, but other than that, I just used my bare finger to rub in the wax.

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CHECK OUT THESE DETAILS!!

Jeff did a wonderful job capturing the lathe markings. Covering these with a thick paint would just be wrong to do.

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Wow I need to get me some of that stuff!  Looks awesome.  


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The bug got me so I kept going...

I riveted the two halves together...

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PSA:

Don't buy cheap river guns like this.. Spend the money on better ones

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I then drilled out the eye holes, peripheral sections for a later mod and vents:

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I did a Mohawk of vent holes for heat exhaust or future fans...

I then painted around the eyes...

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Until next time!

Thanks for looking.

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Looking good, Aaron. 


 


Your resin pieces look great.  I love that texture.  Mine were smooth and the second layer of rub-n-buff just wiped the first one off. I could not get it consistent.


 


Thanks for the updates!


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Getting some great ideas from this build thread!

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Update: I drilled holes for the eyes, bloodsplitters and head spikes.

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I decided to drill better positioned holes for hearing...

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And I had a dammit moment because the plastic was too cold and I didn't let the tool do its job..

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After I cooled down, I fixed it with hot glue since there was tension in the plastic

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I'm toying with the idea of removing the included rivets and replace them with screws.

My next step was the snout/mouth wraps. I followed DarthHair's YouTube instructions but hadn't a clue on what to do with the end piece..

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I folded over the end to make it more like a ripple..

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Tada!!!

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Next was the tooth.

DarthHair's tooth is engineered to go on top instead of the front like most other mask vendors do.

With that, attaching it requires some dexterity and small screwdrivers. I finally used this screwdriver!!! Yay!!

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To be continued!!!!

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Progress is looking good! 


 


You may want to put a reinforcement piece behind that split and where the screws are fastened to the greeblies. They wouldn't hurt behind the rivets as well.


 


If there are unusual stresses on the mask, you can add more screws/rivets as needed to lessen the stress and give a more secure attachment.


 


BTW, I love my 90 degree screw drivers.  They do come in handy for some unique projects.


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Update:

Coffee brewin!

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I decided to add some of my special blend from 7-11...

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Hanging it out to dry...

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Wrapping the mouth:

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My nose strip was a little narrow than needed. :(

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Saving my build brought to by Latigo Lariat...

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They gave me the correct width and length needed for free!!! :)

After cutting out the eye spaces, I rolled it up and hit it with a hammer to weather it..

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For the eyes I traced the eye sockets..

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Cut them out and glued them to the sockets

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Back to the top piece :)

The piece was too long..

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Trimmed a bit...

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Finishing up with the last thin piece!

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And I added a flap of screen for a straw!

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Well done!  


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The biggest problem I encountered when putting in my "straw flap mesh" is that the mesh doesn't want to go up because my mouth is right there blocking it from going up—best to glue the bottom down and cut a slit in the middle of the mesh so you can just poke the straw through. ;) Just my 2¢.


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