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So here is where we're at with this..

Please forgive the battle rifle, I needed to see how mobile I was while holding a weapon! In the meantime I have a very nice Mattock kit on the way.

Currently I am still looking for a good cheap pair of boots to sacrifice for this project. Other than that the costume is finished build-wise. I was able to go back and build the elbows and hand plates. The initial painting is done. Weathering will be next. Then the lights. I have some very nice LED strips which I need to plan to install so that should be fun.

I thought I'd update the description to help answer some questions, most of these have already been explained in my other "In Progress" images.

* The entire suit is constructed from mostly gray EVA foam mats (the kind that interlock and are used as flooring), 1/4 in. black construction foam, 3mm black construction foam, and a few 3mm styrene pieces were used as shaping supports along curved edges (so I wouldn't have to heat form), and also clear plexiglas for the visor.

* I did not use a heat gun at all for the foam, any curves were achieved with styrene glued along the edges. However, a heat gun was used for the visor which was heated and worked over a curved foam "buck" that I made.

* Paints used - Plasti-Dip Spray, Black (used as sealant/primer - must be very generous with coating to get best finish! It will get expensive so spread your build out!), RustOleum *Metallic* Charcoal Gray, Liquitex Crimson Red and Titanium White acyclic paints for the stripes. VHT Niteshades to tint the clear visor.

* All parts where cut using a scroll saw (not by hand)

* Many MANY areas like the chest were formed by beveling edges of small parts and gluing together (not stacking/layering thick foam sections on top of each other) The interior bevel gaps were filled with tiny beveled 1/2 in. foam strips to provide reinforcement for the parts.

* Invest in a scroll saw :)

* Some shapes and panel lines were made by actually cutting the larger foam part where the lines are and re-gluing it together, then running the end of the hot-glue gun or wood burning tool along the seam to create an industrial welded effect. Don't be afraid to cut up a large part into smaller areas and re forming! It looks way better than if you try to cut those lines by hand afterward.

* Areas like the Ab section started as one piece then were cut and offset by half the foam's thickness and re-glued to give the illusion that it was layered. By keeping it thin and not layering the thick foam mats over one another you get more curvature and a clean silhouette. THIN TO WIN

* And please like my page :) [link]
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I had to rush home from work because I was so pumped about starting the second phase of this project!

The initial strapping job was almost a complete success. The shoulders need an additional strap running from the front torso to back torso to help keep both shoulders closer to the body.

I need to add the "belt" strap around the waist as well.

I'm not really happy with the boots. I have some other ideas for them but I'll get to that later.

Everything feels fine. The Lycra suit makes the parts slip around a bit so I need to look for a solution to that.

The magnets on the lower back plate are a bit weak so I'll strip those out and install parachute clasps.

Megan seemed pretty happy with the progress so far :)

That's about it for the night. The next time you see this suit it should be on it's way to being painted. Goodbye light gray..

Thanks for reading!
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Yeah, I know - another N7 armor build.

Well, this is what I was able to get done this week. I have been reading up on how others have done theirs and kind of adapted my own methods for templates and checking proportions. But with that said I really have no idea what I am doing. :)

The front and back are actually one piece. From the other builds I have researched people typically keep the front and back separate so they can strap themselves in. I decided to try and keep it as simple as possible and see if I could get in and out of a one piece chest on my own. Turns out it's much easier than I thought. The ab and lower back sections are going to be attached as well and connect between the legs. For the forearms, I am going to add two sets of straps as opposed to the single strap that is seen on the in game armor. That way I can pull the foam closer to my arms and give it a cleaner look. Strapping will have to wait until after I seal and paint though.

Materials are your standard EVA interlocking floor mat (1/2 inch), Black foam sheets 8.5 x 11 inch (1/4 in thickness), and 3mm white Sintra board to help guide certain areas of the armor into shape. The white sintra doesn't bother me since it is all going to have to be repainted anyway (the gray is too bright for my liking)
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I bring you - The Slowest N7 Armor Build IN HISTORY

Here are the parts I worked on since last update. Finished attaching the helmet back (114 pieces in all) and completed the ab section.

But I have so much left to do:
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* I still have the backpack light sections to add, some trimming on the chest, and paneling on the neck.
* For the helm I need to add trim around the ear cups for detail and heat up a visor to stick in there.

Then it's off to the lower back which should be fun. I am going to go back to the shoulders and try a new technique.

Yes, I know that is a female dress form - I need to thank my girlfriend for letting me use it lol

Thanks for reading :)
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Had my roommate help me take a photo since the mirror self shots weren't working out. Thanks Melissa!

Reworked both shoulders and added some black details. I attached the inner and outer shoulders since having them separate didn't limit my range of motion any less. Plus I wanted the outer shoulder to maintain the correct distance away from the inner piece.

Started experimenting with Plexiglas for the visor. It is not my first choice and I'm not a fan of how brittle it is. But it heat forms well and I have no other plastic that is 17" wide. I'll take suggestions :)

Thanks for reading
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Mass Effect Breather Helmet. Original casting by another maker. Prep work, custom paint,visor installation, and all lighting effects done by me.
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This is/was my first build ever. I feel like it turned out amazing! Let me know if you like it. After the build I figured a few things out and was able to work out a bunch of bugs in my system. From start to finish, including template's, it took me 11 days to complete.
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The whole suit with helmet on
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Day two of helmet construction.

I have been reading up on how others have done theirs and kind of adapted my own methods for templates and checking proportions. But with that said I really have no idea what I am doing. :)

The front and back are actually one piece. From the other builds I have researched people typically keep the front and back separate so they can strap themselves in. I decided to try and keep it as simple as possible and see if I could get in and out of a one piece chest on my own. Turns out it's much easier than I thought. The ab and lower back sections are going to be attached as well and connect between the legs. For the forearms, I am going to add two sets of straps as opposed to the single strap that is seen on the in game armor. That way I can pull the foam closer to my arms and give it a cleaner look. Strapping will have to wait until after I seal and paint though.

Materials are your standard EVA interlocking floor mat (1/2 inch), Black foam sheets 8.5 x 11 inch (1/4 in thickness), and 3mm white Sintra board to help guide certain areas of the armor into shape. The white sintra doesn't bother me since it is all going to have to be repainted anyway (the gray is too bright for my liking)
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WIP - Male version of N7 Armor from Mass Effect 2.

Day 4 Progress: Chest and Back almost completed.

Crafted in EVA sheet Foam.

To follow my progress on this build you can view the blog here: [link]
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