BespinBricks Endor trooper - WIP

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BespinBricks Endor trooper - WIP

Post by bespinbricks » Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:44 pm

Hi all, I'm embarking on an ERT because.. well I've got time and I'm surrounded by woodland so the pictures will be good Image.

Initially I was just going to Endor-up some BDUs for fun but actually looking into it, it seems like a fun build... So I thought.
I've hassled Geoff a bit and had a good look at the WIPs already happening too.

The paints are making me nervous. They absorb into the material so much it's hard to tell where I've painted sometimes.
The changeable weather hasn't helped get a good lighting on these pics, but the paints are recommended by Geoff.

I'm going to go the "snow jacket with vest over the top" route. Tracking down the jacket in my size as well as some boots is proving to be a challenge but I'm in no rush!ImageImageImage

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Post by StephenDutton » Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:16 pm

I found the spray painting to be frustrating too. No matter how much I sprayed, it did not seem to stick to the fabric of the trousers or coat properly. Odd considering the times that I've not wanted spray paint to stick to clothing it seems to do just that.
All I can advise is to keep going. The paint does work, you just need quite a lot.

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Post by BigFatCat » Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:51 pm

The middle pic of the three looks pretty good really, shows the base and colours well.
There's a lot of different fabrics out there and they take dye differently. In theory a pure cotton should be best but they can be coated and might work better spraying when damp after washing. I think my last pair were mil-tec ranger pattern in polycotton and they worked ok when dampened.
The M40 and M62 snow jackets appear to be getting quite scarce now but you can still find a few here and there. Maybe pullover smocks could be modded into an open front seam if needed.
I can't say I know of another vest source apart from the usual on etsy unless you DIY, which I think Alex has done.
Not had to try it myself but maybe car spray paint might work on difficult fabric if reasonable colours can be identified.
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Post by bespinbricks » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:45 pm

I'll persevere with the paints, I may just need to buy more haha.
My wife is rather nifty with a sewing machine so I'm hoping to convince her how fun it would be to create a vest (much easier if I can find a pattern here or on the main forum of course)
I'll keep looking at the jackets. The CRL are rather fluid.. and I guess with being covered by the vest, theres a bit of leeway on the exact type of jacket.

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Post by bespinbricks » Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:50 pm

Thoughts on this for the smock?

Swedish-Army-Vintage-off-white-Snow-Parkas-Smock

Had a few weeks with barely anything showing up. Showing more promise now

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Post by BigFatCat » Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:27 pm

As you say, the go to sources just aren't there any more.

I would think if you removed the buttons and sewed up the buttonholes it would do when trimmed to the right length. Can't see too clearly but there maybe a couple of front pockets that could come off too.

It might be getting to the point where someone who knows cloth and sewing voodoo might be able to make a pattern from a good smock already in hand.
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Post by tenebris » Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:31 am

There might already be a pattern thats close, can you put up a clear ref?

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Re: BespinBricks Endor trooper - WIP

Post by Blackball » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:52 am

That's near identical to mine tbh, as groff said, sew up button holes, remove buttons and pockets, measure and hem to the right length remembering to include the waist line cord. Base dye it first then spray. The only thing you may get is shade difference between the top and trousers due to spray absorption of the material but it wasnt a blocker with mine.
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