Scout Trooper – More Weathering

Let’s Get Even Dirtier!

After the initial weathering, I’m thinking my Boots could use a little bit more “gritting up”…

I wanted to give the weathering a more “organic” look; like the Boots have been used on Endor, so I used different shades of brown and black acrylic craft paints and watered them down into semi-thin washes. Those washes were then randomly applied to the lower parts of the Boots using a sea sponge.

This gives a bit more “layering” to the dirt and grime…

Looks a LOT better…

More shots of the additional weathering…

    Scout Trooper – Weathering

    Let’s Get Dirty!

    While my DLT-19x is printing and we’re having unseasonably warm weather today, I will take advantage and add the weathering to my Armor…

    For the weathering, I’ll be using the suggested Tamiya Matt Black spray paint, along with a few other colors that I hope will work.

    Because I’ve never really done this type of weathering before, I decided to start with the Boots…

    The Boots now have a bit of weathering…

    And, the rest of the Armor has been weathered, as well. I also weathered the Codpiece and Cummerbund/Pouches but forgot to take a photo…

      Scout Trooper – Boots – Construction, Completed

      Holster Installation…

      The dog bones are dry…

      The last thing I need to do is install the Holster to the right Boot…

      The Holster gets attached with four silver 1/8 inch rivets…

      These extra pieces will be used to help reinforce the backside of the Holster…

      The holes were punched through…

      And the Holster was attached…

      A view of the inside…

      The Holster seems to hold the weight of the Pistol just fine…

      Scout Trooper – Boots – Construction, Continued

      Let’s Do This…

      Now that the glue has dried on the front trim strips, I removed the tape…

      Time to finish up the tube parts. I want to “beef” them up a bit, so I’ll be attaching a layer of the thin foam to the inside of each of them…

      And using this spray adhesive to hold it in place…

      Both tubes now have the sheet foam reinforcements attached…

      I once again used painters tape to mask off the areas where I want the glue to stay…

      Before I glue the tubes on, I need to trim the excess piece of the front trim strips…

      Much better…

      The area needing glue is actually a lot smaller than I first thought…

      First Boot tube glued and clamped…

      And, both Boots now glued and clamped…

      Scout Trooper – Boots – Construction, Continued

      Let’s Do This…

      Now that the glue has dried on the second Boot, I can trim off the excess vinyl…

      Excess vinyl removed…

      And the lace area trimmed back…

      I then glued the thin strip to the front of one Boot, and used painters tape to help hold it in place…

      And, then did the second Boot, as well…

      For the Boot tubes, there is one inch Velcro that is used for the closure…

      Before I can attach the Velcro, I need to do some trimming at the top hem…

      I trimmed off the excess vinyl, just below the stitch line…

      Both tops, trimmed…

      The loop thing needs to go here, and looks to have about one half of an inch exposed…

      Here’s after the first pass through the sewing machine…

      And, after the second pass…

      Now, both tubes have the Velcro attached to the outside flap…

      Both tubes now have both types of Velcro attached…

      I found this template for the “dog bone” on the PathFinders forum. I had to resize a few times, in order to get it to fit my specific Boots…

      You want the “dog bone” to just barely touch the thin strip that runs around the front of the Boot…

      Once I got the size correct, I traced the template onto the vinyl…

      And cut them out…

      I then marked the lines that need to be stitched at each edge…

      Doing the closest to the edge, first…

      Then, the second one…

      The lines were used as guides to stitch the lines on the sewing machine…

      Scout Trooper – Boots – Construction, Continued

      Let’s Do This…

      Now that the glue has dried, I needed to remove a bit of the vinyl that covers the lace area to make the Boot easier to slip on…

      Also, some areas didn’t get a good coating of glue, so I added more where needed…

      And pinned it back up…

      Now, to the other Boot. I found it better to start gluing from the toe, and working my way back. Also, instead of applying the glue to the Boot, it seemed easier to apply the glue to the vinyl and then press it into place…

      As it got coated with glue, I just kept repinning…

      I just slowly worked my way from the front to the back, taking on one said at a time…

      The second boot was better coated with glue, and required less fussing to get it all smoothed out again…

      While the toe sections dry, I can start working on the tube part…

      You basically start with a big square, and fit it to your boot, making slight adjustments until it hits all of the right marks…

      Comparing to screen used Boots, I determined where I felt the rear piece needs to be cut…

      And made a mark…

      Then cut the excess piece off…

      Once I had a tube I was happy with, I used it to trace and make the tube for the other Boot…

      Make sure you mark which is which because while similar, they should be mirror images of each other…

      Here is the second tube cut out…

      Looking at screen used Boots, they have a small “tab” or loop of material near the top of the back which is probably meant to use to open the back of the Boot…

      I did some size estimating and came up with this as the size needed…

      They need to be looped over, so I’ll be adding some HeatBond…

      HeatBond applied…

      And pressed…

      The PathFinders Boot Tutorial calls for a one inch hem at the top of the Boot, however, looking at the screen used Boots, the hem is really small…

      So, I’ll do the one inch, inititally, then trim it down. To help out, I’m applying a thin strip of HeatBond…

      HeatBond applied to both tube tops…

      Now, I’ll run a fairly tight stitch across the top of each tube…

      And here we go…

      The front of each Boot gets a one half inch wide strip of vinyl that wraps around the entire thing, covering the transition from the vinyl to the Boot sole…

      So, I cut two strips…

      The first Boot is now dry enough to trim the excess vinyl…

      The easiest way to do this is with a VERY sharp Xacto knife…

      The first Boot trimmed, and ready…

      Scout Trooper – Boots – Construction

      Let’s Do This…

      Five days until Halloween. I need to knock these Boots out…

      The first thing I need to do is remove these cloth laces…

      They will be replaced with this elastic…

      The laces have been removed…

      I need to crimp the end of the elastic, so I’ll be adding a bit of HeatBond…

      The HeatBond applied…

      Then, the end was pressed over…

      And sewn to secure…

      Not too pretty, but it will be hidden…

      The base Boots have been relaced with the elastic…

      Next, I’ll be using Shoe Goo…

      To attach these loose ends to the tops of the Boots…

      And clamp them in place to dry…

      All four ends clamped in place to dry…

      While the laces dry, I can start working on stretching the vinyl…

      This is a semi-slow process where you heat the vinyl with a hair dryer, then stretch it over the toe of the Boot and pin it in place…

      You just have to keep repeating the process until you work out the wrinkles…

      And you have a nice tight fit…

      Here, both Boots are about done…

      The edge of where I want the front cover to end has been marked…

      And, cut…

      I then used a thin strip of painters tape to mark where the edge of the front piece needs to reach to, and to keep excess glue from going to far…

      I applied a healthy amount of Shoe Goo to the toe area and smoothed it out with a pop sicle stick…

      Then, reapplied the vinyl. You will need to possibly reheat and stretch it to get it nice and smooth again…

      Scout Trooper – Boots – New Direction

      Mail Call…

      I had been trying to work on my boots, doing the sole cut outs, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s an extremely tedious process, and I’m just not happy with the way they were turning out. I was finding it very difficult to even get excited about working on them. After wrestling with the decision, I decided to switch gears and order the Crowprops Biker Scout base boots

      Today, my boots arrived, and I can’t be more happy with the way they look, and fit. The soles are amazing, and are VERY close to the original shoe soles used for the film…