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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by tenebris » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:56 am

Hey Helen,

Glad to see you are making progress, sewing is one of those things were the silly mistake never stop....sewing things back to front is my specialty.

maybe pop on the flight suit so we can see the fit before you start adding pockets.

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Mon May 11, 2020 12:12 pm

It's been a while since I posted an update :eek: but I have still been chipping away at the suit and the blaster!

First the suit: I added the sleeves - I did this slightly different than last time (when I did this before I sewed the sleeves together first and then added them to the jacket which resulted in the seams being off) so I laid the sleeve flat and lined it up to the jacket area also laid flat and stitched:

ImageAdding the sleeves by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I found this was easier to line everything up. Once both these were done, I was able to line up the side seam of the jacket and the seam of the sleeve and then I stitched the trouser and jacket sections together:

ImageFlightsuit: top and trouser section together by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then came adding the zip so I could put it on properly to see what areas needed tailoring and unfortunately the daft mistakes just continued! :roll: As while putting the zip on I was really happy with it (first time putting a zip on anything!) and then I tried it on and then realised I’d put the zip on the wrong way! :ROFL: – so I had to unpick it and start again! But a bit of perseverance the zip was completed!

ImageZip by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

When I tried the suit on, I realised I needed to shorten the “jacket” section a little bit to make it all sit a little better on the hips when I am both standing and sat down (as I found that when sat down with the waist seam lower the suit wouldn’t fit properly). I also needed to take up the trousers and shorten the sleeves a little.

I have added the cuffs on the sleeves (they are lightly hand stitched in) to check fit and colour:

ImageSleeve with elastic cuff by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Once I had taken the suit in a bit and adjusted the leg length I was finally able to put the suit on properly! It still doesn’t have the collar and ruffles on and is still awaiting the pockets etc. but to get an idea of how I’m doing so far here is me in the suit:

ImageFlightsuit side and back views by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageFlightsuit so far by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageFlightsuit progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Does anyone have any comments, or notice any bits I need to look at again?

So next suit tasks (as long as I don’t have any changes to make) will be the chaps, pockets, zip flap, collar and sleeve ruffle.

Second the blaster: I had taken the blaster to bits, and sanded the text off the main body parts. I then did a couple of coats of primer – my husband was my assistant for this bit, and we decided to try and make it look a bit better - such as adding the holes in the barrel of the blaster and taking off the sight rack that was on top of the blaster and we will be using milliput or something similar to fill in and sort out any gaps (if when it’s finished it isn’t good enough to clear then we will look at other options and I’ll chalk it down to skills and lessons learned!) I am probably (definitely :lol: ) just making it harder for myself!!

So the blaster is primed and ready to reassemble which is tonight’s job, and I’ll be correcting any gaps etc this weekend.

ImageBlaster progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

My helmet is still sat on the side waiting to be taken apart once my blaster is finished.
I have all the materials needed for the flight harness (except the paddles) and blaster holster it just needs to be put together!


Thanks as always! :thumbsup:
Helen

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Thu May 14, 2020 5:19 pm

So just wanted to pop up a little blaster update while I wait for any comments on my suit so far!

I put the blaster back together and sanded it down:

ImageBlaster reassembled and sanded by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then I have applied milliput in the areas that needed filling (like the screw holes) or sorting out (like where I removed the nerf sight attachment). It was the first time using the milliput – so it is not the most perfect application, especially with the first bits i did however, it’ll be sanded and smoothed out once it has hardened.

ImageBlaster with milliput applied by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Once it has hardened and sanded again I will prime once more and then hopefully, this weekend I will be able to apply the first coat of paint!

Thanks as always! :thumbsup:
Helen

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Fri May 15, 2020 12:22 pm

Hi Helen,
Great job on the Flightsuit so far and nice work on the blaster.
This is coming on nicely :)
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Tue May 19, 2020 11:03 am

Jerrick Sunrunner wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 12:22 pm
Hi Helen,
Great job on the Flightsuit so far and nice work on the blaster.
This is coming on nicely :)
Fab! Having looked at the photos more myself - I wondered if the legs were maybe a bit baggy?

I am going to be adding the ruffle and collar this week to the suit, so should have another update on that by the end of the week! But I am really happy with how it’s turning out – I’ve surprised myself to be honest! Then I begin the task of pockets! :shock:

Made a little more progress on the blaster, after the milliput hardened, I sanded it down and tidied it up before adding the final coat of primer

ImageBlaster ready to paint by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

It will be painted slowly this week too so again hopefully on Friday I will have some more update pictures!

My husband surprised me yesterday as well telling me he is getting us a 3D printer :grin: – so when it arrives I should be able to do my own leg flares and chest box (once we have figured out how to use it!) which brings me to a question (which is possibly daft and has probably been asked before so apologies):

Can the paddles for the belt/harness be 3D printed and then painted?

Overall it is all falling into place now, still really enjoying it even with my daft sewing mistakes!! It shouldn’t be too long before the suit is finished :grin: – then I can crack on with the flight vest!

Thanks as always! :thumbsup:
Helen

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by BigFatCat » Wed May 20, 2020 9:26 am

The Glie looks a lot better with the Nerfness removed. They look awful with that hump on the top.

Ideally some of the putty could be tidied up to smooth it back and make it less noticeable but it's very awkward in places and I wouldn't expect it to be picked up if it's not easy to see in later pics. If you're at an event and up close with someone, it might be seen more easily.

Flare and chest boxes can be printed. I've got a few versions of chest box 3d models I work with. Yes, the paddles can be printed but they're just as easy to make out of thick ABS or even aluminium. I made mine from aluminium sheet in my garage using hand tools and a minidrill.

Take time with the vest, there is some care needed with the ribs to make them proportional. You can always clear as a briefing room pilot first and add the other parts for cockpit spec later.
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Sun May 24, 2020 2:54 pm

Suit update first:

I have started to stitch the ruffle on to the sleeves and pinned the collar ready – stitched the one sleeve and ran out of my orange thread! :shock: So some of the suit is on pause while I wait for delivery of the thread (had email of dispatch yesterday so hopefully shouldn’t be too long!) so some parts are roughly pinned for now...

ImageAdding collar and ruffle to suit by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageAdding sleeve ruffle to suit by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Learning from my mistakes earlier on, I am beginning to mock up the chaps and pockets, so will pin those to the suit and pop up a post as soon as I get them done!

Then I began spray dyeing the belt pieces for the flight harness – it was taking quite a few coats of the spray dye I got, but just as it started to take – the bottle stopped spraying as it got clogged – done everything we can to unclog it, but it just won’t work anymore – hunt online for a new bottle and its sold out everywhere! :roll: So I am looking out for that and will resume my flight harness as soon as I find either some new dye or an alternative option!!

ImageStarted dyeing belt by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then onto the blaster:

I had to refine some of the sanding on the areas I added milliput to before continuing, but then I sprayed it first with the aluminium paint as a base:

ImageAdding main blaster paint by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then leaving that overnight to dry I mask it up and began to add black spray paint to the grip etc – then I hit a snag - my black spray paint comes out like a watery mess! :???: No idea why, it was a brand new can of paint - but these things happen...

ImagePaint gone wrong on blaster by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I let it dry in the hope that it will dry ok – but it stayed very sticky and watery even after a couple days. So yesterday I had to pick and lightly sand it off, and try again. With a different black....It worked!

ImageStarting to add detail to blaster by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

So, I let it dry overnight and have spent some of today adding more detailing, and tidying areas up which brings us here:

ImageBlaster progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageBlaster Progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I don't think it is quite finished, but I wanted to get any opinions on it so far – don’t want to overdo it and then have to scrap it and start again!
BigFatCat wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 9:26 am
The Glie looks a lot better with the Nerfness removed. They look awful with that hump on the top.
I did wonder at time whether I had done the right thing taking off the bit at the top, but now I am glad I did, it looks so much better!
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Wed May 20, 2020 9:26 am
Flare and chest boxes can be printed. I've got a few versions of chest box 3d models I work with. Yes, the paddles can be printed but they're just as easy to make out of thick ABS or even aluminium. I made mine from aluminium sheet in my garage using hand tools and a minidrill.
Ok great! I will definitely have a go at 3D printing the flares, chest box and paddles then!
My printer literally arrived as I was typing this out so I will be spending the rest of the day having a play with that! :grin:

Thanks as always! :thumbsup:
Helen

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Sun May 24, 2020 3:14 pm

The most frustrating thing about lock down is you can’t just pop out for more thread!
Your Gile looks really good, and the ruffles on yohr flight suit looks good too. Some great progress there so keep it up :)
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by tenebris » Tue May 26, 2020 9:48 am

Seconded, its looking really good,

Pinning the pockets etc first and checking in here with Mark that the placement is right before sewing, is exactly what I'd do......Its always good to get more eyes on something. :)

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:56 pm

Hey Helen how’s it all going? Staying on target?
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:07 am

I didn’t realise it had been so long since my last update! :eek: Honestly time is all messed up – with lockdown getting longer the days are starting to all blend together! :???:

So, when I last posted I was awaiting my cotton delivery – It finally arrived about 2 weeks ago, so all ready to go on the sewing front. I had been mocking up the chaps and pockets, when disaster struck!

I was taking a break from the suit (it was getting a bit frustrating! :lol: ) and having a play around with my 3D printer and just doing general things when I stupidly sliced my thumb with a craft knife :sad: – didn’t need stitches (although it was close) but with the huge bandage they put on my thumb I couldn’t do anything for a couple weeks!
I am all healed now and cracking on this week with the mocking up the final bits of the suit – so hopefully should have a suit update by the weekend!

One snag I have hit is that the spray dye I was using for my belt is now out of stock everywhere! So I have been frantically hunting for alternatives to use! :???:

I was able to do bits on my helmet, with assistance from the husband while my thumb was healing. So we sanded, primed and applied milliput where needed:

ImageHelmet - sanding and priming by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then we masked parts up and began to spray the colours on:

ImageHelmet - beginning to spray by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Which brings us to this point, and I have designed the decals on my PC so they are ready to print onto vinyl sheet to stick on

ImageHelmet progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

So that’s what I have been up to in the last few weeks – as I said I am finishing the mocking up of the chaps and pockets this week so I will pop up those pictures this weekend but a break from the sewing was needed I think – Excited to get it finished now and will be back to posting regular updates!

Thanks as always! :thumbsup:
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by BigFatCat » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:29 am

I've not tried it yet, but I do have tan PLCE and some RIT poly dye to try as a alternative to the fabric spray route. Can't speak for how effective it is but it might have merit.

The mix of colours works well, pink with grey and black looks good.

Hope your fingers survive the rest of the project!
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:38 am

Really love the pink silver black colour scheme for the helmet Helen, a nice update :D

Id be curious to see how the RIT poly dye goes if you go down that route
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