Mark's Armour

DeAgostinis 1/2 scale Samurai Armour. Available from DeAgs on line shop, http://www.model-space.com

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Postby Mark » Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:16 am

Thanks Cadper. The finish on this kit is amazing. I'm not going to do anything more to finish the stand as it's completely covered on the finished model I think. I think a natural finish would be authentic anyway.
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Postby Mark » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:48 am

Here's the rest of the stand completed. I was hiding in my modelling room as my daughter had a group of her friends round to play, and no pc, so I couldn't read the instructions. I hope this is right :think:

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I was also doing another tasset, but that looks the same as all the others, so not much point in photographing it. I had a minor setback though, Half way through doing the last plate, and a chunk of varnish flaked off, leaving a rusty surface beneath. That will be another email to customer services, but I'm sure the replacement will be delivered without problems.
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Postby Manoverboard » Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:33 pm

Hi Mark, looking good !
oh ! you can't spell "cadper" :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
Touche I think ;)
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:30 pm

Thanks Tim ;) :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:45 pm

I've finally dug this one out again. I had a real mental block over the knots on the shoulder armour. However, I've finally beaten it into submission.

I made the first pair loops, them used a needle to hold them in position. Then I applied a bit of white glue and left it dry. Then repeated for the second pair of loops. The free ends were bound together with black cotton. Once it was all dry, I painted the centre and binding with diluted PVA to make sure that it wasn't coming apart again !!

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By the way, can somebody tell me if the first few pictures of this diary are AWOL or not. I can't see them, but it could be because of the great firewall of China :angry-banghead:
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Postby number1 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:18 pm

Theres no pics visible but if you click on the question mark where the pic would be it takes you to image shack where they are visible, hope this helps
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby casper » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:30 am

Nice to see a return to the armour build Mark :)
Really nice kit this one
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:19 pm

Next step is the start of the neck armour. This was probably the trickiest part of the build so far !!

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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:18 pm

Just a quick show to show where I am with the main body of the armour. The front and two tassets completed, and one tasset for the side almost done.

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The instructions have you add the gold ribbon, then fix it to the armour. However, that means two long bits of gold ribbon, followed by two short bits to hold it to the armour. I thought it would be easier to leave the gold ribbon until last, then I can use run two pieces from the armour all the way down the tasset, thus reducing the number of knots needed by 4 :D
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Postby steve131 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:58 pm

Gold looks nice 8-)
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:33 pm

Here's that tasset in place. Doing the gold afterwards worked a treat. So much easier than following the instructions !! (Remember, instructions are just one person's opinion !)

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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:09 pm

Another couple of tassels have gone on, and now there are a couple of those annoying knots to go on the front. These hold the toggles that hold down the shoulder guards. I was hoping I'd seen the last of these, but not to be. Anyway, here's a pic of one of the knots completed, and the other in progress. As before, I pinned the knot in place with a needle (although these did needle me a bit :whistle: ). Then I glued the knot in place with Krystal Klear.

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I'm not very happy with the way the first one came out. I may replace it if if I have some spare cord at a later date.
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:55 pm

Another sporadic update to show some over all progress. Won't be long before its mounted on its stand.

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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:32 pm

Had a minor disaster. While trying to mount the armour on the stand, the hinges on the currias side fell off. The glue hadn't bonded to the lacquer very well (I shouldn't have been surprised !!). So I stripped off all the lacquer, back to bare metal and re-glued them. Hopefully this will be a stronger bond.

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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby steve131 » Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:40 pm

Hope nothing got scratched :o
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:07 am

I was lucky, it all just collapsed in my lap !
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:25 am

Here is the neck guard. This was a similar process to making the tassets. However, it was a sight more fiddly, and the blue cross stitch and the gold lace took much longer !!

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I've fitted all the tassets to the currias side now. It's going to be easier to add all the tassets before mounting the armour on the stand.

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You can see where the last tasset bridges the front and side of the currias, and there is a loop and toggle to fix it so it can still be removed.

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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:43 am

Here's the other end of the overlapping tassett.

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Here's the armour on its stand showing overall progress.

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The stand is very nice, but only supports the body. I'll need to find something to stand it on to display the whole armour. Perhaps 3 or 4 round biscuit tins of the right diameter would do....... (sounds like a good excuse to me ;))
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby steve131 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:21 pm

Why sell a stand that too small :think: :?
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Re: Mark's Armour

Postby Mark » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:35 am

I had a look at the last set of instructions. They actually include a storage box and the armour can be displayed with the stand stood on to of the box. However, the box they supplied doesn't look anywhere nice as what's shown in the instructions, and it's in the UK and too big to bring out in a suitcase, so it's biscuit boxes for me :laughing-rolling:

There is a little metal loop fitted to one corner of the side curiass. No idea what it's actually for, and I can't be bothered to read through all the instructions to find out !
It was a bit tricky getting the thread through, but the instructions gave some good advice about gluing a bit of thread to act as a messenger.

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Here's the part in place.

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It's all off the stand again as it's easier to work on it disassembled.
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