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WIP - Rebel One's Chewbacca (ANH)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RebelOne wrote:
Does anyone have suggestions about shoulder pads (what features to look for, possible brands/models)?

I think the go to has typically been lacrosse shoulder pads. I use dirt bike pads so that I have back support/protection should the worst happen and someone tip me over.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got hockey pads myself! Chest protector and the padded shorts Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To pad out my shoulders I simply used a pink sheet of foam (all I had to hand at the time lol), cut a hole in it and used a heat gun to shape - kinda like a reverse cone of shame. Not many pics of me with it on before I put the top on - found this one where you can sorta see it.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The foam shoulders look good on you, Sarah. Too bad I already ordered dirt bike protection.

Some questions about the fur at the feet: Do you ever trip over the fur (like tripping on loose shoe laces)? Does the fur that touches the floor get dirty and worn? Does the leg ride up above the feet when you move around ... if so, how do you keep it down?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is putting foam under the stilts to prevent slipping necessary?

I'm considering putting yoga mat foam under my Steppin Up's High Stepper bucket stilts. If slipping were a concern, you would think the manufacturer would have put foam under the stilts. What has been your experience?
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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STILTS: Stilts are assembled and ready to be painted. If anyone sees any glaring mistakes, let me know.

Both Stilts, Front: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fctVlcyDVmwcYS2mzAajuc_q8qts_cZU/view?usp=sharing

Right Stilt, Outside: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eLJ0PK6iIo_GjrC1aOUMTCwLce_Svhnr/view?usp=sharing

Right Stilt, Inside: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iwBSiIIkO9GrMwygKNopKLS6kOsXE5XZ/view?usp=sharing


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MESH UNDERSUIT PANTS: The mesh undersuit pants are mostly sewn. I am leaving the inseams open to facilitate latch-hooking. After the latch-hooking is finished, I will sew the inseams together.

Mesh Pants: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UpwpsIYFZB1iBfHcw1NqMWdfTwb1rFCo/view?usp=sharing


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HACKLING: I'm having some trouble here. I used the colours 27/6 in a 2:1 ratio, but after hackling for about 45 minutes, the hair is barely mixed. Has anyone had this problem? How do you get the hair to mix? I uploaded a video (link below) in case that helps you spot any mistakes I am making.

Hackling: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15O0pMr271BeuvtE7-uhZZD_P_yAs2X3I/view?usp=sharing

Thank you for any help and tips!
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RebelOne wrote:
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HACKLING: I'm having some trouble here. I used the colours 27/6 in a 2:1 ratio, but after hackling for about 45 minutes, the hair is barely mixed. Has anyone had this problem? How do you get the hair to mix? I uploaded a video (link below) in case that helps you spot any mistakes I am making.

Hackling: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15O0pMr271BeuvtE7-uhZZD_P_yAs2X3I/view?usp=sharing


I haven’t been doing this that long, so take what I say with a grain of salt..... with that said, I think you are trying to blend too much hair at one time.

The Wookie Builders Club ( https://sites.google.com/site/solochewy/ ) has a great video that shows you how to use the hackle:

https://youtu.be/dv5wXwuApK4

Check it out! I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Mike! I'll try that this weekend.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Mike. Hackling with a smaller bunch of hair worked much better. I think my colours are now 26/7/blood from all the cuts from hackling!
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plan to use colours, hair length, and hair spacing as per the chart linked below:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/15YhDsUsurVd0iY71q4QJIr1i9GNlk6an/view?usp=sharing
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For ANH, you’ll want to bring the grey a little farther around the thigh, think 3/4 so that only the inner thigh is the reddish brown. That chart is really cool! How did you do it?
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I drew the chart with Adobe Illustrator. I was finding it confusing to remember the colour, length, and density of the hair in different parts of the body, so I tried to represent it graphically.

These correspond roughly to the hair locations, lengths, and densities recommended by the Wookie Builder's Club (WBC) for the Original Trilogy Chewbacca (https://sites.google.com/site/solochewy/costume/bodysuit). They seem reasonable to me.

Hair Colour:
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1. Most of Chewie's hair is a medium to light brown color with dark gray sections at the knees, thighs, shoulders and upper chest, and on the back of his head.
2. The dark gray hair goes all the way across his back, but only covers the shoulders on the front.
3. The dark hair on his knees only covers the outside half of his legs, not the insides.


Hair Length:
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7. As previously mentioned you should use 24" strands of hair for most of the suit. Since you tie the knot in the middle of the strands each 24” strand will become two 12" strands.
8. On the forearms, wrists, and hands, use 28" strands.
9. On the crotch and upper thighs, 18" strands will suffice.


Hair Density:
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1. It’s best to use more knots with fewer strands per knot than the opposite, especially areas like the arms, shoulders, and knees.
5. The spacing of your knots should be lower [denser] on areas that will bend and move, like the arms, knees, and shoulders. These areas will show bald spots more easily. Areas like the torso will be more forgiving.


I did not straighten and blow dry the hair as recommended by the WBC. Apparently, blow drying makes the hair shiny, producing a lot of glare in flash photos. The hair is long enough that the weight of the hair keeps it straight.
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