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**CLEARED** Irelands 1st Ben Kenobi
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BoabiWan (Alan Bell)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:35 am    Post subject: **CLEARED** Irelands 1st Ben Kenobi Reply with quote

Hi folks,

As above, I'm in the process of getting my ANH 'Old Ben' Robes & Tunic made up. Thanks to the threads on here, I have been able to source Fabric for the Tunic (Oatmeal Osnaburg) & the Leather/Buckle/D rings etc for making my own belt. I have boots, which I think might be ok, but I'm still looking for others. I have purchased my Saber, just wating on it arriving.

My problem is I am finding it IMPOSSIBLE to find WWII Army Blankets for the Hooded Robe. So my question is what have y'all used as an alternative to this? And if poss, could you give me some links or tips.

MTFBWY,

Al.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can be closed, I came across some good army Blankets yesterday in an online store,

Thanks & MTFBWY,
Al.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys, Time for an update.

I've been busy the last few weeks, making my own belt, after reading through ste waz's thread. I jst have to darken it more & weather it slighty.
So till now, I have my boots, although I think I will source another pair. I have my saber and home made hook, just have to weather my saber still. And my jodpurs are on the way from an ebay store.

My hooded robe has been made, I just have to dye it to a closer screen accurate color. My Brown undershirt is being made by my seamstress, so it's just down to finding the fabric for my inner robes, sash, obi & patches.
Which I have came across a real good lead for today.

I will post pictures later, when I have a little more time.

M.T.F.B.W.Y.

Al.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post Pics when you can. Would love to see what you have done so far.

Paul Ben
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Kenobi wrote:
Post Pics when you can. Would love to see what you have done so far.

Paul Ben


Thanks Paul,

I will do as soon as I figure out how to post pics. Is it just a matter of copy/pasting links from Photobucket or the likes?

Alan

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi folks,

Well as promised here are some pics of what I have done so far.

Hooded robe, made from British Army Blankets, still to be dyed to screen accurate color. And also some small adjustments have to be made on the length of it & of the sleeves.



My Saberforge Redeemer Saber, which I plan to paint & weather to make it look more like Old Bens.

More pics will be uploaded tomorrow, as it's getting late here.

M.T.F.B.W.Y
Al.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your robe looks fantastic. I love the texture of the material and seeing that they are vintage military surplus, you know they will last under the most adverse conditions. Really nice saber hilt too!

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BoabiWan (Alan Bell)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Psab Keel wrote:
Your robe looks fantastic. I love the texture of the material and seeing that they are vintage military surplus, you know they will last under the most adverse conditions. Really nice saber hilt too!

Psab


Thanks man.

I'm real happy with the robe too, it is definitely gonna last; the weight of it quite surprising as well. And when it comes to my Saber, I thought I really wanted to get as close to Bens as possible.

I'll be posting more pics of my other parts later on this evening.

Al.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the robe as well. When I was sourcing my materials I tried to connect with some Army Surplus places in Great Britain but had no luck finding the British WWII blankets. I resorted to a local US Army Surplus store that supports re-enactors. The US blankets look the same as the British ones which I am to understand is what the screen used robe is made of. Over several months he was able to find me enough authentic WWII US blankets to make the robe. I too had to dye my robe to get it to the correct color. Be aware - my robe took a long time to dye due to the sheer weight of the material.

For the inner tunic, obi and tabard try to contact King Textiles in Toronto Canada. They had some raw silk with the heavy one directional weave pattern you need. It was pretty reasonably priced as well considering it is raw silk and 54" wide.

Good luck.

Paul Ben
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About time for a LONG overdue update on this...... It's been a long process making this costume, as I've had a lot going on here at home.

Well what have I got done... Firstly I bought some leather & supplies for making my own belt off Ebay. I bought a 2" Tan leather strap & various squares, then rivets, d rings & finally a Tandy rectangular buckle.
Here are pics of the parts.






Once I had gathered all the parts, using threads on here & messaging members with queries, I went about making a start.

Will post more pics in next post.
Al.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly I went about weathering my belt buckle to give it a more screen accurate look.



I then riveted it to the strap, which I had sanded to take the shine off the leather.


More to follow..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I then went about making the banana pouch & straps using the leather squares, rivets & d rings.




More to follow
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking very nice so far, and greeting from the Rebel Legion in Ireland.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eyeslave wrote:
Looking very nice so far, and greeting from the Rebel Legion in Ireland.


Thanks Alan,
I'm quite happy with how it's coming along.
Cool name by the way.

Al.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More pics,





The lightsaber hook I made from an old DVD player casing I had lying around.
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