Finally, as of 22:30 last night we’re as done as we’re going to get…
Other finishing touches involve gluing the zipper pull over the top of the proper zip and attaching Velcro over the RS logo for the name badge to remain in position.
Even with a base coat of primer the pouches aren’t taking the paint anywhere near enough. I have to resort to giving them a coat of emulsion to form a base for the green spray. It seems odd, Valspar is the same brand as Plasti-Kote but the paint just doesn’t seem as capable of adhering to porous surfaces.
I don’t have a lot of time left to waste repeatedly re-painting these so I cover the gloves with emulsion too which save discovering it needed done tomorrow!
Using some spare elastic and a pile of DIY parts I modify the knee and elbow pads.
The final result is slightly reminiscent of modern era Cliff Robertson Dredd with the hex socket bolts on his gloves. Again, at this point these and the boots are going to have to stay their original colour or I’ll never be finished in time.
Speaking of the boots, the second one has had the detailing removed so with the gloves and pouches still drying at this stage the ensemble looks lie this:
The metallic paint is all too quick to come off the chain with the slightest collision unfortunately so it’s going to require a bit of touching up.
I start removing the extraneous detailing from the boots, but it’s hard work. After finishing one I take a break to start painting the gloves and belt pouches. Neither take a coat of pain particularly well and as expected with the original red of the pouches making the green very, very dark.
Both parts are probably going to need a coat of primer and lord only knows what the boot and knee/elbow pads are going to be like. With the extended paint drying time on top of the additional coats required by the gloves and belt pouches, I’m tempted to leave those last parts their original black as otherwise I’m doubting my ability to finish them in time…
Just so there’s no confusion, you shouldn’t take the fact that there’s a fortnight between updates as any indication that work has gone on with this in the meantime. How else would I achieve a last-minute panic other than by not bothering my arse all this time?
The extraneous bits of the tree decorations are removed and two vertical slits are cut into the front of each to slide the belt through. Eight are required to fit the length of the belt. If they’d been made from green material the belt would be complete at this stage.
Having cut a spare bit of Perspex into a zipper shape both it and the chain can be painted. If memory serves the metallic paint for these takes longer than the normal stuff to dry and I doubt that’ll be helped by the low temperatures outside. If only I’d start these stupid project during the summer months…
While waiting for the chain and zip to dry, I pass the time by attaching a length of elastic webbing to the shoulder armour. It’s not accurate to have it go under my arm and round the other side, but it’ll do to hold them in place.
The gloves are going to need a bit of modification. For starters I halve some wooden beads to glue on a knuckles and use some spare plastic tubing to form bracing rods for each of them. A rectangular section cut from foam camping mat adds a bit of detailing and another of the tree decorations forms a pouch near the cuff. Given that I’m making it up as I go the first one turns out pretty good, again only the lack of a singular colour scheme prevents it being used as is.
As is always the way with these things trying to replicate it for the other glove end up with something that looks worse that the prototype!
Although I know the foam mat will take the paint without any problem having used it before, unfortunately I strongly suspect the felt of the pouches won’t be so accommodating. At best, being red, I think they’ll end up very dark with a light coating; but I’m wary that the material will just absorb the paint without it coating the surface…