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stevie_o
#1 Posted : 17 March 2017 13:44:25

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This is my late entry for build of the year 2017, I chose this kit as I have all the parts and I reckon I can get this done within the yearBigGrin

There will be some mods along the way and the build order will in no way follow the instructions as I need to open up all packs to collect parts for priming and spraying.
After collecting a load of pics online I now have an idea in my head of how id like this to look but may veer off course during the build, we shall seeBigGrin

The main thing I want to change is the gloss finish, I intend on a matt / satin black finish with some red thrown in too. Also, I wont be using any of the supplied yellow lace, I will be opting for red and black so some parts that are pre sewn will have to be dyed black later.

So far I have built up all the main chest armour for priming and built the helmet and mask.

The mask has been sprayed in mahogany and I filled in the holes for the beard and lower lip "hair" as I only want the upper lip done.

The supplied horse hair will also be ditched in favour of some white hair kindly donated by my own horse "Ria Rose" Laugh

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#2 Posted : 17 March 2017 14:09:19

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Cool.I havent seen a modified Samurai build.


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#3 Posted : 17 March 2017 15:20:55

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Now this will be interesting to watch, looking forward to seeing what your mods are!Blink BigGrin
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#4 Posted : 17 March 2017 18:21:05

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That`s an interesting take on this kit, I look forward to seeing how it goes.

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#5 Posted : 17 March 2017 18:23:08

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Really interesting. There are so many vividly colored suits and I can't wait to see what you come up with!👍

Have fun.

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#6 Posted : 17 March 2017 18:25:06

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This is quite an interesting looking build, look forward to following.

Good luck Steve Cool
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#7 Posted : 17 March 2017 19:34:40

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Thanks guys, I'm quite enjoying this at the moment, no idea how it's going to end up yet thoughBigGrin

I have seen plenty of photos where the Mempo has teeth, usually jagged and can be any colour, black, white, gold etc. So thought Id give it a go and I'm quite pleased with it.
I have tried to bend the horsehair using heat from a hair dryer, its almost where I want it but not quite yet. I think the white hair looks better than the dark hair supplied though.

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#8 Posted : 17 March 2017 22:28:28

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I like what you doing with this Steve... Look forward to following your progress and good luck with the comp.....Cool Cool

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#9 Posted : 17 March 2017 22:39:50

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Nice work with the teeth.ThumpUp
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#10 Posted : 17 March 2017 23:55:33

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I will also be following this with great interest, I've had similar thoughts about building a modified version. I've decided to build mine as a replica of the Date armour as I like the original, but I'd also like to build a second one in a different scheme. I was thinking mostly russet finish for the mask, helmet bowl and sleeves, either red with blue lacing or black with green lacing for the rest. Possibly even make full sode (shoulder guards) for it, but that would be a lot of work. I don't know if I'll ever do it though, by the time I've finished I may not want to do another!
I had some replacement parts due to paint finish problems, and did some experimenting - I think Humbrol Track Colour is also a decent candidate for a russet finish. I also thought I might modify the mask to the noseless hanbo type, possibly more likely to be worn in combat.
I will probably make an alternative maedate (crest) for mine, I plan to put it in an acrylic display case and the original crest increases the dimensions quite a bit.
I tried bleaching a sample of lacing as a test for dying it a different colour, but it completely disintegrated. Ho-hum.
If anyone else builds this, it's worth looking at this site - http://yoroi.uk/

This is a real-world restorer and his lacing guides are useful. I have followed his advice about paper plugs - fiddly and time-consuming at half-scale but it gives a realistic appearance to the lacing.
As for that, I don't like the yellow lacing at all, it seems to be of poorer quality compared to the blue, and harder to work with - anyone else think that?

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Great build Steve. Looks real good.

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#13 Posted : 18 March 2017 01:00:27

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BigGrin Looking good Steve and a nice twistCool

@ Macky, the lacings provided with the kit are synthetic based to provide strength and colour that lasts unlike the traditional silk lacings and lacquers that can fail over time as you can see by the link you have provided.

Lacing can be obtained by a good supplier what you really need is a haberdashery that's been in trading in silk based items for a long time they will also have the synthetic equivalents. Be aware though that silk also has the same drop/give as synthetic lacing although not the same so you will need to gauge the drop as you add the lacquered plates.

How about a full set that you can wear if you like bling and it surpasses anything that your average rapper could dream up of wearing take a look at the TAKEDA SHINGEN example a fave of mine, made to measure but you may need a second mortgage to pay for it:- link below

http://www.samurai-store.com/armor/tag/index.html

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I have now primed and matt coated the helmet - I used a kind of charcoal colour. The paint i decided to get was a stove matt enamel, it's very tough as I didnt want any chipping later as It's going to get a lot handling during the build.

I then used AK true metal Old Bronze to dust over the black and then polish quickly with a soft clothBigGrin

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Love the effect you have created, very well done!BigGrin
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Absolutely amazing. You have a great eye. Wow!

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That's a stunner piece Steve, I really love the finish in the stove enamel Love
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That's a nice finish on the helmet Cool
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Thanks for looking inBigGrin

I managed to get the rest of the main panels done in the matt black then the bronzing after, still plenty more to do before I start on lacing the plates. There will be a splash of colour added later BigGrin

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#20 Posted : 08 April 2017 22:51:58

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Great work Steve, this has a real authentic look to it... Look forward to seeing more.....Cool Cool

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