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Make your own Returns chest piece.(Pic heavy tutorial!)


Well this is my first tutorial so be gentle.

Step one: get your things
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Step two: Assemble!
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Step three: ????

Step 4: PROFIT!!!!

Ok so now for the real deal. You will first need to get your supplies

Two, One Yard rolls of 2mm foamies(that's enough to have extra in case of mistakes.)
Ruler or straight edge
Measuring tape
LOTS OF SUPER GLUE
spray adhesive
Scissors
one can Krylon H2O latex spray paint(black)
1-2 cans of black Plasti dip
Xacto knife
2" Elastic banding
6"-7" separating zipper
telephone wire.

AND THE REALLY IMPORTANT PART
Manikin Torso with defined pecks
Heat gun
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My best advise is to TAKE YOUR TIME! rushing will only lead to mistakes. That and make sure your cuts are straight. Now, after saying that, realize that nothing is ever perfect, and you shouldn't scrap a whole project because of some minor mistake that no one will notice unless you point it out.

Also, find some good pics of the Returns armor. Use that as a guideline while putting this together. If you think of a way to do something better than I have, PLEASE post it for all of us!

Ok to start off you need to measure from your shoulders down to your waist, and then add six inches.
then measure from shoulder to shoulder. Cut out a large rectangle with those measurements
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cut up the center the six inches and then measure the circumference of your neck. cut out a circle in the center
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Now put this on your manakin torso, tape the bottom and sides down. now use the heat gun on the shoulders pulling them back and to the side on the manikin. Once you do both sides tape one over the other and trim it up the center.
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Next lay the torso down, run the heat gun over it and press and strech the foamies till you get some definition in the pecks and a more form fitting body.
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Now you might notice that the front of the neck line is poking out some. i cut a line down the middle and glued it over its self to make the neck line better. It does make the center of the chest poke out but you will trim this area out for the emblem.
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Now glue the zipper in the back. DONT GET SUPER GLUE IN THE ZIPPER TRACK!! IT WILL NEVER OPEN AGAIN!!
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Trim the shoulders up around the armpits. So this is what it should look like now:
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So next we are making the chest piece. Cut a piece of foamies that will cover the pecks and at least past the half way mark on the neck. We are going to heat form this on the pecks, as close to the bottom edge as we can. Then cut the returns design out and the emblem hole.
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Now take it outside, spray the back of the chest with adhesive , glue to your main torso piece and trim the extra off. you might need to use super glue on some of the edges to get it to sit flat..
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Now we need the abb plates. I made up a quick templet in MS paint to use
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Print it off, and cut and layer the abb slats.
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When you have them all layered on each other, place the top of the abs about 1"- 2" down from the bottom of the pecks, centered. Trace and cut out a section for the abb plate. now glue a piece on the back of the abb plate so you can glue it to the chest, but fist build up the outline of the plate by glueing telephone wire around the outline of it. I stacked the wire 3-4 layers high. now you have some surface area to glue the chest down to, plus it will give it that raised look. glue the plate in. Now cut the chest piece straight across where the second slat down is on the abb plate. Also glue telephone wire along the chest outline.
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For the bottom part of the chest i put a sheet of foamies under the chest while i was wearing it, put a belt on to measure where it would sit, marked it, folded it and just cut a simple curve, then glued it in. At this point I cut out the emblem hole and glued another piece of foamies to the back of it to make it flat.
Next part was painting. Cover the zipper with tape. I used a very light coat of Krylon H2O black latex spray paint to seal up the foamies, and then laid several coats of plasti dip to get that movie shine. Then glue in your strap on the back and mount your emblem(I used velcro but you can just glue it on too) and you are done. Full suited up pics to come soon!!!

REMEMBER this was built to fit me. Please adjust where needed for your body

If i missed anything or you have questions please ask


Last edited by KnowOne251, 6/6/2009, 3:00 am


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Excellent tutorial, Thank you! emoticon

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very cool bro
great job

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Quick Pic my wife snapped.
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ONE VERY IMPORTANT PART I FORGOT! If you want one of these to last, go to your local fabric store and get some scrap vinyl fabric and glue it on the back of any stress point. ie shoulders, zipper, straps, ect. the foamies can get weak after you wear them for an extended time and this preventive measure will save you a lot of frustration.

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opps double post. sorry!

Last edited by KnowOne251, 6/6/2009, 6:13 pm


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Great job guy, thanks for the tutorial!
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Fantastic and thorough tutorial!
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Thanks for the tutorial!
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That's really cool. Thanks for sharing! :goodjob:

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