in Lower Alabama
[more to come soon]
I started working on Vader during August of
2001 when a friend off mine and I started building R2 units for each of us,
getting ready for the release of episode II. We thought it would be a good
idea if we were in costume, and I happened to have a Darth Vader helmet, and
so it began.
As Vader developed, my extremely beautiful, and understanding wife allowed
me to build him as close to the movie as possible. We spent a lot of
time on it, and tried several methods for each aspect of Vader's pieces.
Each piece was a challenge in itself, then putting them together and having
them look right.
I have included here different sections showing each piece, and included
links to other Vader sites. Hopefully, this will help anyone who is
looking to build their own Darth Vader.
A listing of other websites dedicated to Darth Vader, Star Wars, R2D2, Vendors for parts I used,
and my Submitted Pictures Page.
A piece of advise I found on another Vader web site is, always remember,
for every 1 person that nit-picks something about your costume, there are at
least 10 who think that is the best thing they have ever seen. There
will always be some one who thinks they could have done better or says
something is not like the movie, but an easy way to quiet them up is to ask
them where their costume is. This is for fun and enjoyment, and by all
means make creating the costume something fun and wholesome for you, but
remember, once in the costume, BE
VADER. Act like Vader, talk like Vader, walk, stand,
and move like Vader. This will be the times people remember your
costume. Don't be on the dance floor doing the funky monkey in your
Vader costume. I spent countless hours in front of the TV watching Star
Wars, Empire, and Jedi watching his mannerisms, speech pattern, and just his
essence. Then another set of countless hours in front of a mirror making
sure I looked and moved as he did. Each person will take this
undertaking differently, so make it your own. This web site is here to
show you how I did mine. If you like it, please by all means, use what
you find here, if not, please modify my designs or any one else's to make it
right for you.
I am always looking forward to hearing others stories and seeing others
ideas and designs. Please feel free to email me a link to your web site,
or pictures of your project, and I will try to keep them posted here. If
there are any questions about anything shown here, please e-mail me, and I
will try to explain in better detail.