CUSTOM ACTION FIGURES: 101 – Tutorial Tuesday – “Adding Pouches & Accessories to a Tactical Vest”
By Rob Panick
This week on Custom Action Figures:101’s Tutorial Tuesday, we’re going to take a look at adding some pouches, a holster, and a rifle sling attachment to your figures tactical vest. Here’s what you’ll need:
POUCHES (Either harvested from other figures or bought from a caster)
12 Ga ARMAMENT WIRE
We’ll begin with our pouches. There are many cheap action figures that are usually overlooked that actually have some pretty nice pouches. Most Dollar General stores have the “US Military” figures (Marines, Navy Seals, etc) that have some really nice molded pouches that you can harvest for your figure.
Carefully cut the pouch off of the donor figure, then trim the back of the pouch to fit the area you want to place it on the tactical vest. You may also need to grind it out a little with your rotary grinder.
There are several options for holsters to add to your figures. For this tutorial I’m using one of the MTF holsters from Marauder Gun Runners. Find the area you want to add the holster and use a drill bit the same size as the post on the holster back to make a hole for the peg to fit into.
You may need to use your hobby knife to enlarge the hole a bit to get a good fit.
Once the peg fits in the hole good, but a drop of super glue in the hole and insert the peg. Hold the holster in place until the glue sets.
A really cool addition to your tactical vest is a “clip” to hang a rifle on a tactical sling. The clip is made from 12Ga armament wire. Cut a section of wire approximately 2” long.
Bend the wire in half and crimp it together with your pliers. On the bent end of the wire, approximately 1/8” down, bend the wire over the tip of your needle nose pliers. Crimp it down a little bit, but not completely closed.
You want to leave enough of an opening for a jewelry making “jump ring” to fit into the bend.
Now grasp the wire below the bend you just made and bend the wire back over so that you have an “S” shape. Clip the ends of the wire approximately ¼” down from the second bend.
Now, using a 5/64” drill bit, make a small hole in the upper shoulder area of your vest.
Feed the end of the wire you timed off into the hole so that the first bend is situated into a “J” hook with the open end up. Crimp the wire tight onto your vest. Make sure your jump ring will fit into your hook and you’re done!
Once all of your glue has fully cured, you can paint the vest so that all of your pouches match the vest. As I always say, keep practicing and you’ll get better and better at this technique!
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