Found some stainless, aluminum, brass, and copper scrap while cleaning the shop. (Edude - you can now walk halfway thru w/o having to sidestep!)
Found steel, aluminum, stainless, and copper rivets too.
Decided the shoulder pad rig could use a bit of sexing up.
Massively distressed the plastic w/ rasps, files, wire brushes, chisel, rotary brush, veggie peeler, zest grater, etc.
Pounded out 1/4" copper tubing into collars.
Cold forged the brass stock on the concrete floor to match the contours of the hard plastic plates. Got it nice and f'd up, ancient and abused looking.
Added misc cast brass parts, electronic components, and whatever caught my eye. I painted on some chems to give the non-ferrous mets a patina. Only did the brass tag on the right breast to see if it needs a bit more eye of newt. I'll know in the AM.
Drilling and positioning before riveting.
Top view. Figure since I'll be camping in T-City I'd show some civic pride with appropriate shoulder insignia.
Need more SS & Cu rivets, some thinner brass stock, and some onion rings from Burgerville.