May 29, 2011, 1:07 PM - BlackCatBone's Boba
Hey, guys. So I've been lurking for a bit now and ordering all my parts. Thought I'd show my progress on a RotJ SE Boba. I'm a graphic designer by day, so I think I'm going to free hand most of the wear patterns side by side with movie stills. Anyway, on with the show...
I went out and bought/ordered most of the paint I need. I have some still on their way from Amazon, though...
So far, I've dyed my girth w/ Mini-Wax water soluble China Red.
I got my MoW RotJ Gauntlets
and I've taped off (Green Frog Tape) and primed (Rustoleum Pro Primer) them...
And given them a coat of Rustoleum Metallic Aluminum...
Meanwhile, I got my MoW Jetpack...
And I've started to assemble that with Gorilla Super Glue...
Today I'll be assembling the 3/4" PVC framework inside for the thrusters, and doing a paint test on some scrap with the masking fluid I bought before I tackle the weathering on the gauntlets.
I've also got armor ordered from BobaMaker, and I'm waiting to hear back from FettPride on placing an order for more armor and a bucket. I've ordered a bunch of stuff from you awesome folks, too! An EE-3 from Sidewinder, Wookie braids from Woodman, Jetpack hooks and a diver buckle from BooBooFett, and Toe spikes and gauntlet darts from Mojo-Fett. Most of my soft parts are being made by my wife, who sews like the wind. I'm chomping at the bit for some MoW boots and a second bucket so I can do both an ESB and a RotJ helmet.
I'd like to give a special thanks to everyone on TDH. You guys are a kind an invaluable resource.
I'll update more in this thread as my work progresses. Thanks!
May 29, 2011, 9:54 PM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Looking good! Fun isn't it! Have fun, take your time and look at the gallery!
May 29, 2011, 10:37 PM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Ah! You glued the caps on the jetpack like I did. Makes it kind of hard to get behind them with the rattle cans. Check out Slave1's thread(s) for reference on painting the jp, good luck!
May 30, 2011, 9:50 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Nice job assembling the jp! I'm in the middle of painting/ assembling mine!
May 30, 2011, 10:09 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Thanks! I recommend making the side holes for the thrusters a little small and then sanding them until they're just wide enough to be snug. I used a 1" hole cutting bit on my drill, and then wrapped a piece of sandpaper around my finger to sand the hole until it was just a little bigger. Works awesome, the thrusters won't rattle around and there's no visible gap like there might be if the hole was a little too big.
May 30, 2011, 10:10 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Nice reference pic on the Jetpack LOL
May 30, 2011, 10:13 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Yeah, well, the last thing I need is to pull a bonehead move and glue something upside down or backwards or whatever. Would be just my luck.
Sadly, it's too humid to do any painting here in New England today, but I'm dying to start layering paint on my gauntlets.
May 30, 2011, 11:04 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Didn't know it was yours. It was strictly for assembly ref. Never thought to use it for paint reference. I'm not there yet with the jetpack.
Last edited by BlackCatBone; May 30, 2011 at 11:12 AM.
Jun 1, 2011, 10:33 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
New England? Where abouts? We've got a few Boba Fettheads up here. ;-)
Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
It's looking really good! Looking forward to seeing more!
Jun 12, 2011, 7:40 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Lots going on in the last few days. Most bizarre of which, is this guy, who now stands naked from the neck down...
I had no idea how hard it would be to find a mannequin to match my height and build. This mannequin came closest to matching me. He's just an inch shorter, and has the exact same waist measurement as I do.
And just for fun, I gave him a little ink...
I sprayed the final red on the gauntlets (I went with Rustoleum Cabernet. I compared it to Claret Wine, and the Cabernet is a little less purple, and a little darker.) and then dusted them with flat black. Followed by darkening some areas with even more flat black to make "scorch marks". The liquid mask I was using turned out to be ****. But by the time I discovered this, I had already used it on the gauntlets. It turned into a nightmare. Once I sprayed the final red on the gauntlets, I started peeling off the liquid mask and it began to peel up other layers beneath it. I spent hours trying to gingerly remove the liquid mask. Sometimes it ended up peeling everything right down to the white resin.
Luckily, with touch-ups, I managed to save the day, and in the end, I'm pretty happy. I added more scratches and pock marks with a screwdriver, a car key and some gravel.
A new bottle of Windsor Newton Masking Fluid came in, and I'll be testing that soon. The old stuff is going in the trash.
All I have left to do with the gauntlets is go over them with Testor's Dullcoat (a flat clear), install the switches I bought at RadioShack, and add the custom aluminum gauntlet darts I got from Mojo-Fett. Speaking of which... here are the gauntlet darts and toe spikes for the boots. Beautiful.
Also, I received the ammo belt -- hand made leather by Mel Mattson -- and boy, did she do a hell of a job. I still have to age it a bit, and add grommets to the back so I can cinch the belt with leather lacing.
In other news, the wife and I went to the fabric store and picked out the material she's going to use to make the flak vest that the chest and shoulder armor attach to.
And because I'm a geek, I bought this for myself, online:
It's been rainy here all weekend, so I can't finish the gauntlets yet, but soon. Then I'll get started on the Jetpack's paint job.
Jun 12, 2011, 8:22 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Looking good. Keep up the excellent work.
Jun 12, 2011, 8:25 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
You really are speeding through it .
Its all good stuff you got there so itl look nice
Jun 26, 2011, 6:33 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
I decided to work on the most complicated area of the jetpack, first: The yellow areas on the main body of the unit. These sections seem like they will take the most masking so I might as well get them out of the way.
Missing some photos here. But I laid down some Windsor Newton liquid mask before moving on to a layer of Rustoleum aluminum. Then another layer of liquid mask.
I decided to also use cut up garbage bags as extra protection to any areas that I didn't want accidentally misted. A little insurance policy. I propped the jetpack up on a bucket so that I had better access to the bottom edges, and laid down two base coats of the line painting yellow.
Once it was dry, it was time to bust out the art skills. Slowly, over the course of two hours, I laid down very fine mists of 1) Orange, 2) Dk Gray, 3) Bronze, 4) Light yellow, 5) more Line Painting yellow, 6) Black. And ended up with this:
Later on, I peeled off the masking fluid to reveal the underneath (But forgot to take a photo of that...)
Most of the taping I did for the yellow could stay on for the blue, so I took some tape off, and put some on. There are about three layers of tape on this now!
First up, I added some liquid mask:
Then hit it with Rustoleum Aluminum:
Then peeled off the liquid mask and put a new layer of liquid mask and sprayed it blue.
Once the weather dries out, I'll do one more base coat of blue, then add all the grungy tones.
On other fronts, I misted my cape with black to grunge it up. Another piece 100% done.
And I got the lenses in the mail for the two helmets I'll be making.
Meanwhile, the first of my two helmets came in! Designed by Terminal Fettler in the UK, I managed to win an eBay auction for "#23". I emailed him to make sure this was authentic. He confirmed that it was.
Unfortunately, the lense that came with it is cracked, but that's okay. I'll make a new one using one of my welding shields.
I've decided not to paint this helmet until my other one comes in (A "GMH" model by FettPride) -- so that I can decide which one fits best, and which one will be painted as Return of the Jedi and which will be Empire Strikes Back.
Last edited by BlackCatBone; Jun 26, 2011 at 6:58 AM.
Jun 26, 2011, 9:21 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Nice helmet! I was watching that one ,
Jul 3, 2011, 12:58 PM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Great work! It's awesome to see someone cruising along so fast!
Aug 1, 2011, 11:10 AM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Aug 1, 2011, 12:14 PM - Re: BlackCatBone's Boba
Nice work on the jetpack! It looks amazing!