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    Sep 27, 2011, 11:48 AM - Building to ROTJ Spec... #1

    Well trying too.
    About a year ago I decided I was going to build a Fett costume, I stumbled upon TDH shortly after. As I begin to put together a list and decide which costume I wanted to build my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This led to some financial issues and all hobbies of mine being pushed to the side for a little bit. I sold my rally car, made sure my daughter had the best Christmas possible and learned to adapt to the new life style for my little one. Well between then and now I started back up on collecting parts. I ordered a Cucblack flak vest sometime ago and let it hang in my closet looking at it every now and then dreaming to have a complete suit. Well financial times have finally picked back up and I began to splurge a little. I got on Asok's list for the FP Cold Cast a little while ago and soon enough a helmet was in route to me, at that same time a BM helmet popped up in the cargo hold and I decided I needed two helmets, just in case I messed one up some how.

    I then ordered a girth belt from Horseloverz and a jump suit and full armor set from Cucblack. While on another forum I noticed a friends Boba avatar which led me to PM and to find out he had some size 10 Man of War boots that he needed to sell. I quickly snatched them up and soon had the top and bottom to the start of my Return of the Jedi Fett. Now all I have left is a whole lot of painting and a lot of parts to collect.

    Here is where I am at right now.
    The boots where the first thing I began working on getting them as filthy as I could.

    I first started with a "chalk based Tamiya model weathering kit, which gave some good results, but as it dried became far to light. I soon moved on to enamel paints mixed with tons of water to give a gradual darkening effect, step by step.

    I then used some sandpaper and a metal file to age the boots a little more.

    As of right now one boot is done, the other needs to be a bit darker to match the other boot.

    So as I said before I picked up a couple helmets, sanded for a while, but was pretty scared to start painting so I did some test samples on a scrap piece of styrene I had sitting around.


    Using liquid mask, rattle cans and a little bit of airbrushing I got s a result.
    But I was still a little reluctant, so I started painting an RC body I had that needed a repaint anyway.




    Now I was a little more confident and was assured the paints and technique I was using should do the job.

    But before that I began cutting, sanding and adding markings to the Asok FP bucket.


    I collected every image I could find of the ROTJ helmet, checked the markings and went for it.

    Midway through the FP helmet I got a little impatient and began painting and masking the BM bucket.
    It maybe a bit of a mess, but it is covered it liquid mask and hopefully turns out ok.


    Shortly after this photo yesterday I finished off the paint and now have to begin pulling the masking off.

    During downtime on the paint and masking drying I dyed the girth belt using the sticky on using the latex wood stain, nice simple process.
    Here is the result.


    That is where I am at as of today. Lots more to come over the coming months.
    Im still waiting on the Cucblack jump suit and armor, which I image will be another 3-4 weeks till it shows up on my door step.

    Thank you again TDH for the wealth of information, without this site I would have built a mash of a Fett.
    Ty
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    Sep 27, 2011, 12:58 PM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #2

    Looks like your having a good time
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    Sep 27, 2011, 1:51 PM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #3

    Looks like a good start mate. I'm liking what you've done with the boots.
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    Sep 27, 2011, 5:21 PM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #4

    Thanks for posting this work in progress! I'm in a similar situation as you just starting out putting together a ROTJ Fett, so seeing how you've gone about your work is very helpful to me. By the way, hope your daughter is doing well.
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    Sep 27, 2011, 6:46 PM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #5

    Keep it up , though one thing it looks like is that you are puttingf down the liquid mask then painting that colour over the top of the mask , the you are adding the next layer of liquid mask , and so on , Ipersonally would advise between each coat take off the previous loayer of l;iquid mask to see how the weathering looks ,
    you will be able to control the out come beter this way,
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    Sep 27, 2011, 10:52 PM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #6

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    Looks like your having a good time
    It has been a learning experience that is for sure.

    Quote Redtogusa said: View Post
    Looks like a good start mate. I'm liking what you've done with the boots.
    Thanks man, hopefully I will find sometime to finish them soon.

    Quote tu71586 said: View Post
    Thanks for posting this work in progress! I'm in a similar situation as you just starting out putting together a ROTJ Fett, so seeing how you've gone about your work is very helpful to me. By the way, hope your daughter is doing well.
    Thanks man, the family appreciates it.

    Quote BGHunter said: View Post
    Keep it up , though one thing it looks like is that you are puttingf down the liquid mask then painting that colour over the top of the mask , the you are adding the next layer of liquid mask , and so on , Ipersonally would advise between each coat take off the previous loayer of l;iquid mask to see how the weathering looks ,
    you will be able to control the out come beter this way,
    Thanks for the advice, I did that at first and quickly realized it was kind of a pain and then lining up the next layer of mask was almost impossible. I have one more bucket I will try that again and see how it goes though. Another reason though to do it your way is that the mask, then paint, then mask and so on makes things really stiff so the first couple of areas I painted that got a couple different colors are kind of a pain to get the mask off.

    Live and learn right?

    Thanks again for all the feed back guys!
    Ty
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    Sep 28, 2011, 12:26 AM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #7

    Just sent a PM, Brother. Have a great night. Cheers!!!
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    Oct 10, 2011, 3:29 AM - Re: Building to ROTJ Spec... #8

    Alright getting back on track.

    I pulled the liquid mask off and most of the Claret wine came off with it. So I finished stripping all the red off, re masked it and laid down more color. Lesson learned. I added the kill stripes today and started doing some weathering. It still has a way to go, but it is coming along pretty well. I tried to get all the markings but some of them are off their mark by just a touch. This was a lot tougher to paint then I originally thought, but fun nonetheless.

    On to the photos:
















    I Will continue to weather before I add the dullcoat. For the weathering I am using a Tamiya weather masters kit, it is chalked based and comes in a lot of different colors, the best part is if you are unhappy with it, it can be removed with water and a paper towel. Once I get it wear I like I will add the dullcoat to keep in in place.

    Thanks for looking,
    Ty

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