In anticipation of the new movie opening, I revamped my halloween costume and built a jetpack. For the weathering and battle damage, I used Testors Flat Steel as a silver scratch base, brush applied, and outlined the scratches with a dark gray and a "weathered concrete" paint pens that I found in a set in the plastic model section of my local craft store.
I tried a t-visor from T-Visor.com but, it was too dark and didn't fit my scratch-built helmet quite right. So, I reverted to a clear styrene sheet with 35% car window tint. You can see my nose if you look, but much easier to see out of, and more flexible to fit my helmet.
I built my jetpack in 2 days using Alan Sinclair's templates. I used a mix of illustration board, foam core, and cardboard shipping tube for the main structure. The missile(?) cone parts are styrofoam craft store cones wrapped with crardstock. I was in a time crunch and so used spray paint can lids for the top/bottom tanks, with rubber wall door-knob bumpers on top. The jets are 2.5" craft balls (for ornaments) with auto fluid funnel cones, affixed to a 1" pvc pipe using a mix of hot glue and poly spray foam. Painted using the same colors as my armor. For now it's worn via a strap around my neck, not comfy but it only weighs 2 lbs, 13 oz.
For some fun, I added a metal tube with slots for the beacon to the top, and found a LED light kit at the auto parts store to illuminate it and my right gauntlet. The kit is designed for 12V but works just as well on a 9V battery. I carry the battery and control in my right hip pouch. The control allows both red and white, just red, just white, or none.
I weathered and battle-damaged my cape after adding more orange in the form of spray-on dye. Changed to magnets from velcro to hold the cape to my collarbone plate.
I have been at the theater showing the new movie for 2 nights now, and will go again tonight and tomorrow. In exchange, they are giving me movie passes for future movies. I see the new movie today at 4pm.
Because I'm a volunteer for the theater, they're allowing me to wear my helmet inside, but no blaster. The response has been overwhelmingly good, with all the kids really enjoying seeing me, and most adults too. Lots of photo-ops and fist-bumps. Lots of fun conversations with fans young and old.
I have a lot to add still; boots, proper gloves, the right color wookie scalps, ammo belt and rope belt to name a few. But, having so much fun!
Some of the supplies I used:
My jetpack before painting:
Hunter Green base coat:
At the theater:
Some fans... Diminutive Leia makes me look impressive, most impressive...
More fans with cute, home-made costumes: