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    4 Weeks Ago - Dec 28, 2014, 8:22 PM - ESB Display Mannequin #1

    Been a while since I have posted to the forum. Finally finished my basement along with my home theater and now my attention can turn back to decorating it with my favorite props. Was able to score two fiberglass mannequins off ebay for 150 bucks for both. One will be Fett, the other a TK. I thought was a very reasonable price for a mannequin with a decent pose. Sectioned the left arm to better emulate one of the reference photo poses. The batting helmet bucket will reside in the theater on a shelf as ROTJ and my FP Premium will be on the mannequin as ESB. Can't wait to get back to painting a helmet again. These phone photos I will update later with better lighting and quality with my other camera. These don't do the weathering justice on the flighsuit but I was excited to be posting again after a long abscence. Now I have to tackle my knee armor and work my way up. The shoes are Cons heavily modified.
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    4 Weeks Ago - Dec 29, 2014, 9:45 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #2

    Incredible ! Looks like you're gonna spend some great time there watching your favourite episodes. I hope you'll keep posting pictures of each step of your Boba in this amazing home theater ! Would be great if you could add some kind of orange lights to recreate the carbonite scene in ESB.
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    4 Weeks Ago - Jan 3, 2015, 4:54 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #3

    Happy New Year everyone. Been a good holiday. Got my cod piece and back plate painted along with both knees painted and assembled. For the cod I went with Duplicolor filler primer as a base coat. Have been using this forever because of how smoothly it sands out and its compatibility to a number of paints. I still use Floquil Bright Silver for a base coat. I only have two bottles left so I have went to more of a spot damage spraying instead of all over silver. Rafalfett's templates have helped me greatly in this regard. Went with SP Armor Yellow for the yellow color of the armor. Seems to be a close match to the yellow zinc chromate. For the green I am using Tamiya Olive Green XF58 for a substitute for the MM US medium green. Still can't bring myself to use rattlecans, just not enough control for me. Using Grumbacher Miskit masking fluid throughout. Oversprays of NATO green, Medium grey and Dark Grey. Still cant describe the satisfaction when the masking fluid comes off. The knees I use Bright Silver for the base coat and then masked damage and used Tamiya Desert Yellow for the lighter "primer exposed" areas. Once complete, removed masking and reapplied damage and then applied UP Armor Yellow as a base then oversprayed with Milwaukee Road Orange. Slightly more on the right hand knee. From there switched to Tamiya Flat Brown for the darker sienna areas of the knees and finished up with oversprays of Duplicolor Gray Hot Rod Primer for weathering. Hope to get the knees and cod installed tomorrow on the display. Let me know if you see anything I'm missing along the way or improvements I could make.
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    4 Weeks Ago - Jan 3, 2015, 5:53 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #4

    Looking great dude :-)
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 4, 2015, 8:06 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #5

    Was able to get the knees and cod mounted on the display. Use 1" white elastic and velcro to mount all three. What is the consensus on weathering of the elastic straps? Do you overspray the same as the flightsuit to keep the weathering consistent? In the reference photos they seem to vary from dyed blue to pure white but neither looks as heavily weathered as the jumpsuit.
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 4, 2015, 8:51 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #6

    Looking very nice there. Will make an excellent display piece and perfect conversation starter.
    Never really thought about the elastic, other than the CRL stating that it needs to appear dirty. Never really saw it in the movie, so I don't think much attention is really paid to it, as long as it's the correct width and weathered.
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 10:48 AM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #7

    Nice, how did you get your arms in that pose?
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 11:32 AM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #8

    The right arm required no modification and the left arm I cut a v-notch in the arm at the elbow leaving a 1 inch band of fiberglass right at the elbow location. I used a heat gun to soften the fiberglass and bent the arm into position. Very fragile at this point. I then used kitty hair to reinforce the join. Mixed it hot and held it in positon until it kicked. I then applied Bondo to the remaining seam and smooth over the repair. Didn't want to try to match the flesh color so rattlecan flat blacked the whole mannequin. For hands I will replace with wooden poseable hands or modify the existing hands and add stiff wire for poseability.
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 12:16 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #9

    Looks great! Arm positions look good but it's really hard to tell until you actually try to get it to hold a Webley. You may have to do some more adjusting. Getting these things to hold a blaster naturally is one of the hardest parts. Keep up the good work!
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 12:50 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #10

    SD68 awesome! I Have the same mannequin great idea! I was planning on removing the whole arm! Glad I don't have to and can just the 'V" cut and shape it with heat instead!
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 1:01 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #11

    Looking pretty epic so far, can't wait to see the finished piece!
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 4:39 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #12

    I am using the same mannequin for my stormtrooper and had to section arm off completely in order to get the hand to grip the folding stock. The Fett
    Pose I am going for is the carbonite escort photos where he has a clinched fist under the barrel. Hands are much closer together and easier mod of the mannequin as well as not having to grip the Webley with the left hand.
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 4:40 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #13

    SD68 could you post some pictures of the Fett arm mod?
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    3 Weeks Ago - Jan 5, 2015, 10:46 PM - Re: ESB Display Mannequin #14

    See above post for diagram of modification. Don't have any in progress photos of the mod. Fiberglass is only about 1/8 inch thick so once you cut out wedge the remaining piece will be flimsy and fragile until you get the reinforcement in place. Once reinforced it is up to you to make it as pretty as you like with bondo, sanding, and primer. I wanted it to look like it came that way so I spent a couple of hours getting it smooth. I know you don't see it but I knew it was there.

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