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    ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    many of you might say that I have fallen to the darkside... I'm changing my ESB Fett to a ROTJ one... .....

    the reason is the amount of reference material available for the ROTJ suit, I mean I can paint a little, so I want my suit to look as good as I possibly can... (as for the ESB or ROTJ debate... I tend to look at Boba as Boba... not a character divided into 2 versions simply because his gear is composed a little different... I mean we don't look at Vader in about 4 different ways right?)

    anyways, I started my project with the jet pack, wich I didn't just want to repaint but to edit a little aswell, since it was going to be repainted anyways, I could just aswell sand an do some mods to it...

    As I was ready for painting I noticed that although I had some pretty darn good reference pics (thnx Braks), my jet pack kit (a recast of a Bradley Fett one ... shame on me, but hwen I bought it, I didn't know it was a recast... still feel a little bad about it...sorry MB...but to get back to the point...) my jet pack kit is probably one of the most light weight, but also most inaccurate kits available, its a way to much strechted vetrtically in comparison to the real deal or an MLC... but it was alot more affordable for a 17 year old

    also, its ABS vac formed, so it isnt curved right in more rectangular forms, all edges are round like...

    for starters, I wanted to redo the missile attachment point so it looks accurate when I;m not wearin the rocket (mostly for future planned fan films) and the grid on the bottom of the jet pack.

    I havent made a new grid yet but I'll get around to that soon enough, just a piece of plexi-glas with the right amount of stripes dremmeled out and painted in the right colour that gets layed in the bottom of the pack so it is removeable...who knows what that opening might be useful for during fan films or whatever...

    I also still need to attach the screw like thingy on the right white stripe, and the little push button greeblie on the bottom...

    lookin at it now, I think it came out allright... and it's not just some custom weathering... although it doesn't really show I looked at pics because the model is so different from the original... $$$MLC$$$ where are you...

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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    editing plans...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    sanding, sawing and dremmeling...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    a new look...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    a little sanding and first paint coat...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    basic colours, with the blue sprayed on and the rest hand painted...
    (looks like a plastic toy...)
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    and after black wash, weathering, black mist, white wash, aluminium wash, and more weathering... this is what it looks like when finished...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    Lookin Nice! Soon the Journey to the right Fett will be complete

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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    LOL, yeah well... I have to admit, painting this jet pack was alot more trying then my previous paint job in ESB style...ofcourse I had custom weathering...


    thnx Cal

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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    Looks Great.

    R_boba_fett said:
    and after black wash, weathering, black mist, white wash, aluminium wash, and more weathering... this is what it looks like when finished...
    Will you explain your tecnique with some more details? I love how your weathering came out, and will need some tips when its time to paint my JP.

    Thanks,
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    after "pre-processing it" (sanding or primer or whatever is required) give the pack the main basic colours,

    then you rub some black wash on it at the right spots,

    then paint all the silver scratches on,

    do some black misting on it with a black spray can,

    then wash the parts with the colour you put on them first if they came out a bit to dark after misting,

    then redo some parts of the now "dulled by black misting" silver spots, and you get a nice looking weatehring scheme.

    Also.. on the thrusters I just rubbed some black wash very crued (so you could basically still see brush stripes everywhere, looked really ugly)

    then I grabbed my silver paint (aluminium actually) and washed that all over teh thruster balls.

    then did some black misting on them (like on the rest of the pack) and then redid the black decals with some black paint, and put new silver scratches on them.

    because of the alu-wash, it now kinda has that white ...painted metal look to them... maybe I will wash them with some gold paint aswell in the future, because on reference pics you can clearly see they also have a brown, rusty touch on em a bit...

    hope that helps, its quite easy to do actually... I'm not keen on the "mustard method", as I want control with a brush...

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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    This is really hard for me to see!!! As obi wan might say, "You were my brother!!!!" And now you've fallen into evil!!! Just kiddin bro Hey, that paint job looks fantastic there!!! Very, very nice. And it didn't take you very long either!!!! Way to go!!. Now sand it all off & go back to green
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    Jango's kid said:
    This is really hard for me to see!!! As obi wan might say, "You were my brother!!!!" And now you've fallen into evil!!! Just kiddin bro Hey, that paint job looks fantastic there!!! Very, very nice. And it didn't take you very long either!!!! Way to go!!. Now sand it all off & go back to green
    Damian
    LOL, "sand it all off"

    thnx for the compliment JK!!! means alot to me!!!

    yeah well, I started workin on it last... tuesday I think... And I finished yesterday (saturday)

    Now...and I mean NOW... I'm gonna do the rocket, just dremmeled a bit of in the garden for my rocket attachment and put some primer on the thing after sanding it... lets hope it works out

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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    since nobody here knows anything about Boba Fett, I thought I'd just post a comparisson pic so you all know what I painted... it's called a jet pack... :jet pack
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    In order to make the rocket fit nicely, I had to dremmel the launcher pad out, and put some kit in the rocket to keep it from slip slidin' away on the pvc pipe...

    now the rocket is sanded, primed and has basic colours on it... I think I'll leave it this way... uhw.. maybe not..
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    and the pvc pipe goes in...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    looks strange... those 2 mixed...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    look at that marvelous weathering...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    a little black wash on it...
    a little gold wash on it...
    and weathering it...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    then on to some black misting....

    then afterwards redo the silver scratches an wash on the red and gold and silver a little to get the colours back again, but now they look like rusted/iron parts.
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    and now (with still no greeblies or grid) I'm finished and pretty satisfied with it...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    Not sure how I missed this one. Well, as much as I'm ashamed of you for turning, you did an awesome job! Your weathering is incredibly accurate, you should be proud.

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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    heres the originals, and what I had and have now...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    well I made the grid... allthough its not 100% accurate, as there was no room inside the jet pack to get it up a little higher... but I suppose this will do with this pack... I kinda like the electrical wiring I placed in there...

    never noticed that before on MoM....

    but theyre there...
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    Re: ESB to ROTJ conversion...

    close-up...
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