Excellent job Matt!
Discussion on Matty's ESB Display Build Thread within the Boba Fett Costume forum, part of the Star Wars Original Trilogy Bounty Hunters category; Excellent job Matt!
Excellent job Matt!
Thanks guys. I found that the weight of the blaster had caused the arms to sag down a little, so I positioned them higher again. This seems to be a drawback to using a foam mannequin. Everything else about it works great, just the weight of the gauntlets and the blaster are a little problem.
Here's where I'm at with the flamethrower. I think it's coming along nicely and will have only cost me about $5 when I'm done. There's a whole lot of guesswork going on here. I can give some details on how I'm making it if anyone is interested.
Nice work, Matty! Are you using wood for all the block shapes?
Big thanks to Necronaut for kindly sending me some of his leftover flamethrower bits. What a great guy. These resin pieces are making my life easier, and for that I am very thankful.
Here's where I'm at tonight. I think I almost have this thing done. I'm working off of what I can make out in reference photos, not trying to emulate any of the kit flamethrowers.
Looking good so far, dude!
Amazing work MattyMatt, it’s been fun seeing your build come together.
Awesome craftsmanship here! Making me want to turn ESB
I just read this entire thread, and am blown away by the epic scratch builds and mods put into this display. You should get out and troop it sometime, and show off all your hard work!
I didn't think it was possible to make my gauntlets look THAT **** good! Great job my man, keep up the great work and keep those pics coming!
This is an epic suit Matt, great job.
Going to start work on the holster I got from Kcr7pr. This is going to need a lot of smoothing and filling. A lot.
I would like to cut the knife pocket off, but because of the way these are molded it's impossible. You would end up with just a big whole in the front of the holster. Not a big deal, just would have been cool to cut it off.
Oh, sorry Matt, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.
So I found an old pic of my helmet when I first started working on it. I'm not actually done yet, still need to install the calc board and the visor (just duct taped in). The rangefinder is just a big hunk of resin, but I tried to add some detail with led's and a hand shaped plexiglass lens. I'm also missing some details like the light green marks under the killstripes. This was all painted by eye, no templates or stencils. One of these days I'll fix some of the stuff that doesn't look quite right and finish it up.
It looks absolutely lovely.
helmet looks great! the detail is perfect!
When that suit is done, you have to wear it at least a few times. It would be a crime not to show it off.
Looks Great Brother!
I love that you fixed the perspex block color too. Your work is amazing!
I decided to add a little more of a curvature to the ab plate. Will ships his stuff with a nice shape, but I thought it looked just a little flat on my dummy. A couple minutes heating it from the back with a hair dryer and gently bending it did the trick. No problems at all. I also padded the chest a little in the center to make the armor look a little more curved. A subtle difference for sure, but I've got nothing else to do until I get more parts.
I've also been trying to darken the cape. Mixed results on that. Stay tuned.
Wow, just wow. Your work is fantastic!
Thank you! Just a small but cool update. Got my lights from Fettronics installed. I went with Raf's 13 step sequence because I like the variety of characters that pop up. The whole setup is contained on the back of the chest plate, so all you have to do is reach your finger underneath to turn it on/off. I highly recommend ordering from Fettronics.
It was time to mod the beacon, so I went at it like a crazy man. I started by hollowing out the resin beacon with my dremel, using tiny files to make those vent slots. This was a pain, but it turned out ok. The beacon was pretty inaccurate to start with, so I had to stick with the three slot setup. I had a mini led flashlight laying around that I used for the light. I cut off the end with the led and fit it nice and snug into the beacon. I soldered the wires and ran them through the beacon into the jetpack where they attach to 3 AAA batteries. The light originally used some tiny watch batteries, but they weren't going to cut it. The AAA's made it much brighter. I painted the inside of the cap part silver and stuck some aluminum foil in the top to help the light reflect out. Some fresh paint and there you have it, a lighted beacon.
I think this turned out great for using stuff I had around the house.
Wow that is bright. Those little LEDs really put out some light. The ones I use in my Asok kit are the size of a grain of rice but will blind you if you look right at them.
Who made the RF? If one of my kits will fit it send me a pm, we can work something out.
Lol. You don't want to know how many times I burned myself making the TF kits. How did you attach the rf to the stalk? If you end up getting a different rf, let me know I will hook you up. A suit that looks that good needs a lit up rf.
I can't believe that is a hollowed out resin beacon! those little slots on my resin beacon have scared me for so long! as always brother, great work
That's pretty sweet man. I thought I saw someone on here that had a carbon chamber platform for sale. The pose you have is awesome!
Looking TOUGH Matt, excellent job on this so far, keep it up!
Nice work.....place a blue light over the Boba and it looks like the freezing chamber
You did a great job on modifying that beacon! Awesome costume in general, as well.
Looking better every time.
Thanks guys. I thought about building a carbon freeze stand but scrapped it. Maybe I should revisit that idea. Or maybe just some red and blue lights. Maybe a fog machine too. Yeah, now we're talkin'.
Fcuking excellent..... :-)
Greeblies turned out sweet, man. Excellent looking blaster, how are you putting the weathering on that?
I'm so Jealous!! your ESB Fett looks hella tight Mr. not sure who that other character is though?
A total work of art, you've shown us all how it can and should be done, with virtues such as, eye for detail, patience, manual skill, etc etc, i hope you enjoy this piece you have created and i'm sure you are very proud of it because you should be.
Thank you so much. I have a ton of respect for you guys and for all the builders here, so to get compliments really means a lot to me. I consider this build to be a group effort, because I absolutely could not do it without the help of the members here.
Matt, your suit is one of the better builds that I have seen. You should be proud of all the hard work you did, and like I mentioned earlier, if you want to change the rf topper, let me know, I can hook you up.
Wow, haven't been able to catch this thread in awhile. Glad I got to see this finished project. Great job Matt. It looks fantastic!
Great thread, loved reading it from start to this point. It answers alot of questions and points me in directions on where I will end up. Thanks Sir.
Thanks fellas. I actually still need shin tools, knee darts and a sidearm to call this thing complete. And then there are the upgrades...
It looks awesome. You must be really chuffed.... So what now?
NICE! How on earth did you scratch build the Mitchell rods? Want to sell me a set of those bad boys?
The knurled parts were from a tool I found in an old toolbox. It was some kind of awl or pick. I cut it in half with a hacksaw and had just enough for the two rods. The rods themselves are plastic tubes that I filled, drilled holes in, and then painted. Here are the two finished tools. I also have the pipe/tube one done too, although it's boring looking so I didn't take a pic.
Those darts are beautiful.
You are killin' it on the paint job and weathering (well...killed it, past tense really lol)
That is a seriously impressive scratch built tool! I hope I get so lucky looking through some "old tools" trying to find something I can use.
Thanks guys. I also added a bit of xlr cable in the gauntlet hose for that extra bit of detail.
And something else I wanted to show you guys. If you want to hang your jetpack on a mannequin without the hassle of a harness, this is how I did it. Just a strap through the back armor with some hardware to keep it attached. This way the whole thing just lifts right off the body.
that is close to how I did my straps on the mannequin, but I used the collar studs to hold the strap. I didn't think to do it like you did.great job on everything!
So today I used my dremel and a bunch of files to cut out the safety slot in the trigger guard. The trigger actually fell apart as I was cleaning around it, so I just hacked it off altogether. I'll rebuild it with JB Weld or something and just glue it back on. It actually worked out well because the slot was easier to make without the trigger in the way.
What did you have to notch out of the holster to get the sidearm to fit? Is that slot in the sidearm trigger supposed to be there?
I may try to work on mine this weekend. I am looking forward to see how you paint yours, I will probably use your ideas and hopefully I can do a good paint job even though I have zero skill.
Looking great matt
What did you use for filler on the sidearm? I'm going to start working on mine this week, so I need a few tips on how to finish it up.
Hey you Matty you Boba fett is gret bro, congratulations, is a new reference to Boba builders....................
Very sharp finish with the tape you've used, like it a lot Matt
First, I want to say you are very talented. Very nice looking build.
If you pm me your address I will send you a trigger for the sidearm, I have one or two left from the modular builds I did.
Would you like a set of the new more accurate mounts for the EE3? I can send them when I send you a trigger.
And to answer a question for most people. The split is for a 'trigger lock' that goes in the sidearm. I had a split trigger version, but it had quite a few bubbles so I went back to the solid version as people found it easier to modify and because you don't typically see the split when the sidearm is holstered.
Is this the light version matt?
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Ohh, and another side note, that will make you cringe The little square tab on the side of the sidearm is the safety.... If you make it split trigger, that gets removed
I want to say, I would let you build my fett anytime. I'm envious.
Thanks a lot guys!
JC- I used Devcon Metal Patch & Fill and Bondo Glazing & Spot putty. You could use anything like JB Weld, PC-7, etc. You'll want to fill, sand, and then lightly coat with primer. Any areas that need work will stick out like a sore thumb. Repeat until you're happy.
Stormrider- The trigger is already fixed and in place. No problem at all. Thanks for the offer, and more importantly thanks for making these kits available. Great kit at a great price. I was actually going to grind off those safety tabs, but I decided they didn't bother me, haha (and I really didn't think anyone would notice). But you're right, they shouldn't be there. I just wanted to cut the slot because that's an important detail to me. Thanks for the kind words.
That sidearm is rockin!!!! really like the finish on the grip section, makes that texture it has pop!
The sidearm looks terrible. You should send it back to me, and I will give you another fresh out of the mold ? No? Please?
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All kidding aside can I ask you what you are painting with? Your paint seems to go on really thin and clean.
This project, from start to finish, looks totally awesome mate.
I just hope when I start doing mine I can get it somewhere close to this.
Looks like I have a lot of hours and skills to learn, ahead of me.
I'm going to try to work on my sidearm tonight. What did you do to get the weathering so good?
I use a thin belt under my ammo belt for the pouches, could it have hung off that?
Raf - Thanks buddy
I am by no means an expert but I didn't think the harness belt went low enough and when you look at the back view of the dressing the super trooper and the back view of the ESB there's no bulging behind the ammo belt. And to have the pouches under the ammo belt pockets, looks like there should be another belt there. Maybe Raf can do a comparison of the two. I hope I've made sense
this is absolutely epic. great refrence pics on the EE3, just now starting to assemble mine from SR. such ridiculous detail and ingenuity on the whole build. great stuff matty. truly inspiring.
Absolutely awesome Raf! Thanks for the pics and details, I slapped my head when I read "attached with Velcro", yeah of course!
Ok, well I'm convinced. Raf once again comes through. Simply amazing. I'll be hanging my sidearm on the diver's belt. Fellow ESB guys, follow us and free yourselves from droopy ammo belts once and for all!!!
Thanks for the weathering tip on the sidearm.I had a chance to work on mine this weekend and it came out great.Keep the updates coming.
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