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  1. Notlewis's Avatar
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    Dec 29, 2013, 7:54 AM - Mid-Budget ESB built #1

    Hello TDH fellows, greetings from germany.

    I´m a member since 2005, have done 2 ROTJ Boba Fett costumes, but this is the first time to post some WIP pictures.
    Now I´m doing the ESB version, which I love the most of all versions.

    In the first picture you can see what I´ve got so far.

    Cape + Chest Electronics: TK409
    EE3 Blaster Kit: Sidewinder - built and painted by me
    Rifle Leather Sling: 99centTaco
    Jet Pack Rocket: from another TDH member via cargo hold
    Flightsuit + Sidepouches + Ankle Ties + Gloves + Holster: Bobamaker
    Wookie Braids: Woodman
    Sidearm: from "flea bay" - reworked and painted by me
    Girth Belt: also from "flea bay"
    Shin Tools made by myself using the wizardofflight templates
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    Dec 29, 2013, 11:04 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #2

    Now I start building the knee armour out of 3mm sintra. I use the WOF templates, like I did for the shin tools.
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    Dec 29, 2013, 12:29 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #3

    Nice! Will you be scratch building the helmet too?
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    Dec 29, 2013, 12:42 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #4

    Quote catbread said: View Post
    Nice! Will you be scratch building the helmet too?
    Thank you very much! No, I´ll buy the helmet, my skills are not good enough to build it myself.
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    Dec 29, 2013, 1:45 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #5

    So, that´s enough for today. Cut away the rough parts, and sandpapered the left knee. Hope you can see the difference. More to come...
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    Dec 29, 2013, 6:10 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #6

    Nice work so far and I like the layered sintra. I think I might go that route when it comes to armour. It'll be way easier to cut/shape and just double up than using a thicker piece.
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    Dec 30, 2013, 1:38 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #7

    Looks like you're off to a solid start! Knees look pretty good so far! I'd highly recommend using RF's armor templates for the rest of your armor. Good luck!
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    Dec 30, 2013, 2:32 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #8

    Thanks a lot for your kind words Jesuit24 and redkraytdragon! Today I had my first working day after the christmas holidays. So, no updates for today... Oh... there´s one... I bought a set of knee darts from "flea bay". Hope they´ll arrive soon.
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    Dec 30, 2013, 2:49 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #9

    Quote redkraytdragon said: View Post
    Looks like you're off to a solid start! Knees look pretty good so far! I'd highly recommend using RF's armor templates for the rest of your armor. Good luck!
    Thanks for the info. I think I´ll use them for my armour. Looking very helpful.
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    Jan 1, 2014, 11:53 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #10

    First of all a happy new year to all of you!

    While I´m waiting for the aluminium knee darts, I started building the cod piece and back belt using a combination of RafalFett´s and Wizardofflight´s templates.

    That´s where I´m now:
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    Jan 5, 2014, 2:35 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #11

    A little update:
    did some little work on the cod piece and back belt.
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    - - - Updated - - -

    ...and did a little test with the chest lights and the size of the slots.
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    Jan 8, 2014, 10:23 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #12

    I didn´t have to go to work today, so I spend 2 hours on sanding the knees and parts of the cod plate.
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    I glued the lower parts of the cod plate (the white parts as seen in the picture.), made another front piece of the cod plate and glued it with the first piece to make it look more solid.
    It was a sunny and not very cold day, so I did the sanding on our terrace, while in the background an Ewok... oh, stop... this is "Lasse" our oldest cat watching a bird.
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    Jan 12, 2014, 11:19 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #13

    Today I glued the lower cod plate parts to the main-cod plate and stabilized it all from the inside. Next step will be smoothing the edges by cutting and sanding...
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    Jan 12, 2014, 11:55 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #14

    Looking great.
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    Jan 12, 2014, 12:22 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #15

    Quote Matty Matt said: View Post
    Looking great.
    Thank you, sir!
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    Jan 15, 2014, 10:35 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #16

    Today I glued the double-layered front part onto the cod plate with superglue. Also did a lot of sanding with 3 different sorts of sandpaper to get it step by step into shape.
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    Jan 18, 2014, 3:48 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #17

    Today, I´ll spent some time working on the cod plate greeblie.

    I marked the place where it will be glued to.
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    Then I cut the first of 5 sintra layers and curve it.
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    Each of the five sintra pieces is curved and glued together to form a block.
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    Now it´s time to start sanding. More to come...
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    Jan 18, 2014, 9:19 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #18

    Thanks for posting all the pics and info, learning alot!
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    Jan 18, 2014, 12:02 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #19

    Quote Bsoder52 said: View Post
    Thanks for posting all the pics and info, learning alot!
    You are too kind! It´s a pleasure to me!
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    Jan 18, 2014, 12:09 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #20

    Sooooo.... after 4 hours cutting, sanding, cutting, sanding, sanding and some more sanding (at least a little bit primer):
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    After all the work I have to admit, 4 layers of sintra would have been enough, but I wanted to be sure to have more material than less.
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    Jan 19, 2014, 4:34 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #21

    I did a little test fitting of the greeblie (it´s not attached permanently, so I can change the dimensions). What do you think?
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    Jan 19, 2014, 7:03 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #22

    I think it´s too huge/high. So I´ll cut/sand it down from 1,4cm to 0,9cm (you can see the red line). But the base size is good so far.
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    Meanwhile I made the dent, using a heatgun and the end of the grip of a wood-file and an old screwdriver.
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    Jan 19, 2014, 7:54 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #23

    This is turning out great mate. I'm following this thread as I'm using a similar product for mine. You've given me a few ideas. You're doing and awesome job so far. Keep it up.

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    Jan 19, 2014, 7:57 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #24

    Also regarding the greeblie, I think its def a tad too tall. The new marked one looks about right. I'm very eager to see you do the back armor and collar. Its the part I've had troubles with so far...

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    Jan 19, 2014, 11:08 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #25

    Quote skeg_man said: View Post
    This is turning out great mate. I'm following this thread as I'm using a similar product for mine. You've given me a few ideas. You're doing and awesome job so far. Keep it up.

    Sent from my PadFone
    Thank you, mate!

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