The MINI Fett project

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    The MINI Fett project

    With the cool threads about child-size armor and helmets (wow those are so impressive) this falls in the same category. I received an email and a bunch of photos from Bill Krause of Ohio, a visitor to my site. Although not a TDH member, he has done a pretty amazing job (at very little cost) at doing a set of foamcore Boba Fett armor for his 4 year-old. The pack and chest plates are constructed from black foam-core and hot-glue, painted and weathered with craft paint. (he's adding more content soon.)

    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/5.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/1.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/2.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/3.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/4.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/6.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/8.jpg



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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    I like the jet pack. It doesn't look like an accurate scaled down jet pack but more childlike and Toyish. Very cool.

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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    Yeah, kind of like the Playschool Star Wars toys. Like a caricature of Fett.

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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    I know where the thrusters come from - they are the engine bells from an old Space 1999 Eagle.

    Looks good! I'm going to start on a Jango for my son as soon as I can finish mine...


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    Hehe, that is really cute. Lucky little kid, that is a GREAT start to the costume!

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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    Yeah, I know. I showed it to my son, now he wants one! I've got to finish mine first!


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    Lucky little kid! He'll not want to grow up now!

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    that's so awesome !!

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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    Bill has updated me with more info and photos here:
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    Bill wrote:
    This really just started out as an afternoon project to make something fast and dirty and kinda expanded as I got into it. I basically used the reference photos found elsewhere on this site as well as the four-inch action figure (Power of the Force) for the rough shape, details and colors.
    *
    The scale was eyeballed based on my son's size. The chest plate pieces and collar were cut with a sharp x-acto knife from black foam-core, which is a little stiffer than the white. The pieces were bent slowly by hand to give them a slight curve and then white-glued in position on a backing of plain posterboard.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/9.jpg
    *
    Two Velcro straps were glued on the reverse side of the chest and collar plates to extend to the back plate.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/10.jpg
    Another strips of Velcro is glued at the beltline to hold the chest piece in place to the belt attaching the backplate.
    *
    After priming, the overall color of the armor is painted in FolkArt's 927 "Old Ivy"
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/2.jpg
    The edges and scratches are dabbed in Testor's Silver and then the whole thing slightly misted in flat black spray paint.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/3.jpg

    *
    The back plate for the jet pack is cut from black foam core and notched to accommodate the elastic Velcro waist-belt and the shoulder straps.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/11.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/12.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/13.jpg
    *
    The jet pack was cut from white foam core and hot-glued together.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/14.jpg
    The center tube was a 1 " cardboard gift-wrap roll.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/5.jpg

    The leading edges on the pack were also covered with electrical tape to make the odd angles a little smoother.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/15.jpg
    The tops to the side canisters were plastic lemonade mix cups as well as the middle transition piece.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/16.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/17.jpg

    The cones on the center tip were rolled from posterboard and glued together over a smaller diameter 3/4" cardboard tube from a clothes hanger.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/18.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/19.jpg
    *
    The engine nozzles were a fortunate find. I happened to have these in my spare parts box - they're from Mattel's 32-inch Space: 1999 Eagle toy and just the right size!
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/20.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/21.jpg

    [These came out in the late 70's are a bit rare.] They're screwed into two wood balls I bought at a woodworker's shop, drilled through and placed on either end of a 1/2" diameter wood dowel that's slid through the jet pack body - the dowel is also left loose so that the jets can swivel.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/22.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/23.jpg
    *
    The pack was primed and hand painted in the blue, yellow and dark red craft paint then weathered with dry brushed silver over the edges with some dusting/overspray of flat black spray paint for that "used" look.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/24.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/25.jpg

    The nozzles and center tip were masked and painted in silver chrome before weathering
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/26.jpg

    The back of the pack was covered with a 3" by 5" strip of Velcro that mates with its counterpart on the backplate.
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/27.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/1.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/11.jpg

    *
    Here's the kid in action:
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/7.jpg
    http://www.TK409.com/images/fett/minifett/8.jpg
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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    thats too cool man!

    nice work!

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    Re: The MINI Fett project

    Wow...thats awesome.

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