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    Oct 19, 2011, 8:49 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #26

    Helmet seems ok, could probably use another coat of resin though. The armor has some spots where it looks like the resin is peeling away from the cardstock, prob where the rain hit it, so I might have to peel those resin pieces off and re-coat it again. The back armor looks like a ***** to do, considering I'm having trouble getting it to curve right. Its not being resined just yet
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    Oct 20, 2011, 9:51 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #27

    After some fun with a boxcutter and hot glue, the back armor has a nice curve to it and seems to fit my back pretty well.

    My flak vest seems too white, so I'm going to hit it with a little cream yellow misting, as well as some grey mist dying. It will be the same pearl grey I used for the gloves, but instead of soaking the entire garment in the dye, I'm going to put the dye into a spray bottle, and mist the vest and neck seal a few times. That way it will have that nice hint of grey.

    Resin seems to have cured on the armor and helmet, so it looks like I get to do some more of my favorite thing... Yep. Sanding. Woooo.....
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    Oct 20, 2011, 9:58 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #28

    More pictures man!!! Halloween is right around the corner, how's it coming along?!!!!!
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    Oct 20, 2011, 11:28 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #29

    Ask and ye shall receive.

    Got a few pics of the armor drying, the helmet post-resin (still looks pretty smooth, looks like just the rangefinder and dome will need to be sanded), the gloves, jetpack getting primer, and a little weathering on the stock of the rifle.

    I may have weathered the gloves a little too much though, if such a thing exists lol. On the upside, a little bleach and water will re-whiten the finger strips easily.

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    Oct 20, 2011, 11:35 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #30

    All that's really left is to resin the back plate, figure out how I want to attach the jetpack to it, finish the left gauntlet, paint the footwear, install the visor, and paint everything. All the soft parts (belts, braids, jumpsuit, flak vest, spats, and gloves) are done.
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    Oct 20, 2011, 4:02 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #31

    Sanding the helmet down is starting to become a bit of a ***** (again). 200 grit seems to take forever and is just polishing. So I might step it up to 100 or 80. Somehow the resin has developed cracks and seams along some of the triangle pieces of the dome. ***? Looks like I'm gonna need to apply a little resin through a syringe or something. Plus the cheekbones seem to be weakening a bit. I dont want to resin the outside again and have it become uneven and whatnot, having to sand it again. Might hit up the inside of the cheeks with some more smooth cast, there's only a thin layer right now.

    Front armor pieces are primered and ready for paint (after double-checking for any additional big dents/gouges). Jetpack needs a little more smoothing on some parts (couple creases from the paper-mache).

    I still hate sanding. Bah.

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    Oct 20, 2011, 4:40 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #32

    Hm. Just thought of something to fill in the cracks and gaps without trying to slather resin all over the dome...



    White glue.

    Worked pretty well before the resin, and I only need a little bit. It sands smooth easier than hot glue, and is much easier to work with overall. I'll give it a try and post my results.
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    Oct 20, 2011, 6:39 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #33

    The white glue seemed to work well. Took a couple applications but the cracks and little pockmarks are filled in and smooth. I added a few dents and gouges to the armor, and it should be ready for the green soon. Knee and shoulder armor have already been hit with yellow. I'm just worried about starting to paint the helmet. I'm also debating when I should install the visor.

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    After smoothing out the jetpack a bit, and primering the knee armor

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    How Fett REALLY got the dent in his helmet. ****in squirrels.


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    Oct 20, 2011, 7:10 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #34

    I like the idea of using the white glue! Great idea. Yeah hot glue doesn't sand very well. I try to knock the hot glue down when I glop it on with the glue gun or I use a woodburning pen. I also have used the cheap old yellow masjid tape to fill holes. It sands pretty well after it is coated with resin. Good luck on the progress.
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    Oct 21, 2011, 12:56 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #35

    Well, I took the plunge today and started priming the helmet... Then ran out of primer. I hope that's not a sign.

    The strips are still somewhat visible, but its a weak layer of primer, and I'm hoping under more paint the seams will even out/fade.

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    Oct 22, 2011, 12:11 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #36

    Got some more pics. I know the knee armor is a little sloppy lookin, but I plan to sand out (ugh) the bigger bumps and then touch em up with a little yellow and then weathering. I had issues getting the darts/dart launchers to stick to the knee armor, they were falling off even with hot glue. So I did a lil thinkin, and put a nail through the cardboard, put the dart/launcher over the front where the nail was sticking out, filled it with hot glue, and ta daaa! Nice and secure without having to worry about bumping into something and having the pieces fall off. Also finished up the shoulder studs and a couple darts.

    Dome ridges on the helmet dont seem to be changing much, might have to sand it down and see if it can be saved. Theyre not too noticeable, depending on what angle you view the helmet from. My stuff is all pretty beat up looking and weathered, so i could build on that and make the helmet seem a little more beat up? Idk.

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    Oct 22, 2011, 5:11 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #37

    Attached the hoses to the gauntlet, they seem a little stiff but as long as they tuck away ok everything should be fine.

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    Took the training wheels off the helmet today too.

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    Oct 24, 2011, 12:01 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #38

    I am really loving how the armor turned out after weathering!

    The dents and deep scratches were cut into the armor using a dull boxcutter (to promote jagged cuts instead of clean straight ones), and then filled in with yellow and then silver. The yellow and silver were applied using a makeup applicator sponge and toothpick, to make the detailing really fine.

    Now, the knee armor was formed using cardboard from a box, not the thick cardstock that i used for the torso armor and helmet. So the resin absorbed a little unevenly, leaving some high/low spots, bubbles, pockmarks, and different textures. I sanded out the really bad spots, but I'm glad I left the pockmarks in place because that would help with weathering. After hacking some scratches and dents into the knee armor, I started filling in the first dent with silver, and didnt like how it turned out. I used the sponge to wipe away the excess silver, and accidentally wiped silver over some of the adjacent pockmarks... Which led me to my eureka moment!

    The silver had filled in the pockmarks, making em look like mini-shrapnel damage, as well as perfectly filling in some scratches. It made the weathering look a LOT more realistic than applying with a toothpick (some damage spots looked "drawn-on"). Also, the yellow was looking too vibrant against the dull silver. So I decided to add some silver to the sponge and smear it all over the knee armor, filling in each scratch/dent/imperfection, and giving the vibrant bright yellow a bit of a dull metallic/almost greasy look. I was pretty happy with the outcome. All the armor needs is decals, some black misting, and it should be all done!

    Yes, of course I took pictures lol.

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    Stage 1 of weathering

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    Stage 2

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    Finished armor

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    Oct 24, 2011, 9:05 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #39

    Finally got the decals on, and misted the armor with some black and primer. Im tempted to use my "burn weathering" technique that I've used on the cape, flight suit, gloves, and ammo pouches, but I'm a bit worried that it might ruin the armor, being cardboard and resin and all. Might be tempted to test it on a small part tomorrow.

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    Oct 24, 2011, 10:10 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #40

    Screw it, couldnt sleep, decided to try the burn weathering. I think it turned out ok.

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    He's a bounty hunter, not a stormtrooper, ya know? :P
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    Oct 25, 2011, 9:09 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #41

    Looking good. I hope to get a chance to post some of my build later when I get time. I've got to scratch build my boots from a 15.00 pair of old school "converse style" hightops but I'm skipping on the gloves. I'll just use some smooth grey work gloves for that.

    What did you use for your darts on your knees(especially) the pointed one. I need to upgrade mine with something different.
    The weathering on the armor looks fantastic! Good luck
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    Oct 25, 2011, 9:39 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #42

    Thanks! I'm just hoping the helmet turns out ok, still have a lot of painting to do. Plus I'm still working on the back plate, one gauntlet, and codpiece.

    For the knee darts, I harvested parts from some cheapo plastic click pens. Not the skinny Bics, but the bigger promotional types that most companies have/give away. Just unscrewed the tips off, and snapped the pocket clips off the tops, then sanded down the little plastic remainder till it was smooth and round. I believe they used to be walgreens pens.

    Honestly a lot of the non-cardboard parts I got from stuff laying around in the basement/garage. Yay for recycling/saving money! haha
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    Oct 26, 2011, 11:45 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #43

    Helmet finally going in for paint. Let's hope I dont mess it up. Click image for larger version. 

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    Oct 26, 2011, 2:34 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #44

    Green seems to look good. Doing the cheekbones next, then the mandibles and any other red parts, then weathering, then visor, then done?

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  20. Oct 26, 2011, 2:54 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #45

    Really nice job with this build. I love the burn weathering on the armour! Gives it that little extra. Did you make everything from cardboard? Even the gauntlets?
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    Oct 26, 2011, 3:47 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #46

    Yep, pretty much everything is made out of varying thicknesses of cardboard/cardstock/thick posterboard lol. I did use plastic cups and other plastic parts for the jetpack, but all the armor stuff is cardboard based.
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    Oct 27, 2011, 10:06 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #47

    Mandibles are done, moving onto the earpieces today.

    The helmet kinda looks "cartoony" to me. The colors seem flat and bland, and I know I didnt go with the exact brand/colors that most other people used, but I chose pretty **** close ones. I figure the weathering will help a lot, cause I felt the same way about the armor.


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    Oct 27, 2011, 11:32 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #48

    So. Just finished taping off the helmet to paint the killstripes. By hand. That whole process was a *****. My advice to everyone: give yourself enough time to order the effing decals, unless you're like me and don't give a **** if the helmet is 100% movie accurate.
  24. Oct 28, 2011, 5:58 AM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #49

    Most impressive. Seeing how you've done so well, maybe I'll give the cardboard gauntlets a go myself.
    And yeah, buying the decals seems like good advice
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    Oct 28, 2011, 12:54 PM - Re: My scratch built Boba Fett build! (Hopefully ready by Halloween) #50

    Killstripes are on, yeah I know they're not completely accurate, but they do the trick. God I'm glad that's done.

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