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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:48 PM - My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #1

    As posted over at the RPF, I decided to put together six SW costumes in three weeks with virtually no budget for an annual Quiz Night. I was determined not to spend anything, only scratch building from what I had around the house and doing some prop trades for the more difficult/time-consuming pieces.

    So, I had the helmet, a Mystery Helmet being finished by marsattack for me:



    I thought to myself... "I've got the helmet, how hard can it be to put together the rest". I joined the Dented Helmet and began studying.

    I started working out this outfit inside-to-out, from top to bottom. So first, the jumpsuit... I found this great set of overalls at one of my favorite second hand shops for about $8:



    I unpicked the reflective bands and extra pockets (I left the thigh pocket just incase I didn't have time to add accurate ones). The result was this:



    The next thing I thought I could do was the leather pouch belt. I had plenty of spare brown leather sitting around and I decided I wanted to make the pouches functional. So, first I made a bunch of cardboard boxes:



    Then I began covering them in leather. To save time, I made a template, and simply glued-and-stapled the pieces to the side of the boxes:



    Then I cut long leather pieces, added the white stitching and sewed velcro pieces to them. Again, I glued-and-stapled these to my cardboard boxes:



    I slid these onto my quickly-made leather "belt" (which was just another long strip of leather with the white stitching added). The end result:



    I found a cheap 80s style light grey windbreaker at another shop for about $3:



    I put it on backwards, trimmed the neck, cut off the sleeves and added stitching to the new short sleeves:



    There was some extra decorative stitching on this jacket. Instead of worrying about unpicking it all, I just lined up the stitching on the sleeve to make it look like it was meant to be there. Inaccurate, but I think it fits well enough:



    More to come...

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:49 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #2

    I had some chest armor coming from marsattack, but the rest I had to sort out myself. Luckily, after putting some feelers out here in the Junkyard, I managed to get a set of shoulder bells, collar and cod piece. I painted the shoulder bell design by hand:



    Next up, for the girth belt, I bought some cheap "red" rope for $1:



    After sewing them together, it looked really pink, so I darked it with some green and black spray paint. I added some webbing straps I had and added two roller buckles that use on my gas mask bag straps:

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g.../rope-belt.jpg

    I was getting closer...

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:51 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #3

    DISCLAIMER: All of these costumes were made for virtually no hard cash, within three weeks time and were meant to be instantly recognizable while still maintaining my natural desire for accuracy. Corners had to be cut, I'm afraid...

    Let's see, thanks to the generosity of CTF, I was able to get some simply plastic knee pieces. I added a couple of blocks of wood to each side, some greeblies I had in my garage, including the tip of a pen:



    Sixxgunn13, don't worry... I converted the cut-off sleeves into the neck seal.

    I found a head-band at a local $2 shop with a brown hair plait/braid... but they only had one. So, I braided some yarn, for another scalp, but it looked a bit cheesy.

    I had decided early on to do the ESB Fett, but realized that some of the nitpicking wasn't going to do for this budget version. So, I decided to go for an Empire of the Jedi Edition version. For the cape, I had a nice dark khaki piece of cotton denim I used to use for one version of my Raiders sandbags. It looks like a nice "half-way" color between the ESB tan and ROTJ green.

    I bought a pair of second-hand school uniform shorts for $2 that I converted into the short sleeves of the jumpsuit. I also found a pair of two-tone work gloves from the hardware store that were the same light/dark grey combo as my outfit. The main downside to the gloves was that they had writing on the backs of the hands. I was hoping that, when worn, the sleeves of the jumpsuit and gauntlets would help obscure this...

    So far I had this:



    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:54 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #4

    WARNING: Some of you may not want to read some of the following posts as they contain several accounts of deliberately allowed inaccuracies!

    For the next step, marsattack finished some chest armor for me and I was able to find some more hair braids. (I attached the armor to my windbreaker-vest using snaps.) He also kindly sent me some shin pieces, so I added some shin pockets made from the chest pockets I previously removed:



    Yes, I know the shoulder bells are reversed, but I didn't want the cape obscuring my beautifully hand-painted design. You can also see some of the harness I made from one of my kids old backpacks and some more webbing I had laying around.

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli

    P.S. I just read that the SE Fett had his shoulder bells reversed. That's what I love about this costume, there are so many variations, you can't really go wrong!
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:55 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #5

    Next up... the gauntlets. As I mentioned above, I was planning on doing the ESB Fett mostly, so I bought all my paints accordingly. I received some raw fiberglass gauntlets from the UK and didn't realize they were ROTJ style until I was ready to prep them. Also ran out of time to do all the greeblies, but here are my mish-mosh quick-and-cheap gauntlets:



    The hose is a clear plastic hose I had that I quickly sprayed some silver paint into...



    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:56 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #6

    I was almost out of time and wasn't planning on doing a proper Fett blaster since I couldn't find any cheap guns that I could build from that didn't look very wrong to begin with.

    Now, a few of my friends heard about what I was up to and asked what kind of gun Fett carried. After describing it, one donated an old .45 Magnum style airgun and another gave me a plastic scope with a working laser on it. The scope wasn't the right size, but I couldn't resist the idea of the laser being on the top of the gun.

    So... what do I do about the stock??? Luckily, RPFer Blaxmyth was over at my place helping me out with the back armor piece (more on that later) and he suggested plywood. To which I replied, "you want to try?" A few days layer, there was a great stock sitting on my back step.

    I had an steel pipe from an old vacuum cleaner in my garage, which meant I now had the following to work with:



    I couldn't find the right sized tube anywhere in my garage for the main barrel... then one of my friends suggested an empty caulking tube. Perfect!. I used some PVC piping to cover the old cylinder, a couple of hose clamps to attach the scope, a bunch of hot glue, spray paint and Voila!



    I modified the leather strap from a vintage camera I had... perfect sling. I couldn't find any suitable greeblies for the stock, but something fell out of the airgun when I was working with it, so I glued it to the new cylinder:



    Not perfect, but a heckuva lot better than the Hasbro Droid Blaster I was thinking of giving to Fett originally!

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:57 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #7

    I originally thought of doing the Fett without a jetpack since time and budget were so limited. But then I was talking to a friend of mine (not specifically an SW fan) who, when I told him I was doing a Boba Fett costume said, "I loved Boba Fett... he had that great jet pack...". So, obviously that was one of his key trademarks.

    So, what could I use? I had an old plastic kids table in my garage (left over ten years ago by the previous home owners) some PVC tubing, an old sword box (cardboard tube) and a broken coffee thermos from one of the builders working at our house. Using a wooden down for support, some screws, glue and putty I started with this:





    I felt like the next step should be to build up the rocket top so... using a plastic champagne glass, plastic funnel, toy lightsaber "blade" and a plastic toy stolen from my kids toy box, the next step was complete:



    For the rocket itself, another plastic champagne glass, another plastic funnel, a spray paint lid to join the two and another lightsaber blade:



    Now, the side "booster" jets had me stumped. I looked all over for balls I could use and all the funnels seems too wide. I broke down and went shopping. Found these wierd noise making toys at the $2 shop and a couple of measuring cups seemed the right shape:



    Put them together and you have:



    I used the legs from the plastic table and some smaller legs from one of my kids little plastic chairs that they broke a few days before I started this project to build up the front the pack. A couple of greeblies (the handle from that wierd toy, some metal thing I found in the garage and some parts from a toy Darth Maul saber). Put it all together and you get:







    It was sad to see the smiley faces go, but after some priming, painting and weathering, the end result was this:





    I didn't have time to add certain details (like the recesses in the side boosters) so I just did some extra surface painting.

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 4:57 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #8

    I didn't realize until near the end that Boba Fett had armor on his back. Luckily, Blaxmyth came to my rescue and after a few hours of heat gunning, we managed to get a piece of ABS to form quite nicely into the piece I needed. I connected the back plate with the shoulder piece using some nuts-and-bolts covered by silver-spray-painted keyboard keys.

    Here is the finished Boba Fett. Unfortunately, the writing on the gloves was not hidden, and I ran out of time and resources to make some proper boots (I did manage to make a set of spats half an hour before he arrived to get dressed for that evening):





    Here is the entire team... three weeks and virtually no budget:



    Here I am relaxing on the evening, assuming the Han Solo "I'm not going anywhere" pose:



    Boba Fett started sniping one of the other teams with his laser and they retaliated with some shots of their own:



    All in all a successful evening, but a crazy three weeks!

    I want to extend my thanks to all the RPFers who managed to get me various pieces over those few weeks, especially CMF and TazVader for their advice, marsattack for the great Boba helmet & armor, Blaxmyth for all his help, my wife for putting up with the huge mess in our dining room and to God for the miracle of helping me pull all this together in time. Deo Gratias!

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 16, 2009, 5:17 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #9

    Fantastic work! You did a great job and the character had all the 'recognizable' parts. Way to go, great job!
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    Aug 16, 2009, 5:25 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #10

    Great job on the jetpack!
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    Aug 16, 2009, 5:29 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #11

    Great thread, looks like you had a blast......
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    Aug 16, 2009, 5:44 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #12

    3 weeks? Man, I've been on it for 3 years and still don't have a complete "wearable" costume. Excellent job.
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    Aug 31, 2009, 5:53 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #13

    Thanks for all the kind words. The next step will be to build a PVC pipe mannequin...

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
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    Aug 31, 2009, 7:43 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #14

    That's really impressive for such a timeline crunch !!!

    Congrats

    -Chris
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    Aug 31, 2009, 9:13 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #15

    Wow... that is awesome. I should start gathering junk from my Good Will and see what I could do (I'm only 16 and don't have a job yet, the only money I get is from report cards, holidays, and the change I collect from the floor. I want to have a costume by the time I'm 18 so I can join up with the 501st)
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    Dec 2, 2010, 8:45 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #16

    I'm slowly building some mannequins to display these costumes and Boba Fett is half-done, literally. I've added the side pouches since the original build and am hoping to upgrade several pieces this month.



    The colors are a little washed out due to the backlighting.

    Kind regards,
    Indy
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    Dec 2, 2010, 9:03 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #17

    I'm impressed with the job you with this. Great job on your costume, even if this was posted a while ago.

    Brad
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    Dec 2, 2010, 9:07 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #18

    Quote Indy Magnoli said: View Post
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    Love this
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    Dec 3, 2010, 1:20 AM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #19

    Hey my skills are way beyond bad, anyway I could convince you to do a run of pvc mannequins? or at least write up a tutorial w/photos of how you did yours?
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    Dec 3, 2010, 1:38 AM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #20

    I'm still working on getting my PVC mannequins right. The display above is on a ready-made mannequin torso.

    In the mean time, here is one tutorial I found on-line: It's That Dude: Making a PVC Mannequin - Part 1, Measuring and Re-Measuring

    Kind regards,
    Indy
  21. Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 AM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #21

    Dude, that is awesome!!!Love the ingenuity...
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    Dec 3, 2010, 5:34 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #22

    I think the jetpack was really impressive. The noisemaker thrusters worked out really well!
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    Dec 3, 2010, 5:54 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #23

    i recently discovered / learned something that really helps on pvc manequins. don't rely just on the 45 and 90 degree connectors you can get at the hardware store. i used a plumber's torch to heat the pipe, and then bent it to more natural shapes. slight slope on the shoulders, slight bend in the knees.

    this was for a sy snootles static display, but the same would hold true for boba.
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    Dec 3, 2010, 5:58 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #24

    This is a really cool build! Beyond impressive.
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    Dec 3, 2010, 6:30 PM - Re: My Super Low Budget Fett in 3 Weeks #25

    That is one amazing build. I like the smiley face on the unpainted jetpack ! LOL

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