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    Aug 20, 2009, 2:34 AM - Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #1

    So, we managed to pick up a Nemrod holster to go along with our Pulce speargun for the TDH table ( thanks SlaveR5!).

    I am still not totally convinced the ribbed strap version of the Nemrod is the exact version seen in the film, but it will certainly do for now.

    So we started with this early this afternoon.


    The first thing I did was try the fit the Pulce into the holster... It fits! It is tight, but it does fit. The barrel barely fit through the hole in the bottom so I widened it just a bit with a half-round file. One thing I think some people are missing is just how far out the bottom of the holster the pulce barrel should come. From what I have seen, the barrel should come completely out of the bottom of the holster, almost to the point that the knurling shows.

    I then realized that the rubber retaining strap for the holster was far too long because the Pulce is pushed so far down into the holster. I added a new snap about 3/4" behind the original and then trimmed the strap. After trimming it sits a lot closer to how the original stap appears to sit.

    I then began to cut out the trigger guard area in the back of the holster and spent most of the afternoon on this as I was very afraid of cutting away too much of the holster. However, I cut a LOT more than I expected before I got a look that comes close to the original.

    Here is a comparison showing the second to last cut.


    And here is the holster with the final cut to the trigger guard area.


    After this I tackled the knife slot. I know there is a lot of debate about how much is cut off and how much is left. I don't know any more than anyone else, but I am not in the camp that believes the prop makers would have been concerned about maintaining the integrity of the Nemrod logo and based on the photos I have seen, I believe the front face of the holster is virtually flat. I know I am immediately going to get flak for the poor sanding job, but believe it or not it is on purpose. In the inset photo, you can clearly see the very hasty and poorly finished sanding job on the original prop, which leaves a knife-like triangle in the center of the face. I did my best to mimic this sanding pattern.


    So, that is pretty much it. Here is a photo of the final holster, minus the Pulce.



    Now I am on the hunt for an original holster with the smooth, built in strap. Anyone want to trade?
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    Aug 20, 2009, 2:50 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #2

    Very nice Art! Love the rough sanding work. You can see similar sanding patterns on the bespin guards holsters so I think you are right on the money with that approach.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 3:12 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #3

    Quote kbrosseau said: View Post
    Very nice Art! Love the rough sanding work. You can see similar sanding patterns on the bespin guards holsters so I think you are right on the money with that approach.
    You're gonna go and scuff up the pretty replica you're gettin, arent'cha



    I think you did a fine job Art. I've been leaning toward the same, especially after my talk with kbrosseau some number of weeks/months ago.

    From a replica standpoint, I thought it was better to not cut off quite that much. Just in case. If we found more definitive shots later, each member could "finish them off" Same goes for the trigger guard cutout. Better too little, than too much which wouldn't be correctable.

    The good news is, these holsters seem so beat all to "the opposite of heaven", that sanding on the new replicas to re-produce the worn look won't hurt a thing

    Great job ! Ya Butcher !

    Chris
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    Aug 20, 2009, 7:53 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #4

    WOW...great result!

    May I ask how much you spent for the pulce and the NEMROD holster in the end?

    I have the MoJo blaster and fettprides holster on the way, but you know me...NOTHING beats the real deal

    Markus
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    Aug 20, 2009, 9:08 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #5

    Great work Art, and I think you're on the right track with the holster cuts.
    But you are right, your sanding Sux...
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    Aug 20, 2009, 9:25 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #6

    I'm not a ESB guy, but that looks right on the money to me. On the original, it almost looks like the logo is filled in flush with the raised triangle...could just be that pic though...
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    Aug 20, 2009, 9:26 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #7

    Quote OdiWan72 said: View Post
    WOW...great result!

    May I ask how much you spent for the pulce and the NEMROD holster in the end?

    I have the MoJo blaster and fettprides holster on the way, but you know me...NOTHING beats the real deal

    Markus
    Markus, I agree that nothing beats the real deal, but I have to tell you, as much as I like original pieces, getting the original Pulce was something of a letdown after having owned one of Gav's replicas. They are so close, that once I got the real thing, it wasn't as exciting as it usually is because there really isn't that much difference between the two. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't trade the original for the world, but in all seriousness, Gav's replica is ridiculously good.

    While I haven't owned one of FP's holsters, I have a feeling I would think the same about them as I do about Gav's Pulce. The level of quality in some of the replicas that have been put out lately are truly on par with the original pieces.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 9:34 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #8

    Quote fettpride said: View Post

    From a replica standpoint, I thought it was better to not cut off quite that much. Just in case. If we found more definitive shots later, each member could "finish them off" Same goes for the trigger guard cutout. Better too little, than too much which wouldn't be correctable.
    I can completely understand where you are coming from. I actually started with a much smaller cutout than you made on your replicas, and then shaved a little more... took a photo for comparison, then shaved a little more... took another photo. This literally went on for hours and I was very surprised at just how much material had to be removed before the holster looked like the original, but I feel fairly confident it is close... of course... a photo could surface tomorrow proving me completely wrong, but for now, I am pretty happy with it. I will say, that I was looking at your holsters the whole time and my level of anxiety increased pretty dramatically as I realized I was cutting well beyond the area you did and I just kept telling myself... I hope I am not ruining this piece!
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    Aug 20, 2009, 9:45 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #9

    Quote ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    I can completely understand where you are coming from. I actually started with a much smaller cutout than you made on your replicas, and then shaved a little more... took a photo for comparison, then shaved a little more... took another photo. This literally went on for hours and I was very surprised at just how much material had to be removed before the holster looked like the original, but I feel fairly confident it is close... of course... a photo could surface tomorrow proving me completely wrong, but for now, I am pretty happy with it. I will say, that I was looking at your holsters the whole time and my level of anxiety increased pretty dramatically as I realized I was cutting well beyond the area you did and I just kept telling myself... I hope I am not ruining this piece!

    I'm sure that has to be nerve wracking cutting up an original found item...I have a hard enough time bringing myself to weather my MC boots lol.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 10:49 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #10

    Cool pics Art! Thanks for doing the leg work. What's funny is I *think* that's my old holster that I sold to SlaveR5 like 3 years ago... small world
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    Aug 20, 2009, 11:55 AM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #11

    It can be a small world indeed.

    Just for reference, my initial cut along the back edge of the holster extended down 1 5/8". I can't really say much about the measurements of the cut around the side except to say that you just have to look at photos and make a smooth arcing cut that goes up the side of the holster.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 12:19 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #12

    I have refined the sanding a bit, taking the center down to 800 grit then buffing it with a cloth... the part with the sanding marks is 220... thinking of taking it down to about 400... and there is a small triangle at the bottom that probably needs to be taken down to 800... but I am starting to refine the sanding shape to more of what is seen in ESB.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 12:45 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #13

    Nicely done Braks.

    I also buffed mine with car wax with a buffer. It will remove any hair lines left behind.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 3:18 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #14

    Quote SEEKER said: View Post
    I also buffed mine with car wax with a buffer. It will remove any hair lines left behind.
    Hmmm... I might look into that, but I really love all the scratches and the incidental damage from over the years
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    Aug 20, 2009, 5:18 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #15

    Don't you dare ruin that holster by idealizing it.
    It should be worn and scratched up.
    You really think the prop makers spent the time to make a perfectly smooth finish?

    I'm going to cut mine up, scratch the poop out of it and never think twice about it.

    Question though. On my original holster, the bottom is completely covered with the exception of a 1/4" hole. Was yours like that?
    Give me a few minutes and I'll post a pic.

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    Aug 20, 2009, 5:38 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #16

    Here's a pic.

    I'd like to see a pic of the bottom of your finished holster Art.
    At least it will give us an idea as to how big the opening should be.




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    Aug 20, 2009, 6:25 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #17

    You guys couldn't have started this hog wild accuracy thread when I WAS in the thralls of making a replica possible ?

    Chris
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    Aug 20, 2009, 6:35 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #18

    Chris;
    I was thinking the same thing as I was reading all of this. Don't worry though, I still love my FP. I may have to do some altering now though.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 6:58 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #19

    Well guys... I would have been working on this earlier if someone hadn't STOLEN a holster from me... Now I am not one to name names but it starts witno G and ends with ino....

    Honestly, I don't think there is ANYTHING wrong with the holsters Chris made. As Chris pointed out, we really can't say definitively where the holsters were cut, both on the back or on the front. I think his leaving a bit of extra material was by far the wisest decision because now everyone can simply trim their own replica to the place they feel comfortable.

    Seriously, I spent hours and hours last nice trimming that trigger guard slot again and again, terrified I was taking too much off, but each time not quite feeling that it had the right look until the very end when I went for broke and started slicing up the side more.

    Gino, the hole in the bottom of my holster had already been cut, but I needed to round the hole slightly and enlarge it ever so slightly, but honestly, I wouldn't make the hole any larger than needs to be for the head of the barrel to pass through. By doing this and pushing the barrel all the way out (as it should be) the knurling on the back of the barrel catches on the ege of the plastic hole and helps lock the pistol firmly in the holster.

    I really expected the pistol to fit loosely in the holster because it is not made for it, but it is a perfect fit!
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    Aug 20, 2009, 7:25 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #20



    Honestly, I'm not bent at all. I'm joking with you guys

    Jedi.Paramedic - you've got enough left on the holster to alter as Art said, and that was the point

    Thanks Art And I think this is great instruction here

    Chris
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    Aug 20, 2009, 7:33 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #21

    Quote fettpride said: View Post
    You guys couldn't have started this hog wild accuracy thread when I WAS in the thralls of making a replica possible ?

    Chris

    I just recently acquired my original holster so I wouldn't have been much help back then. But I think I agree with what you and others have said about approaching the replica, the smart thing to do was leave more so it could be trimmed later (if need be).


    Quote ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    Well guys... I would have been working on this earlier if someone hadn't STOLEN a holster from me... Now I am not one to name names but it starts witno G and ends with ino....
    Hey waitaminute!


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    Aug 20, 2009, 7:37 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #22

    I will mention this... only for the sake of having it mentioned. On the original pulce, there is a metal rod that come out below the barrel (you can see a dimple on the resin collar below the barrel on the replicas Gav made). This rod goes to the trigger mechanism and when you pull the trigger it in turn pulls the rod which pulls the release mechanism on the barrel of the pistol. If I unsrew that rod, the trigger hangs (by gravity) very low in the trigger guard when the speargun is in the holster. Yet, on the original photos, you can clearly see the Fett's trigger is pulled back, ready to fire. I wonder if that rod was left in place on the original, and a second hole was made in the bottom of the holster, or the hole for the barrel enlarged so the rod could poke out as well. The rod is VERY thin and not as long as the barrel. You don't see it in any photos... but then again.. it might not show up well.... Just food for thought.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 7:46 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #23

    Very nice work Art. I can't wait to see what else you get for the display!
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    Aug 20, 2009, 8:17 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #24

    Here is the hole in the bottom of the holster. The tip of the Pulce is 1 3/16" so I would say 1 1/4" hole would be perfect. Based on the way the Pulce sits in the holster, I would recommend not cutting the holes dead center put a bit to the outside. and a bit further back than my hole is drilled.
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    Aug 20, 2009, 10:12 PM - Re: Nemrod Holster for TDH Boba Fett display - Progress #25

    Quote never_ending_fett said: View Post
    On the original, it almost looks like the logo is filled in flush with the raised triangle...could just be that pic though...
    Looks that way to me too.
    look at this "other" pic

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