Should I make my jet pack missle be interchangable into the stubby one also? I have not put my jet pack together yet? What do you guys think?
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Should I make my jet pack missle be interchangable into the stubby one also? I have not put my jet pack together yet? What do you guys think?
I think they probably look too different if you are going for accuracy. If you are on a tight budget and are not too picky on accuracy, then go for it! The rocket thrustors are in a different spot and the cones on the side tank are different as well as what you have already mentioned about missle being different. Oh yea, and the colors!
Great idea and would be easier if they were the same colors. But I agree, I think over all they are different enough it might make it tough. But if you do it, be sure to tell us how!
how off are the ROTJ packs and jango in color? What are the major differences? Maybe I can use one of those panty hose tops to go on the top of my jet pack! HEE HEE!
Now those packs do seem to be interchangeable. The different colors I was referring too was the two types of packs that Jango has. His first pack seen in the movie to my knowledge is the same color as Boba's ROTJ pack. That would be the way to go if you want an interchangeable pack between Jango and Boba. Maybe I misunderstood your first question and thought you wanted both of Jango's packs to be interchangeable. Good luck!
If anyone has a Jet Pack Missile, JUST the missle, please PM me.
now there is something I was going to look into but maybe someone can save me some time. Is the ROTJ boba and the AOTC jango "missle" style pack the same? Are they close enough to be interchanged from a Boba costume to a Jango one? As far as shape and color... If not what are the major differences?
im gonna put some weathering, but not alot on mine, so i can use for my jango and coming soon boba.
The ROTJ jet pack has quite a bit more weathering to it. Some of the decals are different too. I think you'd be safe using the same one with either costume. The majority of the public would never notice.
Hello everyone! I'm in the process of designing the missile for Boba and Jango jet packs. I have a resin MB missile, but I'm going for more accurate dimensions. I would like to make a vacuformed missile to help cut down on the weight of my JP. I've read several posts from the other jet pack threads where people stated that their missiles got snagged on stuff. How badly were they damaged? Here's what I'm thinking of doing--running a metal rod the length of the jet pack from the top of the missile to the vent on the bottom of the pack. The outside of the missile would be 1/8" styrene vacuformed to the correct shapes. The three fins will be seperate pieces. I was also going to fill in the missile with expanding foam to give the styrene more rigidity. Do y'all think that would be strong enough? Thanks!
That sounds like what I did for my scratch pack. It has stood up through 4 outings over the last year with no mishaps yet. The only solid pieces are the tip, and lower inverted cone. Both are resin. The rest are an auto funnel, gopher poison cone, and pvc. I lined the inside of all the pieces with layers of Bondo for strength.
Through everything I have a threaded steel rod. It's bolted though 2 brackets on the inside of the center PVC tank. It's strong, and lighter than an all resin rocket!
I know people like the resin because they say it's more sturdy...but resin is pretty brittle. It'll break right in half if you drop it. If both will break anyway, I'd take the plastic one that's lighter in weight. Course, mine's made of paper mache and it's never broken...
The details are different if you are talking about the Arena and the ROTJ version.. besides the color... But, a few others on here have created their own style pack.. I read about one that created a steadycam mod that would allow him to use an over the shoulder gun mounted to the pack... Just remember that there were more mandalores in the books.. Even though Lucas doesn't seem to show much about it in the movies..
I'm in the process of finding the right parts for my Boba jet pack missile. Everything I have the the rest of the pack has been done by hand cutting out strips of sintra and glueing them together so I'm not exactly accurate to the cannon.
Anyway, I'm going to be riveting a PVC pipe into the top where the missile comes out and then building the missile so it is removable for easier storage (or I can go with the battle/ spent rocket look I guess) I've had these delusions of grandure and wondering if it's possible to build this removable system in such a was as to put one of the solid model rocket engines in and actually fire the missile without buring the pack or myself. I know...sounds silly huh and is probabnly something that will neer happen...just thought it would be cool.
I need some advice on how to make the missle on my jet pack from found objects, or where I can get a resin one. Thanks -Derek
Here are some ideas courtesy of the Build Your Own Boba Fett site.
I am making my jet pack pretty damned accurate, and completely from scratch. For the missile, I could not find any parts that were close enough to the shapes needed. It is pretty easy to make your own custom cones. Roll up some plastic overhead projector paper into the exact cone angle you want, coat the inside with bondo, fiberglass resin, latex or whatever will dry to hold the shape. Cut the ends off to the desired diameter and that's it custom cones.
I'm using all found objects for my missile. I'm sure there are a lot of board members like myself who just keep everything they find. mustard bottles. lids, containers etc.
I printed out my jet pack to size and then measured everything.
So when I went out looking I knew if something was too big or too small. Garage sales and second hand stores are sweet. Bottom line. be prepared and look everywhere.
In some pics it seems to be dirty white, and in some it seems to be dirty silver/metal.
JP is next on my hit list of things to do, so I was wondering what the consensus of opinion was before getting too far into it and realising I had it all wrong!
To me, and I'm not an expert, it looks like the upper part is Silver and the lower section is white under coat.
I was looking at the pic Boba Fett 175.jpg from the CD Ref.
I could be wrong but that's how it looks to me.
I'm sure someone will let us know
The upper part is either a silver or a red base with the other color applied on top. The lower is a white base with a black on top.
The rocket has 4 different colors in it:
The base colors are silver until the middle of the rocket (narrow area) and from there is just flat white, that you could substitute or mist with either almond color or light grey.
The top and some of the rocket is like a metallic burgundy color which you could either go Walmart or any hobby shop and get that paint already done, or you just paint the whole thing silver, make some spots with burgundy, and then mist it again with silver for the metallic look.
Then, once you finish with the base colors, mist it around the middle, mostly the bottom area (look at the pic above) from top to bottom with frat black for the "burned" effect.
Hi all -
Im using the diagram on BradleyFetts build your own boba fett site to re-do my rocket for my scratch built pack.
Heres a link to bradleyfetts diagram:
I ordered the gopher poison container online and i have the auto funnel - but what do I use for the very tip tip top of the rocket - the pointy thing????
Does anyone know of something/have any suggestions?
i used a really small funnel turned upsidedown, then i cut off the end and used epoxy to make the tip.hope that helps.
Hey what gives???? I can't get to the site. When I click on the link it says that it is unavailable.
I am told that the top of the rocket was cast from an Office water cooler cone shaped paper cup. You know, the kind you have to throw away rite after you use it because you cant set it down any were because the bottom comes to a point.
Check it out, just pore in your epoxy or femo or resin and bam there you have it. http://store.officeworld.com/catalog...2=&CP=aova<IMG SRC="images/smiles//icon_razz.gif">aper.cup&cpid=
I used a funnel for the top of my rocket. I too had to fill in the hole (about 1/4 inch in diameter) with hot glue and then used Bondo to shape it into a point. It's not that hard to do.
on my scratch pack I used the cone office cooler cup. Really I just filled one with resin and let it harden. Cleaned it up with a little bondo and glued it on. Worked out pretty well.
I too used the cone paper cup on my Homemade Jet Pack. I had been to Home depot looking for hours(my wife thinks I'm a dork). I went to work the next day and was drinking a cone of water when I thought, I'll bet this would work. Worked great!!! Although, my Jet Pack probably weighed close to 20 lbs
Never got a chance to wear it though, a FORMER FRIEND stole it.
Oh well! Got one of MB's New JP's now.
Good luck and let us know what you decide to do and how it turns out.
well - i considered the paper cup approach but truthfully I dont have a ton of money to expend on buying resin right now as i just bought a jango braided belt.
So - what i did was this - I picked up a small funnel and dremeled off the top and bottom to fit the rest of the missile - then I used bondo to build up the pointy tip.
Im priming it now - I should have pictures by manana.
i used a fence post cap
Well heres the new rocket - thanks for your help guys - I couldnt have done it without you!!!
Now if i could only get it to stay straight!
At one of my stops during my Halloween journey, I think I hit the rocket tip with something (probably while looking inside my truck), but the fin facing out of the jet pack (the primary point of view of it) got broke!
One of my friends told me if something was broke or it was just the look of it (didn't noticed until it was time to put it on again to go to the BIG competition, when I noticed the disaster area in the fin (just half of the fin got broke, top part).
Is there a way to fix it? I think a thick piece of sintra could fix the problem, removing completely the one broken, but I have no source for it to get one, at least a little 6" X 1/2" (whatever the lenght and width of it, being wider the thickness better for shipment).
i would go with the sintra.sand down the side of the rocket flush, trace one of the other intact fins and you will have a perfect copy.just glue it on.
It is a pretty easy fix you could do as Boba Freekk mentioned or cut it off make a new one out of .80-.90 mil styrene strips and just glue on and repaint fin and any damage to the cone base from removing the broken fin.
It is a minor fix that is not really that big a project to do.
I actuall chose to snap my fins off (they were too thin) and cut grooves into the rocket and inserted thicker more prominent fins.
Worked well and it is very strong. It looks cool because they look like they are not part of a molded rocket, rather seperate attachments (sort of like the grappling hook fins).
Boba Freek and Jedi-Bob's comments were in my mind...but Bob's idea is excellent. Still, I'm going for the easiest one first, like Boba Freek said, then I could make changes like Jedi-Bob said as well.
Now what I need is someone who could sell me just a little piece of sintra that thick.
How thick do you need?
I have some laying around for my R2 unit.
I could send you a piece with your belt.
Thanks reidemiller, PM sent!
This is what a family is all about!!!
The best way to make sure its permantly fixed is to small holes 1mm-2mm dia about half way into the fin then superglue the metal pins into it.
Make sure youve got about 10mm of pin sticking out of the fin. to allow for trimming.
Then drills some more holes into the rocket at the same spaces that you drilled into the fin and glue it into place.
This will provide extra strength when fixed and locks it into place, ive recenty done this on my Spiddey blaster kit where theres 2 fins on either side of blaster.
hope it helps
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Hey I was looking at my trashy lava lamp last night, with a few modifacations it looks like it should make for a pefect shape for the missile.
Haha I dunno if I would need to use the glass part actually.
I never noticed that...
when i was putting my jet pack together i was considering my lava lamp also
****...that is the perfect size for a RPG tip! Good job noticing that
can somebody shoot me a pic of their rocket tip with the fins? how many does it have? or post it here. thanks
It has three.The pre-pro had a grappling hook type rocket where the fins come out.It just boils down to when the cast it for extra packs/rockets the grappling hooks became "fins".I machined mine out of aluminum in the shape of the hooks for a little flare
I' don't know, but the Jet Pack I have has 4. I believe that the original has 4 fins total.
Tylerdurden is the one with the right answer for you.
I need to fix some parts on my Fett jet pack. It's a fiberglass version, but the rocket is made out of resin.
I suppose bondo is the way to go, but would like to hear your suggestions, as I've never used bondo, or sculpted anything, for that matter and has a big chunk missing, as you may see in the first picture.
The rocket is the part that needs more repair time, it has ugly bubbles on the bottom part and a not so pretty seam on the side, plus one part on the tip looks like if it was sanded down or something.
The part that needs fixing on the jet pack is the little grill at the bottom, but since it's fiberglass, I don't know if it needs a different approach.
Also, what is the best way to attach the rocket to the jet pack? It seems like you need to scew it to the jet pack, but it's kinda tight and I'm scared I might crack the fiberglass in the process.
Here are some pics:
The only way to fix the rocket is to fill the holes with bondo. There is no magic there, it is pretty straight forward. Mix up a small amount of filler with some of the catalyst & use a scar piece of plastic as a spreader & work it into the holes. Don't build up the areas too much or you will have more work to do sanding it off. I wouldn't worry too much about filling everything, once it gets painted & weathered the small holes will not be apparent. The seam lines could probably be sanded smooth if they are not too far out of whack.
As far as attaching the rocket to the body, I siliconed in a pvc pipe in the body with a plumbing fitting that would allow me to take the rocket off for transportation.
Just take your time & it can be made into a beautiful thing! My JP was in pretty rough shape & the rocket was broken in two pieces when I received it.(The rocket was purchased from ebay & not the original kit maker)
Thansk a lot for your tips!
I like the PVC detachable rocket idea! I wouldn't like to have it permanently attached. I think I'll go that route.
Again, I wouldn't get too carried away with fixing the small holes in the grill. Paint & weathering hide alot!
Ok first off I am knew to these boards. So hello everyone. Well here is my problem, I just purchased an fiber glass / resen(?spelling?) Jet Pack off of Ebay. Everything on the pack is great, except one thing, the rocket. When I saw the pics on Ebay it looked great. Here is the issue. You know how it is supposed to be round, well it is not. The rocket is more of an ovel shape, so it looks sort of funny. I did not mention that it is a kit. Actually it is very oval shaped and looks okward. I am really mad because I spent $300 dollars on it. So what I need is a new rocket, I have everything else. Can someone please help me, please. PM me if you can help thanks. Oh yea I was sanding the pack part today, and of course I was not paying attention and I sanded a really small, itsy bitsy hole in it. It will be really easy to fix. What should I use to fix it?
Thanks for all the help .
Well, I have seen this type of pack, and yes, it looks ovicular :p You could always try to make your own out of found parts. As to the hole, Bondo will work. You can find that at any auto parts store. You can get a small can, it comes with the actavator you need to mix with it, The stuff is really easy to use and sand. Good luck
With lots of work (and sandpaper), you can eventually sand the rocket so that it is round. It's a pain, but cheaper than a new resin rocket would be. Resin is expensive, especially the amount needed to make a rocket.
Bondo will patch the hole. After you fill it, start with some 100 grade sandpaper and work your way up to about 600. If you do it right, no one will ever know once it's painted!
Sanding it round, would be cool, but then wouldn't it be to thin? Also if I do sand it I will lose alot of the details in it. It is just not the top, of the rocket, it is the whole thing. I don't care about buying a new rocket, I just need to have my pack and costume done before C3. I just wan't it to look good. I don't care what material it is made out of, resen, fiber glass, anything as long as it looks good. I have thought about using the oval roacket, it doesn't too bad, but it doesn't look great either.
You could build up the flatter portions of the rocket with the bondo Then sand it.
If someone has and extra rocket, I would love to purchase it from them. Please let me know if some one has one. PM me to let me know.
hey man, if you could, maybe post some pics of what the rocket and pack looks like, so we can see what you are dealing with...maybe that way someone can walk you thru the steps to correct it. Or very least see how the rocket is attached to maybe help replace it.
The thing is that there are only a few JP kits that are available, one of which you have purchased. I'm not sure that there are spare parts available, but I can understand you wanting to buy one so that you can quickly replace it for the one you have now. It's easy for a few of us to just say slap some bondo on the thing and fix it, when it may not be as easy as it all seems, but building the kit requires some work, and getting the parts as accurate you want needs a little work. If you're concerned about the time issue and would like the security of having a complete part in a short amount of time, I would only suggest that you at least attempt to improve the one you have now, only because if you can't find a replacement, you at least have something to use. It may not be as accurate as you would like it to be, but it would be better then having nothing and trying to fix it at the last minute
If you do use bondo be careful not to put to much hardener. The first time I used bondo I put the recommend amount and it hardened before I could use it. It takes some time to get used to how much you should use. And don't underestimate your self. You will be amazed what you can do if you just stick with it and don't give up. Trial and error is the best way to learn.
I'm pretty sure I have the same JP kit as you. It requires some work, but it can be saved. The rocket is over-sized anyways so I would cut it into sections & work on each section individually. The rocket fins can easily be replaced with some sintra or styrene glued into a channel. The mis-shapen cap piece just below this could be cut off & tossed & replaced with a water bottle cap. The booster section can be sanded round with some perserverance. You could also hook it into a drill press & use this as a makeshift lathe to work it out. The last section that belongs right above the JP body can be replaced with a plumbing pipe reducer. Lastly, all pieces can have a hole drill & nut glued in so the pieces will thread together.
Or you could buy a replacement rocket but the one that I purchased needed almost as much work done to it & I ended up cutting it into sections & rebuilding it anyway.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
I will get some pics posted tonight, I still have a long time to get it finished. But I have never done anything like this before, I am affraid that I will mess it up.
hey its all good man, you are among good Fett people now, I didn't know what I was doing or getting into with this like 2 years ago, but you learn great stuff here on this board, hopefully we can walk you through your dilemma, and maybe buy some scrap sintra pieces to test on (a local sign shop should have some), that way you can get a feel for sanding, and mixing stuff like Bondo, and heavy glues. It takes practice, a little patience, and a love for Fett, but its all worth man!
Keep us posted on where you are at with it
I found it in the forums. This is my jet pack. Same everything http://tdh.prop-planet.com/viewtopic...c=2194&forum=6. This is the type of rocket I have but not round. So if someone knows where I could go to buy one of these rockets please let me know
Here are my pics http://groups.msn.com/BobaFett/shoebox.msnw
Please let me know what you think.
Also if someone has a spare rocket like this please let me know. I would love to buy it. Or if they know the person that makes this kit. The guy I purchased this from won't return my emails.
Unfortunately, all of the rockets he makes are identcal to yours. I saw another GA kit that had a MLC rocket section on it. It looked really good & it would cut the weight of the finished JP in half if you could acquire one of these.
I also have a GA jet pack and my rocket is also a little oval
but it doesnít disturb me. Itís anyway a not particularly good jet pack. Itís heavy and not very accurate.
But a good point is that itís a lot cheaper than the really good and expensive ones. Letís face it: The GA jet pack is meant for newbies.
Ok I have an individual who is going to sell me an MLC rocket. He said it is one whole piece. But he doesn't know how well it will work with my pack if it is to big or not. He said it is a really good piece.
So do you think that it would work with the pack that I have?
I've got an extra rocket...because I ran into the same problem with my GA pack as you. I'm waiting for my Richies rocket to arrive so I can't tell you how your MB will work, but let us know. As if my rocket is too big, I'll be in the market again.
How bad do you think the oval rocket would look when it was painted?
If you are making a Boba pack, it will look fine. Weathering will detract your eyes from any inconsistencies.
Yea it is going to be a Boba Pack, but I still am going to try to make my own, so maybe it will be lighter, and maybe somewhere along the way, I will be able to buy one.
im new to the forums...
was reading around trying to find the best way to build a rocket but im having a little difficulty.
i purchased a jet pack off ebay, however it was a jango pack, and didnt come with side thrusters or rocket/missle...
im currently building one out of fibreglass and cardboard... the shape of it looks ok, but if u observe it with lots of effort you will notice that it is not perfectly round... still sif anyone will be able to notice but im very fussy...
just incase it doesnt turn out right and i smash it to bits in a fit of prop building rage what are the best things out there that will help me to build the missile ?
the cones im using at the moment, were built using cardboard circles, at the top and bottom of the cone, and then inserting a rod through the middle of each. it kind of looks like a dumbbell if you get me. then i got a sheet of paper and basically formed a cone around the circles, and once the fit was tight i taped it into place and trimmed around the outside. i then made a template of this cone (using the same method as before). this way if i joined the template together it would make a perfect fit of the cone. the template was then transfered to fibreglass matting, cut out, soaked in resin/catalyst, and then wrapped around the cone pieces... im still waiting for it all to dry. will keep you all informed, as to how it turned out.
until then please post up any materials you know of that make excellent cones for the missile
For a list of components for the rocket and thrusters, try this site:
Here's what I used to pull mine together (starting at the top):
>Tip of the missile: I took a conical, paper drinking cup and copied it in resin.
>Next, 2" PVC connector
>Next, the gopher poison funnel
>Next, a 1" PVC connector
>Next, I combined a 3" to 1" PVC reducer and a plastic kids cup from Chili's - I cut off the excess of the reducer and filled the sides with bondo.
>Then I used a 1" PVC to screw-on adapter.
I filled the gopher poison container and cup full of expanding foam to make it more solid.
Best thing to do, is to the take the drawing on the website above and go to HD or Lowes. Pick up the Gopher Poison, then walk to the PVC fittings. There, play around with the different PVC pieces and make something that works for you.
I used the cone from a McDonalds Superhero cup...(from a happy meal available about 6 months ago.
Then a Bi-Lo homebrand BBQ sauce bottle (upside down), and a waterspray bottle.
They were all threaded onto a length of PVC pipe.
See pix at
hey bish just got your PM
nice stuff dude i like ur suit
what helmet and jet pack are you using...
hey il have to go out and buy that stuff u just mentioned for the rocket... mmmm dont have that maccas cup however :/
I got my rocket today. It is very cool, and good thing is it is round. But overall it is about a half an in shorter, and about an inch thinner.
Here are some pics tell me what you think
Here is it with the new rocket
Here is the old rocket
Honestly I think that the old rocket was to big for the jet pack. Please everyone tell me what you think. I still have to put fins on the new rocket though.
Here are some more coparison pics.
Thanks for all of your info.
Glad you managed to find a new rocket It looks good!!
The old rocket makes me wanna cry. I had that kit not too long ago.
I think the new one matches up much better.
post info here regarding the jet pack rocket/missile
Hey has anyone identified the missile? It looks like a RPG rocket/missile? what do you think?