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Official Jet Pack Waist Strap Buckle

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    Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Official Jet Pack Waist Strap Buckle

    I am very honored to be able to share this info with you but I can't take ANY of the credit for it. Lee (C17LM) made this discovery all on his own!!!

    buckle-jpg

    There appear to be a few inconsistancies near the back of the buckle. Note that the buckle from MoM is on a belt so you can't see the bottom lip of the buckle in that half of the image as you can on the bare buckle above it. Also there is a line where the green paint ends on the buckle from MoM and not on the bare buckle. That line and other details are documented on the webpage in the link below.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/bbt/jet_pack_buckle.htm

    As a side note: I was reading, earlier today, PhantomFett's post concerning his theory of the jet pack harness being an SCBA tank harness. After doing a bit of research, I do believe he is correct and I can't wait for the correect model to be IDed. Many SCBA harnesses have a similarly styled buckle as the US Divers SCUBA harness posted in the link above. I would imagine that the buckle is simply a oem item, made by a third party, and bought by the various harness companies to be added to their rig. We are not trying to say the US Divers harness is the ONLY harness that has this buckle or that Fett's buckle has the US DIVERS brand name stamped on it. However, I do believe it to be from the same oem.

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    When you say replica, you realy mean replica.
    Cool find!

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Whooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another found part to add to the list!! Incredible find, C17LM!

    You can also see a very clear pic of this piece on the original ESB cardback that shows the prepro suit in space-- not to mention all the MoM pics that clearly show this is the correct piece.

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Ahhh, one step closer. Great find Lee.

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Very interestink! A scuba harnes..... I do believe it is, however I think the cross bar on the bottom of the Fett version was added for the jet pack. The shape of the harness looks like it would hold a single tank. Boy oh boy, did someone hit the nail on the head. I am beginning to wonder if it isn't Joe Lee Johnston

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    OOhhhhh! Found parts, my favorite. Great find Lee. Now you've got the paint and belt buckle down whats next chip behind the keyholes in the helmet?

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Hey thanks. I'm always looking and trying to improve stuff for us. Just so you know I threw it by Brak's before showing the board only becasue he's so damn picky and I needed verification.(Which he did catch one flaw the first buckle I found was too big which is the Dacor)

    I'm working on more stuff daily. If anyone knows anything about cameras the knurled round thing below the rocket looks like a focus knob to a camera. Been talking this with Tyler Durden and he came to same conclusion (not to speak for him). If anyone has any ideas please speak up.

    Keep watching the TDH never know when something may pop up .

    Thanks!

    Lee

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    You know. The whole harness system looks like it would be a pretty comfortable way to wear a pack but it might be hard to find a way to attach a completed pack to it. (yes I'm at that point right now because I'm not sure my system is going to work)

    Doug

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Who's got a picture from the chronicals?

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Awesome find. Truly awesome.

    You folks and your detective work never cease to amaze me. Inspiring finds like this are why TDH was created!

    Keep it up, all!

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    I've located two vintage harnesses with the thought to be correct U.S. divers buckle like the ones pictured in BB's tutorial. I'm keeping one and if if someone want the other one I'll pick it up for them. I'm geting it locally for $35.00 for the herness and the buckle. I went througgh tons of books and could not find this style new. The guy at the scuba place said they don't make this style anymore. and for the "closest looking" buckle it was $21.00 just for the buckle.

    I figure $40.00 shipped in the U.S.
    First come/ first serve.
    He also had a us diver "small" spear gun. Is that the corect Bespin side arm?

    Thanks

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!


    tk0000 wrote:

    ...He also had a us diver "small" spear gun. Is that the corect Bespin side arm?

    Thanks
    Try to get a pic of the spear gun up, it'd be worth a look. The "Bespin" sidearm was a Nemrod (not used by Boba, but by the Cloud City guards).

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Can the harness be used for your jet pack? Let's see some pictues of what you've got.

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    It's the same kind as in BB's tutorial.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/fact/jet_pack_buckle.htm

    I don't have pics because I don't have it yet. They are holding them for me. I was there at a swimming/Birhtday party and did'nt have any extra money on me. It's spoken for now.

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Just wanted to say a big public thanks to TK0000 for hooking me up with one of the harnesses with the correct buckles!!

    Arrived today, and it looks awesome!

    Cheers buddy!

    Jer

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    I'm glad it got there ok.

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    Merged: Variation of Correct Jetpack Buckle?

    I think I may have stumbled across a variation on the buckle for the jet pack that Lee discovered a few months back.

    TK0000 was able to acquire a scuba harness system that had the correct buckle, and, I was lucky enough to get the second one he had. I received this yesterday and compared it to all the pictures and measurements that Brak's posted.

    The harness itself looked somewhat different to the one posted before, but, the buckle itself was bang on. I've measured it, size wize, it's perfect. Even says U.S. Divers on it.

    Anyways, the difference I have found is on the back of the buckle.

    On the one that Lee discovered, there were two cut out strips to allow for the belt to loop through the buckle. Otherwise, or so it appears in the pictures anyway, the back of the buckle is perfectly flat. Mine however seems to have an indented groove on the other side of the back of the buckle.

    It's also worth noting that the cutout strips for the belt, appear to be thinner on mine, with a larger space between them.

    First, here's the back of Lee's:


    Now mine (sorry, I photographed it backwards compared to Lee's picture, and I'm too lazy to retake the pic ):



    See the difference?

    Does it matter? I highly doubt it. You'd never see it.

    But as I say, otherwise, the buckle is a perfect match.

    Thanks again to TK0000 for helping me acquire this gem.

    If anyone cares, here's some other pics of the harness and buckle.





    Jer


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    Merged: Re: Variation of Correct Jetpack Buckle?

    Very cool find Ego and TK0000!!


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    Merged: Re: Variation of Correct Jetpack Buckle?

    Hey Ego as long as the front is the same the back wont matter at all. We here on TDH are the only ones who know what that looks like anyway. Nice score on the harness too. Are you gonna fit the whole thing in your JP or modify it some?

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    Merged: Re: Variation of Correct Jetpack Buckle?


    TK-Fett wrote:

    Hey Ego as long as the front is the same the back wont matter at all. We here on TDH are the only ones who know what that looks like anyway. Nice score on the harness too. Are you gonna fit the whole thing in your JP or modify it some?
    I agree, the back doesn't matter squat. Was just curious if we know what the back of the buckle on the original looks like. But right now it at least appears to me that we have two "correct" variations of the buckle.

    As for the harness . . . . I was hoping I could use it for the JP, but . . . I think it will be just too bulky. I might use the straps, but, that's about all I can see worth salvaging from it.

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    Re: JET PACK WAIST STRAP BUCKLE FOUND BY C17LM!!!

    Its hard to tell for sure without having it in hand, but that edge difference on the right in the pictures (the black curves up sharply to a narrow flat edge, where the green MOM one has a small step) looks to me as if the part was just shaven down at the end to produce that straight line. If you cut down that part of the black one, the step would be left, and it should be just as wide because is slopes up and is wider at the base. Hard to explain but hopefully that makes a little sense.

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    <B>Merged:</B> Scored a US divers pack buckle

    I scored the correct US divers pack buckle for my JP harness off eBay for &#36;10!!!


    Do a search for "US Divers Pack" on eBay, I don't think they pop up too often though, I got lucky and found this one last week by accident on a whim search.

    I found out from Rouge Studios there are long and short versions of the buckle, you want the short one like in my pic.

    Here is where this buckle is used on the JP harness in case you are unsure. Image 59 or 60 on the online CD.
    http://200.72.163.179/cdref/0001_0100/Boba_Fett_059.jpg

    Lynn

    ::Edit:: ref pic changed to a link due to its size

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    Merged: Re: Scored a US divers pack buckle

    Nice!


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    Merged: Re: Scored a US divers pack buckle

    It might just be me, but it looks like the actual diver buckle used was trimmed down. The edges of the buckle look rough like they've been cut into. I dunno...

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    Merged: Re: Scored a US divers pack buckle

    The trimming you see is actually metal tape they put on it and painted it green.

    Lee

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