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    Apr 21, 2010, 1:55 PM - Resculpting my Fett armor #1

    Hi everyone,
    My name is Will and I'm new on the boards, but not new to the hobby. I'm guessing most of you don't know me, but some of you may. I live in Albuquerque, NM and have been in the 501st for about 3 years now with a ROTJ Fett. I've long been looking at replacing my armor and finally decided (after a few other sculpting projects that I have done for the mercs) that I can give this a go.
    I'm going to be replacing all of my armor and will be chronicling the sculpt of my back plate.
    Not a whole lot to report in the way of progress on this right now, but it's a start:

    Large WOF template laid out over the wood.


    meticulously tracing said template


    cutting out the basic shape on the band saw, moments before destroying my 2nd bandsaw blade this year.


    I'll be updating this later today hopefully with more pics.
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    Apr 22, 2010, 4:00 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #2

    Added the third layer of wood to the buck...now got lot's of sanding to do..

    My good buddy Alex (TK6189) decided it would be funny to write this on the buck as we were assembling it

    All major line markings are made before sanding

    Getting a good workout with the handsaw

    Got both shoulders cut down and ready for sanding

    Got started on the lower side flares next to the kidneys

    All geared up and ready for sanding...gonna be a long night

    "Immortal" eh? I shall have to put that name to the test, THIS IS SP...uh errr um I mean, THIS IS ....MY GARAGE!!

    Got the main part of the shoulders sanded down

    Starting to shape out the main part of the body of the back

    Slowly starting to take shape
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    Apr 22, 2010, 4:07 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #3

    Some more progress pics...in action!

    More sanding = more progress

    What a mess, and still more of that to come

    So I finally broke down and bought a reciprocating saw...worth it's weight in gold and I don't know why I didn't get one sooner. This bad boy saved me about 2 to 3 hours of time right off the bat

    That's about it for now..stay tuned!
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    Apr 22, 2010, 4:20 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #4

    so is this gonna be a mold or are you making woodarmor? This is very impressive.
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    Apr 22, 2010, 10:57 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #5

    cool project! i've found that MDF sands out easier than wood, so i usually go that route. but the overall technique you are using is just like how i make my clone molds.
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    Apr 22, 2010, 11:46 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #6

    What exactly is MDF?

    Quote stormtrooperguy said: View Post
    cool project! i've found that MDF sands out easier than wood, so i usually go that route. but the overall technique you are using is just like how i make my clone molds.
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    Apr 24, 2010, 4:35 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #7

    Thanks everyone for the replies!
    Thorn: This is going to be a wood buck and placed on the vac table
    ST guy: Thanks! Love your work, I've actually tried sanding MDF the first time around and it proved very difficult...I'm using basswood right now and it is pretty tough as well
    Clone: MDF = Medium Density Fiberboard
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    Apr 24, 2010, 12:14 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #8

    Looking like alot of work...Im currently at Kirtland for training been here for 6 months now...not a bad area all in all. Almost through though maybe another month and a half hopefully no more than that.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 5:34 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #9

    Well this project is proving to be far more difficult than I originally anticipated (which explains why there are not too many people out there making these available for sale)...not to mention the fact that this piece proved extremely difficult to pull on the table because it is so big, as a matter of fact I wound up having to go out and buy a more powerful shop vac to get the pull I wanted. After fussing around with it for about half a day I was finally able to get a pull out of .093 for a test to see where I was at in the sculpting process:


    It looked pretty good till I fitted it to my back and found that the curvature was way off and it was way too flat, it stuck out about 6 inches away from my neck when flush with my lower back...this is what it SHOULD look like

    I know that it looks uber curvy, but when I held it up to my back I could see that it matched the curve of my back perfectly, and it matched up pretty close to the Fett references pics that I have been using...unfortunately, that also meant that I had to go back to the sculpting board, so to speak. Here's what I've got so far:



    Also did some angle checking on the shoulders..first test shot, just a little bit off

    Ahhh much better!

    That's about it for now. I still need to do a few more test pulls as well as another one out of 1/8" inch. As of right now, I know I can pull these out of .093 but I really want to get it in 1/8"...I'll keep you all posted
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    Apr 28, 2010, 7:40 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #10

    Made some more progress today. Here are some pics:
    Slowly taking shape...it's already looking like it should

    Added some side covers for a sharper, more uniform look


    Then I took a break from sanding and busted out the JP slots:


    Doing a dry fit testing to see where they will be placed
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    May 1, 2010, 12:46 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #11

    Made a little more progress today, here's some pics:
    Did a second test pull today to check the back curvature, much better and form fits like it should. Here's a comparison shot



    More sanding

    marking off the raised areas for the lower back


    I was loathe to do this because, as anyone who knows me knows that I really hate sanding bondo, but it was a necessary step and will be worth it in the end


    Also matched up the collar...here's a prefit, dry test

    And trimmed out

    Here's what I've got so far on the frontal armor already (pulled out of 1/8" ABS...THICK and TOUGH):

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    May 1, 2010, 9:53 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #12

    HOLY FREAKIN COW! Excellent thread, man. How much time have you logged on this project so far?
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    May 1, 2010, 9:59 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #13

    Oh man that's a good question brother. I'd have to say at least 10-12 hours into the frontal armor and at least 20 in the backplate so far. ugh yeah yeah I know I work slow lol but I'm still learning how to sculpt and I'm super anal about every little bump and wave and I'm trying to get it all just right
  14. May 1, 2010, 11:54 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #14

    I am absolutely in aw of you guys! Not just the talent, but the stick-to-it-tiveness. Can I find information and How-to threads about doing vacuum molds here on TDH? Great Job, dragon! Keep up the great thread!
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    May 3, 2010, 6:19 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #15

    I haven't seen any tutorial threads on TDH anywhere, but then again I haven't really looked. I've seen some here and there on the "tube" but most of the ones I saw were not very helpful. Anyway, thanks for the kind words! Here are some more progress pics:
    Started sanding the bondo

    Had some craters, so I had to go back and fill them in for round 2


    Finally finished the sanding!!!Now all nice and baby smooth!...and there was much rejoicing

    Just had one final little quick detail to add


    After about 45 minutes of claying it up, I was able to pull the master out of .093...perfect pull, no webbing and more rejoicing


    Now for the real test: 1/8" inch...aahh victory!

    And trimmed out



    And just a quick collar match up check...a good fit

    That's all for now...
  16. May 4, 2010, 2:08 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #16

    Is the technique called Vacuum Forming?
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    May 5, 2010, 7:34 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #17

    Quote OBrotherRacing said: View Post
    Is the technique called Vacuum Forming?
    Yes sir, that's the name of it
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    May 5, 2010, 7:46 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #18

    This is really an awesome project.. Especially tackling the backplate with its curves. I tried making one out of metal once and it looked OK but didn't fit well because I couldn't get the contours of the back right. It looks like you've got those details down. Good luck!
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    May 5, 2010, 11:09 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #19

    Will excellent job my brother! I'm glad you made it over here, it's a great place to pick up tricks/tips and show-off. Dude it looks great!
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    May 16, 2010, 2:12 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #20

    Thanks bro! Glad to finally be on here. Got the cod and kidney pieces coming up next.
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    May 16, 2010, 2:15 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #21

    One of the guys from work said he saw a Boba Fett on Central outside a comic store was that you?
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    May 18, 2010, 7:35 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #22

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    One of the guys from work said he saw a Boba Fett on Central outside a comic store was that you?
    Yep that was me!
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    Jul 3, 2010, 7:57 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #23

    So I decided to retool my original mando style molds and added the proper dents and the recessed square in the diamond. I also resized the shoulder bells as well. Finished up the cod piece and added a new kidney plate into the mix. It's starting to take shape:





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    Jul 5, 2010, 12:16 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #24

    simply amazing. wow that black plastic is much better , thickness wise. I'm glued to see this project to the end.
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    Jul 5, 2010, 12:23 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #25

    Looks great but I wonder about the inside edge of the cod because the original has more of a return toward the inner thigh.
    this something you dont care about or did it dig into you so you modded it on purpose?

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