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  1. toolguy301's Avatar
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    Sep 27, 2013, 10:48 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #26

    I came up with a way to make the 2 dental file pieces to fit into the lower 2 key slots. I found a volume know that had a spline in it close in diameter & used epoxy putty to mold the pieces. Did some hand filing to get the groove into it. Used epoxy to glue attach them to the helmet.

    Also did some work on the inside of the helmet getting a ring mounted to keep the helmet firmly located on my head. The head ring was from a face shield. Put some threaded T-nuts in for mounting the face shield. Need to add a few more up near the top of the eye slit. Figured I would get this out of the way before I start painting.

    At this time I am either going to use a green shade 3 or shade 5 for the visor. Bought these earlier this year. Did buy a dark smoke gray as well at the time but used too much of it in my wife's Boushh helmet. The shade five was also used on her helmet as well but I have plenty left. In light of recent discoveries concerning the visor color I am going to order another dark smoke gray for the visor. I have a very good template for the visor so it will be very easy for me to make another & switch it out. Been using a piece of cardboard to keep the helmet tied together.

    Plan is to start painting the helmet this weekend.
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    Sep 30, 2013, 1:28 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #27

    Worked quite a bit on the helmet this weekend. Got the visor cut & fitted. Went with a green shade 5 at this time, but this will be changed. Painted the helmet silver as a base coat & painted the back panels. Using Raf's templates as reference because of shape differences. Did a layering paint with using liquid masking. Applied the liquid masking by eye based on Raf's templates. Need to do some misting of colors for the extra weathering.

    In between paint drying got the girth belt dyed red. Used the minwax stain technique. It went pretty well. The cotton absorbed the color very well & it wasn't too messy. It does stiffen the belt up though which I think will work better.
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    Sep 30, 2013, 1:43 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #28

    Hey man!

    Good coverage on that girth belt, and the back panels are looking great.

    So nervous to start painting my helmet...
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    Oct 3, 2013, 1:24 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #29

    Got the upper & lower cheeks painted, but still need to do some fine weathering details. I plan on doing all that after getting the entire helmet painted. Started on the Dome last night. Using Raf's templates as reference & doing all the masking by eye. There are some things that can be improved upon, but pretty happy with the first go at painting a Fett helmet.
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    Oct 3, 2013, 2:31 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #30

    Looks awesome man!!! Hope mine turns out that good
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    Oct 9, 2013, 10:40 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #31

    Thanks for all the kind words. Been working on getting my helmet painted. Between using reference pictures & Raf's templates I did all the damage by eye, so a few things are a little off. Already have plans to do another helmet (Imagine that), but I am pretty happy with this being my first helmet. Have to finish the ears & all of the fine detail scratches, kill stripes, & misting. It has been a tremendous learning experience & lots of fun.
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    Oct 15, 2013, 10:34 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #32

    Finished up the paint on my helmet.

    Raf's templates are simply awesome the work he has put in to help everyone is amazing & a big thanks from me for all your work & efforts to help us all attain an accurate Fett. Plus thanks to all the guys that have done paint tutorials.

    The fine details were all done topically & it recieved some misting as well. After all the paint was applied it got a coat of dull coat to give it a flat look.

    Next hurdle is my jetpack now that the helmet is all painted. Plus been working on my cod piece, back plate, & toe spikes off & on as well.
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    Oct 15, 2013, 11:39 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #33

    You did an honorable paint job to that helmet! Everything looks good and the colors are pretty well balanced. Keep up the great work and thanks for the kind words!
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    Oct 15, 2013, 11:55 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #34

    Great job, man!!! Looking forward to seeing the rest! You're flying through the paint jobs!
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    Oct 16, 2013, 1:16 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #35

    Thank you both for the kind words.

    It has helped that this is the only thing I am presently working on so things are moving pretty well.
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    Oct 17, 2013, 5:01 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #36

    Got my cod piece & back belt plate finished up & put some primer on them.
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    Nov 5, 2013, 1:24 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #37

    Progress slowed for me the last couple of weeks. I had to improve my kids Halloween costumes, cause I can't have them looking just store bought. So my stuff got put on the back burner. Plus been busy going along with my wife on troops with the 501st MWG.

    But now getting back into things. I did get the first coat of paint on my cod piece & back plate & have started working on finishing my jetpack. Got the trim & "piano" keys in place. Did quite a bit of sanding and filling things on the jetpack. It has now been coated inside & out with smooth cast. It is pretty rigid now. Need to do some finish filling & sanding in hopes to get a coat of primer onto it.
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    Nov 8, 2013, 5:18 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #38

    that helmet is amazing, hand made dental files...unreal! any shots of the back of the jetpack?
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    Nov 9, 2013, 6:25 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #39

    Thanks guys for the kind words.

    any shots of the back of the jetpack?
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    Nov 11, 2013, 9:52 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #40

    Awesome, keep up the good work....
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    Nov 11, 2013, 10:44 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #41

    quick question, How does the MOW flak fit? thinking of getting one myself, and was wondering how it being adjustable helps the fit. My BN is a large, and is just barely too big for me.
    The MOW flak vest fits pretty good. I am 5'9" 215 lbs. & usually large to x/large depending on fit. I have broad chest & shoulders. The way that it is split on the sides works well cause you can adjust the girth around your mid section. I like how it fits.

    Doesn't look like much but block sanded the jetpack & worked on the rocket. I need to do some spot putty work & the main body of the jetpack is ready for primer. Need to do some detail work on the rocket.
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    Nov 11, 2013, 11:28 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #42

    nice progress, i stared at my pack for hours, days, months getting every single hole filled, so i feel your pain, lol.

    I think that the MOW might by too long for me, my BN is roughly 16" from neck to bottom, and that is a tad too long.... thanks for the info sorry for the derail!
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    Nov 13, 2013, 3:28 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #43

    nice progress, i stared at my pack for hours, days, months getting every single hole filled, so i feel your pain, lol.
    Thanks, I dread this part cause it takes so much time to do & I get to the point is it good enough yet? All to make it worn looking and beat up. Where a good weathered paint job covers lots of imperfections. So onward with sanding & filling, hoping to be painting this weekend.

    I think that the MOW might by too long for me, my BN is roughly 16" from neck to bottom, and that is a tad too long.... thanks for the info sorry for the derail!
    That is okay don't mind help answer questions. Glad I could help.
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    Nov 13, 2013, 7:49 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #44

    Time WELL spent! Fantastic work!!
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    Nov 18, 2013, 8:49 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #45

    Thank you for those kind words. I can't wait to get done.
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    Nov 18, 2013, 9:07 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #46

    Wow! I shall bow to you paper folding master!

    Your pep skills are amazing! Your kit looks fantastic!

    Good work
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    Nov 21, 2013, 1:29 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #47

    Thanks for the kind words

    Been getting my jepack ready for paint. Got some primer on it, spot filled & did some block sanding to smooth it out. I am hoping to start painting the main body this weekend.

    The bottom grate piece was made from architectural cardboard & layered to give depth. Didn't take any pics of prior to gluing it to the body of the jetpack.

    Worked on the details on the rocket. I used the rims from plastic cups to make the small thin rings. The collar piece towards the top of the rocket, I used a medicine bottle lid to give the vertical spline. Need to finish the tip with the 3 vertical strips & have some filling & sanding left to do.
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    Dec 7, 2013, 11:24 AM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #48

    Wow! I shall bow to you paper folding master!

    Your pep skills are amazing! Your kit looks fantastic!

    Good work
    Thank you for those kind words.

    Well haven't posted in a while but have been slowly working on my jetpack between everything else going on, this is a tough time of year with the holidays, but this will catch things up on my progress.

    I finished up the 3 straight pieces on the rocket using plastic trim for 1/8" fiberglass sheeting. Used epoxy putty to fill in the center to make it solid and attached it to the rocket. Sanded it and blended it in.

    Painted the body of the jetpack, rocket, & thrusters with silver & cleared it to begin the rest of the paint process. I have found the putting a clear on the metallic paints helps adhesion of the rest of the paint.

    Almost completed with the paint on both the rocket & thrusters. Thought I would start with the smaller pieces & get them done first before tackling the body of the pack. The rocket is pretty much complete have to do some minute weathering & clear coat it. The thrusters have some more work to be done but they are getting there.
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    Dec 9, 2013, 1:19 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #49

    Finished up the painting on the thruster, but need to give them a coat of clear. Then onto the main body of the jetpack.
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    Dec 12, 2013, 1:21 PM - Re: ROTJ Boba Fett WIP #50

    Started painting the main body of the jetpack. Have the white & yellow done with some misting of browns & grays for some weathering. Still have some finish weathering that I plan on doing once all the colors are done. Not too sure if I am happy with the yellow color, thinking it needs to be more orange. May do some work on that some more. Plan on doing the blue next.
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