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    Nov 12, 2013, 7:44 PM - Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #1

    Hi, I figure it would be a decent place to start documenting a scratch build especially with so many amazing builds to draw information from and aspire to be as good as!

    After sitting on the fence for ages, watching this forum and a couple others, I decided to jump in and start a kit of my own. The start to any build is the lid. I downloaded a pepakura file, printed it out and spent the better part of 11 hours cutting, folding and gluing to come up with this.



    Then came the bondo and carbon fiber, shaping, changing and finalizing. This picture was done kind of midstream, I adjusted and cleaned up lines, and have just cleaned up the helmet overall.

    Today I grabbed a PVC pipe and printed off the WOF armour templates and started the job of cutting and rough shaping. This is where i managed to finish off today.


    I am looking for some advice on the back armour piece, I have taped the template together, but short of going to my local plastics dealer and getting a large sheet of 1/4" PVC sheet and then manhandling it, I dont know where to start with such a large piece. Tips hints and tricks are most welcomed as are critiques and comments!
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    Nov 13, 2013, 3:29 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #2

    OK, so I managed to cut the back armour out as well as the butt plate and cod piece today, formed them to the best of my ability and then Gorilla taped them to my shirt to see how it all looked, and here is how it looks so far.



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    Nov 14, 2013, 6:07 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #3

    Finished off the cod and made some more adjustments to the back plate. All that is left to make will be the knees. My only concern is the illusion of thickness and depth, I am using 3/16" PVC and 1/4" ABS. Anyhow, here is what I have so far. I have added some of the deeper damage with the dremel to a couple of the pieces, but not finished the rest yet.

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    Nov 14, 2013, 9:10 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #4

    Coming together!
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    Nov 16, 2013, 9:47 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #5

    Now I have some time to experiment. I am making some plaster tools and have a bit of an experiment planned.

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    Nov 24, 2013, 8:23 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #6

    Quick update, I got a special delivery on a Sunday of all days. My ears, range finder topper and stalk, MQ-1 and special surprise a Borden connector all arrived in the mail today. Cracked a cold one and got to work. Now the painting may begin
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    Nov 27, 2013, 1:07 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #7

    I made some modifications to the helmet, just minor detail work and I am finally satisfied with my progress, the pepakura bucket is ready for paint.



    Now off to get a cutting shield and get a visor ready for install.
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    Nov 28, 2013, 8:24 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #8

    Mods, if this is thread is in the wrong spot please move it.

    Here is where I am at now.

    I cut through the layers of paper, carbon fiber, bondo and resin to get the visor out and Installed a #3 cutting shield after making a template from the same 110 cardstock that I used to make the helmet. After the visor was installed I masked off the back panels, made some more adjustments to the profile of the lid then gave a base coat of metallic silver, then I printed off the Raf templates and started the masking process with some help from an Irish friend.



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    Dec 5, 2013, 3:15 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #9

    Well after a week or so of juggling life and work responsibilities I am finally making some headway on the paint job. I have never airbrushed before and found it to be quite enjoyable once I got the feel of the gun and setup to my liking.

    So as I progressed along I found there were some areas that I wasn't fond of so they had to be sanded down after hours of work, but I am happy with what I have accomplished so far.

    From its humble beginnings as a piece of paper to where it is now





    I have to go over it again with a small brush and touch up here and there as well as add detail that I have missed, but the majority of the pain is complete
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    Dec 5, 2013, 3:21 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #10

    yeah thats looking pretty good for something that was just paper a while ago
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    Dec 5, 2013, 3:48 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #11

    Thanks! Now onto the armour pieces. And I should get my measurements for Arkady before I get too far along into the holiday season and my measurements change dramatically!
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    Dec 5, 2013, 7:13 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #12

    Lookin good!
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    Dec 5, 2013, 7:18 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #13

    I use 5 min epoxy after dremel & sanding to Battle damage for depth & melted metal look from blasts?Just an Idea?
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    Dec 10, 2013, 5:43 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #14

    Some more paint laid down. I had originally painted the green using the Hunt Club Green Matte, but it seemed too green, and not quite olive drab enough to match the photos. So I sanded everything down again, and used the Humbrol colour 117 Matt US Light Green, and while the two shades of green are very similar, the Humbrol 117 IMO gives a better match.

    I have to work on the chest decal now, and then the chest and shoulders will be done.

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    Dec 10, 2013, 6:05 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #15

    Looks awesome so far mate, keep it up.

    All these ESB builds are making me itchy to get started on a build.
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    Dec 12, 2013, 4:45 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #16

    Test fit.

    Now to work on some gauntlets, knee pads and a jetpack.
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    Dec 13, 2013, 8:27 AM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #17

    Look solid brotha! Probably one of the better scratch builds I've seen lol! Something does look off about that right shoulder though, could we see a picture of the shoulders right next to each other?
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    Dec 13, 2013, 5:10 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #18

    Thanks for the comment! I do have a picture of them side by each. I have some weathering and some brown to add to the shot/burn marks still, I have just added some subtle shadowing around them for now.



    I have also started on some gauntlets, again a pep file, however they will have to be heavily modified due to the fact that they are ROTJ gaunts, while the main shape will remain the same, I will need to build a flame thrower as well as some mods to the shape of some components. After the helmet though the gauntlets seem quite easy.
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    Dec 16, 2013, 1:18 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #19

    This is coming along nicely. Your helmet turned out great. Look forward to seeing everything completed.
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    Dec 16, 2013, 1:22 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #20

    Update, due to frustration.

    Well, the pep gauntlets I made suck. Plain and simple the pep templates were first off for some ROTJ gaunts, I thought, no big deal, a few minor mods on the left and it should be good to go. Well the pepakura files were such rough and vague interpretations of what the ROTJ gaunts looked like that I have had to cut out so many panels and rebuilt/reshaped so many pieces that I may as well have started with a cardboard tube and built onto it from there.

    Now I appreciate the fact that someone took the time originally to convert their vision of what the gauntlets looked like and turned them into an openly shared pep file; and this post is all due to my overly self critical nature. Ultimately all I want to do is create something visually as close as I can to the ESB Fett.

    Maybe I need some coffee and to quit whining. Rome wasn't built in a day.

    Thanks Toolguy. Building this from scratch has given me an extreme appreciation for all of the work that goes into so many of the home made costumes, especially those made with accuracy in mind.
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    Dec 16, 2013, 1:47 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #21

    Sorry to hear about your frustrations with the gauntlets. What pep file were you using?

    I used the one that was done by Skip which was based off of the WOF templates. I had to take some creative liberties myself but I thought the turned out well, granted these are ROTJ.

    I know what you mean with building it from scratch, but it is so rewarding to say that it is yours when you are done.
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    Dec 16, 2013, 7:27 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #22

    Well this is where I will end the gauntlet session tonight. There are obvious areas which I will need to sand a bit more and straighten out, but overall I think I have captured the basic essence of the gauntlets. Now to start assembling the little bits and pieces to complete them.

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    Dec 16, 2013, 8:37 PM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #23

    Your helmet and armor look awesome!
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    Dec 20, 2013, 11:32 AM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #24

    I was pretty excited to get a small well packaged box in the mail yesterday from our very own JC27. I got my topper lights! And to top it all off my servo showed up as well. So the task of stripping the board from the tiny RC car was my next task. I tried to find a Zip Zap so the wiring was the same as the tutorial, but alas there were none to be found. So I went with a generic tiny capacitor charged car. The board and wiring were nothing like the tutorial so it was a bit of a task to trace everything, especially after the hair thin wires all came off the receiver circuit board. Through some trial and error I managed to track down the power, ground, forward and backwards controls. After all was soldered up I taped it all inside the helmet and gave it a test run, here it is. Just an FYI I am using an Animefan topper and stalk and a JC27 light kit with micro tilt switch.
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    Dec 24, 2013, 2:45 AM - Re: Scratch build ESB Boba WIP #25

    Gonna be following this close, looks awesome. I'm still in planning stages for my build and would like to do as much as possible on my own so seeing how great yours looks so far is impressive to say the least.

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