Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

SE Boba Build

  1. #51
    RafalFett's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2010
    From
    Galati, Romania
    Posts
    2,618

    Re: SE Boba Build

    I really like the one at 90% as it sits well on you. You must also take account of the material thickness, because it will give a 3D look to the whole armor. The length of the vest in the front (neck to belly) is around 440-450mm (17.3-17.7 inch) at 100%, so in your case at 90% you should have around 400mm (15.7 inch) to accommodate the armor (which you have in that image with the 90%).

  2. #52

    Re: SE Boba Build

    So the card board soaks up a lot of resin? No issues hitting un-soaked cardboard when sanding? Interesting technique. Your gauntlets look great, but I had no idea Boba Fett carried his wallet under the right one. I will have to update mine .

  3. #53

    Re: SE Boba Build

    RafalFett said: View Post
    I really like the one at 90% as it sits well on you. You must also take account of the material thickness, because it will give a 3D look to the whole armor. The length of the vest in the front (neck to belly) is around 440-450mm (17.3-17.7 inch) at 100%, so in your case at 90% you should have around 400mm (15.7 inch) to accommodate the armor (which you have in that image with the 90%).
    Okay, thanks. I'll tentatively go with the 90% option and keep in mind that I'm not wearing my helmet which will make it look bigger (hopefully my 95% helmet won't look too big now). I can tweak certain parts down if needed anyway. I'm not sure how the collar piece works though; in my pictures I have it laid as high as my neck will allow, but in pictures, I see it's quite a lot further back, almost choking him. The collar plate reaches back only to the half-way seam on my vest and I'm not sure if it'll reach the back plate. I don't know whether this is a limitation of my flak vest's wider tshirt-style neck opening, or whether I'm laying it out wrong.

    SPY007 said: View Post
    So the card board soaks up a lot of resin? No issues hitting un-soaked cardboard when sanding? Interesting technique. Your gauntlets look great, but I had no idea Boba Fett carried his wallet under the right one. I will have to update mine .
    One layer of resin will soak into the cardboard nicely. If you do another coat, I'd wager you'd run the risk of leaving brush strokes on the cardboard. I don't think two coats are neccessary anyway, although I did run into soggy cardboard problems despite the resin when I wet-sanded the helmet, so I'm not sure how well this method will stand up to rain (torrential soaking anyway). I did sand through the resin to the cardboard in a few places on the helmet, and it was a major ball ache as the cardboard started burring and making a mess, which was only solved with a lump of bondo which had to be sanded down again with the constant fear of re-sanding back through to the cardboard and starting over.

    And hey, a bounty hunter needs a place to keep those credits he gets from jobs.

  4. #54

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Jesuit24 said: View Post
    Thanks, I never expected it to hold a candle to the actual bucket, but this forum is amazing for spurring people on to do the best they can. I'm proud of what I was able to do with virtually no tools and no materials. Here's some better pictures:

    Attachment 75764Attachment 75765Attachment 75766Attachment 75767

    Attachment 75768

    I've got a servo coming in the mail and once that arrives, I'll see if I can get it hooked up to the rangefinder and then I'll start considering fans. The only place I can conceivably put one though is at the lower front, but I'm concerned the fan noise will interfere with my mic. Speaking of which, I'm going to get an Aker voice amp soonish.

    Regarding other parts of the build, I the gauntlets need hinges fiberglassed in place seeing as the epoxy resin alone isn't quite up to the task of keeping the hinges secure. The jetpack has mostly been assembled and the interior fiberglassed for strength. The rocket took some doing, but I managed an extremely rough cardboard version which has been resined and is awaiting bondo to smooth up my mistakes. In addition, the shin tools are in their resin stage. I only went with the squeegee and the anti security blade as this was the ROTJ setup and I'm planning on emulating the Jabba's palace version (From pictures I've seen, I don't think the SE studio version had ANY shin tools, but I don't want to leave those pockets empty).

    Attachment 75769Attachment 75770
    Did you scale your tools down as well? I'm trying to figure if I should scale mine down along with my pockets.

  5. #55

    Re: SE Boba Build

    I scaled the tools to 95% too, yeah. Although I completely forgot about the pockets. The flight suit was tailored to my measurements, but I don't think the pockets were scaled down, especially since I didn't ask for them to be. But the size difference isn't terribly noticeable and I have no plans to readjust the pockets. So it's up to you really. You may want to scale them down if you think you might have a problem with knee pad placement.

    In other news, I just learned that Jeremy Bulloch is going to be at the Sheffield Film and Comic Con this August. Since I'm living in Sheffield, I think I now have a deadline...

    On the build, I've gotten the majority of the armour pieces cut and shaped. 90% was a good choice, as the 3mm depth seems to give the illusion of being smaller somehow. I'm not sure yet whether I should double up the edges to 6mm or if that would look too thick for the sized down armour. I'm going to crack on with the backplate tomorrow, but I'm not looking forward to it; trying to curve the foamboard in more than one direction is hella difficult.

  6. #56

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Well after much cursing, I shaped the backplate. It may not end up looking screen accurate, but it fits my back. I also came up with a harness back, made out of a piece of MDF, based in theory on the harness rigs everyone has with the bar at the bottom. I'll be getting some webbing to make straps although for now it sits snugly under my vest without jabbing my spine.

    armour-7-jpg
    I'd like some opinions on the armour plates and the collar armour. Do the plates look too thick? I doubled the edges up to 6mm and bevelled the edge; I'm torn right now whether I like them like this or not. I could shave a couple mm off the thickness if you guys think it would benefit. Also, how's the collar armour looking? It's pretty comfortable against my neck so far, but some pictures I've seen show the collar piece pulled back even tighter against his neck. I'm not sure whether I'll strangle myself if I pull it back farther. I don't know; something looks off, I just can't put my finger on it. Possibly too thick like the chest plates.

    Here's the rest of the armour (before I doubled up the armour plates):
    armour-8-jpg

  7. #57

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Jesuit24 said: View Post
    Well after much cursing, I shaped the backplate. It may not end up looking screen accurate, but it fits my back. I also came up with a harness back, made out of a piece of MDF, based in theory on the harness rigs everyone has with the bar at the bottom. I'll be getting some webbing to make straps although for now it sits snugly under my vest without jabbing my spine.

    armour-7-jpg
    I'd like some opinions on the armour plates and the collar armour. Do the plates look too thick? I doubled the edges up to 6mm and bevelled the edge; I'm torn right now whether I like them like this or not. I could shave a couple mm off the thickness if you guys think it would benefit. Also, how's the collar armour looking? It's pretty comfortable against my neck so far, but some pictures I've seen show the collar piece pulled back even tighter against his neck. I'm not sure whether I'll strangle myself if I pull it back farther. I don't know; something looks off, I just can't put my finger on it. Possibly too thick like the chest plates.

    Here's the rest of the armour (before I doubled up the armour plates):
    armour-8-jpg
    The plates look a little thick. I think I read somewhere that it's 4 mm, but I think thicker plate looks better than a thinner plate. As for the collar maybe if you curved it more you could get it to sit back further? Other than that it's real cool to see you with some armor now

  8. #58

    Re: SE Boba Build

    I'm back home from easter and look what new problem I've found...
    helmet-57-jpg

    I feel like I'm falling into a rut. While I made a lot of progress on the armour while I was away, I've recently been stumbling into problem after problem. I have a bit of a beard which could do with a trim (although I'm not losing it) but it appears the whole bottom of my chin is on display on the side view. This is after I dremelled out more of the interior supports. Currently, it sits a lot more snug than it did before, although my eyes still don't line up with the horizontal part of the T-visor (I don't think they ever will given the height of the dome versus the height of my forehead). I took this profile shot after to see how the helmet sits, but found that height issue instead. I could do another dremel session on the dome support pieces but I don't think I'll be able to lower the helmet more than 5mm. Is there anything I can do? Maybe a chinstrap? Or a chin skirt?

    I took the armour pieces back to the thickness they were before and I'm much happier with them. The bevelled edges give the impression they're thicker than they are. I'll also give the collar/back plate another blast with the heat gun.

  9. #59

    Re: SE Boba Build

    The rangefinder servo was a bust. The servo was only 3V because I could only fit a micro servo in my helmet, and the RC car I bought only ran on two AA batteries, yet even hooking the servo directly up to 3V gave me very weak sporadic bursts of power. Maybe I got a duff servo, but I have a feeling it's a lost cause given the limitations of the size of my helmet. I'm still trying to tackle the issue of my visible chin. I've dremelled the entire support struts out (and managed to push my Dremel to the point of a smoking motor). I can see well through the T-visor now and my chin is well and truly covered, but I have the no neck syndrome which is unacceptable, so I'll be padding it out with foam once I've installed helmet fans. I think I'll craft half a chin skirt out of lycra that will stretch and attach to the bottom of the two cheeks. It won't tuck into the neckseal and the base of the ears will be open to allow squirrel fans to suck fresh air up and towards the visor. I'm just not sure if the lycra is still going to be obtrusive from the profile view.

    Now onto updates! I've finally got some pictures to show.

    JET PACK:
    jet-pack-2-jpgjet-pack-3-jpg
    The centre tube was installed over easter and I also added the top skirting and worked on the fuel canisters. Essentially I thickened up a poster tube to the right thickness with sintra and glued the top half together. The canisters slide in the top end, and then I can sheathe the bottom half to fix them permanently. One of my housemates also had a tub of shower gel that was the right girth and height of the tube that attaches to the missile (not pictured). I've also attached the hooks (cut and bent from curtain rail hooks) with epoxy resin and I plan to fiberglass them sparingly for added security. After that, resin the front of the pack and it's ready for bondo.

    HARNESS:
    harness-1-jpgharness-2-jpg
    My scratch build POS. The back is MDF formed slightly to accommodate the curvature of my back and the curve of the jet pack, with fiberglass on some cracks. It looks awful, but it's functional which is what I care about most for this part. Based on the original harness concept, I simplified it. The bar at the base wedges the back plate snug against my back, and the nylon webbing I sewed together keeps it tight. I've still got to add D-rings for the top half. It's not bad for the price of a roll of nylon strap.

    ARMOUR:
    armour-9-jpg
    I've filled and sanded the majority of the pieces, I just have the codpiece and back plate to go. Pieces are primed and have snap fasteners attached to the other side. I heated up the sintra and pushed a scalpel butt into the PVC for the dents and dremelled in the rough scratches. The codpiece dent was trickier as the sintra is doubled up, so I hacked away at it with a scalpel and plan t even it out with the bondo stage. Again, the back plate isn't that accurate, but it fits my back well.

    GLOVES:
    gloves-1-jpg
    Just a quick picture of the parade gloves I bought. I used Pearl Grey Rit Dye to darken, although I used it very sparingly in stages because I didn't want to take them too dark. You can't really see the colour in the photo but I think it may need a bit more to fit with my flight suit grey.

    GAUNTLETS:
    gauntlets-9-jpg
    After suiting up with what I had, I realised my gauntlets were far too tight, and the magnets would pop open with a flick of the wrist. I do have slightly shorter arms in proportion to the rest of me, so while the length of them on my forearms feels right, I really didn't have enough circumference to handle my arms. So, despite having painted them to a standard I was happy with, I added some spacers to let my arms breathe a bit easier. More bondo and sanding. Now they're a little screen inaccurate, but comfort comes first for this part, and wearing the suit, every little helps in that department. So here they are primed and ready for another spray session.

  10. #60

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Not done a lot the past few weeks. I'd suddenly got the urge to work on my jet pack missile, so that took priority over everything else (given I wasn't looking forward to the bondo work on that part of the jet pack, I made sure not to waste any enthusiasm I had). A couple weeks later, it's still not perfect but I've gotten the bulk of the missile done. I think I may have to live with a little unevenness. Remember kids, lay a good foundation of work; don't expect to fix mistakes in the bondo stage if the cardboard stage is shoddy. I should have probably broken down the missile even further than the three segments I actually went with so sanding wouldn't be so difficult. But alas, progress has been made so I'm happy with that.

    jet-pack-4-jpg
    The Jetpack body has been fully built up and is just missing piano keys, greeblies on top and thrusters. For the missile, I have the top piece, middle piece and the bottom piece (the middle and bottom are glued together here. To hold all the sections together and bring some support to the missile, a wooden dowel runs from the tip all the way down into the jet pack body. This also helps me line up the pieces.

    jet-pack-5-jpg
    I replaced the horrid cardboard grooves I made on the top of this part with a Sunny Delight bottle cap, giving me much neater lines I could never hope to emulate myself.

    jet-pack-6-jpg
    And this picture shows the attachment method. With a shower gel tub glued onto the jetpack, the missile simply screws on top. I know this means there will be a screen-inaccurate groove where the tub lid screws on, but I like the idea of being able to take the missile off for transport.

    I've still got a lot to sand and bondo. Now it's just really the tip of the missile to concern myself with. I'm starting to feel the grind of the costume now. I don't want to quit the costume, but I am finding it more difficult to get myself to work on it. :/

  11. #61
    Fettered's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2011
    From
    Florida Gulf Coast
    Posts
    342

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Looking good J24. It can be tough if you get stalled, so keep it up. It can help to work on something else for a bit, setting something aside that you are finding slows you down. The trouble is you eventually will need to get back to it. My from-scratch jetpack is in that stalled phase, partially because I have been moving around, started a new job, etc., so basically all of my Fett was on hold. I've found time over the past couple of months to get back to it a bit, but noticed the jetpack is not where I picked things back up.

    Keep the momentum!

  12. #62

    Re: SE Boba Build

    You're right. Maybe I should move on to the cloth parts. I want to get this missile finished though, because that will be a load off my mind.

    I think it's a case of, after a certain amount of time, you expect a part the costume to be finished, but then again I'm working on several pieces at the same time. The helmet is close to being done; I'm waiting to add the next run of the hearing aid mics before I install fans and padding. I guess I just wanna play around in the helmet while I'm waiting for the other pieces to dry.

  13. #63
    mcfarlj3's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2014
    From
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    10

    Re: SE Boba Build

    This has been very encouraging as I begin my scratch build ROTJ. I'm about the same height so its nice to have all the tips for scaling templates. It also has opened my eyes to some of the problems I might encounter in the future. How thick is the Sintra you're using for the armor? Keep up the good work!

  14. #64

    Re: SE Boba Build

    I used 3mm sintra for the armour pieces which I sanded to a bevelled edge to give the illusion of more depth. I initially doubled them up to 6mm, which looks good on some Fetts but given my size, it looked too bulky. So I went back down to 3mm. The scaled-to-our-size thickness we should be using is around 4mm, but since I already have 3mm and that thickness is coming in handy for other parts of the costume, I just stuck with that.

    I finally suited up with what I have and the jet pack really brings it all together.
    flight-suit-7-jpg

    I sewed a tighter seam on the left arm and leg to see whether it looked better but I can't really see a difference. I have realised one thing though. It is HOT in there. Just five minutes and I'd already sweated into the back of my flight suit where the harness was. How do you guys cope? Is under armour a good investment. I understand it keeps the sweat off you, but it is another layer.

    I found some old metal balls off the ends of a curtain rail in my cellar that are a similar size to the thrusters so I'll be using them. From the weight, I don't think they're solid but I'm having trouble cutting into them. However, they have screws which happen to match some nuts I have lying around. The missile is done, thank god, and is sitting pretty on top of my jetpack. It's a little uneven but I'm happy with it. I bought some more supplies yesterday (celebrating the fact this should be the last time I'll buy bondo for this project) including paints for the armour.

  15. #65
    mcfarlj3's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2014
    From
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    10

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Jesuit24 said: View Post
    I used 3mm sintra for the armour pieces which I sanded to a bevelled edge to give the illusion of more depth. I initially doubled them up to 6mm, which looks good on some Fetts but given my size, it looked too bulky. So I went back down to 3mm. The scaled-to-our-size thickness we should be using is around 4mm, but since I already have 3mm and that thickness is coming in handy for other parts of the costume, I just stuck with that.
    Thanks for the insight. After some thinking, I decided to stick with the 3mm as well. I think after shaping, sanding, and a good paint job it will look good. Keep up the good work! Look forward to seeing how it comes along.

  16. #66

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Some progress. Here's the finished missile now awaiting paint:
    jet-pack-7-jpg

    With this completed, I started work on the thrusters. Using the metal curtain rail ends as a base, I doubled up spare sintra for the cones and used greeblies I found in my bits box to create the inner circle detail. Since I can't cut into the metal balls with the tools I have, I'm having to stick them on top of it which isn't ideal and will require bondo to give the illusion that the detail is sunken in. I used small slices of sintra to use as support for this.
    jet-pack-8-jpg
    I'm not sure how sturdy these will be. Ever since I started this costume, I was concerned that the thrusters would be the most vulnerable part of the costume. Using the screw attached to the curtain balls, I built the connector out of 5mm PVC pipe (layered messily to the correct thickness) with a nut inside that the ball can screw onto (nuts, balls, screwing; if I was a lesser man, I stoop to making a joke ).
    Essentially, the connector slots in to the fuel tanks. The two wooden dowels inside the pipe slot into an oval shaped hole on the far side of the tank, the 5mm PVC pipe slots through the centre of the tank and the overlapping pipe sits flush with the outer side of the tank. If that makes sense. Then, I'll epoxy the thrusters in their washers and bondo over the gap. This means they won't turn, but that's a sacrifice I'm happy to make. Especially since I'm sure people will love fiddling with them behind my back and I'm one of those people who'll be upset if there's a picture of me with random thruster directions.

    In addition, I put together the jet pack stabilizer really quickly. Again, not terribly screen accurate, but it does it's job for free. A retired scalpel handle (my very first in fact) and two layers of sintra. Nothing has ben glued yet.
    jet-pack-9-jpg

    And finally, the keys for bolting the armour. Just regular keyboard keys (again free) sanded flat and gratuitous epoxy to attach the nuts inside. I'll bondo over the nuts just to be safe.
    armour-10-jpg

    What I don't have pictures of are the gauntlets, which I finished painting after I enlarged them, and the interior of the helmet, which is now painted black to neaten things up.

  17. #67

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Just the fact that this is all scratch built is freaking insanity. I'm beyond impressed! Basically speechless on how amazing that helmet came out! Keep it up!!

  18. #68

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Thanks, man. I'd never be capable of it if it weren't for this site.

    I've painted my armour, topically as with the helmet.
    armour-13-jpgarmour-14-jpg
    FLASH/NO FLASH

    Not everything is in the right place and some edges are a bit fuzzy/brushstrokey, but it comes together nicely. When I was painting the yellow, I was concerned it might be a bit too bright but it looks okay when finished. How does everyone weather their plates? I misted black over the green and then painted the yellow and silver on top of the black weathering, although I've seen people who mist their black over the top of the yellow/silver chipping.

    All that's left is to paint on the symbol on the left breast plate. Not sure how I'm going to do it tbh. I think I'll have to make out a stencil, I definitely don't trust drawing a circle with my freehand skills. I haven't painted the back plate yet. The time at which it was taking me to coat the other pieces with the green led me to believe I'd be at it for hours before I got a decent coverage, so (prepare to wince) I'm going to get a rattlecan as close to green 117 as possible to do the back plate. Since you don't see much of the back with the jet pack in the way, I'll live with any colour differences and hopefully mist in the difference.

    I've still got to paint the knees/shoulder bells. A difficult task I'm betting given the transparency of yellow 154 but several light coats should do it.

  19. #69

    Re: SE Boba Build

    That armor looks fantastic

  20. #70

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Shin tools are filled and primed ready for paint. I didn't spend a great deal of time of these as they'll be tucked away in the pockets.
    shin-tools-2-jpg

    I also finished filling and priming the jet pack thrusters. They feel pretty solid, but time will tell how they hold up. Now the gruelling task of doing the jet pack body.
    jet-pack-10-jpg

  21. #71

    Member Since
    Aug 2011
    From
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    405

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Nice work all around. Gotta hand it to ya your quite resourceful ! What did you make the anti security blade out of?

  22. #72

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Thanks! Both tools are made from layered cardboard. A centre layer encompasses the entire tool, and an additional layer on either side builds up the detail. I added some spare wooden dowel offcuts for the tubes on the anti security blade with two headphone jack adapters slotted into the end for the detailing.
    shin-tools-3-jpg
    I could have spent a bit more time on them to smooth out any rough spots left over, and the black part of the squeegee should be stencilled on rather than bevelled out like I did but for something that will barely see the light of day poking out of the top of the shin pockets, they look the part.
    Last edited by Jesuit24; 1 Day Ago at 9:24 AM.

  23. #73
    mcfarlj3's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2014
    From
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    10

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Great work on the shin tools. I'll probably take a similar approach. This thread has been an invaluable resource for me. I can't wait for the finished product.

  24. #74

    Member Since
    Aug 2011
    From
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    405

    Re: SE Boba Build

    Thanks for the tip. I have a Paterson squeegee and the aluminum rods, but I was stuck on what to use for the vibro plate. Maybe I'll give your method a shot see if I can get it smooth.

  25. #75

    Re: SE Boba Build

    How can anyone be this talented?!

Similar Threads

  1. WiP: Boba fett helmet pep build (my first build)
    By rosskow in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 56
    Last Post: 3 Days Ago, 2:51 PM
  2. First Boba Build
    By UnFathomable in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: Dec 4, 2012, 4:03 PM
  3. My Boba Upgrade Build
    By Armydad in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 97
    Last Post: Aug 6, 2012, 2:53 PM
  4. UK ESB Boba build
    By thirteenpaces in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Jul 21, 2012, 7:45 PM
  5. WIP - my Boba build
    By KarmaTiger in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Jul 18, 2011, 12:33 PM
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •