Hello, Ive been lurking around the forum for a while now, looking and learning as I went, so I think its time to actually contribute something back. Ive been toying with the idea of joining the 501st uk garrison for a while as looking at CTN inspired me to do a clone, but then I found this forum and had to do a fett. Now this isnt my first project so I knew what costs would be like but even so it still took me by suprise, along with the all the small details and extras. Looking at the different versions of boba, ive decided to go with the special edition fett, title kind of gives it away lol. Now im only 17 and in the UK where jobs are kind of hard to come by at the moment and im still in full time education, so money for this project is kinda thin and I will be picking up bits and bobs as I go along, so lets show you what ive got.
Now I will be using and upgrading to better parts later, but a sale for some cheap armour came up that I thought I could fix and improve. Many thanks here to Artek for the ecellent service he gave to me, cheers. The armour is made out of styrene I think, ive never used it before so dont really now, but i will be fiberglassing the backs as i like my armour to feel like.......well armour. There is a bit of damage but nothing a bit of filler and some elbow grease will slove.
Next is my gauntlets, I did something naughty here and bought of ebay and sort of got stung, but for the price I paid there pretty good and are a decent base to work off. These are what im working on at the moment so here are the pics,
This is how the gauntlets arrived, loads of flashing and excess waste that needed to be trimmed off. There fiberglass layered and are pretty strong, but there are alot of bubbles, the extra peices are also pretty good, although the wrist rocket is warped and unuable so thats the only problem I have at the moment.
I'll skip a few steps of me triming and dremelling away. I got the gauntlets all cut and trimmed and started to measure them for my arm.
Once I got them all cut and measured ready, i put them together to find..........warpage Thats what you get for goin cheap.
Out comes the filler. The top section is almost perfect, its the lower section that is warped. I put some tape of the good seam, and lined up the gauntlets, i then smeared a generous helping of body filler to level out the join. Also when sanding down the underside gauntlet, I found multiple low spots that also needed to be filled.
After a good hour of sanding, checking, more filler followed by more sanding. I got them to a decent enough state. I fixed all the pieces together to get an overall feel of the gauntlet, eventhough the rocket is on I will not be using it.
So those two pictures are about 2 days work, and theres still loads more to do on them. So thats were I am at the moment and should have some more progress to show tommorow. Any advice or comments would be much appreciated as im very new to boba.
Cheers for looking,