I’ve been lurking the board for about 2 months and mostly asking questions to a select few members while I decide my build parts and materials. I’ve decided to post this here to help future SE fetters and get as much input as possible from TDH members so I don’t screw anything up. Below you’ll find the PARTS I’m purchasing or thinking about, then the PAINTS I’ve compiled from threads and videos, then the TOOLS a rookie should think about buying and finally the QUESTIONS I’m still trying to answer about my build. I’ve started ordering parts I’m sure about, and I’ll start posting pictures as they arrive and I paint. Any thoughts, especially on the questions at the bottom, would be greatly appreciated.
BE CRITICAL NOW, so my Fett will be the best he can. Thanks all.
Here is a link the very comprehensive excel file I’ve been using to keep track of everything
FPH2 scratched Helmet with range Finder, Stalk and Visor – Fettpride
Helmet Padding – Hard hat interior, ( I think the pro know how to do this best and keep cool )
Helmet cooling – Evilboy
RF lights and remote servo – Salamanderking
Voice Amplifier – Voice Booster
Chest and Shoulder Armor - Fettpride
Chest LED Display - Fettronics (red lights with RafalFett's ROTJ Sequence)
Jet Pack - Fettpride
Jet Pack hollow aluminum Beacon and light (have not decided if these are worth it)
Jet Pack Harness (with Buckle and hooks) – Booboofett
Gauntlets (w/ resin keypad and darts) – Fettpride
Gauntlet Push Buttons – Radio Shack
Gauntlet Toggle Switches – Radio Shack
Gauntlet LEDs – Radio Shack
Gauntlet Hose – Home Depot
Knee armor (w/ resin darts) – Fettpride
Decals (Helmet, Armor, Jet Pack) – Lucksy31 (not sure which I can use for authenticity)
ROTJ EE-3 blaster – I’m contemplating Stormrider’s with wood stock and Tasco 4x20
Wookie Braids – Woodman
Leather ammo Belt – BooBooFett
Shin tools – thinking light weight is the way to go here, maybe all non-metal pieces (resin and found parts)
Balaclava – MoW studios (is this really needed while wearing BooBoofett’s chin skirt)
Chin Skirt – BooBooFett
Neck seal – Arkady
Flight suit – Arkady
Flak jacket (vest) – Arkady
ROTJ Cape – Woodman
Gloves – MoW studios
Girth Belt – Woodman
Side/Hip Pocket – Arkady
Ankle spats – Arkady
Boots – MoW studios (see Spideyfett thread for painting)
Toe spikes – waiting to see what JodoKast89 (Machinecraft) come up with for all aluminum parts
Mannequin – either a cheapo or something a little more flexible
I just bought a Masters $80 compressor and airbrush that I'm quite happy with so far, but I'm no pro at this so a basic setup was all I needed.
Humbrol enamels (Special thanks to Terminal Fettler, Jayvee, WelchWarrior123 and others make sure you look at their threads and videos for more detail)
Here is a great video by the owner of Badger for those of us new to airbrushing or anyone looking for some basic tips about what to buy/use.
Here is a list of the all Humbrol Paints you might possibly need:
11, 20, 25, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34, 60, 62, 64, 72, 73, 76, 78, 79, 81, 82, 85, 93, 94, 96, 103, 104, 106, 109, 113, 117, 140, 147, 154, 159, Satin Cote (33 total different paints)
Don’t forget you may want to get Floquil Concrete as well (34 total different paints)
More specifically from the threads and videos:
Base Coat: Primer, Humbrol 147 (light grey)
Left ear: Scarlet (60), Camouflage Grey (28)+ Light Grey (64) 1:1 ratio mix, Khaki Drab (159) + Cockpit Green(78) 1:1 ratio mix, Matt White (34) for decal
Rangefinder ear: Silver (11), Blue Grey (79), Brown Yellow (94), Arches and 9 small stripes masked, then sprayed with Satin Black (85), white half arch white (34)
Back panel: Silver (11), Blue Grey (79), Humbrol Beige 103 misted with Humbrol 94 or Floquil Concrete, Uniform Green (76) + RAF Blue (96) mix ratio 1:1
Dome and lower cheeks: Silver (11), Blue Grey (79), Cockpit Green (78), Weathering on dome with sand brown (93) around visor trim, as well as various greys around dent. Lower Cheek detail in corner, has green 76+96 (1:1 ratio) with added black drops to darken until satisfied. After the main green (78) is applied, there is a light misting across bottom of cheeks with Sea Grey (27)
Upper cheeks: Silver (11), Blue Grey (79), Matt Black (33)
Kill stripes: Insignia Yellow (154); fade Orange Lining (82) in towards middle and last killstripes
Mandibles and trim: Silver (11), Ocean Grey (106) or grey 79, Purple Mix –Wine (73) + Oxford Blue (104) mixed (1:1 ratio). I put just one or two extra drops of Wine 73 in to just tone back the blue value ever so slightly
Wine (73) or red 60+ 73+ 104
Detail : A heap of fine detail work throughout entire helmet with various colors, starting from, but not limited to : Light Grey (147), Matt White (34), Silver (11), Matt Black (33), Cockpit Green (78), Insignia Yellow (154), Wine (73), Leather (62).
Splatters: added using main color of Leather (62). I also put in some light splatters using Rust (113), Desert Yellow (93) and light grey (147).
Sealer: Satin Cote
Chest: silver no. 11 then liquid mask silver damage, yellow no. 81 then remove silver mask. Liquid mask silver and yellow damage , green no. 78, green no. 117, black no. 33 misted and shaded as seen in reference pictures. When dry lightly buff in areas with 0000 wire wool. Repeat process also with splatters, don’t overdo! light grey highlights grey no. 140, scratches and scuffs: black and white soluble pencil and chalk pastels, scratches through to silver with tip of self-propelling pencil, final splatter of black no. 33 with old toothbrush and low pressure airbrush, center diamond green no. 117 only, weather with black splatter black no. 33, seal with Humbrol satin cote (thinned with white spirit)
Chest Decal: chest decal dark grey no. 32, black no. 33, yellow no. 81
Shoulders/knees: no.11 silver then liquid mask silver damage, no. 103 (lighten slightly with white?) Light yellow (around silver damage) remove silver mask. Liquid mask silver and light yellow damage, no.154 Yellow, no. 82 Orange (added in small amounts to yellow 154 and over sprayed/shaded as in reference pictures), no.79 grey (added in tiny amounts to the yellow/orange and over sprayed etc...), scratches and scuffs, same method as above, seal with satin cote as above
Diamond Insert (according to MindMiester): 117, satin cote sealer
JET PACK Painting
11, 25+96 (2:1), 154, 34, 73, 33, 79, 72, 94, 62, satin cote sealer
Black 33, White 34, Blue 10, red 73, Yellow 154, Red 20 (top of the rocket), satin cote sealer
Again thanks to WelchWarrior123 for this video
Paint Thinner, brushes, airbrush, masking tape, detail masking tape (narrow), bondo (filler), sharp blade to carve, files, sand paper, Dremel, fixer and paints for boots from Spideyfett tutorial, wire wool 0000, nut and bolts, tape measure, masking fluid, rubber chisel/brush for masking fluid, strong glue, graphite / wax paper, pencil
-Is a balaclava needed if you use BooBooFett’s Chin Skirt or will I just cook myself?
-What decals are authentic to use on the helmet/armor/jet pack?
-Do many people really use a voice amplifier if so which ones? I have been looking at the Voice Booster.
-What aluminum greeblies really make a difference compared to a painted resin part?
-I have read aluminum shin tools weigh a fair amount and clank/bounce around so I’m leaning toward plastic and resin tool, does anyone still make a resin set? I’ve seen Bobamaker for $127 but that seems high.
-I’d love a metal ee-3 but for now I’ve been looking at Stormrider’s blaster with wood stock, adding a Tasco scope 4x20, metal tube inside the barrel for reinforcement and possibly to add light/sound from a toy gun too, but we'll see. Looks like RS Prop Masters is coming out with a new ee-3 also with a metal bar to reinforce the weapon, does anyone know details on this?
wow, finally done with this post... Thanks all for any help, and I hope this helps others.