I just want to say thank you to AFettFullofDollars and Wizardofflight for coming up with this idea and the templates. Oya!
Indeed, I just began work on my own trashcan Mando armor. So far I have the shoulders cut out all of the way. I am making a custom, with Boba chest and shoulders, with Jango lower pieces. The thigh armor actually turned out pretty well made from the sides of the 8 gallon can.
Only bummer is, the belly piece cracked along the bottom as we were cutting it out.
INCREDIBLE! But do you think a 13 year old kid like me could do it?
"There is no trying only doing"...."measure twice cut once"..."never feel like you have a lack of talent when asking for help"
If you use the templates and take you time tracing/cutting you should have no problem.
From a 40 year old father (with two kids that are 13) to a 13 year old young man besure to be careful when cutting and triming your parts.
Yeah, I am still young enough to remember being thirteen, and I think I could have done it then. Also, I think I would have cut myself a lot in the process back then.
*So, a good idea would be to have someone work on it with you.
As Lopero said, be careful.
*Another tip from me is to make sure whoever is helping you has a really good utility knife with a locking blade. I broke a few low quality ones scoring my armor, and the sliding blades get stuck in the plastic and pull out.
*Put down a drop sheet...you will shoot plastic slivers and shavings all over the place. They played havoc with my wife's vacuum cleaner.
Good luck, and cut away from yourself.
You can do it, man. Don't doubt yourself, and like they said, take your time. Don't press too hard with your razorblade, and just run over the lines a few times. Definitely try to find someone to help you if you feel you can't handle it yourself, or you're afraid of cutting yourself.
It's also a fun idea to have someone work with you: they can help motivate you along, and it helps long work times go by...
I'm working with a friend and things I might not know how to do, we can work on together.
Hey Fettination. Congrats on joining the site! The trash can plastic is thick and tough. You may want to use "For sale" signs instead. You can buy them at Wal-Mart, Lowe's or Home Depot. They are thinner, made out of Sintra, easy to cut with either scissors or a utility knife, and Superglue glues the pieces together like nobody's business! Watch your fingers, though.
As others have said before, work with a partner, if possible. It's always good to have another set of hands. Looking forward to seeing your work. There are lots of helpful people on this site and even more information.
Yeah...having someone to make fun of you makes mistakes seem like laughing matters instead of wanting to pull your hair out (see my comment above re: cracked belly piece.)
Alright, I figured I'd try my hand at this and here is my first shot at it. I have just begun working on the shoulder bells and butt armor.
You can't tell in the image, but there are quite a few layers of paint already. I worked up the surface and used a palm sander to rip most of the paint off then worked it back up again. The result is armor that has a real feeling of use and alteration to it. Once I get me decals I'll do another layer of "dirt" then seal the whole thing.
Thanks for the great ideas!
WOW--nice work UMD
Hey, thanks alot. I have my shoulder bells and butt piece's primer layer drying outside right now. I had hoped to do them yesterday but we ended up getting nine inches of snow so no spray painting for me.
I want to try to make a cod piece out of the trash can. I figure I'll combine a few pieces and bondo them together. Worse that happens is it doesn't work. Anyway, that'll be tomorrow's project.
This is how im making my first set of mando armor =]
Im new to the site, but ive loved fett since i saw the films. And being as im a 16 year old i have no money to put into a really expensive set. The can is sitting right next to me
Here's an update for me--what I have cut out so far! Got a few more pieces out of one can and two lids than I thought, and not all of them are pictured. The extra pieces I have are going to my Mando friend, who went in with me on materials.
I don't have anything painted yet, and not yet smoothed on the edges. I'm also working on a helmet from scratch, but first on a prototype to see how the pieces fit together. I'm also going to have to seriously form the chest plates.8)
Yes, BIG thanks to WOF and FettFullofDollars!!! :thumbup
COOL! i must try this!
Last edited by Frerr Shj Edoc; Apr 17, 2008 at 1:23 AM.
You know, at first I was afraid to look at this thread. I thought what kind of sick person would make mando armor from a trash can? Oscar the Fett?
But alas! I am left speechless! That is the coolest thing I've ever seen. I'm going to make some for the wifey!
Awsome idea and thanks for sharing!
i have to say that is really a cool idea....i am going to do this for my son's armor...the only question i have is connecting the armor to the vest...i want to do snaps, like tk409 does on his website, but looking at how these cuts are made, the snaps would push the armor aways from the vest, not letting the armor be snug up to the vest....any ideas? and once again, awesome, awesome stuff!!!:thumbup
Has anybody used velcro to fix the armor plates to the vest?
My armor!!! no bells yet though, currentley cutting them out please note: i did NOT have the patterns at the time i cut it out. i still think it looks decent though BTW GREAT idea!!!!! its inexpensive and easy to do! probobly took me 5-6 hours total. still needs some minor shaping, and painting. It might turn out as custom, i might do boba.
Last edited by Frerr Shj Edoc; Apr 17, 2008 at 1:22 AM.
How do you get the patterns to trace?
dude thats sweet i think i'm gonna try that
Thank you so vey much for saving me a fortune....who would have thought to use a trash can....totally awesome...TDH rocks.