It's all about improvising and updating, but you have a great start. Nice costume.
It's all about improvising and updating, but you have a great start. Nice costume.
After a busy late spring and summer, it's time to get back to my ESB Boba so it's complete (or as complete as a I can make it) for Celebration. The knee armour from Bobamaker should arrive any day, but my painted jetpack from Fett Seven is still a few weeks away.
So, in the meantime, I'm going to repaint my gauntlets, which i got from a member here, who lived in the U.K. It was a super good deal and he called them "starter gauntlets".
Anybody know how made them?
They are fairly simple ABS and closed with velcro. They appear to be ROTJ gauntlets painted in ESB colours.
Here is the top half of each one.
The plan is to remove the whipcord housing and make it way smaller (thinner?), sand it all down, repaint everything and maybe get a new MQ1 keyboard (or replica). I'll at least properly align the darts, if not replace them. I think the dental expander will be OK and I can repaint the rocket so it looks better. I'll also need to get a flamethrower at some point, but I'll figure that out later. I have a few other things I need to buy before I get that.
I got the whipcord housing off, took other pieces apart, peeled some glue and started to sand them down.
I do have a question though. Are there painting and colour templates for gauntlets, like RafalFett's armour templates?
I have all my reference shots ready, but those templates were super helpful when I painted my armour. Am I just not looking in the right place? Thanks.
These will get replaced one day, but they will do me until I get other parts of my costume completed first.
As far as I know, the gauntlets are still on 'reference image only,' same with the jetpack. I will be in the same boat for my ROTJ gauntlets. Put your silver down, layer it up, and go easy on the masking. Less is more I think for the gaunts - edges, corners, etc.. And if you want after you lay down the green, just take some steel wool to rub away to the silver layer.
Thanks DeathProof. I was hoping that I just couldn't find it. I guess I'll have to do what our Fett forefathers did and just go off the reference shots :-) I'll definitely go layered. Fortunately, I splurged on the jetpack and will be getting that painted by Fett Seven. That's a fair bit of painting and detail. I can't wait to get it. Then, I need to sort out a harness. I'm trying to decide between MoW's vest (although my costume is warm enough without another layer) or toolguy301's 3d printed harness. I still have some time to decide.
While the soft vest is nice and comfortable, for not much more you can get the 3D printed one. I would probably side with that. I have MOWs harness and it's great. I am going to mod it a bit to make sure I get a balanced fit though.
I took the plunge and ordered the jet pack harness from Toolguy301 so I'll be ready when the jet pack arrives. I also ordered a replica MQ-1 keypad for my gauntlet.
I've been busy sanding the gauntlets and forgot how much work sanding can be. I need to start sourcing the strapping for the harness and should probably deal with my ankle spats.
I need to convert them to ESB accurate ties. I've been digging around, but haven't found exactly how wide they should be. I saw that someone made them 1 3/4 inches, but it didn't seem very official. The reference shots, various builds and even the Clothears suit pics give a pretty good idea about size, but I was wondering if there was an agreed upon width. Length doesn't really matter to me as they'll just close in the back with velcro.
Bounty, let me know how that jet pack harness comes out! I'd prefer metal but you never see the harness expect the strap in front under the flak vest!
I'll update this thread when I get it and the jet pack. I'm mostly trying to go lighter where I can. That's part of the reason I went with Fett Seven's jet pack. I want to pick up a 3-D printed jet pack adjustment tool for that reason too. I don't need a a metal rod in my shin tool pocket if the 3-D printed one can look as good.
I've made a little bit of progress. I took the gauntlets apart, sanded them down and put on a coat of silver paint.
Now I need to figure out their battle damage and do the masking before I paint them Spruce Green. I'm still sanding down the whipcord housing to make it ESB sized. I'm not sure if I should use a scalpel to trim it down, keep on sanding or if there is a better way to trim the ABS.
So, I've been working away. I cut down the whipcord housing, filled in the holes, sanded it down and got the primer on it.
I masked off the rest of the gauntlets and got the spruce green rattle can layer on top of the silver.
I picked off the masking and painted the black button on the top of the right gauntlet.
I need to add the gray paint topically, weather them and add the darts and rocket (which I need to refinish as well).
It's been a very great last couple of weeks. I got my 3D printed jetpack harness from Toolguy301.
I sanded, primered and painted the pieces silver. I ordered the nylon webbing from Order Straps, Buckles, Webbing, Tie-Downs | Strapworks.com. It only cost about $8 plus shipping. I got the 2 inch black light polypropylene at Polypropylene Webbing | Buckles, Straps & Rings | Strapworks.com. I like it better than the seatbelt material as it doesn't have a pattern on it. The lightweight webbing should be plenty strong enough. It has a breaking strength of 300 to 1,200 pounds. This type of webbing doesn't absorb water or stretch. I got the heavyweight 1.5" inch white webbing (from the same page) for the straps that attach to the jetpack. The white webbing looks thicker than the black in the reference photos.
I also ordered the replica US Divers belt buckle, as well as the jetpack hooks and clips from Full Metal Fett. They're great. I cut the webbing a little bigger than I needed to and attached it with safety pins to test it out. My wonderful wife is going to sew the webbing to the harness for me this weekend. I still need to pick up the aluminium bar and attach the harness all together.
When it rains it pours. I also got my knee armour and aluminum launchers from Bobamaker. They were the one thing I couldn't afford to order when I ordered the rest of my amour from him. I applied the first layer of silver paint and that's as far as I've got so far.
So, I got this beauty in the mail today from Stormrider. It's just plain awesome.
I'm going to have to make due with a temporary sidearm until I can order one. I think I try modifying a Nintendo Duck Hunt Gun until I can buy one. I didn't really think about size, but it's huge! On a regular belt, it hangs almost to my knees. It seems like it might bob around when I'm walking. Is there a way to prevent that from happening or will it just stay where it needs to when it the sidearm is in place?
Should have a strap at the bottom of the holster that keeps it in place.
Thanks Syllander. Do you just glue the strap near the bottom? It seems a shame to mess with the pristine holster.
Is that more of work around, as I don't recall seeing a strap in any of the reference pics?
Your post reminds me that I'm overdue for an update for this thread.
I made a few upgrades for Halloween and Fett Seven has just shipped my painted jetpack. I can't wait to get it.
Last edited by grenater; Dec 3, 2014 at 9:40 PM.
So, Christmas came early this year after this package arrived in the mail.
It's my painted jetpack from Fett Seven. My crappy pictures don't really do it justice, so I'll try to post better pics soon.
He did an awesome job and the detail is amazing.
I've since added the thrusters, but I still need to attach the beacon and stabilizer.
I'm hoping to do a step-by step photo spread for the attaching of the clips and hooks and then getting it onto my 3D printed harness, but finding time is the challenge.
So, here's the start of a much overdue update.
Here is a pic of my finished knee armour with the aluminum launchers. I'm pleased with how they turned out. I'm using 2 rare earth magnets on each to hold them up. They stay up well. I still have the elastic band around the back, but it's mostly cosmetic.
Here is the top of the left gauntlet. I got a 3-D printed keypad and repainted everything. I don't have a flame thrower yet but it's on my to-do list. I have a buddy who works with aluminum and he's expressed some interest in helping me build the flamethrower. We'll see how it goes.
Here is a pic of the right gauntlet. I made the whipcord housing a lot smaller, removed the tubes and repainted everything. I did a layered paint job and had issues with the whipcord housing falling off because of the silver layer. The glue stuck well to the green paint, but peeled off at the silver layer. In hindsight, I should have not painted that part silver since it was going to be green there and then covered with the whipcord housing. oh well. That's the reason for the extra silver above the housing.
The gauntlet are a vast improvement from what I started with, but they'll still probably be upgraded some day down the road.
So, I took my latest iteration of Fett out on the town for Halloween (yeah, I'm that overdue for an update). I still hadn't received my jetpack at that time.
Here are some pics from a sci-fi halloween party that I attended with my wife. I won best costume and got a $100 gift card. Now I just need to win 20 or so contests like that and and I can break even :-)
As you can see, I still have the repainted Hasbro ROTJ EE-3 and I used a temporary sidearm in my holster. I've ordered both from Sidewinder, so I'm just waiting on his next run to upgrade those parts. From the pics, I noticed that both the flighsuit and the flak vest need more weathering. I also find that the ammo-belt sags a bit with the weight of the holster and will probably sag even more when I get the correct sidearm. I'm not sure how to address that yet, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
Last edited by Bounty1138; Jan 12, 2015 at 12:50 AM.
I have a question about jetpack placement. I've started to install the hooks and clips so I can mount it on my harness.
I've added the clips (or are those hooks?) as you can see below. This went relatively well. In hindsight, I might have installed them a little closer together, but they work fine and fit on the aluminum bar on my harness.
I never thought much about how the jetpack sits against the back plate, until I started installing it.
I had just sort of assumed it sat flush or almost flush with the back plate somehow. However, I temporarily taped the hooks into place and noticed there is a bit of a gap. The points of contact are the clips on the aluminum bar and the tops (sides?) of the 2 hooks. Is this correct?
After taking this pic, I realized that the jetpack needs to sit higher on the backplate so the top of the pack (not including the removable rocket) is only a bit below the top of the back plate (and the part that holds the rocket is just about even). However, the points of contact are the same as is the gap, even if I have to move the hooks a bit for the new placement. All of the reference and build pics that I've been able to find don't show the back plate and jet pack from an angle that I see how it sits. Any help would be appreciated before I start drilling into my shiny new jetpack.
While not an ESB pic, I think you've got the jetpack in a fairly good spot already:
I personally like the idea of it sitting more flush to the backplate, but it's not uncommon for it to sway a bit more outward. The idea of the hooks (top) is that they keep the jetpack closer to the body. The weight is all taken up on the clips (bottom).
I personally like the idea of having the top of the missile meet the top of the head, but from looking at some ESB shots, it looks like the missile peaks just above Fett's helmet.
That pic does show it a little lower than some of the pics I was looking at.
I was originally looking at these, which show it a fair bit higher.
But these movie still seem to show it lower too.
So, you think the jetpack should sit closer to the backplate? I don't know how I could use the hooks and make it more flush. Any ideas?
If you want to keep the pack closer to the body shorten the white straps It's really more preference...you don't want that thing hanging out tooooo far. But if there's a gap, that's no problem.
It's the hooks against the backplate that are causing the gap. There could be no slack in the straps and the gap would still be there as the backplate is up against the edge of the hooks. It makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong. Maybe I'll try to take a better pics to show what i'm trying to explain.
Based on the current picture that you have, I don't know how you could get any closer than that. I understand what you mean now by the hooks causing the gap. If that's the case, I think that's as close as you can get. Are you not happy with that?
Thanks DeathProof. I'm not sure what I think :-) Thats' why I was hoping for some opinions.
I think these pics may show the gap a little better with the hooks right up against the backplate. It seems like i have limited options unless i start bending the hooks.
Is that just how it's supposed to look?
Last edited by Bounty1138; Jan 13, 2015 at 1:40 AM.
Ooook. I think I got it. Where are your hooks from? The corner of the hook should be facing upward. You have it so the corner is facing into the backplate, which is creating more distance. See how full metal fetts hooks have one flat side and then just the hook: http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f31/j...Jet+pack+hooks
I think that's the problem..hope this helps!
edit. Just looked back....you do have full metal fett hooks and clips. Hmmmm.
more research ....mind the gap
I think you're fine with what you have man. You should not have to bend those hooks.
Last edited by DeathProof; Jan 13, 2015 at 2:05 AM.