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WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    It's all about improvising and updating, but you have a great start. Nice costume.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    I got my painted shin tools in the mail today from Darth Voorhees. Thanks Lou. They look great.

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    That's one more thing to cross off the list.
    I still need to get a jetpack adjustment tool. I'm thinking a 3D printed tool would be easier and lighter than carrying around a metal pipe in my shin pocket.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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.

    img_9259-jpg img_9265-jpg

    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.

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    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.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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!

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    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.

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    Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project

    I've made a little bit of progress. I took the gauntlets apart, sanded them down and put on a coat of silver paint.

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    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.

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