So now that things are starting to come in, I figured I'd start a progress thread. Hopefully not jumping the gun, but it helps me keep track of my progress and gives me a place to say "Thank you" to those I've gotten pieces from and hopefully helps someone as "green" (no pun intended) as myself have an idea of who to go to for quality parts. My suit is essentially going to be a TDH build. By that, I mean I'm getting everything for my Fett that I can from TDH members for a couple of reasons:
1. I'm not nearly as talented as some you guys and gals at prop building.
(even if I was, I wouldn't have the time lol)
2. I trust TDH members for quality products and advice. (people have already passed up making a buck off of my lack of knowledge to keep me from making a mistake on a couple of occasions)
3. Without TDH, I wouldn't even attempt this. I find myself caring more and more about being a "spot on" representation of the the TDH community with everything I do with my Fett once I'm done.
I'm listing things with who made them and will update them as they arrive. Also including who they were ordered from, if different from maker. Please look at my list and feel free to offer up any advice or critique on my progress on direction. Thanks again to the entire community.
So far, I have acquired/ordered:
Accurate Chest Decal (MoM Exhibition) (Bobamaker) - Awesome addition to my metal armor. Thanks Bobamaker for the extra work you went through to make looking accurate much easier.
ROTJ cape (Woodman) - Excellent quality at a very low price. If you can get your hands on one, I'd jump on it.
*side note-He'll weather it for a little bit extra. Saves you headache and he does an impeccable job.
ROTJ ammo belt(Boo boo Fett) - It is easy to see that Terry has truly raised the bar with these belts. I can't get over the quality and how natural the weathering seems. This is a belt that actually feels like it looks, sturdy and usable. It definetely adds to the realism of my suit. This is an upgrade, anything else would be "settling" for less. Because there is NO better.
ESB sig. ed. helmet (Master Replicas) - I love it. Although, I would suggest [in retrospect] getting any one of the great helmets available from TDH members. Then you have a helmet that is exactly what you want/need down to the letter.
Patterson shin tools (BFUK/Mojo-Fett) - If you don't have a set of these, pray like hell they become available again. They are absolutely "spot-on" in every way. Upgraded with the Mojo-Fett "found part" stylus parts, they belong in a display case. I cant imagine settling for anything less. Thank you both very, very much!
Aluminum stylus upgrade (Mojo-Fett) - Got these in. Absolutely great quality! Gavin, you da man!
JP harness (Fettdad/TehEl1te) - Wow! The absolute ONLY way you could do better is full metal JP harness ($300+). Great work Fettdad, and again, thanks Branden.
Gloves (GalacticBountyHunter) - The gloves are leaps and bounds better than the evolution gloves in build quality and screen accuracy. Couple that with the fact that they are made to fit specifically your hand dimensions, and you cant find a better glove. Thanks, GBH!!!
SR Foam Helmet Padding Inserts (Stormrider) - There is nothing I can say about these that would do them justice. If you don't have a set, I can only ask.... WHY? Absolutely excellent!
*side note- Pay the extra for SR to weather them, you'll be glad you did. Soon to be upgraded to the version 2 style.
metal ROTJ Armor (Wickedbeard) - First off, the armor is much sturdier than anticipated, and very well done. The paintwork is absolutely awesome and unbelievably accurate. Thank you so much, bruv.
metal ROTJ gauntlets (Wickedbeard) - Easily one of my favorite parts of the suit. The metal is far from cumbersome, but in no way flimsy. Again, the paintwork is top-notch with extreme attention to detail. Jeff, your talent is mind-boggling!
Chest panel light (Fettronics/ V2.1.1) - I have to constantly restrain myself from "playing" with this thing. No way you could beat the price on this, especially once you factor in that you can personally program your own sequence with up to 20 sets per sequence, (and 3 colors for the mandos) prior to ordering. Another thing is the ample wire to make placement of battery pack easy. Thanks, Jon.
ROTJ jumpsuit (Arkady) - Carole did an excellent job on my flightsuit and the material is really, really nice. It's not often that someone (who already has a great rep) exceeds an already high expectation. The suit is so far from flimsy, it's ridiculous. Thank you, Carole, so very much.
ROTJ Vest/Neckseal/Spats/Pouches/Santa Hat (DarthCarcinus/LadySewforus) - Wow, what a great team Deb and Mark make. Excellent work on all my parts. Again, as with Arkady's FS, the materials and stitching are really top notch. Now, per Marks advice, I'm off to drag everything behind my SUV aka weather it. Thanks, you two are the bees knees.
Boots (Caboots) - Gotta love good luck once in awhile. My Caboots came in, and I love them with every ounce of my black heart. The quality and comfort are excellent. Very well constructed, I can see, now, why so many people wish they were still available. "Thank you" to Martinwilliamh for his CH thread about them running a full size larger than marked and for Priscilla at Caboots allowing me to test the theory (w/ a gaurantee that if they didnt fit, I could return them). I wear an 8.5 mens and they only had 1 pair of 7.5's left in stock. Martin was right, they fit, and I am happy as a lark. LOL
ROTJ Jetpack + alum add ons (Mark Bradley/Boo Boo Fett/paint by KidAkira) - I don't think I could possibly love this pack and it's paintjob any more than I do.Pictures truly do not do it justice. It actually hurts to think about cutting a stunt pack gash across the back of it, but I'll manage. Thanks a million, Terry!
*Upgraded with a BFUK lighted aluminum beacon that really adds alot to the "Ooooh and ahhhh" factor of the JP.
ROTJ wookie braids (Woodman) - What can I say... the man is talented. The ONLY way you could do better is to get them in horsehair from him.
* Upgraded to Woody's horsehair version. They are absolutely sick, and there is no way you can beat the price. Definetely adds to the realism.
ROTJ girthbelt (HorseloverZ.com) - Got it in much faster than expected. After all the horror stories from other sites, I was nervous, but am very glad I ordered through them. Thanks to DP74 for the heads up, brother.
Fett toe spikes (Russrep) - Great set of ali toe spikes. Definetely a worthwhile upgrade.
EE3 blaster (Master Replicas/Astro Builder/re-paint by Slave1pilot) - Wow! Well packaged by MR. Beautiful blaster. It ways a ton, which I really like about it. As expected, Nathan's paint job is absolutely amazing and really adds that extra realism needed. I couldnt be happier, thanks Justin, you are truly a "stand-up" member of this community and helped me out in a tremendous way.
12 watt voice amp w/ wireless mic (Aker MR1505/Memorex/TK6294) - Jim really did everyone a service by sourcing these for everyone. I cant tell you how much I love this thing. Uber powerful and clear. Plus with the mp3 ability to run simultaneousely w/ the voice mic, you really cant go wrong. BTW- did I mention they're inexpensive? Thanx, Jim
Helmet skirt (Booboo Fett) - Really wasnt keen on these when I first saw Terry offer em, to be honest. Now, it seems like a bucket upgrade everyone should have, and looks really sharp. The construction is spot-on.
My WIP Fett 12/17/09 :
Party Pic :