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    Jun 15, 2008, 9:15 AM - Is this 501st grade? #1

    Hi there.. I've just taken a few shots of me in my Boba Fett armour (SE style ) and i'd like to get some feedback. I'm hoping to get this approved before a really, REALLY big event taking place in sweden in just two weeks. All and any feedback is welcome.






    But the biggest question that i need answeared is: Is this 501st approvable.. pending better gloves and shin tools that is... ?? (Both of which are to be shipped from BM this week, knock on wood)
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    Jun 15, 2008, 9:46 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #2

    looks great to me!!! the pics are kinda low-rez, but I see no problem. shin tools and gloves are pretty minor. if you told them they were on order I cant see why they wouldn't approve you now. awesome job by the way!! so whats the final cost of your pride and joy?
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    Jun 15, 2008, 10:35 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #3

    i'm not totally sure, but i think the lack of shin tools would be a problem. everything you have looks awesome, but i think that would make the suit "incomplete".
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    Jun 15, 2008, 10:36 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #4

    A rough estimate 600-800 USD for the whole thing... this is because of two major factors;
    1. I chose sanity above accuracy...
    2. I did as much as i could myself, including painting and some sewing. eg, vest, spats, ammo belt. everything has been painted by me. except for the shoulderbells. but i have a second set which i've painted.

    the painting was done with waying off the first factor (sanity above accuracy) but still able to capture the "feel" and "spirit" of Boba fett. But for a total amature and beginner i'm pretty darn proud of the work i've done.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 10:46 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #5

    Looks great to me. If you don't get approved because you don't have shin tools you're better off not being approved. Nobody ever notices shin tools. Again, suit looks great and good luck!
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    Jun 15, 2008, 11:45 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #6

    Quote jawafive said: View Post
    If you don't get approved because you don't have shin tools you're better off not being approved.
    Sorry J5, I don't understand this statement and would have to disagree

    If you don't get approved for not having them then get them, or make them. Shin tools are cheap ($20 to $30) and would be very good to have, though you may still get approved without them. I have made sets out of craft foam and pencil erasers that also look good.

    Gloves are harder, but can be made cheaply from parade gloves.

    Suit looks pretty good to me, but a little hard to tell from those shots.

    Now dirty up those spats, and good luck with the approval.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 12:33 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #7

    Actually i've got a pair of BM gloves and Shin tools ordered and hopefully on their way here.. (Hint, hint, BM...=) )
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    Jun 15, 2008, 12:45 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #8

    Hard to tell from the photos, but is the left shoulder bell mounted low?

    Looks good to me......and how you did it for that price......congrats man.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 1:02 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #9

    Looks good to me as well
    I've seen alot worse costumes make it into the 501st
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    Jun 15, 2008, 1:03 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #10

    HOLLY cow 500-800 USD!... thats a freaking steal you could sell ur suit for 1500 and make money... your suit looks good to me. But i would be nice to see some higher res shots. As for shins and gloves, i think u need those i herd there clamping down on the quality and completion. but i could be wrong.

    great work your suit looks wicked you should be proud.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 1:30 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #11

    Looks good to me man! I've seen a lot of Fetts in the 501st that are really not accurate... it's kind of surprising actually... so if you don't have shin tools, I'd be surprised to see what they say. But like these guys said you could probably make some cheap ones to troop in and tell em BM has gloves and tools on the way for you. Your costume looks great and thats an amazing price!!! my goodness! Do you think you could get higher res pics? I really wanna see how your costume turned out... for that price man... wow, I may be coming to you for some help haha. I have some friends in Oslo Norway and they go to Sweden a lot I've always wanted to go there! Anyway, good luck on the approval!

    El1te
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    Jun 15, 2008, 1:49 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #12

    I am the GML of the Alpine Garrison and in my opinion your boba looks Great.

    Now if you were in my garrison I would like to see you in person and also I would want some Higher res shots of the costume from you with your new gloves and shin tools.

    Great job on building the costume and I hope you are approved soon.

    -Willy-
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    Jun 15, 2008, 2:40 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #13

    I think it looks sweet and once your gloves and shin tools arrive it is in my opinion 501st quality
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    Jun 15, 2008, 3:27 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #14

    Quote tk7602 said: View Post
    i'm not totally sure, but i think the lack of shin tools would be a problem. everything you have looks awesome, but i think that would make the suit "incomplete".
    My only concern is if the "Thong" is going to be a deal breaker or not..

    please god.. let it not be so.... everything else i can handle.. just no the thong..
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    Jun 15, 2008, 3:37 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #15

    Quote Boba Swede said: View Post
    My only concern is if the "Thong" is going to be a deal breaker or not..

    please god.. let it not be so.... everything else i can handle.. just no the thong..
    Personally i love it - jeez did i really write that
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    Jun 15, 2008, 4:43 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #16

    Quote Bubba Fett said: View Post
    Sorry J5, I don't understand this statement and would have to disagree

    If you don't get approved for not having them then get them, or make them. Shin tools are cheap ($20 to $30) and would be very good to have, though you may still get approved without them. I have made sets out of craft foam and pencil erasers that also look good.
    Well let me clarify. I don't see the point in being in some group that wouldn't let you in because you didn't have something as unimportant as shin tools. Not many fans are going to sit there and notice those. I mean look at FX trooper kits. They're not accurate, general public doesn't care. LFL uses fx troopers for all kinds of stuff and nobody cares. So why would you want to be in a group that wouldn't let you in because you didn't have shin tools?

    Do you understand me now?
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    Jun 15, 2008, 5:46 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #17

    I agree with jawafive! The 501st is about so much more than showing off your costume. The amount of good the 501st does in the community, and the joy it brings to children and adults alike seems pointless to deny someone the chance to help when they are missing something that small when you tell them you have more accurate ones coming. Katie would have never wanted it that way.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 11:16 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #18

    Simple fact is there are parts to every costume that are required. If Swede wants 501st approved then yes he needs shin tools. Yes many fans would never notice. Very true. But rules are rules, we have our standards for a reason. Thats what makes the 501st the best at what it does.
    Swede your Fett is awesome. Maybe see if you can get the helmet to sit alittle lower, and the chest armor looks cramped a bit, maybe its a bit too big or just needs adjusted a bit. Minor tweaks is all you need. For the money you spent you did one heck of a job.
    And yes get that darn thong, if I gotta wear it so do you..........LOL
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    Jun 16, 2008, 12:11 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #19

    Quote jawafive said: View Post
    I don't see the point in being in some group that wouldn't let you in because you didn't have something as unimportant as shin tools.
    That's your call to make... others disagree.

    One person might say it's OK to skip the shin tools. Then someone else says no-one will notice that you don't have a cape. Then someone else might try again for the "do I really need a jet pack"... etc...

    Making a costume isn't about joining a club, it's about making yourself happy. If making yourself happy includes said club, then you're making a choice to follow their rules.

    Oh, and on the FX note...

    Personally I look forward to the day that the FX trooper helmet is no longer approved. There's a lot of push for that, and a lot of resistance of course.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 5:26 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #20

    @ Coyote850
    Thanks for the input.. Some people are born with big heads... i'm not one of those. but i do however, have a really long neck. And although i could lower the helmet half an inch or so that would mean removing all the padding. Which i'd rather not do at this point. But i'll take it into consideration my my next helmet.

    as for the chest.. They don't look so big as individual peices but i guess when you put it all together i guess that the whole is greater than the sum. I'll make version 2 smaller and see how that works out.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 10:38 AM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #21

    Quote jawafive said: View Post

    Do you understand me now?
    Nope, still makes no sense at all, sorry. I don't understand why someone would want to give up on membership in the 501st because they don't want to spend $20 for shin tools or a spend a few hours to make them. Maybe it's a pride thing? "I refuse to make a set of shin tools based on the principle of it?" or something?

    It's kind of like like saying if I can't get into a restaurant with no shirt then the restaurant must not be any good, rather than just putting the shirt on.

    Not saying that he won't get in without them, seen a number of people in the 501st with questionable suits - just that it takes so little effort to do them and seem silly to throw away all that work and not join just because of that.

    Anyway, sorry to hijack the thread. Again, good luck on the approval process.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 12:46 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #22

    I don't think thats what hes asking... he has all the others ordered, (from Bobamaker, no less) he's just hoping to get the acceptance thing out of the way while he is waiting for them.. its not like he is waiting on a helmet. lol He is not telling the 501st I am not getting shin tools because I don't need them, accept me like this!!
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    Jun 16, 2008, 4:14 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #23

    Like it or not, shin tools are a required piece of the costume to be approved for the 501st. Jawafive, the club has it's rules and standards and no one is holding a gun to anyone's head to join. If someone wants to join then they are required to adhere to the rules. Pretty simple really.

    Boba Swede, the costume looks good to me. Once you switch out your gloves, add the shin tools I'd take some higher-res shots if I were you. They'll help your GML approve your costume because he/she will be able to see it better and also you've just gotta show that bad boy off! You did a good job!

    As for the thong, that's wasn't deemed as a required part considering it's ummm.... a thong. The shin tools, people know they're there. The thong... most don't.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 7:05 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #24

    Actually it mostly depends on the garison. I applied to the Midsouth Garrison of the 501st with my unaltered SFP fett which looked like this



    as you can see it's pretty far from accurate or even adequate. I simply told them that this was what it was now, and I was in process of redoing the entire thing. I was approved, and I made sure to make good on my promise. which now looks like such....


    (The groin piece came unbuckled so I simply went without it due to the temp being 100 degrees on the flightline)



    Again not 100% scratch for scratch, but acceptable, and I'm still working and changing things such as I've got a BM vest that should be on it's way. It just depends on the garrison you applied to. I see no reason why you wouldn't be accepted with or without gloves/shin tools seeing as how they're already on their way to you. You certainly have a better starting point than I did.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 7:56 PM - Re: Is this 501st grade? #25

    Well heck Mandosoldier - with that big gun you're pictured with I would have accepted you too!!!

    BTW - the changes look great and you can already see what a difference it has made with the ladies!

    Seriously though, I have seen people accepted in suits that I have found questionable and I am pretty sure you'll be accepted first time out.

    As vadr_h8r says, if you're just waiting for the tools then just tell them they are on the way and see what they say. The worst that could happen is that you might have to redo your pics and resubmit when they arrive - or you could just tell them that you don't want to join their club because they did not accept you the first time without the shin tools (sorry, but just had to throw that in )

    It may also depend on if they have a Fett in that Garrison. My Garrison has at least three really good Fetts, so I think they would be less likely to accept another in a uniform that might be considered unfinished.

    Now, on an even more serious note - you really do need to weather the spats, they are too white.

    I am also writing your GML a note telling him to check your thong.
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