Warning. Im feeling nostalgic.
For some of you old timers the topic of this thread is old news, you guys (and gals) know how absolutely fantastic the work of the two artisans Man Of War Studios and Fettpride is already.
So, this thread is directed at the new(er) generation of Fett costumers and prop replicators. You guys dont know how fortunate you are.
I started collecting props (and Fett parts) several years ago (built my first fett in 2002). Back then, even with the very real presence of Brak's Buddy and TDH on the net, the available Fett parts were in the 'dark ages' compared to what we have available (and know) today.
I cut my teeth on sintra armor with rehab Don Post helmets and LisaFett's styrofoam jet pack tutorial. Unimpressive by today's standards, but it was exciting and cool as can be in '02. I gradually moved on to Mark Bradley (bradleyfett) styrene kits . My first HUGE prop build was the old school Bradleyfett jet pack (remember that build guys?). I vividly remember assembling that pack with CA glue and accelerator (ah the fumes!!) and then spraypainting it on my fire escape in NYC. While the pack turned out awesome, man what a frustrating process! Then came Richies Armor, and, later, MLC (man oh man the thrill of opening that MLC Jango helmet from Rex). And oh, how we all used to drool over Seeker's latest Jango updates, and BKBT's 'stellar designs' websites.
Over the years, and endless upgrades, and tweaks, I was fortunate enough, and, thankfully, gainfully employed enough, to acquire some of the best Fett parts out there (I didnt forget you, Asok, my friend), which steers me from memories of old (yay! some readers may say) to the topic of this thread.
As you can see from the above, I have been doing this a LONG time, and I am writing this to praise the works of two of our artisans here on TDH - MOW Studios and Fettpride.
With Fettpride, I have been lucky enough to have acquired a few FP Fett parts through the years, starting with an incredible pair of FP Jango gauntlets in 2003-04 which I still have to this day, all the way to his latest FP v3 Boba Armor. I have been consistently impressed with the manufacture, skill, packing, shipping, and all around customer service with FP and would like to take this opportunity to: a) sing praise and b) thank him for his years of endless perfectionism.
Now, MOW Studios. I have seen MOW Studios grow throughout the years, seeing his parts on the boards and occasionally on various Fett suits at Cons throughout the years. However, I have never owned any MOW parts. UNTIL NOW. On Monday, I received a box pf parts from MOW that, quite literally, blew my mind. Everything was assembled, trimmed, and primered. The packing and shipping were perfect. Communication was steady and informative. And the parts, you may ask, absolutely clean (did I mention clean?) and proportionate, and, literally, perfect. It felt like that time back in '02 when I opened that Bradleyfett Jet Pack kit, or that time in '04 when I got my first FP kit - just like a little kid at Christmas.
In any event, gentlemen, MOW and FP, I write this to say "thank you".
And to the newer guys here on TDH, I write this to say, you aint got no idea how lucky you are to be on TDH in 2009, why when I first started I used to walk to school 9 miles, each way, in the snow, uphill (or the functional equivalent thereof in the Fett parts world - building a v1 MB jet pack kit!)....
Thanks for listening....