Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

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    Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    Hey guys. Lots of info coming out in the last few days.... here is a little more. We received some amazing info over a year ago from Mark Harris, the coordinator of the supertrooper project which includes a list of the suppliers of many of Fett's parts, including found parts! I was asked not to post the actual sheets but told I could post the info contained on them. There is a lot to be gleaned from this info so get to work! I have made an effort to copy this over as it was on the sheets, with the page breaks as they appear. A number of found parts have already been obtained using this list. Now is your turn!

    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
    Please reply to:
    SUPERTROOPER (HELMET)
    Helmet – Arch Motor and Mfg. Co. Ltd.
    Aluminum Section
    L/H side, R/H side – Elstree Precision Co. Ltd.
    Rangefinder
    Arm – Brian Archer
    Base – Brian Archer
    Glass fibre end section – Brian Archer
    Perspex lens block – Brian Archer
    Glass lens – Brunnings/Polaroid
    3 lamps – white – Nick Allder
    2 lamps – red – Nick Allder
    Computer/wiring/switch – Nick Allder
    2 dentist drills – Brian Archer
    1 dental “greebly” – Brian Archer
    Smoked perspex visor – Brian Archer
    Chin strap - Purchased
    Helmet painted white - Signwriter
    sign on front – Signwriter

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    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
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    SUPERTROOPER (DRESSING)
    Forearm L/H SIDE:
    Calculator panel (Casion MQ-1) – Brian Archer
    Laser – Elstree Precision
    Gas gun – Nick Allder
    Gas gun casing - Norank
    Dental press switch - Purchased
    Forearm R/H SIDE
    Gas lighter - Purchased
    2 small switches – Nick Allder
    2 jack plugs – Nick Allder
    6 Dental drills - Purchased
    Torch - Purchased
    Pockets
    1 Photographic print squeegee - Brunnings
    1 Film Agitator - Brunnings
    1 Scapal holder - Purchased
    8’ of 8mm X14mm clear plastic pipe (latis line) - Purchased
    1 plug block – George Block

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    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
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    SUPERTROOPER (UNIFORM)
    Belt – Berman and Nathan
    Boots – Berman and Nathan
    Bonnet – Berman and Nathan
    Gloves – Berman and Nathan
    Gaitors – Berman and Nathan
    Suit – Berman and Nathan
    Jacket – Berman and Nathan

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    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
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    SUPERTROOPER (WEAPONS)
    Automatic blaster
    Main body glass fibre – George Block
    Turnings - Mitchells
    Aluminum plate – Brian Archer
    2 Dental “greeblies” - Purchased
    Part of Casio MQ-1 calculator - Purchased
    Markings - Signwriter
    Pistol
    Camera rifle grip - Brunnings
    Housing glass fibre – George Block
    Telescope - Brunnings
    2 Turnings - Mitchells
    Buttons – Mitchells


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    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
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    SUPERTROOPER (List of suppliers)
    Arch Motor Mfg. Co. Ltd.,
    Redwongs Way,
    Huntingdon Trading Estate,
    Huntingdon
    Cambs, PE18 7HD.

    Geroge Block,
    E.M.I. Studios,
    Elstree,
    Herts.

    Brunnings, (Hoborn) Ltd.,
    133 High Holborn,
    London WC1.

    Berman and Nathan Ltd.,
    40 Camden Street,
    London NW1 00X.

    Elstree Precision Co. Ltd.,
    26 Theobald Street,
    Borehamwood,
    Herts.
    http://www.abitspecial.co.uk/

    Mitchells
    http://www.michell-engineering.co.uk/
    Theobald Street,
    Borehamwood,
    Herts.

    Norank Engineering Co. Ltd.,
    E.M.I. Elstree Studios,
    Borehamwood,
    Herts.


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    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
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    BOBA-FETT
    PROGRESS REPORT 3rd Oct. ’78.
    SUIT No 1.
    Complete and in U.S.A.
    N.B. Gas-gun to be replaced due to modifications by SFX Dept.
    SUITS No 2 and 3.
    Complete and in U.S.A. Exept:-
    BACKPACKS and BELTS – ready for shipment to U.S.A.
    HELMETS – awaiting delivery from Bob Dickinson, SFX Dept. at Shepperton.
    GAS-GUNS – gun for suit No 2, at Shepperton
    Gun for suit No 3, expected delivery date from SFX Dept. 16th Oct
    SUIT No 4.
    Incomplete: Items outstanding are:-
    HELMET (with rangefinder) and COMPUTER READ-OUT – work is in progress (Bob Dickinson, SFX Dept.) at Shepperton.
    BACKPACK – awaiting arrival from SFX Dept. Shepperton – Expected delivery date: 6th Oct. (Friday).
    GAS-GUN – work is expected to begin, 16th Oct. (approx) at SFX Dept. Shepperton
    SUIT No 5.
    Incomplete: Items outstanding are:-
    HELMET
    COMPUTER READOUT
    BACKPACK
    GAS-GUN
    Work will being on these when suit No4 is complete, SFX Dept. Shepperton.
    SUIT No 6.
    As suit No 5 exept:-
    HELMET – painted greay and sent to U.S.A.
    MARK HARRIS
    Supertrooper Liason.

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    Star Wars “The Empire Strikes Back”
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    BOBA-FETT
    STATUS REPORT 26th Oct. ’78.
    SUIT No 1.
    Complete and in U.S.A.
    SUIT No 2.
    Complete and in U.S.A. Exept:-
    RIGHT FOREARM SLEEVE – markings to be applied by signwriter
    SUIT No 3.
    Complete and in U.S.A. Exept:-
    RIGHT FOREARM SLEEVE – marking to be applied by signwriter
    GAS-GUN – SFX Dept. (now at E.M.I.)
    SUITS No 4, 5 and 6.
    BACKPACK – SFX Dept. E.M.I.
    RIGHT FOREARM SLEEVE – marking to be applied by signwriter
    GAS-GUN – SFX Dept. E.M.I.
    MARK HARRIS
    Supertrooper Liason
    Last edited by Art Andrews; May 18, 2008 at 1:29 AM.

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    WOW....

    thanks Braks!!!

    Today is a great day...lots of awesome stuff!!

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    Awesome stuff. Thanks for being an amazingly awesome person for sharing the info as well

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    I am so very very happy to see this stuff shared! I've always gotten the impression that some people derive a sense of importance or status from hoarding stuff like this.

    The first thing I love is seeing "smoked perspex visor" for the ESB helmet. Webchief and I were just talking about that on Tuesday night.

    Dental drills... scalpel holders... gas guns... so much stuff!

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    tk7602 said: View Post
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    The first thing I love is seeing "smoked perspex visor" for the ESB helmet. Webchief and I were just talking about that on Tuesday night.
    !
    It's important to note that is not in reference to the ESB helmet specifically.

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    Ok quick question. Once the sale of these pics are said & done will they readily be available to us maybe via the Ref CD?
    Last edited by BobaFettSlave_1; Jan 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM.

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    That's so cool, I was born near Borehamwood, England in a town Called Barnet, Herts. my Father owned a machine shop around 1969-1986, I wonder if he new of anyone making parts for SW around that time??? I'll have to ask him. great stuff Art, thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    Thanks for posting this Brak's! Loads of good info! I think it's pretty cool seeing this as well as the "identifying" of 6 suits! Great stuff! So, if this is all about the supertrooper, where all 6 white when they arrived in the US or had the decision to paint it happened before this time but they were still using the name supertrooper? I'm also interested in knowing where you guys get your contacts to these people who supply this kind of info to you.

    Great stuff, I can see lots of great things on the horizon for Boba Fett costuming!

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    What a wealth of information! Thanks for sharing this, Art. This has been the most amazing week in Fett Costuming!

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    This is IMO a great happening here on the TDH and in the spirit of progress not regress - thank you so very much! I almost want to quote Neil Armstrong..!

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    webchief said: View Post
    Guys... Can the drama... PLEASE.
    Amen... this is a good thing for ALL the community as a whole...

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    Brak's thanks for posting all of this. I hope that this thread will stick around and not get pulled due to arguing. I really appreciate informative threads such as this.

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    WOW...now that is a virtual plethora of infomation. Thanks for sharing Braks!!!

    Steve

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    Cool stuff Brak's. Thanks for posting the info.

    After this post and the PP# pics I'm starting to think I may need to change the green visor in my ESB bucket.

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    According to one of their ads, Arch Motor Mfg. Co. Ltd. are the "sole manufacturers of Lotus & caterham Seven chassis for over forty-five years".

    The Lotus Seven was sold between 1957 and 1973 - which is when they sold the plans to Caterham Cars, who continued manufacturing and still sell them today.

    Though it's possible the producers may have contracted Arch Motor Mfg to fabricated some sheet metal parts, it would also be worthwhile looking at Lotus Seven (AKA: Lotus7) and Caterham Seven parts, as an unidentified part may turn up there.

    Steve

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    Re: Fett Build History and Found Parts Suppliers

    There's a photo of Brian Archer working on the Supertrooper helmet on page 149 of The Making of The Empire Strikes Back. Five of the white Supertrooper helmets are visible, the one he's working on and four in the background. It looks like he's installing the rangefinder.

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