@Rafalfett- Thanks! That is the nice thing about the magnets, i am able to move the armor anywhere i want! For the armor I "eyeballed" the location. for some reason i couldn't get my graphite paper to transfer onto the rustoleum aluminum paint i used. But I did line up prints of the template onto the armor and "scratched" basic locations of the silver damage through the paper onto the armor to give me a point to start from.Having all the colors separated makes painting a little less overwhelming!
@Mr Fett- The steelwool also helps to knock down the overspray, since i am using rattlecans. If i wait till the end to use the steelwool then the paint has a textured or sandpaper feel to it. The steelwool if careful and used softly will eliminate the sandpaper feel and blend the layers of paint. After i weather everything with pastels I will hit everything with some flat clearcoat to seal all the goodness in :)
OK, so today i worked on The Mounting of the Jetpack!
This has been a task I have long feared! The first thing that you need for mounting is the Jetpack hooks, which I have been searching for and so far have been unable to find. I decided to go the route MattyMatt did and use a cheap paint tray for it's hooks. The hooks did require some bending, which i did using a clamp and some pliers.
The hooks were alittle long, so i trimmed them using a dremel.
Then i used a sanding drum bit and straightened out the cut and rounded off the corners.
Next I drilled out the three holes that go in each hook, and made sure the bolts fit.
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Next it was time to attach the hooks to the jetpack. To find the right spot to for the hooks on the jetpack I had to create the straps and see where they would hang. To make the strap I used white nylon webbing, taped the ends and then used two thumbtacks to copy the rivets used.
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Since for now this will be a display piece, i am attaching the straps to the back armor plate. I drilled a hole in the strap big enough for the stud bolt to pass through. I use the inside stud bolt to attach the straps to the back plate.
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Next I use duct tape to find the right spot for the hooks. I duct tape them to the back of jetpack and find exactly where they need to be to fit into the straps.
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Once the hooks are placed i measure to find the symmetrical location for each one. Using a white pencil i mark the location for each hole. After drilling all 6 holes, i start to tighten the bolts for the hooks.
I used a set of straps i had made earlier to test the stregth of the hooks on the pack. The test was a success and the jetpack did not fall to it's doom!
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Update on the jetpack, added the greeblie cutout area and a new cutout that is more accurate....
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Once the hooks and the straps are secured, the only thing left to do is to mount the jetpack!
And now just a couple shots, comments are welcome as far as the placement goes. I can adjust if needed, by about an 1in up and 2in down.
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EDIT- ok, so after checking out some of the images in the ROTJ screen captures, i realize that the pack should be up higher. Tomorrow I will lower the hooks on the pack by probably 1.5in to raise the pack up to what is screen accurate.
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Oops, ok should be fixed! Thanks Mr Fett
Yep, they work now. LOL
It looks great and I wouldn't change the jetpack's position. The screencap you posted is correct but because he is leaning a bit forward the jetpack is closer to the body. You can use this promo image for the jetpack's position:
@RafalFett- Thanks, I am glad you posted that pic, i didn't like the pack being up so high. So i guess i will leave it where it is!
Ok, So this morning I installed my Fettronics chest light. First I glued in a left over piece from my visor.
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Then I taped down the light board, and glued around the tape to seal the tape down. When I mock installed this, the tape kept coming up and off.
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And finally I permanently installed magnets to the back of all the armor.
OK so my US Diver Co buckle and belt came today! I'm not sure exactly where it goes, under flak or under girth.
Some close ups of the belt/buckle
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And here are a couple of shots all put together, minus the braids and cape..
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It goes under the vest, yes, not under the girth. It's only visible in some pics, but not in others......so the person wearing it might be the only person who knows that it's even there. LOL - This being said, I've never even owned one of those U.S. Diver buckled belts before because both showing one and not showing one are still accurate to the Lucasfilm reference pics.
The suit is impressive as it is! I really like what you did so far!
@Mr Fett- Thanks! I realized after getting the buckle that it is not as noticeable as the esb version, but I have it now and I'm going to use it :)
@Rafalfett- Thanks a lot! I think I am going to scratch build the guantlets next, do you know a good source for templates?
I was thinking more like Rafalfett templates!:lol
Today a couple items showed up, first off RKD rotj gauntlets with lots of greeblies!
Next, the brass hose connectors for the right gauntlet...
A vintage riot helmet chinstrap, from Ebay...
and lastly my an awesome Woodman cape and set of braids...
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How are you finding your JP hooks? Are they standing up to the constant movement of attaching and unattaching and not bending open?
I love your build progress, it looks great from start to finish! Keep up the awesome updates!
How much was the chin strap? I have the chin cup but haven't been able to find a strap for it.