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    Sep 17, 2006, 3:56 PM - Starting a budget costume from scratch #1

    Hello all, as you can tell by my post count I am new here. I was interested in constructing a Boba-Fett costume (modeled after his ESB appearances) and after a few google searches I stumbled upon exactly what I was looking for (this website).

    Anyway, I was inspiried by SledFang's budget-built EE3 blaster. I would like to make a ESB Boba costume, for under 100 dollars (preferably less), and I would like to make as much of it as I can from scratch. I am approx six feet tall. I couldn't find an appropriate place to post this considering it covers all aspects of the costume. Please don't tell me to go and "search" for answers, I have, and in general the engine hasn't been entirely useful.

    Thanks ahead of time,
    Acebob
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    Sep 17, 2006, 4:34 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #2

    Less than $100 ermm!!!!

    it depends on how accurate you want it.

    for starters though here is a link for scatching building a cheap bucket;
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=14780

    and armour:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=12315

    Ammo belt and blaster:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=10321
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=13183

    boots:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=9834

    etc etc.

    This reads like my costume thread

    seriously though you can scratch build for low bucks but for less than $100, i am not so sure.

    Good luck though buddy and welcome to the hobby that will take over your life
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    Sep 17, 2006, 5:00 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #3

    Howdy there and welcome to TDH.

    As just stated, the total cost all depends on how screen accurate you want your to be. Is this for you or for someone else? In my opinion, $100.00 is gonna be pretty darn tight.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 5:13 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #4

    Quote Jimmy BufFETT said: View Post
    Howdy there and welcome to TDH.

    As just stated, the total cost all depends on how screen accurate you want your to be. Is this for you or for someone else? In my opinion, $100.00 is gonna be pretty darn tight.
    It is for myself. As for the price, I want to limit it to 100 dollars of stuff I will not have lying around. For instance, glue, used boots, and other simple materals I could probably scrounge around my house or within my family for, however when you really get into the extremes (ie Helmet) then I will most definitly need to buy.

    The helmet is my primary concern ATM. I may just visit e-bay for a Don Post helment. How well do those tend to fare on e-bay? Do they normally go sold or do some auctions go stale? Is there really that much demand for Boba-Fett helmets?
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    Sep 17, 2006, 5:25 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #5

    Quote Acebob said: View Post
    Is there really that much demand for Boba-Fett helmets?
    Depends what type ... just keep in mind a simple rule of economics: supply is disproportional to price; demand is proportional to price. Most of the DP helmets are low in supply (which is why they don't show up all the time) yet most people working on a Mandalorian costume will want a good helmet to start with, so low supply + high demand = high equilibrium price. The auction will go stale if:
    1) The seller has not listed it with a good selling practice.
    2) The initial price, reserve price, and/or buy it now price is too high.
    Sometimes this happens.

    The reason I think $100 is gonna be really tight is becuase of all of the painting and weathering involved. Then again, if you already have the paints and supplies, you may be OK.

    One thing I recommend. Check out some of the threads in the jet pack section ... here's a good one:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=14462
    Some folks can put together a really solid :jet pack with just some materials sitting at their house! Oh yeah ... PLEASE don't make a with out a :jet pack!!! Well, this is just me ... I was always thrilled by 's :jet pack and feel the costume is incomplete without it.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 5:44 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #6

    Doing a Fett for under $100 is gonna be tough if you want it to look good. Considering that this is probably the most intricate Star Wars costume consisting of over 15 seperate pieces. Even if you make most of the stuff yourself you will spend over $100 in materials.
  7. Sep 17, 2006, 6:06 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #7

    I spent more than $100 on visiting this website way back when i had a dial-up connection

    Good luck with your quest and your at least at the right place for some good info!

    Mason.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 6:08 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #8

    i've already got around $40 just in paints and primer. $100 is gonna be tough for an entire costume. i wish you luck.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 6:21 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #9

    Quote Master-Jedi-Allma said: View Post
    I spent more than $100 on visiting this website way back when i had a dial-up connection
    That's funny and painful at the same time ... I use to have dialup, and I felt like ...


    Anyway, on thing I might want to add is that the more weathering you want to do, the more colors of paint you are gonna need.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 6:43 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #10

    Unless you plan to look like this, I don't think a hundred bucks will cut it, even if you completely scratchbuild.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 7:32 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #11

    I am not sure that even if you sew it your self, scratch build the bucket, knees, armor... and jet pack that it will come in for that amount. I have about $3000 invested in mine and I am still makeing tweeks.

    But like Ronin said, if your not going for super pimped out fett then you can do if for at least a few hundred. But you will have to sew a suit or mod a jumpsuit your self, scrach build everything. But it can be done.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 9:08 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #12

    Yeah I agree with everyone else that has commented on this thread so far. You are never gonna be able to do this costume for $100 or less. I have $2,500 invested in my suit and I don't even have a jet pack yet. I think that you might be able to do it all for $500 if you scratchbuild all of the stuff and already have most of the materials that you will need.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 9:12 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #13

    maybe if you use cardboard armorbut everything else will be costly
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    Sep 17, 2006, 9:16 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #14

    I doubt you'll even be able to get a Helmet for that price
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    Sep 17, 2006, 9:17 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #15

    Quote zombierepellent said: View Post
    maybe if you use cardboard armorbut everything else will be costly
    That or any type of plastic laying around was the only way I could see it being possible to do the for $100.00 or less.
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    Sep 17, 2006, 9:22 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #16

    it's not that we're trying to scare you off, just set reasonable expectations.

    i probably spent more than that on paint and glue, nevermind the parts that i was painting.

    maybe under $1000, but that's still pushing it...
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    Sep 17, 2006, 9:50 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #17

    keep in mind any store bought jumpsuit normally runs at least 30 bucks, then you have to make a vest, a girth belt, an ammo belt. seriously not trying to scare you off, but if you buy a helmet you're looking at atleast $50
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    Sep 17, 2006, 10:19 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #18

    This is all depending on accuracy. If this costume of yours is just for halloween and you don't care about accuracy then you probably could pull it off for $100 and probably still look better than the picture that Teamfett posted.
    Here's what I'd do if I attempted to make a (highly inaccurate, but still recognizeable)Fett costume for $100
    Concentrate on the most visible parts of the costume.

    The helmet could be scratchbuilt or a don post or a rubies, people will still recognize you.
    Chest armor could be made of cardboard or any plastic or metal maybe even wood lying around templates are available online just search for armor templates
    Gauntlets could be tubes around your foreams and just glue some junk to them for the details
    Jumpsuit, hit a thrift shop you can probably find a greyish one cheap
    Boots, thrift shop too try to find any kind of slip on boots if you can't any will rally do, you can paint them the right colors
    Gloves, get some grey ones thrift shop probably sells them
    Jet Pack, anything that looks remotely like a rocket could be strapped to your back and called a jet pack
    Add a cape if you want any cloth will do
    Now let me state again that this won't give you a SCREEN ACCURATE costume, but will give you a suitable halloween costume that you wont freak about if it gets damaged
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    Sep 17, 2006, 10:22 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #19

    Yes, listen to Icedevil. Those are some very good suggestions.

    BTW, that pic was an exaggeration
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    Sep 18, 2006, 5:12 AM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #20

    Even scratch building most of my stuff, i would imagine that i have spent approx $700 on mine, and trust me i have scratch built almost every thing. The money just gets soaked up with paints, material resins etc etc.

    good luck though mate
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    Sep 18, 2006, 9:39 AM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #21

    This is kind of what I'm going through right now trying to get a costume done before Halloween. My goal was to spend less than $25 and use only materials I found in my garage and whatever I could get for free.

    I had a fairly large amount of sintra tha was literally just enough to cut out the armor. I got three large sections of cardboard from work that will cover the making of my helmet and gauntlets and some jet pack parts. I also had a fair amount of 2" and 1" blue insulation foam that will form the main body of the jet pack and several small sections of varying thickness styrene sheet that I'm using to make the jet pack missile. There might be just enough brown vinyl left over from another project to make a suitable ammo belt and I think I saw some rope I can scrounge for the girth belt. The flight suit I'm using (unfortunately tan) is leftover from last year's costume- I paid around $15 for it last year at a thrift shop. I'll need to get some fabric remnants to make the additional pouches. I'm considering making the vest out of old t-shirts. I have an old bedsheet and some green Rit dye in my craft box that I'm going to make the cape from. I might have to buy a couple of cans of spray paint but I've got some in the garage already. As for boots I'm going to see what I can find and modify.

    I am fortunate that have a pretty good supply of wood scraps, PVC pipe scraps, hot glue, epoxy, X Acto blades, spackling paste, paint and just about every tool you could need as well as a sewing machine.

    So figuring if you have to buy a suit (around $15-$20) a large section of blue foam (less that $10) and a large section of sintra (a 3mm thick 4x8 sheet costs around $35) that would leave you $35 (not including tax) so it IS possible to do it if you are a good scrounger and you have some tools.

    My advice is go to try and cut your costs down by going to a construction site and see if you can ask for leftover plastic buckets (for your armor) and foam insulation (for your jet pack) and hit them up for any PVC pipe and wood scraps to use to make a blaster. Then hit the fabric store and start looking for remnants. Ask your neighbors if they have any rope..... you get the idea. You gotta get creative.

    The biggest thing you've got going against you right now is time! Thankfully all the fantastic people on this board have done all the research for you (which is really the hard part) and have provided all kinds of templates, drawings, building tips, paint guides, etc.

    My cardboard bucket (almost ready for paint) bows to everyone here that has taken the time to provide this information- without you guys it wouldn't be possible. So if I run into you on Halloween I'll gladly buy you a cold one!

    Jerome
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    Sep 18, 2006, 10:03 AM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #22

    As stated, $100 will NOT buy a complete costume. Just screws, glue, paints, etc will cost that much. I suggest trying to find a Don Post helmet, either DP95 or DP96. That will give you a decent helmet for the money. Expect to pay at least $50 for one
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    Sep 23, 2006, 1:46 AM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #23

    i suggest if you are just going to budget costume, don't costume

    go to halloween express. no point in even having a good helmet and everything else be sub-par. even if you made everything from scratch your materials are going to be at least $100. and then time making stuff is worth something ( i hope )

    given

    goodwill shoes to conver to boots ($2.99-6.99)
    fabric for vest, jumpsuit, cape, neckseal, spats, pouches, belt ($15-40)depending on what you get, if it's on sale etc.)
    bits and pieces for gun, toy gun, pvc pipe, metal ($4.99-9.99)
    plastic for helmet, armor, jet pack etc. ($15-20)
    paint: black, grey, green, blue, orange/yellow, silver, red/maroon ($30-40)

    and who knows how far that basic stuff will even get you


    -=QuinN!
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    Oct 24, 2006, 7:18 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #24

    I think $100 might be too little for a complete costume, but I don't agree that budget costuming shouldn't be done.

    I know us budget guys are coming out of the woodwork lately, but it's not just about saving money, it's also about the challenge. Doing a budget costume that's reasonably accurate inspires the same awe that I get watching Alton Brown (Good Eats on FoodTV) smoke salmon in a cardboard box or make beef jerky using a box fan and a couple HEPA filters.
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    Oct 24, 2006, 7:35 PM - Re: Starting a budget costume from scratch #25

    Quote joshcube said: View Post
    Doing a budget costume that's reasonably accurate inspires the same awe that I get watching Alton Brown (Good Eats on FoodTV) smoke salmon in a cardboard box or make beef jerky using a box fan and a couple HEPA filters.
    Well said, Alton rocks

    If you are going to do a budget Fett to start out with, be prepared to get bit by the ''Up grade bug''. That little guy is a nasty bugger :evil. Even if its you remaking the stuff you already made.
    It will happen, oh yes.....................................it will

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