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    Feb 4, 2011, 10:31 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #51

    So I have trimmed the excess off the helmet bottom and cut out the t-visor. Wow. It was pretty intense. Thank God for Dremel tools. I started sanding just a bit and I love seeing the metallic finish come through!!! Didn't have any problems or mishaps so I'm stoked about that. Lot of work ahead of me though. Need to buy some more sandpaper....

    Could someone give me some detailed tips/instructions on getting the keyslots all set and installing them? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Feb 4, 2011, 10:48 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #52

    Lookin good mhlayne!
  3. Feb 5, 2011, 12:49 AM - Re: Jango Fett Build #53

    Mhlayne - I would like to offer a small suggestion, based on my own recent FIRST TIME experiences with a helmet: Don't cut the key slots out yet; wait until all of your sanding and polishing is complete. In fact, if there is a way for you to hot glue the visor piece that you cut out back in, it would offer some more stability while you're sanding, which equals less chance of small hairline cracks due to torquing of the cheeks while you're sanding. I was so excited to cut things out so it looked more like a Fett helmet that I had (and still am) to deal with some small hairline cracks. Other than that it looks great. When the time comes to install the key slots here is what I did (which is by no means THE best way; it just worked for me):

    1. Be sure to polish the key slots the same as you do the helmet
    2. Cut out the opening on the helmet
    3. Place the keyslots inside the helmet and trace the cut out area of the helmet onto the key slots (did that make sense?)
    4. Use your dremmel to cut the traced lines, leaving just a tad-bit of excess
    5. Hand file, try to install, hand file, try to install, hand file, try to....you get the idea.
    6. Once it is installed, glue, epoxy, whatever you choose to keep it in place. Hot glue the mesh in place.
    7. Weather the seams to hide any unsavory work

    I'm pretty sure there are different, better, easier, etc. methods, but this is one. Good luck!

    Jason
  4. Feb 5, 2011, 12:53 AM - Re: Jango Fett Build #54

    Oh yes....I forgot. If you can, pick up a Mouse Sander (electric palm sander) from Home Depot. It'll save you time and tendonitis trying to get rid of that seam on the helmet. It's not a necessity, but definitely easier!

    Again, this is something I found out AFTER I completed my helmet! LOL!!
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    Feb 5, 2011, 1:00 AM - Re: Jango Fett Build #55

    Man..that's coming along great.
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    Feb 5, 2011, 1:16 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #56

    That... Looks..... AWESOME!!!
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    Feb 5, 2011, 4:32 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #57

    Its not as much work as you may think. Look up Saint_Nasty's tutorials and follow them. You can't go wrong. The main thing is to not get into too much of a hurry. Sand the CC down to the right layer and you will have a very nice helmet.

    Does the size look better than the previous one? I am guessing it does.

    The keyslots gave me trouble on my first helmet but once I got going they aren't that bad.
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    Feb 5, 2011, 7:54 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #58

    Yes the sizing is MUCH better! Yeah, I've been looking at his posts and will take my time. If I can stand it.
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    Feb 5, 2011, 10:31 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #59

    SO I have completed stage 1 of sanding. Getting everything smooth and all excess bumps/dips/all that stuff off. I have not gone over with really fine sand paper yet. I'm going to go back over and just make sure I've got everything situated first.
    *Question* about the ear piece. Do I have the placement right? Hopefully the pics are good enough to show what I'm talking about. It's not attached or anything so, no worries. ;-) Thanks

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    Feb 5, 2011, 10:44 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #60

    Yes the ear sits all the way down on top of the lower section. Look in the gallery and you can confirm how it sits. I think one of the threads in the Jango forum shows how to attach the ear with some small bolts/nuts. I haven't looked for that thread in a long time but that is how I attach mine. Of course I wait to attach the ears till all of the painting is done.

    Keep going on the seam across the top and the little seam area just behind the ear. They will go away I promise. What grit sand paper are you down to?
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    Feb 5, 2011, 10:58 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #61

    Yeah those seams...I tell you what..haha. Going to go back over those. I used medium 120 to get the more heavy duty stuff off and then a higher number (medium still, not sure which number, it was a block we had lying around) which was a bit finer and left a smoother finish. But yeah there are just a few problem areas I need to still get. Then I'll go into really fine sanding and get her all set to paint. Oh and the key slots. What tool do you recommend to cut the little pieces out? Kinda tricky I think. Do you have to take them out in order to be totally accurate? What do you think? Has anyone not taken them out? Thanks
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    Feb 5, 2011, 11:02 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #62

    Just BTW:
    I trimmed my boot armor back. Looks way better, not funky anymore.
    I'm returning my jumpsuit and am getting one custom tailored to fit better. ;-)
    Cod armor came today so I'll take a look at those thigh pieces.
    Helmet's coming along well. No problems so far. I am being super careful.
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    Feb 5, 2011, 11:05 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #63

    You can use hobby files on the keyslots. Just slowly file them all out.
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    Feb 5, 2011, 11:10 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #64

    Yeah I used an xacto knife and followed up with hobby files.

    I would go after those seams with no more than 200, 120 is pretty rough. I usually started at 200 then 320, 400, 800 and even went to 1000. By the time I hit the 320-400 range I am wet sanding in the sink though. If you haven't tried wet sanding then I suggest it. It makes a world of difference
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    Feb 5, 2011, 11:23 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #65

    +1 to wet sanding...good call, Mullreel!
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    Feb 6, 2011, 3:42 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #66

    Sweet! I will definitely try wet sanding. I was wondering, how much rub n buff would I need to do all my armor pieces? And the blasters too? It comes in the 1/2 ounce tubes at hobbylobby. And I'd use silver leaf correct?
  17. Feb 6, 2011, 3:56 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #67

    I don't know about others, since I could be doing my armor incorrectly, but 1/2oz of the Rub-n-Buff seems like it could do about 3 full sets of armor. A little bit of that stuff goes a loooooong way. However, I would wait to see what some of the other more experienced builders chime-in with. You're truckin' along with this thing. Great Job!
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    Feb 6, 2011, 4:57 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #68

    Yeah a little goes a long way. When I started working on items I bought 2 tubes and I have done a lot of stuff and just started the second one. The nice thing about the R+B is that its usually easy to find so if you do need more you can pick it up without much searching...........unlike the paint colors. I would just get one tube to start.
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    Feb 6, 2011, 7:10 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #69

    I have an almost full tube and a completely unopened tube from doing my jet pack...a little goes a very long way.
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    Feb 10, 2011, 11:38 AM - Re: Jango Fett Build #70

    SO...I have been doing some research and thinking. My armor pieces are off enough to make me not happy with them for Jango. My leg rmor needed to be redone anyway, and I'd like to have almost all the pieces out of the same material. And how cool would it be to have real metal armor? So I have printed off templates got them all set for tracing. I'm going to check and re-check the sizing of my chest pieces to make sure they are just right. My knees, cod piece, and helmet are all great, no modifications needed. And the backplate was really off, so having an accurate one would be awesome.

    I'll probably put up the other pieces for sale. If someone wants some pieces for a custom mando they'ed be perfect. Just not for a Jango. ;-)
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    Feb 10, 2011, 12:43 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #71

    Does this look right?
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    Feb 10, 2011, 1:29 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #72

    The chest plates look a little wide. Maybe shave 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch from them. The spacing looks good!
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    Feb 10, 2011, 1:33 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #73

    Do they? Hmm...those are the medium size templates. I was worried they were too small. Is the ab part and collar fine? Just need 2 smaller chest pieces?
    And...do I have to prime the helmet once I am completely done with the sanding? Or can I just use rub n buff? Thanks
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    Feb 10, 2011, 1:55 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #74

    Good job so far man. It's a great feeling to make your own stuff doesn't it?
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    Feb 10, 2011, 2:10 PM - Re: Jango Fett Build #75

    i would not make new chest plates from the small template but simply trace a line around the out edge about 1/4 in from the edge and just cut it. The Small might be too small... The rest look good. My helmet was cold cast so I did not use RnB. But for the Jet Pack I used primer 1st than RnB.

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