i was already wearing pants!!!
Anyway, mine looks really banged up compared to those u guys have!! need more work!
At first for any new reader not to get confused (or disturbed ) by the pics above: I AM NOT THE NAKED GUY! That's Bleah with his JP project.
Just to keep you up to date:
The last few days I took the time to study those new templates from Alan Sinclair, who did really a great job on them, and tried to figure out, how I can transfer them best into my project. So I didn't much real work on the JP lately.
I just copied my mainbody plate (very first pic above) onto two further cardboard plates so I have two spares (one for a stubby pack) before I work on the first one further.
Then I reworked the backplate and included that "middlestep" to keep it accurate (that's the goal isn't it? ).
I hope to make some more progress on the rocket and caps section tomorrow, after sorting out the working details the last few days.
I'll keep you informed...
my bad...should have kept the shirt on..
Took a snap on my progress a few days ago:
Now the 'backplate' of the jet pack which rests on my back, is straight, i wonder how am i gonna achieve that curved surface......? I am using foam board....any ideas?
Just look at the third picture from above and you'll figure it out, how I got the curved surface.
It's easy and should even work with a sheet of foam board.
my god wasp!
that's amazing!! keep it up!!
Move over prop dealers! Now you can flip off the Monopoly and still be cool! Thumbs up from the"Sniffer"
Well, here some updates:
I reinforced the inner sides of the side-tubes-coverages (what a word! ) to achieve a lil bit more stability in form and a certain "thickness" necessary for an accurate look. I also added some innerstructure for the part between the tubes to lock the shape.
And I finally drilled the holes through the maintube for the thrusters axis, which will stay moveable (but not dangling ) so the thrusters can be positioned in any desired angle.
Most work went into the frontplate of the mainbody.
Well, I know it doesn't look like much, but it took me ages to get the shapes and measures excactly to the blueprints. It contains the main front plate, another one which sits on the mainbody as backside and again I filled the gap for stability and equal thickness with two stripes of cardboard.
The picture of course isn't showing the final state as I only testfitted the part.
Also, let it be said for the accuracy buffs out there; I know the frontplate is also curved "into" the base. That I will do later after completly finishing the mainbody.
Next will be the upper and lower caps of the side tubes, before I'll "close" the mainbody finally.
As from tomorrow university starts again, progress will be slow.
However as there is a trooping event for the DVD release on November the 5th, I set that as deadline to finish the JP. Hopefully building will be finished in two weeks, so I have still a week for the paintjob.
BTW: I'm finally official member of the 501st. So from now on it's BH8877 8)
Last edited by Wasp; Oct 16, 2005 at 3:14 PM.
Man, I've been e-mailing the legion's membership liason for weeks and I haven't gotten any replies. Was this recently?Wasp said:
Man Wasp you always amaze me! You've done a very fine job on all your Fett stuff! Goodluck finishing this JP on your deadline!
Managed to make the uppercaps for the sidetubes today.
Think there's not much to say about.
Just remember that all the gaps will filled and the shape smoothend (hopefully )at the end by the coat of papermache while finishing.
PS: @ Sean Solo: just got my # recently, but had to wait for it also since June!
That looks great! Is that just construction paper?
lower caps done
@askywalker98: I'm not sure if that what's called construction paper in the US is the same thing I use. It's simply a thick cardboardlike paper.
Yeah man, that's construction paper, and it looks AWSOME!!!
Good news everyone!
Hadn't much time lately, but I finally managed to finish the mainbody of the JP mostly.
As for the DVD event tomorrow I fastly constructed a temporary rocketsection and thrusters which will be removed again and replaced with the real thing.
Hope to post pics (a lot ) later...
I for one am looking forward to it!!
Keep up the great work Wasp!
Sadly the DVD event was very shortnoticed canceled, so I couldn't wear my Jango today.
However therefor I hadn't to finish the JP temporarely.
As promised I got a lots of new pics for you from the progress I made, which took much much more time that I have anticipated (well, you know the price for accuracy surely yourselves. ).
So I concentrated on the jp mainbody first, which is now finished except some details which will be added later (like the "plate stripe" etc.).
To the pics:
1 Before I sealed the mainbody I glued and taped the exhaust vent to it. I added two screws from the maintube through the backplate to secure it and give the whole construction more stability.
2+3 I refined the shape of the backplate by cutting the sides to get the same angle as the sideparts above and sealed them after adding some further restrengthing between the backplate and the outer backplate curved hull.
4+5 As I never would have finished before the DVD event, I fastly constructed a TEMPORARY rocketsection with two bottlenecks, the tubecap and some constructionpaper and cardboard. Which I testfitted on the now sealed body.
6-8 With the measures from the blueprints I built up the side steps and the upper spine. The sidesteps were a little tricky to bend because their curved parts but with a little smart cutting and taping that can be solved easily. Also added the spine which shows the only obvious flaw from screenaccuracy I deliberatly made, as the tube part coming out of the mainbody is NOT smaller in diameter than within the mainbody, which led to a slight modification of the frontpart of the spine. However I included details such as the small sideplates into where the frontplate disappears into the spine piece (wooh, difficult description, hope you all are able to sort out my cryptic texts ).
9-11 With all the pieces in place I added my favorite part, the curve from the mainplate into the frontplate, "embracing" (or integrating) the main- and sidetube, which adds that certain "that's it" feeling to it, making it the real deal and what is missing on most scratchbuild jp I saw.
Although it's simply a piece of construction paper, it turned out great. I just love it!
12-14 With the mainbody finished (and originaly the event ahead) I started to cover the mainbody with papermache, which should cover all the gaps and holes and smoothen the whole piece. Before starting I just added elastic straps covered with vaseline around the side tubes (upper and lower end) which I hope to be able to remove clearly after finishing the papermache work, so they will leave those borderlines, which are supposed to be there.
Although due to all the printing on the newspaper the shape isn't optically defined very good, I think it turned out not bad.
I will add a coat of silver paint tomorrow, just to test how it really looks like.
...more to come...
Last edited by Wasp; Nov 5, 2005 at 5:23 PM.
this will be great when painted up!!!
keep going dude!!
Dude this is going to look GREAT once painted! Keep up the great work man. Goodluck bro!
yeah man lookin great. i like how u did the main backing and the rocket fuel holders into one piece.
I am currently making my Srcratchbuilt and it is good to see ppls ideas, and the many different ways they are going about doing the same project. :jet pack
Keep up the good work. and how many coats of newpaper did u paste onto ur jp?
I love the pringles idea for the fuel tanks. i was originally gona do PVC pipe for em, but seeing all these great scratch built ones with Pringles have convinced me to use those tennisball/chip containers.
Keep it up and keep us posted.
"I am not the naked guy" Wasp
So I finally got to make some pics of the painted jp.
Please remember that the rocketsection and the paintjob is only temporary!
Took pics from all around the jp. On the last you can see there my beloved two curves.
If you're wondering why I've painted the top black, that's simply because silver was empty before I was finished...
This test papermacheing and painting was very useful to me as it showed me clearly that it needs more coats of newspaper to smoothen the surface (especially on the back and behind). I also think that I'll use some filling primer before the real paintjob, to cover the faint lines of the ripped newspaper (which would have eventually disappeared anyway with three or more coats of paint, but just to play save).
However I'm not overwhelmed but still quiet satisfied with the result so far as I was afraid that I might produce an unreckognizable cardboard something on my first try.
@bigsexy: I pasted about 1-2 coats of newspaper onto it so far, but think I will do about 4-5 in the end.
did you paint to the newpaper directly?
I have been watching your progess..I honestly didn't think it would turn out this great!!! Amazing!!! Simply amazing. I mean it looks better than most!
I would just make sure to stay away from anything hot or anyone with a lighter....man that JP will burn up like a xmas tree...no?
I love the updates keep 'em comming!!! i'm a UPDATE *****!!!!
Do you guys have patterns or blueprints for this? I am helping a friend of mine put together a Jango costume on a budget. Thanks in advance.