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    Sep 8, 2007, 10:49 PM - Turning Jedimite into Jango! #1

    My daughter wants to add a new costume to her Star Wars wardrobe. We have a jedi, Han Solo, Leia, &Tatooine Luke. Now we are working on Jango, the one I kept putting off....Until I discovered your site!

    Thanks to all for all who have shared! Yes I have used search, downloaded armor plans and read, read, read!

    I am going to attempt to post some of our productions pictures, (this is the first time I have done more than read threads!)

    We have started with the trash cans and I think it is going pretty well. Haven't cut myself, and only glued my fingers together once!

    She wants to buy a helmet. (guess she doesn't have that much confidence in me) Will she look like a bobble head in a rubies? I told her she had to buy her own and she has enough for the cheap one.

    She wants the whole thing done by Halloween.
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    Sep 8, 2007, 10:51 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #2

    Oh yea, she is 5.
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    Sep 8, 2007, 10:54 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #3

    Very cool!
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    Sep 8, 2007, 11:52 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #4

    I saw thread yesterday about a small size bucket for sale.* inches in diameter.I look foo the link
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    Sep 9, 2007, 2:22 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #6

    thanks for the info on the helmet, I am afraid that would sadly deplete her savings

    I did a few things, I can't remember reading on this site I thought others might find helpful. If these were already posted, sorry.

    When cutting out the pieces, I used rubber cement to hold on the patters. It peeled right off, leaving no residue and kept them from moving around, saved time instead of tracing.

    As shown in the pictures in my original post, I used duct tape to hold my curves. I taped the pieces in the position I wanted, put them in the boiling water, then into the ice water. No burned fingers and it did a really good job. I was very careful to make sure that the tape was on good before I put it in the water. I didn't want it to come loose and splash. I used lots of tape to be safe.

    I forgot I had these pictures, but maybe someone who is going to try the trash cans will find them helpful.

    My daughter wants to put Jango here
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    Sep 9, 2007, 2:34 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #7

    Looking good. I unfortunately didn't think of using duct tape to help curve my trash can pieces. Nice idea, beats holding them with your hand.
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    Sep 9, 2007, 4:38 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #8

    You're doing a great job
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    Sep 9, 2007, 7:48 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #9

    Yes you are going to want to get either a child rubies helmet or a tbone helmet. I love the progress and the fact that a little girl wants to be Jango. Following in the fottsteps of Mirax!
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    Sep 9, 2007, 9:46 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #10

    Hmmm, I found a really interesting Bobba helmet in our garage. I sort of forgot about the strange ebay purchase my husband made awhile ago. It has two cracks in it, but can it be converted without my going nuts???

    I think once I get the cracks patched, (ideas???) I reshape it by putting it in a hot car with something stuffed inside, then add the craft ring to keep the shape, then cut out the visor and plan on adding the visor (welder lens) when the rest is done. Do I sand the whole thing down? Do I use the rub n buff, or paint?

    Does everyone wait to do the gauntlets till last? I am not looking forward to it at all. I keep wandering down isles in Walmart looking for some inspiration to make it easier.


    I may luck out on the jet pack. She wanted to watch the "Jango parts of Attack to the Clones," she thinks it is really cool when the jet pack shoots off! Then I won't have to worry about her trying to fly off her bunk bed!
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    Sep 9, 2007, 10:03 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #11

    Wow, that kid is lucky to have a mom like you.

    To fix the cracks, put some sort of glue in there on the inside once it's shaped (I used JB weld) then reinforce it with a strip of fiberglass. Put some bondo on the outside of the crack and sand it down. No one will ever tell it was cracked.
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    Sep 11, 2007, 8:45 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #12

    WOW--you should be mom of the year for this!!

    I had a proud moment myself recently: we were perusing through costumes at Wal-Mart and we found a bunch of Darth Vaders with one Boba Fett kids costume. My daughter looked at it and said, "Mom, I wanna be your favorite for Halloween." I said, "but we still have your Darth Vader costume from last year," she said, "No, I wanna be Boba Fett!"

    *tear* so proud, so proud!

    She's 6...wish our daughters could meet Jedimite! I just went ahead and bought the Wal-mart one, but hopefully I'll have time to make a costume . It would be nice to match her--maybe next year. But I do have my trusty Jedi costume...

    I do have a question: Jedimite, do you have the blasters? I need to find something for my daughter to use as a rifle, but not sure--might just have her go empty-handed in order to carry her goodie bag.

    I cannot WAIT to see pics of this finished!
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    Sep 12, 2007, 5:04 AM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #13

    I've got my 5 year old son into the mix as well. I got him hooked two ways...

    1. He saw me playing the video game Star Wars Bounty Hunter, in which Jango is the main character you play.

    2. I've been working on scratch building my own Jango costume using the templates provided by WizardofFlight, and when he saw my helmet ( also when Zombierepelent stopped by my place with his Terminal Fettler helmet ) he thought that it was so cool that he asked if I would make him one. :o

    What father could refuse a request like that.



    For the Westars, you can easily pick up a set of Rubies Jango blasters like the one my son is holding in the picture for a reasonable price. ( they've got them listed on EBay all the time for under $30 US )

    Good luck with the rest of your costume build, you're currently further along than I am. Keeping in mind though... I am making two costumes at the same time.
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    Sep 12, 2007, 9:03 AM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #14

    Ok for the helmet you can actually boil it just as easily as putting it in the car. As for the cracks and to fill in the dent get this stuff called PLASTIC FUSION you can find it at home depot. Its an epoxy based glue that can be sanded and built up really thick. The helmet is a rubies and will be a little big but you could cheat a little and trim off some of the bottom edge. It will throw it off but it will counter the bobble head a touch as well.
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    Sep 12, 2007, 9:40 AM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #15

    If it looks like that latex helmet is going to be too big for her, I would recommend contacting t-bone and purchasing one of his "kid sized" helmets...they're amazing and the price is pretty reasonable.

    Oh, and to repair that type of helmet, Devcon(sp?)Plasti-Weld from Walmart works really well in sticking to that type of material while remaining a tad flexible.
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    Sep 12, 2007, 11:18 AM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #16

    You've got a PM. ( shhhhhhhhhhhhhh... )
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    Sep 12, 2007, 9:07 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #17

    I haven't done anything about the blasters yet. I have looked at the toys on ebay, but am torn. I enjoy target shooting, but we have avoided toy guns. I want her to respect guns, not think of them as "toys" to play with. But the costume needs the holsters at least! But empty holsters? That doesn't seem right!


    Here is where we are right now. Washing silver off our hands everytime we touch it!

    She can't wait to have it all done. Still need to get a second small trash can to do the knees and then the gauntlets, helmet and gloves.
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    Sep 12, 2007, 9:11 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #18

    Oh yea, I tried 3m Plastic and Emblem Adhesive to glue parts together. It seems to be working well. We will know more after she plays around in it some.
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    Sep 18, 2007, 8:36 AM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #19

    Looking good so far!

    Weststar Blasters--I did see those at Target. About $8 each.

    Oh yeah--I'm like that too, Jedimite. Mom taught me from an early age about respecting use of guns--she had served in the Army and was very picky about even water guns, but I still had my twin metallic-plastic six-shooters lol I make sure to go over a list of rules with my daughter too.
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    Sep 18, 2007, 9:45 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #20

    We are an hold for a few days, a quick side project, life in general...

    However, she was wearing what was done over the weekend!
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    Sep 19, 2007, 10:17 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #21

    The more I look at these pics, the more I want to try something like this too--just don't have the time right now. It's amazing how trash cans can be turned into a cool costume! :thumbup

    It's got me thinking about one for me...really thinking
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    Sep 19, 2007, 10:44 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #22

    I have been thinking about trying one for myself too, My husband is a TK, but I don't know if he would think I was intruding on "his" time.

    The process has been fun. My daughter has had a big kick out of doing all the parts she can do. My 2 1/2 year old seems to think he may need one. I think I will just make him wear one of her old jedi outfits for awhile though!

    I guess I may wind up too busy to ever do one for myself!
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    Oct 3, 2007, 4:30 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #23

    We have attached all of the armor! The holster was a big disappointment, it is going to take a lot of modifying. It is way too big and the places where it was glued keep coming apart. I have tried a couple types of glue, but no success yet.

    Once we took the holster off she ran around the living room for awhile and nothing fell off!

    I am going to try the ammo pouches next. The hardest will get left till last.
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    Oct 3, 2007, 6:09 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #24

    WOW that is looking awesome! I remember when I was a kid my mom making me Yoda when I was about that age. Now I am an adult and still dress up! Good times!!! As for your costume I say go for it, if your worried about your husband thinking it may invade on his time...well simpley ask him what he thinks about you doing something.
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    Oct 3, 2007, 7:43 PM - Re: Turning Jedimite into Jango! #25

    Hey this is looking really good. I hope the 2 sets I am making (4 and 6 year old) turn out half as well. I am also struggling with the gun issue but will work something out. I am probably going to eliminate the knee plates-especially for the 4 year old as they are both just terribly small to support all of this. I am axious to try and get the jet pack done also. Thinking about making it out of foam to keep it light! Great Job and an inspiration to the rest of us! Make time for those little ones because these are the things they will always remember!!

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