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    Feb 4, 2009, 11:16 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #51

    Been lurking on here on and off for a long time just doing some mental filing for when I ever get do diving into any of this stuff.

    But this thread sparked a question because I'm not really sure where to look to buy a mannequin.

    I have a partially finished Stormtrooper armor set that I'd like to primarily display on a mannequin. I don't have plans to currently wear the armor since it may not fit me as I didn't build it but I'm 6' 200lbs. I'd certainly love to pose it to hold the E-11 along the lines of the Life-Size Don Post statue.

    Any suggestions of online sellers or where to look locally? I live in Boston and I feel someone has to have mannequins for sale. I'm sure shipping a mannequin isnt the cheapest thing!

    Much appreciated!
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    Feb 4, 2009, 11:37 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #52

    You are talking to the man brother. I have like 3 left. They are $105 shipped to your door. They are height adjustable following this thread. This thread was made to show people how to rework the mannes I have for sale. I started with 73 and I am down to 3...PM me for further details.
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    Feb 19, 2009, 11:21 AM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #53

    Here is a little preview on the hands I am working on. First I cut the hose into finger lengths and cut the "v's" for joints-


    Next, cut the fingers off the hand and fiberglass filled the hand. Then drilled holes for the coathanger wires-


    Then, put the fingers on the wires.-


    I am actually a little farther now. I have the thumb on and glued all the fingers at the base and tips with Goop. I am going to shape where the fingers meet the hands a little, and round the tips of the fingers, so they look natural in the glove. I can get quite a bit of dexterity with the fingers because of the joints. I will have more pics up soon, as soon as I get the hand finished up-
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    Feb 20, 2009, 1:52 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #54

    From doing the math from above, I will have to take 12 inches off. Yeah, I guess I'm short.(shorter than I thought anyways). So to take 12 inches off of the waist, that takes his whole crotch out of the picture. Which if I cut all of that off will be left with two separated legs.

    Am I missing something here, because the pic above that is showing 9.5 inches marked looks to be more like 9.5 cm on my manny. Has anyone else have this problem yet with their mannequin and what did you do? I'm thinking that maybe taking 12 inches out of the thighs might be a way to go, but that would make him very weak at the knees (literally ).

    I am very confused about this one and any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Stussy
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    Feb 20, 2009, 1:59 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #55

    I think there is def a problem with math around here. I cut about 6 inches off of my legs and about 4 inches off of my torso and got a manne around 5'7". My costume made for my 5'8" height went on a manne that was 6'2" with the lid on. I would suggest starting with about 4 in iff of the leggs, put it together, cut more, try again, etc. Just cut about 1 inch or less at a time.
    Quote stussy said: View Post
    From doing the math from above, I will have to take 12 inches off. Yeah, I guess I'm short.(shorter than I thought anyways). So to take 12 inches off of the waist, that takes his whole crotch out of the picture. Which if I cut all of that off will be left with two separated legs.

    Am I missing something here, because the pic above that is showing 9.5 inches marked looks to be more like 9.5 cm on my manny. Has anyone else have this problem yet with their mannequin and what did you do? I'm thinking that maybe taking 12 inches out of the thighs might be a way to go, but that would make him very weak at the knees (literally ).

    I am very confused about this one and any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Stussy
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    Feb 20, 2009, 2:03 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #56

    I see what you are saying. I guess I was just thinking of taking it all off of the legs. I will try that along with what you told me in your PM.

    Thanks,
    Stussy
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    Feb 20, 2009, 2:50 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #57

    My manne is slightly taller than me, 5'10 1/2 or so, compared to me just under 5'9. I cut the bottom part about halfway through the groin, didn't want to go much farther for the same fears that you have. I didn't take any off the torso, but probably could have to get it at my exact height. I am ok with it being a little taller, still wears my suit just fine, and is actually closer to cannon height than myself
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    Feb 20, 2009, 2:59 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #58

    Quote mrgr8ness said: View Post
    My manne is slightly taller than me, 5'10 1/2 or so, compared to me just under 5'9. I cut the bottom part about halfway through the groin, didn't want to go much farther for the same fears that you have. I didn't take any off the torso, but probably could have to get it at my exact height. I am ok with it being a little taller, still wears my suit just fine, and is actually closer to cannon height than myself
    "cannon height"!!! That is what I was looking for! My 5'9" manne just doesn't look quite as good as the 6'3" I had it on. It just doesn't have that "Fett" feel even though it looks good.
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    Feb 20, 2009, 4:36 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #59

    Thanks for the input guys. I will definitely take the added inches into consideration when sizing mine.

    Now if I could just get Canada Post to send me my torso, I would be all set to start.
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    Apr 2, 2009, 1:25 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #60

    well, i posted a progress on mine, and was RUDELY informed by Ivan i was going about this totally wrong...he actually had the gaul to tell me my costume wouldnt fit on my manne the way i was going about it...sheesh...some people have such nerve... na, thanks Ivan, for the heads up, brother...very, very stupid moment i was having...i wasnt looking past to actually putting on the costume, just narrowly focused on getting the arms how i wanted them postitioned...tunnel vision is what they call it...??
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    Apr 6, 2009, 1:25 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #61

    ok, i think i am on the right track now...thanks Ivan!

    well, i first cut the torso to where i wanted it to match up with my height...i will fiberglass the torso to the legs eventually...

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    i then took MrG's advise on repositioning the right leg to give Boba a more "open" stance, and also to reposition the knob on the left calf to make the left leg stand more vertical...

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    i cut the top of the legs off, and yes, i had to cut the groin area out as well to get the legs to position where i wanted them... i will attempt to put that area back on later... i show where i fiberglassed the right leg back onto the left leg...fiberglass cloth was also used with the 2 part epoxy...

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    in this pic i show the left arm after cutting a wedge out that allows the arm and elbow to not stick out as far...i love my dremmel and Elmer's Fiberglass Repair Kit with the fiberglass cloth...works very well...i also kept the knob for the arm attachment and fiberglassed it to the arm where i cut also, so to allow the arms to be detachable...

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    Apr 6, 2009, 1:34 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #62

    in this post i show how i did the hands...i first cut the fingers off, and then shoved some fiberglass cloth to help fill the inside so i didnt have to fill the whole hand with the epoxy resin...

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    this next pic shows the left hand, where the barrell of the blaster will be resting...i drilled holes for the hanger wire, used as the base of the fingers, and it is also bendable...for the width of the fingers, i used 5/8" outer and 1/2" inner diameter plumbing tubing, and used MrG's method on giving the tubes some dexterity for bending them...the off-white circular pieces inside the tubing are Dremmel Cloth Polishing attachments, which just so happened to be 1/2" in width, so they perfectly fit inside the tubing, which allows the tubing to bend nicely with the hanger wire...

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    this is the right hand in the next 2 pics, done the same as above...

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    left hand again...

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    and the left hand on the left arm attached to the torso...after attaching the knob back onto the arm, you will have to sand it down as to get that area flush to allow the knob to go into the torso...

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    Apr 6, 2009, 1:46 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #63

    Wow! I am embarrassed for my cruddie work so far D. You are blowing me out of the water. And making me want to redo Dave's hands. GREAT WORK BROTHER!!!

    Oh yes! Make sure you can get your flight suit on the lower before perminately fixing the feet in place.
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    Apr 6, 2009, 1:48 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #64

    thanks man! and thanks to you for even making this possible, brother... and hey, you did your mannequins quickly, so as to get them posted up since you needed to get that army out the door!! you did a great job on your manne's, brother, i have just had time to sit back and evaluate what i was going to do with mine....
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    Apr 6, 2009, 4:29 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #65

    Darrell,

    Your hands remind me of terminator hands. Hasta la Vista buddy.
    Good stuff.
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    Apr 6, 2009, 4:48 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #66

    ya, they do kinda look like terminator's...thanks for not saying, "baby", by the way...
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    Apr 7, 2009, 1:46 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #67

    ok, got both arms on, with the hands as well...i also got the waist section partly fiberglassed onto the legs, to where i can put the torso on top to get a pic and an idea of how this pose is going to look...

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    Oct 1, 2009, 10:09 AM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #68

    Where are the rest of the pics D???
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    Oct 22, 2009, 6:35 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #69

    I wanted to commend you on making a mannequin from scratch to display your Fett. It takes a lot of time and practice to get something like this to work right, however there is a far easier way then trying to put together pieces from scratch to have something makeshift and become a pain if it needs to be moved. Trust me I know because I work for a mannequin company and repair mannequins if they have been damaged. Believe it or not mannequins are very affordable. You could probably get a very good used one for less then a $100. This would have all its pieces too so you wouldn’t have to mess around trying to get it to fit your outfits. You would only have to work on pieces that you wanted to make custom, like holding a gun, ect. I don’t know about you but if I am going to spend 2k for the real outfit what is a few dollars more and the most important part, there are no chemicals in a mannequin that are going to break down the uniform over time. When you make shift something you always have issues with chemicals breaking down the fabric. I have worked with NASA on getting mannequins for their space suits and it really does matter.

    I just wanted to send a post on here to give everyone a source if they are in need of a full mannequin or mannequin parts for your movie memorabilia. As I said before, you did an amazing job on putting your mannequin together, but not everyone has the time to dedicate to it and there is a lot of trail and error if you are to really make it work and look real. www.lvmannequins.com is the site if anyone is interested.

    Thanks
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    Dec 17, 2011, 3:42 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #70

    Apologies for the necro-bump, but while I wait to get some of my hard parts painted, I was wondering if anybody has done any of this recently. The mannequin I used for Jango was fine since he looked ready to pull out his blasters, but it's just a shame if Boba can't hold his blaster, so I was wondering if there were any other alternatives to get arms similar to Boomer Fett's?
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    Mar 20, 2012, 2:48 PM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #71

    Well smart! Good work.
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    May 3, 2013, 11:52 AM - Re: Boomer Fett Mannequin Tutorial #72

    Does anyone have any more of their finished pics? I have a guy grabbing up the last few and I would love to show him how you all did with yours. There was 105 mannequins sold and I know there are some serious skilld out there.

    Ivan

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