A month ago I wandered in to TDH looking for reference material for a bet.
The standard old $1 bet that would cost me 30 days, $200 and a lot of sleepless nights.
A friend wanted a boba suit. He was going to buy a very nice helmet from ebay for around $400 dollars. While he was showing me what he wanted to do, and told me he was going to spend a lot of money to put together a boba outfit we came up with a bet.
The bet? Create a boba for 200 that to 'NORMAL' starwars fans would
1. Recognize as boba.
2. Would be an Idealized (as opposed to acurate) boba.
3. Would survive three halloween parties with minimal damage.
4. Would cost less than $200 (not including tools) to create.
5. Could be done in 30 days.
6. Would not be called 'cheap' or 'chincy' when seen in public.
So, I set forth looking through TDH. Found WOF templates and made the helmet. Varying slightly from the templates to make it easier and faster to build, considering my time constraints. (The helmet actually started being build before the bet, found on constructables.com or something, which led me here.)
Upon seeing the mostly complete helmet the bet was modified to 'not be able to download and use the templates' then further modified to 'You can use the templates for 'source material' but you cant print and use them.
So, I created my own templates, based off WOF templates in illustrator. I staired a LONG time at them, and cut some corners.
While the following pictures are not great, I wanted to share the 90% complete project with you. Keep in mind its not supposed to be acurate. Im not sure I could even create an acurate boba. I dont have that kind of time or patience.
Here ya go.
Now the armour is not for me, its for a guy thats a lot smaller than me. I measured his chest, and hes about 3 inches smaller across, thus the armour plates are too small for me. But he wasnt available to model.
Everything is scratch built. Even the flight suit. Made from the simplicity pattern. I was allowed to buy the boots and modify them, as well as gloves (not done yet).
The rules on buying were:
1 Can not be sold as a boba fett item.
2 Can not exceed $20
So heres the break down.
1 sheet 3mm sintra = $30
1 sheet 1.5 mm sintra = $26
1 Sheet Polystyrene = $10
12 Cans paint x 2.50 = $30
7 Yards fabric for vest / suit = $32
3 Yards Velco = $15
1 pair white leather gloves = $4
1 Pair cheap black vinyl boots = $19
1 girth belt. $9
5 bottles of glue = $18
1 Yard of brown vinyl = $5
Total : $199
Things I had:
wood stock for missile.
Vinyl plotter + vinyl for stickers (kill stripes and chest)
lcd elecs from old projects
19'' Scroll Saw
Arrow heads for darts on gauntlets and knees.
Drywall screw holders for drill for dart pieces.
Mustard for mask
various household items.
I have 3-4 days left, to finish the flight suit pockets, and a neck seal. All things I have the materials left for.
Plus to install the elecs and paint the stalk/rangefinder.
Thats all, thanks for looking, and i applaud all your hard work on your custumes. I have a very good idea of what it takes now to make one of these. Your all master craftsman.
I look forward to making a true variant to put on a manequin, something that wont be judged so harshly
Ciao and thanks for any help I received.