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    Aug 2, 2007, 11:38 AM - Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #1

    One of the guys in my garrison is working on his custom Fett and asked it I would post his progress. Just don't ask how many times he has been to Iraq, I lost count. He bought a lot of the parts from ebay. I made the knees, cod, and the center diamond.

    Background on "J Fenn"

    "The background info is that after spending some time in the sand box -- I wanted to create a Mandalorian that fit the color scheme that is prevalent over in Iraq. I want to keep everything simple and little smaller - since that terrain is harder to move around in.

    So the Jet pack is not as thick in the back -- you'll see. The gauntlets will be some what the same but no lights -- since lights carry through the distance --- so very streamlined and dark. Everything will be keep in the helmet. The pants, shirt, shoes I actually wore in Iraq - part of the civilian dress in personal security work.

    I just wanted to make other custom that has a high probability of being a real character... I want the Jango and Boba aspects - but no the actual movie detail. Something a little different."
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    Aug 2, 2007, 12:10 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #2

    Wow, I realy realy realy love that cod peice and belt combo! And thats an awsome paint scheme!
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    Aug 2, 2007, 12:27 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #3

    I think all the soft parts will be from Iraq. So, they will have that nice used look.
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    Aug 2, 2007, 1:28 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #4

    Thanks ASOK for posting this for me.

    I have updated some of the paint on the chest piece - when I get everything by 17 AUG 2007 - I'll be ready to show up at GEN CON 07 in Indy to present it for the first time...

    I still have the gauntlets to finish as well. I hope to have the Jet Pack done by SAT - and place the Armor pieces on by then as well. I went for the worn look - nothing ever stays new in the desert anyway.

    I'll keep sending ASOK progress photos over the next week.

    Thanks for the help TDH members who did all the work on Jet Pack drawings, photos, and gauntlets...

    Joe
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    Aug 2, 2007, 1:47 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #5

    WOW, the paint job looks great. Can not wait to see what the finished costume looks like.
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    Aug 2, 2007, 1:50 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #6

    The colors and weathering look great. Using two colors on the damage gives it a lot of depth. The only color I'm not sold on is the teal vest. It seems that a tan or brown would work better. Just my 2 cents.

    Great job!
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    Aug 2, 2007, 2:29 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #7

    that weathering is very impressive, love the color scheme and definitely the used look
    i still dont get how you guys do the 2 coats of damage, everytime i try to do it the outer most layer cracks and bubbles on top of the second coat...
    maybe i should try different paints

    anyway, great job so far on the armor and i cant wait to see it completed!
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    Aug 2, 2007, 3:04 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #8

    Quote TantiveIV said: View Post
    i still dont get how you guys do the 2 coats of damage, everytime i try to do it the outer most layer cracks and bubbles on top of the second coat...
    maybe i should try different paints
    And that is why I am going to pay somebody to paint my Boba helmet!
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    Aug 2, 2007, 3:14 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #9

    smart man!
    haha
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    Aug 2, 2007, 3:32 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #10

    Sounds like your paint is reacting to the silver undercoat. Test some different brands together. Usually the same brands don't do that, but I had it happen to me also. Testing is all I had to do =D

    Anyhow, armor looks excellent! You took the same approach to your JP that I did with mine and variated it by putting the cones coming streight out of the bottom. Gives it a more sleek look that way. One of our members in Mercs, Kantis, is making a desert custom and putting wraps around certain parts of his armor to simulate alot of dust storm walking =D
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    Aug 2, 2007, 3:41 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #11

    this is awesome armor. i have some of those pouches too. The braided belt... should it be white? Maybe the teal of the vest or sand color of the helmet.

    And i think your design on your shoulder armor is cool, i just can't see all of it, can i get a shot of that? what is it?
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    Aug 2, 2007, 3:48 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #12

    Looks like a Scorpion.
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    Aug 2, 2007, 4:38 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #13

    The vest is actually Forest Green. The under shirt is tan and the pants are tan - which is what we wear over there. SO I had to Make my vest Green to set off the pants and shirt - plus there is some green being worn in around the two rivers over there.

    The Hillah Swat team uses a Scorpion as there symbol and its where I served last - they are the only ones that actually support the US over there - (getting off the soap box) so - its to their honor.

    Here's what my parts consist of:

    4'x8' Sintra 1/8inch thick (Plastic Solutions. Louisville, KY) $28
    2.5 inch nose cones (Hobby Town) $3 ea.
    T-Rail (Hobby Town)
    Cup (set of 8 @ Dollar Tree - $1
    Nozzels - 4 pk orange safety cones @ Dollar Tree - $1
    2 inch pipe for sides (Lowes)
    3 inch pipe for main tank (Lowes)
    Bondo _($6 Walmart)
    8 pks of Plastic Welder (Walmart) $3.49 ea.
    Gopher Poison (Ace Hardware) for Missile Cone $6
    Dremel
    Sandpaper
    Pk of razors for sculpting & cutting
    A few other pieces from Lowes PVC section...

    I'm keeping the belt White and Brown -- again colors seen in the M.E.
    I didn't want to go too brown and with everything since my under tone with my pants and shirt will be Coyote Tan. The actually color of the armor is as follows:

    Silver (base) Walmart
    Coyote Tan (Camo) Walmart
    OD Green (Camo) Walmart
    Dark Grey Primer Walmart

    I used Incredible White Mask - Frisket - bought at Hobby Lobby

    My weapon is a converted M3 Grease Gun 0 used by the Allies during WW 2 - I wanted again to stay with Lucas by using those type of weapons...I'll have the final version done by this weekend - I'll send pics to ASOK.

    Thanks for all the comments - I believe when it comes together you'll see why I did certain things with the color scheme...

    Again - you guys did alot of work before me -- so I read alot here and learned alot from you - so keep putting stuff up and commenting.

    "And I thank you"

    joe / TK1799
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    Aug 2, 2007, 11:25 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #14

    Quote TantiveIV said: View Post
    that weathering is very impressive, love the color scheme and definitely the used look
    i still dont get how you guys do the 2 coats of damage, everytime i try to do it the outer most layer cracks and bubbles on top of the second coat...
    maybe i should try different paints

    anyway, great job so far on the armor and i cant wait to see it completed!
    Wow, yeah, maybe try some new paint.
    Or make sure the surface of the other color paint is pretty clean, it worked fine on my armor, and I got the different paint color weathering just fine,.
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    Aug 3, 2007, 12:15 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #15

    Well, after hearing the explanation and reasons for the color scheme I really like the suit even more!
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    Aug 3, 2007, 12:32 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #16

    Wow..that is looking great!

    The colors look awesome! I especially like the helmet and belt/cod piece combo. Keep up the good work!
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    Aug 3, 2007, 7:48 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #17

    I added more pics of the jet pack.
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    Aug 3, 2007, 8:36 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #18

    Excellent work on that JP guys!
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    Aug 3, 2007, 10:13 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #19

    Quote NovallTalon said: View Post
    Excellent work on that JP guys!

    All the work you see is done by Joe. That is his hard work and not mine.
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    Aug 3, 2007, 10:23 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #20

    Excellent job Joe =) Props on all the work you've done.
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    Aug 3, 2007, 5:51 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #21

    Like ASOK said - he provided the cod piece, and knees - all of which made my job easier. His knees went together flawlessly and the cod piece was really nice.

    The Armor plates I got from a guy ion E-Bay for like $35 -- including the back pieces - really excellent job -- some sanding and minor cutting to even the edges out - and "BOOM" after four different coats of paint colors and masking --- which will drive a person insane -- they were done.

    The Jet pack and gauntlets will be made from scratch - provided I got the info from TDH Wizard of Flight and Lisa Fett templates -- (anyone else I forgot to mention I apologise)

    The one member using cardboard -- caught my attention - SO I'm going that route next week with some serious fiberglass coating inside and out to make them solid with nice edging. I believe (theory) that using alcohol on the cardboard to wet it - then form it will be better - since it will evaporate quickly. Once that is done -- using light coats of contact cement will hardened the pieces - then I can start applying the fiberglass gel.

    That's the plan -- please give me a shout if you have already done this and it did or did not work. I read the post where the member is using a white paste/masking on his cardboard shells to hardened them. I was thinking maybe liquid Viagra -- but I was afraid I might get it on my fingers and permanently disfigure myself!

    Again 0 thanks for all the comments -- you guys that did this before me gave me alot to think about and plan for.

    Joe
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    Aug 3, 2007, 6:17 PM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #22

    I added your close up of the weathering and fixed some spelling.
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    Aug 4, 2007, 1:33 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #23

    nice work, i like the weathing.
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    Aug 4, 2007, 9:11 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #24

    Added more pics of the jet pack.
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    Aug 4, 2007, 10:23 AM - Re: Desert Mandalorian Warrior - "J Fenn" #25

    Thats once sweet jet pack.

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