I'm writing this so I can keep my thoughts together. I'm going to try to keep all my costs documented. A quick background... I've been a Fett fan since I was a kid (40 now). I started to make a scratch costume many years a go, but did not have the money, skill, or ambition to see it through. This time I'll get it done. I am a also a gun nut. I have been teaching firearms for a little while and have some armorer experience. For job reasons, I have carried a gun to work for over 10 years now. Because of that, I want this build to have some real world logic to it. I know it's sci fi, but it's just the way my brain is wired anymore.
This costume is for me. I don't have any current plans to join the 501st or Mandalore Mercs.
Costs to date:
Helmet-Lonewolf Executioner Helmet $190
Jumpsuit-Blue nomex Flightsuit $6.
Vest and neck seal-$80
Balaclava-USGI Green nomex hood $1.
Metal Armor (Chest, Shoulders, Ab, Back, Knees, Cod)-$165
Cape/serape-USGI Shelter half $10.
Home Depot Gloves-$20/3 pairs
Backpack-$100 (DIY pack and army radio pack)
Sash or girth belt-OD 550 Cord $5.
Antique USGI pistol belt-$2
Cargo pockets-$40/2 sets
Elbow armor?-USGI elbow pads $3
USGI Tan Tanker Boots-$35
Long gun-Nerf Rayven and Hasbro E-33 $37.
Pistol-Rubies Jango pistol $13
3mm Sintra Sheet-$40
Heavy Duty Snaps-$15
Rustoleum primer for plastics.
Rustoleum camo flat black.
Rustoleum camo brown.
Rustoleum camo tan.
Rustoleum flat brown.
Testors dark green
Testors metallic silver
Testors flat black
I am starting this build with the following concepts in mind. I am planning a modern Mandalore suit with a light/medium armor hybrid. I will be using similar Jango/Boba Fett patterns, decals and color schemes. I would like this to pass as an alternative suit that may have been in Boba Fett's closet. The suit will have its own history and damage, so I'll be starting with non-damaged armor. I would like to use dull earth tones for the colors. I want the suit to be modular. I will have a backpack eventually, possibly a jet pack, but I'll be starting out with no pack. I will be using an old west-style serape cape covering. The serape will be patterned after ones Clint Eastwood used as the man with no name.
I plan to purchase cheap DIY items and put things together to test colors and fit. I'd like to follow it up with upgrades to more canon accurate pieces as money allows. What I replace will go toward a play suit for my son.
I am planning to have a small arsenal of weapons. First weapon will be a long gun. The first thing I'll be doing is modifying a Nerf Rayven. It will have a barrel extension, scope, and laser. I have a sling in mind that will work similarly to one of the pre-production Boba Fett blasters. I'm also going to be adding LED read outs for the side. I'm hoping to make the LEDs and laser trigger-activated. I plan to make a dart or arrow attachment to go into the barrel.
The build will include a Westar pistol for a sidearm. Probably going to get a Rubies pistol and paint it for now.
I also have a Hasbro E-33 blaster I'll be repainting. Resin replacements may follow these.
I have sanded down all Nerf logos and safety markings. I have also sanded down the digital camo molded into the sides of the gun. I have began to prime the barrel extension (Rustoleum primer for plastics). I will be adding a medium gray next, then a metallic silver layer.
Scored a used navy blue nomex flight suit for $6. Fit is perfect for me. I'm taking the pockets off and going to try to bleach it or hang it in the sun to lighten it up a bit.
Bought a trash can from Walmart to test possible armor design ($2.97). Also purchased the LED car accent lights for the side of the Rayven ($12.97).
I am hoping to find a used USGI shelter half this weekend for use as a serape.
That is everything up to this point. More to follow...
Edited for updates to cost list: 03-30-17