Glad to see this has restarted buddy
Glad to see this has restarted buddy
Gland to see you starting this up again.
Your build has started me looking at the cold cast parts a lot more as I'm liking the raw metal look. which inspired me to order my bucket from animefan, but it appears NME Props dose not do the cold cast jump packs any longer. least its not mention on their site.
Good luck with the build hope to see more soon.
Look in the cargo hold here. They still offer them. Delayed they said, but still in work.
I'm not sure if NME is still making them but as Syllander pointed out, I guess they're just backed up. I know it took them a minute to get my pack produced since it was the first CC they did, not to mention that he polished the entire thing too
Alright, got the dickies coveralls in.
It's still too light in color, but not too worry. I want to add the details/modify it before I go about darkening it up with some dye. Fits really well too!
I've seen so many people talk about doing a Montross kit over the last 8 years, but I have yet to actually see one completed. That means it's up to you to be the first one...no pressure! =)
Na, Lee is honestly a bit closer to finishing this than I am. I had lost momentum due to several issues, but being on the verge of a pending move plus fulfilling other obligations is distracting me.
I am looking to get started on the jetpack, and fabricate the opposing side pectoral piece. I'd really like to get those guys finished so I can get some molds made.
I am looking to acquire a backplate shortly (cruzer) to see if it'll work out for me. I know for a fact that once everything is worn, you won't really be able to even see it, but for the sake of approval going smoothly, I'd like to give this a shot. Last resort, make my own backplate from scratch.
I did find a local near where I work who may be able to properly tailor my flak vest too, which will be a HUGE help.
Started to work on the Jetpack yesterday. Hadn't decided on a whole lot of how I wanted to go about tackling it but I can say it's not really that difficult now. The guys at NME send this kit out really nice and clean. No clean up required at all which saves a lot of time. The most challenging thing honestly is getting the rocket mounted, which was something I wasn't too sure of, but a fellow prop builder gave a good idea. I'll cover that as I get to it. Essentially, I don't want to use adhesives when i don't need to, specifically for this build. As I did for my helmet's ear caps and visor, mounting them with bolts is a clean method and I don't have to stress about the (Florida) heat getting to it. Plus, I like to be able to remove pieces if I need to and not have to flight or risk breaking pieces in the process if I can help it.
So, the kit as it comes, the thrusters, top and bottom "cone" caps, rocket and a few other greeblies are all separate. The thrusters and caps will be held together with bolts w/ wing nuts.
I first cut the "panel" out of the back per the lines. I decided to cut the whole thing out for the biggest reason being that I can effectively reach into the corner areas (thrusters/cones) despite my large hands. I'm debating if I really want to convert the cut out panel into an actual "door" though as when I'll be wearing this (with the cape especially) you won't be able to see it at all.
Should have taken this pic a little later as I finished this later on after taking it, but I started with the lower cone-caps which are now done and holding onto the pack quite well. You'll see the bottom vent is in place (not permanent yet) as I cut a hole into the jetpack body.
This will be a rather quick build. I can get it done by the weekend.
Getting there. All the cap-pieces are secured, the thruster nozzles are as well. Just the rocket really, then the greeblies are left.
Ok, the jetpack is technically finished being painted. Not really much for this. The paint scheme is based off of the hasbro figure, which is really the only source of reference for this, so can't really argue there.
So yea, following the figure, it uses the same blue as the helmet, so I used again for this (the same color for jango) Testor's French Blue. Came out really nice I think. Just gotta finish assembling the rest of the pieces, then I can weather it. I'm thinking I'm going to go really dirty with the weathering though....
I'm going to go really dirty with the weathering though....
Some more pics. Got the rocket mount figured out.
Gonna try and get the rest of the pieces mounted today/tomorrow.
Great looking pack Chris! Did you decide to panel out the door to be functioning?
I have an older bobamaker pack that doesn't have any back up pieces for the door, so I would have to do the same thing. And the same thought went thru my head when looking at it. Who's gonna be able to see this side of it? And it would be pretty easy to toss the keys and phone in there and easy to get to them later without having to remove screws from the panel.
Alright, here she is all assembled. Last things I need to do is weather and add the buckles to make it wearable. Think it came out pretty good. The beacon and stabilizer are on threaded bolts as well. The piano keys were a pain in the butt cause they weren't all 100% identical in size so I started by attaching the "control" pieces per MoM reference of the ESB Fett pack and eyeballed the rest of them as best as I could. So, the only pieces on this pack relying on adhesive is strictly the piano keys!
I know it's been a hot minute since I made an update with this. I've been really focused on some other obligations at the moment. I *did* get in a cold-cast back plate (one of Cruzers) and surprisingly seems that it will fit. While the back plate isn't necessary for Merc approval, I have to take into consideration that the 501st approval won't let that slide, so I opted to get it anyways.
2nd item, which I got along with the backplate, is one of the more rare sets, a Marrow Sun interior kit, based off the Ridell mini-helmets. This was BKBT's set, painted by MS in a Jango Fett them. I don't think I'll be using this for my Montross for multiple reasons, mainly the fact that I have already constructed my helmet, and I'd have to modify it to allow these pieces to fit. The 2nd being that it's actually fairly large. I am thinking of re-fininishing my original BKBT jango lid as it should, including this in there and making the entire helmet a display piece.
As for the project right now, I did find a local leather worker who can do some tailoring of my flak vest(s), just need to find the time to go down there and get it going..
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Wanted to add that I started weathering the jetpack
Wow, great progress.
Looks awesome! What paints did you use to weather the jet pack?
The weathering is my usual mix of acrylic paints - Apple Barrel brand you can find at walmart or craft stores. Always use a brown and black. I'll play around with the ratio when mixing though. I haven't actually finished weathering the pack (actually, it's half-weathered lol ) as I actually ran out of the paint, and was too lazy to get more at the time. I *may* look into adding a few different colors for the pack's weathering. I think this looks good (matches my helmet) but gotta figure it should have some more "variety"
As for the project as a whole, I mentioned somewhere I will be moving for a new job. Well, the time has finally come. I'll be moving before the end of January. I can't take a whole lot with me to virginia, but I am planning to bring my costumes and my montross components to work on. I'll have access to at least 2 workshops on my apartment's property which will be nice.
Thanks for the reply. Your gear is gonna look greats once finished!
so cool. the leather work looks great
I guess I'll update here for those who may have taken to watching this..
As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I did move from south Florida to North VA/Washington DC area about a month ago this week. I was able to get all the parts of this costume up here in my car along with my necessary belongings (only the essentials!).
I've been living out of a hotel since though, but I'll be moving into my apartment by next weekend. However, those who are currently aware, the weather is kinda bad, being very cold and all. Once I get more situated with my new place as well as my now hectic work schedule, I'll determine where to pick up at again. I'm thinking of getting back into working the armor masters though as it's a big chunk of what needs to be worked on.
The helmet *did* suffer minor "damage." Nothing external, but I think it was the cold that made one of the ear cap's bolts connection to become brittle. As a result, I was holding it briefly on the ear cap's side, I heard and felt a small crack and out fell the bolt post and nut. So yea. I brought it inside my hotel. Though, the rest of my stuff is at my apartment's property, temporarily in a work-shed...which is enclosed but still subject to the temperatures. The jetpack is the only other piece I'd be afraid of leaving out there, but I removed the thruster nozzels, the beacon and stabilizer, but left the tank caps on...but I think it'll be fine since it's not moving..
That's what's up....
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