Budget Boushh {WIP}

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    Budget Boushh {WIP}

    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]So funny story...

    My partner, who is not exactly the Star Wars geek that I am (she's still amazed that I can beat Star Wars Trivial Pursuit in one round), sees me building this Fett and wants to partake in the madness. We're both big halloween/costume/theatre nuts so why not. We tossed around the idea of an Aurra Sing since she's pretty bad ***, but my partner didn't feel overly comfortable with the one piece suit. We looked into Boushh - who is just as bad ***, but everywhere we looked costumes were just under a regular Fett's price tag. Seeing that she isn't into the SW scene as much, we vouched to set a budget of about $500. I understand budget and Star Wars costume doesn't really go together, but hopefully with some time and creativity (and a lot of help from members) we can make this work.

    Here is what I have so far (all prices in Canadian)

    Helmet mold from WarrenHouck: $97
    Smooth-Cast 300 and supplies: $144
    Bandolier strap, buckle and sliders: $11
    Gloves: $8
    Tank PVC and wood dowels for Bandolier: $13
    Paints: $22
    Legos/Greeblies: $20

    Total so far: $317

    The remainder will be used for the soft parts which will be made by a local Garrison member, FANGS. She made a stellar Boushh, so I know this will look awesome.

    If we need to go over $500, I am willing to chip in more to make it look good, but the idea is to keep this ...'reasonable?' ...lol. Just wait until I get all "lets add lights and sounds"...oh yeah...

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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]My partner is looking for some sandy boots that she may be able to use OUTSIDE of the costume. If this is the case, she's going to purchase these herself (which helps with my budget )[/FONT]
    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Also, I already have a pretty good leather belt (surprisingly close)....just need to fandangle a buckle.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Also have a thermal detonator that she can use from my Fett costume.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]I've already worked on the tanks and bandolier. The bandolier boxes I am still looking for in the event that I am not happy with what I put together. If anyone knows of a cheap solution to the 3 bandolier boxes and center chest armor box, I'm all ears. [/FONT]
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    Had some fun finding out how to cap the tanks....but after a long stroll through the Dollar Store...[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Bonus: they just so happened to be the right size for the larger tank, so it just took a wee bit more trimming for the smaller tank:[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Cut out the shapes for the tank greeblies. Not my finest hour, for sure, but all I had was a hack saw:[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]I also started working on the shoulder bandolier box today. So far, all makers who I've talked to are selling the bandolier boxes (3 bandolier + 1 center box) for about $80. A bit much. If I can find them secondhand or used, I will be all over it, but for the time being, I went to my local toy/hobby shop and spent $20 on Lego and G.I Joe parts. I think I found some things that might work. Not perfect, I know. But I'm surprised what you can find in these bins...[/FONT]
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    I've cast the greeblies from the helmet mold and will be casting the actual helmet this Saturday at an armor party.

    I started this thread over on the BHG...but figured I would share it here as well.

    Cheers
    Aaron

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    Re: Budget Boushh {WIP}

    Very cool lets see more

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    Re: Budget Boushh {WIP}

    Had some fun today painting the tanks!

    (Just a head's up that the tanks aren't permanently attached yet - hence the slant). I also plan on trying to straighten the cuts tomorrow....hopefully.



    (this is a sink plug with some lego parts)










    Tomorrow I will cast the helmet, hopefully straighten the cuts, install the tank greeblies and call the tanks DONE!

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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Had a great time over the weekend at my very first armor party.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]One of the members ordered some TK gear and unfortunately it didn't fit him properly...even with adding shims. I told my partner this ...cause she knows I want to make a TK....and ...well...let's just say it was a tactfully short conversation. 3 costumes at once may just be pushing it. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Good news on the helmet front though.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Here are a few shots of the mold:[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]Initially I wanted to just make one quick cast of this guy and get to painting. But the guy who hosted the party is an exhibit creator at our local museum and is amazing when it comes to casting his own stuff. So once I showed him the mold, immediately had ideas on making a few more for local members. Score! [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]So, the first issue we had to solve was the flexibility of the rubber. We threw around the idea of making a fiberglass shell, but it was much easier and cheaper to just make a cast using plaster of paris. We filled the mold with rice crispies to fill out all the edges and then went to town creating the plaster shell.
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    [FONT=Helvetica Neue]We let this dry and will return to it later this week! This guy is also going to help me straighten my lines on my tanks, and look into creating the boxes for the bandolier. All in all, a pretty stellar day! [/FONT]

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    Re: Budget Boushh {WIP}

    So wait, you got a silicone mold with no master and no mother molds? How are you going to make that work? Won't the casts be wonky as hell?

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    The plaster shell is going to keep the silicone from flopping around. By using the smooth-case in sections of the helmet, it should be fine.

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    Re: Budget Boushh {WIP}

    Quick Update!

    First of all - huge kudos to my friend Colin - he's a Sandtrooper in our squad and is going to be putting together a Boushh for his wife. He's been a great help, and has all the tools/space we need to do this right!

    So instead of casting to plastic right away, we wanted to see what we were getting. We used an expanding foam to fill the silicone mold. Good thing we did too. The plaster shell wasn't strong enough and created a bunch of bumps and dents within the helmet.



    Colin sanded down the foam and then we created a fibreglass jacket that slipped over itself. This gave the silicone mold a lot more stability.




    So today we started casting! It took me a while to get the right amount of smooth on....I started with small amounts and it was taking forever. But eventually, we got the whole helmet cast.



    There ended up being a few issues still in the same areas - a few bumps....but we managed to smooth it out with a heat gun and a little elbow grease. The only issue right now is that the back detailing where the lip is on the mold does not line up properly. Colin was mentioning to fix it with bondo...but we'll see.

    I still have quite a lot of smooth on left, and should be able to cast another 2 or 3 lids. The ones I don't use I will sell as budget lids.

    The armor and missing scope should be in the mail soon from Fangs, who will also be starting on the soft parts for us by the end of the month or so.

    Had to do a quick test fit


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    Re: Budget Boushh {WIP}

    Hey guys!

    Here's a quick video on the voice changer that I've been playing around with.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7cOJ0GyYso

    Supplies

    1. Aker 1505 Amp (with supplied microphone, speaker and male to male cable)
    2. iPhone 4s
    3. Voice Synth App from the App Store
    4. 4-pin to 3-Pin audio mic/headphone splitter

    The audio sample in the video isn't the greatest - recorded on an iPad, plus my own voice kinda overpowered the speaker and I didn't want to get feedback.

    Things to REMEMBER: You MUST connect both the speaker and microphone cables BEFORE you plug in the splitter to your phone. Otherwise the speaker works without the mic (for some odd reason). Also I have not found a way for this to work with the phone locked. I'm debating putting some type of protector over the phone to avoid buttons being pushed while in my pouch. Finally, ...if you receive a call while using this...well...maybe you should set your ringtone to the Imperial March or something

    Other voice changers can be oodles of dollars. The splitter was $8, the app was $5. Not a bad deal.

    IF you are interested in this.....GUESS WHAT....I can EXPORT the presets that I made and EMAIL them to you! You just need the Voice Synth app to install them!

    Let me know what you think!

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    Re: Budget Boushh {WIP}

    Here another video with Audrey on the mic!
    http://youtu.be/Pu7jap4gjbc

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