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  1. Apr 6, 2010, 6:16 PM - Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #1

    Just thought I'd start a thread for the Jango costume I'm going to create for my four (will be five by the time I finish) year old son.

    I'm not going for 100% accurate 501st standard, but I imagine it will be a pet project, which I'll be able to tweak and improve as I go.

    So far, all I've done is orders some bits, including a couple of child size boiler suits, a pair of blue and silver toy Jango blasters and a lid from a RPF member, which I believe originated with a member here?

    I've also got a cheap deluxe Jango costume, which I'm going to use for scale, and to keep my son interested.

    Once I have full access to the boards and Cargo Hold, there are probably a few purchases I'd like to make, so that I can update this thread. I notice a few people have already created some cool mini mandos, which is great.

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  3. Apr 7, 2010, 5:37 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #2

    Blasters arrived today.

    These are the Rubies toy blasters. I've only posted this image, because a few sellers show these ones (in the original blue and silver), but often the ones they actually have in stock are the new ones in orange and white. So it's always best to ask. just in case. These were the last pair, in this colour, the source I used had.

    They're a nice weight and size for a child (or his Dad). They're a bit quiet, but considering how often my son will probably be pulling the trigger, I count that as a huge bonus.
    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Apr 7, 2010 at 6:21 AM.
  4. formerly old_jedi_mind_trick Bobby Fett UK's Avatar
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    Apr 7, 2010, 5:41 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #3

    Steven, do you have a link for the boiler suits?
  5. Apr 7, 2010, 6:13 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #4

    I've ordered a couple.

    I've probably made a mistake with these.

    I've ordered this Navy one. In the picture it doesn't look too bad colour wise, but I think it will probably be too dark when I get it. Fingers crossed I might be lucky.

    I was thinking of getting a Royal Blue one then dying it. However, if the colour is too vivid it would require 'bleaching' anyway, which is why I've gone for the Navy ones. Might be an idea to see what mine look like when I get them? They're reasonable cheap and I could probably find a use for them anyway, if they're no good.

    EDIT - CAUTION I've since found out that polyester and cotton blends don't bleach/fade!!! Which is why I've removed the link for where I got mine.
    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Apr 19, 2010 at 5:34 PM.
  6. Apr 9, 2010, 3:48 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #5

    Good luck with this Steve!

    This is how my flightsuit looked at first.
  7. Apr 12, 2010, 5:27 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #6

    Thanks for the link Phill,

    After looking through what I can afford (for a costume that wont get that much use). I've decided on this approach.

    - The helmet is going to be a pro job, I'm not touching it.

    - The vest will be by LadySewforus, as this also looks tricky and I'd like it to look as good as possible.

    - Two sets of Navy 'boiler suits' arrived yesterday (10 each). I'm going to see what they look like after pre-dying and then experiment with colour. They fit my son well, which is half the problem.

    - I've got a bunch of sheets of plastic mirror board left over from another project, I'll cut, bend and crease them to make the plate armour. A light coat of silver and some weathering. Underneath it's like a mirror, if they scratch it will simply reveal shiny 'metal'. It's quite thin, which should make it easy to work with, but I'm going to back them with thin foam, for extra comfort. I've cut out cardboard templates, which I need to test for scale, as soon as I can get my son to sit still long enough.

    - I'm hoping to salvage the pouches and belt from a licensed costume I ordered and the holsters that came with the toy blaster just need a light cost of paint.

    - The toy blasters are good to go.

    - A normal set of black shoes will do.

    - The only thing I'm missing are the gauntlets. I'll salvage the soft costume ones until I can create something better.

    I laid the few bits I've got together, and it's already beginning to look familiar. I'll post some pictures tomorrow, if I can find my camera.
    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Apr 12, 2010 at 5:32 PM.
  8. formerly Sgt. Skirata Huntman's Avatar
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    Apr 13, 2010, 12:44 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #7

    sounds like you have a good plan
  9. Apr 15, 2010, 5:20 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #8

    Quote Huntman said: View Post
    sounds like you have a good plan

    A little bit of progress.

    - Helmet has arrived, but has a hairline crack (looks like a bit of a weak area). I'm hoping this will be easy to fix whilst doing the prep for painting. Apart from that it's a really nice piece.
    - Boiler suits look good. Need pre-dying, then dying.
    - Salvaged belt from Rubies costume and modified to make more durable. I've taken a few liberties with the press studs (accuracy wise), but it reduces the number of things to break or rip. It still needs a bit of a re-paint on the holsters.
    - Armour cut, using templates from TDH, need spraying and weathering.

    Lots to do, but at least it's beginning to look familiar. Vest, gauntlets and knee things, still to sort out.

    Here's a couple of shots. Sorry for the terrible quality, my camera is rubbish with the flash.

    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Aug 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM.
  10. Apr 16, 2010, 12:22 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #9

    Very Nice Steve! You been busy!
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    Apr 17, 2010, 11:50 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #10

    wow great progress man!
  12. Apr 19, 2010, 5:29 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #11

    Cheers folks,
    though I've made my first mistake Polyester and Cotton blends don't bleach/fade!!!

    If' I'd checked properly I would have noticed that some one on THD as already found this out and posted about it.

    100% cotton suits seem to none existent for kids. I've got some other ideas though.

  13. May 20, 2010, 7:25 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #12

    Not much progress as late, but I need to get a move on as I did a quick mock up of the elements to check sizes, and it's just right.

    He's just got a fancy dress helmet on for the shot.

    I ended up having to spray the overalls in the end. They have a little room to grow, I'm planning on folding the upper arm in on itself to create the top sleeve effect.

    I got the faux leather cheap, so I quickly knocked this together for sizing, I'll use it to create a finished one and then darken it a bit. The armour hasn't been sprayed yet and it just stuck on with double sided tape for the mock-up.

  14. May 20, 2010, 3:30 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #13

    Nice work Steve! Hope to see more progress on this soon!
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    May 20, 2010, 10:16 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #14

    Great work Steve, it's all looking familiar! What a great father you are!
  16. May 31, 2010, 3:42 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #15

    Slight bit of progress.

    The Helmet is with Bobby Fett UK for a proper paint job (thanks again). When the rest of the costume has been outgrown or fallen to bits I'm planning to put this on my son's shelf (or my own,if he doesn't want it).

    My mother-in-law is going to have a go at the vest. I've managed to find a vinyl die which will seems to look okay. I've put a swatch under the right arm.

    The suit still needs a bit of re-colouring as does the belt and holsters. A friend gave me a smaller chrome effect blaster and I've just manage to score another one from ebay for less than 5. I gave a slight coat of silver to the mirror board, which looks cool.

    Whilst the lid and vest are being prepared, I've set myself a little task. I wasn't originally that bothered about a back pack, but I bought Joe an inflatable one, which he loves, but the size is massive. So I'm bodging together a new one, with the emphasis on lightness and size, rather than accuracy. Made from polystyrene and foam, it weighs nothing and holds together by itself, though I'll glue it to be safe.

    Still quite a few bits to add, but looking familiar.

    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Jun 1, 2010 at 4:57 AM.
  17. Jun 1, 2010, 4:20 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #16

    Nice work Steve!
  18. crimson42's Avatar
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    Jun 5, 2010, 5:35 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #17

    My dad never made Me a Fett costume
  19. Jun 19, 2010, 5:39 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #18

    Cheers guys.

    Finally managed to do a bit more work, attaching the leg armour.

    And of course, my son as already started to outgrow the flight suit, hence the trousers are too short.

    Fancy dress helmet and inflatable jet pack are just for the test shot. Armour vest still with Gran.
  20. Jul 1, 2010, 4:39 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #19

    Nearly there!

    Still to do:
    - Proper Helmet
    - Knee Armour
    - Gauntlets
    - Upper Arm Sleeve
    - Gloves
    - Finish Jet Pack
    - Some finishing touches

    Jet Pack needs quite a few bits sticking on, but I'm not going crazy with it.

    Especially considering it does this.
    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Jul 1, 2010 at 5:59 PM.
  21. Jul 2, 2010, 2:27 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #20

    What wrong with the helmet that your son got now?

    Sent Pm on GK boards Steve.
  22. Jul 2, 2010, 2:34 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #21

    I've touched it up in photoshop.

    The visor is too translucent and has holes cut in it, as do the side 'cheeks'. It's made out of two pieces of very thin plastic and the join is pretty rough. My son as also asked for a more realistic one (I'm so proud).

    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Jul 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM.
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    Aug 5, 2010, 3:59 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #22

    My son and I love the rocket launcher!
  24. Aug 5, 2010, 4:33 PM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #23

    Cheers, though I think I'm probably going to regret it when he fires it at a comic convention and I end up paying for a smashed collectable.

    It's easy to do, just some toilet roll holder springs, a piece of doweling, a pipe and some polystyrene cones.
    Last edited by JudgeMinty; Aug 5, 2010 at 4:41 PM.
  25. Oct 12, 2010, 6:33 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #24

    Tantilisingly close to completion. My son had a try out of his costume at a recent troop.

    Mainly to check comfort and wearability. All in all I'd call it a success. He kept the costume on for an hour or so and the helmet on for short stints. Just missing his gauntlets which are in progress. He's wearing his fancy dress helmet in the pictures. Although this is meant as a stop gap, I will probably keep using it as a light weight 'stunt' version.

    I've attached the jetpack directly to the vest (because it is light), however I think I will have to press stud the belt to the vest to stop it riding up over time (see picture below)

    N.B. his jet pack rocket is in the safety postion, after being fired.

    One new find was the small blue leather gloves. These are child's equestrian gloves from TillyTrotters on ebay.
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    Oct 16, 2010, 12:48 AM - Re: Jango for a 5 year old, progress thread. #25

    *** that is just so great nice job when he grows out of it send it my way

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