And here we go: jedisushi's ESB WIP


jedisushi

Jr Hunter
TDH PREMIUM MEMBER
Hey everyone! So I'm doing this. I've been a member of the RPF for awhile. And I've assembled some expensive and complex props before (Folmer Graflex this... Tomenosuke that...), but taking on ESB Fett with a goal of joining the 501st is a whole other thing. Not even in the same solar system. Once this horrible pandemic is behind us, I'd really like to do volunteering with the 501st and put some smiles on faces. And today I really started to pull the trigger, so my story begins now. But first...

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Like most of you, Boba Fett captured my imagination over 20 years ago and never let go. I still have the plastic Don Post bucket my parents finally got for me one year (shout out to mom and dad, who are awesome and are still storing all my Star Wars toys in their basement). I still have it, and I guess that was enough for a good long while.

Not anymore.










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Fast forward a couple of decades, and I saw this thread at the RPF, in which BobaDanRPF shared the helmet Chris Stallard built for him. For me that was like a rocket ship launching. Since then I've been researching, running numbers (yes, there's a spreadsheet, and I'd be happy to share the template if that would be helpful to folks), and basically psyching myself up to do this. In a way, I'm starting this thread to hold myself to this goal in public (and benefit from the knowledge and kindness I've already experienced on TDH; with special thanks to tennantlim, another man who appreciates the depth and splendor of the Blade Runner blaster).



As a quick aside: why not use one of the amazing lineage casts from RS or MCR? For me, these are amazing artifacts, and if money were no object I'd get one just to display as is. But for costuming/trooping/grown up make believe, I actually prefer a helmet that doesn't show damage that occurred outside the world of the film. It kind of compromises the magic for me. Purely a personal preference.



So anyway... I live in an apartment in a big city, and I'm not embarrassed to admit that I have neither the space nor the tools and skills to build this costume right and do it justice (especially for the 501st CRL). But what I can do is research and collaborate and organize the effort of a disparate team of incredibly talented people (that would be some of you out there).

So Chris Stallard and I have teamed up to do the whole thing together. He'll be on the helmet, armor, and installation. I'll handle all the soft parts (the simpler stuff, clearly) and final assembly.

The helmet will feature metal ears from RS, a metal Borden replica, a real MQ-1 (and we'll use the keypad on the gauntlets), rangefinder lights, and a real Polaroid SX-70 viewfinder lens. For the rest of the kit, I'm going to do as many upgrades as I can with an eye towards accuracy, quality, realism, and durability. That means using the works from MachineCraft and adding CombatBaby's aluminum flamethrower as well (a plastic/resin ESB flamethrower is just asking to be destroyed). Basically I want to do as much right the first time around as I can. I'm pumped to be working with Chris on this project.

And why ESB? For me it's a couple of things:
  1. ESB Fett feels like the purest Fett to me. The original. The most mysterious, quiet professional Fett. For some reason when I think of Fett, I think of him in Bespin, not on Tatooine.
  2. And I love the sidearm... I just do. The dude needs a sidearm.
So all that said, this is my intended plan below. There's a very small chance I could be ready for May the 4th, but in any case I hope it will all come to fruition right around the time I can get vaccinated early next summer, with plenty of time to spare for trooping in good weather, my nephew's birthday in August, and of course Halloween 2021. Lots of parts have been ordered already, and I should be updating this thread starting sometime in January as the simple stuff begins to arrive.

Thank you so much to this community and the many kind people who have been such an amazing resource already. I look forward to all the rabbit holes to come.

Item
Helmet commission
Metal ears
Casio MQ-1
Polaroid SX-70
Armor
Gauntlets
Jetpack
Chest lights
Ammo belt
Girth belt
Wookiee braids
Cape
Gloves
Boots
Jetpack harness
Jetpack hardware
Flight suit+neck seal / thigh pockets / flak vest
Machinecraft metal upgrades (all of them for ESB)
QuestDesign Jetpack greeblies (these are a better fit for the 7CS jetpack)
Aluminum ESB Flamethrower
Pulce 40
Nemrod Holster
EE3
Shin tool: sonic beam weapon
Shin Tool: Anti-Security Blade
Shin Tool: Survival Knife
Shin Tool: Jetpack Adjustment Tool
Dental files (red/silver/blue)
XLR cable and connector
Jetpack beacon light
Vendor
Chris Stallard
RS
Found part
Found part
Bobamaker
Bobamaker
Darth Voorhees / 7CS
Fettronics
woodman
woodman
woodman
woodman
Mike M
Sparrow Fett
Bigdane
Full metal fett
Clothears
Machinecraft
QuestDesignCanada
Combatbaby
Andy Meyers (Special Ops Models)
TBD; like Bobamaker or the found part if I get lucky
TBD; looking at a few options here, but this is the lowest priority
Planning to do this myself with the found part
Machinecraft + found part
Planning to do this myself with the found part
TBD
01Hawk
Amazon (for once!)
Fettinator
 
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jedisushi

Jr Hunter
TDH PREMIUM MEMBER
Okay I lied... I already have an update. Andy just sent me these WIP photos of my Pulce. He was kind enough to agree to remove the logos from the frame and add the tape to the barrel as shown in Art's photos. And he'll be using those images as his guide for weathering as well. He even added the tiny divot at the end of the barrel! I'm confident this is a great option for when the real thing is unavailable or too expensive. Andy's Pulce features machined aluminum parts and I think is as close as you can get to the real thing (for a third of the price). When he agreed to my special requests it was a no brainer.

The gloss coat is just temporary to help the weathering. The final finish will match the prop.

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Irongladiator

Active Hunter
jedisushi
Looks like a great list of vendors you got there and I'm already lovin' the organizational effort you're putting into all of this. (y)

Keep it up - looking forward to following you on this journey!

Thanks,
-Iron
 

Boroshlav

New Hunter
My first helmet was the exact same Don Post Boba that you have jedisushi — felt like wearing a 5 gallon paint bucket on my head when I was a kid, but now I can barely get the thing on. (It's also sitting in a place of honor at my parents' house, ha.)

Thanks for documenting, excited to see this come together! (y)
 

jedisushi

Jr Hunter
TDH PREMIUM MEMBER
I received the completed Pulce from Andy, and boy did he do great work. The aluminum parts are fantastic. And it was so nice of him to make the modifications I requested based on Art’s photos.
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I also got this exciting update from Chris: my RS Props metal ears, Polaroid camera, and MQ-1 are finally together and waiting for their turn on the workbench.

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Other than that, I need to confess that I got going a bit too fast with other aspects of this build. Despite my extreme organization, I am going to slow this down. So it may be awhile between updates on this thread.

Nevertheless I’m stoked to be a part of the DH community and looking forward to learning from and supporting all of you.

Happy New Year!
 

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