Hey there everyone! This will be my first thread detailing my build for an ESB Fett. I’m sure it’s gonna be a slow build as I work in the film industry which consistently requires long hours and sometimes weekends. On top of that my wife who supports me doing this but will also want my attention from time to time.
A little about my self. I have been a life long fan of SW, but especially a Fett fan since he arrived on the scene. I attempted to make a “1313 Fett” for the last SW celebration in Anaheim. This was my first attempt at cosplaying and making a costume. I taught myself a few skills along the way to make the costume which I thought came out pretty well. It wasn’t 100% complete but, I think it was good and will help me In creating my dream costume along with all the information and advice from the members here.
About a month and a half ago I decided to dive in head first and commit to building a ESB Fett costume. My goal was to make a screen accurate look for the costume with changes or mods to make it more “real”, as in certain parts appearing or functioning more “life like” in my opinion. Those changes should not impede the traditional look of the costume, making it not screen accurate look or hopefully 501st passable. With all that being said, I started ordering and collecting parts to do this.
So, I’m going to start with detailing how I’m doing my bucket. I bought a FPH2 by Wastedfett. It’s a great helmet and the size is pretty good for my big melon (I wear a 7 3/4 hat). To compliment this I ordered a real Borden from Boja Gunner,
Hollow stalk from MachineCraft replicas,
Range topper from Terminal Fetter,
Helmet liner from White Shaddow and
MQ-1 Calculator complete from eBay.
Waiting to get a RF lighting kit soon and still deciding on a remote RF kit.
Today, before work I had some time to kill so I brought my bucket and drummer with me to do a little cutting. I started by trimming the bottom edge of the bucket of the excess edge and resin. I did this with a diamond cutting wheel, being careful of the blade and going slowly. From there out came the “T” visor and used a sanding disk to flatten and level the edges. Also hit the corners with a good old fashion file to work the corners of the visor and mandibles.
I had some extra time today before work, so put a little work into the bucket. I started with drilling out the Borden hole. Simple and easy. I have a real Borden to install there but was a little curious about how far it was supposed to stick out? Just looking into the future. Then I moved on the the key holes on the back. After cutting out the first one, had the idea of using a sharpie to color in the key slots to help guide what to cut and keep it clean. Worked great but a few pieces of gel coat popped and I have to repair that tomorrow.
The thing about working in the film industry is your days can start at 7am on Monday and by Friday start at noon. Mix that with insomnia and you get some time to work on your passion! So went in early and opened up some of the holes in the bucket for the range finder ear piece. Cleaned up the edges for the cast ears pieces and started filling in some holes and chips in the ears and key holes on the back of the helmet. Waiting for those parts to dry and then resend to complete the clean up. Still have to figure out how I wan to attach the ears on before priming. Looking at trying a new method for that part then the normal bolt through.
It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve had trouble finding the time to work consistently on this with my jobs hours and family. I’ve done some work on it this over the last few months so now I hope to catch everything up. I started to paint my helmet with an older style paint up then decided to start over and follow Terminal Fettlers paint up. I did a reprime in white instead of grey and and then did a off white coat. Added silver and grey then masked off dome cheats and rear panels to add another grey coat followed by purple. I’m hoping to lay down the red for the visor, mandibles and trim areas tomorrow.
I’ve kept the ears separate and did both sides paint ups. They are now complete except one detail on the right upper ear which is the ‘dot and t’ mark as well as weathering which I will do at the end to the whole helmet. I’ll include pictures to show what I have done for the process and it’s current state.
Finally was able to dedicate a bit more time to my paint up. I painted the trim and mandibles in the humbrol red (73) and felt the color had too much purple in it. I red painted the red with a blend of the red (73) and red (60). This provided a better tone and complimented the base colors better. Then I masked and painted the upper cheeks with the black (33). I let that dry and removed the masking from the dome and lower cheeks. Put frisket on the grey and silver damage in the dome and lower cheeks and taped off all other areas with tape. Hopefully tomorrow will afford me the chance to paint those areas with the green (78)
Well, with the upper cheeks masked off and the lower cheeks and dome unmasked, I laid down the green (78). I let this dry for a few hours and got excited so I peeled the frisket off as well as all the tape to take a good look at my progress. I have to say that I’m super happy with where everything is at so far. There is a lot of detail work to do still but the overall look is something I’m happy with. Still need to do a buff but will wait a little longer to do that before masking everything but the back panels off to do that area.
Well, over the past few days I was able to get started on the back of the helmet. Masked the hey and silver and put down some light grey and beige for another layer. Then masked those parts off and got ready for some blue green! As you can see, the fist mix of the Humbrol green 76 and blue 96 was a little too green. So I remixed the original color with more blue to get a meter match. Good thing I kept the first color fix and had extra to make the adjustment easier. Can’t wait till tomorrow to peel, and damage a bit then start the kill stripes!
So, back got peeled and kill stripes got mocked up. They were also painted and peeled as well. I like the fade but after looking at it it is a little off. At this point I am happy with the overall paint up for my first attempt. I would make a few small-ish corrections to ge closer to be ESB exact but, I think I learned a lot and would be more confident in my next attempt. All that’s left on this one is weathering and extras.
Thee is always satisfaction when you see the progress unfold before your eyes. I like peeling the frisket off, especially when you can get big pulls. Hahaha. As far as the MQ-1 goes, I’m using a real one I picked up off eBay. I want a lot of my whole set up to be filme used items but I will also make some exception to make things more real life practical as well
Today I added some of the finer brush detail on my bucket. On top of that I finally added the infamous finger print smudge! I was kinda nervous doing this but, it had to be done! And I’m pretty happy with it. I will hit it with wire wool and bring the tone down a bit with aging. I posted a video of me doing this on Instagram too. @gripjames
So I believe I have finally finished the work on my helmet. I’ve waited a while with getting final weathering and details worked out as well as adding the electronics for the rangefinder lights,motors, fans and padding. I was not going for 100% movie accurate overall but movie look with trooping practicality. I think fir my first build and paint up I did a good job and look forward to doing others in the future. Now it’s time to concentrate on the rest of the costume!
Well, with my focus now on the rest of the costume I am happy to share some of the things I have as well as on order.
Flight suit: I have an Arkady flight suit fitted to my measurements along with neck seal, vest and pouches.
Gloves: XL gloves made by the talented Mike M.
Boots: boots by Man of War studios
Cape: I have two capes I am utilizing. A Woodman canvas cape and a Man of War wool cape.
Ammo pouch: Delta Leatherworks.
Girth Belt: self making using girth belt purchased from eBay
Armor: made by Wastedfett
Gauntlets: Man of War
Wookie Braids: Woodman
Jetpack: On order via Anovos
Pulse 40: eBay.
Pulse 40 Holster: Bobamaker via eBay sale
These are some of the main points not to mention upgrades to items to improve or use found parts. I will show these parts and what I do to make them part of the ESB Fett build.
Most recently I worked on my Pulse 40. I purchased a kit from eBay and was very happy with the look, feel and quality of the gun. This included a aluminum tube pressed oval for the barrel, working trigger and milled aluminum tail cap and nozzle tip. I used a brown engine/automotive primer on the body then aged by topically painting or blotting black enamel. I used the same technique to give the aluminum some age as well.