Brokk's Pre-Pro 2 Build (WiP)

Brokk

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Man, I really really love that helmet!
Call 1-800- Fett 4 Real to get yours today!

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I've updated the first post of this thread to show a check list to track what to do and to visualize how far this build has come.

We're almost there!!!

Thanks to everyone who has helped me find parts and given feedback.
 
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Brokk

Active Hunter
Been a bit since some solid updates. Trying to balance this build with another project and life in general, but the show slowly goes on.

To summarize:
-Jb Dubz is getting ready to work on the body armor as the Arizona heat is starting to settle down.
-The Jetpack and Sling Gun have been packed up to be shipped to Fett 4 Real shortly for a paint up.

Flight Suit Dye Test:

Ok...this is the beginning stages of the most scary part of this build, self-dying the flight suit PrePro2 blue. Before I botch Arkady's work, I've performed 4 dye test with different combos of RIT Evening Blue and Royal Blue with test fabric graciously provided by Arkady. Jb Dubz and I referred to a RIT Dye combo chart that was published by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In that chart, is a color we felt was very close:

Knowing this was the ballpark to aim for, I cut some samples from Arkady's fabric and did the test. I yielded some solid results from the first four; where sample #2 was close to the Kenner references. Recording the steps I took to get it, I plan to replicate it some more and use the raito chart in the RIT combo chart.

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Lighting throws these off hard.
 

Brokk

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Gith Belt coloring

Unfortunately, the manufacturer of the girth belt discontinued the brown variation, which is the color of the Pre Pro 2 girth belt. I ran across a thread on the Boba Fett Kit Builders group where Stevie Jay, a fellow Fett, used this method to stain his. The product used is by Minwax and is their Express brand stain and comes in a bunch of colors; I used Walnut after looking at results on Amazon reviews. They are also water based and easy to clean.

You'll need gloves and to be outside.

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To apply, I squirted it right on to the belt and rubbed it in circular motions to get an even spread. I used two tubes of the Minwax to get as much coverage as I could, but you're still going to have areas where the stain couldn't get to fully since the ropes are twisted. I bought a spray paint that was similar in color and plan to mist some areas to touch up; in this case, I bought Krylon Satin Leather Brown.

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Spat dying
This the start of the most stressful process of this build. I decided to go for the spats first with the goal of making them blue-gray. I had two pairs, so I had some room to adjust. I should note, whenever you dye something, the moisture makes them look so different before they fully dry. The first pair ended up looking like ESB fabric blue, un-weathered.

The second was the winner. I forget how many teaspoons I used of Evening blue; but I think it was two. After letting them soak for a good 5 minutes or so, I reloaded the dye bucket with water and added Pearl gray and let it sit for 3-4 minutes, then washed in the sink with mild detergent.

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**Jump suit color goal to show contrast, phone camera misses up the shading pretty hard.

I plan to do the flight suit next, but I'm hesitant as I feel I need to plan more.


To be continued...
 

Brokk

Active Hunter
We did it gang. So happy I can make this post even tho it's one thing. That is, the flight suit is dyed and it came out as intended. Big thanks to jbdubz for the guidance. It took 4 seperate dye baths.

I used RIT dye Royal Blue with a mix of peral grey randomly (I didn't record how much grey was used as I eyeballed it)

The flight suit needs a couple additions, like light weathering, and adjustments but those will come.

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BPonist

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Saw this post over on instagram - looking good man. That coloring is looking spot on and will definitely look fantastic with some weathering. Well done. Get the right color with dyes is always incredibly tricky
 

TheBobaFett

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This is quite possibly one of the greatest PP#2 Build threads i've ever had the pleasure of following of all my years being on the board.
Not enough love out there for the PrePro versions of Fett, truly love how this is coming together. Very impressed, especially with the boots, good work on the flight suit so far.
 

BPonist

Hunter
This is quite possibly one of the greatest PP#2 Build threads i've ever had the pleasure of following of all my years being on the board.
Not enough love out there for the PrePro versions of Fett, truly love how this is coming together. Very impressed, especially with the boots, good work on the flight suit so far.
Agreed. Definitely not enough love out there for the PrePro Fetts. Still holding out hope for more PrePro1 "jaig ear" builds This will suffice for now ;)
 

Brokk

Active Hunter
This is quite possibly one of the greatest PP#2 Build threads i've ever had the pleasure of following of all my years being on the board.
Not enough love out there for the PrePro versions of Fett, truly love how this is coming together. Very impressed, especially with the boots, good work on the flight suit so far.
That means millions to hear. Thank you for following a long. I hope it inspires members or newcomers to go down the Pre Prod. path!
This build wouldn't be where it's at with the amazing painters, armor makers and other artisans here!

Saw this post over on instagram - looking good man. That coloring is looking spot on and will definitely look fantastic with some weathering. Well done. Get the right color with dyes is always incredibly tricky
Thank you for the feedback and following along on insta as well. I typically post there before I do here on updates. Love your mando set up by the way!

Yes, dying fabric is a deceiving but simple process. When this flight suit came out of the bath on all 4 occasions, it appeared to be this shade blue:
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Truthfully, it makes you panic a little and want to throw it in the wash. But naturally, fabric when wet appears way darker than its true color. So its wise to slowly "work up" to the shade. Instead of using a wash machine, sink was method is more friendly for controlling how much dye is released when washing the excess dye out.

It comes down to these two mechanisms really:
Hot water to relax the fibers to release.
Cold to lock.

Weathering is going to be balanced, and very minimal, but likely after the thigh pockets are adjusted incase marks from where the thigh pockets were once present. This is one detail I would like to get down:
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Looks like a column of unweathered fabric from only god knows what.
 

Brokk

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Flame Thrower Unit

It's with great delight I'm able to finally give an update on the flame unit progress. The latest addition is the metal sleeve that you see connected to the rear greeblie. Now, the vast majority of the parts that make up the flamer are in hand, with the exception of the mounting brackets that hold the flamer to the gauntlet, and a actual electrode. The electrode has been sorta tricky as it has been a challenge to find one that matches the aesthetics.
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I also went through the extra effort in running a fuel line hose via the rear greeblie, which would give it's metal sleeve shape; and to be accurate to the actual prop.
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Further, I cut down the red coil to match the number of loops (counting the side of the wire that is facing away from the gauntlet), which amounts to 20.


Cape

I've been wanting to get this soft part out of the way so bad, but it has proven to be a challenge. The Pre Pro 2's cape appears to be more of a rich green rather than a olive drab. I've tried 2 half shelters so far with no success, even tho they looked fairly close in the eBay pictures. Perhaps it's a European military shelter rather than US.
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Girth Belt

Sadly, I've had to purchase another girth belt as the one previously posted about was too short. In the Pre Pro 2 references, the buckles appear close together, where as mine were way far apart. I repurchased my stain and am awaiting for the arrival of the new one.

One of the details I got to practice on tho was the closure method. It appears in 2 references, that the top strap is wider than the bottom. This can easily be replicated with white elastic; which is very likely what the closing method is.
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Belt Bag - Left side (grey)

In continuation of fabric dying, I was able to knock out the left belt bag in one go! To finish the bag off, I'm going to be in search of a grey wire to run out of it.

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Belt Bag - Right side (warm sand)

Also, the right side belt bag is undergoing dye test to narrow down the color. I'll be posting results soon.


Lastly...
The flight suit has been dropped off at a tailor for a taper job. I really want to achieve the skinny look, as well as get the lap pockets moved up slightly. Hopefully it's done right the first time, but we'll find out early January when it's ready.


To be continued...
 
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