Finally made accurate JP Straps


bobamaker

Active Hunter
I finally found some canvas strap that was the right width, I just needed to dye it to the correct colour. I couldn't find the metal loops with the correct dimensions so I sourced some D Rings that were very close and re-shaped them using two pairs of pliers. For the metal studs I used a couple of galvanised nails, pushed them through the strap, cut off the excess shaft, dropped on a small washer and mushroomed the nail (like a rivet) over the washer using a hammer.

I made two of these straps and have sewn them to my harness, I'm very pleased with the results.

Are there any other members going down this route for attaching the JP?

DAZ

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Sixxgunn13

Well-Known Hunter
I always wondered why, not a lot of ppl did this, i plan to do this once i get my JP.

can't wait to see your finished fett.
 

MandalorFett

Well-Known Hunter
On my ESB and ROTJ jet packs I've used straps with locking d-rings. The packs have bent brackets that hang in the d-rings.

Next I will install a bracket at the bottom of the jet packs to rest on a belt too. Otherwise the brackets rub on the backplate and scratch it up pretty bad.

Mind you, my setup and skills are no-where near yours Bobamaker.

BTW, I referred about 20 people or so to your website at the C4 TD booth this last weekend. (y) I basically said you provided a very high quality product that you paint as well for those that want an already completed suit or just need parts.

(y)
 

Mr Fett

Well-Known Hunter
It's been known to happen. I think the first Boba to make the accurate harness was Bobafettish and I remember hearing a story of him being at a con and it did get bumped and the jet pack crashed to the ground. Yikes.
 

stormtrooperguy

Sr Hunter
i've been trying to think of a way to make it look like i used straps and rings, but actually use something more secure. i've got the silver coat on my current pack and i'm ready to start painting. so i have a few more days to sort it out before its ready to wear.
 

webchief

Well-Known Hunter
Don't do it Brian... you don't want that thing hitting the floor.

Sorry DAZ, your's looks beautiful but I wouldn't risk wearing it like that in public. For a mannequin display it'd be great but anything beyond that is taking a huge risk IMO.
 

Jango Fett Jr

Well-Known Hunter
Hmmm I dunno Bob, I think the way the original is attached would be secure as anything. I have similar straps coming off my harness, and on my jet pack I just have two hooks. I haven't bent some aluminum to make the accurate hook-type things as the real pack has, but I can't see it being too risky to do it that way. Depending on how you do your harness, if the belt around the waist isn't attached directly to the pack to keep it secure, the pack should hook onto the harness near the bottom so it won't move. Mine's lasted me a good five years now and it hasn't fallen once ;)
 

bobamaker

Active Hunter
I couldn't agree more, I wouldn't dream of attaching my jet pack this way if I were to troop in my costume. Luckily, it's gonna stay on my mannequin, safe and sound.

DAZ

Don't do it Brian... you don't want that thing hitting the floor.

Sorry DAZ, your's looks beautiful but I wouldn't risk wearing it like that in public. For a mannequin display it'd be great but anything beyond that is taking a huge risk IMO.
 

bobamaker

Active Hunter
Thanks for the heads up at C4, I've already had a few emails;)

DAZ

On my ESB and ROTJ jet packs I've used straps with locking d-rings. The packs have bent brackets that hang in the d-rings.

Next I will install a bracket at the bottom of the jet packs to rest on a belt too. Otherwise the brackets rub on the backplate and scratch it up pretty bad.

Mind you, my setup and skills are no-where near yours Bobamaker.

BTW, I referred about 20 people or so to your website at the C4 TD booth this last weekend. (y) I basically said you provided a very high quality product that you paint as well for those that want an already completed suit or just need parts.

(y)
 

Benkenove

Active Hunter
I really think the same that Jango_Fett_Jr...

I mean, if it's holding on those hooks.. aND also attached on the waist with the straps and belt... what's the problem ?? the waist straps will prevent it from moving up-down... so, the jp wont fall... We just need to think on the movie... he used it a lot in moved scenes, and it worked perfectly, I dont see a problem ;). I will use the screen accurate system as well ;) the used one is always the best ;) (from my honest point of view, off course :p )

Great work Daz.
 

bobamaker

Active Hunter
Hey Ben

They way I interprate this picture is that It appears the lower clips do not stop the JP from lifting up, they just hold it tight to the body, I've made the lower clips on my JP this way.

DAZ

I really think the same that Jango_Fett_Jr...

I mean, if it's holding on those hooks.. aND also attached on the waist with the straps and belt... what's the problem ?? the waist straps will prevent it from moving up-down... so, the jp wont fall... We just need to think on the movie... he used it a lot in moved scenes, and it worked perfectly, I dont see a problem ;). I will use the screen accurate system as well ;) the used one is always the best ;) (from my honest point of view, off course :p )

Great work Daz.

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