General Mid-Budget ESB built

Notlewis

Active Hunter
Hello TDH fellows, greetings from germany. :)

I´m a member since 2005, have done 2 ROTJ Boba Fett costumes, but this is the first time to post some WIP pictures.
Now I´m doing the ESB version, which I love the most of all versions.:D

In the first picture you can see what I´ve got so far.

Cape + Chest Electronics: TK409
EE3 Blaster Kit: Sidewinder - built and painted by me
Rifle Leather Sling: 99centTaco
Jet Pack Rocket: from another TDH member via cargo hold
Flightsuit + Sidepouches + Ankle Ties + Gloves + Holster: Bobamaker
Wookie Braids: Woodman
Sidearm: from "flea bay" - reworked and painted by me
Girth Belt: also from "flea bay"
Shin Tools made by myself using the wizardofflight templates
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Notlewis

Active Hunter
Now I start building the knee armour out of 3mm sintra. I use the WOF templates, like I did for the shin tools.
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Notlewis

Active Hunter
So, that´s enough for today. ;) Cut away the rough parts, and sandpapered the left knee. Hope you can see the difference. More to come...:)
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Jesuit24

Hunter
Nice work so far and I like the layered sintra. I think I might go that route when it comes to armour. It'll be way easier to cut/shape and just double up than using a thicker piece.
 

redkraytdragon

Active Hunter
Looks like you're off to a solid start! Knees look pretty good so far! I'd highly recommend using RF's armor templates for the rest of your armor. Good luck!
 

Notlewis

Active Hunter
Thanks a lot for your kind words Jesuit24 and redkraytdragon! Today I had my first working day after the christmas holidays. So, no updates for today... Oh... there´s one... I bought a set of knee darts from "flea bay". Hope they´ll arrive soon. :)
 

Notlewis

Active Hunter
Looks like you're off to a solid start! Knees look pretty good so far! I'd highly recommend using RF's armor templates for the rest of your armor. Good luck!
Thanks for the info. I think I´ll use them for my armour. Looking very helpful.(y)
 
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Notlewis

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First of all a happy new year to all of you! :cheers

While I´m waiting for the aluminium knee darts, I started building the cod piece and back belt using a combination of RafalFett´s and Wizardofflight´s templates.

That´s where I´m now:
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Notlewis

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A little update:
did some little work on the cod piece and back belt.
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...and did a little test with the chest lights and the size of the slots.
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Notlewis

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I didn´t have to go to work today, so I spend 2 hours on sanding the knees and parts of the cod plate.
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I glued the lower parts of the cod plate (the white parts as seen in the picture.), made another front piece of the cod plate and glued it with the first piece to make it look more solid.
It was a sunny and not very cold day, so I did the sanding on our terrace, while in the background an Ewok... oh, stop... this is "Lasse" our oldest cat watching a bird. :)
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Notlewis

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Today I glued the lower cod plate parts to the main-cod plate and stabilized it all from the inside. Next step will be smoothing the edges by cutting and sanding...
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Notlewis

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Today I glued the double-layered front part onto the cod plate with superglue. Also did a lot of sanding with 3 different sorts of sandpaper to get it step by step into shape. :)
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Notlewis

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Today, I´ll spent some time working on the cod plate greeblie.

I marked the place where it will be glued to.
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Then I cut the first of 5 sintra layers and curve it.
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Each of the five sintra pieces is curved and glued together to form a block.
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Now it´s time to start sanding. More to come... ;)
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Notlewis

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Sooooo.... after 4 hours cutting, sanding, cutting, sanding, sanding and some more sanding :wacko (at least a little bit primer):
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After all the work I have to admit, 4 layers of sintra would have been enough, but I wanted to be sure to have more material than less.:)
 
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