Discussion in 'Boba Fett Costume' started by AFettFullofDollars, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. AFettFullofDollars

    AFettFullofDollars Active Member

    Here's an easy way to make your own set of chest/collar armor and shoulder bells for under $20. You will need two STERILITE plastic garbage cans (available at Wal-Mart). Get one 13 gallon and one 8 gallon. Use the 13 gal trashcan to make the chest/collar armor as well as the abdomen and center diamond pieces. Use the 8 gal trashcan to make the shoulder bells. I actually used the 8 gal trashcan for my abdomen piece because the curvature fit me better. These garbage cans are oval shaped which gives the armor the proper curve for it to fit your torso. You will need a set of armor templates for tracing onto the cans as well as a pair of needlenose pliars, tin snips, and a hobby knife. By adjusting the position of the templates on the trashcan you can achieve the proper curve on both the x and y axis for the chest armor. The pictures should be pretty self explanatory. Trace the armor onto the garbage can. Cut the pieces apart using the tin snips. LEAVE ABOUT 1 INCH OF EXCESS PLASTIC AROUND THE TRACINGS OF EACH ARMOR PIECE. Next take your hobby knife and 'score' the plastic along the tracings of the armor. After you have done this you should be able to snap away the excess plastic using the needle nose pliars and you will be left with a nice clean edge around your armor. If you have any questions PM me and I will be glad to answer them. Oh and these garbage cans are really tough so you dont have to worry about your armor cracking.






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  2. Jodo Kast 3

    Jodo Kast 3 Well-Known Member


    That rocks... Nice job on it.

  3. gorman

    gorman Active Member

    That's looks great!

    Keep us up to date with your progress!
  4. E2K13

    E2K13 Active Member

    That is just brilliant!
    Thanks for sharing that with us all! I think I will use that idea for making the armor for my sons.
  5. xaoslord

    xaoslord Active Member

    Wow! Now that's an innovative idea! :cheers
  6. raven28690

    raven28690 Member

    now thats macguyverism if i have ever seen it.
    that turned out to look incredible. nice work and a super idea!! (y)
  7. wizardofflight

    wizardofflight Active Member

    WOW now that's cool! I'll have to check out the smaller bathroom size trash cans for Jango leg armor. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Jangos kid

    Jangos kid Well-Known Member

    Bless my bark!!! way to use your noggen to come up with a cool idea!!! Lets see some paint on that trash can armour;)
  9. TBone

    TBone Active Member

    (y) Awesome idea! Great for people that are "sintra-challenged"!
  10. hansoloway

    hansoloway Well-Known Member

    Nice!!! Now if you could only get the old coffee grounds and last weeks lasagna stains off of the back...:p
  11. RBF

    RBF Well-Known Member

    Great!! :D

    will they fit on ur vest? I mean, I made my armor out of cheapo plexi-glas, but to make an excellent fit, youd need to be able to fold an A4 paper around a football... if ya know what i mean, there for its impossible to make the backplate out of oen piece of plexi-glas, so myn is a 2 piece alluminium construction.

    same goes for teh collar plate, I had to bend myn a little in teh center to get more of a /\ -form

    great idea, think i'll try that out soem day! :)

    could you show more pics when theyre attached to teh vest?
  12. Muad Dib

    Muad Dib Active Member

    Man, no heating and bending?! You are truly inventive.
  13. AFettFullofDollars

    AFettFullofDollars Active Member

    Here's what it looks like on the vest. The collar armor will seat more flush when I secure it to the vest. I just set the armor on the vest to show how the curvature helps it lie.

  14. DL44 Blaster

    DL44 Blaster Well-Known Member

    I officially state in this post that I have seen it all now. I NEVER would have even conceived an idea as brilliant as've got a great set of armor there and definitely the MOST original idea I've seen to date (y)

  15. cal196

    cal196 Well-Known Member

    wow that is awesome, I never would have thought of that. You might have to work with the collar to cuve it to your shoulders.
  16. webchief

    webchief Well-Known Member

    THIS is brilliant!!!! This is the sort of stuff I LOVE to see here at TDH! Talk about using your imagination to make something that kicks arse!
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  17. gorman

    gorman Active Member

    That just looks fantastic! Screw the FG!! I want a Trash Can! :p
  18. Man if only i used this sooner i could saved some money...WOW! nice idea man, very nice idea (talk about thinking outside the box) :lol: i wonder what will come up next here in TDH. :lol:
  19. OrtharRrith

    OrtharRrith Active Member

    (y) We're not worthy, we're not worthy! THAT is brilliant!
  20. Sherruk Mereel

    Sherruk Mereel New Member


    Nice to see armour that you can pick up and huck at the wall without worrying about it shattering like glass when it get's there...

    *dashes to Wal-Mart to buy himself a trash can!*

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  21. Beowulf

    Beowulf Active Member

    All i can say is WoW.....(y)

    MARROW SUN Active Member

    Talk about thinking "outside the box!" err garbage can. Excellent Idea if you can't get a hold of other plastics. :)
  23. Darksaber212

    Darksaber212 Active Member

    Man, that is just awesome. Hard to believe all from a trash can. Nice job!8)
  24. shortimer52

    shortimer52 Well-Known Member

    OOOOOOOOO I havent seen all of these pic's yet...Yeah I have to agree with everyone else looks great and cant go wrong with the price. Where did you get this idea from? Thats a nice helmet you got there with the ROTJ paint :)
  25. Icedevil

    Icedevil Active Member

    This reminds me a whole lot of phantomviper's bucket armor from last year. One question, is the trash can plastic easier to cut than a pvc bucket? My scar still hurts sometimes from working on the bucket armor.

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