Last year i started a thread (http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f20/wip-ammo-pouches-fully-functionnal-44124/) where i tried to make a functional ammo Belt. During the construction, i learned a lot of thing and tips which helped me and with the great help of RafalFett i was able to finish my project.
So i decided to make a tutorial (more clear than a WIP) for an improved version.
This tutorial is also going to speak others versions of the belt. I hope it will be helpfull for others members.
Comments, advices and critics are always welcome because i think that is the only way to progress.
To make the tutorial as clear as possible, i will always put new documents in post #1.
IMPORTANT 05/23/2013 : The templates of the belts use RafalFett Measurements . So it becames a team project between Rafal and me.
Some templates will change to match with new measurements.
Edit 03/08/2014 : Due to limitations, i can't post all the pics on the same post. So i'll post each new documents on a separate post with the number marked on post #1.
This is JPG version (PDF will follow in both A4 and Letter formats when i shall be sure that no correction will be necessary).
I think this will be an epic thread and I can't wait to see all the ammo belt and ammo pouch types!
Just to ease your work a bit, the Pre-Pro #3 and ESB ammo belt and ammo pouches looks the same (like most of the soft parts), while the ammo belt (without the ammo pouches) present in the MoM, DaG and SWtE exibits is the reused Supertrooper/Pre-Pro #1 ammo belt put upside down (and not the one from the AoSW/C-IV exibits; that might be one of the early Supertrooper prototype belts):
You must use the Pre-Pro #1 images of the ammo belt to replicate the ROTJ belt:
But remember that you must use the belt upside down. The 2 parts sewn together in your image is the one that is between the 2nd and the 3rd ammo pouches from the left (but possibly hidden under the 2nd pouch).
That stitch on the right side is actually a double stitch:
The right side end is wrong because the margins should taper to the inside. Here is a quick drawing of both sides for you:
Print it with the fit to page option and check if the printed ruler matches your real ruler, then you'll have all the measurements you need. I'm not 100% sure about the inner seam lines around the 8 grommets, but it looks like there is something with that form.
I've finished (i hope) ROTJ belt. Some of measurements (like the 2 sewings in the middel of the left side) are difficult to find.
Here's a comparison test and i found the diameter of grommets :
So her's the documents :
Correction made for the ROTJ belt Section 2 : Making the pouches is on the bench :
+ making functionnal (with earth magnet) and non functionnal pouches step by step
+ patterns 1:1 for the leather layer
+ materials, equipment needed, tips...
The ROTJ SE has 14 ammo pouches while the ammo belt has a cream-colored and not black velcro:
As with the Pre-Pro #1 ammo pouches, I don't think that there are 2 types, at least not shape wise. Maybe they used material (leather or vinyl) with different thickness (and heavy weathering), this is why some of them look different.
The left side is correct, I think there are 2 grommets hidden under that end of the ammo belt, but the right image where the arrow points under the belt pouch, there's no grommet there; it's just the end of the belt:
Note that I used your images to do the comparison.
You did a great job with your research and I love what you did so far. I know that I said in my Misc Templates and Blueprints thread that I will post my ESB ammo belt and pouch templates, but seeing what you did here, I think it will be better to not compete with your project. PM incoming with my research...
I'm currently working on a 3D model of the belt. I discovered Sketchup few days ago. It was the first time i used it. This is a first try with a pouch . .
I hope to make an entire belt and attach the file with others documents.