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[Fettman's Sketchbook] The semi-legible ramblings of a crazy person (pic heavy)

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Post By Fettman. 17/11/12, 09:32 am

Figured I would start a thread here for my Jango build as over the next couple of weeks or so I am planning on doing a complete teardown, overhaul and rebuild of the costume with the intention of bringing it up to spec for 501st and mercs approval.
Here is where it is at currently
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A brief overview of how I scratchbuilt everything so far;
The plates are made from expanded PVC foamboard (sintra) and shaped with a heat gun
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The v1 gauntlets were made from modified Boba Fett pep file
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They ended up being small on me to begin with and then I quickly outgrew them, so I rebuilt larger ones with a different set of templates using 1mm card. This pic shows a comparison of the new and old
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The jetpack was a cardboard base, which I then fiberglassed for strength and used automotive body filler to smooth and detail. Some of the internal cavities were filled with expanding foam.
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The helmet was a reject cast given to me by a friend. Much of it was extremely thin and brittle so needed to be reinforced, as well as being warped, and having a lumpy dome. It also needed to be modified as it was a Boba helmet rather than Jango.
How it looked when i got it;
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Part way through reworking it;
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Painted, ready for final detailling and weathering;
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Over the next couple of weeks I want to;

-Sand and repaint all the plates
-Make darts around the outside of the thighs to give them more compound curvature
-Make new leather holsters
-Reshape backplate
-Reposition chest plates to make spacing more accurate
-Add dart launchers to knees
-Finish adding all the details to the gauntlets, and reinforce where neccesary
-Tailor flightsuit to fit better so there is less excess fabric around my legs and arms
-Add padding the jetpack harness to make it more comfortable to wear for extended periods
-Rebuild codpiece to fit better, be lighter and more accurate


I think that is about it for now. Stay tuned for progress soon.


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Post By Mischa. 25/11/12, 04:04 am

oooo! this looks awesome- I scratch build too (lots of heat gunnin' and hot fingers)

What sort of paints do you use? They look real smooth and vibrant
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Post By Fettman. 25/11/12, 10:34 am

Thanks, I love scratch building stuff! It's why I love this hobby Very Happy
The silver was spray paint, with silver leaf Rub'n'Buff, and the blues are model paints, Tamiya and Citadel, if I remember correctly. I used an air brush to get a nice even coat for the blues.
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Post By Fettman. 03/12/12, 02:53 pm

So I've been busy working away at this when I can and it's coming along well. The changes I've been making are making a huge difference IMHO and I couldn't be happier with them.

I stripped the paint off of all the plates as it was chipping away around the edges. I then altered those plates that I felt needed it (thighs, shins and backplate). For the thighs and backplate I felt they needed more compound curvature so cut some darts into them and used a heat gun to shape them more to my liking. Where the darts were cut was then reinforced with fiberglass, and bog was used to conceal the cuts.
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These were then wet sanded along with the rest of the plates and rub'n'buffed with silver leaf.

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If you compare the shape of the shins now to the second pic in my first post you can see they are more contoured and less blocky than originally.

I also decided to alter the codpiece. The original was weighty as the lower part was almost entirely built out of bog, and didn't sit as well as it could when I was wearing it. You can see here how it was solid.
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I decided to remove the lower part and rebuild it using car and fiberglass. This allowed me to create a more accurately shaped cup.
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This needs a tiny bit more work before it is ready to be rub'n'buffed.

While the v.2 gauntlets were far better than the v.1 I was still not completely happy with them. To this end I decided to bite the bullet and rebuild new, stronger and more accurate ones, rather than attempting to patch up and improve the v.2s.
While the construction method is similar, more modifications have been made this time around to improve the accuracy and by removing the glossy outer layer of the card, the resin is able to soak in making them stronger.
There is still a bit of work to do smoothing them out and detailling, but they are coming along well.
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Lastly for now, the exhaust valve for the bottom of the jetpack.
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Still need to tidy up the base shape, and cut the slots but you get the idea Very Happy


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Post By Bt. 18/12/12, 02:06 am

Great work dude! I didn't know that there were much people in NZ building armor of this caliber, I'm impressed!
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Post By Mischa. 20/12/12, 12:39 am

Oh man I can't get over how good that rub and buff polishes up!

is that fibreglass on the carpet! naughty! ;)
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Post By Fettman. 28/12/12, 01:05 am

Thanks Bt!

Mischa, yea the Rub n buff comes up really nice when you buff it well enough. I think (because I am a perfectionist) I will probably strip the RnB off and redo it. Some of the plates appear a little bit patchy because the surface wasn't completely uniform. If I go back and prime them to show up any imperfections then wet sand them thoroughly I can make sure I get a really nice finish on them this time around... Ah well, more work but I think it will be worth it.

And yes, that is fiberglass on the carpet Very Happy All my flatmates had left at that point so I cold spread my stuff out through the flat, and not have to worry about making a mess Very Happy
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Post By Fettman. 07/02/13, 04:45 am

It's been a while but this is progressing...

The gauntlets have been Rubb'n'Buffed, and are ready for the darts and switches etc to be installed.
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The exhaust cap has also progressed
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The jetpack is now ready for repainting. All the repairs and improvements that are being made at this stage have been done. I'm especially proud of how the exhaust port turned out :)
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The fins for the gauntlet dart are also ready to paint, and install.
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All going to plan the last part of this build will move along fairly quickly, and I'm hoping to have it complete within the month.
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Post By Static. 13/02/13, 01:37 am

This is looking so GOOD! Can't wait to see it when it's all done - hooraaaay for scratch builds! Might have to do another shoot ;D
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