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 TK3181's DW Jetpack build

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TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« on: Jan 14, 2012, 12:39 AM »
And now, on to the hard part...

I have started the prep work for my Season 2 DW Jetpack. I began by importing in a few screen shots from the Mandalorian Plot episodes into AutoCAD. Then, I brought in a sketch of Jango's Arena pack and rescaled and re-detailed the pack to match the proportions of the actual animated one. After this was complete, I scaled it to the width of my backplate. I will build a cardboard mockup first to just work out any quirks that might come up. Then, it's on to MDF and the Vacuum Former. Here are a couple of pics of my progress:

The plans:



The beginnings of the cardboard mockup:





I hope I can knock out the basic mold this weekend.

More to come!

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #1 on: Jan 15, 2012, 10:29 PM »
Way to go vod! Hopefully you will be ready to come to CVI!

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #2 on: Jan 17, 2012, 09:52 AM »
So just out of curiosity (for if/WHEN :P these become avalible), what is the width of your backplate? Also whats the lenght of the main body (minus thrusters and rocket) looking like it will be?

Have a good one,
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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #3 on: Jan 17, 2012, 06:22 PM »
So just out of curiosity (for if/WHEN :P these become avalible), what is the width of your backplate? Also whats the lenght of the main body (minus thrusters and rocket) looking like it will be?

Have a good one,
Hagen

My back plate is just around 15" wide. The JP body is about 16-1/2" from the top point of the plate to the bottom. (Not including thrusters or rocket.)

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2012, 07:45 PM »
I don't have any more pics yet, but the wooden jetpack assembly has begun and the rocket is currently being turned out on the lathe.

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #5 on: Jan 20, 2012, 10:57 PM »
Sweet! hope it's workin' well!

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #6 on: Jan 20, 2012, 11:46 PM »
I just know this is gonna be good, TK.  ;D

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #7 on: Jan 21, 2012, 12:54 AM »
Thats awesome Brandon!  Do you have an estimated date when you will be offering all your DW pieces?

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #8 on: Jan 21, 2012, 08:10 AM »
I am shooting for Mid February to start the initial run. But, if people want pieces now, I may be able to squeeze a few in as I pull my remaining parts. At the moment I am trying to get my personal suit ready for VisionCon February 17-19.

(I wouldn't expect anyone to wear this armor if I wasn't willing to, right?  ;) )

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #9 on: Jan 21, 2012, 09:29 AM »
How much will these pieces be?

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #10 on: Jan 25, 2012, 04:21 PM »
Pricing for full sets are still in a fluid state as I am refining my process in order to make it viable from a production standpoint. (Plus make it a good deal for my fellow broke costumers.  ;) )

I have made a little bit more progress on the JP mold. I would like to preface this with the fact that I am leaning heavily on the experience and the methods of those that have gone before me. STG's WIP, specifically, has been an invaluable resource as I try and figure this thing out. Thanks STG, you rule.

Here is the MDF rocket master:


The wooden body coming together:



I am really hoping that I can get this bad boy to the vac table within THE NEXT WEEK!

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #11 on: Jan 25, 2012, 11:38 PM »
Looking excellent so far!

Any more photos on how you put together the MDF rocket?

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #12 on: Jan 26, 2012, 08:32 AM »
There really wasn't much to show on the rocket. I glued 6 layers of MDF into a block, let it cure overnight and the chucked it up in the wood lathe. Then, using the the template I drew up, my father and I turned it out. (He owns the lathe :-)) next, I plan to install the fins and seal it. Then it will be slathered up in silicone to be poured in resin.

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #13 on: Jan 26, 2012, 11:31 AM »
I know I'm MAJIC... But depending on price, I might be up for one.  :)

Pricing for full sets are still in a fluid state as I am refining my process in order to make it viable from a production standpoint. (Plus make it a good deal for my fellow broke costumers.  ;) )

At a rough estimate, what is the price range you were thinking about?

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Re: TK3181's DW Jetpack build
« Reply #14 on: Jan 28, 2012, 04:18 PM »
Man, that's a hard estimate to give seeing as how I have yet to see if the molds even work out like I think they should. I really need to at least do the first pull before I can say how much. Soon...

Here is a shot of the Tank topper master and the rocket side by side.



More to come.

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