Custom Boba Fett Blaster


Boba Fett is my all time favorite Star War’s characters – (I know, I know – he has like, what, 3 lines total across all 3 movies? …and dies in the most ridiculous, undignified way just short of being beaten to death by Ewoks?) – but his reputation as one of the most cunning and lethal assassins in the whole galaxy is hard to ignore. Combine that with the costume design by Ralph McQuarrie and you’ve got one of the most amazing non-characters in cinematic history.

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I believe Boba Fett was originally intended to be an Elite Storm Trooper. Not sure what gives me that idea.

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Tell me this isn’t the coolest mother effin’ character in Star Wars

Anyways, a number of years ago Hasbro released an electronic Boba Fett blaster toy that aside from the horrifying paint job is pretty close to being screen accurate. This presented me with a pretty fun opportunity to re-paint it and have my own blaster for the low low price of about $20 (the price has since gone up on Amazon to about $90, but you can get a good deal on eBay) Seeing as a legit reproduction prop runs about $400 this is a pretty good deal.

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It looks more like a bird than a firearm.

Let’s take a look at this thing.

Stock Blaster

Eww, gross.

Pictured here is the stock blaster direct from Hasbro – it’s green, white, and sun bleached turd colored. I’m assuming they had to make this gun not look like a gun for obvious reasons. These days you could walk out into the street with a NES Zapper and get lit up like a Christmas tree…so let’s make this thing look like a real gun!

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Don’t snort that green shit!

First, let’s sand off all those pesky warning labels. Don’t aim this thing at cops, don’t put it in your mouth, don’t modify it in anyway to shoot real bullets, and finally don’t have any fun. When I was a kid I had a Transformers Megatron toy that turned into a fucking Walther P38. Kid’s these days will never know the joy.

It’s not fun until your personal safety is at risk.

 

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Hacksaws: Not just for dismemberment!

Next, I had to take a hacksaw to cut the areas that were glued together and wouldn’t snap apart on their own. This was a pain in the ass and left some big chunks missing down the seams I had to fill in with epoxy later.

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Ooh, la la!

I took some photos for reference so I could remember where all the electronics go upon re-assembly. I also drew a quick schematic of where the screws go as some of them vary in length. I only lost 2 screws this time even though I TAPED THEM TO THE PAPER.

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If you don’t bathe with firearms you have’t LIVED

Time for a scrub down. All pieces were washed in dish soap and caressed gently with a soft sponge.

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I brought the pieces out back and gave them a coat of Krylon High Heat BBQ paint for a base coat.

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After the base coat I filled in all the hollow parts and screw holes with Epoxy sculpt. I also filled in the seam spaces left from hacksawing it down the middle. Once it dried I sanded it down again to make it nice and smooth. I intentionally made it a little messy to give the gun character.

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I had some extra plastic lying around so I used my dremel and cut out little lenses to fit inside the hollow scope – it’s a cute little touch 😉

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I then proceeded to dry brush the entire thing with some silver paint to give it worn edges and make it look used.

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My last step was shaving off some pastels with an exacto knife, mixing the dust with rubbing alcohol (for adhesion) and dusting the entire gun to make it look like it had been used heavily on a planet like Tatooine. After all that’s where Fett disintegrated Uncle Owen and Aunt Baru – and where his number one client resided, Jabba The Hutt.

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FETT WAS HERE

One thing I don’t understand is why most of the other custom Fett blaster’s I’ve seen have a brown stock? The gun in the movie is completely black with brown dust. Observe.

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It’s all black!

This is the Masterpiece prop replica you can purchase for 17 zillion dollars.

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Here are some detail and final beauty shots of my gun – thanks for reading!

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Deadmau5 Head – Halloween 2011

Alix and I were going to the Deadmau5 show at Petco Park in San Diego on the 28th of October and being so close to Halloween we decided to make our own deadmau5 head to commemorate what would surely be an amazing night. A few weeks before the show I went online and found schematics detailing the size, angles, and proportions that make up the very distinct look of the iconic mask and we went to work! We also found an excellent guide on instructables.com which made this project possible.

“Official” deadmau5 schematics

The full list of materials we used was staggering and took a few days just to find online and at least two weeks before they all arrived.

Materials:
14” acrylic lamp post globe with 5.5” neckless opening
6” acrylic lamp globe
4’x8’ Dow blue extruded polystyrene Styrofoam sheet 1/2” thickness
12” fully threaded rods 8/32” diameter (4pcs)
1 ¼” fender washers (4pcs)
8/32” wing nuts
Professional grade ratcheting hard hat
4 ft El Glow Wire
Lighting for eyes – 10x Super Brite Blue LEDS
2yds fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Liquid Nails for foam adhesive and applicator gun
Clothes steamer
Ball end sewing pins
Dremel with bits for cutting, sanding, and drilling
Jigsaw or open ended hacksaw
Fabric measuring tape
Scissors
Single-edge razor blades
Small jaw clamps
Metal Mesh Food Cover Dome
Nylon tights or sheer chiffon for mouth
Electrical or duct tape
Poster board
Sharpie marker
Safety Glasses
Protective Gloves
Wire cutters
Rubbing Alcohol

The Materials Arrive

Our cat “One” lends a helping hand cataloging materials

The first step involved taking careful measurements around the globe (which came from a lamp post depot) to cut the holes for the neck opening and mouth. We used to a dremel to cut the acrylic and then sanded the edges smooth.

Alix begins cutting the globes

The ears were cut from a special type of light weight insulation in four pieces with threaded rods run through the centers. This way we could thread them through the top of the helmet with washers and wing nuts so we could remove them when needed. This made the ears incredibly durable and secure.

Threading the ears

We added an industrial adjustable hard hat inside the globe for fit and comfort. I’d be wearing this for a number of hours so comfort and stability were critical. We secured it inside the helmet by drilling a number of holes through the top and flooding the space between with hot glue.

Test fitting was half the fun

Alix had a few extra yards of this amazing soft and furry fabric that made our deadmau5 helmet really stand out. It made a huge mess putting it together, but the final results were amazing.

Soft and fuzzy

The mouth was made from a screen dome used for keeping bugs off your food while camping. The diameter and curvature matched the size of the dome perfectly. All we had to do was cut out the shape, spray paint it black and then wrap it in a see through fabric.

Almost done!

I wanted the mau5 head to be visible from space so I enlisted the help from my friend Roy who rigged up some custom circuit boards powering 10 of the brightest Blue LEDs you can buy. We also wrapped some blue EL Glow wire around the eyes and the outside of the mouth.

I’m pretty sure Roy is a Wizard

Here is a test with everything in place. I attached the domes to the head with hot glue after shaving the excess fur away to make a secure seal.

Oooh, Ahhh

At the deadmau5 show we were constantly mobbed by fans taking pictures and making offers for the helmet. There were a lot of others who made their own helmets and it was a blast to take pictures and meet all the wonderful people who made the event special. Almost everyone was in costume and besides a slight neck ache the next day everything went according to plan. Out of the 500+ photos we took, we only managed to bring one back with us.

Happy Halloween!

Guess it pays to be tall..

We went to another Halloween party later that week and managed to snap and few more shots.

‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed mau5

Sometimes I lost my head

We took the head around town for a few nights and had some fun with people around the community. Here is Collette from Zia’s pizza rocking the mau5!

We get our pizza from this guy!

A local drummer played a whole song while wearing the mau5 which was more entertaining than this picture suggests.

Music sounds better with deadmau5

We handed out candy to the trick or treaters the next night and while most of the little ones thought I was Lilo from the Disney movie surprisingly a lot of people recognized me as the mau5!

Would you take candy from these people?

 

Here is a demo video outlining the features of the mau5 head!

Thanks for reading!

 

PlanetSide 2 Nanite Systems Nerf Repaint

I needed a break from the digital world and decided to create a custom loosely based on the guns from the PlanetSide Universe. I started with a Nerf Longstrike along with a few additional pieces scavenged from other Nerf guns and some other parts.

Stock Nerf Longstrike

I painted over it in photoshop to work out a concept. Ultimately I decided to go with a Nanite Systems paint scheme instead of the Terran Republic version I painted here.

Paint-Over Concept

The plan was to repaint the gun, add some LEDs and mount a laser diode in the sight. I didn’t have the time for the laser, but the LEDs added a really nice visual touch.

Nerf Gun Disassembled

I took the gun a part and created detailed schematics of where all the screws and parts went. There was over 50 screws, and at the end I only lost 1.

Base Coat

I sanded and prepped all pieces by washing them in a soapy mixture to remove the mold release and then sanded all the logos off the gun. I added a base coat of Krylon Fusion paint. This gave it a smooth surface to work on. Always wear eye protection and a respiration to avoid breathing in paint.

Base Detail

I laid down a few coats and let the paint dry over night. I then brought everything inside to begin detailing. I used Games Workshop Citadel paints to detail the gun. Chaos Black, Bolt Gun Metal, Mithril Silver, Tin Blitz, and Codex Grey got the job done.

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I also used a special paint meant to heat seal BBQ’s which creates great tooth. When you dry brush those areas it creates a very convincing worn metal look.

Primer Coat, Base Colors, Wash Coat, Dry Brushing, then Details

I drilled some holes in the body and installed the LEDs which Roy helped me with again. I also bought some dowels and cut them to the same size as bullets and filled up the clips to give the gun some weight. Here are the final pictures!

Before and After