Building two props that I've wanted for YEARS! Done in one month

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Jedifyfe, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There are props that everyone wants at some point. These sometimes are far fetched dreams of one day building a model kit of an xwing, or learning to sew and making a spacesuit. For me it was learning basic woodworking and fiberglass/resin work so I could build two props I have wanted for many years, a Han Solo in Carbonite and Ghostbusters Proton Pack.

    I had all the pieces for these kits sitting around gathering dust for about 4 years but I never had the confidence to start building them. Then last month I decided that I needed to build the Han in Carbonite. It was a daunting task since I had not worked with wood since 8th grade and I had not really worked with fiberglass. I researched many builds, took screen shots of many fan made and screen used builds then jumped in. I finished it in two weeks. Although I still need to add the side panels and electronics.


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    Then I moved onto my next build, the Proton pack. I had almost all the parts (thanks to a good friend) but still felt this was beyond my skills. But again, I just dove in. I still have a couple of parts coming but after 7 days, it's almost done.

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    Basically, I recommend to any member here to find a project that scares you a little bit and take it on.
     
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  2. Fadedsky

    Fadedsky New Member

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    Definitely looks amazing! I've always been scared of crafting stuff myself because i deem myself as an un-artistic person and can barely draw stick figures. You've inspired me to give it a shot :)
     
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  3. Vormz

    Vormz Sr Member

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    Awesome builds!
    Can I ask you how much it could be for a proton pack kit like that?
    You gave me the courage to mod my Mags I was so afraid to open up, maybe I could try another project like that...
     
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  4. Lord Magneto

    Lord Magneto Well-Known Member

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    man oh man... loving that HIC. That is one of my dream builds for sure. What you have there right now looks really * nice to me.

    Also love the base that you built for it.
     
  5. Daniel Nelms

    Daniel Nelms Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great job man!
     
  6. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for for the compliments everyone, it really is satisfying to build something and have it turn out Ike you want it to. Next on my list of builds and skills would be learning to airbrush and build a Boba Fett costume and a Studio Scale Xwing.


    Thanks bro. I would say that a good fiberglass proton pack and all the accessories (lights, sounds, wand, greeblies, alice frame, wires, tubes) to build it would be around $800ish. If you add in aluminum parts or real Clippard parts it would more like $1200-$1400. My pack has both, real parts and aluminum parts but is not 100% accurate (ribbon cable is a GB2 ribbon, etc) but I think mine ended up about $800 to build.
     
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  7. vintageslant

    vintageslant Active Member

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    They both look fantastic, please tell me you took pictures during your builds?????????
     
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  8. Duncanator

    Duncanator Sr Member

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    Doesn't that feel good!
    I find myself spending so much time planning a build, when instead I should just jump in and DO it!
    Congrats on doing it! They look great.
     
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  9. gyoung2993

    gyoung2993 Sr Member

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    I have a lot of props but nothing in comparison to the infamous Han in carbonite....one of my favorite loves from Empire strikes Back....you have done amazing work , you should be so very proud of your achievement sir !!! Congrats on such an awesome collection !
     
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  10. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the compliments and post. I did take a few build pics of each prop but not a step by step series.
     
  11. Moviefreak

    Moviefreak Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome builds Brad :thumbsup
     
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