Darth Vader ROTJ Build - Studio 49

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Studio 49

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I am currently in the process of building a Return of the Jedi Darth Vader that I plan to join the 501st Legion with.
I started working on it early 2015 and have slowly been gaining momentum as I have had the time and funds to work on it.

I have been documenting all of my progress over on the Sith Lord Detachment Forum and figured I might as well stated a build thread here as well.

Parts List
[Received] --- Helmet --- Bookface, Finished Darth Ugly Vader helmet
[Received] --- Balaclava --- Anywhere I can find a plain black one
[Received] --- Cape --- Custom Props
[Received] --- Chest Armor --- Bookface, Finished chest + flush shoulder bells
[Received] --- Inner robe --- Custom Props
[Received] --- Bodysuit --- Custom Props, Two Piece Leather
[BUILT AND DONE] --- Chest box --- Scratch Built by Myself
[Received] --- Gloves --- Fenix Props
[Received] --- Belt --- Fleet Farm & Muppet --- Assembled by me
[BUILT AND DONE] --- Belt Boxes --- Scratch Built by Myself
[BUILT AND DONE] --- Belt Buckle --- Scratch Built by Myself
[Received] --- Saber Hook --- Wanna Wanga
[Received] --- Cod Piece --- Artisan Props
[Received] --- Shin Guards --- Portumac
[Purchased] --- Boots --- Dublin Universal Tall Boots
[Received] --- Lightsaber --- Parks MPP Replica (with Wanna Wanga parts upgrades)
[Received] --- Compression Suit --- Local Retailer


Other Miscellaneous Bits and Pieces
[Received]--- Lightsaber Upgrade Parts --- Wanna Wanga
[Received]--- Chest Box Electronics --- Fettronics
[Received]--- Some of my 3D modelled and printed Chestbox parts --- My Shapeways Store
[Received]--- Chestbox Decals --- Fenix Props
[Received]--- Chicago Screws --- eBay

[Purchased]--- Transport Case --- Pelican Case
[Received]--- HelmetCarry Case --- Guardian CD-300-14 Drum Bag, 12" x 14" Tom Tom


The Dream Upgrade List (Also Known as the Stuff I might one Day afford after approval)
Primary
[Received] --- Speakers --- Aker x2
[Planned] --- Boots --- Chippewas or Soviet Boots

Secondary
[Planned] --- Show Lightsaber --- Ultrasabers Chosen One
[Planned] --- Voice Changer --- A nice one, not sure which yet

Tertiary
[Planned] --- Chest Box V2 --- I'd Love to get my Parts CNC Machined
[Planned] --- Belt Boxes V2 --- I'd build them out of Hammond boxes

Part 1:
Building the Belt Boxes from scratch
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Part 2:
Quick test fit




Revised more accurate scratch built buckle







Finished Electronic in belt boxes





Ordered belt hook (for lightsaber)
 
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Sym-Cha

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Those beltboxes look the part to me, great buckle too ... might I inquire where did you find those green light caps?

Chaim
 

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Part 3

My finished and accurate 3D model that I created


My solution to chest box internal access




 
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The first mockup with the incomplete box and some parts







The lid on the back of the Chestbox





 
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Part 4

​Chamfered Sides



Sanded down and rounded sides





First coat of primer and black





Quick mock up of the parts I had at the time



 
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Part 5

Strapping System and Electonics









Part 6
Fresh shipment from Shapeways with my parts







Parts just ordered from Shapeways









Part 7
Finished Chestbox!!













 
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Here's some other stuff I have built over the last year:
My version of the Crossguard Saber (3D modelled & printed from scratch)
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Pre Vizlas Dark Saber (3D modelled & printed from scratch)
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Sym-Cha

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I just read your thread on the SLD Forums ... and it's best to get a TCSS saber when they are available again without grips ... then wait for Roy from wannawanga.com to finish his more accurate emitter shroud and D-ring ... and also order his additional parts such as bubblestrip and plastic T-tracks those are the most accurate these days and can be ordered in a nice package deal when available ... as for the wires for ESB/ROTJ those are vintage 18 gauge wires and come in red, brown, grey, white and blue. I hope that answers your questions posted on SLD :)

Chaim
 

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Star Wars:

Clone ARC Trooper Commander Pistol

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Senate Guard Ceremonial Rifle (Blue Royal Guards)
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Z6 Rotary Blaster Cannon
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Jabbas Gatekeeper Droid
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Royal Guard Force Pike (Red Version)
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Thunderbirds

International Rescue Stun Pistol
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I just read your thread on the SLD Forums ... and it's best to get a TCSS saber when they are available again without grips ... then wait for Roy from wannawanga.com to finish his more accurate emitter shroud and D-ring ... and also order his additional parts such as bubblestrip and plastic T-tracks those are the most accurate these days and can be ordered in a nice package deal when available ... as for the wires for ESB/ROTJ those are vintage 18 gauge wires and come in red, brown, grey, white and blue. I hope that answers your questions posted on SLD :)

Chaim

Awesome, just saw your comment then, thank you it's a huge help to hear from someone how knows their stuff about sabers!
 

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Have you ordered your 2 piece leather suit + cape and robe set yet?

Chaim

Thats next on the list, fingers crossed to place the order by the end of the month!

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I have just put my parts list above in the first post so you can see exactly where I'm up to
 

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Parts 8:
I also purchased a 900 x 580 x 380mm Pelican carry case.
This particular case typically sells for $230 AUD and I was able to purchase it for $130 AUD on clearance, so there was no way I was going to pass up a quality case such as this.

Since the photos were taken Iv'e fitted wheels to the bottom and also plan on fitting 2 wheels to the end on the side so I can roll it like a suitcase.

See photos below.

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Studio 49

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Studio 49

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I have a question about how the Classified sections work in regards to interest threads.
I wanted to ask here first because the last thing I want is to do the wrong thing.
So at the moment I have 14 Darth Vader ROTJ Belt Buckle kits in hand that I want to sell, but I would like to work out if there is an interest here for them
Would I technically have to get the premium membership to just do an interest thread because at this stage I don't want to have to go out and buy a premium membership of no one is interested?
Would love to know so I can do the right thing
Kind regards
Studio 49
 

Sym-Cha

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For anything regarding sales ... you'll need a Premium Membership ... only for Want To Buy WTB section you can go without ... just not reply without a Premium Membership :)

Chaim
 

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