Jabba's Door Droid - TT-8L/Y7 Gatekeeper Droid

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Mara Jade's Father

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This is a great build. Are you planning to do anything with the gray part of the eye ( the half globe under the lid)? It's really throwing off the look for me. It is just too clean and plain. It needs those textured lines seen on the real prop. Not sure if they are marks left from initial sectional cuts or in some cases, it looks like some sort of material might be layered. I also think the coloring is off. Looks to me like a coat of aluminum Rustolum would match. Other than that, it's outstanding.
 

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Howlrunner

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This is a great build. Are you planning to do anything with the gray part of the eye ( the half globe under the lid)? It's really throwing off the look for me. It is just too clean and plain. It needs those textured lines seen on the real prop. Not sure if they are marks left from initial sectional cuts or in some cases, it looks like some sort of material might be layered. I also think the coloring is off. Looks to me like a coat of aluminum Rustolum would match. Other than that, it's outstanding.
The grey/cream part of the eye does look very clean doesn't it? Especially for the lived-in Star Wars universe. Didn't quite sit right with me either, but I can't see any kind of weathering on it in ANY of the reference pictures of it I found. It does have the etched texture lines on my replica but they're faint and don't show up well. I spent a long time thinking about the colour of the eyeball - I've seen only 2 replicas of this built before me and in both they have that part in silver, but again, every reference image I have of that part looks cream to me rather than a silver. I may try to do a very slight grey wash to make the etched lines pop, add weathering and alter the hue, but everything is glued together permanently now, so wouldn't be easy.

Last night's video is actually better than the one I took today - the internal lights don't show up well on film in the daylight. But here are better quality photos of the finished thing.



 
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HB1098S

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Spent the day yesterday turning long bits of plastic into short bits of plastic, then gluing them together into big hunks of plastic....

Still need two more little pearl buttons to cover two of the brown buttons and am waiting for the spikes I ordered to arrive. Also thinking about making the ends of the curves (where they meet the hinges) a little chunkier. Getting there though....

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What plastic did you use and how did you make the arched pieces? Thanks, beautiful job!
 
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Trooper_trent

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Wow that turned out fantastic!! I love it!

As for the silver vs cream inner teeth, the reason you are seeing them as etched is that this is most likely just tape cut into trapezoidal pieces and stuck on, with a second layer of them stuck on further back, alternating in between the gaps of the first layer. Probably just white electrical tape or something similar. The reason I think it is electrical tape is that it is so thin you can clearly see where the pieces overlap. The under layer is visible through the upper layers.

Having said that, tape would look cheesy up close so I much more prefer the way you did it. Gives it a more realistic look.

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Howlrunner

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What plastic did you use and how did you make the arched pieces? Thanks, beautiful job!
(Almost) Everything I used to make the arched pieces can be seen in that photo - for the actual curved pieces I cut a ring from the large PVC pipe you can see in the picture (it's a cooker hob vent pipe) and then cut that into quarters to get 4 curved pieces. I then added the "fin" details from sheet styrene (not pictured) that I cut to shape. Then I built up the curve with the E shaped extruded PVC strip that you see in the picture, that I cut into little sections and glued between each fin. I then drilled holes in the E pieces and inserted pieces of the PVC pipe (pictured) that I cut to length. And then cut more sections of the pipe, dremelled slits into them, and inserted the ends of the curved pipe sections.
 

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