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    Home made Old Han, Chewie & Chewie Mods

    The HT kit is wonderful but I feel like I'd be paying for a lot of parts I don't want, I only need him in his pilot clothing with holster and blaster. Yesterday I saw a clone of the HT Old Han hs is already out so bought that for 25gbp and a HT holster rig for the same price here in the UK. I've also bought a loose HT TFA Chewbacca, bandolier and bowcaster from TA which includes the relaxed hands I'll mod to hold a thermal detonator or two as I want Han in the iconic TFA scene using wounded Chewie's bowcaster pose.

    Meanwhile I dug through my parts boxes as usual to see what I could make to save money, I have/had an old USAF brown leather flight jacket with fur-lined collar and elastic fabric wrist and waist bands that now after a complete stip down and rebuild looks pretty close to Han's TFA jacket. I still need to make his code cylinders but by happy accident broke the European twin plug on my hair straightners this morning (I only use them for ironing 1/6 clothing etc..) as I was planning on putting creases in some trousers I found for Han and had dyed brown with tea and coffee together (works great). Anyway after taking my extention cord apart to remove the broken plug pin I realised the broken pin makes an excellent code cylinder! So broke the other one off too and now just need to find a third in my boxes full of cables; I lived in Greece for half my life so have plenty of European plugs that should be converted to UK ones and plenty of unused UK ones to nick plugs from.

    Found some brown boots too, not real leather but they'll work fine with a darker paint job and I have a can of red primer and chocolate brown spray paint in the supply cupboard. I'll stitch some seams into the front of the trousers to create the piping needed.

    Found a body of the right height (checked against my other Hans) but it needed filling out as being much older, Harrison is not as skinny as he was in the 70's, so I later added some foam padding much like Hot Toys have done.

    His shirt is a modified Hasbro one I had spare.

    Not done yet obviously but getting there minus the ordered parts of course!

    Hot Toys pics: (total cost 460-520gbp for the set or 240gbp for Han)





    HT parts for reference: (total cost without what I actually bought would be 140gbp, with other parts needed 190gbp)

















    What I bought: (for Han only 50gbp)













    What I bought loose for Chewbacca: (total 200gbp inc postage from the US)







    So basically 1/2 price for the pair, yes I don't get display stands or extras but I don't want them either .

    The type of jacket I started with (the boxed one is the exact same product I bought years ago for a "Sherlok" Dr. Watson figure I never made, I wonder if I can use the cast head for a young Bilbo..)







    First tailoring fitting test which proved to need more work: (the lighter brown is also pleather and blends in much better in natural light)











    The sleeves needed narrowing and the jacket seemed too big until I realised it was on a very skiny body that need to be padded out, narrowing the sleeves also allowed me to add more movie accurate detail with the hem at the front as well as at the back of the sleeves:



    Trousers drying:



    Boots unpainted:





    After retailoring the sleeves and adding foam to the core of the body:



















    My code cylinder solution:









    I'll add a wash or two to the jacket so it covers any flaws and should blend the waist extension in better, might dry brush it too, we'll see.
    Last edited by shovelchop81; Yesterday at 09:51.
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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Wow, that is lookin' pretty damn deadly so far, pumped to see Solo come together!

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    "It´s been a while since I done had me some roadkill in my belly" (SKETTI)

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Looks very promising. And those loose Chewbaccas are they way to go, I got one myself. The lighter coloring on the TFA Chewbacca seems more accurate to me even for the Original Trilogy, so that's the one I went for. But had to repaint all the containers on the bandolier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickle Munkey View Post
    Wow, that is lookin' pretty damn deadly so far, pumped to see Solo come together!
    Cheers PM! I still need to fiddle around with inks and washes etc.. to get the browns right but it's more structural/tailoring at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by renesw View Post
    Thanks renesew!

    Quote Originally Posted by GubernatorFan View Post
    Looks very promising. And those loose Chewbaccas are they way to go, I got one myself. The lighter coloring on the TFA Chewbacca seems more accurate to me even for the Original Trilogy, so that's the one I went for. But had to repaint all the containers on the bandolier.
    Yeah I heard some disaster stories about the ANH version and how inaccurate some people's were due to QC or bad packaging so definitely wanted the TFA version with the articulated mouth. Made my own custom ANH real fur/hair Chewy years ago and really didn't feel like making another!
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Found a couple of thinner plug prongs and a spare locking pin from a gun I polished up to match, these fit much better into a bit of a WW2 German satchel penholder thingy I'll be using on the jacket.





    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Looking good,

    I had a feeling that old man Han sculpt wouldn't be as good as the one they showed in the pics. It's nice, but you can see a difference. The bashed bits are all looking good. US pilot fans are going to want to kill you for doing what you have to that MIB jacket though, I'm sure they're pretty rare.

    Carry on!

    CHEERS!

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    US pilot fans are going to want to kill you for doing what you have to that MIB jacket though, I'm sure
    I bought it loose years ago, not boxed.

    I had a feeling that old man Han sculpt wouldn't be as good as the one they showed in the pics. It's nice, but you can see a difference.
    Yeah seems slightly off but could be the pics as they're probably not taken by a 1/6 specialist photographer like the HT ones. Both versions with the hair style and brown clothing make me think of an older Mal from Firefly, Starbuck from the original Battle Star Galactica and even Indiana Jones!

    Tried to clean up the zoomed in HT pic for comparison:





    Real Han



    I tried to find a way to slightly horizontally squash the clone hs pic as I thought that could improve the likeness but Paint will only let me squew pics.
    Makes me think of John Noble actually..



    The bashed bits are all looking good.
    Thank you!
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Watching along intently on this one. Great work so far.

    Paul

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    Ah, the boxed pic wasn't of your jacket, gotcha! I'm sure that head looks better in hand.

    CHEERS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scalawag View Post
    Watching along intently on this one. Great work so far.

    Paul
    Thanks Paul!

    Quote Originally Posted by rogerbee View Post
    Ah, the boxed pic wasn't of your jacket, gotcha! I'm sure that head looks better in hand.

    CHEERS!
    I can only hope lol.

    Got some sewing (by hand as I don't have a machine) done to create the piping on the trousers, also attached the the code cylinders to the jacket then painted everything different shades of brown. Why do old people wear brown? I only wear black as you know Roger, perhaps it'll be grey for me as I won't be arsed to buy new clothes?

    Brown is the new ....brown...













    I'll add matte clear and a wash to these once I've done the black soles.





    I'll clean up the code cylinders



    inked these too

    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    All done, just waiting on his hs, bowcaster and gunbelt now well and Chewie of course. Gave the boots a sepia wash, black soles and a coat of matte clear, made bet loops for his trousers, painted a belt that looked right, did a final coat of ink on his jacket and cleaned his cylinders oh and selected appropriate older looking hands in the right configurations for holding the bowcaster.





    Cut boot tops flush.













    I'll contour the hands to fit the wrists better as they are old school SSC ones.

    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Looking good, brown hides those OAP accidents, LOL!

    CHEERS!

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Damn, that's lookin' awesome!

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    Dude, that's killer work.

    Every time I look at one of your builds, it makes me want to go put something together.

    Carry on, brah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerbee View Post
    Looking good, brown hides those OAP accidents, LOL!

    CHEERS!
    hadn't thought of that..

    Quote Originally Posted by Pickle Munkey View Post
    Damn, that's lookin' awesome!
    Thanks a lot PM!

    Quote Originally Posted by dadrab View Post
    Dude, that's killer work.

    Every time I look at one of your builds, it makes me want to go put something together.

    Carry on, brah.
    Thanks dadrab! You should, just grab some scrap and chuck it together like I do, you've got nothing to lose that way!
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Gun belt arrived, does anyone remember if Han had given his blaster to someone or lost it when using the bowcaster? I was going to buy one from TA for $19 but the automated shipping jumped from $23 to $54! So not sure if he even needs one for this scene.

    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Looks like he just trades it off to Chewy for a minute.

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    Cheers PM! Looks like he puts it back in his holster...bugger... lol.
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelchop81 View Post
    Cheers PM! Looks like he puts it back in his holster...bugger... lol.
    If you're not really going to showcase him using it, you could get a C96 to use in its place, maybe?

    1:6 Scale Action Figure DRAGON BOLO MAUSER BROOMHANDLE PISTOL GUN C96 C96_2_BK | eBay

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Amazing work Shovel!!! More... MORE!!!

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    I was thinking of modding one actually! I've seen before you can get them really cheap on ebay.
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Cheers Broadshore! Don't think more is possible! Still got another 5 or 6 figures to do on my LOTR thread as it is!
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    The cheapest HT blaster is £30 on eBay with a UK seller. Look up prop replicas to see what parts were added to the Mauser.

    CHEERS!

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    25gbp actually but screw that for a holstered blaster! ordered that Han hs you recommended.
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Looking good good sir!
    A while back I ordered a £5 Mauser to mod into a Han blaster, so I'm hoping you'll pave the way for me by doing the mod/improvements
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    Quote Originally Posted by renesw View Post
    Looking good good sir!
    A while back I ordered a £5 Mauser to mod into a Han blaster, so I'm hoping you'll pave the way for me by doing the mod/improvements
    Thank you renesew! Well I'll give it a go soon not done this particular mod before so it'll be new to me too.
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Cheers Roger, already did a bit of a look already and know the new blaster prop is using the Marushin M712 air soft pistol which uses a gas powered removable magazine and has a full auto feature:

    CO2 versions have long mags but the Green Gas ones don't:





    The OT hero guns were using blank firing C96 pistols which have a top loading bullet clip which allowed smoke from the barrel and cued the basic special effects placements of the times, there is also the odd blooper where you can see it ejecting casings:





    TFA version:





    Last edited by shovelchop81; 06-18-2017 at 10:15.
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: Home made Old Han Solo TFA WIP Using bits To Save Cash..

    Cool info. At least that airsoft one isn't in the garish colours they have to be over here. That said, I bet a lot of them get repainted anyway. I was aware of the blank firing weapons. I'm sure in the original '77 cut of ANH you could still hear the sound of the blanks firing under the dubbed laser effect.

    More reference pics:

    scoped mauser m712 - Google Search

    CHEERS!

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