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Building a Better Jawa – part two

build-a-better-jawaAs promised, here’s the template for the “Y”-shaped part which attaches the holster to the shoulder strap…

Clicking the above should open the diagram at actual size. Although it will fit on A4, if printing, please use A3 as the page size and do not scale to fit

Clicking the above should open the diagram at actual size. Although it will fit on A4, if printing, please use A3 as the page size and do not scale to fit..

As before I drew this onto my pre-weathered pleather (in this case twice to double-side it for thickness and to conceal the backing and later glued them together) using the blue crosses as the position for the holes that my “rivets” would be located in.

Using the double row of 10 rivet holes this can be attached to the main holster like so:

You’ll notice the two rows of three rivets at either extremity. These are to attach to the shoulder strap, but I won’t go into any detail about that beyond saying it should be about 30mm wide and the length will obviously vary depending on your size. I added some thong to these connection points to reinforce the paper fasteners I was using to connect the parts together but haven’t annotated those on the diagram as I don’t believe them to be strictly screen accurate.

Once again the finished article:

Building a Better Jawa – part one

build-a-better-jawaI had already trooped in the costume once without the Ion Blaster, since it lacked the required power pack, but having scavenged a suitable item from the desert sands I was looking to bring the blaster along with me to events.  Since the replica is pretty heavy I therefore somewhat urgently had a requirement for a holster for the gun.

A Google search revealed plenty of requests for dimensions for the holster seen in A New Hope and plenty of people who had built one for themselves (or done long since ceased runs) but no pattern appeared to be publicly available.

Looking at screen grabs and other reference material and measuring my own replica blaster I formed a rough pattern.  Using materials I had to hand I assembled a prototype, refining this design into the template below:

Clicking the above should open the diagram at actual size. If printing, please use A3 as the page size and do not scale to fit

Clicking the above should open the diagram at actual size. If printing, please use A3 as the page size and do not scale to fit..

Having printed off my diagram I used this as template on a suitable sized piece of leather.img_4370img_4371Assuming you want the holster to hang on your right hand side, note the grey shape in the diagram will be the inside of the holster.

(Apologies in advance to anyone reading this next section with any sort of leather working talent or tools..!)
The red crosses on the diagram indicate the eyelets for the leather thonging that runs up the length of front of the holster. To make these I screwed the material onto a spare length of wood then used a wooden needle of appropriate diameter to expand these out to a sufficient size.img_4373

I repeated the same process for the blue crosses on the diagram which are the positions for the rivets…
img_4374 img_4375 Due to the weight of the hand grip end of the blaster it makes it rather top-heavy when slung and the leather I used was sufficiently flexible that it could easily tip over causing the gun to fall out. The references suggest that base of the holster is closed by a circle of leather rather than be open “cowboy holster”-style however I decided to use a circle of wood (left over from the TARDIS console build) to try to mitigate this with some more weight to the holster.
img_4390 img_4389 This gives something for the circumference of the holster to be screwed into…img_4377The double row of blue rivet crosses at the top of the holster provide fixing points for the holster to attach to the “Y”-shaped material (more on that next time) which will act as an anchor for the shoulder strap.img_4379img_4381

(Those “rivets” incidentally are just paper fasteners…  I told anyone with leather working skills to look away in advance.)

Having worked out the kinks I repeated the process with some thinner pleather, making the pattern double-sided this time to hide the lining on the reverse:img_4387

After a rub and buff with some black liquid shoe polish to weather we end up with this…

…and complete with Ion Blaster…

Imperial Scottish Squad Trading Cards

Folk were quite impressed with the print quality of the character debut cards I gave out to the kids on the occasion of my first Returns Bat troop at Fairy Box so back in…  oohh…  2nd October 2012 I offered to “do” a run of complete sets of trading cards for all ISS members for free with the intent that we could also gift them to those who trooped alongside us in conjunction with the patch.

I think about three members responded to the offer so I’ve only ever produced the cards for special occasions like the Bat 89 reproduction for Gary on the occasion of the UKGs 15th anniversary Mem weekend and the first (and, if I have my way, last time) my fellow Ghostbusters and I got together, but y’know, there offers still there if anyone wants to take me up on it…

Five years of the ISS

The 501st Legion Imperial Scottish Squad, to give its Sunday name, was formed five years ago this >coughcough< apparently.
Actually, it was formed back at the beginning of 2009 as The Tatooine Highland Pipe Band, but that doesn’t get mentioned much because nobody likes to give me any credit for anything.

I’ve had my ups and downs with it and the membership, mostly in relation to it pretty much being a Facebook user exclusive club in recent times, but I’m still proud of the fact that against internal and external resistance we managed to pull together a squad in a wholly democratic manner.

The five-year thing brings two thoughts to mind though… The first is that five years on, I’ve still never finished the artwork for the presentation to our first Squad Leader, (luckily he’s still in the job and I can try to pass it off eventually as a leaving present) but more importantly, the second is in regards to the logo.

As I recall, the TTHPB members were presented with 23(!) different logo suggestions and were allowed to cast multiple votes for their favourites from that selection.
These were submitted as concepts by the members, there was no talent barrier as the final version would be reworked prior to forming part of the squad submission to the Legion Captain of the Guard.

The eventual winner was a logo that had undergone at least five revisions, massaged by the membership into its final glorious form. But just imagine what could’ve been..!

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