Building Boba: Jetpack Harness

The jetpack is one of the unique features of the Boba Fett costume. A jetpack is a staple of classic science fiction, and it makes the bounty hunter insanely cool. But if you are going to carry a jetpack, you need some kind of jetpack harness, right?

To get basic approval, your harness must meet the following reqirement (from the ESB Boba Fett CRL, highlights by me):

  • Jet pack sits snugly against the back armor hanging from two rectangular rings attached to white nylon/canvas shoulder straps that exit the back armor through the two slots in the back plate located near the shoulder blades.

And if you are aiming for level 2 accuracy:

  • Jet pack is supported via accurate metal hooks that exit the rear of the upper and lower jet pack sections.
  • Jet pack is secured via an accurate scuba tank frame/harness (or replica). The jet pack attaches to the harness via a lower horizontal bar that the lower hooks on the jet pack rest on. Attached to the harness’s shoulder strapping should be weathered 1.5” white nylon/canvas straps with rectangular rings that attach to the upper hooks of the jet pack, keeping the pack in place.
  • The harness shoulder and waist straps are made of accurate black seat belt style webbing and is secured in the front by an accurate US Divers buckle or direct metal replica.

I hope to get level 2 approval someday, so I have aquired:

  • a scuba tank frame replica
  • 50 mm black nylon webbing (seat belt style)
  • 40 mm white nylon webbing
  • 4 rectangular metal D-rings, 50 mm
  • 2 rectangular metal D-rings, 40 mm
  • 2 rectangular metal sliders, 50 mm
  • 1 metal triglide, 50 mm
  • a US Divers Co belt buckle replica

Here’s a video of the harness I have sewn (English subtitles available):

Tools used:

  • Sewing machine
  • Tape measure
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint (to weather the white straps): black, brown, grey (leftover from the flight suit weathering)

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