Mandalorian Scout Trooper – Tote Bag, Completed

The Strap…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

The bag that was used on the actual prop is an English World War 2 era pack (model P37). I was lucky enough to acquire one before word got out. Now, it’s a lot tougher to find them, and the prices have gone way up. Anyway, the strap connects to the small straps on the bag, so you just have to eyeball it and make your marks…

Since the material is so hard to cleanly drill through, I decided to try applying super glue to the area and then drilling through it after it was dry…

This method makes drilling the holes a lot easier. You just have to keep applying more super glue as you drill down…

Marking the second set of holes…

This is where they will be drilled…

Here is the back side after the binding screws were installed…

And, the front view…

The same steps were repeated for the other end of the strap. And, here’s the finished prop…

Complete with a captured Grogu. I will just do a little more weathering, mainly to the button bar, but I’m calling this complete…

Mandalorian Scout Trooper – Tote Bag, Continued

The Strap…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

The strap that was used on the actual prop is a belt that is currently available. I got this one from Amazon

The first step is to add the metal loops that are used to connect the strap to the bag. I used a Sharpie to mark the location for the holes that need to be drilled…

Then, I drilled through the strap material…

The weave of the belt makes it a bit tough to get nice defined holes…

I decided to use super glue to seal the edges so they don’t unravel…

These are the metal loops that are used to make the connection…

After the metal loop is slid on, the belt is folded over and silver binding screws are used to secure it in place…

The view of the back side…

At the other end of the belt, the buckle and other hardware needs to be removed…

The back side of the buckle end…

Using a flat screwdriver, the rivet tops were easily popped off…

Then a pair of pliers was used to remove the remaining bits of rivet…

I used my exacto knife to cut the stitch that runs near the buckle…

With the stitch removed, the buckle parts were easily removable…

After sliding the metal loop on, the binding screws simply use the same holes that the original rivets used…

back side of this end of t he strap…

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The Button Bar…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

Time to assemble the parts…

I first drilled some holes for the small screws…

Then created the countersinks on the back…

Here’s how the countersinks look with the screw…

Which leaves this much of the screw to secure the buttons…

The button next to the exposed screw…

After wet sanding the front of the aluminum bar with fine grit sandpaper, I added a piece of tape to act as a guide and placed my template below to help align the buttons…

The buttons were then super glued into place…

Once the super glued was dry, I drilled small holes and added the screws. They also got a bit of super glue to keep them from backing out…

I also added some super glued to the treads of the screws from the front…

The red button lenses were re-installed…

Then the small nail head was super glued into place…

Here’s the completed button bar attached to the flap of the bag…

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The Button Bar…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

The parts were all wet-sanded, and then sprayed with a final coat of paint…

The parts after the paint has dried…

The parts temporarily placed on the aluminum bar…

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The Button Bar…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

After drying overnight, the parts were sprayed with a few coats of primer and paint. This will help fill in all of the remaining print lines. They’ll now be left to dry, again…

Mandalorian Scout Trooper – Tote Bag, Continued

The Button Bar…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

I then drilled the holes for the screws…

Here, are the screws and buttons approximately where they’ll be attached…

This is a sort of “side-by-side” next to a screen shot. Looks pretty close, to me…

Mandalorian Scout Trooper – Tote Bag

Assessing the Details…

While I don’t have a Mandalorian style Scout Trooper costume, I thought it would be fun to make a Tote Bag from season 1 of “The Mandalorian”…

Since there are no photos of the little “rank bar greeblie” anywhere outside of screen shots from the series, there are all sorts of measurements and sources for parts running rampant on the costuming forums…

Here, I’ve laid out the parts I feel are the most accurate to try and figure out the length of the aluminum bar…

These pieces seem to be the most controversial as to what was actually used on the real prop. In my opinion, the red buttons are definitely sitting in some sort of black base, and the white part is definitely not just the inside part of the red button. I did a little work in my 3d designer software was able to 3d print these black bases for the red button lenses, and a solid white piece that is the same dimensions as the red button/base. I also found a galvanized nail that’s head is about the right size. So, I cut the majority of the nail off, leaving the head and just a small bit of the shaft…

Here are the buttons, assembled…

Testing out the size of the aluminum bar, before actually cutting the aluminum bar. Looks about right, to me…

I temporarily added the buttons to see how it looks…