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  1. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Aug 2, 2007, 9:17 PM - slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #1

    Since I have already done a Jet Pack paintjob thread,
    Return of the Jedi Jet Pack Paintjob
    and am Currently doing a Guantlet paintjob thread
    Return of the Jedi Gauntlets Paintjob
    I thought I'd go a head and do an Armor paintjob thread.
    i will keep you updated as I progress with the painting.
    I will list what paints I use & how I do what I do (just like the Jet Pack and gauntlet threads)
    The armor I have for painting is MLC (newest version I believe)
    This is a commission job for a member here (I'll let him say who he is)

    Since this is not a review thread,I'll try not to give my opinion on the Armor itself
    But i will post a few facts about it;
    The armour is fiberglass
    The chestlight slots have already been marked out
    The shoulder studs are molded in, except the one on the far left.
    The far left shoulder stud isn't molded in so you can attach the cape.
    The backplate does not have slots cut for your harness
    The backplate does come with the pieces that go over the slots (see pics)


    I have already done the shoulders & knees for this member, so I'll only be doing the "green " parts
    Ok, on to the pics (this is exactly how they come , straight out of the box)

    -Edit -Updated bad URLs
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  2. Mr Fett's Avatar
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    Aug 2, 2007, 9:46 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #2

    That's not Fettpride armor. His looks way different in all the parts shown.
  3. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Aug 2, 2007, 9:48 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #3

    My Mistake
    It's MLC
    First post edited to show the correct maker
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    Aug 2, 2007, 11:53 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #4

    Another paint up thread! Excellent.
    Looking forward to progress shots.
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    Aug 3, 2007, 12:05 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #5

    Always great to see your projects Bud!!!
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    Aug 3, 2007, 5:39 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #6

    slave1pilot paints another ROTJ pack

    slave1pilot paints a set of ROTJ gauntlets

    slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor

    slave1pilot hears a Who

    TDH's very own Dr. Seuss!!!!

    Can't wait to see this thread. I had started painting the armor, but I'll ease back a bit and see how one of the experienced people go about it and then continue. Thanks for this!
  7. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Aug 5, 2007, 2:31 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #7

    Since this is my first attempt at ESB, any comments & suggestions would be very welcome.
    Furthermore, Reference pics would be even more appreciated.
  8. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Aug 28, 2007, 11:11 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #8

    Sorry for the lack of updates.
    My computer died & I had no reference pics to paint from
    I have my computer back up (reformatted hard drive)
    and will be back at this very soon.
    thanx for the patience & support.
    Last edited by slave1pilot; Sep 29, 2007 at 11:48 AM.
  9. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Sep 29, 2007, 11:49 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #9

    small update;
    The armour has been painted silver (mostly, ran out of "Dull Aluminum")
    I cut the slots out for the chest lights & the straps on the backplate
    The covers for the straps have also been attached to the backplate.
  10. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Sep 29, 2007, 1:29 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #10

    I started with the backplate
    Since reference pics are hard to come by (to say the least)
    I have to "wing it" on most of the damage
    In the following pics, I'll show the progress
    the first few pics show the silver
    and the application of the masking fluid to the major scratch areas
    Be sure to make the edges of the mask look sharp, so it doesn't look blobbed on
    Then the next pics show the airbrushing with "PollyScale" US MED GREEN
    I don't know if that is the correct color (much debated) but I like it
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  11. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Sep 29, 2007, 3:20 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #11

    After the paint dries
    I start removing the masking fluid
    Using an X-acto Knife & a pair of tweezers,
    lift off the masking fluid
    I also add small scrathes & nicks with the X-acto knife
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    Sep 29, 2007, 4:47 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #12

    I outlined the silver with Testor's Zinc Chromate
    be sure to add random spots of the Zinc Chromate to pull it together
    I will add a mist of Black & maybe a wash
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  13. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 7, 2007, 5:39 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #13

    Back at it again today
    Same drill as before,
    paint it silver
    mask off the spots you want to stay silver with masking fluid
    Paint the whole thing with US MED GREEN
    (I also did a few areas with a darker mix of "Pullman Green & Brunswick Green" to try & replicate the color variations)
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    Oct 7, 2007, 6:11 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #14

    Then you peel off the masking fluid , same as before
    & You should get something like this;
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    Oct 9, 2007, 5:24 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #15

    Looks great so far, thats some nice armour!
  16. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 18, 2007, 1:12 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #16

    Finished the rest of the Zinc Chromate around the scratches.
    Unfortunately, my camera is no longer working.
    No pics until I get a replacement
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    Oct 18, 2007, 1:56 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #17

    Great paint up fella,
    I too agree with the US MED GREEN for the armor.
    Great work, another thread to subscribe to,

    ~Mike
  18. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 20, 2007, 1:37 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #18

    Got the camera to work for a couple o pics
    here ya go
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    Oct 20, 2007, 9:14 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #19

    Looking good - Almost finished now!
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    Oct 20, 2007, 11:50 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #20

    Great job right there...!
  21. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 20, 2007, 12:52 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #21

    Here's one more in direct sunlight,
    so you can see what the colors actually look like.
    This is Before I do the wash & the final misting & such
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    Oct 20, 2007, 12:54 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #22

    Looks pretty good!!!!
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    Oct 20, 2007, 1:56 PM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #23

    ooo soooo nice

    (the peanut gallery loves it)
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    Nov 24, 2007, 8:58 AM - Re: slave1pilot paints a set of ESB Armor #24

    Wow, that is an excellent job.

    Couple of questions, what are you using for masking fluid and does the decal need battle damage?

    Once again, great job.

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