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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:00 PM - ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #1

    This is my assembly and eventual ESB paintup of ASOK's CC FR MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet. Hopefully it will help some visualize the process of getting the helmet ready to paint. I couldn't get pictures of everything but hopefully you get an idea of what is involved.

    To make this helmet really shine you need to polish it with "0" grit steel wool and then a final buff with "000" or higher steel wool. This will give the finish of swirled aluminum. Afterwards give it a polishing with "0000" steel wool for that final shine. I prefer to use real steel wool instead of the 3M stuff. I think the metal on metal effects shines this up best.






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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:01 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #2







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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:03 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #3

    The hole in the cheek you see is for the "borden connector". I found the real thing from a dental supply company recommened in a thread by Webchief. Why not have the real thing if its fairly cheap and available?

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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:05 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #4

    The borden connector to be inserted into the cheek.






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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:05 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #5

    The three "prongs" on the back have to be clipped off and the stumps ground down. The band of black tape is to help it fit snug. Once the helmet is painted up I will mout it in a mor epermanent manner. Here is the piece just before being inserted into the cheek:

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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:06 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #6

    And here is the borden connector inserted into the helmet!




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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:07 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #7

    The RF comes with a smal pilot hole already drilled out. You just want to use a larger drill bit to make a small indentation so you have a place for a screw head to sit in.



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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:11 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #8

    Now I marked out two holes on the top of the stalk.




    I drilled pilot holes to sink two small screws in.






    I filled up the holes with a steel epoxy putty twisting the screws in untill they were in tight.



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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:12 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #9

    AFter the epoxy cured I cut the heads off the screws with my trusty Black and Decker cutting tool and I was ready to connect it to the range finder housing:





    After a good sanding of the black resin RF housing I traced out where the stalk should connect and drilled out two pilot holes for the screws to fint into. Nuts keep this housing secure to the stalk.



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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:15 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #10

    OK. Time to mount the clear part to the range finder.

    Make sure you scuff up the inside of the rf and the back of the clear resin piece:





    Glue in some rare earth magnets. Make sure you measure properly and make sure you have the appropriate poles line up!





    The almost complete RF/ Antenna. Only thing missing now is the eyepiece. It needs to be painted first and then glued on.

    I'll have to ask salamanderking about led lights for this now!



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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:15 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #11

    To attach the right earcap I glued three rare earth magnets to the inside. I then drilled out recesses into the right ear. The resin was thin so I reinforced the back with some epoxy putty.




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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:16 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #12

    I made a template for the visor with paper. (sorry no pics)After multiple trimmings I got the size right. Then I used chicago screws spaced strategically to hold the visor in place. I used washers to fill in any extra space between the screw and the bolt. It still needs a brace setup along the bottom of the mandibles. Stay tuned for that fix.


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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:18 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #13

    Here is where its at now:





    I think this weekend I'll begin examining Rafalfett's templates and see what colors I have. I've been collecting different rattlecan paints from various stores. I hope to find something good... most likely I'll do the dome and cheeks Rustoleum Spruce Green.
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    Feb 22, 2012, 7:55 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #14

    Lovely start my good man. If I ever do a ROTJ helmet, I must look into one of ASOK's with my local bud BGHunter not doing them anymore - thats a great looking mold
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    Feb 22, 2012, 9:38 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #15

    IMHO spruce green isnt quite the best color for the helmet...check out Moss green. Its a much better choice I think. Rusto satin american accents.
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    Feb 23, 2012, 1:21 AM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #16

    It looks good so far! Just keep the updates coming!
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    Feb 23, 2012, 6:35 AM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #17

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    IMHO spruce green isnt quite the best color for the helmet...check out Moss green. Its a much better choice I think. Rusto satin american accents.
    I will have to look at the Moss... When I painted my FP MR in 2010 I think I used the Moss and it appeared too light. So I masked out the damage again and painted over it with Krylon Italian Olive Green. I know we messaged about the color a few months back. I will look at my old thread here and see if I did use the Moss. If I can get the pic here maybe you can tell. Thanks for the input!

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    It looks good so far! Just keep the updates coming!
    Thanks!
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    Feb 23, 2012, 6:46 AM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #18

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    IMHO spruce green isnt quite the best color for the helmet...check out Moss green. Its a much better choice I think. Rusto satin american accents.
    Hey F4R, Check this out from my old paintup. I think its the Moss... now if I remember correctly it was a gloss finish (mislabeled can!) and I used a steel wool to dull it down. So it looked worn and patchy to me. Maybe I sanded it too much?







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    Feb 23, 2012, 4:50 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #19

    Moss green...Satin home depot sells it

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    Feb 23, 2012, 6:52 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #20

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    Moss green...Satin home depot sells it

    Moss it is then!

    Thanks!... beautiful helmet by the way. I have to ask you later about some of final weathering, splatters, etc. I have a while yet though.
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    Apr 11, 2012, 9:56 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #21

    This is a very helpful thread! What do you use to trim the visor area from the helmet?
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    Apr 23, 2012, 12:32 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #22

    I'm already a fan of this thread! I love detailed wip and i'm sure i will use your advices for my next helmet. Keep up your excellent job!
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    Apr 23, 2012, 12:58 PM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #23

    Quote Beren97 said: View Post
    This is a very helpful thread! What do you use to trim the visor area from the helmet?
    I used a high speed cutting wheel... mine is Black and Decker but lots of guys use Dremel. You have to be careful though or you'll cut into the helmet. I also used tiny files foe the corners.

    Quote StrumFett said: View Post
    I'm already a fan of this thread! I love detailed wip and i'm sure i will use your advices for my next helmet. Keep up your excellent job!
    Thanks! I've been working on some custom parts for my Ep III clone lately so I've not had time for Boba. I'm hoping I'll get an our or so this week so I can mask out the silver damage and start painting this up.

    I haven't trooped as Boba in a year and I'm itching to get suited up in the latest upgrades again!
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    May 1, 2012, 9:15 AM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #24

    Great work! What brand of glue did you use on the chicago screws and the magnets?
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    May 1, 2012, 9:32 AM - Re: ASOK CC FP MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet - Assembly and ESB Paintup #25

    Looks great

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