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    Oct 31, 2016, 1:02 AM - Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #1

    Hey Team,

    I finally decided to start working on my personal FPH2. While I'm working on other TDH members Fetts, I'm going to try and have my personal bucket done by December 22 which is my birthday.

    I have already done prep work for the ears, visor and range finder including a servo kit with wireless correct momentary switches on my right gauntlet. Silver damage is applied and ready to mask off.



    I'll be starting with the back panels.






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  3. ryan101011's Avatar
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    Oct 31, 2016, 3:42 AM - Re: Fettastic FPH2 ESB paint up #2

    cool, look forward to updates!
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    Oct 31, 2016, 10:01 AM - Re: Fettastic FPH2 ESB paint up #3

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    Nov 5, 2016, 8:02 PM - Re: Fettastic FPH2 ESB paint up #4

    Can't wait to see this
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    Nov 5, 2016, 8:10 PM - Re: Fettastic FPH2 ESB paint up #5

    Quote FandagoFett said: View Post
    Can't wait to see this
    Dude, your recent posts are some of the most flagrant post padding I've seen in a while. If you have to do it please make it more interesting.
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    Nov 6, 2016, 11:06 AM - Re: Fettastic FPH2 ESB paint up #6

    I'm doing things a little differently this time so bare with me if the steps seem a little unconventional to traditional bucket paint ups. The results I'm hoping are just as good if not better.

    On the back panels I masked off the silver damage using stencils for the most part but also looking at reference photos and improvising larger silver damage areas (meaning if the stencil shows a small silver area but in the reference photo you can see that it was clearly a larger silver area that would get smaller pieces of damage painted on top, I would try and draw out what the large area should be) hope this makes sense as I will most likely be doing this with other layers as well.

    Regarding masking fluid. I like to use Fasmask liquid mask for very small details because it's clumpier and dries slower. This allows me to either put some of the fluid on the larger area I want to mask off and very finely drag it to really small areas and be more precise...or just put a little on the tip and not quite touch the area with the rubber applicator but just enough to transfer the masking fluid to the finer detailing. Sometimes on the smaller pieces I'll have to go back and add another layer because it's so thin...just to be safe. I have to do the latter if there is no connecting larger body of damage.

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    For larger not so precise areas I like to use the fan favorite humbrol maskol. It really covers larger areas very well but because its more runny and dries so quickly, it's not the best in my opinion for very small details. I find that parts of it will dry and then accidentally stick to my applicator and then pull a small string of masking fluid and flick it any which way...frustrating.

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    So so with that being said I do a hybrid of both depending on what is called for.

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    After the the silver was masked off I applied a custom mix for the concrete color and misted grey and light brown weathering to get the effect of inconsistency and wear. I do this after the base color has dried and after I have very lightly wire wooled the area taking precaution trying not to accidentally rough up any of the masking fluid.

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    Then the fun part!!! Peel up the masking fluid very very carefully. After it's peeled off I'll go over the area lightly with 0000 steel wool.

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    I I like my silver damage to be super bright and smooth to mimic metal. Not saying this can't be acomplished topically with a brush (superjedi cough cough) but I'm just not skilled enough in that department and I'm currently lacking the proper paint to attempt such a talent requiring feat.
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    Nov 6, 2016, 12:00 PM - Re: 11/06/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #7

    Quote Fettastic said: View Post
    Hey Team,

    I finally decided to start working on my personal FPH2. While I'm working on other TDH members Fetts, I'm going to try and have my personal bucket done by December 22 which is my birthday.

    I have already done prep work for the ears, visor and range finder including a servo kit with wireless correct momentary switches on my right gauntlet. Silver damage is applied and ready to mask off.

    I'll be starting with the back panels.

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    that's my birthday too! Lol. (And I'm not kidding this time!)

    I've noticed adhesion issues for the colors following the silver. Have you had any problems with this? I used some testors silver or aluminum around my dent and had bad luck with my green sticking to it.
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    Nov 6, 2016, 2:08 PM - Re: 11/06/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #8

    Quote mainst69 said: View Post
    that's my birthday too! Lol. (And I'm not kidding this time!)

    I've noticed adhesion issues for the colors following the silver. Have you had any problems with this? I used some testors silver or aluminum around my dent and had bad luck with my green sticking to it.
    What!?! We share the same birthday!

    Yes, silver is not ideal for a base layer and I have in the past experienced the same problem. But I have found ways to minimize this. If you do thinner coats and peel up the masking fluid before the paint has fully cured it tears much easier and you're less at risk. Wait until the paint has fully cured before cleaning up the damage areas with 0000 wool. Go lightly with the wool. Also minimize taping over any small pieces...instead use paper towels and only tape to larger painted areas if necessary.
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    Nov 7, 2016, 9:25 AM - Re: 11/06/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #9

    Ok, I'm done with the airbrush for now! Until I do some final misting and weathering on these back panels.

    At this point I have not done any topical painting and there is still pretty good detail on the edges. I'll go back through and adjust with a brush if needed but for now I might give my eyes a days rest.

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    I'm not sure I could have done much better detail with a paint brush. The advantage to the masking fluid is that your colors and coats are so even and smooth since your spraying the coats on with an airbrush. It's very, very time consuming but for these layers I think it is totally worth it.

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    Nov 7, 2016, 9:29 AM - Re: 11/06/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #10

    Omg helmet is looking great!


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    Nov 8, 2016, 10:00 AM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #11

    Against my better judgment I decided to go at it again with these back panels in attempt to finish the grey topical damage. It looks a little dark but it should lighten up and dull out a bit after it has fully cured and I've given it a very light rub with 0000.






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    Nov 8, 2016, 10:43 AM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #12

    Looks great! I am studying closely as I am about to embark on my first paint up. And it is on an FPH2. I don't know if I am worthy.

    Completely off topic, but what do you use to lift up the mask? I have been using an exacto knife, but found that I leave little scratches sometimes when I do that. I am looking for an alternative. Toothpicks, maybe?
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    Nov 8, 2016, 6:09 PM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #13

    Looking good there bud!
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    Nov 9, 2016, 4:14 PM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #14

    Quote clmayfield said: View Post
    Looks great! I am studying closely as I am about to embark on my first paint up. And it is on an FPH2. I don't know if I am worthy.

    Completely off topic, but what do you use to lift up the mask? I have been using an exacto knife, but found that I leave little scratches sometimes when I do that. I am looking for an alternative. Toothpicks, maybe?
    First Timer Whoohoo!!! You're gonna love it! I use my finger nail and an exacto knife as well depending on the size and precise the detailed area is but I make sure not to angle the knife in a downward position as to go through the masking fluid and into the bottom layer of paint. It does take a level of precision but it works. I feel a tooth pic might work for a little bit but will probably break often and may not be strong enough to continue lifting the dried masking fluid.

    I will say that the quicker you can paint over the masking fluid before it has fully dried and the quicker you can start lifting the masking fluid will minimize the risk of pulling up previous layers of paint. Especially with the fasmask that I use. If I wait too too long, that stuff loves to really stick to the surface it has dried to. That's why I only use it where I need sharp details. The Maskol dries slower and is less adhesive.

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    Looking good there bud!
    Thanks brother!
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    Nov 10, 2016, 3:05 PM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #15

    Come on Cam. Two days since last pics! I know you've worked on this...
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    Nov 14, 2016, 10:15 AM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #16

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    Come on Cam. Two days since last pics! I know you've worked on this...
    I've been holding back posting. Making little progress when I can scrounge some time
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    Nov 14, 2016, 10:31 AM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #17

    I had a little time after work last week and finished up these back panels.

    topically added the small base color damage.
    topically added the small silver scratches
    topically added the scuffs
    airbrushed some light weathering
















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    Nov 14, 2016, 11:16 AM - Re: 11/07/16 Update: Fettastic FPH2 ESB helmet paint up #18

    Great work
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    Nov 28, 2016, 4:45 PM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #19

    Workin on the dome!











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    Nov 30, 2016, 9:51 AM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #20

    Alrighty!!! It's moving along! My deadline for this lid is December 14th and it's coming oh too quickly. I had a minor setback...I had planned to have the killstripes done this past weekend and the entire dome completed...but my eagerness got the best of me. I spend almost two hours prepping the masking tape and masking fluid for the killstripes. I even used a blowdryer between coats...but...YELLOW ACRYLIC PAINT IS THE WORST!!!! Lol. It somehow found it's way in between non existent and merely impossible crevices. This isn't the first time I've had problems with the killstripes too. So I ended up sanding the area down, started over and blended the section. Two days later it's as if it never happened. I am re-thinking my technique on these dang killstripes.

    Anyways, I'm going to wait on the killstripe area to fully cure for a couple days and have finished up the rest of the dome grey damage and have moved on to the cheeks. I'm planning on hopefully getting the red on tonight. "I'm not afraid"...."oh....you will be....you will be." In my best Yoda voice













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    Nov 30, 2016, 9:52 AM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #21

    It's looking really really good man!
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    Nov 30, 2016, 4:24 PM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #22

    @Fettastic, the scratches at the back of the dome, topical or from your layers?
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    Nov 30, 2016, 4:25 PM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #23

    Impressive work, I love it!
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    Dec 1, 2016, 8:51 AM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #24

    Quote Malkavian said: View Post
    @Fettastic, the scratches at the back of the dome, topical or from your layers?


    I've used the layering method between the following coats... Everything else I have done topically.

    BACK PANELS: Silver to Concrete Sand, Concrete sand to Dark Blue/Green
    DOME: Silver to Geen
    CHEEKS: Silver to Green
    UPPER CHEEKS: Silver to Black
    MANDIBLES: Silver to Maroon Red (just did these last night and have yet to upload pictures.)
  26. Dec 1, 2016, 10:02 AM - Re: Boba Fett ESB Helmet Paint Up by Fettastic #25

    Looking good, nice progress.

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