That is AWESOME!
That is AWESOME!
Tambo, wow!!!! That is an amazing looking bucket.
Tambo, that's awesome. You included the old eyes covered up on the forehead. That's so cool!
OK... helmet is almost ready for painting! Just needs a little more work and finializing the physical damage areas.
Looking good there! Are you going with acrylic or enamel paints?
Dunno... I am not painting it. :LOL I know nothing about paints and colors. I leave that to the more artistically inclined.
Just about to get the physical damage where I want it.... Trying to decide whether to put the MQ-1 and borden connector in now, or wait until after painting... i am thinking now would be the time on both of those...
And... Borden Connector in place...
Throw those suckers in there bro! The real deal was painted with all parts attached from all I can tell.
Who is the lucky guy or gal who will get to paint this bad boy?
Micke is going to be handling the painting on this one. I was really impressed with his PP2 so I want to see him take a stab at the early eyes PP1.
This is an amazing thread, thanks Braks for the great pictures as you've prepped the helmet (super nice helmet too) hopefully Micke will keeps us updated as he did the PP2.
I hadn't noticed this eyes helmet before but now it's my new favorite. I expect they'll be a few requests for this paint scheme!
Very sweet, I cant think of anyone better to do it. He is one of the top painters on this board and he knows his way around the pre pros!
Not really sure what to do about the MQ-1 pad, we don't really have a nice shot of the back of the bucket
That's looking great I only wish someone were to cast that bucket so I wouldn't have to do all of that work on mine, haha.
Well, the MQ-1 is in, but I am not really thrilled with it. It is a casting (saving the real one for another project) and after building it up the way I feel it should be, it seems to me to be way too thick inside the helmet. I glued it in place with epoxy, similar to what is seen on the real thing... but something just doesn't look right to me about how thick it is.
Your helmet looks great, Braks! Love the chip marks and damage.
Braks, are you referring to the over all thickness of the fiberglassing of the helmet? If so there is little that can be done for that, The real deal isn't very thick at least not compared to most fanmade buckets. If its the back of the helmet you speak of a mouse sander with extension tool will make short even work of that.
No no. This isn't a helmet issue. My helmet is fairly thin and I have already filed the inside of the keyslots quite a bit. The problem (mostly) I believe is the piece I used for the bottom of the keyslots. I used to believe the entire guts of the MQ-1 were used inside the helmet, but looking again, I don't believe that is the case. The upper half is the MQ-1 but the lower half, I believe is just sheet styrene... or POSSIBLY even a leftover piece of the visor material. The piece I used, and even the MQ-1 casting I used, I believe, are too thick and make the MQ-1 stick out quite a bit inside the helmet. Your head doesn't touch it, but I just don't like the way it looks... I'll try to take pics later tonight if I have time.
I think it's just your OCD kicking in Art.
What does Ocularly Certain Detailing have to do with this?
No. Seriously... I tried that Gold Bond powder stuff you recommended... but the OCD just won't go away...
Yeah, I would have to agree with you. The ESB pics I have seen do show a flat panel there where as on the ROTJ its not the case at all.
Here is a shot I took of the Keyslots showing what Art is talking about. I dont have anyshots good enough of a prepro to show that its the same deal but I would imagine it would be. It looks as though some of the circut board wasnt painted or perhaps there are more gismos in the hlelmet as you can see some unpainted stuff to the right and left of the MQ1. But I own a MQ1 and I know it is not as wide as the keyslots, there is a tiny bit of room on either side but I don't have it in front of me to check so I could be wrong. But there is indeed a flat piece of something that is only flus with the middle portion of the keyslots.
Here is my MQ-1 in place... Like I said... I am not real thrilled with the bulkiness it has.
Looks bulky to me here in this pick, I would just blend my edges a bit. And I thought you said you were using a casting not the real deal... that looks like a real MQ1... either that or you found a heck of a decal!
I feel I see some details in there that make me think its the MQ1 and not a piece of plastic or fiberglass... but I could be wrong... need to look at more pics with my MQ1 in front of me.I would have to disagree with this. I believe the RotJ also more or less has a flat plate at the bottom. It does have the two knobs but I think they were just glued in place. Look behind the top one in the attached pic and you can see what appears to be a drilled and glued hole in the plate that is holding the knob in place.
But you are correct on the ESB shot. I think I was just seeing some glimpses of green on the right side that made me belive otherwise.