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Bobo\'s DP \'95 Conversion TUSCAN DONE

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    Bobo's DP '95 Conversion TUSCAN DONE

    Well, I've gathered materials, cut the visor, opened the RF, and found almost all paints!! Here are the pics

    Here is the bucket with the sliced out visor:


    As you can notice here, I chipped some pieces of the right earpiece while taking the RF off, but some super glue and bondo (not bondo'ed yet) helped out:


    Inside of the cut out. Should I cut that inside trim out? (the trim that's there from the front mounted DP visor) since I'll be rear mounting:


    RF will have a window with some LED's inside:


    The glorious chemicals:


    Panzer Olive Grun!!! Go ESB!!


    Floquil Tuscan for the Mandibles, used by Mr. Webchief and looks damned good! :


    And now, for something completely different! Bobo...


    That's it for now! I'll keep this post updated with my progress
    Comments?

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    I just cut out the keyholes with a utility knife:

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Looks like you know what you're doing. Keep it up.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Have to agree with MMM, you seem to know what your doin! But excellent job, keep posting pics -

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Looks you are on to a good start.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Hey Bobo!

    Great work. I have a 95 with a white interior. I plan on doing the same thing to mine. Your pics are such a great help. I am doing ROTJ though.

    Good luck and more pics!!! lol!!!

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Great job man. How did you cut out the mandibles that cleanly? Also I know the 95's are better than my 97 but you may want to get that visor in fast as the helmet will warp with out the support there.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Ah me boyo... doing great!

    A Fett after my own heart. Just call me MR. WebChief.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Looks like you're ready to go
    Good luck!

    -Mikael

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Thanks for all the pleasant replies!
    Jedi-Bob, I just used a utility knife, and carved...and carved and carved! A little exacto knife helped for the little parts.

    I find that if I used a dremel for this, I might have screwed it up. So the exacto knives kept it clean, and here's a pic of how nicely the carving of the excess trim came out:

    BEFORE:


    AFTER:



    So I guess my pics are helping some people out?
    If yes, then I'll be posting more and more as I go along if you guys want! I'm keeping the pics to 320x480 resolution for the slowpokes out there .

    I'm about to prime this baby, so more pics coming soon!

    Oh yeah, and here are the "carving tools" i used:


    Ciao!
    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    You the man!

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Looks like you're going to have one helluva bucket!

    Are you using flat black spray paint for the whatchamallit cheek sections under the red?

    Cheers!
    TJ

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Yeah I think I'm sticking to flat black. I like flat black, and it seems to be close enough to the actual one! My Master (Webchief) has proven to me that flat black looks sexy

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    Webchief, could you post a pic of your outfit? If I remember correctly, you did one helluva a job!!!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Convestion Progress *PICS*

    BONDO!!!!!!




    More to come!

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    I'm pretty sure Webchief wouldn't mind me doing this since he's not around to do it himself! So here is his beauty!

    Mandibles: Floquil Tuscan
    Dome/Lower Cheeks: Panzer Olive Grun 1943
    Lower Back: Japanese Navy Green
    Upper Cheeks: Flat Black
    Right Ear: Gold & Buff





    Cheers,
    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    keep us updated!! ure gonna have a great bucket!!

    damn i wished i had a 95 instead of a 97....

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Primed!




    And here's my set of tiny mercury switches for the RF LED circuit:


    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Lookin real nice!


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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Thanks for posting those pics Bobo...

    Here's a couple more:






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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    I have 2 questions.
    How many bottles of panzer olive do you need to paint 1 helmet?? Are you going to paint it with an air bruch??

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Yeah I'm not exactly sure about that. I figure 1 bottle of Panzer should be enough since it's only the top dome and the lower cheeks.

    As to painting...I believe Webchief painted his with a sponge brush? I'm not exactly sure if the sponge would waste any paint or how easy it is.

    I was also thinking of painting with a paintbrush, but I'm not sure yet. I don't think I'm gonna go out and buy one of those propellants, so I'll have to figure something out.

    Webchief, would you be able to enlighten us all about painting please?
    I'd like to know what you did, what to do and what not to do...and why!

    Let us know dude,
    Bobo

    PS: more pics coming soon once the week starts!

    PPS: WOW! Those paints look dead on Webchief! Especially in that different light! Eeeeexcellent work

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Thanks for the info, and please let me know more about the sponge brush method. Thanks.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Yup, I simply used a sponge brush. Yes it may "waste" some paint but A) it saves you going out and buying an airbrush if you don't have one B) you only need one bottle anyway C) its much easier to use then an airbrush. Just give it a coat, let it dry and give it another coat.

    I used a foam brush on that entire helmet except for the upper cheek area which was spray painted with flat black and then weathered.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *PICS* +UPDATED+

    Webchief, did you ended with paint lines on your helmet by using a sponge brush?
    From the pictures I have seen I cant see any. It looks like it turned out very nice and smooth.

    Thanks for the info.

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