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Bobo\'s DP \'95 Conversion TUSCAN DONE

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

    Nope... no lines. Smooth as can be.

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

    Is there any special way to apply the paint with the sponge??
    I might try it if I dont get a paintbrush by the time I start painting my new helmet.
    Thanks Webchief.

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

    Ok, I've spraypainted the flat black onto the upper cheeks, and now I finished applying a 2nd coat of Panzer Olive Grun to the dome and lower cheeks!

    If you are wondering, I used a small sponge brush and there is enough paint in that tiny testors bottle for 3 (maybe more?) coats of green!



    Bobo

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

    Bobo, How did you aplied the paint with the sponge brush?? Circular motion, by sections..... Please let me know, thanks.

    By the way, is turning out great.

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

    Hey dude, well....
    I never painted with a sponge brush b4, and I got scared because after the 1st coat, it looked horrible!! Streaks everywhere!! Even after the second coat there were streaks!

    I just painted in different directions, smooth straight strokes, and I didn't dab since bubbles will form.

    I just finished the 3rd coat (same bottle of paint!) and there are no streaks visible! So don't be scared, go crazy with the brush, but don't go too fast or else you'll see some bubble forming. Just slow down and smooth the bubbles away.

    I think the key is to do as many coats as possible and not to go fast with these sponge brushes, cuz my paint job is turning out great!

    Good luck,
    Bobo

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

    Nice progress
    Makes me want to do an ESB helmet. . .if only I had another helmet lying around somewhere

    Keep us posted on your continued progress, pictures are a great help.

    Ely

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

    Thanks for the info Bobo, I appreciate it.

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

    If bubbles appear they are easy to get rid of.
    A blow dryer will take care of them in no time.

    Great lookin' helmet Bobo!

    darksidedesign


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

    Thanks for the compliments!
    I just went out and bought this baby for really cheap:




    It looks very nice I think, has a nice thickness, same green as the MOM exhibit one, and it's not very seethrough!!

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *BOUGHT VISOR!* (pics)

    I'm blown away by the terrific shape of that helmet!
    Not to mention the AMAZING paint job!!!

    I'm dying to see this thing done!

    darksidedesign


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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *BOUGHT VISOR!* (pics)

    *blush*

    Why thanks I didn't think it's an amazing paint job, but if you think so...then great!!!
    I'm painting the red madibles as I type this (well, not during) so I'll have some pics up in a couple of mins!

    Yeah, the bucket does have a nice shape doesnt it?

    I'm wondering what people used to cut the Polycarbonate Welding shields?? Mechanical saw or blade?

    Also, could anyone confirm for me how wide the space is supposed to be between the mandibles? (im cm please )
    I mean, is it just the same width all the way down? Or does it flare up a little?


    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *BOUGHT VISOR!* (pics)

    fine lookin bucket there bobo! as for cutting the faceshield i just used scissors but it scratched mine up so maybe an exacto is better... just score and snap!

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *BOUGHT VISOR!* (pics)

    And with the Tuscan color applied (1st coat), it looks a little something like this:

    Since flash makes a HUGE difference on color, I added flash and no flash comparisons here.



    FLASH:


    NO FLASH

    FLASH:


    NO FLASH

    Hope you like!

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Lookin good Bobo, just wait til you start adding the battle damage and scratches
    Is the visor hard and not very flexible? If so I had one of those before and used a Dremel with a cut off wheel.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Looking really good, Bobo. Can't wait to see further pics as you progress.

    Si

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    It's coming along real nice Bobo!

    What have you got planned for the weathering?

    Cheers!
    TJ

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *BOUGHT VISOR!* (pics)

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    Also, could anyone confirm for me how wide the space is supposed to be between the mandibles? (im cm please )
    I mean, is it just the same width all the way down? Or does it flare up a little?


    Bobo
    It's the same with all the way down. But if you add flare to the helmet the mandibles will flare a bit. If you add to much flare the lower mandibles will look too wide and it wont look good.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Ok same width...now I just need to know what that width should be, that'd be great

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Since a 95 DP helmet is much smaller than the one used in the movie the width of for your helmet wont be the same as the movie helmet. You should try a width that looks good with your helmet. There should be a balance between flare and width. Hope this helps.

    Check out the Ref CD to have an idea on how it should be.

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Sounds good thanks!
    Also, I saw some people used hot glue to fix the visor in place, anyone got any other suggestions? I don't think drilling will be good since its already painted

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Looks amazing Bobo!!

    I think hot glue should hold it fine, I have it done that way and it isn't moving anywhere.

    Now did Webchief tell you which colours he used for weathering? The weathering on the helmet it really nice, and I'd love to find those same colours.

    Also, the right earpiece doesn't look really gold to me, although it could just be the pics. Is it really gold, or is gold & buff actually the name of a paint colour?

    Good luck with the rest, Bobo!

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Thanks for the comments
    The right earpiece is a mix of Gold and Buff colors. You'll have to experiment and mix until you get the right color.

    And yeah, I've got the list of colors Webchief used for scratches:

    Quoting Webchief - "Testors Silver for the dents and
    scratches, Polly Scale US Gunship Gray for some of the scrapes on the visor and helmet, Testors Model Master Steel for some other scrapes."

    Bobo

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Looking real nice Bobo!

    This might sound weird, but any chance you could post a shot of the sponge brush dealy you're using? I just want to make sure it is what I think it is.

    Cheers!
    TJ

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion Progress *BOUGHT VISOR!* (pics)


    Bobo wrote:

    Also, could anyone confirm for me how wide the space is supposed to be between the mandibles? (im cm please )
    I mean, is it just the same width all the way down? Or does it flare up a little?
    I have one of Antrock's modified 95 kits. It measures 5 cm at the bottom and at the top it's about 2mm smaller than that. So there is a slight taper.

    I don't know if that's what it's supposed to be, but I think it looks great!



    Cheers!
    TJ

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    Re: Bobo's DP '95 Conversion VISOR + TUSCAN PAINT

    Hooray, I picked up all the colours today

    I may have missed it somehow, but what colour is the left earpiece?

    Also, as jeezycrazy said, I'd love to see a pic of the brush so I'm sure I get the right thing.

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