I recently finished painting this helmet for a fellow 501st member (Iíll let him speak up if he wants). Itís one of the FettPride ďprotoĒ castings. All in all itís a great helmet with very little clean up. Iím always impressed with FPís fiberglass work. The paint colors are loosely based on Leeís list from years ago. The helmet didnít turn out quite as accurate as I would have liked, but itís one of if not the best Boba helmet I have painted to date.
This is how I received the helmet. It's cast by FettPride in fiberglass with a white gel-coat. Unfortunately, when I received it, there were three major cracks in the helmet (I marked them with red lines in the pic). Otherwise this casting was flawless and required very little clean-up.
Cracks repaired, visor and vent-slots trimmed. Primed, wet-sanded and ready to paint. Also magnets installed on the ear-cap.
Cracks repaired, primed, wet-sanded and ready to paint. Also you'll notice a couple of nicks and scratches I dremeled into the helmet to match the damage on the screen used helmet.
Dome and cheeks airbrushed on
Rear panel dark green painted. Also note the colors are a little splotchy looking, this was just the first coat and "evened out" with a couple more lite coats.
Masking off the mandibles.
Mandibles airbrushed and underside of the cheek hand painted (just like the original)
I created a vector file of the "kill stripes" and had our good friend Scott "Phinz" Kirkham cut a vinyl decal to use as a stencil.
Day-glow orange and yellow airbrushed on.
Kill-stripes turned out just a little "heavier" than I wanted, but still looks great. When the helmet gets the final wash/weathering it will tone-down the stripes. Also note, I painted the left "ear"