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    Dec 3, 2013, 9:52 PM - Re: ESB GMH #26

    Nah, I got a face shield that FettPride hooked me up with. As for paints, I order everything from Humbrol USA (Hornby). They are always timely and great!
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    Dec 3, 2013, 10:25 PM - Re: ESB GMH #27

    So, I'm looking through the Hornby site. I'm a little confused on the colors. There are soooo many. I know that most of the paints will probably be Matt, but there are different shades with the same number but they have an alpha prefix?

    I'm using this thread as a reference for numbers
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f23/o...int-job-30707/
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    Dec 4, 2013, 5:42 AM - Re: ESB GMH #28

    You can also look at Jayvees thread, he lists the name of the colors as well. I have not used anything with an alpha prefix. If it says a number, that's what you go with. Silver 11 for example.


    -Kevin
  4. Dec 4, 2013, 10:46 AM - Re: ESB GMH #29

    I would think the alpha prefix may be the acrylics, you want to use enamels or that's what my colour list refers to...
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    Dec 4, 2013, 1:44 PM - Re: ESB GMH #30

    Here's an example of a paint I'm referring to, under Enamel Paints -> Enamel Matt Paints AA1496 - Shade 28 - Camo Grey

    Should I avoid venturing into the Matt section? Some of the numbers listed in the paint thread do not show up elsewhere.
    Enamel Paints | Hornby America
  6. Dec 4, 2013, 1:53 PM - Re: ESB GMH #31

    OK, I see what you mean, slightly misleading. Stay in the matt section and the numbers in my list refer to the shade number in your link...
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    Dec 4, 2013, 2:20 PM - Re: ESB GMH #32

    Thanks very much.

    Another question though, where you have listed Green 76+96, I can only find Green 76, while the 96 only brings up RAF Blue? Is that correct? If so, I think it would be in my best interest to just focus on the numbers rather than the names of the colors.
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  8. Dec 4, 2013, 2:45 PM - Re: ESB GMH #33

    That's correct, mix 1:1 ratio and deaden with a few drops of black 33...
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    Dec 5, 2013, 6:58 PM - Re: ESB GMH #34

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    Cut out the keyholes and puttied the pitting between the gelcoat and outside of the visor area. My son's birthday was today (he turned 2), he's sick but he was feeling well enough to not cough or sneeze into the inside of my helmet!
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    Dec 7, 2013, 11:06 PM - Re: ESB GMH #35

    Any tips on getting the visor inside all even and level? I'm having an OCD moment... I was looking at some of superjedi's threads and the inner visor looks pristine.
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    Dec 8, 2013, 9:48 AM - Re: ESB GMH #36

    I used a couple different files and sandpaper blocks (the ones that are foam inside from Home Depot). It took quite awhile, and it am sure I will need to adjust it when I mount the visor permanently, but it worked
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    Dec 9, 2013, 5:28 PM - Re: ESB GMH #37

    Testing
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    Dec 11, 2013, 1:40 PM - Re: ESB GMH #38



    Paints came today. ooooh boy...
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    Dec 12, 2013, 1:25 AM - Re: ESB GMH #39

    Humbrol! Good choice. They are excellent paints.


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    Dec 12, 2013, 10:25 PM - Re: ESB GMH #40

    Just finished ordering the rest of the paints and some thinner tonight. Hope they get here soon.

    Got a question though, when I'm installing the visor and bringing the mandibles inward to correct for the release of pressure from the mold (the way they bend outward a little bit)... uh... how exactly do I do this? I'm going to be using hot glue, as I'm not sure I trust the 2 part epoxy for anything other than the ear screws.

    Also, when I insert the visor into the helmet, there is quite a large gap between the visor and the visor slot itself.
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    Dec 13, 2013, 11:30 AM - Re: ESB GMH #41

    Never mind that last part about the gap... I forgot to conform the visor to the helmet with the heat gun...

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    Dec 18, 2013, 2:45 PM - Re: ESB GMH #42

    Any tips on shaping the visor? Low heat I'm assuming, do I just stuff it in there after a few passes with the heat gun? I've even tried high heat and I can not seem to get the **** thing to shape!
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    Dec 18, 2013, 4:24 PM - Re: ESB GMH #43

    What type of visor are you using? A pre-formed one?
    Is the curve of the visor greater or less than the curve of the helmet?
    What I mean is, does it touch in the center of the helmet's "forehead"
    and leave gaps at the outside edges? Or does it touch at the edges
    of the horizontal part of the slot and leave a gap in the center?
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    Dec 18, 2013, 5:06 PM - Re: ESB GMH #44

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    This is how it currently sits. The eye part fits just fine, with minimal gap, its mainly the vertical part that's off now.

    It seems as though I'll have to trim the visor down, but I'm afraid that if I do attempt to, it will crack or mar in some places. Again heating it up just makes to super hot and not very pliable, to the point where I'm afraid the heat would actually warp the helmet... Not too sure how much it can handle.

    It's the extended T-visor from t-visor.com
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    Dec 18, 2013, 6:22 PM - Re: ESB GMH #45

    Not sure what those visors are made of, but it appears that the center vertical
    section is a little too wide. If it were me, I'd trim it narrower.

    In the first pic you posted, I can see thru the visor enough to see that there's a
    good amount of overlap on the vertical section. You'd certainly have some room
    to trim it.
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    Dec 18, 2013, 7:58 PM - Re: ESB GMH #46

    Went ahead and trimmed it a little bit narrower. Using masking tape as a guideline, it worked out very well, just need to try and shape the eye slot portion of the visor a little bit more then I'll mask it completely and get everything prepped for paint.
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    Dec 19, 2013, 1:55 PM - Re: ESB GMH #47

    So everything along the top fits just fine, is a small gap on the sides okay?

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    Dec 19, 2013, 4:16 PM - Re: ESB GMH #48

    Looks great! That small gap down the sides is very difficult to get rid of.

    Here's a hint to "disguise" that small gap:
    When you get done painting the helmet exterior, take some of the color
    that you use on the mandibles and paint it on the interior, right along the
    edge of the cutout (with a paint brush). About a 1 inch strip or so should be fine.
    That way if any of the gap is slightly noticeable, it's a dark color.
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    Dec 19, 2013, 5:10 PM - Re: ESB GMH #49

    Thanks for the tip! Glad to hear it looks okay too :P

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    Dec 23, 2013, 10:56 PM - Re: ESB GMH #50

    Does anyone know the correct ratio for the Rafal templates when printing? 100%, 90%... etc? 100% seems a bit oversized for my GMH.

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