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    Dec 24, 2013, 2:21 AM - Re: ESB GMH #51

    Quote catbread said: View Post
    Does anyone know the correct ratio for the Rafal templates when printing? 100%, 90%... etc? 100% seems a bit oversized for my GMH.
    Do it with the 'fit to page' option (it usually shows around 93%, which is correct), but you might try one of the color separation pages (the ones with the red contour - to save your printer's toner/powder) to see if it fits on the helmet. And don't forget to use the PDF file according to your paper size/standard: LTR (or Letter) for North America and A4 for Europe/Asia/Australia/Africa/South America.
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    Dec 24, 2013, 10:06 AM - Re: ESB GMH #52

    Thanks Raf

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    Dec 25, 2013, 1:51 PM - Re: ESB GMH #53

    Very proud of myself. I got a friction fit after removing the cast in Borden connector. A near perfect circle and no slip ups or anything. Just some putty on the outside to even things out. I was so afraid I would make the hole too large or oblong, but man. I just have to softly hammer the brass connector in with the end of a screw driver! After the putty dries, it's a quick wet sand and the painting begins!

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    Dec 25, 2013, 4:34 PM - Re: ESB GMH #54

    Nice! Glad it worked for you.
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    Dec 25, 2013, 10:02 PM - Re: ESB GMH #55

    Thanks again for all your advice on the prep work for my helmet superjedi, I would not have had the insight or guts to do any cutting into the helmet on my own, as silly as it sounds.

    Here is the added ESB hero damage. I'll be laying on the silver base coat on the rear panels shortly.

    The black jaggedness you see on the top underside of the visor is just an optical illusion of the black marker I used to outline a trimming area

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    Dec 25, 2013, 10:32 PM - Re: ESB GMH #56

    A test coat of the silver 11. Looking okay? Just a single coat, trying to get the hang of enamels. Acrylics feel so much easier... Not to mention this is a pretty ****** pic.

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    Dec 26, 2013, 11:51 AM - Re: ESB GMH #57

    Bam! Got the paint ratio down. Here is the base layer of silver 11
    Not sure what's going on behind the dent on the top of the dome, something with the putty. May have to sand it out. :c

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    Dec 26, 2013, 4:24 PM - Re: ESB GMH #58

    Kinda just winged this last step. Masked the silver stencils and air brushed the 106 Gray

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    Dec 26, 2013, 4:25 PM - Re: ESB GMH #59

    Forgot the pic. The flash really washed out the to part of the helmet, it looks really off here

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    Dec 26, 2013, 4:34 PM - Re: ESB GMH #60

    Ended up way better than I expected

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    Dec 26, 2013, 5:24 PM - Re: ESB GMH #61

    So far, so good.

    Don't pull the mask in between coats of paint; you'll regret it later lol!
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    Dec 27, 2013, 7:58 PM - Re: ESB GMH #62

    So I figured out today that the little darker spots of paint are finger/hand prints from my son... will they show through every layer of paint? If so, how do I remove them without harming the paint job?

    He wasn't present when the helmet was being painted, they were from before.
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    Dec 28, 2013, 9:59 AM - Re: ESB GMH #63

    Forgot the base 147 gray layer, so I sanded it all down and am giving it a repaint. At least I got rid of the finger prints! lol
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    Dec 28, 2013, 2:35 PM - Re: ESB GMH #64

    Okay starting over. Feeling a little better now. But a little disheartened at the same time because I feel like I messed up big time

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    Jan 7, 2014, 5:34 PM - Re: ESB GMH #65

    An update

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    Jan 8, 2014, 6:56 PM - Re: ESB GMH #66

    Seriously masking is a pain!

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  17. Jan 9, 2014, 1:53 AM - Re: ESB GMH #67

    I'm with you there, looking good though...
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    Jan 10, 2014, 5:52 PM - Re: ESB GMH #68

    Looking really nice!
    I'm right now researching wich bucket to go for (first one!), and how to finish it when I finally get my hands on one. This kind of thread is really inspiring!
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    Jan 11, 2014, 9:57 AM - Re: ESB GMH #69

    Thanks very much Cid and TF! I did the grey and beige yesterday and allowed it to cure overnight and will be applying the blue green mix shortly

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    Jan 11, 2014, 3:29 PM - Re: ESB GMH #70

    Back panels are done

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    Jan 11, 2014, 4:37 PM - Re: ESB GMH #71

    Alright! Now we're getting somewhere! Nice job.
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    Jan 14, 2014, 9:39 PM - Re: ESB GMH #72

    Thank you superjedi!
    Now I'm moving onto the dome and lower cheeks, although I am having trouble with the stencils and masking of damage on the dome. With it being a rounded surface I'm having trouble finding a reference point, mainly for the damage above the key slots. Also, in the PDF stencil file the damage above the keyslots is missing, I believe.
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    Jan 15, 2014, 1:30 AM - Re: ESB GMH #73

    Quote catbread said: View Post
    Thank you superjedi!
    Now I'm moving onto the dome and lower cheeks, although I am having trouble with the stencils and masking of damage on the dome. With it being a rounded surface I'm having trouble finding a reference point, mainly for the damage above the key slots. Also, in the PDF stencil file the damage above the keyslots is missing, I believe.
    First of all: you are doing a great job!

    Regarding the missing scratch: use the guidance for the stencils, usually called Helmet Perspective View (the last file in the first post of each of my stencil threads) to see where to draw each scratch, but also don't forget to double check these with images from the TDH Gallery. The scratch above the key slot IS there in the PDF file, so you should use that guidance file to locate a specific scratch and its placement.

    Are the stencils fit well the GMH? Or you need to re-size/alter the stencils?
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    Jan 15, 2014, 8:35 AM - Re: ESB GMH #74

    Thank you very much Raf, I'm very proud of how it has turned out so far.

    I resized the stencils to about 95%, but then there is still just a little bit of moving around the helmet to get the placement correct. I played around with different scaling, 94, 95, 96 and 97. 95 fits the best. EDIT: The fit to page option sets it to 97%, which is a little oversized. Also using the back panels as an example, if you place the stencil in the top corner so it fits along the outer edge, the bottom curve around the neck of the helmet is not on the same... plane, for lack of a better word. Nothing you can't work around though.

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    Jan 18, 2014, 5:53 AM - Re: ESB GMH #75

    As far as the stencils go, as you mentioned there's going to be some small amount
    of shifting necessary to get everything to line up correctly.

    Just think about how the shapes of the continents look on a flat Mercator-type map
    of the world compared to their shapes on a globe.

    Rafal has done an incredible job with his templates, but when you place them onto the
    curved surface of the helmet, it's important to check against reference pics to get the
    placement and proportions correct.

    One thing I've done in the past is to actually measure a certain part of the helmet, say
    one of the back panels, and make a plain paper template. I'll hold that piece of paper
    up against my computer screen and compare it to Rafal's template. I'll use my graphics
    program (I use PaintShop Pro) to resize Rafal's template until it matches. I have found that
    it may be necessary to scale the vertical size and the horizontal size slightly differently to
    make things fit. Like maybe scaling the horizontal to 97% versus scaling the vertical to 94%.
    Something like that.

    Granted, it's trickier to do this with the dome, but careful checking against the reference
    pics will help with getting everything into the right position.

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