First Post/ First Helmet

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    First Post/ First Helmet

    Hi everyone!

    This is my first post on TDH, although I've been reading and referencing posts here for the last few weeks while painting my first Boba Fett helmet. I just finished the helmet this past week and thought I'd share it with everyone.

    This is a fiberglass Mystery Helmet. Most of the painting was done using the reveal technique, masking the silver areas with latex masking fluid. I then used some brush painting to fix the edges.















    I was also lucky enough to finish this helmet in time to have it autographed by Jeremy Bulloch while he was here in Chicago for the NonSports Card Collector's Expo. Pretty exciting!





    Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how the helmet turned out. I think the olive green is a bit too dark for the ESB costume I'm planning to build, but it would be a real pain to fix it without having to redo all the detailing on the dome. Any advice on that would be extremely helpful.

    Any amount of success I've had on this project is due to all the great tips I've gotten from this forum. Thanks, everyone, and keep up the good work!
    Last edited by Son of Fett; Feb 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM.

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    Very nice helmet. I wouldnt change anything.

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    Looks great. Fantastic job.

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    Holy crap! That baby is NICE!!! Well done
    Damian

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    That's one damn fine helmet you have there. Very nice indeed.

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    You should be very proud of your achievement here - especially if that's your first helmet.... Superb!

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    Holy smokes that looks great !

    I'm so jealous

    Mikey
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    Very nice job! If you do this well with the rest of your suit it's going to be awesome.

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    Beautiful!...Just Beautiful!!!

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    Wow, it took me a few helmets to get to that point! Great job!

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    The only real change you should make is its possession from yours to mine! hehheh

    GREAT BUCKET!

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    That is one damn fine looking helmet. I, like everyone else, wouldn't change anything about it.

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    I wouldn't were it, cause its autographed, great job on it.

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    Re: First Post/ First Helmet

    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone!

    It seems I'm the only one bothered by the darker olive green. Oh well, I am picky about my own work. I'll try painting the gauntlets and jet pack the same base color in order to stay consistent with the helmet.

    As for wearing an autographed helmet, I won't be wearing it often at all (perhaps once a year?...twice at most) and that's if I don't end up replacing it with a better one eventually. I'm considering hotgluing a plastic covering around it to keep moisture and skin oils off of it. One good thing about where it is signed is that it really only comes in contact with my face when I put it on or take it off, so at least it won't rub off from normal wear. Anyway, in case something awful does ever happen to the autograph, or the helmet itself, I was sure to get a personalized autographed photo from him as well.


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    Nice job and the helmet and its your first one surperb excellent. I'm working on my first helmet aswell but its not done yet. Well anyway good job on the helmet.

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    Great Job Bro

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    There isn't a word that has yet been invented to describe such a masterpiece so I shall make one up for it.
    This helmet is scrumtrilescent!
    If ever there were a helmet made before or after this, it could not match the level of scrumtrilescentness that this helmet has obtained.

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    Damn fine helmet. Looks pretty sharp to me.

    If I may ask, what silver did you base coat it with?


    What paints did you use? Enamels or Acrylics.

    And what masking stuff did you use? Liquid mask or (and Ive never heard of such a thing until finding this forum) mustard?


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    Re: First Post/ First Helmet


    Qrest Fourstar wrote:

    If I may ask, what silver did you base coat it with?


    What paints did you use? Enamels or Acrylics.

    And what masking stuff did you use? Liquid mask or (and Ive never heard of such a thing until finding this forum) mustard?

    After priming it with grey primer, I gave it a full coat of LustreKote Aluminum (by Top Flite) which is made mainly for model aircraft. I then sealed it with LustreKote Flat Clear. Here is the result:



    The rest of the paints are Testors acrylics (Lee's colors, with the exception of the green earpiece which I custom mixed, and the earpiece red).

    For masking damage, I used a no-name brand of liquid mask. Light blue latex stuff which dries clear.
    Last edited by Son of Fett; Feb 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM.

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    Re: First Post/ First Helmet

    Thanks!

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