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  1. Duder777's Avatar
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    May 30, 2015, 9:46 AM - I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #1

    After 3 months of masking, buffing, masking, repeating, painting, masking, touching up, chipping off, studying, slamming fists, painting, assembling, buffing, and weathering, I think I may have taken my first bucket about as far as I can. I am very interested in feedback, good and bad. I am aware that some of the chips are not perfect, and some of the stenciling on the back plates is off. I also can see some of the scratches are too thick. I chose not to do the base grey on the helmet except for on the back plates just because the coldcast fiberglass showing through looks so good on its own. Does anything look missing, or overdone? Does this capture the spirit of the ESB Hero helmet?




    I decided to hand paint every detail instead of using decals. I just wanted them to be more permanent.




    Used superjedi's recipe for some of the grease stains. Thanks for posting those awesome threads I look at the superjedi, Jayvee, and Terminal Fettler threads all the time.



    Sometimes all of the little details do not come through in the shots. Here is a close up of the major splatter areas. I took some watered down acrylic that took forever to mix right and soaked it on a toothbrush. Then I rubbed the bristles (wearing a rubber glove) to make it fling randomly in the right areas.
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    May 30, 2015, 10:02 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #2

    Thumbs up!!!
    Really nice work, and you should be happy with your efforts. I like the contrast between the gray and the green
    on the dome and inner cheeks. That's a hard balance to achieve sometimes. The ESB is one dirty, spattered,
    stained helmet for sure!
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    May 30, 2015, 10:06 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #3

    Quote superjedi said: View Post
    Thumbs up!!!
    Really nice work, and you should be happy with your efforts. I like the contrast between the gray and the green
    on the dome and inner cheeks. That's a hard balance to achieve sometimes. The ESB is one dirty, spattered,
    stained helmet for sure!
    Dude - you just made my year! Thanks
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    May 30, 2015, 10:26 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #4

    Definitely captured the spirit of ESB. Work looks great and colors are superb.
  6. May 30, 2015, 10:46 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #5

    excellent work! pleasing to the eye. congratulations!
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    May 30, 2015, 12:09 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #6

    Very nice work! I'm especially envious of how well you got your visor to fit.
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    May 30, 2015, 12:16 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #7

    Quote catbread said: View Post
    Very nice work! I'm especially envious of how well you got your visor to fit.
    Thanks! The visor work was not too bad. It is from T visor, and seemed to have the right shape and dimensions when it came. I spent maybe and hour or two throughout sanding the inside of the mandibles with 80 grit to make sure there were nice flat channels for the visor to fit into. One bump and the whole thing is off. Fortunately animefan has really clean casts so little things like that were very minimal.

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    Quote sepulturero52 said: View Post
    excellent work! pleasing to the eye. congratulations!
    Thanks guys!

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    Quote syllander said: View Post
    Definitely captured the spirit of ESB. Work looks great and colors are superb.
    much appreciated syllander!
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    May 30, 2015, 1:52 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #8

    10 out of 10 looks amazing.
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    May 30, 2015, 2:03 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #9

    Yup. Like everyone has said. Great job. That's a lid to be proud of.
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    May 30, 2015, 6:35 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #10

    Excellent dude...... :-) congrats
  12. May 30, 2015, 7:28 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #11

    Looks damn good to me, great attention to detail, I can really tell you spent a lot of blood sweat and tears on this and haven't cut any corners to just finish.
    great job, very envious
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    May 30, 2015, 7:40 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #12

    Thanks guys! It feels great to get this feedback after all the work. When I was starting off with the back plates I thought it was going to be a disaster. Then, I started getting the hang of it and realizing that masking fluid can only be manipulated so much so the fine details at the end brought it together nicely. Raf's templates are the Fett helmet bible, and I could not have come close to catching everything without them.
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    May 30, 2015, 8:08 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #13

    That looks great man! If you do others, you will learn to control the masking fluid better, and get the finer lines your after, it IS possible! lol. ... but dont take that as a negative comment. It looks great, well done ...dude !
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    May 30, 2015, 8:17 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #14

    Awesome stuff, i admire anyone haven a crack at Helm's
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    May 31, 2015, 11:50 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #15

    Superb paint job. Your many hours of hard work and meticulous detailing really show. You should be very proud
    Last edited by Refugee; May 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM.
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    May 31, 2015, 12:17 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #16

    Wonderful job!!!... So amazed!... It inspires me to keep going with my helmet... Thank you for sharing!
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    May 31, 2015, 1:18 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #17

    Good job! Hopefully this also inspires me to get onto painting my helmet.
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    Jun 1, 2015, 3:14 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #18

    Top notch!
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    Jun 1, 2015, 6:18 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #19

    Awesome! Makes me wish I can do as good a job when I get my bucket!
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    Jun 14, 2015, 2:13 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #20

    Fantastic! I haven't been here in a while and the first thing I looked for was your progress. Let me say you do not disappoint, your hours (and hours) of meticulous work have paid off. Congrats!
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    Jun 15, 2015, 4:17 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #21

    Quote heller said: View Post
    Fantastic! I haven't been here in a while and the first thing I looked for was your progress. Let me say you do not disappoint, your hours (and hours) of meticulous work have paid off. Congrats!
    Thanks man! I really appreciate it.
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    Jun 16, 2015, 7:39 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #22

    That's a terrific looking paint job brother! The colours and the damage look super accurate, and I think you should be really chuffed with your efforts! Great work
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    Jun 16, 2015, 8:11 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #23

    I have three lids and another on the way soon, and not one ready for painting, so I would be absolutely stoked with that! Well Done!
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    Jun 16, 2015, 9:19 AM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #24

    Quote Jayvee said: View Post
    That's a terrific looking paint job brother! The colours and the damage look super accurate, and I think you should be really chuffed with your efforts! Great work
    Thanks Jayvee! Your paint up threads made it much easier to figure out. Your ESB paint up that is sticky is an amazing reference.
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    Jun 16, 2015, 6:52 PM - Re: I think I finished my ESB Hero helmet #25

    A awesome job for sure. Congrats!

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