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    Mar 5, 2010, 5:12 PM - LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #1

    I decided to workout a paintjob of the prepro 1 helmet. As SuperJedi did the eyes version I thought it would be cool to go the ears version!

    Greetings, ART!

    I donīt know if this lid has been done in layered technique before, if not ... here it is:


    Step: 1 - Silver [Humbrol No. 11]
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    The base silver is on and masked, ready for the dark grey to be airbrushed on.


    Step: 2 - Dark Grey [Humbrol No. 32]
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    Dark grey is on this bad boy. I studied all the different prepro1 shots to get all the scratches right. Especially the back of the helmet is almost nowhere to be seen correct. Thanks to SuperJedi for his interpretation of the prepro1 eyes version ... I looked at your helmet several times how you did the back dome.


    Step: 3 - Vintage Mandibles - Purple [Humbrol No. 73 + 104]
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    Sorry for the bad lighting on step 3, but it was late and daylight is much better. Next pictures in daylight again.


    Step: 4 & 5 - Mandibles - Red [Humbrol No. 60, mixed with 73 and 82] & Dome + lower cheeks - light grey blue [RLM 78 + misting of Humbrol No. 144 & 87]
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    First I mixed a brighter red than the usual ESB red, because if you have a close look to the reference pics of this helmet you can see it is not identical. On some pictures it almost looks orange, but thatīs just the lighting. The pictures with dimmed light show it is a bright red.

    The color for dome and lower cheeks is much more difficult to achieve. As SuperJedi has already posted he used the RLM 78 and misted it with another blue. I did a similar way, I first used a complete layer of RLM 78 because this color is really the best for the base color. I than misted it all by using Humbrol 144 (a grey blue) with lots of thinner so I can airbrush it like fog. I went over it all with several layers and darkened the RLM 78 down. Now I used Humbrol 87 (a light blue, similar to RLM 78 but even not the same :-)) and went over all again. Some areas are darkened more then others, so I went over it just like the reference pics showed me trying to get as near as possible. The areas where the "old" eyes have previously been and the spot above the arrows are marked with that misting too combined with a soft rubbing with sandpaper on the wet color. You can already see it.

    The dome, especially the eyes area, needs some more additional work with color and scratching later, but you get the idea. :-)


    Step: 6, 7 & 8 - Back - Blue and Green, right ear - Blue & Dome - Remains of old eyes, ears on top
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    I have been working on this helmet whenever there was some spare time ... and so I am able to present some progress shots of my prepro 1 helmet.
    The backpanels are painted (please forgive the bad lighting in those pictures - the blue looks like purple on the back - itīs the yellowish light of my room lamp ... I will make soem new shots tomorrow in daylight!). The keyslots arenīt painted yet.

    The ears are connected and the right one painted with the same blue as the back panels. The ear cap on the r/h isnīt on yet, I need to insert the magnets first.

    I also put on the remains of the old "eyes". I first painted them on, then took whirewool to remove it shade by shade until a low amount of colour and contours were left. Then I misted the "eyes" areas with dark blue/grey/black color and rubbed over it with the whirewool again as long as the paint was still wet. This resulted in the look as if someone has really removed the eyes, just as the original helmet was.
    After that I painted the "ears" above the remains.

    I took some detail pictures and a shot of the backpanels with flash to try to get the correct color shown:
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    I would say itīs ready now:
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    The killstripes are on, the creme/sand color on the keyslots is put on, the stalk/rangefinder is ready and the visor is in. The outer earcap with magnets is ready now too.
    Maybe some slight weathering on the stalk/RF is still to be done.

    Some vertikal shots too:
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    Hope you like my interpretation of the prepro 1 helmet (ears version) as a follow up on SuperJediīs prepro 1 (eyes version).

    @fettpride: Chris, your helmets are a pleasure to work on! Fantastic work, clean and best: No more keyslots to be cut!



    Best,
    Manuel
    Last edited by mmgraphics; Apr 29, 2010 at 7:44 AM. Reason: update
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    Mar 5, 2010, 5:51 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #2

    Watching intensely!!!! Two buckets at one time bro how do you have the time!!
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    Mar 5, 2010, 5:54 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #3

    Oh, itīs just the timing ... The prepro 1 is my own helmet, so I will work on it whenever the other paintjob(s) let me do so. ;-)
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    Mar 5, 2010, 6:40 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #4

    Man, your skill just never ends bro! Can't wait to se the finished prepro.
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    Mar 5, 2010, 7:33 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #5

    Your just a painting machine arent you in for the amazingness
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    Mar 5, 2010, 7:40 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #6

    Look forward to this bruv... one of my fave schemes!
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    Mar 7, 2010, 11:37 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #7

    UPDATED POST #1. Have fun!
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    Mar 8, 2010, 8:42 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #8

    Pre pro! Pre pro! Glad to see another one of these in the works.
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    Mar 16, 2010, 3:49 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #9

    UPDATE AGAIN: The vintage mandibles color (purple) is on. Next will be the red. I have seen the next red differs from ESB so this will be some kind of challenging. :-)
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    Mar 22, 2010, 9:57 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #10

    UPDATE ON POST #1: Mandibles and dome + lower cheeks!
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    Mar 22, 2010, 12:33 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #11

    Bro you are a machine, Great work keep it up!!!
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    Apr 16, 2010, 6:28 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #12

    NEW PICTURES IN POST #1 ...
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    Apr 16, 2010, 7:00 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #13

    That my friend is a great shot... fantastic work. Colors look great..

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    Apr 23, 2010, 2:07 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #14

    Wow! You are doing amazing work on these helmets in your various threads. I am most impressed!
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    Apr 23, 2010, 2:50 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #15

    Thanks everyone for the kind words! I appriciate it!

    Best,
    Manuel
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    Apr 23, 2010, 7:20 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #16

    You did an excellent job on this!
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    Apr 23, 2010, 11:59 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #17

    What reference picture did you use? I have been trying to start on my bucket for two years now, it’s just sitting there. Waiting for me to have the time.
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    Apr 23, 2010, 2:42 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #18

    Hey shortimer52,

    I used several pictures (even the black and white ones!) of the TDH gallery. Itīs not easy to get it done, I had to look at some pictures for long time to really see how it has to be done.
    And of course there is a tip here and a tip there thatīs maybe not 100% at the exact position ... but as far as I could compare it went down pretty well!

    If you want your helmet painted ... let me know.
  19. Apr 23, 2010, 2:59 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #19

    Excellent work! Those colours look great! I love the subtle weathering and the 'rubbed out' eyes...
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    Apr 23, 2010, 3:05 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #20

    Impressive. Great work again Manuel
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    Apr 23, 2010, 4:37 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #21

    Quote terminal fettler said: View Post
    Excellent work! Those colours look great! I love the subtle weathering and the 'rubbed out' eyes...
    To get recognition from you makes me proud. All the basics I have learned from your tutorials! Thanks a lot TF!
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    Apr 29, 2010, 7:46 AM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #22

    A last update on #1: New pictures of the completed helmet!

    Thanks for watching, hope you like it!

    Manuel
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    Apr 29, 2010, 12:24 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #23

    If i ever have the money for another FP i would like to have a helmet like exactly this. Holy cow...this lid looks so cool Unbelievable in what a short time you are able to make such fantastic paintjobs.
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    Apr 29, 2010, 12:56 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #24

    Thank you Nick!

    Whenever you wanna have another bucket, let me know.

    Right now I am preparing your helmet for the purple layer on the mandibles!

    Maybe there will be an update tonight ... have to see how far I get today.
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    Apr 29, 2010, 2:11 PM - Re: LAYERED PREPRO 1 HELMET - EARS VERSION #25

    I love it! I want to do one of these at some point to display next to my Rex helmet... sort of an "evolution of the character" type shot.

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