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    Nov 5, 2012, 10:12 AM - Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #1

    What are you talking about? There's no 15th killstripe on the ESB Hero helmet!!! Let's count them (again): 1, 2, 3, 4... 12, 13, 14! 14 killstripes and not 15! 15 killstripes are on the Pre-Pro #3 helmet which looks close to the ESB Hero paint scheme, but differs in most of the close-up details, especially the extra killstripe. So what are you talking about?
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    I noticed when I did my ESB Hero helmet stencils (and also the Pre-Pro #3 stencils) that there are some touched-up silver scratches between and under some of the killstripes, but the most intriguing thing was the 'extra' scratch next to... the invisible killstripe. It was always the belief that the ESB Hero was painted using the Pre-Pro #3 as a model, this is why the 2 helmets looks very similar. Most of the big scratches are in the same place, altough their form and pattern differs from minimum to major ones. My theory on this (and this is only my theory!) is that the person who painted the ESB Hero, masked the killstripe area with painter's tape (or whatever tape he used), then masked the parts he wanted to be unpainted and then started to paint with the airbrush. He started from the front to the back, but when he was at the last killstripes, he noticed (or someone else) that the pattern was off and the last killstripe wasn't in the same place as it was on the Pre-Pro #3 helmet. The final decision was to not add the 15th killstripe, and after finish they pulled off the masking tape, which peeled off the paint in some areas, and of course in the missing 15th killstripe area too. Some of these peeled off areas were partially corrected with a bit of paint, while other areas were left untouched.


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    So, to answer the question
    where is the missing 15th killstripe on the ESB Helmet?
    ... is still in the airbrush waiting to evade!!!
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    Nov 5, 2012, 11:53 AM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #2

    That theory sounds solid, Raf.
    Good eye on the Wu Tang logo.
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    Nov 5, 2012, 12:12 PM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #3

    Quote thirdEthree said: View Post
    That theory sounds solid, Raf.
    Good eye on the Wu Tang logo.
    Thanks! The 'Wu Tang' thing is just for fun (although it is a real scratch).
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    Nov 5, 2012, 12:20 PM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #4

    So that explains where the Wu got their logo. History has been rewritten.
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    Nov 5, 2012, 11:40 PM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #5

    Yep, happy with that theory Raf-ster. Unless there was something along the lines of the artist leaving the stripe off intentionally, due to the 14 stripes meaning something or working better for some reason. As we'll likely never know this, thats a really solid theory. Great detective work as always my good man, and wu-tang will be proud! ;-)
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    Nov 6, 2012, 4:35 AM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #6

    Very interesting.
    I've never compared the stripe measurements between the 2 helmets. Is there a
    proportional difference in the stripe size and spacing between the PP3 and ESB?

    Even a difference of a millimeter or so between the stripes can add up to a significant
    change in the stripes' positions as they make their way around the helmet.

    Rafal, have you done a side by side comparison of your templates for these 2 helmets
    to see if there is any kind of difference like this? I'd be curious to see.
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    Nov 6, 2012, 5:11 AM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #7

    Somehow my stencils are not showing these differences. Here are the original files compiled (from the All Boba Fett Helmet Decals thread):

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    And how it should look:

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    I have a comparison image and I will post it when I get home.

    Update
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    The first 4 killstripes are the same on both helmets, but as we go further through the big silver scratch and beyond, the difference became evident. The ESB 14th stripe is somewhere in the same area of the 15th killstripe on the Pre-Pro #3 helmet:

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    Here is another standard comparison image with approximated values of both killstripes:

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    Altough these values vary slightly from killstripe to killstripe and from helmet to helmet, it shows clearly that:
    Quote superjedi said: View Post
    Even a difference of a millimeter or so between the stripes can add up to a significant
    change in the stripes' positions as they make their way around the helmet.
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    Last edited by RafalFett; Nov 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM. Reason: Replaced stencil images. Added comparison images.
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    Nov 6, 2012, 9:03 AM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #8

    Updated the previous post!
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    Nov 6, 2012, 2:37 PM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #9

    Wow, excellent comparison! So it would seem that the ESB stripes are perhaps a tiny bit wider
    than the PP3 killstripes. As they go around the helmet, the difference in width is multiplied,
    ending up with being "one stripe short" while the overall span remains about the same.

    Rafal, you are a template machine!
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    Nov 6, 2012, 11:44 PM - Re: Missing 15th Killstripe on the ESB Helmet? #10

    Thanks, superjedi!

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