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    May 4, 2011, 6:02 AM - MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #1

    Here´s the new paintjob thread for CaptainSolo´s FP Premium helmet.

    This helmet gets the same style as the TF helmet I am painting at the same time ... so 2 helmets getting produced almost equally in time.

    Here are first pictures of the delivery status:

    BEFORE:

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    Step 1: Visor and keyslots cut + primer

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    The visor and the keyslots have been cut with a nice straight line. No bumps or jumps, nice and even. The first layer of primer is on too. The whole helmet has a clean even light grey surface now.

    Step 2: Nice and shiny silver

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    The silver layer went on very nice. Absolutely even and without any bumps. Pretty nice. Next step is already in the making ... the masking fluid is being painted on while these new pics are watched.

    Step 3: Dark grey dome/lower cheeks and lighter grey trim/mandibles

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    Step 4: Mandibles purple layer

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    Step 5: Mandibles red layer and Backpanels beige

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    Step 6 + 7: Backpanels green + Dome and lower cheeks main green

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    Final Step: The helmet in all its glory with weathering!

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    Finally after a too long period of time this helmet is ready! Thank you Robert for all the patience you had. I really hope you like your lid and have fun with it!




    Best,
    Manuel
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  2. May 4, 2011, 8:47 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #2

    Eagerly awaiting further progress
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    May 5, 2011, 2:49 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #3

    Really looking forward to seeing the pics
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    May 10, 2011, 12:20 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #4

    Looking great......
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    May 23, 2011, 6:51 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #5

    Hi Robert, I just updated BH-2647´s thread, yours will follow today!

    ;-)
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    May 23, 2011, 11:21 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #6

    Manuel,

    Looking forward to seeing the pics.....
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    May 27, 2011, 2:41 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #7

    Updated #1
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    May 28, 2011, 11:56 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #8

    Quote mmgraphics said: View Post

    The visor and the keyslots have been cut with a nice straight line. No bumps or jumps, nice and even. The first layer of primer is on too. The whole helmet has a clean even light grey surface now.
    I've started on my FP bucket - which is my first go at it. How did you get the trim so clean? While mine is fairly even, it still needs some touch up before I prime it up.

    That asked, your paint is coming along nicely!
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    May 28, 2011, 1:24 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #9

    I first use a Dremel to cut all parts and then use different types of files to get the right shape. e.g. the left and right "end" of the visor ... I use a "squared" file.

    Thanks for the compliments. Right now this helmet gets the awful lot of masking fluid pieces. That step is almost the most important. If the first "silver" scratches don´t line up exactly the accuracy is gone. All other layers are build on the first silver scratches. Just as a tip.
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    May 28, 2011, 3:01 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #10

    Quote mmgraphics said: View Post
    I first use a Dremel to cut all parts and then use different types of files to get the right shape. e.g. the left and right "end" of the visor ... I use a "squared" file.

    Thanks for the compliments. Right now this helmet gets the awful lot of masking fluid pieces. That step is almost the most important. If the first "silver" scratches don´t line up exactly the accuracy is gone. All other layers are build on the first silver scratches. Just as a tip.
    Very cool. What sort of masking fluid are you using? I picked up MasterMask (not sure if that's available in Germany), but I haven't tried it yet. There seems to be quite a few brands here in the States.

    Thanks for the tips! Your work is inspiring!
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    May 28, 2011, 3:29 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #11

    I use masking fluid from Schmincke, a german brand. It´s transparent and I use some drops of blue or red color to make it semi colored. Better to stay on track then.

    There is masking fluid from humbrol too ... this should also be fine. Especially if you work with humbrol colors.
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    May 29, 2011, 3:05 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #12

    Looking forward to progress on this. Prep work looks amazing!!

    Terrantula
  13. May 29, 2011, 4:07 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #13

    Om going to keep watch on this thread. Once i get my hands on a GMH helemt, im going to have a "pro" do it. Just dont trust myself with the GMH. Gonna see who's work i choose..can it be you...maaaaybe! LOL!

    Looks super nice so far!
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    Jun 1, 2011, 11:19 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #14

    Looking great.......
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    Jul 9, 2011, 8:27 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #15

    BIG UPDATE ON #1 ... Next photos will come tomorrow evening!
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    Jul 9, 2011, 8:53 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #16

    Looking amazing Manuel........ I do like the conehead sort of look too.......
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    Jul 9, 2011, 9:01 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #17

    hehe... yes, I like the conehead-look as well ... the easiest way to cover the dome ...

    Tomorrow when the red is on the mandibles and the covers and tapes are gone for the next photos it will look even more amazing!

    Sorry for being a bit late with an update but the job ...

    More will come tomorrow!
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    Aug 1, 2011, 11:27 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #18

    Manuel,

    Any updates on the helmet? It's looking great.....
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    Aug 15, 2011, 7:35 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #19

    BUMP

    new update will come either tonight or tomorrow.

    Manuel
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    Aug 28, 2011, 4:27 PM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #20

    Hey there, any updates?
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    Sep 6, 2011, 10:58 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #21

    So here is the long awaited update on #1.

    Only two steps in one but the dark green for the back panels is going on tonight so there are more updates this week!

    I plan to close it up soon so there won´t be any delays any more.

    Best,
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    Sep 7, 2011, 6:28 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #22

    Hi mate, what images are you using as reference photos for the scratches? Oh and are you using spray paint?
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    Sep 7, 2011, 6:47 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #23

    Hi JayBox325, I used images from the TDH gallery, there are tons of great photos. After some time doing several ESB paintjobs I have my own helmet as a good reference, as it is very close to the original. This way I can look at it on every angle.

    I use humbrol colors and my airbrush to get the job done. Masking fluid is the key.
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    Sep 7, 2011, 7:20 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #24

    I have most of the paints, Can't afford to buy/learn to use an airbrush, got liquid latex, just need the main green and reference photos. :P
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    Sep 7, 2011, 7:36 AM - Re: MMGRAPHICS PAINTJOB FP PREMIUM ESB STYLE FOR CAPTAIN SOLO #25

    For the ESB helmet use "The Art of Star Wars" and the "Star Wars Celebration IV" images from the Gallery. Or you can use for reference paint stencils posted in the sticky thread "All Boba Fett Helmet Stencils And Templates".

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