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    3 Weeks Ago - Aug 30, 2014, 11:17 AM - MQ1 Adjustments #1

    Well after an amazing weekend last week picking up Grants Truly amazing ROTJ Fett I started scrutinizing what i could tweak and improve (as there's always something to be done!)

    the few obvious areas were the waist (to fit my size rather than his) the RF stalk function and some other misc padding to suit my frame

    one area I spotted last night was the MQ1 circuit on the rear of the helmet, as I was re padding the helmet I noticed the board was upside down and further more the wrong colour (painted ESB Red) and missing the Dental Files

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    So I set about making my adjustments, using some original MQ1 PCB shots as reference

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    I firstly removed the PCB Cast and began removing/smoothing/drilling out some of the imperfections in the cast

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    I also decided to remove the tantalum cap casting and replace it with a real one since i had a bunch of them to spare it was a super minor details but hey i had it so why not ^^

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    I also drilled out all the holes as mentioned but also drilled some half holes for my "Dental Files" to sit in, at this stage though i sprayed the board with Herron Black (like a dark dirty grey) it looks lighter on the image than it really is

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    As i didn't have any dental files to hand i did have a brain wave to use Electrolytic capacitors as a substitute they looked the same size and shape and only lacked the ridges on the outer rim, so not to be put off i grabbed my caps stripped the plastic marking coat and using a chisel notched in some ridges to emulate the Dental Files

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    they don't look as pristine as the originals for sure but from less than a foot away the effect is pretty good

    next i took some of my wife's Red Nail polish and applied a thin coat

    (painted then inserted)

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    It was a little bright and "In your face" so i remove the part and began some light weathering

    As the capacitor was Metal i used a pin to scrape some of the varnish off to match the prop, i then used a soft HB pencil to darken the exposed aluminium

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    I applied a small amount of the herron black dry brushed onto the part just to take the sheen down a little, and now for the final look:

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    Comparison

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    thanks for the great source of information TDH !!!
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    3 Weeks Ago - Aug 30, 2014, 3:29 PM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #2

    That's an awesome job. Nice work.
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    3 Weeks Ago - Aug 30, 2014, 3:46 PM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #3

    The board should be cut in half if you will the bottom three slots should be covered by an acrylic that also covers the sides up to kind of like a U...
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    3 Weeks Ago - Sep 1, 2014, 4:52 PM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #4

    Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    The board should be cut in half if you will the bottom three slots should be covered by an acrylic that also covers the sides up to kind of like a U...
    Im not sure i fully understand can you elaborate on the covered by acrylic bit ? (do you have image refrences)
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    3 Weeks Ago - Sep 1, 2014, 5:14 PM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #5

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/galle...di-helmet.html

    Best inside Shot of a helmets guts...you can go in the gallery yourself and find from the outside...but the MQ1 isnt in there just half
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    3 Weeks Ago - Sep 2, 2014, 2:08 AM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #6

    F4R is right! The helmet has only the upper part, while the lower part is under the keypad on the left gauntlet... at least it is visible on some images from the exhibits. More info here ==> http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f20/r...39/#post613819.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Sep 3, 2014, 1:06 PM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #7

    RafalFett said: View Post
    F4R is right! The helmet has only the upper part, while the lower part is under the keypad on the left gauntlet... at least it is visible on some images from the exhibits. More info here ==> http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f20/r...39/#post613819.
    ahh thank you for that !!

    so are the dental files just set into the visor scrap ?
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    2 Weeks Ago - Sep 3, 2014, 4:44 PM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #8

    precisely that
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    2 Weeks Ago - Sep 5, 2014, 11:25 AM - Re: MQ1 Adjustments #9

    Highlights what I know about the RoTJ helmet (and suit)... Nothing!

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