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    Its cool to see what these projects were and what they turn into. Great work! Can't wait for more updates.

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    Good work SJ

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    UPDATE: July 26th
    OK, more stuff done on the back of the helmet. I had transferred the pencil lines onto the back panels, and today I painted on some Winsor & Newton's masking fluid. I think this stuff is very easy to work with. It flows easily and it's easy to control the application with a small brush.
    This pic shows the areas that are masked. It shows as darker and kinda glossy.



    Once the masking fluid was dry, I sprayed on my custom bluish green color. I tried to match this tone as closely as I could to pics of the screen used helmet. I started with a base of Testors Euro I Dk Green, and added some Floquil BAR Blue a few drops at a time until I thought it looked correct. Then my secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, and we're cooking!!
    These pics show how different the color can look in different lighting.





    After several hours, I took the tape and plastic wrap off, and rubbed off the masking fluid. I've never had any problems with the fluid sticking to my undercoat or anything. To remove the masking fluid, I just use a little scrap of tracing paper and rub it in small circles over the surface. It gives just enough texture to "grab" the fluid without scratching the surface. It basically just rolls off in little dried blobs.

    And here's what it looks like now.





    I'll go back and pore over my reference pics to see if there are any touch ups needed. Then the next step will be to put on the Panzerolivgrun on the dome and lower cheeks!

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    Dang Eric! You work fast. Look sgreat man.
    One question though, just wondering.... Those pics with primer and the light is just washing it out?

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    The pics with primer? Not sure which ones you mean.
    All the pics besides the first 3 in my first post have a coat of gray primer. Maybe the flash is making some of them look different.

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    The last set, sorry. Im still amazed on how much the flash kills it. Hope I didnt come across as rude.

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    Lookin better all the time!!!!! Keep those progress pics coming!! Its shaping up to be a great one!!!
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    UPDATE: July 27th
    OK, I think this helmet is starting to look a little more like one of our favorite Mandos! I got the Testors Panzerolivgrun on the dome and lower cheeks.
    Again, I masked everything else off first. Not only the back panels, but the mandibles and "hat band" also. I just don't like putting on too many layers of paint whenever I can help it.

    Here's another example of how lighting affects the colors. First shot is with flash, the second, without.





    And here's the front.





    That'll be it for today. I want this to really cure for at least 24 hours before I mask it to paint the mandibles.

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    Your progress tutorials just get better and better.. As usual, it looks great so far.. Let's see.. It's Friday now, I'll make my 'completion prediction' for Tuesday... or maybe Monday night..

    Lookin good Eric

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    Looking good bud!

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    That masking really turned out good!

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    Matt! How's it going? What are you working on these days?
    I don't think I'll meet your 'deadline' though.

    UPDATE: July 28th
    OK, now it's really starting to look like Boba! Got the mandibles/band/keyslot area painted. Everything was masked off first of course.
    Again, showing a couple pics in different lighting. Really alters the way the colors can appear.





    And the back.



    Next will be the dark upper cheek areas, and then all 'major' color application will be complete apart from the ears.

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    you're not even half finished, and it already looks fantastic!

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    Youre doing great man!

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    Glad you like it so far!

    UPDATE #2: July 28th
    OK, I started adding the damage to the rear left panel. I'm using Floquil Bright Silver and Polly Scale SP Lark Dark Gray. I'm doing the same tracing paper method that I described earlier in the thread.



    After all the damage is painted onto the whole helmet, it'll be dull coated and further weathered with pastels. Once that's done, the colors won't look so stark and they'll be brought closer in tone.

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    UPDATE #3: July 28th
    Wow, rainy days are great for painting!
    Got the back right panel done. . . whew. This section always makes my eyeballs fall out and roll around on the floor.
    Used the same techniques, just a lot of concentration needed to try and match that big damage area.

    I also went back over both back panels and added the fine scratches with a compass point.



    Now that THAT area is out of the way, I can start working on the keyslot area and hatband around toward the ears.

    I don't know why, but each helmet I paint, I always start with the back.
    More to come!

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    Looking great! I too like to get the back out of the way first. I guess its because I find it the most difficult area and I like to tackle it while I still have lots of patients.
    Keep up the good work!

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    That looks awesome. I've honestly never finished the back before.

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    Amazing Eric!

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    Hey! It's Marrow Sun, "The Maker!" Haven't seen you on the board for a while. Nice to see you haven't dropped off the face of the Earth.

    And off we go again. . .

    UPDATE: July 29th
    OK, started the damage on the red areas. I started with the keyslot area and now I'm starting to work my way around the band toward the ears.
    When I work with my reference pictures, I try to do small sections at a time, because the perspective of the picture can throw off the shapes. I try to look for shots that are "flat on" to the area I'm working with.



    And a little closer upper.



    I'll continue working my way around toward the sides.

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    Dude.....are you a human ?
    You are slappin' that paint on perfect and FAST


    NICE job man.

    -Tim-


    Edit for spelling....spelled "paint" as "pain"......Ha, goes together
    Last edited by psberetta; Jul 29, 2007 at 3:10 PM.

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    Wow, I must agree with Timmy. Great stuff man!

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    I tend to do a lot of painting on the weekends cuz I don't have nearly as much free time during the week.

    UPDATE #2: July 29th
    OK, made it to the right ear. Still using the Bright Silver, SP Lark Dark Gray, and PRR Maroon for the darker red color.



    Next I'll start working toward the back of the left ear.

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    Eric.. dont get your wife mad at ya .

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    You are making this look far to easy! Keep it up. That back looks great and to me that is always the hardest part.

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