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    May 22, 2003, 8:32 AM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #26

    Wow, thanks too all who took the time to reply. You all rock!

    It's frustrating to aspire to the same level as many of the other fantastic helmets I have seen on TDH when 99% of my total painting experience involves Liquid Paper. The other one percent involves nail polish, but the less said about that the better.


    One thing: Has anyone tried one of these?





    Ego: This is a pretty fair representation of what it looks like in real life, though you can see the streakiness of the green more as it moves through the light.


    retrovertigo10: Bad is good. Gotcha!


    bigkidbiggertoys: A scotbright pad you say? Not a bad idea. Maybe I can salvage this after all, but I'm not 100% thrilled with how my custom mixed green dried -- too light and too green -- so a redo would fix that too. The reason I did the back first was because I figured it'd be easier to sand if I screwed it up.

    Also, maybe when the whole helmet is done I won't be obsessing over just one area. I did this with my scout trooper costume too. It always seemed like the most recent component I worked on had some niggling little minor imperfection that I obsessed over. I'd proceed to work on the next piece and soon forget -- and stop noticing -- what bothered me so much before.

    Anyone else get like that?


    msquared: LOL! Thanks. Yeah, I guess in Boba Fett's line of work patience is a must. Who knows how long he waited in Bespin for the Falcon to arrive with no lightspeed.

    I also need to set up a better work area in my garage I think. Crouching over a cardboard box sucks and I just want to get the hell out of there.


    JK: I painted in my garage and it was a nice, sunny day. It was about 24 degrees Centigrade...not sure what that works out to in Fahrenheit.


    JPM: Thanks man. I supposed it could have been worse; I could have painted my first helmet blue.


    In summary: Slow down. Light coats. Watch a movie. Take my time. You guys rock! Got it!

    Cheers!
    TJ
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    May 22, 2003, 8:58 AM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #27

    I'm jumping in on this a bit late, but I echo the comments above. From what you said, I saw the pics, then looked around a bit for the bad helmet that I clearly wasn't seeing.

    It looks good. I won't even say for a first attempt, it simply looks good, period.

    One thing I notice you say is you're disappointed with the colour. Too light and too green. you will probably find that once you've misted it a couple of times, that'll dull down a treat. I suspect everyone has read Lee's (Rogue Studio's) thread on the 1943 Panzer Olive Green (the found colour for ESB dome and cheeks). He cautions in there that it looks way too bright when you first apply. Weathering, misting and lighting conditions will greatly affect the look of it.

    I agree with BKBT. Try to salvage it. It doesn't look anywhere near a lost cause, and you've put a lot of time in so far - and it's paying off.

    Keep it up and let us know what you decide.

    Si
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    May 22, 2003, 11:10 AM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #28

    Thanks HH!

    I'm still not all that happy with it, but I really appreciate all the encouragement. You guys are the best!

    Cheers!
    TJ
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    May 22, 2003, 3:04 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #29

    Am I the only one who uses the "mustard method" for masking? I have used it on a bunch of the things that I have done and really liked the way it comes out.
  5. Ego
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    May 22, 2003, 3:10 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #30

    mustard method? tell me more!
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    May 22, 2003, 3:21 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #31

    hi TJ

    for your first atemp matey it looks good just stick with it and youl find it will be worth while in the end

    once i get some $$ ill be doing a second helmet this time more accurate with a tutorail, same format as my blaster that i emailed you

    so keep going it will be worth it in the end trust me
    cheers

    neil
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    May 22, 2003, 3:23 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #32

    Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon? Sorry. Yeah tells about that! You can actually use mustard for making???
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    May 22, 2003, 3:29 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #33

    looks pretty good to me! want to see the front!
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    May 22, 2003, 4:28 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #34

    For the mustard method you just lay down what ever base color you have. Then you put regular yellow mustard down as your masking. Let it dry. Then paint over it. When the paint drys you can just scrape the mustard off and boom real chipping paint. It is a lot cheaper than that liquid mask stuff. It works really well too. You can put it on thin and have kind of a sparatic pattern or put it on thick and it will give a more even mask. It take about 1/2 the time as cutting out masking tape and what not. And there is a good chance you have some in the house. Saves tons of $.
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    May 22, 2003, 5:26 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #35

    Huh? guess I never would have thought of using mustard! Maybe I'll have to try that! I've had pretty decent luck w/ rubber cement, but since it goes on kinda clear, I have difficulty getting really accurate weathering. sometimes its hard to tell exactly where you masked & if you are getting good coverage or leaving holes. Thanks alot predator! sounds like a good idea!
  11. fett234
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    May 22, 2003, 9:51 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #36

    Yo TJ,

    It really looks good. I know your totally anal bout things but this time I think your going the right way. Keep it up and hopefully Ill get some advice from you, or youll have a kickass tutorial, when I get mine in.
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    May 23, 2003, 10:07 AM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #37


    bh-7603 wrote:

    looks pretty good to me! want to see the front!
    There's not much to see ATM. But if you're really interested click my banner and click on the helmet link.

    You can see how the back looks with flash photography as well as how this fiberglass DP95 recast looks compared to a mystery helmet.

    Cheers!
    TJ
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    May 27, 2003, 8:31 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #38

    I went ahead and bought one of these Testors airbrush thingies for $14.50 US at Wal-Mart.



    I just tried it out tonight and I have to say it pretty much met my expectations 100%.

    The Panzer Olive Grun jars fit the spray lid, so I just screwed that on the paint jar and painted.

    I used a hairdryer to dry it between coats -- there's about eight coats but they were pretty thin.

    Took about 20 minutes total and the end result, in my opinion, looks great:

    [edit: see above.]

    Not a single brush line. Not a single bit of paint build up. And I'm fairly confident that it won't bleed behind the tape. If there's any inconsistencies in this picture they're probably from the masking tape underneath.

    I recommend it to anyone.

    Thanks again to Bobo for getting these paints to me. You rock dude! The Floquil Tuscan looks amazing; if it turns out not to be the exact color used I'd be surprised!

    Cheers!
    TJ

    Disclaimer: No condiments were harmed in the painting of this helmet.
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    May 27, 2003, 9:34 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #39

    Hahaha I'm glad I could help dude!
    I take it that my wrapping job worked since the paints all came in one piece?

    I really hope you like the Tuscan as I do!
    Keep the pics comin, and you're welcome!

    Bobo
  15. CaptainSolo
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    May 28, 2003, 1:47 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #40

    That helmet looks really good, keep up the good work.


    Robert

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    May 28, 2003, 1:55 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #41


    jeezycreezy wrote:


    One thing: Has anyone tried one of these?



    I have used it for painting models, it is less expensive than some airbrushes that sell between $75-$100 and dose the same job only way cheaper. One thing, dont loose the tube that gose inside the mixing bottle. By the way, it worked great on your helmet. Just dont loose the tube thingy.
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    May 28, 2003, 2:33 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #42


    Defiler wrote:

    One thing, dont loose the tube that gose inside the mixing bottle. By the way, it worked great on your helmet. Just dont loose the tube thingy.
    The little tube fell in the sink when I was cleaning up.

    Right by the drain.

    I nearly had a freakin' heart attack.

    Thanks for the comments. I think it looks good. The POG dried darker than I was expecting, but hopefully Lee's right that adding dings and scratches will make it more pepto looking.

    Cheers!
    TJ
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    May 28, 2003, 2:48 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #43

    Trust me TJ, the paint looks dead on...just keep painting and you'll be satisfied

    Bobo
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    May 28, 2003, 3:56 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #44

    TJ

    looking good if i must say so far

    cheers

    neil
    uk-scout
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    May 28, 2003, 5:31 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #45

    Yeah, the Tuscan is dead on if you ask me. It doesn't necessarily look it until you paint in the weathering and then it looks amazing!
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    May 30, 2003, 4:12 PM - Re: Helmet painting tutorial. #46

    Edit: Pictures and post moved to top.
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    May 31, 2003, 12:25 AM - Re: The not-so-ULTIMATE ESB Fett. *PICS* #47

    Looking good so far man.

    Question: where did you get your
    ESB funky flamethrower pictured
    with the earpieces...and does that
    source have any more available?

    Thanks!

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    May 31, 2003, 8:32 AM - Re: The not-so-ULTIMATE ESB Fett. *PICS* #48

    Thank you; it's turning out better than I expected.

    Answer: The flame thrower came with my gauntlets; it's resin, and just about the best looking resin piece I've ever seen. I bought them second-hand from a fellow board member who chose a motorcycle over Fett -- I know! I don't get some people either!

    I don't know if they're readily available. Sorry!

    Cheers!
    TJ
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    May 31, 2003, 9:27 AM - Re: The not-so-ULTIMATE ESB Fett. *PICS* #49

    Hey, it's looking really good TJ!! Gotta try one of those cheapo airbrushes, they sure do seem like the way to go...

    Gotta love that mustard method!! Never heard that one before!

    Too darn cool...

  25. msquared
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    May 31, 2003, 11:42 AM - Re: The not-so-ULTIMATE ESB Fett. *PICS* #50

    looking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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