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    Oct 25, 2006, 11:47 PM - My first Bucket #1

    Hey fellows,

    I just got my first bucket in the mail yesterday I was so excited until I saw the helmet. Its supposedly a Mystery Helmet and I got it off ebay. All I can say is it a mystery why I havn't thrown this helmet in the trash. Don't freakin buy any fett helmets off ebay!! I paid $85 plus shipping for this crap bucket that has all kinds of problems such as range finder ear is inaccurate and the detail on the left cheek is missing and thats just the start...However I'm hoping I can salvage this chunk. Does anyone offer a casting of the range finder ear and the missing cheek detail? Any info would be appricated.

    If I can indeed salvage this thing I plan on painting her ESB colors. But I have a question on the cheek painting as well what is the best way to tape everything off so that you get that perfect circular look in the between the mandable and the lower cheek?

    thx,
    Walt
    Last edited by Walteekin25; Oct 25, 2006 at 11:55 PM.
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    Oct 25, 2006, 11:59 PM - Re: My first Bucket #2

    do you have a pic of your unfortunate purchase?
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    Oct 26, 2006, 12:09 AM - Re: My first Bucket #3

    Not yet I'll try and post a pic once I get everything worked out and primered.

    Walt
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    Jan 15, 2007, 2:34 AM - Re: My first Bucket #4

    Hey all

    Just wanted to give a update on my helmet. Let me know what ya think. Enjoy.
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    Jan 15, 2007, 2:42 AM - Re: My first Bucket #5

    Does that have a really rough interior? sorta like goop just slopped around in there? I bought one on ebay claiming to be a "mystery helmet" and I agree. Its sucks. Very thin fiberglass and the interior looks like it has resin thrown at it from across the room. If you hold it up to the light you can actually see light through sections of it. Yeah not a good helm at all. I feel your pain. This is actually the first terrible prop I've gotten off ebay though.
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    Jan 15, 2007, 2:45 AM - Re: My first Bucket #6

    Quote Phantom017 said: View Post
    Does that have a really rough interior? sorta like goop just slopped around in there? I bought one on ebay claiming to be a "mystery helmet" and I agree. Its sucks. Very thin fiberglass and the interior looks like it has resin thrown at it from across the room. If you hold it up to the light you can actually see light through sections of it. Yeah not a good helm at all. I feel your pain. This is actually the first terrible prop I've gotten off ebay though.
    It must be the same maker mate cus you got it spot on!
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    Jan 15, 2007, 3:22 AM - Re: My first Bucket #7

    Well, despite the poor quality, mentioned, from the picture, it appears to have a decent shape. I guess since its really thin, you could reinforce it with some heavy material. I'd say reinforce it with some more fiberglass, Ive heard of others doing that to resin helmets, but I would imagine would help make your helm much better then it currently is. I think the paint looks good too. Its definitly salvagable. Ive seen some pretty horrible looking "things" become almost perfect masterpieces. The only thing I see that I think can be adjusted, is the RF cap. From the pic, it looks as if its slanting slightly outwards? Also, I think the RF stalk may just be a bit too tall as well. Could be the angle, but everything else is turning out very well.

    -tubachris
  8. Jan 17, 2007, 6:18 PM - Re: My first Bucket #8

    I am a bit new to all of this but have been a fan from the begining, and am interested in getting started on building/purchacing gear. Anyhow I was wondering what is the big difference between getting a bucket from SgtFang and one from Boba Maker? Pros/Cons?


    Thanks,
    Sean
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    Jan 17, 2007, 10:20 PM - Re: My first Bucket #9

    Well Sean, the first difference is price-and a big difference it is. A Sarge helmet is $110 while the BM helmet is what, $300 or so? I haven't priced one of Boba Makers buckets...Second is quality. While I love my resin Sgt Fang helmet, Bobamakers work (from knowing the quality of the BM armor I do have) is a better fiberglass helmet. Plus the fiberglass helmet is going to be alot more durable than the resin Sarge helmet. I've dropped my Sarge resin helmet several times and have been lucky so far-the resin can be brittle and can easily break, shatter, or chip...Another big difference is that a BM helmet will be virtually ready for paint out of the box, while the Sarge helmet is going to take some relatively extensive Bondo work to fill in all the gaps, dents, and the like (as it is a recast) before you paint...So if you have the cash and want the highest quality helmet go with Bobamaker. The Sarge helmet isn't junk by any way,shape, or form-so don't think it is by my description. It just doesn't compare with the BM model in my humble opinion...Hope that helps...

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    Jan 17, 2007, 10:34 PM - Re: My first Bucket #10

    A little TLC and you can make it look better. Trust me ive seen worse.
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    Jan 18, 2007, 5:22 AM - Re: My first Bucket #11

    For only $263 shipped to the US you get all this from bobamaker

    HELMET fibreglass, movie-sized
    2 PIECE SLIMLINE EARCAP resin
    T-VISOR 3mm thick darkest acrylic
    RF STALK resin, strengthened with steel
    HOLLOW RF resin with removable lid and transparent green screen
    MQ-1 CIRCUIT resin, easy to install

    and for $196 you get just the bucket and 2 piece slimline

    check his site- http://www.bobamaker.co.uk/

    I've just started this hobby like a month ago after finding my old Don Post 97, and well i just spent nearlly $1000 on all BM's soft and hard armor and, $300 on a pair or MoW gauntlets and, $200 on CAboots and toe spikes...lol my bucket is the worst part of my set... but now i have to save for a Painted BM bucket ...so i'm fixing up the DP till then just becasue buying everything takes the fun out of it ... well after a lot of research I found BM and MoW to be the best of the best with their respective products. again you get what you pay for...and if all you want to do is paint the bucket with little Bondo work go with BM.

    -Steve R
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    Jan 18, 2007, 5:25 AM - Re: My first Bucket #12

    Anyone heard from MS? His buckets kick ass!
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    Jan 18, 2007, 5:27 AM - Re: My first Bucket #13

    Quote SMR2005PCwiz said: View Post
    For only $263 shipped to the US you get all this from bobamaker

    HELMET fibreglass, movie-sized
    2 PIECE SLIMLINE EARCAP resin
    T-VISOR 3mm thick darkest acrylic
    RF STALK resin, strengthened with steel
    HOLLOW RF resin with removable lid and transparent green screen
    MQ-1 CIRCUIT resin, easy to install

    and for $196 you get just the bucket and 2 piece slimline

    check his site- [url]

    I've just started this hobby like a month ago after finding my old Don Post 97, and well i just spent nearlly $1000 on all BM's soft and hard armor and, $300 on a pair or MoW gauntlets and, $200 on CAboots and toe spikes...lol my bucket is the worst part of my set... but now i have to save for a Painted BM bucket ...so i'm fixing up the DP till then just becasue buying everything takes the fun out of it ... well after a lot of research I found BM and MoW to be the best of the best with their respective products. again you get what you pay for...and if all you want to do is paint the bucket with little Bondo work go with BM.

    -Steve R
    Hey new guys, read the code of conduct! Please refrain from using parties personal info without their consent!! You may want to edit your post. USE PM's fellas.
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    Jan 18, 2007, 11:22 AM - Re: My first Bucket #14

    I have not seen a bobamaker helmet.. i have owned, and now own a sarge and a ms3.. both are excellent helmets ,, I don't know if ms is producing helms right now , and the wait time for sarge is three four weeks but they are both worth the wait
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    Jan 18, 2007, 12:02 PM - Re: My first Bucket #15

    Quote slave1117a said: View Post
    I have not seen a bobamaker helmet.. i have owned, and now own a sarge and a ms3.. both are excellent helmets ,, I don't know if ms is producing helms right now , and the wait time for sarge is three four weeks but they are both worth the wait
    I've got a BM lid, you can see pics on my site...link is below....

    I've also got a Sgt Fang. Both are great, but I don't want to use my Fang to troop in mainly because of the difference is strength, but also because given the history of the Fang buckets (although perhaps not as special as was once thought) I'd rather not risk taking it out.

    I'm thinking about selling my BM bucket in the near future once I have acquired another for trooping. Having tried both a BM & Sgt Fang I'm thinking of trying a different maker next time round.

    Dan
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    Jan 18, 2007, 4:01 PM - Re: My first Bucket #16

    Sorry this form has a billion rules...it's just that when i see a price quoted wrong i fell like it may steer someone away form something they could afford....besides I didn't list anything that is not avaiable information on his web site....which I found before I found this site. I broke no rules in my mind just helped someone find the information that's already out there...if i posted a price on a pinted bucket by BM which he doesn't list on his site then you would be right....plus if he doesn't like the free advertising then why even have a web site... whatever if BM wants me to take it down I will.

    -Steve R
  17. Jan 18, 2007, 4:54 PM - Re: My first Bucket #17

    Quote SMR2005PCwiz said: View Post
    For only $263 shipped to the US you get all this from bobamaker

    HELMET fibreglass, movie-sized
    2 PIECE SLIMLINE EARCAP resin
    T-VISOR 3mm thick darkest acrylic
    RF STALK resin, strengthened with steel
    HOLLOW RF resin with removable lid and transparent green screen
    MQ-1 CIRCUIT resin, easy to install

    and for $196 you get just the bucket and 2 piece slimline

    check his site- http://www.bobamaker.co.uk/

    I've just started this hobby like a month ago after finding my old Don Post 97, and well i just spent nearlly $1000 on all BM's soft and hard armor and, $300 on a pair or MoW gauntlets and, $200 on CAboots and toe spikes...lol my bucket is the worst part of my set... but now i have to save for a Painted BM bucket ...so i'm fixing up the DP till then just becasue buying everything takes the fun out of it ... well after a lot of research I found BM and MoW to be the best of the best with their respective products. again you get what you pay for...and if all you want to do is paint the bucket with little Bondo work go with BM.

    -Steve R

    Thanks for the help and info guys. I was curious Steve did your get your armor pre painted and now you are going to get a bucket form BM pre painted for you? How much more does it cost for that? I gues I could e-mail BM but sence I am already here talking to you I thought I would ask. U can PM me the info if U want, I dont' want to offend anyone, and I do agree with what U said earlier about free advertisement.

    Thanks,
    Sean
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    Jan 18, 2007, 10:03 PM - Re: My first Bucket #18

    amiadfilter strikes again?


    you cleaned it up nice. e-bay sadly, is an awful place to buy props. recasters haven
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    Jan 19, 2007, 12:53 AM - Re: My first Bucket #19

    Quote CombatBaby said: View Post
    amiadfilter strikes again?


    you cleaned it up nice. e-bay sadly, is an awful place to buy props. recasters haven

    Yeah it was amiadfilter I will probably never buy another prop from ebay but thx for the compliments.
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    Jan 22, 2007, 5:01 AM - Re: My first Bucket #20

    Well fellows heres another update...I hate the way the back of the helmet looks and I need to apply so decals but otherwise let me know what ya think.







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    Jan 22, 2007, 5:17 AM - Re: My first Bucket #21

    It looks pretty good considering its origins. I would suggest trimming the visor a little bit at the bottom as it looks like the mandibles are flareing out at the bottom. Fix that and you are good to go.
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    Jan 22, 2007, 12:08 PM - Re: My first Bucket #22

    Looks as though you might want to replace your RF stalk too.
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    Jan 22, 2007, 12:45 PM - Re: My first Bucket #23

    That's good paint job there mate!

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