Wow, no replys yet. I am interested to hear what other people think of this, and yes I know its not a perfect reproduction of either the ESB or ROTJ, Im realy just going for looks cool/ and better than the Hasbro toy (which is what this used to be) So please any feedback would be appreciated.
As far as I can see, you have only extended the red visor part, don't you? That's the easiest way to tweak the helmet. If I had one, I would remove the face, move upwards the lower face, extend the cheeks to the bottom with plasticard and extend the 'nerve' details with bondo. That's the kind of mod I was specting. Don't get me wrong, yours is clean and well executed but... I think that many of us were expecting something more complicated
Thank you for the input, I too would love to do a little more in the "chop shop relm" of modding this helmet, but I am in the Army, stationed overseas and have both limited time and resources, I literaly only used a little card board, some bondo putty like stuff, sand paper and spray paint, and I did this all in my living room with my wife and kids running around ( and had to minimize the mess in the house) I also left many of the open areas, like under the cheeks and the back vents, for ventilation. Now if I had a shop area or garage to work in and could get my hands on some better supplies i would love to go all out with this. This was all in all a quick mod job, but mine does look much better than some of the other mods of this helmet that i have seen.
As for the templates that were requested, I dont have any pre-drawn templates, but I will explain as best as i can how I did mine.
1. I cut out visor extentions out of card board to raise the cheeks ( and creat the thinner T at the eye line) Cut one to the size and shape that you like, then trace that one and cut it out so you have two even card board wedges for each side. Next I used regular elmers glue to glue them in place (use masking tape to hold them in place if they wont stay in place)
2. After your cheek extentions are glued in place and dry tape up the visor ( make sure to use the painters masking tape or a few layers of regular so the paint doest bleed through.
3. Apply your puddy/ bondo substance to build up over the card board wedges ( use what ever you are comfortable using, just make sure it can be sanded) once dry sand down to nice smooth surface, as flush with the rest of the visor as you can.
4. Once you are happy with your sanding you are ready to paint, and thats all on you, I prefer spray paint, it gives a nice even coat, I put down a few layers of red first, then i made a stencle that over lapped the whole red-visor area, I then cut out "battle damage/ chipped areas" to make a stencle of the damaged areas. I taped that over the visor leaving only the areas I wanted silver exposed and put on a few layers of metalic silver. I then out lined the silver chipped area with a dull dark grey/ not quite black ( I found this color in my office so I dont really know what its called) I sprayed some directly into a cup so I could use a paint brush to touch up the edges of the silver chipped areas and add a little depth and worn look to the visor and other areas of the helmet.
All in all thats about it, took me about 3-4 days to do, but I bet if some one really applied their time and energy to this it could be done in two days easy. Here are a few picks of what it looked like after i had sanded the puddy stuff and started adding paint, you can see some imperfections in my sanding of the puddy, I left it like that to add to the worn look. If you have any other questions feel free to ask, I am sorry though, these are the only pics I took while doing this.
Well I must say that I am kinda disapointed....... I was expecting a little more feedback from this site, a few more "hey thats cool" or "man you suck" or something. Yeah its a quicky job, I got that, and really thats part of the beauty in it, a quick cheap job that looks pretty good. Any way, if any one has anything to say, please by all means post something, thats the only reason I signed up for this thing.
I think it looks pretty cool. Little bit of effort makes all the difference. Nice job. Thinking about doing a similar thing to my daughter's clone trooper helmet(if she ever lets me have it!!)
Thanks I appreciate it, I really wish I could put some more effort Into it, unfortunately my situation limits me quite a bit, being stationed over seas is a real pain, hell I havent even been able to find some yellow spray paint for shoulder and knee pads. But I am doing the best I can with what I have, Im hoping that once I can get back stateside I could do a little more. But thanks again.
Hey thanks, glad you like it. let me know how yours turns out, and thanks for posting!
Very nice, over 300 views. I guess I did alright- Thanks guys
First time I had seen the thread, but I thing you did a nice job, expecially given the limitations in time and workspace! Grats!
Definitely a remarkable job. I know I couldnt do that!
Thanks guys! I really appreciate it.
Not all threads get the postings you hope for. I do alot of custom work on 1:1 1:6 stuff and some stuff i just keep to myself. Anything custom is awesome!!
I think the simple mods are the hardest. Your lid looks great. Don't get discouraged by lack of posts. I have some questions I posted a yr. ago with only 1-5 replys
Again Kudos on lid
Cool, thanks it means a lot, im working on the ammo belt now, hope to get some more pics posted some time soon.
Great job armydad
Looks good. The paint job itself is pretty impressive, nice battle damage. Can't wait to see what you do in the future.
I really feel that u did an awesome job even I myself still haven't started on my hasbro bf bucket yet...I was thinkin of making troopable for my own pleasure hahaha...anyways awesome job...
Looks good man! I was thinking about doing this to mine, but painting it Jango colors for my son. I thought about buying another one, but just looked at prices on eBay. . .outrageous! They're all listed for like $100 or more!
Nice looking lid, also thanks for your service and be safe.
Managed to miss this thread somehow...
NoahFett -- haunt your local thrift shops. I got one discounted at Toys Be We back when they were first going away, but th eother three I've snagged were all at local Goodwills, for about $6 each.
The Mandalorian Mercs has a "minimum required" tutorial to get one of these looking less like the toy it started out as. To me, that's the most important part. But to get it actually looking good, and more accurate, requires a lot more time, patience, and fiddly work, but it's still eminently possible, even on a limited budget -- which I have had my entire adult life. Here's my WIP over on the Mercs board. Go ahead and read the whole thread if you're interested in what all I've done to it, but the cost in materials has been fairly minimal. It's mostly been time. The whole materials breakdown is:
•The helmet, duh
•New earcaps from Asok (two right ears, in the case of this helmet, as I'm mounting a blast shield rather than a rangefinder)
•A couple sticks of plumbers' two-part epoxy putty
•Scrap 1mm sintra for the new cheeks
•Styrene strip for the reworked back vent (if I'd redone the keyslots, it'd've just been more scrap sintra)
•.010" styrene sheet for the "membrane" covers over the earholes
•Two-part plastic-repair epoxy
•Super glue (aka CA glue, good old cyanoacrylate)
•Radio Shack voice amp, cannibalized
•Exciters to turn the cheekplates into speakers
•Retract servos for the blast shield
•Brass strip to mount the blast shield
•LEDs for the "turn signals" (just a little something I felt like doing)
•Replacement headphone pads
•Urethane foam for padding
•Microfiber fabric to cover the padding
•Panty hose (to butcher for backing off helmet openings)
•Wiring, batteries, solder, and other incidental electronic stuff
•Toothpaste for masking
•Toothpicks for applying the above
That's absolutely everything involved. Total outlay, not counting stuff I already had on hand (airbrush, glues, plastics, most of the paint, and so forth), ~$250 -- and that's only because this is the helmet that I got for $35. Yeah, that's some expense, and a lot of elbow grease, but it's still cheaper than starting out with even one of the "budget" helmets. But a lot of that is only for the electrical/electronic components in my particular build. With a manual rangefinder, replacement earcaps, and a cheap bucket found at Goodwill, that cost could get knocked down to under $100 easily.
You gotta weigh the three factors in what I call the Life Equation. You've probably seen the same thing under different names: Time. Cost. Quality. Pick two. If you want it good and cheap, it's going to take forever. If you want it good and fast, it's going to cost. If you want it fast and cheap, quality is going to suffer. No way to escape that.
Thanks for the tip Peregrinus. I'm on the road a lot for work so I'll have to start hitting the Goodwills and other thrift stores to see if I can find one. I have mine that I bought at Target when they first came out, but I don't know if i want to cut it up. My son is only 5 so it doesn't have to be perfect, but I still want it to look good. There's a guy on the RPF who did a Jango for his son thats fantastic, so I'm going to try and model it off of his build. If you have a sec, check out my Boba helmet WIP and let me know what you think.