Its taken me about 5 months to get to this point and there are still some details I need to deal with but here is the nearly complete bucket.
Special thanks to Wizardofflight, Rafalfett, Teminal fettler, Antman, Superjedi and others who blazed the trail here. I had no idea what I was getting into, but it's been a fun project. My wife hasn't kicked me out yet, but she was close (kidding but seriously). Everyone who sees this thing is in awe, and I really owe everyone here my gratitude.
I managed to build everything from scratch using frame matting board, bondo, fiberglass, CNCed mdf and plastic for the ears & rf stalk, plexiglass and sintra for the rangefinder (which isn't really done yet). I used my dremel to cut a T-visor from a face shield thing from Lowes with some cheap window tint (which was a bit of a pain and needs some rework)
I wish I would have photographed my process more but here are a few post build pics I do have.
I used terminal fettler's esb paint up guide with airbrush Humbrol paints & maskol, etc.
Some pics from my painting process. Also thanks to Lewis-White FX channel. He really lays out the painting process in a concise way.