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    Nov 28, 2007, 12:00 AM - My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #1

    I thought I'd share with you guys the work I've done so far on my Boba Fett Mystery helmet, which I acquired from SgtFang in December last year. Here's how it looks like out of the box:




    Here's a pic of the ear pieces and rangefinder:


    The kit didn't come with any rangefinder stalk so I got mine from BKBT. His is cold cast aluminum:


    The lid was very cleanly cast so I just cut out the visor and keyslot holes, sanded it down and cleaned it with warm soapy water. I also gave it a good wipe of acetone to get rid of any residual mold release.

    I then primed it with Krylon Grey primer. And then left it on a shelf gathering dust for over half a year.

    Two months back, I saw the preview pics of the upcoming MR Boba Fett LE/SE helmet Jez posted here and was suddenly inspired to start the paintwork on my lid. I had done some research here on TDH on the types of paint to use, particularly Lee's suggested paint scheme. I couldn't find the recommended paints here in Malaysia so I opted for an assortment of Tamiya spray paint cans and acrylic paints instead.

    I've never done complex weathering like this before so I was kinda nervous. Lucky for me, Superjedi had posted a step by step weathering tutorial here on TDH so I used that as a guideline (thanks, Eric!).

    First I masked off the helmet rim, the mandible edges and the keyslots (a lot of masking tape was sacrified during this entire procedure, and many more will share that fate ;D) and painted the whole lid with Tamiya Olive Drab spray paint. As for the back portion of the helmet, I painted it with Tan, then stencilled on the "fjords of Norway" weathering details with a pencil which I then covered with some masking fluid. Once the fluid dried, I sprayed on Tamiya Dark Green. A few hours later I peeled off the dried fluid and voila!... the first level of weathering on the back is done.

    The cheeks were painted with Flat Black and then the final major color application, i.e. the Dull Red on the rims, mandible edges and key slots was painted on. Boba is starting to surface! :happy

    Here's the progress so far:

    View of the front, all major colors applied:


    Side view, showing the contrast between the Olive Drab of the dome and the dark green at the back:


    "Fjords" weathering on the left side of the helmet back:


    And the right (you can see the pencil marks!):


    I masked the killstripes (14 for ESB), added masking fluid for the weathering details and then painted them Camel Yellow.

    I then weathered the helmet stage by stage based on Superjedi's pics. A bit here and there day by day. I used different brush sizes, some toothpicks and crumpled tissue paper ends for the nicks and scratches and different types of paint, ranging from gun metal, silver and german grey (for the scorching). Two months later, the painting/weathering of the helmet is more or less done.

    Here's the where it is now:








    Last night I painted the ear pieces and the rangefinder stalk:


    I still need to figure how to attach the stalk to the helmet. Any ideas? And I'm still on the lookout for a dark green visor (can't seem to find any here). Once all the parts are attached, I'll give the whole helmet a good grimming.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 12:06 AM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #2

    man that looks really good buddy, nice job.

    B1
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    Nov 28, 2007, 8:44 AM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #3

    This is looking great! Man I can't wait to get to the paintjob on my lid.

    I have a silly question - is the center area of the rangefinder earpieces left silver? For some reason I'm having a hard time finding the details on that part of the helmet's paintjob.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 11:49 AM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #4

    It's coming together very nicely.

    To attach the RF stalk, drill a hole through the side of the helmet in the position of the hole in the stalk, then add a flathead bolt, a washer and nut on the inside and you're good to go.

    Also, to answer your question: yes silver.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 12:37 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #5

    Thank you for this image. It's perfect. I don't know why I couldn't seem to find one that showed it that well before. Awesome.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 1:12 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #6

    amazing what a great paintjob can do.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 2:07 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #7

    Man, I am jealous! That looks awesome.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 2:39 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #8

    Lookin good Kal...
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    Nov 28, 2007, 3:34 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #9

    Looks great!
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    Nov 28, 2007, 7:09 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #10

    Lookin' good! Nice work.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 7:19 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #11

    Man, that's awesome... i always to see ESB helmet progress...maybe next time i'll start to paint my own helmet
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    Nov 28, 2007, 10:49 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #12

    Thanks for the kind words, guys! But it means a lot coming from you guys! Makes all the work worth it!
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    Nov 29, 2007, 5:23 AM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #13

    What colour green did you use? It appears to be a little too olive. The weathering looks really good though, you did a good job.
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    Nov 29, 2007, 9:50 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #14

    It was Tamiya's Olive Drab. I agree it does look a tad dark. But that was the only one available in my neck of the woods.
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    Nov 29, 2007, 10:42 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #15

    Nice work bro! Thanks for sharing!

    Actually bro, there is a closer Tamiya color to the screen used colors, best bet since you're using Tamiya. LMK if you want the info.

    And I hope you locate that visor real soon.

    Stay safe,

    Tim.
    Last edited by Halo_1; Nov 29, 2007 at 10:44 PM. Reason: Typo
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    Nov 29, 2007, 11:15 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #16

    Tim, PM sent!
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    Nov 29, 2007, 11:25 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #17

    Kal, right back at you bro!
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    Dec 2, 2007, 11:04 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #18

    Update: 12/02/2007

    Over the weekend, I fitted the earpieces and rangefinder stalk and added a bit more weathering. To finish it off, I grimmed the whole helmet down with a mixture of black acylic paint and glass cleaner. Now it looks downright dirty:ohbaby! The only thing waiting to be installed is the visor, hopefully I get that soon!

    Anyway, on to the pics (sorry for the bad blurry pics):











    Now that this baby's done, I can move on to my next paintjob, a CT Vader faceplate and generic dome:
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    Dec 2, 2007, 11:14 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #19

    Kal,
    Really nice work!
    One piece of advice though: your RF stalk is backwards. The longer portion of the flat top should face forward.
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    Dec 2, 2007, 11:19 PM - Re: My SgtFang Boba Fett helmet build-up WIP (ESB style!) #20

    Ahhh... I knew something was not right! Thanks, Eric!

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