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    Oct 13, 2007, 4:39 PM - new to the site, first time costume builder #1

    Just wanted to introduce myself and let you all know I've started my very first Fett costume. I've started off by modifying a 97' D.P.
    I sanded the whole thing down and then layered several coats of clear gloss and silver spraypaint. After that I hand painted the entire thing with acrylics, followed by a few days of sanding and controlled scpraping with a mini-filing kit.
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    Oct 13, 2007, 4:41 PM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #2

    ...And the finished product.
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    Oct 14, 2007, 10:03 AM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #3

    That looks like a nice mod. Is that the original visor, or did you replace it? And did you change the rangefinder/stalk/pivot housing in any way?
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    Oct 14, 2007, 10:35 AM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #4

    it's still a little narrow around the face. i recently took an eight inch wooden craft ring (i got it at a Michael's craft store) and wedged it in the top of a rubies '97 and ended up getting a pretty decent shape. oh yeah, first i heated the helmet so it would be nice and pliable, then i hotglued the ring in once it was in a good place. after it was nice and set i used some gorilla glue to make it a bit more permanent than the hotglue.
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    Oct 14, 2007, 1:13 PM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #5

    Quote Gypsyboy said: View Post
    That looks like a nice mod. Is that the original visor, or did you replace it? And did you change the rangefinder/stalk/pivot housing in any way?



    I cut the old visor out and made a new one for it. That was not fun. I've never tinted anything before and it took me a few tries to get it right. There's still a few bubbles beneath the plexiglass but they are hard to see.
    I didn't change the rangefinder/stalk/pivot except for a new paint job.

    Thanks for asking.
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    Oct 14, 2007, 1:24 PM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #6

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    it's still a little narrow around the face. i recently took an eight inch wooden craft ring (i got it at a Michael's craft store) and wedged it in the top of a rubies '97 and ended up getting a pretty decent shape. oh yeah, first i heated the helmet so it would be nice and pliable, then i hotglued the ring in once it was in a good place. after it was nice and set i used some gorilla glue to make it a bit more permanent than the hotglue.

    It is a little narrow still, but I have to admit I've grown kind of attached to that shape. When I first put my visor in it, it stretched it out and gave it a more flared look but it didn't set right with me so I took it back out and reset it to how it is now. My color sheme is also WAY off(the green) for the purpose of being film accurate anyway, but I like to think of it closer to being "comic book" accurate.
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    Oct 14, 2007, 1:55 PM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #7

    Welcome to the board!

    Looks like you are off to a good start. A lot to learn here, and many of us have worked on these helmets before - so if you need help just ask (but use the search function first )

    Looking forward to more progress threads - have fun!
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    Oct 21, 2007, 3:34 AM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #8

    new, better shots of the finished bucket.


    the full frontal shot,
    the dent,
    the back end,
    and me being proud of my work.
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  9. May 1, 2010, 12:02 AM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #9

    If this is your first build, congratulations.....it looks awesome! How long did the entire mod on the helmet take you?
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    May 3, 2010, 3:20 AM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #10

    The helmet in that last pic looks like its got a great shape from that angle! Although I do agree that from the front it is still a tad narrow, but you've already addressed all of that.

    One thing is for sure, it looks a great deal better than the rubies did before you painted it! Great job!

    EDIT: Ok, my bad apparently this thread was necrobumped...
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    May 14, 2010, 8:13 PM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #11

    OBrotherRacing, this thread is 3 years old just so you know.
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    May 16, 2010, 4:06 AM - Re: new to the site, first time costume builder #12

    Wow this is solng long ago I barely remember doing it! Oh how the time has passed and how much I have learned since then.
    : )

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