new to the site, first time costume builder

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    new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    ...And the finished product.
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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    OBrotherRacing, this thread is 3 years old just so you know.

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    Re: new to the site, first time costume builder

    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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