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    Mar 28, 2010, 2:46 PM - Newbie needs some guidance! #1

    Hi guys!
    I joined up tonight, I have been scouring this superb site and devouring the images with passion, I am a HUGE Fett fan. I would love to invest time and effort into making a helmet, and I just wanted to ask a question. I have a pepakura file of a helmet and it looks very good, if I print this off and build it, would coating the surface with Crystacal R (hard plaster) help achieve a hard surface? I have seen you guys use resin and fibreglass but this wont be an option for me.

    I just wanna say I wish I'd found this site so many months ago, so so many amazing pictures of people's hard work. I hope to upload my own soon.

    Thanks for any interest/guidance/tips in advance.
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    Mar 28, 2010, 3:02 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #2

    I dont know that i would use plaster for a wearable helmet but certainly for display it would work...Ive used plaster for making molds but being so fragile when thin
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    Mar 28, 2010, 3:26 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #3

    Thankyou Fett 4 Real, I had a feeling I would be asking for trouble doing that to a wearable helmet.
    I will experiment I think, just to get a feel for it. I think once I have made my first I will be addicted.

    Thanks again
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    Apr 9, 2010, 9:05 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #4

    I don't have much experience with pep, but why wouldn't fiberglass work? It's supposed to be fairly easy to apply and can be bought most craft/hardware stores.
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    Apr 10, 2010, 2:02 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #5

    Thanks GraphiX, I am now half way through my first bucket-build, and it's going really well. I managed to find some fibreglass and will be applying it to the inside of the helmet to add strength.
    I will have to be posting pictures soon
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    Apr 10, 2010, 4:40 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #6

    FG is a better bet over plaster... keep us posted of your progress bud! oh and post some pics.. we love pics here.
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    Apr 10, 2010, 5:00 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #7





    Yes...thats a beer can in the background.
    I just hope the images work
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    Apr 12, 2010, 5:21 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #8

    Hey, lookin good. BTW, you seem to have some *broken* pics (red X in box). I don't know if it's just me but check it out.

    P.S. where did you get the pep files?
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    Apr 12, 2010, 5:30 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #9

    Hey man, thanks!

    I found the files through the forums: http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showt...fett+templates (Thanks WizardOfFlight!!)

    My photos seem to appear ok here, but maybe that's me...I will have to post some newer ones soon as I linked these from facebook I think.

    Hang on, I'll try my deviantart page....

    http://evarcha.deviantart.com/art/Bo...-I-P-160281742
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    Apr 12, 2010, 5:33 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #10

    Thanks, I'll have to give my hand on those peps sometime.
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    Apr 12, 2010, 5:38 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #11

    Oh, and did you use card stock?

    BTW, it's probably my computer because I have the slooooowest computer EVER!
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    Apr 13, 2010, 7:52 AM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #12

    no, I work in an art gallery/picture framing shop and have access to loads of mountboard (specifically white-core, it's tough cardboard and cuts nicely and is as tough as old boots, consequently my bucket is coming out surprisingly rigid). Are you in the U.K? Because this stuff is probably called different names in other parts of the world. It's not exactly cheap, but if you can get hold of it I would recommend it to you
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    Apr 13, 2010, 5:16 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #13

    I would like to think that I'm in some place other than the states (New Zealand) but sadly no. So... non corrugated? Is it like a thin cardboardish particle board?

    BTW, did you use batting helmet method, if so, how well does it work?
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    Apr 13, 2010, 6:33 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #14

    It's a rigid board that is used to create the borders around pictures in frames...it's approx 1/8th of an inch thick....it's certainly not like normal cardboard.
    Ask for offcuts from a picture framing places, u may get them for free...

    I am sorry, what does batting method mean?
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    Apr 14, 2010, 11:48 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #15

    Well..... it's taking a baseball batting helmet, cutting it in 1/4ths, using sintra (expanded PVC foam if you aren't familiar with it) to fill in gaps to make it longer, bondo the whole thing.
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    Apr 15, 2010, 3:38 AM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #16

    ah...I got you, I have seen pics but didn't know the term. No, I decided to test out making the dome from mountboard, using the templates and using bondo (car body filler?) to build up the dome in layers, which works out very well, providing you don't mind the dust!!

    Good news. Last night I made most of the ears, ready for the filler and sanding. I am so happy, it has started to take shape now...
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    Apr 15, 2010, 5:34 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #17

    When you say you made it from mountboard, do you mean in long verticle strips or small squares from a pep file? And yes, car body filler is the same thing as bondo.
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    Apr 15, 2010, 7:49 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #18

    I used the Wizard Of flight templates, and yes, I used the verticle strips (and a LOT of p.v.a glue).....if proved a challenge because there are no definitive ways of making this helmet, you just have to find your own way, but they are superb plans.

    I did more work tonight: http://evarcha.deviantart.com/art/Bo...-p-2-160857795



    I hope you like.....it's getting exciting now
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    Apr 16, 2010, 5:14 AM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #19

    Looks like you're off to an impressive start, bruv.
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    Apr 16, 2010, 11:04 AM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #20

    I agree with my main man Sonik there! Great start bro!

    El1te
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    Apr 16, 2010, 1:08 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #21

    Thanks Dsonik1! Providing it carries on as it started I will be a happy guy. Painting it shouldn't be a problem as I am an artist in my spare time, www.wayneashworthart.co.uk if you get bored and want to have a look through the site, still under construction....like my helmet
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    Apr 16, 2010, 1:10 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #22

    Thanks TehEl1te, I am glad, I was a little intimidated by the community here as you're all superb makers and painters. I am glad I found this site, loads of like minded people!
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    Apr 16, 2010, 2:00 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #23

    Quote Evarcha said: View Post
    Thanks TehEl1te, I am glad, I was a little intimidated by the community here as you're all superb makers and painters.
    Well, none of us started out that way, and many of us (me) still arent. lol

    BTW - Checked out your site, your paintings are awesome(I urge you other guys to take a look at the link he posted). The Sweeny Todd is my favorite.

    So, my next obvious question is..... when ya gunna paint Boba? lol

    Also, how much would you charge to do a painting of someone in their Fett? Inquiring minds want to know.
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    Apr 17, 2010, 1:59 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #24

    Thanks man!!
    I am very flattered you like my work. Sweeney Todd was painted in a really short time frame, the commission had to be finished for the day after, so I had to work my socks off.

    Ha, yes, I started work on a Fett painting, I am truly a massive fan and can't believe I didn't know about T.D.H, after looking at the painting half finished I will have to start again, it's really not right!
    I will be starting a new one soon actually, maybe a montage, maybe a close-up...we'll see.

    I do take commissions on board, if you'd like my email address send a private message and we can have a chat about it.
    Doing what you ask won't be a problem.
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    Apr 17, 2010, 2:07 PM - Re: Newbie needs some guidance! #25

    Sounds like a plan, bruv.

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