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    May 18, 2010, 11:29 PM - Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *Visor Trim Completed* #1

    For anyone that was following my Sgt. Fang ESB paintup I did about a year ago, they'll remember it was my very first helmet. My very first time working with stencils, an airbrush, weathering, etc. While many thought I did a decent job, I graded my helmet at a C. Nowhere near perfect, there were a lot of mistakes that were made be it improper stenciling, bad paint mixtures, etc.

    One year later, I've had a whole lot of practice on other parts of my armor, as well as working on commissions for other TDH members, and I really think it shows. I'm planning on having this done for Celebration V, and this will hopefully be the helmet I'll be using for quite some time (Unless fettpride comes out with a Super-Ultra Deluxe FPH ). The ultimate goal is to get this helmet as close to the AOSW helmet (minus blue marker) as I possibly can, leaving little room for error. So begins my journey:

    Here we have the kit, ready for visor trimming and paint prep:


    Using my trust Dremel rotary tool, I neatly cut out the visor area and installed the visor using Chicago screws:


    A big thing that I noticed was that the visor on the original ESB hero widens out towards the bottom, and I wanted to replicate that flare to the tee. I used a thin steel ruler that we at the Old Guard use to measure medals and insignia on our uniforms. I scaled the AOSW pictures to what my helmet measured out to be, and proceeded to get accurate measurements of the distance between mandible trims:





    And with some patience (and possibly luck) I nailed the measurements exactly when the visor was installed:





    Up next came the physical damage that's seen on the AOSW helmet. And of course, being as anal as I am with details, I measured out exactly where the damage would be placed on the helmet:




    I then drilled out the holes for the earcaps (sorry I don't have photos for that step) and coated my helmet using Tamiya Fine Surface Primer. I swear by this primer, as it's honestly the best out there for this type of hobby work. Not only does it coat evenly, but the fine particles fill in any minute scratches, giving it a smooth surface.

    Next came the base color of Testors Light Gray. I think this color has a bit more of a bluish hue to it as seen in the AOSW pics compared to the Humbrol 147.

    To be honest, I'm using a rather custom list of colors here. I borrowed a few of the Humbrol colors from terminal fettler's, Superjedi's railroad colors, some from Rich D.'s list, and a few custom mixes I came up with. I did this because I felt that there needed to be some adjustment based upon the AOSW pics, and I'm really trying to nail everything as close as I can color wise.

    The Light Gray is then masked:



    Humbrol no. 11 Silver is then sprayed over:


    After masking the silver and light gray damage, I sprayed Humbrol 79 and honestly, it's WAY too dark in my opinion, and that's the color you see in the next photo:


    It should be Reefer Gray, or at the time a combination of SP Lark Dark Gray lightened up with Light Gray that I mixed. Later on, I used a brush to paint the lightened gray mix over the Humbrol 79.

    After the light gray, silver, and gray were masked I sprayed Humbrol 28 followed by a misting of Humbrol 103. I think in the future, I'll use Testors Concrete.

    Once the light gray, silver, gray, and beige are masked, I sprayed Humbrol 76 and 96 mixed together at ABOUT a 1:3 ratio. I felt that the 1:1 ratio came out far too green, so I added the 96 blue a drops at a time until I got the desired color.

    And here's the final result with some of the fine scratches added in:



    Here are a few comparison pics to the AOSW ESB helmet:




    I was VERY happy with how the back panels turned out. I still need to implement a few scratches here and there (including the check-mark found of the left panel) and some pigment weathering.

    I got my tonsils cut out yesterday, which means I got 2 weeks of convalescent leave from the Army to stay at home and rest...more like, work on my helmet and finish up some commission work.

    Stay tuned for updates everyone. It only gets better from here.
    Last edited by Ponte; Jul 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM.
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    May 18, 2010, 11:53 PM - Re: It's time...Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #2

    Amazing job mate! Good luck with the rest of the helmet, look forward to following your progress
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    May 18, 2010, 11:54 PM - Re: It's time...Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #3

    Looks horrible keep on working on it and then just send it to me and Ill send my FP budget kit and you can try again lmao good job so far it looks pretty dang good to me
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    May 19, 2010, 12:31 AM - Re: It's time...Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #4

    too bad you'll have to wear it over that awesome hoodie I sent ya!
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    May 19, 2010, 7:51 AM - Re: It's time...Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #5

    Sick work. brother!!!
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    May 19, 2010, 9:19 AM - Re: It's time...Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #6

    AWESOME JOB! Can't wait to see what the finished helmet looks like. Hope you're feeling better after the operation. Now get back to work ! You have a commission to finish.
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    May 19, 2010, 10:49 AM - Re: It's time...Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #7

    WOW Looking good Ponte can't wait to watch the progress on this as I am sure it will turn out to be another fine bucket bro.
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    May 19, 2010, 5:31 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #8

    Fantastic! Really like the way those rear panels came out.
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    May 19, 2010, 6:17 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #9

    Quote superjedi said: View Post
    Fantastic! Really like the way those rear panels came out.
    Appreciate it. I'm really looking forward to using the pigments once I finish the helmet and get it sealed. I did some practice with pigments on my old boba helmet and I really liked how it turned out. I actually found all the MIG pigments in a pack at my local Hobbytown USA.
  10. May 20, 2010, 12:47 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #10

    Excellent work! You are right about that no.79 being too dark on the rear panels, i now use a lighter shade there and also on the mandibles and trim, although i still see the dome grey as slightly darker...
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    May 20, 2010, 1:39 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #11

    Quote terminal fettler said: View Post
    Excellent work! You are right about that no.79 being too dark on the rear panels, i now use a lighter shade there and also on the mandibles and trim, although i still see the dome grey as slightly darker...
    Yup, you are correct, the dome does have a darker gray. I plan on adding a bit of SP Lark Dark Gray (or any dark gray for that matter) to the Reefer Gray for that area. I just finished up the left ear cap (pics up soon) with your color choices green 78 and 59 1:1 and once again, absolutely perfect in color.
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    Jun 15, 2010, 8:14 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #12

    Back panels are lookin sweet! Can't wait to see the rest
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    Jun 16, 2010, 9:48 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #13

    Very nice work, I'm looking forward to seeing the next pics.

    DAZ
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    Jun 16, 2010, 11:50 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #14



    i see a painting service in the future....
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    Jul 16, 2010, 7:24 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. #15

    Between commission work, and straight up busting out hours at The Old Guard, I've been able to get some documented work done. I'd consider this a HUGE update, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have a lot of minor detailing/weathering that I need to accomplish in order to pull off a true AOSW Fett helmet.

    Finally got the dome and lower cheek main colors done, as well as the upper cheek/mandibles done! In order to get the gray color that surrounds the silver damage, I had to make my own special mixtures. Looking at numerous AOSW photos, the gray used on those areas compared to the visor trim is slightly different, so I used reefer gray as my base mixture and added in small quantities of SP Lark Dark Gray until I thought the colors were just right. Being some of the most defined areas of the helmet, I made sure to get every little detail correct. Here are a few side by side shots :





    And for a few more photos of various areas:







    For the main dome/lower cheek colors I used Humbrol no. 78, which is a dead ringer over the POG Green, wasn't a big fan of it. Big thanks to Terminal Fett. for nailing this color . The upper cheeks were painted with PRR Green, which looks a lot better than straight up black. Highly recommended

    *NOTE*: For the areas of the cat scratch and dent, use Chrome Silver instead of Bright Silver (the rest of the helmet). For some reason those areas have a more metallic brilliance when looking at the AOSW photos. Unfortunately, you're going to later on have to dull down that brilliance with a 0000 wire wool pad, as you can clearly see a lot of the silver is worn/dulled on the screen used helmet.


    Working on the visor trim now, so hopefully I can get that done this weekend.

    Once I'm done with the helmet, I plan on compiling a complete color list that has all of my paint colors used as well as my special mixes that I made to get a more accurate representation. I'm really looking forward to getting everything painted so I can begin the weathering process. Stay tuned, there's more to come, I promise.
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    Jul 17, 2010, 1:23 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #16

    Rock on! Looking terrific. I love seeing helmets in progress and how people tackle the various stages. For example, I usually get all my "base" colors on before starting the damage. But I'm strictly a topical guy.
  17. Jul 17, 2010, 2:51 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #17

    Great update Rick! This helmet is going to come out great!
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    Jul 17, 2010, 11:29 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #18

    Absolutely, spot on work, bruv. Brilliant!
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    Jul 18, 2010, 4:14 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #19

    Awesome work Ponte...
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    Jul 18, 2010, 5:07 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #20

    Outstanding detail...
    How many hours have you put into it so far?
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    Jul 18, 2010, 10:20 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #21

    To answer your question James, too many hours, that's how long . I can't get a steady time to work on it since my work schedule is so hectic, so its pretty sporadic.

    Just for a quick update, got the Silver, Reefer Gray, and Humbrol 73 + 104 (1:1) mixture applied onto the visor trim. I added a few more drops of 73 to give it a SLIGHTLY more reddish tint. Now I have to trace out the purple areas, have everything masked up, and slap on the Boxcar Red and I'm good to go with the visor trim (almost):





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    Jul 19, 2010, 9:25 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #22

    looking nice
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    Jul 20, 2010, 1:12 PM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #23

    Very nice, this is going to be an amazing helmet.
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    Jul 21, 2010, 11:03 AM - Re: Ponte's FPH Deluxe ESB paintup. *BIG UPDATE* #25

    WOW bro looking great most impressive!!!!!

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