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    Jun 28, 2006, 2:17 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #26

    Looking good!

    I carved out my scratches on my bucket - they do set the helmet out pretty good.
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    Jul 3, 2006, 7:55 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #27

    Pre-Holiday bump!
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    Jul 3, 2006, 9:33 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #28

    This is gonna be one awesome helmet!
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    Jul 10, 2006, 10:19 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #29

    Well, I tried a few things for building up the "ramp" on the top of the keyholes to make it more screen accurate. What I have that looks to work (but sadly not with out glue that I ran out of) is I bilt up strips of different sized abs of a very thin gage. This allowed me to make a rap of specific size and depth. Once glued in properly (and I made the mistake of thiking bondo would hold it in correctly) I can add bondo over it to fill any seams and tweek any further shape. I will post pics tomarrow showing the seperate peice, and then the peice added, bondoed and primed. I will also be using htis on the left ear to add that tilt.

    I have tweaked the right side with bondo to finish the illusion of the flawless raised area. I have also drilled piolet holes for the screw system I am using to attache all the ear peices. I belive this to be how the origonal peices were done.

    I have allso worked at rounding the brow line.

    All this wihle tending to a baby and having a sinus and upper respitory infection. Pro me! LOL

    Well, I am aiming for perfection on these last mods and I dont want to post another pic till htose are done and the darn thing is chromed and ready for masking. Hopefully that will be in the next day or two.

    Hold tight there rip... This is a tough bucket... just think, if it were an MS3 I would be painting by now. LOL
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    Jul 11, 2006, 4:31 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #30

    I just love reading this thread! All the hard work will really really pay off!
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    Jul 11, 2006, 7:57 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #31

    Quote evan4218 said:
    Hold tight there rip... This is a tough bucket... just think, if it were an MS3 I would be painting by now. LOL
    True! But at the time I bought the MS1, there was no MS3.
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    Jul 11, 2006, 8:24 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #32

    Quote Ripcode said:
    True! But at the time I bought the MS1, there was no MS3.
    ....... .....I think he means there is WAY more clean up on the MS1 vs the MS3......
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    Jul 11, 2006, 9:45 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #33

    Quote Spideyfett said:
    ....... .....I think he means there is WAY more clean up on the MS1 vs the MS3......
    Correct-amundo!



    Thats always the way isnt it. LOL You buy a helmet and a better version is offered by the same artisan, FP is proving this to be so true right now.
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    Jul 24, 2006, 12:14 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #34

    Bump. Any updates?
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    Jul 24, 2006, 1:31 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #35

    Either tonight or tomarrow.... getting my base colors down as we speak!! All the mods are done.
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    Jul 25, 2006, 10:18 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #36

    Allrighty,
    Here is a REAL update. I have finished my mods and started to lay down my base coat colors. I decieded to do a reverse masking similar to what fettfullof$$ uses on some of his buckets. This will give me the control I want and allow me to keep a good pace at painting it without a lot of touch up.

    I bought a brand new airbrush to help me on this job. Normaly I just use my trusty Iwata Revolution.... but I got me a Bager 155 Anthem to help me out. This was recomended to me becase of its design. I find its better for large coverage where my Iwata is good for small details. I found I was too use to the Iwata, thus the touch up spot on the mandable where I sanded it down to the primer and started to repaint.

    I am using all enamels this time around. My base red may seem a bit brite but I asure you, once I mist it with boxcar red and add my wash... it will be dead on. The flash makes the mandable red and the triangle red look the same, when in fact they are many shades apart. They have the same base color though.

    You can see all the mods are done, including the desending ramp for the left ear and the ramp on the back aboce the keyholes. I dont know how easy it is to see that detail in these pics due to the green paint and the reflection of the flash, but its there!

    I bought 2 types of enamel silver. One that is more of a darker gunmetal to lay down as my base in some spots and mist with the lighter silver to give some of the veriation effects.

    This helmet has been alot of fun to work on, and the enamels have been easyer then you would think... no tape pull up folks... not any!

    This is partly due to a good primer. I reprimed it before painting with Tamiya Fine surface primer. This is the bomb people. Helps your colors pop too!!!

    I will list my colors when I am done and tell you where you can buy them online. But for now... I sleep... and... err... work on my 50 million other projects... and eventualy my own helmet.

    Stay tuned, the next update will be with all the silver on it!
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    Jul 25, 2006, 10:52 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #37

    Absolutely beautiful! In a million years when I start my ROTJ helmet, I'll just have you start it instead.

    I can't wait to see this beaten up!
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    Jul 26, 2006, 7:39 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #38

    Mmmmm.... base colors!

    Nice to see some color on that helmet.
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    Aug 13, 2006, 12:28 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #39

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    Mmmmm.... base colors!

    Nice to see some color on that helmet.
    Got a surprise for ya RIP!!!

    It looks "Sweeter" in person!!
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    Aug 13, 2006, 1:49 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #40

    Quote Spideyfett said: View Post
    Got a surprise for ya RIP!!!

    It looks "Sweeter" in person!!
    Sweet!

    I've been doing house projects all weekend so have not been online! What a nice treat!
  16. Aug 13, 2006, 2:37 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #41

    Looking good Rip!

    Hang in there buddy as hard as that can be from experience...

    But, from what i have seen of evan4218's work in the past and again, right here in the pic's of your "in progress " bucket...

    it will be worth the wait!

    Mason.8)
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    Aug 13, 2006, 6:19 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #42

    Here some more picture goodness.

    Thanks Spidy for posting that pic!!!

    And thakyou MJA for the complements. Its definitly hard to wait for something you want so bad but good things always come to those who wait!!!

    Here are some pics showing better the silver wethering that is now on the bucket... obvisouly its only a start but it shows well the reverse masking that I am using. All of the silver is handbrushed on this sukcer!!!

    Enjoy... more to come!
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    Aug 13, 2006, 6:34 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #43

    Quote evan4218 said: View Post
    Here some more picture goodness.

    Thanks Spidy for posting that pic!!!

    And thakyou MJA for the complements. Its definitly hard to wait for something you want so bad but good things always come to those who wait!!!

    Here are some pics showing better the silver wethering that is now on the bucket... obvisouly its only a start but it shows well the reverse masking that I am using. All of the silver is handbrushed on this sukcer!!!

    Enjoy... more to come!
    This reverse masking method, by this do you mean a topical application of the silver ?
    Looks fantastic BTY - looks like another thread subscription for me here !!!!
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    Aug 13, 2006, 6:48 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #44

    Quote pghfett said: View Post
    This reverse masking method, by this do you mean a topical application of the silver ?
    Looks fantastic BTY - looks like another thread subscription for me here !!!!
    PGH, thats correct. It is indeed all topica. I simply drew my damage areas, masked the areas around them... painted my silver on and removed my masking fluid. This eliminates the tape pull up problem that so many have on there buckets.
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    Aug 13, 2006, 6:53 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #45

    Evan,
    This rocks, your effort on this is nothing less than incredible.
    I only asked because the silver looks so "smooth", like it was sprayed on.
    What brand is it, goes on really nice.......
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    Aug 13, 2006, 7:01 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #46

    the trick isnt the brand, its the amount of paint on your brush. You want very little slver on the brush to achive this... your just basicly creating a coating that your smoothing over the area. As it starts to dry, I like to hold it to the light and see if I missed any brush strokes, and just brish over it again in a different directon softly if there is.

    I am currently using allmost all Humbrol enamles on this. My silver is 27002 Metal Cote. Super strong when it drys, not like some that seem soft. But you want to do thin coats and let them dry inbetween, Otherwise the paint cannot cure correctly.
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    Aug 13, 2006, 8:45 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #47

    wow, that looks great! I thought it was surely masked off.
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    Aug 13, 2006, 8:46 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #48

    Quote evan4218 said: View Post
    PGH, thats correct. It is indeed all topica. I simply drew my damage areas, masked the areas around them... painted my silver on and removed my masking fluid. This eliminates the tape pull up problem that so many have on there buckets.
    AWESOME !!!!!!!!!
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    Aug 13, 2006, 8:49 PM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #49

    Quote evan4218 said: View Post
    PGH, thats correct. It is indeed all topica. I simply drew my damage areas, masked the areas around them... painted my silver on and removed my masking fluid. This eliminates the tape pull up problem that so many have on there buckets.
    DANG! I gotta try that. you make it sound so easy.
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    Aug 14, 2006, 8:49 AM - Re: Ripcode Bucket Progress thread By EVAN4218 #50

    Hard to believe, but a little silver and a little orange make a big difference since the last update!

    Progress.... Yes!

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