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    Sgt. Fang progress thread

    Hi!
    Well. . . I'm at it again. On August 27th I received a Sarge bucket from a member here to paint ESB style. Once again, I won't reveal his secret identity, but he's welcome to say hey!
    I'll be putting up some pics to show how it's coming along.

    1st UPDATE: August 30th (DAY 4)

    Today is really the 4th day I've had the helmet, and until now, there hasn't been much to show. Just the usual trimming and sanding and filling. I cut out the visor and keyslots, turning myself into a resin snowman in the process. Then I used some modeling putty to fill in along the seam on the back of the helmet. I have to say Sarge's new molds are really good! The seam is a lot less noticeable than the first one of his helmets that I worked on several months ago. Still, there were some areas to be filled.
    I got the first coat of primer on this morning.





    Priming always brings out any flaws in the surface, and as you can see, it looks a little uneven after sanding. I noticed some tiny bubbles that still showed in a couple of places along the seam so I'll reapply some putty, let it dry overnight, and re-sand and re-prime tomorrow.

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    Re: Sgt. Fang progress thread

    Eric, it's going to be great watching you work again. As Todd mentioned before, the fact that it's my helmet really doesn't matter. Watching a master at work is always a jaw-dropping experience!

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    Re: Sgt. Fang progress thread

    superjedi said: View Post
    turning myself into a resin snowman in the process.

    Isn't it amazing how much dust resin makes? Just dremeling out the keyslots on mine made an unbelievable mess!!

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    I know!! When I got done, I sneezed and a fully formed Range Finder came out!!
    Nice sharp cast, too.

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    Off to a great start my man. Looking forward to more.

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    cant wait to see some paint slaped on! looking smooth so far 8)

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    I know!! When I got done, I sneezed and a fully formed Range Finder came out!!
    Nice sharp cast, too.

    That, sir, is the grossest thing I've heard all year!

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    Hooray for gross out humor!

    UPDATE: August 31st (DAY 5)

    We have color!! Did the back panels in Floquil Concrete. Man, Floquil and Polly S paints spray on nice! I've probably mentioned that before, but it's true.
    I'm still using my older 4 MP digicam, and the colors are showing up a bit weird. If everything goes according to plan, my wife will be back in a few more days and I'll have our nice 8 MP camera to use again.





    Once the Concrete dries, it'll be stenciled and masked for the dark green-blue color.

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    That's looking really cool so far Eric...::DROOL::

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    UPDATE #2: August 31st (DAY 5)

    Well, the Floquil dried quickly enough that I was able to get some more done today!
    I got the dome and lower cheeks painted using good ol' Testors Panzerolivgrun.



    Once the green had a few hours to dry, I traced the damage on the back panels, and transferred it to the bucket. I'm using the same method I've described in my other progress threads.





    So tomorrow, it's Winsor & Newton time!! I'll paint on the liquid mask, then spray my custom dark blue-green. If I have time after that, I'll paint the mandibles, too!! Go ahead, try to stop me!! You can't!

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    Looking good man!
    Well of course the paint will dry fast. That's what happens when it's so freakin hot out.
    Cant wait for more bud!

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    I am so excited! You are flying!

    Todd, any progress on getting a visor into that bucket?

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    UPDATE: Sep 1st (DAY 6)

    OK, making some good headway (no pun intended) on the back of the helmet. Got the Concrete areas masked with W&N fluid, then once it was dry, I masked off the rest of the helmet and sprayed my blue-green. A few hours for it to dry, and I rubbed off the liquid mask.





    After removing the liquid mask, I go back with a small brush and fix any outlines that don't quite match up to the reference photos. Since the masking fluid is. . . a fluid, it's really hard to get it to exactly match my stenciled lines. A size 0 brush is my constant companion when painting one of these helmets.

    The next step will be masking and painting the mandibles!

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    Great update...
    Bought my paints today, so this is a great help.

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    Great update...
    Bought my paints today, so this is a great help.
    haha! that's great. lookin' good eric!

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    UPDATE #2: Sep 1st (DAY 6)

    Alright! Just moving right along here. . .
    Got the mandibles/band/keyslot area sprayed. Now it's starting to look like Boba!





    The only major color application left is the dark color on the upper cheeks. Then, it's on to detailing!
    The RF ear "arch" will be painted close to the end when I work on the other ear pieces. That way, I can spray everything at once.

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    seriously...


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    Glad you like it, Chad! Hope you like this too.

    UPDATE: Sep 2nd (DAY 7)

    Wow. . . total painting marathon today. *Whew!* Didn't realize it was after 5:00 PM already!!
    Anyway, got a lot done today. I was seriously in the zone. . . tracing, transferring, painting up a storm! Got the lower back sections done, and started working my way around toward the mandibles. Got some of the "hat band" done, too.
    Here's an overall look at the back.



    And here's each side.





    Starting on the left side of the face:



    I'm really trying to take advantage of the long weekend. . . guess it's working!

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    Eric I'm speechless. This is absolutely fantastic! I hope that you will sign the inside of mine, too. You are a true artist. ^^

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    i'm speechless

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    beautiful eric!!!!! wow

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    Sweetness! Great work bro!

    Stay safe,

    Tim

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    Thanks, all! This is really starting to shape up now.

    UPDATE: Sep 3rd (DAY 8 )

    OK, got the left side of the face done!



    Now I'm starting to work the right mandible. Well, the part above the visor anyway.



    Next will be the mandible itself. . . lots of detail in this area!

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    UPDATE #2: Sep 3rd (DAY 8 )

    OK, got the mandible done! Wow. . . this section is one of my favorite areas, even though it's got a lot of tiny detail.



    Next I'll finish the right cheek area, and then everything below the dome will be done!
    Then it's on to kill stripes!

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    The attention to detail...stunning. I am amazed, yet envious of your talent!

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