Superjedi's FP Budget ESB for Mynock

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    Superjedi's FP Budget ESB for Mynock

    Hi all!
    I'm back at it. This time around I'm working on one of the "Budget" helmet kits from Animefan.
    The only thing "budget" about this kit is the cost because the casting looks great. I haven't
    worked on a helmet with molded-on ears for quite a while, but the helmet arrived in great shape.
    There were a couple of small air bubbles to fill on the sharp corners of the ear parts, but a little
    epoxy putty took care of those in short order.

    This is a cold-cast helmet, but since I had to putty a couple spots on the ears, I'll be painting
    the exposed silver on the RF ear parts. No biggie!

    I received the helmet on July 1st and began with the *yawn* prep. . . Got the visor area cut out
    and thinned down, sanded a couple of rougher spots, and shot some Duplicolor self-etching primer.
    I like using this for cold-cast, as it bites into the surface nicely and gives a nice rugged base coat.



    I'm beginning where I always begin: the back panels. I'm a creature of habit! I just got done
    airbrushing on the Concrete, and I'll give it until tomorrow so it's nice and dry. Then I'll begin
    stenciling and masking for the darker bluish-green shade.


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    Oh boy here we go found my new favorite thread! looking forward to more.

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    Thanks, G2B.

    UPDATE: July 4, 2014

    Happy 4th of July! I'll be taking advantage of the long weekend to do some Fettin'.
    The Concrete on the back panels was nice and dry this morning, so I began stenciling and masking
    for the darker green. I use Winsor & Newton masking fluid for this stage. In the following pics, the
    masked areas appear darker and a little shiny.





    I airbrushed on the darker shade, leaving the first coat just a tiny bit translucent, then going back
    and darkening certain areas according to my reference pics.



    I always check the reference pics carefully and tweak the edges of the Concrete sections with a fine
    brush. This helps to make sure the shapes match as closely as I can get them. I also go back and add
    some of the "anti-chips" of the dark green. They're scattered around on the panels. It's a subtle detail,
    but it brings some depth to those areas.



    Now that this stage is done, I can begin the gray and silver detailing. I'll have more to show tomorrow!

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    Just amazing already, you work in details i cant haven't even noticed .

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    Oh man. I can't wait!

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    Thanks, guys. Enjoy, Mynock!

    UPDATE: July 5, 2014

    OK, got the left panel done. Silver and gray. . . silver and gray. . . I'll be using these colors
    quite a lot during the remainder of the paint job.



    Next up is the right panel, with that huge silver area!

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    Beautiful work


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    Mynock said: View Post
    Oh man. I can't wait!
    Yes I agree, pm sent

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    You Sir, are a machine!

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    Thanks, guys! G2B, PM returned.

    UPDATE: July 6, 2014

    Right panel, part 1.
    Whew! Gotta give my poor old eyes and wrists a break.
    This is the most detail-dense area on the whole helmet. Maybe that's why I get the back
    panels out of the way first. Everything after this is downhill!



    Still need to do the upper and lower right corners of this section. Have to let my
    eyes uncross first, though.

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    UPDATE #2: July 6, 2014

    Well, the weekend is winding down and that extra day sure helped things along.
    The back panels are complete. Got the remainder of the right panel done this
    afternoon, and added the small physical scratches (I did this on the left panel, too).



    So tomorrow it'll be time to mask the back panels off and apply the base color to the dome and cheeks!

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    I am having a hard time believing this awesomeness is happening to my helmet. That detail is incredible!

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    Thanks. Hopefully you'll continue to enjoy the updates.

    UPDATE: July 7, 2014

    Got the base coat and first weathering pass done on the dome and inner cheeks. After spraying
    the base coat on, I mix a slightly lightened shade and airbrush it on in cloudy, broken patterns.
    More weathering be applied toward the end of the project.





    The base coat will dry overnight and then I'll begin detailing the dome with the gray and silver combo.

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    UPDATE: July 9, 2014

    The last couple of days progress:



    Gray and silver, gray and silver.
    Plus lots of tiny physical scratches. There are some on other areas of the helmet, but
    the majority are on the back of the dome. I use a sharp compass point to do these.



    Next up will be the area just in front of the RF ear platform and the cat scratch. One of my favorites!

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    I keep downloading each photo you post and stare at them all a little throughout the day.... Okay. Stare a lot.

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