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    Superjedi's FP Premium ESB for Nighthawk5296

    Hi all!
    Started a new ESB helmet a couple of days ago. This one is an FP-Premium kit for
    Nighthawk5296. I haven't worked on one of these kits before, and it's really nice!
    Animefan has done a great job with putting together a great helmet package. Here
    are a couple shots of the kit.



    The lid is fiberglass and feels very rugged. Even after I cut out the visor, there's barely
    any flex in it at all. The accessories can be seen better in the shot below.



    The separate Borden piece is a nice touch. Makes painting a bit easier. The ears as I received
    them already had some holes dished into the backs, and since I use small bolts epoxied into the ears,
    it saved me a step. Not sure if Nighthawk did this or if the kit is supplied this way.
    The RF assembly is 4 parts: a white resin shell, clear block, and a 2-piece Polaroid lens, also molded
    in clear. Again, this will make painting that much easier. There's also a nice aluminum RF stalk, and
    Nighthawk sent me a welding visor to install.

    No pics of the boring prep, but at this point I have airbrushed on the Concrete on the back panels
    as seen in the next couple of pics. The shiny areas are where I've applied the masking fluid in preparation
    to spray the darker green shade.





    Finally, here's mid-stage shot of the back with the darker green airbrushed on.



    After a few hours, I'll unmask the panels and start getting things stenciled for the detail painting.

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    Re: Superjedi's FP Premium ESB for Nighthawk5296

    You make me sick. You remind me of the guy on PBS that used to paint the happy trees. You just slap some tape on and drop this fluid here and voila! Throw paint on it and you got yourself this happy little Fett helmet!
    Awesome work, as always bro.

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    ^ hahahah

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    I vote superjedi gets his own show!

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    Going with the CC as the base layer this time eh?

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    syllander said: View Post
    You make me sick. You remind me of the guy on PBS that used to paint the happy trees. You just slap some tape on and drop this fluid here and voila! Throw paint on it and you got yourself this happy little Fett helmet!
    Awesome work, as always bro.
    Maybe I should do some kind of time lapse thing that shows how long all of the prep takes!
    It's incredibly boring doing the masking fluid, but it's necessary so I just grit my teeth, put on some
    music, and eventually, it's finished.

    F4R, it's a cold cast helmet, but I'm not using that as the silver on the final product. The silver will
    be painted on just like my normal topical paint jobs.

    UPDATE: April 6, 2014

    OK, got the panels unmasked and did a bit of touch up. I usually tweak the edges of the beige portions
    with a fine detail brush. The templates get me 90% of the way there, but I always go back and check
    reference photos to get the shapes just right.



    I also took some of the base dark green and added the little patches that appear here and there. It's
    the same color but applying it with a brush makes it more "dense" than when it's applied with
    an airbrush, so it appears just slightly richer.



    Next, I'll begin detailing the left panel with gray and silver. The detail painting is my favorite part
    of doing these helmets.

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    Ahhh it looked like you had started with the silver....I had glanced to quickly lol...Keep posting more pics lol I gotta add to my WIP thread as well when I get out of work tonight.

    Ive actually been following these same steps, debating on going full layered like TF on my personal bucket still undecided.

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    Egads, another lovely Superjedi paint up! Looking beaut as always my good man..

    F4R - it's definitely a tough choice, and particularly as you have painted many lids, sometimes it can come down to wanting to try different methods. I, like Garrett, go for the full layered paint up, but it's obvious from Eric here, that the topical - or in his words 'layer-opical' approach (yep, I put $2 in the layer-opical trademark jar Eric ;-)), works really well. So it's likely down to personal preference, and I guess what you feel most comfortable with to garner the best results..

    Probably not telling a guy with your painting experience anything you don't know already, but it's a good way for me to comment on another awesome Superjedi thread regardless.. ;-)

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    TOTALLY agree...and I love a SJ paintup thread...speaking of Ima go upload the finished back panels to my own WIP thread while I have nothing else to do here at work

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    Thanks, guys! F4R, your latest ESB is looking great so far.

    UPDATE: April 9, 2014


    As usual, my work slows down during the week. But the extra hours of sun in the evening
    give me more painting time with natural light, which is much better for my eyes than a harsh
    lamp.

    I've been working on the left panel the past couple of nights, and here's how it came out.



    My 000 and 5/0 brushes get a good workout when I'm doing Fett helmets. Here's a slightly
    higher res shot. I scratch those fine scratches through the paint layers with a sharp tool.



    I'll begin the right panel tomorrow, including that huge silver area. . . *shudder*

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    Cross eyes time

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    Cross eyed time for sure!

    UPDATE: April 10, 2014

    Quick update today. Not much time for Fetting this afternoon.
    Just wanted to show the beginning of the process for the big silver area. I stencil on the
    entire outline of the silver, and include some of the small internal gray chips. I paint these
    on first, because they provide landmarks when I go back to do the silver.



    After I get the silver on, I'll go back and do a final tweak of the gray shapes, as well as
    add the remainder of the really tiny gray flecks.

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    You're a machine. You literally are a one man factory. You're an organic water transfer system.

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    SJ you use carbon paper to transfer the image?

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    NoGoodToM3D3ad said: View Post
    You're a machine. You literally are a one man factory. You're an organic water transfer system.
    Not the first time someone has accused me of being a machine. But of course
    that's just ridi c u -- 10 0110101 011 11100101011 010110101001010 10010
    0010101 101001001010 10100101 -- CRITICAL ERROR ----------------------

    Uh oh. . .

    Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    SJ you use carbon paper to transfer the image?
    I do my stencils on plain tracing paper then just rub the pencil lines onto the helmet.
    Pretty much the same thing I guess.

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    you make your own then lol

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    I trace out the major shapes from Rafal's templates and transfer those to the helmet.
    Then I use my reference pics to tweak the edges and details.

    UPDATE: April 12, 2014

    Whew! After several sessions on that big damage area I've gotten it done. This is many
    hours of work split up into 30 or 45 minute chunks.



    The contrasting pale gray will be applied after the rest of the helmet is painted.
    Next up will be to complete the other damage areas in the upper right and lower right
    corners of the panel.

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    Sj,

    do you have a list of your colors somewhere? And what you use?

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    Hi 22,
    No not really. The colors I use are Floquil/Polly Scale paints adapted from the old Rogue Studios
    color list. I think that list is still on the forum.
    The colors I've used so far have been Polly Scale Concrete, Floquil Bright Silver, Polly Scale
    SP Lark Dark Gray, and a custom blue-green mix using Testors Model Master Acryl Euro I Dk Green
    with some Polly Scale BAR Blue mixed in.
    Some people say that RLM 73 green is good for the back panels, but I prefer my mix. I don't feel
    that the RLM 73 tips over quite far enough into the blue range.

    In most of my paint up threads, I wind up listing pretty much all the colors I use.

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    Thanks. SJ. I didn't know if you've started using new colors since the termination of the RR colors.

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    There are some colors I'm testing, but nothing definitive yet.

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    UPDATE #2: April 12, 2014

    Right panel is done! There are some complex shapes in that area
    in the lower right corner, but nothing like the huge silver area. Once again,
    I used a sharp metal tool to do the very fine scratches.



    Next up will be masking the back panels and spraying on the base coat for
    the dome and cheeks.

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    Whoot

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    UPDATE: April 15, 2014

    Couple more stages to show in this update. I got the base green down on the
    dome and cheeks. I then went back with a lightened mixture and airbrushed that
    on in light, cloudy patterns. I try to simulate the oxidized look of the paint on
    the ESB bucket. There will be further weathering near the end of the project.

    I also started doing the damage areas. As usual, I started on the back of the dome.
    Not sure why, but I like starting above the keyslots and working my way around.
    I'm using a slightly customized gray for the dome/cheek damage. Since the dome was
    lightened down, using straight SP Lark Dark Gray provided too much contrast, making
    the gray appear too dark. So I lightened the SP Lark a bit with some Camouflage Gray.
    This brought the contrast to a level that was where I wanted it to be.



    The really fine scratches were applied using my "really fine scratching device" (patent pending.)

    Next I'll continue working around the dome toward the RF ear, then wrap around to the front.

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    Do you brush on the silver areas? If so, how do you get it to lay down and not look like a secondary add on?

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