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.