I thought I'd put together one of them there progress threads for a new project
I'm working on. I've been really busy with school, but my semester is over, and
I have some hobby time, so I figured it's time to get Fettin'!!!
This thread will be for my paint up of a GMH helmet as the ESB "hero" version.
Been a while since I've done an ESB, so this will be fun! To make it even more
fun, it's for our very own Lucksy31. Scott has been a part of the community for
a while, and he's supplied some awesome vinyl decals that I'll bet several of you
are sporting on your own Fett costumes. Hi Scott!
The helmet arrived with the visor already cut out, along with the GMH resin ear
pieces. Scott is getting a set of Mojo's aluminum ears, so hopefully they'll ship
while I'm still in possession of the helmet so I can paint them up and install them.
Scott also sent me a few cool accessories to incorporate into this job, namely:
a real Borden connector, a TerminalFettler RF topper (super nice!), an RF mini
circuit board with flashing LEDs, a nice smoked visor, an aluminum RF stalk,
and a real microswitch to place in the cutout in the upper right ear cap.
To begin this job, I finished doing the trimming and sanding. There was some
smoothing to do around the visor cutout, and then I sanded around the bottom
of the helmet, and cut out the keyslots, and drilled the holes in the ear platforms.
Since this is to be an ESB bucket, I used some glazing putty to fill in the GMH's
I got it as smooth as I could in preparation for the primer. I also drilled out the
resin Borden piece and cut down the Borden connector.
Here's the Borden rough cut and sanded. I'll do a bit more fine sanding.
Here's the Borden in place. Nice, tight fit!
I put on the first coat of primer a little while ago. It revealed a couple of places where I
need to apply some more putty. I'll do that tomorrow and shoot a second coat of primer
and then I should be ready to start adding some color to this bad boy!
I always like to challenge myself when I do a new helmet, so for this job, I will do all my
painting with the paint brush held between my toes.
Much more to come.