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    Dec 25, 2013, 4:46 PM - Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #1

    Merry Christmas, TDH! Got a new project going a few days ago. This is an
    ESB commission for Seven. He had originally contacted me over on the RPF, so
    I began a progress thread over there. I looked thru the member list here, and he's
    listed, so I'll post a thread here, too.

    I received the helmet kit several days ago along with some very nice accessories.
    This is a GMH resin Fett helmet, and Seven sent along a set of machined aluminum
    ear parts, including the RF stalk, a real Borden dental tool connector, and a real MQ-1
    circuit board for the keyslot insert.

    I began prepping the helmet by cutting out the visor area, trimming along the bottom
    of the helmet, opening up the keyslots, and drilling out the ear attachment holes.
    I used some Bondo to fill the molded-in PrePro 2 damage and hit the helmet with a
    couple of coats of primer. I didn't take any pics during the prep, but here's the helmet
    post-primer.





    I have also put the first color coat on the back panels.



    I cut down the Borden connector, and Dremeled out the detail that's molded in on
    the helmet's right cheek. After all the paint work is complete, I'll epoxy the metal
    Borden in place.



    Continued below.

    - - - Updated - - -

    UPDATE: December 25, 2013

    Merry Christmas!

    Got the base green laid down over the Concrete on the rear panels. The panels
    were stenciled, then masked with some Winsor & Newton masking fluid. This is
    great stuff! I've had the same bottle for over 5 years at least, and it's still going
    strong. Once the panels had the W&N applied, I airbrushed the green on in a light
    to medium coat. I try to keep it just a little translucent at first, then go back and
    darken certain areas to try and match the reference pics as much as possible.



    After airbrushing, I go back with the same color and add the small darker splotches with
    the same base green using a fine brush. My favorite size detail brush is a size 000 Model
    Master brush. If you take care of these brushes, they'll last for a long time!
    Adding the base color with a brush makes the color appear more dense, and it stands out
    just enough over the airbrushed base to give it some contrast.



    Now that this stage is complete I'll move on to the gray damage sections. These will be
    stenciled and transferred onto the helmet, too. Hope everyone has a great Christmas! More to come.
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    Dec 25, 2013, 5:38 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #2

    Beautiful...nice technique with the brushed color. Adds nice depth to the areas.
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    Dec 28, 2013, 8:48 AM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #3

    Thanks, syllander. That's exactly the reason I like adding these marks, it brings
    some extra dimension into those relatively large green areas.

    UPDATE: December 28, 2013

    Weekend! Now I'll really get to make some progress.
    I have completed the left rear panel. I added in the gray and silver areas, then went
    back with my compass point to do the really fine scratches.



    If you look beyond the keyslot area, you can see that I've already placed many of the gray
    chips that will be contained within that large silver area. I do this to give myself some
    "landmarks" when I apply the silver. Once the silver is on there, I'll go back and finish detailing
    all those tiny gray chips and marks. There's some of the base green that shows thru in certain
    spots and I'll add those as well.
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    Dec 29, 2013, 9:53 AM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #4

    UPDATE: December 29, 2013

    Whew! Right panel complete. That big silver area always makes me go cross-eyed!
    After I did the silver, I went back and finished detailing the gray chips.
    Then I added the gray and silver to the other areas on the right panel. I finished by
    adding the really fine scratches with my compass point.



    I'm saving the contrasting pale gray color until the rest of the helmet is painted.
    There's not that much of it and it's easier to do it all in one session.
    Next up will be to lay down the base color on the dome and inner cheeks!
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    Dec 29, 2013, 3:13 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #5

    Super cool ,super jedi!!
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    Dec 29, 2013, 7:10 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #6

    Nailed it yet again Eric! Awesome as always my good man
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    Jan 1, 2014, 12:10 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #7

    Thanks fellas!

    Happy New Year to all you TDHers! Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store.

    UPDATE: January 1, 2014

    We're into a new year, and I'm into the next part of this helmet project.
    This update will show several stages. I got the base color down on the dome and inner cheeks.
    Since the screen-used helmet has such a worn, mottled, oxidized appearance, I mixed a lightened
    shade of the base color and airbrushed some diffuse patterns onto the dome and cheeks. These
    patterns are pretty subtle on the reference pics and I try to match them as closely as I can.

    I began the detailing work on the back of the dome. Back to my trusty silver and gray, and my
    compass point for the very fine scratches.



    I'll continue working my way around the dome counter clockwise until I've applied almost all of
    the damage areas. There are a couple of areas on the left side that I don't paint until after the
    killstripes are on.
    Much more to come!
  8. Jan 1, 2014, 12:39 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #8

    I'm amazed at how you can paint these one after the other to such a high standard...
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    Jan 1, 2014, 1:58 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #9

    wow! very impressive! How would one go about commissioning a GMH paint job?
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    Jan 1, 2014, 3:02 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #10

    Garrett, thanks! But I'm more machine than man now. . . twisted and evil.
    JimmyC, I'll send you a PM with some info.

    UPDATE #2: January 1, 2014


    Whew! Moving right along today. Got the area behind the RF ear complete. Next up
    will be the "cat scratch" region in front of the RF ear cap. I probably won't hit that
    area until tomorrow. Have some real life stuff to do this afternoon.



    This pic is an interesting study of how much the silver changes appearance depending
    on the angle of the light. Lighting can play an important part in determining the shapes
    of damage areas, as well as the colors to use. Having a BIG batch of reference shots
    that show the same areas from different angles is a plus!
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    Jan 2, 2014, 6:15 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #11

    Jayvee is really on point on this. For the last few months, in particular, it seems like you're banging these out one after another after another, etc.

    To maintain your level of quality and craftsmanship CONSISTENTLY is really, really impressive.
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    Jan 2, 2014, 6:59 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #12

    I totally agree! I'm almost worried SJ will be burned out painting helmets before I'm in the position to send him one! Lol!
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    Jan 4, 2014, 5:18 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #13

    Geez. . . thanks guys. I really appreciate the comments!

    UPDATE: January 4, 2014


    Cat scratch fever!! This is one of the most detail packed little damage areas on
    the helmet. The three damage sections in this part of the helmet (the cat scratch, the
    humped area to its right, and the area above it) are closely related and the negative space
    in between them is important to get right, so I do these parts together.



    I've moved around the dome a bit and completed the smaller area above the turn signals.
    The very fine scratches are once again courtesy of my compass point.



    What's next??. . . . . The dent!
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    Jan 5, 2014, 10:21 AM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #14

    UPDATE: January 5, 2014

    Dentage! Got the dent and streak finished. This is one of my favorite
    features to paint. I'll add some additional detailing during final weathering
    by adding the contrasting pale gray and some pastel "burns."



    Another angle showing how the silver shifts brightness.



    The next area will be the big scrape across the top of the dome!
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    Jan 5, 2014, 4:15 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #15

    UPDATE 2: January 5, 2014

    Got the big scrape on.



    I won't do the remaining gray and silver on the dome until after the killstripes have been added.
    Those gray/silver areas are closely aligned with the stripes, so I save them for last.
    But before I do the killstripes, I'll do the gray and silver on the cheeks.
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    Jan 9, 2014, 5:11 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #16

    UPDATE: January 9, 2014

    Sigh. . . real life. . .



    Got the cheeks started. I have painted the outer cheeks and begun the detail painting.
    I started on the right cheek. The little white nicks on the mandibles in this picture are
    where I carved in the physical damage. I did the big gouge in the outside of the left
    cheek, but it doesn't show from this angle.



    I've stenciled the left side and have already laid down the silver. I'll finish up the gray
    tomorrow and then this weekend I'll do the killstripes!
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    Jan 11, 2014, 3:03 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #17

    UPDATE: January 11, 2014

    Left cheek complete.



    This part of the helmet features another of the few custom colors I use. The damage
    on the outer part of the inner cheek is slightly darker and greener than the gray used
    elsewhere on the dome and cheeks. I've looked thru reference pics many times and this
    appears to be the only place where this other shade is used. Just another cool detail
    of the ESB helmet!

    Next up will be the killstripes.
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    Jan 11, 2014, 3:12 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #18

    Seven is going to be very happy with this one.
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    Jan 15, 2014, 5:38 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #19

    Hope so, Mathias!

    UPDATE: January 15, 2014

    Finally had time and good enough lighting to take some pics of the latest progress.

    Killstripes are done! This shows a couple days worth of work on this section of
    the helmet. The stripes were taped off, then the chips were masked with my
    Winsor & Newton fluid. I airbrushed the stripes, adding the slightly darker shade
    toward the back of the dome.



    I then went back and added the remaining gray and silver damage on the dome.



    The helmet is now ready for the red on the mandibles and "hat band." But before I
    begin that stage, I wanted to prep the MQ-1 circuit board so that I can airbrush that
    piece at the same time.

    The circuit board on its own isn't wide enough to fully cover the keyslots on the back
    of the helmet. Also, since only the upper half of the board is used, it definitely isn't
    tall enough! This is the second real MQ-1 circuit board I've installed in a helmet, and
    to make everything look nice, I build a styrene platform for the board.

    I began with the circuit board itself.



    I separated the upper and lower halves.



    I cut a strip of .020" styrene to the width of the keyslot insert. Length doesn't
    really matter at this stage. I'll trim it to length later.



    I made some measurements on the styrene strip to accommodate the little
    protruding screen on the circuit board. The screen won't allow the circuit board
    to sit flush with the styrene.



    Here's the slot cut out.



    Now the circuit board fits nice and flush against the styrene.



    The screen fits perfectly through the cutout.



    I'll place the styrene strip inside the helmet and determine the best vertical position.
    Then I'll trim it to the proper length. Once the strip is trimmed and painted, I'll use some
    2-part epoxy putty to install it after all paint work is complete on the rest of the helmet.
    More to come!
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    Jan 18, 2014, 4:15 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #20

    UPDATE: January 18, 2014

    Got the red on! This stage has the most involved masking of the entire project.
    Everything that is not red has to be masked off. I'm always terrified that when I
    remove the tape during any stage that it will pull up my previous work.
    But it hasn't happened yet!



    As usual, I started the detailing on the back. I don't know why I start on the back. . . I just do.
    Detailing the red portions of helmet introduces the darker maroon shade.



    Next I'll begin detailing the band around the back of the helmet. The mandibles will be the
    last areas I do. I try to preserve my poor eyes for as long as I can before starting those.
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    Jan 19, 2014, 1:51 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #21

    UPDATE: January 19, 2014

    The weekend is coming to a close, so here's where the helmet stands as of this afternoon.



    On the rear band, I divide the space into thirds. I do the central portion together, then the
    left and right sections separately. There's a lot of detail crammed into such a narrow space!
    Here's the right section.



    The left section is up next, and then it's on to the front!
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    Jan 19, 2014, 2:40 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #22

    Man super great work.
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    Jan 19, 2014, 2:46 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #23

    Dude...just...dude.
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    Jan 22, 2014, 3:19 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #24

    Thanks, guys! It's getting closer. . .

    UPDATE: January 23, 2014

    Had a bit of extra helmet time today since I took a snow day. The roads around
    here were really bad this morning, so I stayed home.

    I finished up the last damage section behind the left ear platform. This area will
    change appearance slightly at the end of the project when I add the white "thumbprints."



    I then moved on around the helmet to the front half. I started with the damage at the
    left corner of the T-visor.



    Then I did the left half of the brow.



    Next I'll do the right half of the brow, and then those crazy mandibles!
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    Jan 22, 2014, 4:55 PM - Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Seven #25

    Not much traffic coming through here, these days. But the helmet is looking great, as usual.

    But since your paintwork is so consistent, I imagine that these pics could be of any of the ESB lids you've ever painted.

    Yes, I said it: this thread may very well be a total lie.

    In order to verify that it's legit, I'm gonna need you to prominently place an Arnold Schwarzeneggar film on the movie shelf.

    Otherwise I'll call ******** on this entire thread...

    ...kidding, of course. Looks amazing.

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