Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

  1. #51
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks guys.

    UPDATE: August 18, 2013


    Got a couple of stages to show in this update. First of all. . . killstripes!
    The left side of the dome had been looking pretty blank until now. I've described
    my masking method for the stripes in another thread, so I won't go into it again here.



    The stripes were done with UP Armor Yellow, and then the rearmost stripes were given a
    misting of a Polly Scale orange. I have 2 orange colors that are really close in appearance,
    and since there's such a small amount used, I tend to just grab whichever bottle is closest.



    Now that the stripes are on, I can go back and finish the gray/silver damage on that portion
    of the helmet. It's a relatively small area, but there's a lot of detail mingled in with the stripes!

    I also did a little construction work. Steve had sent me a genuine MQ-1 calculator to incorporate
    into this helmet. I removed the circuit board and began prepping it for installation. After discussing
    it with Steve, I chopped the lower half of the board. In the MoM and AoSW pics, the bottom half
    of the circuit board is just a blank, flat surface. Once I chopped the board, I was left with this section.



    I couldn't just suspend this part inside the helmet by magic, so I built a mounting platform for it.
    The reverse side of the circuit board has a rectangular protrusion. This is actually the screen for
    the calculator. I didn't want to remove the screen, so I cut a rectangular hole in a piece of Sintra
    so the screen would protrude through, allowing the remainder of the board to sit flush.



    Here's the circuit board in place on the Sintra. Nothing is glued in place yet at this point.



    I measured the keyslot area on the helmet and cut the Sintra so that it would extend a little
    beyond the limits of the keyslot openings.



    I wanted to bring the lower section flush with the actual circuit board, so I cut a rectangle
    out of some styrene sheet. This gave it just enough additional thickness.





    Here's the whole assembly held up to the back of the helmet.



    Later in the project, I'll determine the exact positioning for this platform, then add some
    small stand-offs in the corners. This will allow me to attach the assembly into the helmet
    and it will be reinforced with some epoxy putty.

    I'm hoping to get the remainder of the gray and silver around the killstripes done today, and
    then tomorrow should be Mandible Monday!

  2. #52
    AFettFullofDollars's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 2004
    From
    Corbin, Ky
    Posts
    1,153

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    That is SA-WEEET!!!

    'Mandible Monday'...I like that. Heh, Heh...

    Great, Now I've got that **** Bangles song stuck in my head! THANKS, ERIC!
    Last edited by AFettFullofDollars; Aug 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM. Reason: DARN YOU, ERIC!

  3. #53
    22ssplt's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2008
    From
    Deliverence, Indiana
    Posts
    1,474

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    SJ, awesome detail adding the MQ. I love it

  4. #54
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks! Once the mandibles are painted it will really change the overall appearance.

    AFettFullofDollars said: View Post

    Great, Now I've got that **** Bangles song stuck in my head! THANKS, ERIC!
    You're welcome!!

  5. #55
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    UPDATE: August 19, 2013

    Just another mandible Monday!
    Lots of masking, taping, double checking, airbrushing, and unmasking. . .



    I love blue painters tape!

    I began some of the detailing on the keyslot area today, too. Didn't have a whole lot
    of time this afternoon, but I got the gray and darker PRR Maroon color down. I'll do the
    silver tomorrow, and then start working on the band.


  6. #56
    Figure5901's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2013
    From
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Posts
    20

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Beautiful work. Another paint thread I'll be watching and looking forward to the progress.

  7. #57
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks Fig!

    UPDATE: August 22, 2013

    Here's a couple of afternoons' worth of progress. I've completed the keyslot area and I'm
    beginning to work on the rear half of the band. I have the central section done so far.



    I'll work my way outward on both sides until all of the areas behind the ear platforms are complete.
    It's getting closer. . .

  8. #58

    Member Since
    Aug 2011
    From
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    436

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    I gotta say amazing work! Awesome thread can't get enough of this . Again just wow !

  9. #59
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks G2BF!

    UPDATE: August 23, 2013

    Took a day off work today for my birthday, and before the festivities later, I spent some
    time in the painting zone. I continued working on the red band and completed all of the
    areas behind the ear platforms.

    Here's the left side. The white thumbprints will come closer to the end of the paintwork.



    The opposite side. It's pretty odd how little red actually remains once all the damage is added!



    This weekend I'll begin working on the red band above the T-visor, and then the mandibles.

  10. #60
    NikNak_aka's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2006
    From
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    532

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Hey Eric What color green are you using for the left ear these days?

  11. #61
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    For the left ear I'm using the same color as the dome/inner cheeks. Since I do some
    lightening and misting over the dome and cheeks, the left ear comes out looking like a
    slightly different color.

  12. #62
    NikNak_aka's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2006
    From
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    532

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    I'm thinking of custom mixing something for mine when the time comes. When I bring my helmet thread back from the dead again I'll add it there.

  13. #63
    locitus's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2011
    From
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    737

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Happy belated birthday!

  14. #64

    Member Since
    Aug 2011
    From
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    436

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    locitus said: View Post
    Happy belated birthday!
    What Locitus said! And I may inquire of your helmet painting skills in the near future!

  15. #65
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! Went out for a great steak dinner and got some cool SW related birthday
    presents. I got a Boba Fett wallet and a copy of "Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope." It's a book that tells the
    story of Star Wars in the style of Wm. Shakespeare. I've only read a little so far, but it's hilarious!

    NikNak_aka said: View Post
    I'm thinking of custom mixing something for mine when the time comes. When I bring my helmet thread back from the dead again I'll add it there.
    Cool, revive that thread!

  16. #66
    Jayvee's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 2010
    From
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    640

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    locitus said: View Post
    Happy belated birthday!
    Well how bout that young man - our birthdays are a day apart...and with the time difference, we would actually be celebrating them at the same time at some point Hope it was a fantastic day mate, us August kids clearly are the coolest . Best wishes all round!!!

  17. #67
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Happy birthday, Jonny! Yeah that international date line is a weird thing.
    I was stationed in Korea from 2008-2009 and I never got used to trying to
    figure out what day it was back home!

    But you're south of the Equator and time runs backwards, so that's even
    more confusing.

  18. #68
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    UPDATE: August 25, 2013

    OK, the weekend is drawing to a close as far as painting goes. I have some yard work to do this
    afternoon and I see a trip to the grocery store in my very near future. So here's where the helmet
    is as of noon.

    I've completed the band above the visor. This is a relatively small area, but the position of the detailing
    becomes more important the closer you are to Fett's "eyes." People are programmed to recognize faces
    so the details around Fett's face are one of the key factors in making the helmet look right.
    Here's the left angle.



    Here's the right angle.



    I have also completed prepping the aluminum ears for paint. I sanded them with some medium grade
    sandpaper to remove the vestigial machining marks, and finished by polishing them with some fine
    wire wool. Later this afternoon I'll prime them with some Duplicolor self-etching primer. This is a nice
    primer for bare metal, as it is designed to bite into the surface and give a really good bond.

    The helmet itself only needs the left and right mandibles painted at this point.
    Doing the ears, RF topper and Borden connector will come after that. Then, it's on to final
    weathering with some pastels, and this helmet will be done!

  19. #69

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    I'm sure you get tired of hearing this but it looks gorgeous!

  20. #70
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks, Wolfsburg.

    UPDATE: August 29, 2013

    Whew! Where has August gone??
    Got the left mandible complete. Didn't have a lot of time the last couple of days, but
    I finally got this section done. Still a couple of tiny details to add, including the
    contrasting red mark near the top, but I'm happy with the way it came out.



    I also laid down the base colors on the ear parts. You can see them in the background.
    So while I'm taking a break between the stages of the crazy right mandible, I can work on detailing the ears.

  21. #71
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    UPDATE: September 1, 2013

    Another month torn from the calendar, and another major stage of the helmet is complete.

    Got that crazy right mandible done. This always takes me several sessions. There's so much
    detail, and getting the position and proportion of the damage areas correct is a challenge.
    I have to give my poor eyeballs a break between sessions!



    Now that this portion is done, all of the basic color application on the helmet is complete. I'll go back
    over the entire helmet now and begin adding the contrasting pale color, the white thumbprints, and
    some strategic pastel weathering.

    The way my hobby room is situated, there's a certain time of day when there's too much glare coming
    thru the window to work on fine detail work. The light just reflects too much off the surface. So during
    those times, I work on things that don't require using a tiny brush. I used that time today to do the
    black arch on the RF ear cap.



    Lots of finicky masking to get the curve to look right. I airbrushed the arch with Tamiya flat black.
    Tamiya paints airbrush really nicely, and they dry pretty quickly too.

    I added those 2 tiny "drips" at the bottom of the left half of the arch as well. I'll give this piece
    a good 24 hours to really dry thoroughly, then I'll mask for the white half-arch. I'll mask for the
    white arch on the left ear at the same time.

    Really almost done now, Steve!

  22. #72

    Member Since
    Aug 2013
    From
    Knoxville, TN
    Posts
    15

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    looks awesome!

  23. #73
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Thanks man!

    UPDATE: September 4, 2013

    Been slow on the Fettness the past couple of days. Real life keeps getting in the way.
    How annoying!

    Got some work done on the ears. In the last update, I showed the black arch that I airbrushed
    onto the RF ear cap. I got the white half arch airbrushed on, as well as the gray damage and
    some of the markings.



    Before I add the silver, I'll do some pastel weathering and seal the parts with dull coat. Then I'll
    physically scratch the silver through the paint. That's one advantage of using metal ears!

    I also got the white arch airbrushed onto the left ear. The damaged sections were done with my
    Winsor & Newton masking fluid.



    I'll hopefully get to put some more time into the ears the next couple of days, but definitely by the
    weekend. All that's really left to do is the gray and red damage on the left ear. Once that's complete,
    I'll do the final pastel weathering and spattering on the helmet, then install the Borden and the visor!

  24. #74
    steveo4529's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2012
    From
    Raleigh-Durham, NC
    Posts
    81
    Looking amazing, cannot wait to see the finished product!
    Quote Quote Posted from Android app

  25. #75
    superjedi's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 2003
    From
    Newport News, VA
    Posts
    4,290

    Re: Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Steveo4529

    Glad you like it Steve. I think you'll enjoy this update.

    UPDATE: September 8, 2013

    It's getting very close to completion now! I've spent some time this weekend working
    on the ears, and just a little while ago I was finally able to attach them!



    I love these metal ear sets. They're fantastic, and being able to scrape away some paint to
    expose a glint of aluminum beneath is a great effect. On both ears, I did the small black markings
    with dry transfer lettering.



    The dry transfers adhere really well to the bare metal, and they're super thin. More like waterslide
    decals than vinyl decals. Plus, since the ones on the right ear parts are applied over bare aluminum,
    I'm able to scrape them with a small sharp plastic tool after they're in place. In the above shots, I've
    also done some light pastel weathering.

    Just for fun, here are the vertical stripes on the upper RF ear cap. The original ESB is on the left, and
    Steve's helmet is on the right. Just a couple of tiny black specks need to be added.



    Remaining tasks: weather and install the Borden, install the MQ-1 inside the keyslots, install the visor,
    weather and install the RF stalk and RF topper.

Similar Threads

  1. Superjedi--GMH PP2 for ??????????
    By superjedi in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: Sep 23, 2013, 1:44 PM
  2. Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Terrantula
    By superjedi in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 120
    Last Post: Jul 17, 2013, 7:30 PM
  3. Superjedi's GMH as ESB for Lucksy31
    By superjedi in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 132
    Last Post: Jul 10, 2013, 7:25 AM
  4. Superjedi's GMH--Pre-Pro 2
    By superjedi in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 159
    Last Post: Apr 14, 2013, 4:50 PM
  5. Superjedi--GMH PP2 for Shabad
    By superjedi in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 60
    Last Post: Aug 18, 2012, 6:17 PM
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •