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    What material is this?

    OK, I got a bucket here. I know zero about it. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of material it is made of and if it will hold bondo, how to shape it what to work it with etc?

    Thanks.
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    Re: What material is this?

    Looks to me like a plaster cast, or could be a fiberglass resin of a kind I'm not familiar with, I work with fiberglass and resin all day at work but that's what the pic looks like to me.

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    Re: What material is this?

    Looks like the inside of the asteroid cave from ESB.

    Jus' kidding. Kinda.

    Is that dark area a hole?

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    Re: What material is this?

    I really wonder myself. It could be some form of resin, or maybe liquid plastic?

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    Re: What material is this?

    don't you guys recognize that missing link in the mystery helmet lineage? that's the long forgotten frosting helmet!

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    Re: What material is this?

    Might just be paint. Did you try to sand or chip any off?

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    Re: What material is this?

    Looks like slush-cast resin to me.

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    Re: What material is this?

    I'd be afraid to stick my head in that thing...looks too ALIEN 'face huggerish'!

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    Re: What material is this?

    put a blow dryer on it and if it loosens up it'll help you determine what it is. Atleast it's a start. I really don't think it's paint, it wouldn't be so firmly in place. Latex would wobble like a balloon and oil would crumble.

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    Re: What material is this?

    I am pretty sure it is slush cast resin.

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    Re: What material is this?

    That's definitely resin, I thought he was asking about the red blotches inside.

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    Re: What material is this?

    I was gonna say whipped cream , but that would not be very helpfull. It looks like the type of resin that garden ornaments (lawn gnome and frogs) are made of.

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    Re: What material is this?

    That looks to me like a (sloppy) slush cast plastic resin - a lot like the stuff I'm using actually. It will hold bondo, but you have to clean it with dish soap and make sure you scuff it up with sandpaper first. Same goes for painting. Make sure it's good and cleaned off as the stuff has an oily residue.

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    Re: What material is this?

    Forgot to mention - the stuff can be cut quite easily with a fine saw (to get rid of the flash), and it sands really quite easily. You should be able to sand down any irregularities - assuming you find any LOL. Another useful tool to have for working with this stuff is a dremel. I also use a mouse sander quite a bit for larger areas of sanding if needed on such a casting. It can be sanded quite smooth with progressively fine sandpaper (wetsand near the end). Once again, be sure it's well cleaned of residue before trying to paint it.

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    Re: What material is this?

    batninja said: View Post
    Looks like the inside of the asteroid cave from ESB.

    Jus' kidding. Kinda.

    Is that dark area a hole?
    or the mouth of a rancor

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    cojake said: View Post
    I was gonna say whipped cream , but that would not be very helpfull. It looks like the type of resin that garden ornaments (lawn gnome and frogs) are made of.
    Sorry I couldn't resist:o
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    Re: What material is this?

    Well since its not the inside that really counts. I would have to agree with gypsyboy. It looks to be a slushcasted helmet. A VERY Sloppy one. May I ask to see pictures of the helmet itself?

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    Re: What material is this?

    Resin slush cast and it looks to be a first timer.

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    Hey! My first time slushing was nicer than that!!

    Looks to me like the slusher was a rusher. It may have been just a rough job for the sake of having an outside form to work on for mods or something. I know if I had that lid I wouldn't bother with the inside at all. I'd just fix up the outside and take a mold and make my own clean casting - and then I'd use the mold to make other lids I could modify to a few Mando variants. But that's me... I always like to make more work for myself than I would otherwise have had.

    GB

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    Re: What material is this?

    OK, everyone seems to agree it is a slush cast resin bucket. It's still not the worst thing I've ever seen, but it does need some TLC.

    Here's a few pix of the outside of it as some people have requested.
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    Re: What material is this?

    Whoa! That really needs some TLC. Seriously, that has much better prospects than what I bought before finding this place. Good luck with that.
    -Ville

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    Re: What material is this?

    chibi fett said: View Post
    Whoa! That really needs some TLC. Seriously, that has much better prospects than what I bought before finding this place. Good luck with that.
    -Ville

    I have looked, and looked at this bucket all day off and on, and I don't think it needs TLC, but a stick of TNT. Sorry Hunter, but if you can rehab it you will indeed be the Fett expert.
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    Re: What material is this?

    You dont need to be pro at doing many things. My suggestion for those raised spots is to file or sand them off. If the surface gets really thin, add fiberglass to it. If you poke a hole in one part while filing, just glue in a piece of cardboard behind it and add body filler and smooth it out. So its not that much TLC to get this working but.

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    Re: What material is this?

    Wildabeast said: View Post
    I have looked, and looked at this bucket all day off and on, and I don't think it needs TLC, but a stick of TNT. Sorry Hunter, but if you can rehab it you will indeed be the Fett expert.

    Too funny!
    If I bust my rear end on this thing and it still looks horrible, I'll go with a "I just crawled out of the Sarlacc's belly" motif.

    At least it doesn't look like this "helmet"
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    Re: What material is this?

    Progress pix:

    I'm not sure which bumps and depressions to fill in on the top of dome and the back of the helmet. (obviously not THE big dent) Any suggestions?
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