I've been working on this for about a week now so I thought I had better start up my progress thread.
I recieved my awesome CC Asok Helmet last week to start off the build so I jumped right into it and started sanding it.
Here's the helmet after the initial sand up to 400 grit:
I'd also filled in some little imperfections in the helmet with some body filler which were all luckily contained within areas that will be painted so I didn't have to worry about anything serious on the visible cold cast areas.
I left the Visor and back section in while I sanded so it would stay stable and solid so I didn't risk cracking or breaking it while sanding it because I've seen a few people here mention fractures that have happened during this stage of their helmet build.
So here's the helmet after I've gone over it with 400, 800 and 1200 grit sandpaper, then I buffed it out with some 000 grade wire wool. After that was done I went and cut out the visor section and the rectangle at the back for the coin slots.
Coin slot insert also sanded and buffed with the wool:
It's really got that metallic look now and I can't wait to give it that coat of metal polish to really shine it up. I really like the way saintnasty's helmet turned out in his progress thread so I dropped by a local automotive store and there was some "Meguiar's Metal Polish" sitting on a shelf so a grabbed some of that and now I'm just deciding whether to polish it up before or after painting. I'm not sure if the masking tape will leave marks or not but I guess I can always buff them out.
So I just need to tidy up the cut-out parts because, as you can see the inside layers of resin are a bit uneven so I just need to do a bit of sanding and filing and then I should be good to start the painting:
I'm having a bit of trouble locating the paints locally though.
The reccomended colours I've seen mentioned are Krylon "Ocean Blue" and Rustoluem "Royal Blue". I know Krylon isn't readily available here in Australia but I've managed to find another blue that's a pretty close match to the Krylon blue so I'll give that a go and see how it turns out.
I am having trouble finding a darker blue in place of the Rustloleum blue that looks right. I know I've seen Rustoleum paints around here before, I've even got a half empty can of it in black in the garage but it looks like it's vanished from everywhere after checking out about five different hardware and paint stores around town this afternoon.
I guess all I can do keep looking...
I might clean up the ear and rangfinder parts if I get a chance tomorrow but I'll probably be occupied all weekend with The Old Republic Beta weekend so there might not be an update til next week on this.
So far so good but there's a long road ahead still!