Here I go again! I may get 2 weeks off of school, but I got ALOT of work to do. Good thing, cause I find myself bored out of my mind when I'm down at my parent's for breaks.
So to get to this next helmet, this is a repaint. Some incredibly vague backstory, this was apparently painted by an art teacher, if I remember correctly. Originally, I was to remove and re-install the visor. From the looks of it, it appeared it was forcebly glued in there, the virtical portion made the mandibles sit too wide, and looked 'off.' When I did remove it, oneside actually sprang out as if it was under tension.
Really, the biggest issue is that the person who painted it, litterally did just that, paint it. Alot of corners were cut on this, and for that, I am re-doing this helmet, fixing the issues that were not dealt with.
First up, over all, from a distance, it doesnt look too bad, it's when you get up close, it starts to show it's true appearence
Upon closer inspection, it's clear that the helmet was not sanded smooth, or he used a really rough grit. There are these scratch marks all over the helmet's blue sections, and is quite noticable in person, hard to pick up on camera though.
You can see one thing about the paintjob which I honestly think looks bad, is the "rusty" looking weathering. Fortunatly, it's easy to remove with some water and elbow grease
Next thing, I don't know how this was cast, but there are noticable gaps between the helmet and the top sections of the keyslots. I plan to fill with bondo, and paint over it (top will be blue, but bottom will be rubb and buff)
Air holes are everywhere on this helmet, need to fill them
Final thing, I don't know what happened with the RF box, but it does not appear to be painted the same color/paint as the rest of the helmet. The good thing though is that it's attached to the stalk very well.
So that's what I gotta do, I dont know if I'll be able to finish it, but I'll do what I can. It's coldcast, so no need to rubb and buff the whole helmet, but I'm going to get me some steel wool and aluminum polish to shine up the silver, per request of TheDentedOne.
Leaving tomorrow morning!