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    TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint! 90% Done!

    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!

    -TC
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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    Looks a nice helmet. You the man chris on painting superb helmets.
    Sure it in good hands.

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    Mandalorian Guard said: View Post
    Looks a nice helmet. You the man chris on painting superb helmets.
    Sure it in good hands.
    Thank you very much! I try my best and try to learn new things to make it better

    I finally got around to starting. My parents have had their own schedule of chores for me to do..:ugh: So right now, I'm juggling around this, a small repair job for Revolverocelot (I'm working on it bro!) and the scout gear, which I got full permission to make it as accurate as possible.

    I managed to pic up some steel wool, got the finest grade I could get. I began stripping it today, and the wool really helped to get all of the really gunky weathering off, I was not able to remove all of it, due to that the small corners and the like are really hard to access. So right now, I stripped what I could with my mouse sander, trying to be careful as to not accidentally sand down detail lines. I need to get a new sanding sponge so I can get the rest of the areas. After that, tape off the silver, and spray some primer, sand it down to get it smooth so those scratch lines no longer exist.

    So here it is right now. I used the wool to shine up the silver and it's alot shinnier in person then it was before



    -TC

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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    You paint up a really great jango helmet. I cant wait for this thread get fully started.

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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    what type of helmet is it? what's it made of?

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    987654321a said: View Post
    You paint up a really great jango helmet. I cant wait for this thread get fully started.
    Thank you!

    A'den Kyramud said: View Post
    what type of helmet is it? what's it made of?
    It is a FettPride ILM helmet. I don't remember the exact origins of how fettpride got the mold, but these are pretty much next generation screen cast jango helmets. It is made from Cold Cast fiberglass

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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    Looks like another great FP product is gonna get some Chris TLC...
    Can't wait for more updates...

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    lol thanks mojo!

    I am going to try a new paint-stripping technique, because I am really afraid of ruining the detail lines on the helmet using sanding paper. I was told that using brake fluid, brushed on, will react to cause the paint to come loose, and can be wiped away after a day or two of this.

    I honestly may try this with my own BKBT when I return home. Just that royal blue rustolium is a big pain in the '_____'

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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    Good looking helmet, Chris will fix it up real nice!!!

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    Lookin' great TC. My poor baby is almost naked. Cant wait to see more. Keep up the good work

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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    OK, so my next question; how'd you buff the dome (which looks amazing) without taking the paint off?

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    Re: TheDentedOne's FP ILM CC Repaint!

    The helmet is cold cast, meaning a metal powder is mixed into the gelcoat. You can then buff that with a fine grade steel wool. That fine grade wool can remove some paint lightly.

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    987654321a said: View Post
    The helmet is cold cast, meaning a metal powder is mixed into the gelcoat. You can then buff that with a fine grade steel wool. That fine grade wool can remove some paint lightly.
    lol I'd try to type out your board name..rather number if I memorized bro, but your right about this. Just took some find grade steel wool, 0000. You'll see like very small and fine powdery like shavings come off of it, but it shines it in the process. If I ever have time to, I'll get some aluminum polish and go at it with that.

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    Alright, well I'm going to get back on this hopefully tomorrow. I just got back in town last night. While home, I just never had any other chance to work on it with all of the obligations my parents needed me to take care of, etc..So yea, I'll be making some more progress as soon as I can!

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    Didn't forget about this one! Just been a bit busy with everything going on. I managed to tape off the silver, so I just need to finish sanding off the inner cheeks, and then I'll get to work with the bondo to fill those air holes.


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    Some pics from today's work so far. Wet sanded about 98% of the paint off, and then went at it with some steel wool. Really nice and shiny, makes me feel like I'm actually working with metal! I then added the bondo in 7 different places. Once I sand them down, I'll primer and get ready to paint!





    -TC

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    Looking great!!!

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    Got around to sanding the bondo down, most of it is finished, but I still need to re-apply more in some spots. The gap that was present on the upper part of the key slots (where the key slot casting was attached via fiberglass) is pretty much filled and sanded down. I just need to add a tiny bit more to that, and it'll be good to go. I'll begin the actual painting process soon after.

    -TC

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    wow looking great, i wish i had half your skill,
    maybe one day ^_^

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    rudy skirata said: View Post
    wow looking great, i wish i had half your skill,
    maybe one day ^_^
    lol trust me, just learn from doing it. I failed miserably my first time. One thing you gotta remember, that my old GoJu Sensei taught us: "everyone starts at the bottom"

    As for the helmet, I'm at 99% done with the bondo phase. Filling the back key slot gap has been a huge pain. Once the last of the bondo cures, I'll sand it down, and prepare it for paint!!!!

    -TC

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    Some pics showing it as of now. I've finished filling that gap in the key slot, so thats finished. However, I found yet another tiny air hole, which I'll need to go back over. Also, looking over the rest of the helmet, I've decided I'm going to fix up the inner visor/mandable section with some bondo. Was hard to see before, but there are a series of airholes along the rim, which I'd like to bondo and sand smooth. Almost there....





    There is a total of 3 airholes on this ear cap, two are filled, but one I just discovered on the front most area...



    And here is one shot of the inner mandible, this is how the rest of it looks all around, which I'll be filling with bondo.




    -TC

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    Alright, well since MegaCon is over, I should have no excuse for slacking on this paint up. I'm going to set a goal date for completion to be May 25

    Got all of spring break to work on it too, thats if my parents don't put me to work like last time!


    -TC

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    Well, Ive got some work done...unfortunatly, the bondo phase is not over and due to some computer issues, I cannot post the pics of it at this moment.

    I will say the inner rim of the mandible is just about done..and Ive started bondoing the RF pieces. Im going to see if theres someplace I can upload the pics

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    Alright! I managed to get the pics uploaded from this morning

    Here you can see the RF ear and RF box. These casting came out great where it mattered, but the backside is a whole different story. Air holes everywhere..so I did what I had to, and bondo bondo bondo...:ugh: However, I forgot to get the pics w/ the bondo on it

    So here they are





    The RF box was attached to the stalk using wires? I can't tell, but it was to get that smooth screw-headless appearence. However, I was able to pull it off with my bare hands. Going to use screws for this...it was on the screen used helmet after all! The reason I am going to re-attach the RF box is because I did not like the placement, and some of the metal on the very top was protruding farther then the RF box. Also, I polished up the stalk a bit..it's heavily scratched, but after some steel wool, it's not so dull anymore



    So that's whats going on as of now, just need to finish out the bondo.

    -TC

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    Worked on this awhile yesterday. Sanded down all the bondo, I may have to sand just a bit more on the RF box, but otherwise, they are primered and ready to get moded. Going to use the same bolt method I used on my last build, and that SEEKER provided awhile back.

    The rim on the inside of the mandable is pretty much done, however, I've just discovered two small airholes :ugh: Never ends, eh? lol

    -TC

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