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  1. I helped at SDCC '08 987654321a's Avatar
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    Dec 17, 2007, 7:22 PM - A new Beginning. #1

    Well.. I really didnt like the cheeks on my old mando helmet. I thought they sucked because they were dented and crooked, and what not.

    So...

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    I started a new helmet!!!

    For this one, I am using fiberglass filler instead of Resin and Fiberglass mat. I find it pretty easy to use and here is a small teaser!

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    Dec 17, 2007, 9:27 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #2

    Thanks for the mention. :-) Looks great! The fiberglass will definitely make it nice and sturdy. Good luck with the sanding, man... that was my least favorite part. I can't wait to see how yours turns out! What color scheme are you planning?
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    Dec 17, 2007, 9:50 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #3

    Well great work needs to be mentioned in any of my posts. It will be a desert varient. I will post pictures of the scheme later tonight.

    And boy let me tell ya how heavy this helmet is getting from all the bondo being added to it.
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    Dec 20, 2007, 4:51 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #4

    New update

    One thick layer of bondo has been added to the dome to get rid of most imperfections, however, I ran out my batch of bondo so there are some areas that are not filled.

    The rangefinder part has been taken off because I am making a custom piece to fill that area.




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    Dec 20, 2007, 9:12 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #5

    It's surprising what one can do with templates and paper indeed.

    Looks good.
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    Dec 20, 2007, 9:55 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #6

    Yep look at samlynns work, gyspyboy, and jaiden ( Im sure there are more with amazing helmets from the WOF plans but I might not remember your name.) Their work is absolutely fantastic. Once this is done, I will make a fiberglass mold so that I can cast these whenever I want to. hehe.
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    Dec 21, 2007, 1:16 AM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #7

    I can imagine how heavy it is, man. I only used bondo on the face and cheeks, and only a very thin layer over the dome to fill in the tiny imperfections in the fiberglass. Even then it's not completely perfect, but I'm happy with it. I'm sure yours is going to turn out great, man. Keep sanding!
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    Dec 21, 2007, 9:18 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #8

    Yep this needs a ton of sanding, luckily I have an electric sander for it.
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    Dec 24, 2007, 8:31 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #9

    New update.

    Lots of sanding done! Its so smooth now and it has to be smoothed out even more, I might possibly be getting a rotary sander soon so it will make life so much easier. I currently have one of those vibrating sanders. I have done so much by hand however and its really coming together well.
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    Dec 24, 2007, 11:16 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #10

    Post some updated pictures!
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    Dec 25, 2007, 12:37 AM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #11

    Ill try to, I only have pictures from my phone's camera. I cant email them to myself for some reason or photobucket. I am in LA for 2 weeks, and I forgot to bring the proper cables for my phone but ill find a way to upload them soon, so watch out for an update with pictures.
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    Dec 26, 2007, 6:43 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #12

    Well I got a rotary sander and worked on it for a long time. However, since this will be a beat up mando helmet I left all the dents from the bondo, it looks like bugs have burrowed in there and its melted in some spots or something lol. I used the same weathering technique as my armor.

    Enjoy. I still have to add details which will be illustration board. I have just the right size for this.






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    Dec 28, 2007, 1:42 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #13

    I thought the cracks in the ground were on your helmet.
    Man that is so cool! Have fun sanding!
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    Dec 28, 2007, 11:34 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #14

    Well it looks like *** now, haha. Ill just fill the dents and holes in tomorow and smooth it out.


    The link broke when I organized my photobucket account so here is the album.

    http://s97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...rian%20Helmet/
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    Jan 3, 2008, 6:04 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #15

    Major Update!

    First of all I am almost finished with my 300 Spartan Helmet, Just needs more filling, Sanding, filling, Sanding....... lol.



    Now on to the mandalorian helmet. I have filled in almost everything and have sanded the hell out of it. Thank god I have an electric sander or else it would have taken ages to sand by hand! I sprayed one very light coat of primer on the helmet itself to see where it needs to be filled, or sanded more.

    Almost There!


    So Close!


    *** I CAN TASTE IT!



    .........
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    Jan 3, 2008, 6:49 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #16

    That looks waaaay better man. Good job with the sanding. Always the hardest part, in my opinion. :-P
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    Jan 3, 2008, 6:52 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #17

    Thanks.

    Yea I hate sanding even with an electric sander, the vibrations really kill your hands after a while.

    Alright well I have a small update

    I just filled all the pinholes, and dents even more but there are some micro-dents, lol, that dont really need to be filled since I will get a fiberglass mold of this.
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:01 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #18

    Quote 987654321a said: View Post
    Thanks.

    Yea I hate sanding even with an electric sander, the vibrations really kill your hands after a while.

    Alright well I have a small update

    I just filled all the pinholes, and dents even more but there are some micro-dents, lol, that dont really need to be filled since I will get a fiberglass mold of this.
    Got another pic to go with that small update? :-P
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:09 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #19

    Well since you guys feed on pictures, even from "small updates" haha. Here are a couple from my "Small Update". Btw, I took theis pic from my camera phone 3 minutes ago. Technology advances pretty fast. Doesnt it?

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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:12 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #20

    Hey man, pictures are awesome. Yeah you did a good job filling those spots in.

    I think people are tired of me posting pictures on my threads tho. :-P Maybe I overdo it a bit?
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:14 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #21

    Oh no, you definately dont. Your stuff is just amazing. I love progress pictures. I guess some people are just sour..
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:16 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #22

    Lol. I'm gonna have to make a trip down to San Diego to come visit, man. We can talk shop. And by shop, of course I mean all things Fett. :-P
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:39 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #23

    Oh definately!

    Another update! Pictures to come, the whole thing has been sanded and primered!

    Still some small sanding left but That will have to come tomorow because its getting very dark now.
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:49 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #24

    When I moved all my crafting from the kitchen table to my spare bedroom, I do all my sanding in there now. I keep my wife pacified by cleaning up the room and vacuuming every evening when I'm done working. :-P
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:52 PM - Re: My custom mando helmet. WIP #25

    Good thing you have someone to clean up after you, I have myself to clean up after myself. And let me tell ya, its a pain in the rear to clean up all the sanded bondo.

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