Earliest Darth Vader concept helmet scratch build (McQuarrie)

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    Earliest Darth Vader concept helmet scratch build (McQuarrie)

    Hey all, some of you might recall my build reports of the McQuarrie concept Boba Fett and Vader helmets. This time Iím going to build another McQuarrie concept helmet. I was so intrigued by the samurai influences McQuarrie put in his early concepts I had to explore it even further and focus on his very first sketches.
    I donít want to put in too much time, so Iím not going to build it 1:1 but in scale. The sketches are very rough on the details so a mockup in scale style seems fitting.

    Iíll start with the helmet and drawn this side view, getting that samurai shaped design. I figured it would be best to start with a paper cone to drawn on and cut into the best shape, later I can use this as an outline mold.






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    cardboard mockup in progress






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    redkraytdragon's Avatar
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    No way dude, awesome! I'll be watching while clutching my large container of popcorn

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    This looks like its going to be awesome. Wish I had the chops to be able to look at something and then just "build" it.

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    I used the cardboard model as a reference and I have built the helmet parts out of styrene. I roughly closed the dome with enough space to fill it in with polyester putty. When the dome is finished I will install the rim of the helmet.






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    The doom has been filled with putty and sanded.




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    redkraytdragon's Avatar
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    I love the fact that you're making this in a smaller scale. Love your approach to tackling the dome too, very effective!

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    The scale is also practical, 1:1 this helmet would have been huge. For the dome I basically used the same technique as my earlier Vader helmet, it worked well then and now.

    Today I attached the rim to the dome and added the details as seen in the sketch. Next I will start sculpting the face. It’s going to need a lot of improvising. Only thing visible are the nose and the grill, the rest is a dark blur. I don’t want to mimic the look of the famous McQuarrie Vader from my previous project. This early sketch has a unique design, not really belonging in the line of the other concepts. (and yet it does…)










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    This is so cool! Keep it up!

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    your skills and builds are just awesome always a treat reading your posts

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    Sweet build. Can't wait to see more.

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