Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

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    Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    After seeing my Tiger Clone and Rex helmets, my nephew requested a camo mod for his birthday.

    Therefore, I'll be documenting my progress. Check it out and lemme know what you think!

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    STEP 1: Masking

    As this is primarily just a paint mod, the first step is to simply mask off the visor.

    I use thin architects masking tape (I have a ton of colors, and I just randomly picked green).


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    STEP 2: Cheek Implants

    This step uses my custom EZ Visor Mod™.

    I simply created a template for a visor and cut out several masters out of .20 gauge hobby styrene, available at Hobby Lobby or most craft/hobby stores.

    I then installed them using 2-part Loctite plastic bonder.




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    STEP 3: Base Paint

    After I let the glue cure for about 24 hours, I was ready to lay down a base layer of paint.

    I gave the whole helmet a quick sand w/ VERY fine grit sandpaper (400 grit). The helmets are so slick that I felt I needed to give it some "tooth" so the paint would stick.

    I chose a simple tan color and used the new Valspar Plastic spray paint.

    I was very liberal with the coats - about 6 or so total.

    It turned out pretty well.





    After everything was dry, I removed my tape mask over the visor.

    Next step will be the first layer of camo, which I'll probably begin tomorrow.

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    i think the drop in visor template is a great idea. i know that if i was a kid, i'd have wanted the narrow lenses like we see in the movies, not the dopey "safe" thing!

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Thanks, STG. You were actually the inspiration, with your idea of using the garage sale sign as a backer for your bondo.

    I just don't have nearly as much patience as you do to work with all that stuff. So I opted for a much quicker solution.

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    So, as I ponder the camo scheme, let me take a quick poll...

    Which do you guys think would look better:

    Traditional camo - big, blobby overlapping shapes

    Messy camo - similar to the Kashyyyk clones, with no real pattern or definition

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Since this is a Phase I Clone, maybe the camo seen on the Camo Troopers in the Clone Wars movie from this summer?

    --Jonah

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    Yeah, the Republic scouts that found Jabba's son had a pattern similar to this:
    http://www.armygear.net/armygear/ima...00729_FULL.jpg

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    i like what youre doing here. i have a hasbro bucket that i've been wanting to do something with, but i havent been too inspired lately

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Jedi_Outcast77 said: View Post
    Yeah, the Republic scouts that found Jabba's son had a pattern similar to this:
    http://www.armygear.net/armygear/ima...00729_FULL.jpg
    Yeah, that digi-camo is sweet...and I have no idea how I would pull that off. Over in the Kashyyyk Trooper thread, MrBungle has a pretty cool scout lid that he did in the kind of "sloppy" camo that I think you're talking about...I think I could pull that off.

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Personally, I'd highly recommend against painting any sort digital camo pattern, it's way too much with a ton of masking to get all of the individual pixels. If you wanted a digital camo like MARPAT or UCP I'd recommend skinning it over painting it, by skinning I mean buying the decal like stuff that you can buy that's used to cover guns, ATVs, and the like. I forget the actual name for the stuff but I'm certain that I've seen the stuff in digital patterns but I can only seem to find hunting patterns for rifles and shotguns and not large sheets.

    If you can't any sort of wrap or skin I did find a site with a tutorial on how to paint a digital camo using stencils and spray cans. The tutorial is for painting a rifle but I'm sure the techniques can be easily applied to painting your bucket. Here's the URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/6285685/Ho...tal-Camouflage

    Here's a link showing a technique that would probably work very well for painting the bucket.

    http://questknowledge.com/?p=293

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Riceball - excellent tuts. Thanks for the links.

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    I just found a way of painting your bucket without actually painting it. I saw a paintball forum where people had simply glued camo fabric to their masks and from what I saw it didn't look too bad although the bucket might look a bit odd with the fabric texture showing though.

    Another way of doing this would be to get a digital copy of the camo pattern and print it onto some self-adhesive vinyl and stick it on the lid. However, an 8.5x11 sheet by itself wouldn't be large meaning you would have to have it custom printed at a larger size but there's still the problem of getting it to fit without any wrinkles.

    For hand paintable patterns I recommend looking up some WW II German patterns, they had some nice looking patterns that might be fairly easy to reproduce by hand. For a more modern look it would be even easier to duplicate the current German flektarn pattern.
    Last edited by Riceball; Feb 13, 2009 at 12:41 AM.

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Here's a super-fast photoshop comp of what I'm thinking about:



    And here's one with officer stripes:



    Comments? Thoughts?

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Not bad although I find the woodland camo pattern a little boring these days. How about painting it in Mulitcam?

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    -borrowed pic.

    USCM camo?

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    Re: Hasbro Bucket Camo Mod

    Go with digital camo, either ACU'c or Marpat. In the clone wars CG movie there are two scouts that seem to have digital ACU camo. The part when there going after the bounty hunters on that cliff

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