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Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    I ended up having to pay $140.00 for mine.But I don't care,It's worth it!!!

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Count Dookie said: View Post
    Testors grey #1138?
    testors 1138 is what i've used. with a number like that, it's made for star wars!

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Well, maybe I'll get one of each of the Humbrol #5 and the Testors 1138 and see how they look.
    I just checked on the helmet and I'll definitely have to polish it a bit, the finish could stand to be smoother.
    But I'm gonna have to be patient and wait till Tuesday!
    I hate waiting.

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Pretty cool for the money. Some simple mods, good to go!

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    So someone wanna volunteer to start buying us some helmets?

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    Dude Eric youre crazy!!! Cant wait to see it thursday!

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    firstsonofsolo said: View Post
    Dude Eric youre crazy!!! Cant wait to see it thursday!
    Well hopefully it'll look more like a Stormtrooper bucket again instead of a blank white outline of a Stormtrooper bucket.

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    Not sure why anyone would completely redo this pristine bucket, but to each his own I guess.I think the bucket looks fabulous as is.So shiny and assembled very nicely.I would be scared to death that I would ruin it.You are a brave soul superjedi.lol
    however I do think I would like to do up a sandtrooper bucket with my next one.No redo, just dirtied up.
    If anyone else gets one, I recommend a seller who goes by funstuff on the bay.Very good packing, fast shipping and the buy it now is only $99 usually.

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    I'm so tempted to get hold of one of these. Found a spot in the U.K. that does these for 60 Quid and free postage. Now all I have to do is sneak the cash past the Mrs without her noticing. You guys think this is possible?

  10. #35

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    No, it is not possible to sneak cash by any Mrs without her noticing. They have built in detectors and safeguards that can't be rerouted or hacked. I've tried.

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Damn!! Well bang goes that idea Back to the drawing board....(sob)

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    The only way to get past this roadblock is to get her something of equal value.

  13. #38

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    Humbrol number 5 AD Grey is indeed correct Nice work Eric, its great to see all these threads of people destroying......err I mean correcting their MR products

  14. #39

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    yeah, really... master replicas. best prop kits in the world, some assembly required!

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    It might be possible...but then what will she say when a new bucket magically appears on the shelf?

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    Just swear that it's always been there and she's simply never noticed it before

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Finished!
    OK. . . OK, so I didn't stick to my original timetable. The Duplicolor white cured very nicely, and once I had polished it a bit, I used some Duplicolor clear to protect it. This was also polished with some rubbing compound and that brought it up to a very nice, natural looking shine. It's not like a mirror finish, but I think it closely approximates the gloss white-painted look of the original stunt helmets.
    Here's an overall shot.



    I repainted the frown, tears, trapezoids, and ears with Testors Gray 1138. My excellent hobby shop, which normally has anything I could ever want, doesn't carry any gloss Humbrol colors.
    But comparing the Testors to the original color, I think it's a great match.



    The black stripes inside the rear trapezoids and tears, and the vocoder, were painted by hand with a Testors gloss black paint marker. In all my years of modeling, I had never used one of these things before! Sooooooo easy to use!!



    The black outlines of each trapezoid were done with auto pinstriping tape. I just wanted to have those lines very smooth to define the shapes.

    The replacement tube stripe decals I bought are terrific! Very vibrant shade of blue, but not too light like I've seen on some TK buckets. I cut a thin line of painters tape to use as a guideline, then cut each tube stripe out individually to ensure they conformed better to the curve of the helmet.



    Once I was sure I wouldn't have to respray anything, I reattached the Hovi tips with CA glue and added some black mesh inside the frown. I got a 1-foot roll of the stuff for like $3.00. . . I have enough left over to do about 200 more helmets. I just tacked it down with a few drops of CA, just in case I ever have to remove it for anything. I also put some of the black mesh inside the Hovi tips because they're basically see-thru.

    I re-tacked the brow trim, again just using a drop of CA on either temple, and put the neck trim back on, then the very last thing I did was replace the report covers I used to darken the lenses with some smoke gray limo tint. It's much better to see thru!

    So that's it. My "cheap" MR bucket wound up costing a little more, but I'm glad I made the alterations. Would I do this again? Probably not! At some point I'll probably wind up getting another one of these CE helmets to keep pristine.
    Thanks for looking!

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Very nice bruv... 8)

    I'm waiting on my better half to agree to me buying one in a weeks time! But I think would keep my alterations to a minimum... too scared!

    That Testors 1138 looks like a pretty good match too... and nice tip on the Testors paint marker!

    So whats next...

  19. #44

    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Looks fantastic Eric, nicely done I've got one of these helmets myself, now if only I could remember where I put that hammer.........

  20. #45

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    that's a dramatic improvement in look for relatively little work. and in the end, probably a lot cheaper still than what you'd pay for one of the higher end fan produced kits.

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Thanks guys, this was a nice diversion from all things Fett for a change.

    In total, I'd say I spent about $40 or so on supplies. . . maybe a little less. So the total project including the helmet itself was well under $200. Less than half the retail cost of the LE helmet.

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    Good work! Saw a ton of these on the auction site, very tempted.

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    Hmm you think it would fit my bean?

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    Re: Mods to my MR "CE" Stormie helmet

    firstsonofsolo said: View Post
    Hmm you think it would fit my bean?
    Well. . . . . . . maybe if you just set it on top of your head.

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    kinda like Chewie from SW Lego 2?

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