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    Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Hi gang,
    Working on something non-Fett related (for a change.)
    I've always liked the different looking helmets used by the Rebel Alliance, especially the different designs for the pilots. I ordered a Y-Wing helmet kit from Richie's Armor about 3 weeks ago, and it got here yesterday.
    Great looking kit, and he got it out to me nice and quick!

    The kit consists of 2 vac-formed styrene shells (left and right), a clear tinted visor, 2 strips of black edging, and several small greeblies for detailing. It even includes a length of flexible coated wire to make the microphone boom. Here's the contents of the kit.



    Here's a tighter shot of the resin detail bits. No trimming had been done on these for this shot. These are "as received."



    Construction of the main helmet was very straightforward. I cut several small tabs from extra styrene, and after lining up the 2 shells, superglued them in place. I just did that to keep everything aligned while I got my JB Kwik ready. Then I applied that all along the inside of the seam. I worked it in small section cuz that stuff kicks pretty fast!



    Once the JB Kwik had dried, I went back along the outside of the seam and puttied it. The stuff I use is similar to 1-part Bondo. I bought it while I was stationed in Germany and I've had this tube for over 4 years. It's still going strong! It dries pretty fast and sands to a really smooth finish.





    I applied some extra putty to the chin area, which was kind of "sunk" where the 2 halves came together. I built it up to a flatter surface, taking some extra care to blend it in well. Here it is after sanding.







    I'm off to the hobby shop in a little bit to grab some primer, and then I'll see how the putty looks. If it needs touch ups, I'll do that later tonight.

    More to come!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Nice kit SJ.... seems very clean and minimal work to put it together.
    Can't wait to see what you do with the paint job bro...

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Nice. Looks pretty good.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Awesome. Can't wait to see it done

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    WOW i've never seen one of these before. looks like it'll be fantastic!

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    sweet! you don't see many y wing helmets out there!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Yeah it's not that common to see one of these in peoples' collections.
    I recently saw a fantastic build up over on RPF, and decided to add this to my Rebel line up.

    Got some Tamiya primer on the helmet, and after it dried I found that I did have to go back and re-putty the seams. Oh well. So now it's gray with puttied seams! Oh the progress is just staggering!



    I'll resand and reprime tomorrow. Then I'll have to test some colors as I'm trying to replicate a specific screen-used helmet from ROTJ.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    I love the Y wing helmet. Are you planning on using a paint scheme from the movie or going custom?

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    oooooo...this is gonna be good.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Cant wait to see this baby finished. I really love this helmet. Great choice!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    VERY cool Eric. I'll be watching this one too....

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Very cool. Its nice seeing something different for a change!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    UPDATE: Feb 12th

    Got the first color on. It's. . . white!
    I masked off the area I wanted to paint and used Floquil Reefer White. I just misted it on with 2 or 3 light coats to get a "dirty white" appearance. The entire helmet is going to be pretty heavily weathered, so I don't want my base colors to be really pure.





    The little split in the top of the chin area doesn't matter as that rounded detail will be covered by some brown vinyl when the painting is all done. It's supposed to look like padding.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Can't wait to see the rest!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    UPDATE #2: Feb 12th

    Had some more time and the white was dry, so I sprayed the second major color.





    Tomorrow the last major color will go on the 2 slightly inset panels on the top/back, and then I'll start on the markings.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Great job!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    I can't wait to see the finished helmet

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    looks great eric!

    love ur others projects as always!

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    Thanks guys!

    UPDATE: Feb 13th

    OK, got the last major color on the back panels. I used Floquil Dark Green for these areas.





    Next will be some more complex masking for some red and gray markings.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Can you post some pictures of the one you plan to replicate?

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Tony,

    I think this is the one SJ is replicating. Oh BTW, awesome job on the helmet SJ!


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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    GREAT JOB!!!!!


    Makes me want to buy another oneeeee!!!!!


    Best regards


    Alfredo


    PM: I havent finish my boba stuff yet, i will send you a pic once i finish it.

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Just out of curiosity, why did they go with the different helmet concept in ROTJ instead of the standard helmet for X & Y wings established in ANH?
    Mike

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    TD2253, yes that's the one! Here's a larger pic of the source helmet from ROTJ.



    Desloc, not sure why they made new types of helmets for ROTJ. Maybe they just had a bigger budget.

    UPDATE #2: Feb 13th

    Started some of the markings. First ones are the gray stripes along the jaw line. If you look at the pic I just posted of the real helmet, you can see on the right side there's a section that's darker gray. I added some darker gray while everything was still masked off.





    The real helmet is extremely dirty. Once I get all my base colors on, I'll go back and add all the weathering and scorching and chipping. You know, the fun stuff!

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    Re: Rebel Y-Wing pilot helmet

    Glorious!

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