Well here's something you won't see everyday from ol' Superjedi: a non-Fett thread!
About 2 1/2 years ago during our last move, my Red 9 X-Wing helmet was damaged
beyond repair. I was moving a shelf and actually stepped on it. The horror. . . the horror!
At that time, it was the third X-Wing helmet in my collection. I already had a Luke ANH
version from Richie's Armor, and a Red Leader helmet built up from a Wilco kit.
I wanted to replace that Red 9 ever since, but my hobby dollars have been redirected
toward numerous other projects. Recently, my wife got me the eFX Luke X-Wing helmet
for an early Christmas present, and I just love it! It's really excellent looking and I have
it on display with my other Rebel helmets.
Since my Richie's helmet was painted as Luke's, that left me with a "spare" Luke helmet.
So I decided to do a repaint and make it into another Red 9. If you're not sure which
pilot Red 9 was, it was this guy:
I just always liked the look of that dark red helmet with the tiger stripes on it.
Here are some pics of the Richie's Luke helmet before I started messing with it.
It's a very nice helmet, and is actually the very first full-size prop replica I ever owned! This was
also purchased by my wife as a b-day present nearly a decade ago. So I always tease her that she's the
reason for my crazy prop hobby!!
I began the conversion by removing the visor, which is attached with a pair of tiny machine screws and nuts.
I also removed the black trim around the bottom. It's some kind of self-adhesive door trim, so it came
off very easily. The next thing I did was peel off all the vinyl decals using a very high-tech device: my
fingernail! I was able to peel them all off fairly quickly, and in the pics below, you can see how they were
applied before any of the airbrushed weathering.
My original Red 9 was painted using Floquil Zinc Chromate Primer. I ordered some last week and it arrived
earlier today, much sooner than I anticipated. If you're looking for Floquil or Polly Scale and don't have a
local source, I highly recommend hobbylinc.com. I've ordered from them many times, and they pack their
items well and they arrive fast.
The next stage will involve sanding the helmet to get it paint ready. I'm not going to sand it completely
down to white styrene. Even I'm not that crazy. I'm just going to sand it to the point where I can't
feel any ridges or spots where the original paint scheme was masked off.
More to come!