Thankyou! Watch y-wingfighters thread with his build up for more!
Thankyou! Watch y-wingfighters thread with his build up for more!
Hi, here's a quick update of my second run of vac-formed goggles.
I did a bit of revision on my former and these are Orange or as orange as I could get them!
I'd have preferred them a little darker, but the Acrylic doesn't seem to take anymore colour...
I've got another 2 done and ready to go. I think better start my own build up soon!!
Thanks! I'll be checking my list and hope to sell a couple soon! Helmets, goggles and greeblie kits that is!
looken good man Im also working on a y-wing helm, hopefully mine will turn out as good.
Hi thanks! I was hoping to have one painted by now, but have been busy with my Fett lid & my Dalek!
Still it's in primer
Another touch of primer and reflat and it'll be ready for a silver ground coat.
Your helmet is looking really good, im looking forward to seeing the end. Did you say Dalek... Awesome!
Thanks! At least I know roughly what the end result is going to look like. Here's the link to ywingfighters build (which you've already probably seen)
Yes my Dalek is a 70's Genesis of the Daleks build. All the hemisphere's are built and he's well on his way!
After the priming and a good flatting I tested out my new paint gun this weekend and gave it 2 coats of silver as a ground. Then I'll get an idea for where I want the scratches and work my way out (like a Fett lid build up) with a grey next.
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I got a cheap Airbrush as well as my touch-up paint gun so I shall see how I go!
Very clean work,Rich!Looking forward to your paintjob.
Thanks! Just waiting on some Maskol now and I'm off!
I thought I'd post a quick update of the progress so far. After the silver, I applied a light coat of grey primer, some light brown on top of that. Followed by some white with masking up of areas for chips and scratches.
It's going to get one more of white then its on to the top section for maroon and grey.
Some of the chips will probably get hidden, I'll see how I feel. While it will be pretty close to the Y-Wing lid in Jedi I don't feel I have to follow the distress to the exact letter. I really like some of the chips on the edges! Looks like it's been bouncing around in a cockpit!
Nice work,Rich! Looking forward to your paintjob!
Thanks! Here's a little more progress...
Instead of me using an airbrush for the red (and white) I used a touch-up gun. Just thought I'd mention it incase anyone was wondering!
Masking up and adding red (in 2-3 attempts until the colour looked right!)
Masking removed and the addition of the silver/grey band on the top.
Next up (later hopefully) I'll be breaking out my airbrush and adding matte black to the lower areas and where the buttons go.
The whole thing will of course be getting a lot of "carbon scoring" later! :D
After a bit of masking up it was time for the addition of some matte black in the lower back area and grooved section...
...after plenty of reference checking I masked the front area for the yellow band.
The yellow covered better than I thought it would actually!
Without the masking it looks something like this...
It's still wet in this picture so the masking fluid is still yet to be removed. I'll do that tomorrow when it's dry.
That's where I'm up to for now!
Still following? Good!
With the yellow band done it was time to plan and mask the green.
A 50/50 mix of greens here running diagonally. Although not 100% screen perfect, it looks pretty good I think.
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Next to the green (decal) logo on the right (as you wear it)
The strange thing is, and I shouldn't be surprised at this, but it's really feeling like its seen a lot of action already!
Weird, but that's the effect we're all trying for with the Fett lids too...
looking forward to your cool paintjob!
Thanks! I think its going pretty well...
After a look at some reference I thought I'd get the side insignias in blue and green done...
I find it easier to slice some masking tape than buy some "go faster tape" (stripes)!
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With 'em about in the right place it was time to commit with paint.
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I can see why all 6 Fett lids from ESB and ROTJ are different! Trying to exactly replicate scratches and marks is time consuming!
After a moderate amount of painting it was time to add the greeblies. With some trial fitting they looked OK and didn't need too much preparation.
I did decide to epoxy the audio knob (Yamaha engine cover) to a bolt and drill the disc. This way I could avoid the blob of epoxy that appears on the real thing!
The other side was pretty straight forward too...
Next up? The red text I think!
I'm blown away at the level of detail in all these builds.
WOW! That helmet is awesome!
Thanks a lot guys! It's getting there, I've just been a bit busy with other projects otherwise this would be long finished by now!
In between my 2nd oil painting of Dumbledore, I've got on the case with the helmet again!
The text was the next section. I was mulling the creation of the front and side texts.
Either using a transfer, painting it freehand, a stencil or just plain masking up again.
In the end I went with masking up with strips of tape.
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There's a couple of minor spots to touch up by brush, but in all looking OK!
I've still some paint mixed for the blue/red winged logo on the other side.
I'm also considering a run of decals for the front "Radio Bolinas" sticker.
Once that's done its a dusting over to grubby the whole thing up...
Feeling quite happy with the progress!
Only another small update but I figured I'd upload! Especially as I'm trying the goggles in it for the first time since I've started painting it!
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I'm trying with the idea of some Radio Bolinas decals for the front too..
My first y-wing helmet has just landed in the US, so that's another one out there!
Until next time,
thanks for info. & reference pics :thumbsup
It's not 100% screen accurate (some of the scratches are close but not in exactly the right place) but it is pretty close!
The black scorching is next followed by an allover wash to grubby it up!
10 months since my last update I figured it was time to get this thing completed and some updates done!
Been really busy with stuff so not had chance to touch the lid for ages but I got busy with the distressing today.
Starting with the light grey airbrushing....
..and some on this side too. I slowly darkened the grey in 20% increments so there's 5 shades by the next photo...
Here's where I am about now. I've got to stencil the grey scorching on the left lower side but that it the painting nearly done.
A little more distressing on the chipped silver and little here and there.
More updates soon (hopefully!)
Now that's an update! :)
Looking really good, Rich. Love that last shot. The airbrushed weathering
gives it that nice, grungy appearance.
When I did my Richie's Armor Y-Wing helmet, I think I used four different colors
for the airbrushed weathering. A couple of grays, an earthy brown, and a sort
of rusty color (applied very sparingly.)
Yeah, sneaking up on the wear and tear slowly is the way to go, definitely!
Varying shades too. I applied paint and removed it minutes later with turpentine on ear buds.
Looking OK! Hopefully get a bit more done tomorrow!
All good practice before I start on my Fett helmet!
Got a little more done. Drilled the hole for the mic. Added more scorching, more fine scratches. Also added some subtle paint that a lot of people miss...
(Actual Prop) The grey bands on the inner edge, these aren't symetrical but they're no the prop either!
(Actual Prop) Some yellow over spray that is pretty much the width of my masking tape that runs straight through the Yamaha greeblie.
..also the left hand side lower scorching where there would have been a greeblie before someone (George?) removed it.
..and that's where I'm pretty much up to.
Next is maybe a final bit of distressing on the top. Find and fix the 9 screws and final fit (with aluminium) of the goggles.
This is really cool! Not a helmet I've seen too often!
Thankyou! I just wished I was quicker! Working on this and other projects on and off means it's taken longer than I hoped!
Nice work Dex, emailed you a few time but no reply but I know your busy so when your ready is fine mate I need to chat to you.
Hi Bobatrooper, just sent you an email. Thanks for the kind words by the way!
Since the last update I've added the 9 brass screws and distressed them with paint so they look tired and tarnished.
Cut some steel rod to size, added the mic tip and added some rubber piping.
Cut a piece of leatherette and wrapped it around some plastic tube for the front padding section....
Bonded in the mic, the leatherette section, bonded the goggles in permanently now.
..and I'm getting close now! I'm still considering screen printing some decals for the front.
I may add a touch more scorching, but I think I'm about 95% there!! Taken me waaayyyy too long!!
Happy with the results though!! :D
Thhey looks fantastic,Rich! Great work!
hey Dex that looks fantastic hope mine looks that good when its done, but need to know where you get the visor as I need one and can only find xwing fighter ones and it don't look right am I best scratching one or you know where I can bag one of them.
What method did you use for the fine nicks and scratches? Love the effect.
Hi the visor I formed myself with a vacuum former, there's pictures of the former on page 1. If I were you yes, I'd scratch build one.
The scratches, if you mean the chips? The whole thing was painted silver first and maskol-ed where I wanted to leave silver (chipped though the paint). The upper layers of paint were added while keeping the lower layers masked, the stuff is rubber based so I rubs off easily. Are those the scratches you meant?
The technique is much the same as those in the Boba Fett helmet build up's on here. Some of the "really" fine marks were literally scraping through the dark paint while it was still soft. Not too deep, just deep enough!
It will take you a good while to do if you do it properly enough to look convincing! The time spent is worth it though!!
Hope this helps!!