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    yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    like so many others, i was inspired to get one of the hasbro voice changer clone helmets and rebuild it.

    when i first saw it, i thought it had great potential. one of the local guys took pics of it beside his clone6 helmet, and the overall size/shape is similar enough in my eyes to call it a good bucket:




    after chatting a bit with some other folks, i decided to build a new face plate out of thin plastic (for sale signs), and laminate that onto the front of the helmet, rather than building up filler to close the visor slit.

    here it is in all of its red and white glory!



    the reason for this strategy is simple. the extra thickness is minimal, but it gives you a 100% perfect front surface.

    i then built up the back of the sign with epoxy putty to get my lip back to the proper thickness.

    from there it was just many passes of filler / primer / sand, filler / primer / sand until i had it smooth enough to be happy.



    next i built up the lip around the bottom edge a bit. i wanted it to scoop in a bit more under my chin. only to notice later that the animated style clones (what i'm going for) don't really have a lip under the edge of the helmets. ah well. it looks better in the real world this way.



    now fast forward through the molding / casting part of the process, and we come to where we have a reasonably movie like clone helmet.



    but that's just the beginning. i made the resin copy so that i'd have an easier material to work with, since there was more tweaking to do.

    i thinned out the central fin to look more like the animated style, and completely removed the brow trim.

    a couple coats of primer white, some black wash, a bit of grey acrylic and some 501st blue paint brings me here:



    more weathering to do, the kill stripes, ear details... there's quite a way yet before this thing is done. but it's coming along nicely.

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    Very nice work. great looking bucket.

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    Bobby Fett UK said: View Post
    Very nice work. great looking bucket.
    I agree Rob...
    Your a machine bruv! excellent build up

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    Very impressive! Looks a million times better.

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    Awesome helmet Brian!

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    more work last night... i finished the weathering on the helmet and added the kill stripes:



    i also build up the RF topper. i started off with a Fett and reshaped it to look like the clone ones.



    that's getting a rubber bath tonight, so if any other clones/arcs/whatever are looking for one, let me know.

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    Will your RF topper be solid or hollow? Good info to note for those that might wish to add electronics or just want a light weight topper.

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    stormtrooperguy said: View Post
    That's getting a rubber bath tonight, so if any other clones/arcs/whatever are looking for one, let me know.
    Nice little touch for those customs Brian...

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    Jango72 said: View Post
    Will your RF topper be solid or hollow? Good info to note for those that might wish to add electronics or just want a light weight topper.
    it will be solid, but made from a light weight resin. it would be a pain to make that shape hollow...

    i might try slush casting one to see if i could make it lighter though. i'll let you know how that goes

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    That would be sweet. I'll keep this topper and you in mind once I've started my Rex helmet build.

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    i put the detail bits on the ears, and mounted the RF stalk.



    you'll note that i cut the top of the RF stalk down. technically rex's is round at the top and square at the bottom. i wasn't feeling like grinding that much metal, so i figured i'd let it be square. but it definitely doesn't have that fett-like T on the top.



    i might fill in the head of the screw on the RF stalk. not sure yet. no plans to make it movable, so i can do whatever. it's glued into place already.

    and while i'm at it, here are a couple of shots of me test fitting the whole suit.



    there's a LOT yet to do... thighs aren't attached, ankles need to be trimmed, shoulders need padding, needs a belt, etc...

    but, this is my first time putting it all on at one time, and i'm pretty happy with how it's looking!

    side shot:


    back:

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    looks fantastic

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    Awesome!

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    Awesome Brian! The weathering looks great!

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    Dude! That is so awesome!!!! Great job!


    G-Fett

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    did the last bit of detailing on the helmet tonight.

    RF is installed, screen and black nylon are in the various openings (frown, side vents, and mouth)












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    Dude, that helmet is nothing but awesomeness!:thumbup
    Your whole suit is going to rock!

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    That's freakin' awesome! It turned out perfect!

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    !!!REPRESENT!!!

    Awesome work

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    That is a very nice helmet build. It looks agressive and matches the armor well.

    Welcome to the clone ranks; happy trooping.

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    that's so sweet. I want to go out and buy one of those helmets now. haha

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    here's the latest tweak on my road to toon-dom... the visorfrown!



    the clone wars style helmets have no frown vents... or frowns at all! it's all visor. and let me tell you, shaping that plastic was FUN! i'm just glad that whatever plastic that grinding shield was made from heats up well. gets nice and flexible but not bubbly, and stays that way for a few seconds.

    here's the inside view:

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    Awesome Brian!

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    I have a hard enough time trying to set and shape a Fett visor, I can't imagine trying to shape a clone. Let alone a Clone Wars clone!! Ugh...


    Great job!!

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    Re: yet another hasbro clone rebuild

    suspect86 said: View Post
    I have a hard enough time trying to set and shape a Fett visor, I can't imagine trying to shape a clone. Let alone a Clone Wars clone!! Ugh...


    Great job!!

    thanks! it was awesome... first i heated it up and bent it around a 1 gallon bucket to get a general curve. then i heated up one side of the frown, fit it back in, pressed it in until it was solid. repeat for the other side. then heat other bits and go back and forth until it's all sorted out.

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