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    Feb 12, 2008, 10:23 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #76

    I thought about that, but I have zero casting abilities and no experience working wth resin. I also need to find the origins of these panels as to avoid recasting without permission. Maybe I can find a good tutorial online or someone can send me instructions.


    If someone wants to PM me regarding casting, that is fine, I don't want this thread to be hijacked.

    Thanks!
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    Feb 12, 2008, 10:27 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #77

    Awesome deal on the panels Azheat! Can't wait to see it all come together!
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    Feb 13, 2008, 5:33 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #78

    Did a little work on the panels today. They needed to be sanded a bit and then I added handles. I also drilled the holes for the LEDs. I need to add the on/off switch to this one. Once I finish the other ones I want to get these mounted so I can start painting. I will have 4 with handles and 4 without.

    Sorry for the crappy pictures, the lighting was bad.



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    Feb 14, 2008, 9:48 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #79

    Looks Really good
    guess I know what I am doing with my Tax rebate when it comes in May lol
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    Feb 18, 2008, 7:25 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #80

    Here is a quick picture of the side panels I worked on. I added a push button switch and the LEDs. I have 1 blinking red, 1 steady red, and 1 steady yellow. The other panels have a combination of steady green, blinking red, and steady yellow.






    I was also able to mount the panels. I screwed them to the box and used a little liquid nails. I also used the liquid nails to trim around where the panels meet the box and to fill in some nail holes.





    I would like to sand these and the box tomorrow, prime, and start painting. I decided on silver for the carbonite and pewter or gun metal for the box. I am also going to hand paint some details on the panels.

    I'm thinking about buying a blue LED or making some sort of confguration where a soft blue light shines down from the top of the cabinet and illuminates HIC.

    What do you think?
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    Feb 18, 2008, 7:48 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #81

    That's looking excellent! If you don't mind me asking what have you used to seal the wood so the paint doesn't sink in and reveal the wood grain beneath?
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    Feb 18, 2008, 6:35 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #82

    Thanks SinisterFett. For the wood I am just using a two coat primer.

    I should have the base coat on tonight.
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    Feb 19, 2008, 2:05 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #83

    Well, I've waited months to get to this point and I couldn't be happier! I finished sanding everything and put on the first coat of primer. I think it looks awesome and I'm excited about finishing.









    I think the texture came out nice also. Now I am off to Wal-Mart to buy the silver, clear coat, and gunmetal. Once I finish with the silver and gunmetal, I'm going to hand brush some details on the side panels.

    So, what do you tihink? Not bad so far, considering I am under $300.00 for this project.
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    Feb 19, 2008, 2:52 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #84

    I need some help. I was looking at HIC and thought about the colors again. I was thinking it may be possible to leave Han and the carbonite primer grey and just coat it in clear gloss. I keep looking at reference pictures and think it may not look right if I painted it silver.

    I will still do the box a diiferent color.

    What do you think?
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    Feb 19, 2008, 9:07 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #85

    Thats is just coming out GREAT..Looks just awesome....any idea how much it weighs? jjv5150
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    Feb 19, 2008, 9:39 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #86

    Not sure on the weight, but it really isn't all that heavy.
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    Feb 19, 2008, 6:38 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #87

    Wasn't the one icons did pewter in color?
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    Feb 19, 2008, 7:04 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #88

    Quote azheat01 said: View Post
    I need some help. I was looking at HIC and thought about the colors again. I was thinking it may be possible to leave Han and the carbonite primer grey and just coat it in clear gloss. I keep looking at reference pictures and think it may not look right if I painted it silver.

    I will still do the box a diiferent color.

    What do you think?
    yeah silver wouldn't look right but I dont know if primer would look right either. the carbonite looks darker but with a metalic sheen. what if you mixed the primer with silver? But I must say so far I am blown away by your project. it looks awsome.
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    Feb 19, 2008, 8:21 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #89

    azheat01....Very Nice Job!!!
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    Feb 19, 2008, 8:41 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #90

    Hey Azheat01,

    For the paint...how about using Rustoleum's Hammered mettalic paints? I haven't tried them myself but thought I'd bring it up anyway. BTW, it's looking like the real thing dude!

    -Gene
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    Feb 19, 2008, 8:45 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #91

    I don't know if I would use the hammered paint. I think you should stick with the silver. Krylon nad Colorplace make great silver sprays.
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    Feb 19, 2008, 9:23 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #92

    looking great so far!
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    Feb 19, 2008, 10:19 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #93

    lol make a giant mold when you are finished and make casts of it rofl
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    Feb 20, 2008, 3:54 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #94

    I was checking out the paint at Home Depot today and found a metallic color by Rustoleum called "Metallic Charcoal". I thought it looked good, and I was comparing it to another Rustoleum color, "Dark Bronze". Both were labeled "Metallic" but the cap on the Charcoal had more of a "metallic" sheen. I also went to Wal-Mart and looked at the "Krylon" brands, which is what I usually use, but just couldn't find the right color.

    I bought both of the Rustoleum colors and decided to try the Metallic Charcoal first. Man, was I happy! It looks incredible! The pictures don't do it justice, it looks silver in the picture because of the flash, but it's not, it's a dark gray with lots of metallic flake. I didn't even bother with the Dark Bronze. I noticed they were both labeled "Metallic", but the cans looked completely different. Also, this is NOT one of the Rustoleum "Hammered" colors.

    If anyone ever plans on doing a project like this, I completely recommend this color for the carbonite. It looks incredible! I even bought some clear gloss but I am worried if I use it, it won't look as good.

    The only thing left to decide is the color for the cabinet and possibly a third color, I was thinking alluminum, for the panels.





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    Feb 20, 2008, 10:10 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #95

    Almost there! Looks awesome!
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    Feb 20, 2008, 10:16 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #96

    The color looks great!
  22. Feb 20, 2008, 1:41 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #97

    ***** sweet , looks great well done,well done
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    Feb 20, 2008, 3:27 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #98

    Wow dude that looks awesome!!!Great Job!

    P.S Is it really heavy?
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    Feb 20, 2008, 6:27 PM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #99

    lookin sweet my man. lookin forward to when its finished
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    Feb 21, 2008, 4:01 AM - Re: My Lifesize Han Solo in Carbonite Project - 1st Attempt * Picture Intensive * #100

    Thanks for the comments guys!

    Silver Fett, it has weight, but it's not ridculously heavy. I was able to move it by myself, which was awkward only becasue of how long and wide it is. Also, it's not solid throughout. I am going to weigh it when I'm done.

    On another note, I have been having trouble deciding on the cabinet and panel color schemes. I have been researching photos and noticed it seems many of the HIC's are all painted one color. I keep referring to the pictures TD2253 posted.

    I decided that the cabinet, since it appears to be a stand alone item, needs a different color. I don't believe, and don't like, how the cabinet and panels are sometimes the same color as the carbonite. It just needs a sublte color change so the two seperate. Also, I think the control panels should look different than the cabinet color. So, I am going to paint the cabinet Dark Smoke Grey and then highlight the panels with silver, black, and white.

    At least, that's the plan for now!

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