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    WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor

    While waiting for assorted things to cure tonight, I started in on a new project...



    VERY rough right now, but I think the concept is solid.

    I took one of my MR Boba casts and just started chopping.

    I basically reversed the fix I did to the original MR. The visor was pinched in too tight at the bottom on the original. I pinched the top way back in to match that. I was able to narrow the front by about 1/4" just by adjusting that, without messing up the lines of the helmet. I want it a bit narrower still, so I'll have to build up some material.

    I narrowed the horizontal part down to a slit with epoxy putty.

    The most fun part is the cheeks. I cut out the old one, reshaped the remaining area a bit, and added in a Sintra panel. I've only extended the length of the front by about 1/4" or so, but it looks elongated like it should.

    Take a look at Two-Face Fett over here...



    The left side (in the pic) is the original shape. The right is the altered one. The helmet LOOKS really tall because of the changes, but it's not much different at all.

    Added bonus - since the cheeks are not as deeply indented, it will be roomier too.

    For about an hour of work so far I'm REALLY happy with how it's going. I think this will come out great.

    Other scheduled mods include a rebuilt keyslot area, getting rid of the RF ear cap mount, and making a new cap for that side.

    Fun stuff!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    looking really good. be nice to see how this pans out.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Do you ever sleep?

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Looking good already. Keep it up!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Hahaha!!! I should sleep more. I totally forgot that I had even posted this here

    A'den commented on another board and I told him he was mistaken. Oh man...

    Anyway, since I'm here!



    The other cheek is in. I've also trimmed out the earcap bump and cut out the back keyslot area.

    It's coming along nicely!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Awesome, man.
    It's shaping up to be another masterpiece.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Any chance you are going to be selling these? Incredble work

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Very nice work. I got my hands on a free Don Post Boba that has a broken range finder. I am doing a Pre Vizsla with it. I can only hope that looks half as good as your build.
    Last edited by tk3181; May 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    This helmet looks great!! I'm looking into getting a custom mando together and I thought of maybe going with the animated Clone Wars version. Let me know if you will be making a run of these

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Once this is done I'll be making at least a few... I don't have the attention span for an ongoing run, but a handful I can do

    I've been working at it on and off over the weekend. The bondo is in on the cheeks, I've cleaned up some details, and put a bit more primer on to see details. I have to build the back detail and ear caps, then mold it up.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Excellent work so far STG.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Much like my cats, rabbits, wife and friends, the Mando helmet was complaining that I spend too much time on clones. So tonight I did a bunch of work on this.




    I think that after this latest bit of epoxy gets sanded I may even be happy with the shape of the face at last!

    I finished the rough shaping of the ears, and got the little bumps at the bottom.

    I noticed that the trim around the back of the helmet is way more pronounced than Boba's, and that the details behind the ear caps were slightly different. I added some new sintra strips on to make the borders stick out more, then epoxied around them to smooth them out.



    I also tightened up the eye slit even more. They really do have a tiny, tiny little opening. I figure folks can always sand away some if they actually want to *see*.

    I'm planning to just look out the center for the most part, so the horizontal will be decorative.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Primed and starting to look like something. This shot is neat, because it shows how much camera angles matter. This is a low shot, and the helmet looks REALLY tall, but it's the same height/width as the Boba helmet it started off as.


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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Nice! What will you charge for the kit?

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Looking good Man. Can't wait to see more!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    We're in silicone! I got most of it done last night, then I fell asleep. Tonight I'll wrap up the rubber and, curing time wiling, start on the shell. I hope to have the first cast in hand this week.

    As for selling them, I haven't thought that far ahead yet. First things first: make sure it works / looks good!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Looking great can't wait to see the finished product!!

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    Very nice, man! This is shaping up to be another masterpeice. Can't wait to see the paint job!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    I like the look of this might have to make a deathwatch after I finally get my first mando done

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    Very nice!

    If you're going to make a few, I'm very interested in a helmet as I'm in the starting fase with a custom animated mando.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    if all goes well, i should have the first cast tonight!

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    The mold came out great!

    For the casting, I tried something new... Smooth-On's Cast Magic Silver Bullet. It's a powder you brush on the inside of the mold, and it gives a metallic finish that's embedded into the resin. Sort of a "light" version of cold casting.

    I'm really happy with it! It's not as shiny as rub n buff, but it's about as good as your average silver rattle can. A $4 container of it will probably do 6-8 helmets, so it's a trivial cost. It adds about 15 minutes to the casting process but that's not much really.

    Anyway, less words, more pics! Here's a raw cast with the visor area trimmed and a T-visor.com visor fitted into it. I had to trim the visor down a bit to get it to fit, but nothing major.







    Here's the first cast I made today, painted up as Pre Vizsla:





    And the second cast as Jango. This one isn't quite done yet, but it's 2AM and I have to go to work in a few hours




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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    woa! Fantastic job stormtrooperguy! Any thoughts about what you charge for one helmet?


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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    I've been bad about updating here. My Pre Vizsla project is moving along.



    Working on the backplate now.

    Armor is carved out of MDF / Bondo like my clone, then vac formed out of 0.080 HIPS.

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    Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up

    cool...im liking the paint job

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