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    Sep 2, 2014, 11:14 AM - Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #1

    Hey guys, long time lurker.
    I finally have a couple of things worth sharing so I figured I'd post a couple of projects I've been working on.

    I started a Star Wars helmet collection for my home office. I'm mounting them to the wall kind of like trophy heads using custom wall-mounted stands I built out of PVC.

    I just finished my Boba Fett helmet, which was my first attempt at building / painting anything of that complexity. Overall I'm very happy with it.
    I then started working on my Boushh helmet. This is one of Todd's excellent kits and I am super thrilled with the quality. I can't say enough good things about him and his kits.


    Here's the helmet as it comes in the kit. Such a great sculpt and casting.


    I drew out the shapes that needed to be cut out for the visor and scanner sections.


    Scanner cut out


    Next I cut out the visor area. A tiny dremel grinder bit worked really well here.


    At this point, I assembled the ear greeblies and used a dremel cutting bit to score out the scratches, dents, and blaster marks. I then followed that with a coat of primer. I left the snout clean so that I won't be gluing the leather directly to a layer of primer.

    Ear Greeblies


    Scope


    Scratches


    sanded, primed and test fit the snout piece


    Then today, I hit it with the first base coat of brown.




    After the base coat, I went over it with some steel wool to dull the sheen (the casting is almost TOO clean) then hit it with a lighter brown along the edges and in random spots to break up the single brown color, then I hit it with a light mist of black to darken it to the correct color. This gives it a nice color mix of shades.
    Light brown mist




    Black Mist




    One of my good friends used some pictures of the screen used helmet to make me some vinyl stick-on decals.









    Next, I masked off basically the whole thing so that I could mist the grooves with a gray to give it that dirty, oxidized look of the screen used helmet.






    And here's the result of the gray misting.




    And about 2 hours later, She's starting to look recognizable.
    hand brushed the silver, rust, and light brown. Still need to do a couple of areas in gray.






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    Sep 2, 2014, 11:22 AM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #2

    Attached the visor and scanner, weathered and installed the scope, and painted the mouth today.





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    Sep 3, 2014, 5:25 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #3

    Finished! I took the neck piece to my brother's shop to sew but he only had black thread. I was kinda bummed about that since the stitches aren't supposed to be black, but I'm over it. This is to display on my wall so nobody will see it, nor will anyone I know even know that they aren't supposed to be black.





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    Anyone know how to get the leather to look shinier like the screen used? I've been rubbing oil on it to darken it a bit but it still has a matte finish to it.
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    Sep 7, 2014, 1:34 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #4

    Excellent paint job! Great weathering
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    Sep 7, 2014, 5:39 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #5

    Thanks! I redid the weathering and the back panels to more closely replicate the real one.

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    Sep 8, 2014, 8:01 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #6

    Nice job Trent!!!! Great job with the leather too!!!

    Todd
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    Sep 8, 2014, 10:29 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #7

    Thanks Todd. Your kit made it super easy. Excellent product my friend!
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    Sep 13, 2014, 12:13 AM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #8

    My Fettronics light kit came in today so I think I'm officially Finished!

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    Sep 15, 2014, 7:26 AM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #9

    Very Nice.... I do like your wall....

    Your missing an ewok....lol
  10. Sep 15, 2014, 9:39 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #10

    Great helmet and great idea with the wall mounts!
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    Sep 15, 2014, 11:44 PM - Re: Working on a helmet collection for my home office - Boushh Project #11

    Thanks! I think they turned out pretty good. I searched and searched for wall mounted helmet stands and only found one guy selling them for like $80 a piece and his site was way out of date so I wasn't sure if he even did them anymore. These average out to about $8-9 each.

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