Discussion in 'Boba Fett Helmet' started by psych0ticmisfit, Apr 6, 2018.
Here you go folks. Best price for Humbrol . A weeks turnaround
Humbrol AC5217 Maskol - 28ml Bottle
Thanks When I first tried to order from Humbrol, their website said it couldn’t process my card. So that’s why I was trying to find an alternative retailer. But yesterday I tried Humbrols site again and was able to pay with PayPal and i already received my tracking number.
Actually its cheaper here... $4.49 (Normally $4.99 here):
Maskol Rubber Masking Liquid (28ml. Bottle) Humbrol
any tips for installing a visor? im having some difficulties. I tried searching but couldnt find anything.
There's a sticky in the helmet section where various people give various methods for visor installation.
The sticky is called 'visor installation'.
Thanks, Not quite sure how I missed that one. Lol
Received my order of paints. The light gray 147 was out of stock. So I have to wait on that. But I have everything else. Still waiting on my maskol order as well.
Finally got some time to start painting my helmet. I’m new to airbrushing so I’ve been learning as I go. The base grey. 147 I think it was, gave me troubles. But I think I worked through them finally. Masked off the base grey on the back panels and sprayed metallic silver #11. I peeled all the maskol off to make sure I was doing everything correctly when it comes to masking. (Probably shouldn’t have done that) but now I’m ready to mask the silver and base grey again.
Anyone know how long I should wait before masking and painting over the metallic silver?
I would wait at least 12 hours, I know many who would recommend 24 or 48. Depends on how safe you want to play it.
What’s the max amount of time the maskol should be left on?
So I got impatient and decided to keep going after letting the silver dry for 3 or 4 hrs.
Didn’t have any reactions with the paints. So that’s good. Put down the dark gray #79. Masked it all. Then laid down a coat of the light sea gray. Let it dry about 30 minutes and peeled off the masking. Comparing it to the stencils color sheets and it’s pretty close. I am liking the contrast with the other colors. I will probably mask this tomorrow afternoon and then spray the green. What does everyone think. Definitely different from the terminal fettler guide I’m following, but I think it resembles the real color better.
This morning while staring at my helmet, I decided I was not happy with the current results. I also couldn't get the white Saral transfer paper marks to come off at all. I tried an eraser, tried soap and water and even tried a kneaded eraser. Nothing would remove them. It just looked bad, plus the light sea gray was bothering me a bit. So I stripped the paint. Thats what I get for being impatient. lol
I will clean it up and then start the painting over, this time I will paint each layer and let it dry 48 hrs before I apply the Saral transfer marks, and next paint layer.
anyone have tips on using and removing the Saral transfer paper?
Ok so I stripped the paint layers off. Wet sanded and then primed. Let that dry two days and today I put two layers of the Matt light gray #147 on the back panels. It matches the lid of the paint very well. I will let this dry a few days then use steel wool to smooth it out and apply my stencil and maskol.
Taking my time now. Don’t want to mess this up anymore. I’m also getting the hang of this airbrushing. It’s so fun.
If you look at the dome in the picture that’s also Matt light gray #147, but it appears almost white compared to the back panels. I think that’s because of not using a primer first. So I’ll be redoing those as I go.
Use a different stencil paper.
What kind of stencil paper? Should I use a graphite type or something else?
I use trace it brand transfer paper. I think it’s white graphite.
I made some progress on the back panels finally. Last night I finished the final layer of green. I think I am finally getting the hang of air brushing. haha Probably should have figured that out before starting the helmet. oops.
I am letting the green dry for a few days, then I will buff it and add the final details I missed.
After that I will weather them. Do I add a clear coat before or after weathering step?
also, what part of the helmet should i tackle next?
Removed the tape and started buffing the back panels to get ready for the finer details. Also finished the rangefinder painting and assembly. Just needs weathering.
Wow haven’t updated in a while.
I took a break for a bit. Modeled up some new lightsabers for 3d printing and a helmet stand. Cleaned up my shop and made some more room to be able to airbrush my projects.
The other day I started in on the cheeks and mandibles. Masked the base grey 147 and sprayed the metallic silver 11. Then masked the silver 11 and painted grey 79 on the upper and lower cheeks. Masked off the upper and lower cheeks and then sprayed green 78 on the lower cheeks. Tomorrow I will do black 33 on the upper cheeks. Then I will need to do the rest of the layers in the mandibles.
Painted the black on the cheeks and the grey on the mandibles. Removed all the masking. It’s looking pretty good.
Yesterday I sprayed the purple and let that sit over night and then peeled all the masking off. Tonight I sprayed the red. I got impatient and peeled the masking off after an hour. I know it’s not 100% spot on to the movie prop but I still think it looks good. Especially for my first time airbrushing a helmet.
Nice it's really going to pop when you fine detail and weather it.
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