An amateur's first ESB lid


wyawya

New Hunter
This is gonna be the thread for my first ESB helmet. Not sure if I'm building a costume yet, for now I'm just doing this as an artistic challenge. I want to get it as accurate to the screen used prop as I can with my skill level.

I started off with Wasted Fett's FPH2 kit. Pretty cool, minimal clean up. Very sturdy. I used nuts and bolts for pretty much all the attatchments on the helmet. I've drilled holes and used good old baking soda and superglue to fasten the bolts into the resin pieces. Dremel was a godsend during this process.

Here it is after cleanup:
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I'm going with humbrol enamels through an airbrush for this build. I'm already familiar with masking fluid, so I'm gonna be using humbrol maskol for most of the chipping. I'm using rafalfett's stencils to get the "landmarks" then freehanding the rest based off of the AOSW images.

I started with the right ear:

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Then I brush painted the red:
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That's where we are at now.
 

RamSkirata

Hunter
This is gonna be the thread for my first ESB helmet. Not sure if I'm building a costume yet, for now I'm just doing this as an artistic challenge. I want to get it as accurate to the screen used prop as I can with my skill level.

I started off with Wasted Fett's FPH2 kit. Pretty cool, minimal clean up. Very sturdy. I used nuts and bolts for pretty much all the attatchments on the helmet. I've drilled holes and used good old baking soda and superglue to fasten the bolts into the resin pieces. Dremel was a godsend during this process.

Here it is after cleanup:
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I'm going with humbrol enamels through an airbrush for this build. I'm already familiar with masking fluid, so I'm gonna be using humbrol maskol for most of the chipping. I'm using rafalfett's stencils to get the "landmarks" then freehanding the rest based off of the AOSW images.

I started with the right ear:

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Then I brush painted the red:
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That's where we are at now.
you are off to a good start! Never painted a Fett helmet, only custom Mando stuff. Looking forward to see you tackle it!
 

wyawya

New Hunter
i've been working on the back panels. This was going to be the most challenging part, so I figured I'd start here. I layed some silver spray paint over the whole helmet, than got some humbrol maskol on there.
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I decided to do the whole thing without removing the maskol until the very end. it was risky, but it turned out really well:
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That's as far as I got with just the masking fluid, I then moved on to brush painting the details. They aren't all on there, but this is as far as I've gotten:

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I've masked off the back and will be moving on to the dome and cheeks now. Wish me luck!
 

Jango Fett Jr

Well-Known Hunter
Looks like we’re about in sync! I just finished the masking stage and currently hand panting all the small details. I know what you mean about it being risky but you’re doing great. Good luck!
 

wyawya

New Hunter
Looks like we’re about in sync! I just finished the masking stage and currently hand panting all the small details. I know what you mean about it being risky but you’re doing great. Good luck!
Thank you! I'd love to see yours, do you have a thread?
 

Latency

New Hunter
Great work! Do you have a list of colours you ended up choosing, I just finished cleaning up and sanding my helmet and have been looking at the huge amount of information available about paint colours trying to figure out what to go with and what I can get my hands on and would love to know what you decided.
 

wyawya

New Hunter
Thanks for the interest guys! Definitely still going, I've gotten a lot of work done but haven't posted for a while.

I managed to get the red down as you can see here:

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Did hours of brush work to get all the details right, there is of course the darker wine color surrounding a lot of the damage. As you can see my masking job wasn't the greatest, around the entire dome there is a hint of the silver base layer. I eventually went around that with a brush as you can see in the final photo.

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The Dent:
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Kill stripes masked and applied:

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Brush painted the damage around this area, and also painted on that "tape peel" effect underneath the stripes.

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wyawya

New Hunter
Great work! Do you have a list of colours you ended up choosing, I just finished cleaning up and sanding my helmet and have been looking at the huge amount of information available about paint colours trying to figure out what to go with and what I can get my hands on and would love to know what you decided.
Thank you! I've been using Humbrol enamels, and I've used this guide by Jigglenomicon as my colors. "Paint by numbers" Humbrol Visual Guide - ESB & ROTJ Helmet & ESB Armor
 

wyawya

New Hunter
Hey everyone! I appreciate all that have been follwing this thread. I'm about 95% done with the helmet. There are a couple touch ups and weathering spots I need to finish. I also need to finish up the back vent, I have an MQ-1 calculator circuit board cast to put behind it, it just needs painted and glued. However, for my purposes the build is gonna sit this way for a little while, until I get another kick to finish all the fine details. For now I've got other projects to attend to!

So here are the last stretch of WIP images.
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And this is how it currently sits on my shelf:


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