In prepping for Emerald City Comicon, I have a few things on my bucket list (yep, I said that).
First, some new food capsules. Made from the STAEDTLER pen caps.
primer and gunmetal
For the rebel legion/501st blast a trooper/jedi event, I decided to up my eye wear and a make a clone helmet for my general costume (like obi wans in the first clone wars series, and like in the toy version of the new series)
the inspiration is here
The helmet began like this
the visor tinting
Next, will be the modification to make the slitted visor as the current visor is too open.
I am using BSI insta cure and their 5 minute epoxy. I'll be filling in the slitted areas with worbla then the plan is to bondo it smooth. We'll see how it all turns out.
I've got the front back together. I sat there and stared at it for a bit trying to remember where things went. there were like 30 screws holding this thing together and it is actually in about 30-40 pieces. Waaaaaaaay more than I expected. So many joints to make permanent.
I reinforced the inner edges with fiberglass tape and epoxy to give it a little more strength and I am bondo-ing like a fool. I don't know if I'll get it done by next sunday, but I sure am going to try.
There is also some unevenness near the crest between the parts. I get to build that up. Whee!
I'm trying to decide if I want to preserve any of the electronics. might bu fun, but not a deal breaker for me.
That hardest part so far was making that animated frown. we'll see if the work I did ahead of time holds out during the rest of the process.
I have learned the beauty of that item known as the power sander. Too bad the one I got for the job is not very good at holding onto its sanding disk/ paper.
I left some imperfections in it for battle worn ness. I hope it turns out well. two layers of primer, so far one of metallic silver (one more to follow) then layers of white and sanding down in some sections to the silver.
I will also iterate, I hate sandig bondo as well. it turned out better than where I used ever coat poly flex. that just messed everything up and I had to redo it :\
So I found out today that the clone trooper helmets are supposed to be a plastic black resin base under the paint, so I have to decide about what to do there. The plan was to light sand down down to the silver paint below but if I do that I'll apply some flat black or something.
Here it is with tape removed and black stripe.
The hard part is pretty much done though, so that's good.
what about sanding down to the silver, and then smudging some watered down india ink over the silver? The ink should settle pretty well in scratch marks leaving black/metallic "damage"... However, I am unsure how waterproof that will be should you wind up being outside in the rain or something. Shoe polish is also an option, but again with the weatherproofing.... nevermind, you're probs better off with paint.
Wow that looks great! I cannot wait to see it in person. I think you'll be happy that you didn't spend a pile of cash on the expensive helmet as with a little work you were able to customize something unique that you can feel proud of. Good work!
I'm pretty happy that I didn't drop $230 on a bucket. This helm cost free+ $35 (+15 for failed lens tint experiment) and time spent. I learned a lot about what to do and what not to use. Making that animated style face place is a pain.
At this point, I think I am 70% clone trooper at this point. I think I can get Naigon for a whole body pic. Never seen all the parts put together. Hopefully, it'll be cool.
Yep I'm thinking the same thing; If I'm not doing Blast-A-Trooper I'll be up milling around the SW area anyways. There isn't anything I really want to see this year, I'm just going to chill with the Rebel Legion and help when/where I can. It is going to be a blast!
jaltrooper: Hey guys! Dumb question...but are there any t-shirts available, or any other swag I can buy to support the Page?
Sept 23, 2017 8:52:58 GMT -5
ARKM: We have challenge coins. Contact Luke Skywalker if you want one.
Sept 23, 2017 13:50:47 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:23:33 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: As for shirts. I really need to get one for me as well. I've been wanting one with our new logo since we changed over. My desire has always been that this is a site for the members. I consider you all my friends and have no desire to make a profit from
Sept 23, 2017 16:24:51 GMT -5
ARKM: Luke Skywalker, hit me up if you want the image I used for the front of my shirt.
Sept 23, 2017 16:25:38 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:26:24 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:27:29 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:29:06 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:29:32 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:30:26 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: ARKM what image did you use? Was it the one with SVD's glowing eyes? I'm really curious to see how our logo looks on a shirt. Defcon would certainly need to use the flattened simpler version. For a detailed logo I think you'd need it silk screened.
Sept 23, 2017 16:32:23 GMT -5