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Imperial Attaché[TK]
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Everything posted by wook1138

  1. Welcome to the FISD. Wow, my hands are getting sore and cramped just looking at the pictures (I hate sanding). lol. Nice work!
  2. Welcome to the FISD, John. You are absolutely in the right place. Take some time to read through the resources and familiarize yourself with the forum. The link provided above is a great start. And, of course, feel free to ask questions. Good luck with your build!
  3. Welcome to the FISD! Sounds like you are off to a good start. Good luck.
  4. Welcome to the FISD. The buckets look great!
  5. Welcome to the FISD. Ah, the Death Star play set - Santa must have delivered a bunch of those back in the day...
  6. Welcome back! Three printers - I guess you went all in on the printing. lol. I printed a Mandalorian kit for my son. Getting the beskar look was a learning curve, but there seems to be a lot of info out there nowadays for it. Have fun with it!
  7. The new Anovos. When all else fails... rebrand. lol. Hopefully this goes better.
  8. Welcome to the FISD, Jeff. I saw on your build thread that you have AP armour on order. Nice choice, Mark does good work. That said, if you need any advice for fine tuning the sizing or anything, let us know in your build thread. We are here to help. Cheers.
  9. The screen used boots were painted. Probably best to check with your GML to be sure.
  10. Hi Paul. Welcome to the FISD. I have the same boots (they are my backup pair). I believe the seam is Ok for basic approval. If you want to upgrade and you can't find white vinyl boots without that seam, you can always try to find brown or black boots and paint them white. Cheers.
  11. Welcome to the FISD, Alan. Yeah, the first few cuts are terrifying - but it does get easier. lol. Going slow and cautious is a good approach, but keep in mind that most mistakes can be fixed. A great way to get advice from the community is to start a build thread and post lots of pictures. Good luck on your build! https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/80-anh-build-threads/
  12. I had the same thing... it was the battery. Yes, easy to replace.
  13. The "painted with the ears on after botched paint job with ears off" reveal. Inspiration http://www.starwarshelmets.com/2009/ANHstunt_2005.jpg
  14. So, I've been trying to figure out the right color of the helmets. White paint is not white paint. If they used automotive paint in the 70's for these buckets, the whites had a yellow tinge due to the limitations of the paint production at the time (it was very hard to make durable true white paint that wouldn't yellow due to sun light). So knowing that I wanted to prove that the buckets are more yellow than the ABS armour. I've grabbed some screen shots - I tried to color correct as much as possible (the color is greatly affected by lighting, filters on the camera if used, the Kodak film stock, color timing during film processing, and digital post production shenanigans that have happened over the years). The images then had the saturation dialed up a bit to help show the difference. It is impossible to know how much more yellow the paint was than the ABS, but it was very likely a lot more than what we normally see on screen. Also, the paint is likely more reflective than the ABS, giving is a stronger value or brightness in some lighting cases. No, I didn't alter the buckets in any way.
  15. Some minor paint chips. The paint is a bit thicker than ideal and still a bit soft - so I'll have to go back and make the chips look more natural at some point. I'll also take a wire brush and try some finer scratches too. I'm not going for an exact replica, but I'm using this bucket (Tantive IV) as reference. He's the one on the right of the image below (sorry Leia, sort of has that crazy ex-girlfriend-from-The Blues Brothers-look going there)
  16. Hey @CableGuy, I think I got it sorted. Performance White by Duplicolor seems to have the right balance of the creamy color. And I got my gloss back. Crappy colour in this pic now that I look at it. Oh well, looks better in person.
  17. You know, I have not seen this video - I will check it out tonight when I get home. The bonding/etching primer was based on something Simon at RS mentioned on FB - the bucket was hard to strip the paint off (if I read his post correctly). I got the feeling he suspected the studio applied some manner of etching primer. So I did the same. I also didn't want the paint coming off if I had to so some masking for the traps/tears details and tube stripes. The ears are based on the "stop that ship" bucket images. I am of the school of thought that the buckets were painted by AA with the ears off (Maybe some on? mix match?). Then they were stripped at some point. Studio (?) re-applied paint - I assume red oxide primer followed by white (I just went with the gloss over the primer) - with the ears on. I can't imagine the "stop that ship" bucket being done any other way. Mind you, It's possible that some buckets didn't have the ears on, so... I'm not convinced any one way is the gospel at this point. As for the drips, I intentionally went for it. I had a nice even base coat of white - and I must admit it was a bit painful to deliberately add the drips. But now that it is done, I love it. The whole idea with this build is to show how rough these helmets were up close and in person. This is why the dull finish is confusing to me - the paint is on fairly thick. Anyway, I will try a "whiter" paint tonight and see how it goes.
  18. Thanks Dan. I actually feel a bit better about the color - the AP is very stark white and almost greenish compared to most other kits (I'm not sure how it compares to RS). It makes Anovos ABS look beige when compared directly. So I think I'm closer than I thought with the color, but still not quite there. The dupli-color is very handy here - right off the shelf of my local hardware store. But I think I may need to actually hit up as automotive paint shop as Glen mentioned or start combing the internet for some paint. For the matte appearance, it looks worse than it is (probably due to the back lighting) but it is more matte than I would like. I don't know what is going on. I'm getting a matte finish (in places) but the paint is gloss. The layers are nice and wet. I might have to try some light sanding to see if that works. I did use a plastic bonding primer over the HDPE - I'm not sure if that is affecting the top coat. I tried testing a bit of clear coat over the paint - way too glossy IMO. FYI - my approach to the painting: I did a layer of white acrylic lacquer with no ears on and then stripped away the paint (only around the ear area so I can display without ears and have that classic look). Added masking fluid for planned paint chips. Put ABS ears back on I did a light coat of plastic bonding primer. (adding bonding primer to the ABS ears was probably not the best idea - there are some pretty strong solvents in it). Red oxide primer. white acrylic lacquer. Just based on what I've done, I'm starting to wonder if the oxide primer should have been used on that first layer that got stripped off - the effect under the ears didn't look quite right. And then I'm wondering if the red oxide was ever used once the buckets were stripped (which I believe they were after AA painted them). I have trouble seeing evidence of the red oxide primer under paint chips on auction images of screen used helmets, but I can see some red oxide rimming some of my chips (this could be the fact that I just can't see this detail in images). I assume the boys (Rob et al) at RS would know - and I believe they use the red oxide primer. Anyway, a learning experience... as usual.
  19. Hi all, So I painted my ANH TK bucket. I researched some possible shades of white that might have been used. I was under the impression that automotive paint was used so I researched some possible colors. I know @CableGuy mentioned he used a Ford Diamond White by Halfords. I tried to find something similar in Dupli-color (they don't have the exact same colors). I picked a "creamy" looking Ford white that had a code found on older 1970's cars. It is called Ford Pure White (C,9E,YG). It looks far more beige than I was expecting. Determining color from images is almost impossible - especially from screen captures. So does anyone have any idea of what shade of white the original 1970's HDPE buckets were painted with respect to Dupli-color automotive paints? See images below - am I way off base with the color? The bucket compared to a white piece of paper. My painted "Tantive IV" inspired HDPE bucket on the right, my AP bucket on the left
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