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  1. The helmet is finally done! I decided not to wet sand, so I was able to get right to adding the final details this week. After gluing everything in place and painting the frown, I added some grime in the cracks with watered down acrylic paint. I wanted to make it seem a little used and kind of give the traps and tears that black outline look. I might try some more weathering, like rubbing damp newspaper on it. But I haven't decided yet. I painted the inside of the helmet with black PlastiDip and started adding padding and greeblies. I'll post a pic of it when I'm finished.
  2. I've heard rumors of it being about the Old Republic.
  3. I thought it was a good alternative for the price. One of the biggest things for me was the fact that you can play a comm chatter loop on Mp3 too!
  4. I have been doing some more spray painting on my helmet. Though it feels like it's taking forever. It's cloudy or raining almost every day, so opportunities to paint are few and far between. Painting the armor should be a little easier because I'll be doing it during the summer. I didn't realize how much patience is required for spray painting. I got some primer yesterday and gave the helmet a few coats, then I sanded it down a little. Today I was finally able to give it a few coats of gloss white. On the next sunny day I have, I'll go over it with some clear coat, then it's on to wet sanding!
  5. I started to work on strapping today. I bought some nylon straps and made the belt to hold up my thighs and added the suspenders to my ab/kidney armor. I was in Harbor Freight buying some EVA foam floor mats for the thicker parts of my armor, when I ran across this pair of gloves They were close enough to anthology gloves for me, plus they were only $5. My only problem with them is that the leather on the fingers and palms is matte instead of shiny. I made a lot of headway on the thighs. All I have left to do on them is fill the seams and add the smaller cover strips to the front. I'm 80% finished with my helmet. On the next warm day that comes, I'll finally get to hit it with it's first coats of gloss white. I have pretty much all the attachments for my helmet except for the lenses. I need a tinted face shield for a Mando helmet I'm working on, so I'm considering cutting the lenses out of it.
  6. I began painting the helmet this week. I started by giving it a coat of Plastidip yesterday. After it dried, I filled all the gaps and open pores in the foam with Kwik seal. While I waited for the first coat to dry on my helmet, I gave my E-11 a few coats of Plastidip as well. Today, I gave my helmet a few more coats. When my helmet is dry yo the touch, I will fill in any more visible gaps, then go over it with a final coat of Plastidip. I really want to just see it finished now. It's hard to keep from skipping right to the gloss paint But the more Plastidip I add, the sturdier and smoother the helmet will be. I forgot to mention. I fixed the problem with the chin by extending the cheek tubes and tilting the chin outward.
  7. I've been putting all my effort into trying to finish my helmet. For me, seam filling is always the hardest part about foamsmithing, because it's very hard to get perfect. I used lightweight air-dry clay and rubbed it into the seams of my helmet, then I sanded it down and added a layer of wood glue to protect it and help it adhere. I think my armor is going to have a bit more of a OT texture to it, unlike the R1 armor, But I'm okay with that. I did my best. Wouldn't pass centurion level if it was fiberglass, but still pretty good. I also cut out the tube stripes. I think I might have made them a little too big, but I'm still pretty happy with them. The CRL's say between 9 and 13 tube stipes per side, so I'm good I made and painted all the greeblies separate. I'll glue them on after I finish painting the helmet. I left the rank bars unpainted, because I'm going to paint them after I glue them on. The brow trim and vocoder are painted with PlastiDip to give them that rubbery look and feel. The helmet is pretty much ready for it's first coat of paint. Unfortunately It's going to be rainy and wet for the next week, so I have to wait. While I wait, I'm just going to work on filling the seams on the rest of my armor. I've finished making all my armor except for my shins. I didn't want to make the shins, until I had the boots finished, so I could make sure that I'm not making them too small. But I'm having trouble finding a cheap pair of shoes for the base Well It's coming along smoothly so far and I'm becoming more sure that I'll have it finished by the end of the summer!
  8. I almost fell out of my seat when I first saw it! Enough people have seen the bootleg version now. They might as well put up the official version.
  9. Thank you. You're right. I guess I can finish the helmet. Maybe it will look better with all the embellishments. The chin is adhered with hot glue, so if it still bothers me, I can remove it and make another one.
  10. I felt like something was off about my helmet. After staring at it for a long time, I noticed that my "chin" wasn't the right size. It's too short. If I make a new extended piece, then I can also tilt it outward a little. I'm trying to decide if I should leave it be, or make an entirely new "chin". So wanted to ask, Is it that noticeable? This is already my second attempt, so I'm not keen on remaking anything. But if It takes away too much from the costume, then it should be fixed. I felt like I should ask you guys, because where else am I going to get a better opinion?
  11. I got some contact cement, so I was able to make a lot of headway on my helmet! Here's my ear caps. I used hot glue for this part, so I would have a seam between it and the helmet. It's not glued own to the faceplate in this pic by the way. That's why it's sticking out. And here's my "chin". I used air dry clay on the inside of the tubes to make it look like one piece. One side was left undone, so you could see the difference. After it's dried, I'll sand it down. And finally, here's my base helmet. Next I need to fill all the seams, then I can start doing the detail work.
  12. I made the template for the thighs! All I need to do is get some contact cement and I'm all set. I'm not going to make the shins until I have the boots.
  13. I've just been doing whatever I can while I wait for the weather warm up and dry up. I made one ear cap a while ago, and now I'm working on the second one. The first one is not quite done though. The rank bars need to be remade, plus I put them on backwards.
  14. I like the clone trooper inspiration in the special forces helmet.
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