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  1. troopermaster

    TheSwede’s Replica build

    The only problem with using that method is paint really sticks well to ABS so you won't get the desired look you hope to achieve (from my experience anyway). Masking fluid has always given me good results for the chipping effect. I'm assuming that's what you're looking to do?
  2. troopermaster

    TheSwede’s Replica build

    You're welcome Your RAL 7034 looks a lot better colour than what I received. I opted for a matte finish but the colour was very yellowish, unfortunately. I will try another supplier next time and see if the colour is any better. Another tip that I know a lot of people don't believe in is not to use red primer on the ears. Evidence shows the original helmets were painted in white primer without the ears when they were sent to the studio from SDS. So I would say spray the red primer first before using a white primer. I like to just spray red primer around the opening of the helmet to get over-spray inside for added effect. No need to spray the entire helmet red
  3. troopermaster

    TheSwede’s Replica build

    Have you seen the original helmets since replica ears were added and also the new paint discovery?
  4. troopermaster

    TheSwede’s Replica build

    I thought so too, All was not lost. The 3 cans I bought were used as undercoat on the helmets I planned to use them on, so they came in handy after all
  5. troopermaster

    Mayo's ANH Stunt (AP) build

    Hi Dan, I read your post as Brendan needed to change the vocoder paint to match a stunt rather than a hero. The truth is there is no specific style to paint the vocoder regardless of being a stunt or hero helmet, As you can see on both Han and Luke's hero helmets. both vocoders are painted quite full. I'm just trying to keep up with you guys as I build lots of these helmets for people and I don't want them being knocked back because of CRL rules I am unaware of.
  6. troopermaster

    TheSwede’s Replica build

    Well, I can only speak from my own experience but the colour was not khaki like the original helmet. It may be down to the paint company that mixed it but I wasn't happy with it. Hopefully you will have better luck than I did.
  7. troopermaster

    TheSwede’s Replica build

    Be careful with the RAL 7034 paint. It's classed as Yellow Grey and it doesn't look like the original helmet colour (I learned the hard way). Also worth noting, the RS helmet is made from two different shades of khaki, so there isn't one definitive colour I found that Rustoleum Fossil Satin is a readily available spray paint that is a close enough match. If you want to go for uber accurate look, spray the khaki paint onto the back and face separately before riveting the together, then you can add some red primer over-spray to the inside of the helmet (no need to spray the whole helmet with red primer). Before attaching the ears, spray the helmet with white primer then fit the ears and spray with white gloss. You might want to go with an off-white like Ivory or Antique white for a vintage look. Do all your masking for paint chips before the white primer goes on, if you are adding any? Hope that helps
  8. troopermaster

    Mayo's ANH Stunt (AP) build

    Are we referring to vocoder paint jobs as hero and stunt now?
  9. troopermaster

    Lorelei's 5'4" ATA ANH-S Centurion-Hopeful Build

    It;s definitely the right shin. They are paired up perfect;y and worn on the correct legs in the photos above, so something has gone astray since. It's nothing major anyway if they have been swapped over as the shins were all over the place in the movies, but you had them assembled correctly earlier.
  10. troopermaster

    Lorelei's 5'4" ATA ANH-S Centurion-Hopeful Build

    You're fitting the knee plate to a right hand shin.
  11. Warping can occur if you put too much glue on the snap tabs or apply pressure to the snaps tabs whilst the glue cures. I find the best way to fit the snap tabs is to run a thin bead of E6000 around the edge of the webbing tabs and simply tape them in place until the glue has dried. Clamping the tabs in place usually results in warping. This can happen with ABS snap tabs too, because they are too rigid. Webbing is the best material to use because it conforms to the shape of the armour effortlessly.
  12. troopermaster

    RS Vlog Build-A-Long ANH Stunt

    As long as it fits good is the main thing. Better to have more room to move in than less.
  13. troopermaster

    RS Vlog Build-A-Long ANH Stunt

    You said the bicep armour felt tighter at the tops and good at the bottom, now there's a 25mm gap between your armour and skin? Am I reading this right?