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Finishing a Mitcheg1 Helmet

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I picked up this mitcheg1 FOTK bucket a few weeks back.  Forum member Zuko had partially completed it (done a lot of sanding, filling, etc).  Once I got it, I finished up some filling and sanding, cut out the eyes, and went through the whole prime, paint, and finishing process. 

 

Anyway here are some photos of my process!

 

24193216759_aa6a03f71d_z.jpgUntitled by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

Eyes cut out and some sanding.

 

24478674031_87c0dc53bb_z.jpgFirst Order Stormie Helmet WIP by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

Ready for primer!

 

24813986935_dd89d80958_z.jpgUntitled by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

Priming...

 

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Primed!

 

24185680324_8bb70fc9b1_z.jpgUntitled by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

I decided to hand-paint the black.  I wasn't 100% confident that I could spray the black without overspray, or getting into all the nooks and crannies.  

 

24720424091_476bf9267d_z.jpgUntitled by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

Main build and painting complete.  From here I did some touch up work on the boarders between the black and white to make a crisp line.

 

24251764053_458cb11e67_z.jpgFinal gloss coat, and touch ups complete! by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

After doing some detail work with the brush and laying down all the gloss.  

 

24785881141_490d96a5c0_z.jpgDone! by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

Lenses installed.  

 

24852994626_1c933f8d0f_z.jpgDone! by Scott Peterson, on Flickr

 

I used MICH velcro helmet pads to fit the helmet to my head.  

 

Sorry for all the pics!  But I was eager to share with the community. 

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Well done. I hope mine turns out as well as yours did.

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Awesome! What white did you use? The black looks great especially for hand paint! Thanks for sharing!

 

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I used Rustoleum Lacquer spray paint.  White and clear gloss.  The black is just some basic acrylic paint.  

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Dude makes a nice bucket and you did an excellent job on it.

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That looks fantastic. I get my bucket this weekend (touch wood) and will be doing something similar.

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Wow!!!!! Amazing scott!

 

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Nice to see. I've seen this side by side with ANOVOS and he has a better helmet IMHO.

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Nice to see. I've seen this side by side with ANOVOS and he has a better helmet IMHO.

Would that be the one at my shop?

I'm a fan of that bucket. I think I will sand down the bill a little, but as it stands now it's fantastic.

 

I'm still not a fan of resin when it comes to trooping. I hope we see a vac formed kit that can stand up to legion events, battle fatigue, but most of all kids' birthday parties.

Mitcheg, you know where I'm going with this;)

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Wow. Dude. So you hand painted the black? With a brush?

 

Do you have any photos of how did you masked off the black?

 

I'm such a terrible painter I've been paralyzed and have done nothing with my bucket :) 

 

-Eric

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I'd be interested in seeing your masking for the black also. Hoping to begin mine this weekend (if I receive my bucket by then).

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Would that be the one at my shop?

I'm a fan of that bucket. I think I will sand down the bill a little, but as it stands now it's fantastic.

 

I'm still not a fan of resin when it comes to trooping. I hope we see a vac formed kit that can stand up to legion events, battle fatigue, but most of all kids' birthday parties.

Mitcheg, you know where I'm going with this;)

Yes, I need to post pix soon. I think when people see it side by side, it will be clear. Will try to get them up this weekend, at the latest.

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Hey all! Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the masking for the black. But I used automotive masking tape. I've never had too much luck with the blue painters tape with past (non-helmet) projects. I had a brush that was almost the exact width of the black stripes and brow line...so it made it easy to stay in the lines. Beyond that, I just took it real slow and steady, making paint control my highest priority (as opposed to getting mad coverage with a stroke of the brush). For the mesh under the beak I took a beater of a small paint brush and painstakingly went hole to hole filling the black. In hindsight, a spong brush may do better at this, but I only realized that after I was cleaning up my bench. As you can see from some of the pics I didn't color in all of that area. No need to really, since the beak covered a appreciable portion of the mesh. <br><br>

I used the same automotive masking tape to get a decent edge where I could for the remaining black. The ear area was pretty challenging. It took some time, but it paid off. When it came to the painting, I carefully added the black. I wanted to sneak up on the edge...as opposed to totally trusting the tape to make an edge. Again, I've put too much faith in masking tape in the past only to be disappointed. <br><br>

I spent a fair amount of time doing touch up work too. Especially, where the mesh meets the....I guess "jaw line" of the bucket. Alternating between black and white acrylic to dial in a hard line edge as needed. I used a really fine point brush for this work. Once it was good, I slowly built up the gloss coat to give the paint job a nice depth and give it that "plastoid" feel. <br><br>

Doing the painting made me want to attempt a weathered version of this helmet. The nooks and crannies are just begging for a wash or two!! My brother kept egging me on to do this up as Finn's helmet post massacre on Jakku. Which, I think would be a lot of fun to recreate!!<br><br>

Sorry I don't have pictures of this process!! It was over the course of a few days. Where I'd do a part then walk away...let everything dry...do some more...walk away...etc.

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Hey I'm about to start working on one of these. How did you do prep sanding before painting? What kind of grit did you use pre primer?

 

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