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DarthBiscuit's R1TK Build (Jim's helmet only, for now)

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Sanded the tear vents today, made slow progress. Nothing worth pictures...

 

So my kids and others in the neighborhood have been painting and hiding rocks for others to find and rehide. Here's my contribution! Not too bad, for 2 reasons: 1) I did this free-handed and I'm not much of an artist, and 2) I used no references (not the CRL or even Google!), only from memory! Hopefully my R1TK bucket turns out better lol!

 

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I did more to the tears, but they're still pretty rough. My buddy gave me some 80 grit that was working pretty well.

 

I took a break to work on the traps and I think they're done!

 

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Also, @justjoseph63 hooked me up and sent some black fiberglass window screen to back the frown! Thanks man!

 

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9 hours ago, DarthBiscuit said:

Also, @justjoseph63 hooked me up and sent some black fiberglass window screen to back the frown! Thanks man!

No problem.. glad to help!

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Question: what do you guys think about brushing this paint around the inside of the bucket? The resin I lined the inside with is amber-colored and I think it'd look much nicer black.

 

Would I need to prime first?

 

I've decided against spraying Plasti Dip (due to planned use of 3M adhesives). I didn't buy any black spray paint, but can order some if that's recommended. I also thought it'd be easier to brush instead of spray, due to working inside the helmet.

 

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So I got some more work done on the tears. After sanding it for quite a while, I'm able to fit one of my files to really get at it! Will hopefully finish up the tears tomorrow.

 

Next: tape off the openings and brush paint the inside black, unless anyone recommends against the paint I posted above.

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Touched up the tears and they look much better!

 

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Filed out the frown too and it went really well! I'm really happy with the file set I bought!

 

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I'll probably scrutinize all of it tomorrow for any final filing before I try brush painting the inside black.

 

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Nice progress  Dan :popcorn:

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Went over all the cutouts for the last time to get them as crisp as possible!

 

Threw together some scraps for a helmet stand for when I start spray painting!

 

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Next: wait for my black acrylic paint to come in for the interior.

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Nice work

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:popcorn:

 

Waiting for the black acrylic paint...

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Black acrylic won't be here until Tuesday!? I guess I can start with priming and sanding...

 

Paint booth is set up!

 

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1st coat of filler primer is applied!

 

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I was going to wet sand to 400 now, but I ran out of free time. There's always tomorrow!

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Exterior now, interior later...
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Wet sanded to 400 and rinsed it off.
 

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Once it was dry, I applied some Bondo glazing putty to the few pinholes in Jim's well-made bucket! I'm no surgeon with the putty, but I think it'll work out...
 

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Now I'm waiting the 30 minutes for it to cure, then I'll sand those spots, rinse it off again, and apply primer coat #2 once it's dry!

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Looking good, adding a mist coat of black can show imperfections when sanding 

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So I sanded the putty with 400 and it just didn't seem to do enough. I could still feel raised spots. So I sanded to 220 and it went great! Took down the putty and left the holes filled in. Washed it off, but now I need to wait for it to dry before applying primer coat #2...

 

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Wet sanded to 400. I like that I can distinguish between the two coats of primer since I used different colors (thanks @TheRascalKing).

 

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Filled spots with putty, more liberally than yesterday since I now have one day of experience under my belt haha.

 

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Tomorrow I'll sand the putty with 220. Then I'll probably have to wait until Tuesday for my black paint to show up. I think it'll be best to paint the inside before applying my last coat of primer to the exterior, in case some black runs out.

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Sanded the putty to 220. I saw a few more spots so I'll fill those in later today. Pulled the tape off, since I'll have to tape the outside for interior painting.

 

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Wanting to make some progress today, I decided to work on the lens. Outlined what I wanted to clamped a Dremel with cutoff wheel to a worktable to act as a tablesaw. Worked great!

 

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Taped it in to get an idea and it looks great! Tried it on to make sure I cut enough out of the bridge for my nose and it's perfect!

 

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With back light.

 

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Added some more putty. I'll sand it to 220 tomorrow and tape off the holes to prep for interior painting on Tuesday (hopefully). Then I'll tape the inside again and prime for the last time...

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So I was planning on taping the interior today to prep for my acrylic paint to arrive, but my buddy recommended sanding and priming the fiberglass resin to ensure adhesion. I guess THAT'S what I'll do today.

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Sanded down the putty to 220.

 

Taped the openings from the outside. Looks weird lol.

 

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Here's the interior before primer.

 

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And after.

 

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I think I'll give it until tomorrow before I sand the inside to 400. And then I'll (hopefully) brush paint some black acrylic in there!

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My paint finally came in last night!

 

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Applied the first coat. My paintbrush BARELY held together...it was the widest one in the house. I think I have a foam brush I can use for the 2nd coat tomorrow.

 

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I am VERY HAPPY with a black interior and glad I postponed my last coat of primer so I didn't have to worry about overpaint!

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