Black Series Darth Vader Helmet Mod Thread!

StephenMG

Active Member
did it rain there? It rained here!
It certainly did!

Stupidly I fell into the trap of trying to rush the painting yesterday while the weather was good. The end result is that I got the black paint on perfectly then mucked up the clear coat and got a run down the front of the dome. I was furious. :mad:

Now I'll have to wait for it completely harden before I can rub down that area and recoat it. That'll be a week at least. More haste, less speed. :(
 

frogfreak

Active Member
It certainly did!

Stupidly I fell into the trap of trying to rush the painting yesterday while the weather was good. The end result is that I got the black paint on perfectly then mucked up the clear coat and got a run down the front of the dome. I was furious. :mad:

Now I'll have to wait for it completely harden before I can rub down that area and recoat it. That'll be a week at least. More haste, less speed. :(
You get any thing done yet or is still hardening?
 

StephenMG

Active Member
Got the paint run sorted at last and have started to polish the dome. I need to get some filler on the inside of the dome to smooth out and disguise the edge of my extension piece but I'm pleased with how this has turned out so far. I still plan to have a bash at thermo-forming some red lenses at some point, but that's for another day!

You'll have to excuse the unnecessarily elaborate stand. It's a tall candlestick and doesn't really suit a Sith Lord, but it was the only thing I could find big enough to support the helmet for the photos!

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DarthWylde

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I know I'm late to the party, but I've scanned all the posts and I see people using Duplicolor paint—I was always under the impression that enamels and lacquers won't dry properly on plastic. Am I missing a paint type?
 

DarkLyte

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Got the paint run sorted at last and have started to polish the dome. I need to get some filler on the inside of the dome to smooth out and disguise the edge of my extension piece but I'm pleased with how this has turned out so far. I still plan to have a bash at thermo-forming some red lenses at some point, but that's for another day!

You'll have to excuse the unnecessarily elaborate stand. It's a tall candlestick and doesn't really suit a Sith Lord, but it was the only thing I could find big enough to support the helmet for the photos!

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Absolutely AMAZING job!!! I was on the fence about wanting to get into modding the dome on my helmet but damnit I think this convinced me to go for it. Seriously excellent work!
 

DarkLyte

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I know I'm late to the party, but I've scanned all the posts and I see people using Duplicolor paint—I was always under the impression that enamels and lacquers won't dry properly on plastic. Am I missing a paint type?
Yep, I used Duplicolor on mine and had no issues with the paint adhering to the raw plastic. I just wiped everything down really well with rubbing alcohol and a microfiber towel before applying the paint.
 

StephenMG

Active Member
Absolutely AMAZING job!!! I was on the fence about wanting to get into modding the dome on my helmet but damnit I think this convinced me to go for it. Seriously excellent work!
Thank you DarkLyte! Having seen the quality of your work that means a lot coming from you. Much appreciated.

I too was unsure whether to leave the dome well alone, but I'm glad I didn't, it's made a massive difference.

I know I'm late to the party, but I've scanned all the posts and I see people using Duplicolor paint—I was always under the impression that enamels and lacquers won't dry properly on plastic. Am I missing a paint type?
Can't say I've heard of that problem. I used an acrylic car paint on my helmet (Hycote) over both bare plastic and primed surfaces and it worked beautifully. Speaking of which, if a surface is primed properly then you should be able to use almost and type of paint over it.
 

frogfreak

Active Member
Got the paint run sorted at last and have started to polish the dome. I need to get some filler on the inside of the dome to smooth out and disguise the edge of my extension piece but I'm pleased with how this has turned out so far. I still plan to have a bash at thermo-forming some red lenses at some point, but that's for another day!

You'll have to excuse the unnecessarily elaborate stand. It's a tall candlestick and doesn't really suit a Sith Lord, but it was the only thing I could find big enough to support the helmet for the photos!

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