Boushh Helmet Sculpt...almost there

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  1. Sandman

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    Boushh Helmet Sculpt...Updated 1-7-10 w/ pics

    Well, I've been working on this sculpt for several months now and want to share my progress with the group. It has taken me a lot longer than I thought it would since this is my first sculpt and I'm learning as I go.

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    This all started when I wanted to get a new helmet for my wife. She has been wearing a fiberglass helmet that was made by Brian Freiburger who no longer makes them. His helmet is great but HEAVY!

    I needed a light helmet that would fit my wife's small frame so I decided to take on the challenge. I am waiting for one more model to be delivered and then I can cast all the greeblies and fabricate the mouth piece. Let me know what you think. I am totally open to criticism so fire away!

    Todd
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010
  2. Jawafive

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    Hey Todd, I think it looks really good. Maybe a little to angular in places, but still awesome and recognizable. I think you should be very proud.
     
  3. Sandman

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    Thanks Batman! Yes, I left all of the edges sharp so I could make sure I got all of the angles right. The first pull from this sculpt will be sanded and fine tuned. At that time I plan on knocking down all the sharp edges and smoothing everything out.

    Then I have to make a buck of just the top part of the helmet so I can vac-form the detail piece on top and glue it to the first pull. Once everything is dialed in, I'll make a master.

    Todd
     
  4. blufive

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    Very nice! I'm impressed!

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  5. DaddyfromNaboo

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    That´s looking really good ! One of my fave helmets !

    Michael
     
  6. steveo

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    Nice looking job. I totally understand how long this helmet can take, believe me. I've been working on mine off and on for about 10+ YEARS now. Boushh is my favorite Star Wars costume and I'm trying to get it as accurate as possible. Plus, it's really my first helmet sculpt and getting things smooth and accurate are extremely difficult. Congrats on getting there.
     
  7. Sandman

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    Thanks Stevo! And keep it up! I've found that the more you sculpt, the more you learn and the easier it gets. I'm making some small changes and my last model just came in the mail so I'll post some more pics when I get the model pieces in place. Thanks again everyone for the nice words.

    Todd
     
  8. Boba Frett

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    Great job :thumbsup
     
  9. silverskyes402

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    Very Very nice, my second fav. star wars helmet, other than fett's!!!
     
  10. Sandman

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    Model pieces for the helmet are now in the molds...

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    And the helmet is all raked out and ready for final smoothing...

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    Almost ready for silicone!!!!

    Todd
     
  11. steveo

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    Nice, can't wait to see her finished.
     
  12. Sandman

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    Final smoothing in progress and I mocked up the model pieces for the ears to make sure all the sizing is correct.

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    Todd
     
  13. Sandman

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    SCULPT IS FINISHED!!!!!

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    AND ITS IN SILICONE!!!!

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    Todd
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2008
  14. steveo

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    Nice, can't wait to see her all painted up. Great job. Wish i could get mine finished.
     
  15. masteryoda

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    Todd, looking good! I've never attempted such a project, so I can only imagine how difficult it must be. Keep at it and it'll be perfect!
     
  16. Sandman

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement guys!!! I got the second coat of silicone on it this morning...with a little sprinkle of recycled silicone goodness! :lol


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    Todd
     
  17. steveo

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    hey, it's party Boushh!
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  18. RoCKo

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    looks great!
    gotta love the boushh helmet...
     
  19. The Wook

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    Way to go, Sandman! I'm really loving your wife's boushh, especially since you've trimmed it down.

    The Wook
     
  20. Robb007

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    it just keeps getting better !!!

    can't wait for the finished pics :thumbsup
     
  21. Reelo

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    Somebody here said something, I'm not gonna say who and I'm not gonna quote, but somethings been said that, when spoken out loud, sounds just sooo wrong.
    And that's all I'm gonna say about it...
     
  22. zorg

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    nice:lol


    did you get my pm sandman?
     
  23. Cree

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    :lol

    Dude.....
     
  24. The Wook

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    Oops. :redface

    Lemme re-phrase it. The helmet you're making looks awesome.:thumbsup

    The Wook
     
  25. Sandman

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    Zorg...got your message and responded.

    Wook...:lol that was classic! You can stare at my wife's Boushh all you want!
     
  26. tk1389

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    Well Todd, you have personally shown me your wife's Boushh and it looks better in person :thumbsup the pictures do it no justice. :cool
     
  27. Jedifyfe

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    Best thread post EVER!!!!!!!!!!:lol :lol :lol :lol :lol
     
  28. Sandman

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    Back half of the plaster mother mold finished....

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    Todd
     
  29. steveo

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    wow, those pics are bringing back memories of my attempt at casting my first Boushh helmet. I had so many problems getting those molds apart it was ridiculous. So many "locked" spaces that those molds hugged. I hope you have better luck. Can't wait to hear and see how it comes out.
     
  30. Sandman

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    Yes, you have to be really careful with your undercuts or you will never get it apart. I am still debating on whether to make this a three part mother mold just to make it easier to get apart. I will be doing the other half tomorrow.

    Todd
     
  31. Robb007

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    I cannot believe I missed that the first time
     
  32. CGClone

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    Gorgeous sculpt, really excited to see this.

    How does it compare to the other comman vacformed kit size wise? little bit smaller I hope?
     
  33. Sandman

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    Yes, it is smaller...especially in the snout and mouth piece area. I based my sculpt off of "known" measurements by using the original model pieces and pictures. Seemed to work pretty well but we shall see when I open this thing up. Keep you fingers crossed!

    Todd
     
  34. Sandman

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    Well, when I went out to the garage this morning the back half of the mother mold still was not dry....:cry I'm guessing that I used too much water in the hydrocal mix. So I had to tear in apart! :angry

    Since I was starting over, I decided to make the mother mold in four parts to make it easier to remove. Here it is three quarters done:

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    And finished:

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    I'm going to let it completely set up overnight and I'll open it in the morning...

    Todd
     
  35. steveo

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    sorry to hear that it didn't set up, but nice to see that you did it in four parts. Interested in hearing how it comes out.
     
  36. Sandman

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    Went out to the garage this morning and opened up the mold. I'm happy to say that it turned out AWESOME!!!!

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    I'm really glad that I decided to do a four part mother mold. It came off really easy and my sculpt is still in one piece!

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    I am going to try and get a helmet roto-cast this afternoon...man I can't wait to see how the first pull turns out!!!

    Todd
     
  37. CGClone

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    Good gosh man...*drooool*
     
  38. Seeker

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    finally!! I've been waiting for an accurate Boush helmet for ever!!

    NICE!

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  39. steveo

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    [Is the silicone layer also a multi piece mold or is it one piece? If it's one, how the heck did you get it off without ripping it?
     
  40. Jawafive

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    I just checked this thread again and man is it looking good! Way to go Todd!
     
  41. Sandman

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    Yes the silicone jacket is all one piece. I made a cut up the back were there is very little detail and then pulled it off the sculpt like a sock. You have to use a low shore silicone with a lot of give for it not to tear. I am using a 30 shore that is nice and pliable.

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement!!! :thumbsup

    Todd
     
  42. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    lookin good todd, cant wait to see the first casting, it looks very sharp:thumbsup

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  43. Sandman

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    It's ALIVE!!!!

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    Todd
     
  44. CGClone

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    Many a good helmet has come from that roto machine. Nice Todd!

    You get my pm?
     
  45. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    am i the only guy that doesnt have a rotocaster?

    z
     
  46. steveo

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    Nope, I'm not even sure what one does.
     
  47. RoCKo

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    turning around and around and around and around and around.... :lol
     
  48. Qui-Gonzalez

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    I'm not even a fabricator and what I know is it slushes the resin around in the mold, giving a somewhat even thickness all around.
     
  49. RoCKo

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    yes, that´s exactly right, at least after what i know about rotocasting.
    the centrifugal force presses the resin against the mould walls and keeps the cast almost bubblefree because of it´s continous turning...

    sorry for my first reply..... i just had to...! :rolleyes
     
  50. Sandman

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    And with that you get...

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    ONE HELMET!!!!

    Todd
     

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