Ep.1 Blue Senate Guard

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  1. darthwalls

    darthwalls New Member

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    Has anybody here made a blue senate guard helmet from Ep.1? If so what did you use for the mohawk? I have checked brooms and paint brushes but can't find anything long enough. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Mikie-Wan

    Mikie-Wan Active Member

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  3. division 6

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    A number of years ago a friend of mine did a couple helmets.
    He used kitchen brooms that where chopped up so they would conform the the arc of the crest.

    A couple small pix from the Wedding they where made for.
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  4. darthwalls

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I have searched several places and can't find anything close. I tried the brooms but they are not full or long enough.
    Mikie, I'll try to get some pics up soon. I am converting a helmet I purchased from the Ep.3 version to the Ep.1. I was just waiting until I found the mohawk to get cranking on it.
     
  5. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    The guy that made those was going to upgrade to horse hair.
    Don't know if he ever did.

    D6
     
  6. darthwalls

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    After hours and hours of searching, I think horse hair is gonna be the closest thing to it. I went to Tandy Leather and they are out. I'm gonna have to try their website or another and look for a bulk rate.
     
  7. darthwalls

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  8. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :eek That looks splendid, darthwalls. Well done. :thumbsup

    Any chance of your posting a tutorial? :love
     
  9. Darth Kahnt

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    Fantastic job.
     
  10. darthwalls

    darthwalls New Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(temponaut @ May 6 2006, 02:29 AM) [snapback]1239263[/snapback]</div>

    Thanks fo the comments. I searched a long time for the right stuff to use.

    First of all, I bought the helmet from someone else, sorry I didn't state that earlier. The helmet came as the Episode 3 version with the visor and flat crest on top. I also purchased the Episode 1 V-crest from him. I removed the visor. Then wet-sanded the helmet and crests and then painted all 3. I bought a small sheet of plexi-glass from Home Depot, cut it in a similar shape of a mohawk. I used a Dremel to cut out slots on the crest to slide the plexi-glass in. This was done to give more stability to the mohawk. I then brushed on Mod-Podge glue to one side of the plexi-glas and applied horse hair that I got from an on-line equine supply store. I repeated this process for the 3 other sides of plexi-glas until the mohawk was the desired thickness I wanted. I then took the helmet to my barber to even up the hair. The mohawk is a little thicker than in the movie and is not slanted as much. I still need to thin out the hair. I made it more straight up because I didn't want to weaken the crest by cutting into it at an angle.
     
  11. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the tips, darthwalls. :)

    I find all of your information illuminating, but like this part in particular:
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(darthwalls @ May 8 2006, 12:23 PM) [snapback]1240310[/snapback]</div>
    Such a simple thing to do, and yet such a smart choice in terms of applying the skills of a professional to get the look you want.

    Clever approach and very handsome results. :thumbsup :D



    {EDIT} I forgot to ask: What did your barber say when you asked for his help? I bet it was the first time he'd been asked to trim the horsehairs on a Star Wars helmet. :lol
     
  12. Jumpin Jax

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    The hitch is, in addition to cutting the original helm, there were these dang cheeks added that make the process harder to duplicate.
    [img]http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/7986/senatehelm7ja.jpg
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    These are lfl shots,pretty good for reference.
    Good luck.
    jj
     
  13. darthwalls

    darthwalls New Member

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  14. Jumpin Jax

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    Or jumpinjax armor :)
     
  15. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I thought this thread looked familiar.

    Resurrected after almost a year to the day. :lol
     

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