My 3rd (and likely final) Life-size 1:1 Han Solo in Carbonite

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azheat01

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Really love all the hardware store greeblies and details, that’s some of my favorite and most fun stuff to make/see!
Thanks!

A little more progress today, getting closer to paint. I made some quick panels for the back to enclose the inner mechanics boards I made. The top one isn't screwed in yet, will do that after painting the inside.

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I managed to get the bottom one painted and did a test fit of the panel. I also tested how the lights look once fully enclosed (these lights will be wired to switches on one of the panels).

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I also tested another color I was thinking about using for the cabinet. For my first two HICs I built I used a Dark Gloss Grey, but I am testing this Rustoleum color called Metallic Soft Iron.

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I'm kinda liking this color, but might test one more. I didn't like the Metallic Steel, it was a little too light and I didn't think there was enough contrast from the Satin Nickel Metallic I'll be using for the carbonite.

Here's a couple pics of the inner mechanics board installed.

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I did notice this area is darker now that it's painted and the back panel is on, so I decided to add one white LED to the side and test it. This LED will be on a separate switch from the red and yellow LEDs. It's hard to tell in the picture with so much daylight, but this will light it up enough to really see the inside mechanics.


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Here you can see the light hitting the opposite end.

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Still need to touch-up a few spots with bondo on the outside, then I can start with the primer base. Here's a quick little video.


This looks much better in person.
 
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azheat01

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More progress today.........bondo, sand, prime, repeat. I've done more sanding on this project than any other, but I'm real pleased with the transitions between the cabinet and bottom and top boxes. Other than some tiny imperfections, it looks great.

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Once I was happy with that, two more coats of primer and then final sanding, ending on 800 grit.

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Then on to my favorite part..........paint. I am trying something a little different with this one. I am using the Metallic Silver as a base, then hitting it with Rustoleum Hammered Silver, tones it down a little. Once this dries I'll go in with the watered down black acyclic paint to give the texture some depth. The lighting wasn't the greatest today when I was finishing up, but more photos to come.

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azheat01

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Looking forward to pulling off this tape, I went with a slightly darker color with the Flat Soft Iron but I'm diggin' it. I always struggle with the cabinet color. It's not as dark as the photo suggests as this is in my garage. If you zoom in on the bottom, that gives you a better idea of color since the top looks dark in the photo. I think it will contrast nicely with the carbonite.

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azheat01

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So I couldn’t leave well enough alone, after letting the cabinet sit overnight I just wasn’t 100% on the color. It was close, but I wanted to try something else. So I went with the Rustoleum Gloss Dark Gray. I’ve used something similar on previous builds, and it does the job.

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