My C3PO / Protocol building adventures (and other props)

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Mulbin

Member
Update - My latest pic! Scroll down for more details.

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Hi all,

I've been lurking for a while and thought it was time I shared some of my progress making my first Star Wars props. I've been focussing on protocol droids, but have started some other bits I'll share later.

Here is my recently completed silver protocol. This is finished using Alclad paint , it's a few days work to get a good finish but it really saves cash (total chroming cost for this helmet about $5).

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The head is fiberglass from ebay (possibly from a cast of a Don Post statue?) but I am 3D printing all other parts (including my own eye design...the ones it came with were wrong), as well as a printed head I have been experimenting with in a more wearable size.

Some of the other bits in their current state...

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Tinting using Gordon Tarpley's food colouring method - mixed results!
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I'll add more pics and updates as things progress!
 
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Snowtrooper

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Exactly what color of alclad paint did you use? I've got a 3po head coming and I've been trying to figure out an easy way to get a chrome it without spending a fortune. The finish on yours looks like it turned out great.
 

Mulbin

Member
Exactly what color of alclad paint did you use? I've got a 3po head coming and I've been trying to figure out an easy way to get a chrome it without spending a fortune. The finish on yours looks like it turned out great.

It’s ALC-107 Chrome over a base coat of plasticote gloss grey enamel spray can. Alclad is completely dpendant on how reflective the base coat is. Don’t bother with alclads own base coats they are a nightmare to work with.

I recommend watching Gordon Tarpleys tutorials. Happy to answer any questions if you get stuck as Gordon doesn’t quite cover everything.
 

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Mulbin

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Making progress with tinting the alclad. This is using Gordon Tarpley’s method mixing yellow and red food colouring with gloss artists varnish. The trick seems to be to gradually build up layers. I’m on about 10 thin coats so far, looks a little paler in real life.

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