Re-introducing an old friend!

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by STEVE THE SWEDE, Jan 23, 2006.



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    All those recent Threepio threads got me inspired to go back to work on my old "zorg" head, kind of wamp him up a bit. :) One thing that struck me though was that everybody seems to display him clean. As you all know he only looked like that during the end scenes in the classic trilogy.

    I recently got my self a DLP home theater projector, man is this the bomb to have for prop ref stills. When I checked ESB on it for the first time I was totally blown a way by all the details that I never been able to see before. Especially how dirty Threepio really was during the show. I quickly decided that I wanted to try and "re-wamp" my old "zorg head" to how it looked after it was blown away by the troopers. However, I feelt that just a new weathering layer wasn't enough so I also got myself a pair of "russrep" eye grills to replace to old resin ones. Man, these sure made a difference. So after five days of work I'm finally ready to re-introduce one of my most beloved replicas, Threepio ESB style.


    He's been given a multi layer weathering over the vacu plated gold which is very hard to photograph. He's actually Way more dirty in real life.


    A close up of Russreps excellent brass eyes. These were a totall paint to install in the eyesockets of Zorgs head but I finally got them there. The lense material was cut out by me from a lamp reflector material sent by a helpful board member. :) Looks great doesn't it.


    Eyes all lit up. Each eye has a setup of three grain of wheat bulbs (no stinkin leds here) wired up by my brother. Some of the grainy weathering/dirt patterns can also be seen here.


    From the other side. Blaster scoaring can be seen around the neck bolt.


    Last one. A close look of some of the blaster marks/burns.

    Thanks for looking, hope you like him as much as I do. Now he has to go back to he's a IKEA cabinnet and whine about how I messed up he's shiny chrome plated face. :) Poor Threepio.

  2. Prop Runner

    Prop Runner Sr Member

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    BEAUTIFUL... :love

    - Gabe
  3. Jack Bauer

    Jack Bauer Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  4. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    I agree. That "lived in future" is one of the things that really set Star Wars apart from the sterile look of other SciFi.

    Well done Steve. Definitly a piece to be pround of.
  5. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    Looks nice. So what'd you do to weather him?
  6. Captain Needa

    Captain Needa New Member

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    Thanks a bunch guys.

    First my good friend Jez had him plated over in the U.K. I then masked certain areas that I wanted to appear chiped (which can be seen on the real helmets) with liquid latex masking. The helmet was then coated with a thin layer of satin clear. I'm pretty sure this was done to the ESB and ROTJ helmets too. Aparently they did this in order to prevent reflections from the crew. This gives the helmet a clouded and slightly duller look which aren't as reflective as the bare chrome. When the clear was dry I peeled of the masking latex to reveal the chrome to simulate a chiping clear coat look. I also rubbed down the entire head with some white spirit to smooth out clear coat, making it thinner in certain places and thicker in others. Finally I airbrushed the entire thing with thinn mix of black/brown acrylic. When this had dried up I rubbed most of it off with a car polish. This method left a grimy and gritty look that I think can be seen on the real heads. As I said, it's VERY hard to make the weathering justice on pics, all due to the gloss and reflecting surface. I'll try and see if I can get it to show better with some pics taken in plain daylight.

    Thanks again,

  8. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    Looks great Steve.....
  9. Kris

    Kris Sr Member

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    looks really awesome .. I'm sooo jaleous on all the 3PO owners out there, as he will be just always out of my price class.
  10. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    Beautiful. You did a great job.

  11. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    looks like it came fresh off the set
  12. Lello999

    Lello999 Well-Known Member

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    And once again a great piece of art. Thanks for the pics

  13. RickDTM

    RickDTM Sr Member

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    He looks fantastic. The new eye grills definitely make a world of difference, and the eyes are sweet. Great work.
  14. fettster

    fettster Sr Member

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    *, im gonna have to redo mine know.

    Awesome job.
  15. Star Wars Helmets

    Star Wars Helmets Sr Member

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    It looks okay....

    although I think the one I just made is more accurate


    :lol :lol :lol

    Brilliant work - as usual mate


  16. Bountyhunter Niko

    Bountyhunter Niko Well-Known Member

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  17. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

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    Very, very cool. I'm not a huge 3PO fan, but that's a great rendition.
  18. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  19. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Looks great Steve :)
  20. WebChief

    WebChief Sr Member

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    Steve that is simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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