RS Props "Dave M helmet"

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by welshwarrior123, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys,
    Been working on this the last 2 days in between commissions. Ever since I saw the Dave M helmet, I always wanted a replica of one. I thought the visible HDPE, dirt and marks looked awesome. And was far more attractive than a clean fresh off the rack stormie lid.

    Firstly if any of you havent got a RS lid, your missing out. This is now the pride of my collection. I built a stormy lid before, but that only involved cutting the frown and eyes out, so to start cutting this piece of history up was one of the scariest things ive ever done. Rob was kind enough to mark the ears up for me, and im glad he did as well. cheers for that :thumbsup

    So here it is all assembled and cut out. I tried to replicate the way the Dave M helmets eyes were cut out. Everything is just loosely put together for this shot.

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    I then took her apart and sanded out all the little bumps present on the dome and primered it....just kidding.
    I did give it a very very light coat of primer to try and help the next layer bite into it more, yet I didnt want to lose any of the details. I then airbrushed on humbrol 73 to get that lovely brown HDPE lood.

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    Then using the reference photos of the Dave M helmet, I then went and applied masking fluid to the spots I wanted the "HDPE" to show through.

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    And here is where it stands today. I hit it with some white, and removed the masking fluid. Gave the helmet a quick go over with some 0000 steel wool, and have started to paint out the grey section. Ignore them for now as they need a few more coats.

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    Don't know now when I'll start this back up again, hopefully in the next two weeks. I still need to whether the thing with blacks and brown, and put on all the fine marks and scratches. Everything is going to be hand painted minus the tube strips. Im also going to put the elastic strap hanging down with the stud on it, then into the display case it goes.

    Just got to try and stop myself wanting to buy the whole suit now :lol
    What do you guys think?

    Ps....100th post :)

    Welsh
     
  2. defstartrooper

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  3. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sweet bucket!

    You did a nice job!! :thumbsup
     
  4. Trilogy

    Trilogy Sr Member

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    You're well on the way to having a fantastic looking helmet.
    Great work thus far. I look forward to seeing more.
     
  5. MClass

    MClass Active Member

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    Great job! Looking great so far.
     
  6. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Cheers guys. I'm really pleased with it at present. Like I said I've still got to weather it, but I'll wait till I've got the tube stripes on for that.

    And I know what you mean, there is just something about the stormtrooper that is just so appealing. I've got it in a cabinet and every time I come in the room I cant help but glance at it.
     
  7. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Went ahead and did some more on this while in between commissions. I repainted all the grey areas with the correct grey, the previous grey was a little to dark. I also went and painted the vocoder and hovi mics. Also applied most of the weathering and aging. It was difficult to stop it looking like a sandtrooper but in real life it looks much better. Also added some of the red and black marks over the helmet as well.

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    Waiting on the tube stripes which will be stickers, and the lens material. Leaving the ears till later and it still needs a few spots of weathering here an there but the most part is done. Contemplating whether I should crumple and crease the lens material like the dave lid of keep it as is.

    Welsh
     
  8. Zenwalker

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    Looking good.

    Are you going to do the paint drips?
     
  9. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the compliment. Yeah Ive been thinking of using hot glue to create the bumps and paint over it. Much more control in that than actually getting real drips with paint. I dunno yet though I'm going to see how it looks when its all done.
     
  10. voice in the crowd

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    Your lid is looking great :thumbsup

    If I were you though I would paint the tube stripes like the original helmets instead of using stickers.

    Keep up the good work :)
     
  11. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Wow, that IS impressive!
     
  12. Trilogy

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    I have to concur with the above comment. With the helmet looking so good you really don't want to be using stickers.

    If it's of any help, you can obtain stencils here to assist in painting the tube stripes.
     
  13. Nairod

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    Beautifull build!!
     
  14. Darth_Finger

    Darth_Finger Active Member

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    Amazing helmet :)
     
  15. darkchylde80

    darkchylde80 Well-Known Member

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    Saw this on RS props FB page, awesome job!
     
  16. TK8541

    TK8541 Active Member

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    Excellent job man!!!!
     
  17. Supa troop

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    outstanding as usual Lewis :thumbsup
     
  18. TK8049

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    Looks GREAT!! Awesome job!
     
  19. 89batman

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    That looks spot on! I agree that painting the tube stripes would be better but I can understand the reservation to do it as it is not easy.
     
  20. ob1al

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    Looks cool - beaten up or weathered stuff always looks so much better than the clinical pristine look, especially on stormtrooper helmets.
     
  21. jkno

    jkno Master Member

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    Superb helmet!! Love it!
     
  22. Madrid Boba

    Madrid Boba Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking really good !! :eek

    It would be great to see a pic side by side with the original !!! :love

    Great helmet :thumbsup


    Alfredo
     
  23. RoCKo

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    NO STICKERS, NO STICKERS, NO STICKERS!!!

    That helmet looks awesome and you don´t want to ruin the look of a superaccurate helmet, right?! C´mon! :darnkids
     
  24. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I take it that's a no on the stickers lol. I went and picked up a few different colour blues today so I'll see which matches up to the aged blue on the real helmet. I'm going to make myself some vinyl stencils, does anyone know the measurement of the tube stripes?
     
  25. Madrid Boba

    Madrid Boba Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sometime ago i bought from a member of the RPF the stencils for the stripes (for the Siman helmet) . Search for it ...

    Alfredo
     
  26. Madrid Boba

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  27. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Ahh brilliant, I remember seeing that thread a while back.
    The only reason I ask is that I have access to an industrial vinyl cutter that can make something very similar to those, but for that price I might as well go for them being they are accurately scaled.

    Thanks for that.
     
  28. Trilogy

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    I guess my post was overlooked.
     
  29. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    sorry mate, I wasnt being ignorant or anything, im usually on my phone or ipad so just flicked through this to see the responses and must have missed it. Thanks anyways :)
     
  30. welshwarrior123

    welshwarrior123 Well-Known Member

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    Looking through my old threads and noticed I never finished this one off with the final photos. Dont like seeing a non finished thread. Sadly I sold this helmet the other day, I hope the owner dosent mind me posting these up but like I said, Nice to finish the thread off.

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    So I went ahead and hand painted everything, but using the stencils for the kill stripes. So everything is all wonky and uneven just like the originals :) I also applied pigments to create the aged/sat on shelf look with the yellowing. I think it came out really well but the camera has washed it out. I tried my best at replicating the actual wear on the Dave M helmet, and I think ive done alright.

    Hope to pick another one up after Christmas and do the same, this time I will keep hold of it as these helmets are absolutely fantastic.

    Thanks,

    Welsh
     

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