Shock Trooper, Finishing my PUR Resin Model

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alienbuilder

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As I sayd I´m up to finish my resin clone trooper helmet (which was the model for the aluminum casts) too now. I m doing all the paint job by myself this time, so I ll show a little bit more of this work here. In fact you may have seen several clone helmets of these kind here I guess, but another shock trooper can't be bad. these days, just like the aluminum version, I ve given the helmet a filler coat and a dust of black, so I can see were dents still are. Normally the filler coat should be around 1 or even 2 mm thick, so you won't completely sand down to the original material. In this case I just used the rest of my material so you see several areas were the resin comes through. Well, its also easy to sand, so it should be ok, but its important to give it a coat with a plastic primer later on again.






Before I ve started painting, I drilled a hole in each mictip so I can use my laser cut parts here too. I ll build in some speakers too, so I modified the inner neckring at the jaw area just like at the aluminum versions. here it pays of that I used tons of filler in that area so I was supposed to cut it out again now.





I ll try to paint this helmet movie accurate hopefully.
 

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alienbuilder

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I decided to finish the paint job for this one before going back to the alu helmets so I can work at home than, doing the interior. after some days of sanding down the filler I gave it a plastic primer coat and some layers of met black today. the mat black is looking bad ass! as I said I m not really into the SW universe, but I always thought the used clone helmets should show the different layers they are made of, just like its explained for the stormtrooper ones. so, under the white color must be a black layer, for whats function ever, isn't it? for that reason I painted the hole thing black, so that all the scratches will show the black again in the weathering.

































 

alienbuilder

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yes, these technique with the filler and the black my friend showed me works really good. and the results with the mat black are also nice, remembering that this is done with normal spray cans and I m not a profi. today I masked the mic tips and the black part at the neck so I don't have to paint them again. than I painted some areas at the ears with a rusty toned acrylic color. I don't know if this makes sense, but most of the clone helmets seems to have these rusty ears (as also most of the clones seems to have exactly the same weathering scheme in the movies though). the color I used give also a little bit more structure to these areas. Than I used the latex, I ve already used for the free helmet to cover these areas and also some other places where the color should be damaged or bigger scratches should appear later. Than added the white color. tomorrow I ll add the red stuff.























so my task is to paint the helmet as close as possible to this

 

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rosskow

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Read all through your other thread about the aluminium helmets, very interesting and skilled techniques, and even more impressive final results, great paint jobs. And now you're doing another one, well im still watching.
Hope you have enough shelf space to display these.
 

alienbuilder

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Well, yeah. the space is always a problem for me, but I ll have to reorganize everything a little bit:) I also thought about selling maybe the gree helmet or the PUR helmet after finishing, but I decided to keep all.. the gree helmet looks just too beautiful, I couldn't give away that one anymore. and this helmet here… well, this will be my helmet for the daily use. if I would ever make a whole amor I ll use this one for it. Its a little bonus for me. you know, I didnt paint the alu shock trooper by myself, so here I can just do this by my own and try things I didn't wanted to the alu one.
besides: I already explored your thread too. also an amazing job, especially the rust effects are looking read.
so here some pictures of the progress today now:

all white without the latex:









than the masking tape. funny picture, but the thin masking tape is paying really of.









after painting





and the result















and after removing the latex here too











hits the original pretty well in my opinion. well, the paint damage it just a first step though. I ll add scratches with a knife and sandpaper later. just did the bigger parts with the latex. tomorrow I ll do the gray areas.
 
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alienbuilder

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finished the black paint today and the tube stripes. its hard to see, but the stripes are deep blue, also if they actually seem to be black though.







I also finished the rusted areas at the ears today. I thought about using iron powder for this (meaning real rust), but decided not to do so. I just painted it now, because it was more controllable so I could try to imitate the CGI helmet better, maybe. Also the paint is more stabile, also when its getting wet. I used the same spray color as for the whole helmet, just mixed red, green and yellow to get a correct rusty brown. than added paint thinner and brushed it on, just in thin layers, because the white color will get liquit a little bit again too.



















 

alienbuilder

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today I glued in the visor. fits good but not 100 percent perfect, but well, I m not a plastic guy:) unfortunately the I corrected the visors position a little bit so some of the glue is visible now at the outside but could also be some dirt/ weathering. for this helmet its good enough. I also cast the interior parts for this one in PUR resin today. this one will also get speakers and monitors inside.



 

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alienbuilder

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yes, thats the plan. As for the aluminum helmets I want to sew a good fitting padding out of a mesh fabric. hopefully there will be enough fabric left for this helmet. I want to build in working speakers, mice and headphones here too.
 

alienbuilder

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tested the mic tips today...








and I glued in the interior visor part today. I used lots of PUR and Epoxy glue so the helmet and the visor are just like one part now. very stabile and I think impossible to remove ever.

 

alienbuilder

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added some more scratches and reworked the corroded areas around the ears a little bit. the external look is almost done now just the mic tips are left and maybe a little bit of dirt. The mouthpart is fitted in now too, just a little bit of sanding and its ready to paint.













 

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alienbuilder

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just a few better photos now…
















today I've glued in these little curly wires. these pieces will hold 2 elastic bands which than hold the monitors. thought some days about how to fix these into the helmet and I think this will be an easy and effective way.




I also glued in these sanitary piece right behind the earholes. my microphones are fitting exactly into it and the cap can fix it than.




also sanded the mouthpart today.











tomorrow I ll repaint the sanded parts of the interior black and glue in the mictips here too. than the plastic work is done here.
 

alienbuilder

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Sorry for the mass of photos, but I just had to make picture of every step. well, the outside of the helmet is nearly done now. maybe just a little bit of dirt someday, but for me it hits the CGI original pretty good.
































The look of the interior is also done now, just the whole padding is missing of course and the interior mictips. the elastics are doing very well, you can't recognize them and you can put the digital frames in place nicely. wearing the helmet now gives me a first impression of what I wanter to have. I like it very well: you look up and see through the visor ( no blinding from the frames), you look down you have these little glowing consoles. cool feeling.













 

CMANavy

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Excellent work! I'm way out of the loop but what are origins of this helmet? And what is this about Aluminum Helmets?

My helmet is attached, it might be the same lineage.
 

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CSMacLaren

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Painted very nicely. The weathering is convincing and not in-your-face. I like!

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I also like the interior. That's a nice touch too!
 

alienbuilder

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Hallo CMANavy,
the answer lays here:http://www.therpf.com/f79/aluminium-cast-clone-trooper-helmet-228161/

I ve cast 3 Aluminum Clone helmets last year and still working on them. this helmet is the model I ve used for it. Its just one of these Resin casts you can get on ebay. you can see the first modifications on it in the other thread. nice helmet too. think I like the shock troopers most yet.

and CSMacLaren, thanks for your words. I m happy you like weathering and interior. I tried not to do too much weathering but keep it close to the movies. most of the shock troopers you see there got the same weathering tough I'm my opinion.
 

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