SpaceCowboy Stormtrooper helmet WIP, and First Post

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by jnespappa, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. jnespappa

    jnespappa New Member

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    Hello friends. I made a Pep Halo Master Chief cos. for my son a few years back and have been interested in cos. building, not necessarily wearing ever since. I previously worked on fiberglass speaker boxes so I can bring those skills over to cos construction. Anyway, I followed Terra's build based on SpaceCowboy's pep work http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=157465 and I decided to tackle that project for myself.

    Started the pep construction:
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    Finished pep work. Oh, some of the super glue had not fully cured and a good wad of my hair got stuck to the inside of the helm after taking this pic. I almost had to cut away some of the helm to get my head out, lol.
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    After the bucket was finished I slushed in "Rondo" a 1:1 Bondo to Fiberglass resin mixture with proper amounts of catalyst in each portion. I used a small electric scale to measure the parts. It firmed up the paper nicely and gave me a thick under layer allowing me to sand off the paper facets or high spots.

    Unfortunately for me I left it outside in the heat to finish off-gassing fumes and it leaned over and came to rest on the resin can, giving the helm a warped shape. The right side cheek was pushed in and there was a pronounced bulge in the rear of the bucket. I heated it with a hot air gun and was able to get the majority of the warpage out, but it cracked and the cheek never got back to original shape. I will build it back up and sand to match the desired shape.

    I searched around town for some milliput to fill in low spots and could not find it locally, so I purchased some air drying sculpting clay and I am very pleased with it. I have a good hour or more of high workability and it sands easily, AND it is stiff yet semi flexible so it doesn't seem prone to cracking. I recommend it. It does take almost a day to dry fully, but that isn't tool bad of a compromise.

    Here it is after two layers of bondo and I am starting to layer up some of the clay. I have mostly built up the right cheek to fix the warping and I will keep working at the rear of the helm, but I'm off to a pretty good start.


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    The clay is the lighter tan color which can be seen around the brow and on the lower left "jaw" behind the mic tip location. I cut out the mouth to build it up with clay since that seemed to work so well for Terra.
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    You will notice I am building up the lip around the rear of the bucket. I will straighten out the lip in the next layer, this first layer was just for some "meat" or thickness. You can also see the cracks from straightening :( I may have to cut that part out and build it up from scratch. Any hints on how to remove the warp other than cutting it out?

    Not sure if I will wear this actual bucket or if I will mold and cast it.....we'll see.

    Stay tuned and I'm open to comments and suggestions.
     
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    jnespappa New Member

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    Alrighty. I repaired the cracks on the rear of the helmet from where I had tried to straighten it out. I cut a straight line using a dremel, bent it into a better shape, duct taped the outside and added more Rondo to the inside. Worked like a charm.

    I sanded the eye openings, contoured the cheeks, improved the "tears" and added the first layer of the right ear.
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    You will see three colors on the helmet. The pink is the Rondo which was poured/slushed into the helmet. The white-ish color is the air dried clay, and the green is a primer I used as a guide coat for sanding purposes. I was going "snow blind" looking at the bondo/clay helmet and it was hard to see the low spots. The solid guide coat color showed me where to fill.

    Next I will add the left ear and start cutting out the four rim indents.

    Getting better.

    Thoughts?
     

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