UPDATE!My new vintage HDPE trooper bucket UPDATE!!

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by gizmo, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    A short while ago I had the luck of picking up a copy of TE`s first helmet from his first run in 2002.I was even luckier that it was in kit form and has all the original lumps and bumps.

    I decided I wanted to go all out original on this so I painted it a decent HDPE color first.

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    Next I decided to paint it with house paint which I sprayed on thick and sloppy.I beleive that the originals were sprayed because there`s alot of evidence of this in photo`s of the originals especially the new sandtroopers that turned up.I decided not to go for a specific trooper helmet but more a general look of a chipped and beaten screen-used trooper.If you look closely you will see many runs in the paint.

    All details were hand painted by me including the tube stripes which I decided to go more with the look of TE`s first helmet which this was derived from.That is with less stripes each side.Once painted and weathered for a screen-used look I added Keiths beutiful mic tips which I also weathered.

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    Here`s a couple more shots showing the interior.I painted the inside grey with touches of pink like the originals and added accurate foam padding and accurate chin straps.Please note that I had to use a flash in this shot and it makes the HDPE color look a little greener than it actually is.In real life it looks pretty accurate.

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    And finally a shot of the beutiful bumpy cap and back.

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    Thanks for looking and thanks to Whackychimp for hosting.

    Ben
     
  2. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    VERY NICE...
     
  3. Keith

    Keith Sr Member

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    Fantastic work Ben.
    I really like the inside of it :)

    Keith.
     
  4. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    Nice bucket...
     
  5. TK-Fett

    TK-Fett Well-Known Member

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    I like it, not to overdone for a custom job and very authentic looking. Also love the detail on the inside. I would be proud to display a helmet like that.
     
  6. troopermaster

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    You've done a great job on that helmet Ben.

    I like all the paint runs and roughness,just like the originals.My only concern is those tube stripes seem a bit too thick and lack of them,other than that it's superb :thumbsup

    -Paul.

    PS.Where did you get that foam from?We can only get blue stuff here in the UK.
     
  7. JoeR

    JoeR Sr Member

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    Great work. Looks really authentic.

    Where did you get the materials for the chin strap and the foam?

    Here is my attempt:

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  8. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Nice one Joe,I'm working on the same helmet ;)
     
  9. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    Looks like crap Gizmo.

    But in a nice way :thumbsup
     
  10. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the comments guys.I really appreciate them. :)

    Dark Side I love that helmet you did.Very nice.

    Paul and Dark Side,I looked everywhere for the right color foam and couldn`t find any.After I`d given up I found a rip in a cushion on an old chair of mine.To my suprise it was the perfect match color and thickness.Aged for years as well.So after all the serching I did the perfect source was right under my *,literally :lol

    As for the chin straps I got them from my local craft shop.All it is is a length of the right size elastic and then added some button fasteners.It`s a 5 minute job once you find the right size.

    As for the tube stripes I was trying for the look of TE`s first helmet which only has 9 or 10 each side.It`s my first attempt at painting my own and will do better next time. :thumbsup

    Thanks again for the comments.
    Ben
     
  11. troopermaster

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    The tube stripes can be a pain to get right but they are OK :)

    Do you know,I almost got some foam from an old sofa I saw at the tip (dump) the other week.I knew I should have got it :p

    I remember the guy at the haberdashery saying something like the yellow foam is no safe to use for upholstery anymore as it is not fire retardent,or something like that.All they sell now is this blue stuff which is no good for our trooper helmets :angry

    Oh well,back to the tip :unsure

    -Paul.
     
  12. voice in the crowd

    voice in the crowd Sr Member

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    Very nice helmets guys

    The attention to detail is superb.

    :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup

    Gizmo what paint did you use for the HDPE colour?

    Did you paint the helmet white below the ear caps or leave them HDPE (like the 'move along' and 'stop that ship' helmets)?

    Cheers Chris.
     
  13. JoeR

    JoeR Sr Member

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    Thanks for the info, I will be savaging some old chairs shortly. He He

    Joe
     
  14. HDPE

    HDPE Well-Known Member

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    SPLENDID.

    Looks craptaccurate.

    So what do you use for the neck trim? It looks dead on.

    Funny you mention the foam thing beacause the same story happened to me , I realized I had the perfect match right under my arrrse :lol


    I'm stabing all my friends old chairs now "hey can I have this. What for? You'll never believe me"


    The hardest thing 4 me is to get the right shape with the foam.

    Cheers
     
  15. brightmidnight

    brightmidnight New Member

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    Excellent work Ben, that looks super accurate.
     
  16. clancampbell

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    These weathered buckets are truly awesome.
    I get so tired of pristine shiny stuff...

    Rich
     
  17. vaderdarth

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    Excellent work Gizmo, you captured the screen bucket nicely... :)

    Dave
     
  18. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great Job.. Looks like it walked right off the Set....
     
  19. Boba Frett

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    Looks great :)
     
  20. OldKen

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    that is hillarious about the foam.

    hey she may not look like much but shes got it where it counts kid. ;)

    seriously did you steal that from the archives? :love looks great.
     
  21. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks again for the comments guys. :)

    Chris,
    yes underneath the ears is HDPE color.The color I got from an auto shop here in Australia.I took some pics in and and wanted them to match the color but they wouldn`t let me so I had to go through a color chart they had.To my suprise I found a near perfect match.Took me ages though as they had tons of khaki colors.

    HDPE STORMY,
    The neck trim came with the kit.It`s basically the same as the brow trim but a bit thicker.I`m sure most helmets had the "S" shaped trim but this stuff was found on the screen-used Chrities ESB helmet though so I decided to go with it.

    Kind regards
    Ben
     
  22. Umbra

    Umbra New Member

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    it is impressive those of you who recreation props to look so much like original ones

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  23. voice in the crowd

    voice in the crowd Sr Member

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    Hi Ben,

    Do you have a manufacturer and exact colour name for the paint.

    Cheers Chris.
     
  24. TK765

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    Wow that looks like crap :lol Great Job... :)
     
  25. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys. :)

    Chris,
    I don`t have the paint color info at the moment but I`ve been asked by someone else to find out so I will be getting the info from the shop this weekend.So I will let you know. :)

    Stay tuned,
    Ben
     
  26. Star Wars Helmets

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    * THATS UGLY....

    I love it - well done

    Cheers

    Jez
     
  27. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the comments again guy`s :)

    Well after a week of looking at the helmet the tube stripes were really getting to
    me,so they had to go.I masked up and painted a new set yesterday which I found very frustrating to say the least but I think the result is alot better.

    The following pics I took in a more dim light to capture the overall roughness of this helmet.

    Those of you who wanted to know the details of the paint,I should be getting them tommorrow as I spent all weekend installing a new engine in my mates car and didn`t get the time to go to the paint shop.

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    Thanks for looking and thanks again to Whackchimp for the hosting. :thumbsup

    Ben
     
  28. FON

    FON Well-Known Member

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    Very nice Ben, and very authentic looking... you nailed it. :)
     
  29. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    yeah what he said :thumbsup
     
  30. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    And to think people are prepared to pay over $30K for this crap :lol
     
  31. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    Dude, that is sweet...........

    BTW, if I ever get my hands on another one, you wanna paint mine? ;)
     
  32. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guy`s. :)

    Clutch I don`t think I am confident enough to work on other peoples helmets,not just yet anyway.This thing was a real touch n go project.Glad you like it though.

    I also went to the auto paint shop today.It turns out they were using a Dulux color chart.They basically just select a color from the chart and then enter the code on a computer.The computer then tells them how to mix the paint.The code was either "NE65"or "JJ57" they weren`t too shore.The paint company is not actually Dulux,they just go from Dulux`s chart.The company is "K&H Surface Technologies" based in Australia.I hope this helps.

    Cheers
    Ben
     
  33. voice in the crowd

    voice in the crowd Sr Member

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    Thanks for the paint info Ben.

    The new tube stripes look great and the helmet looks the business :)

    :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  34. rebel scum

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    Ben, that's probably the best looking 'vintage' helmet I've seen. The new tube stripes really do make the difference.

    Great work :thumbsup

    Chris
     

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