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TheDutchman
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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2020, 05:34:41 AM »

And, without further ado:

An update on the helmets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iev9gIFw8BA#

Wow TJ!  Outstanding job, from fabrication to painting, those helmets look fantastic!!  I am both awed and envious of your skill  Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2020, 11:13:27 AM »

Thanks, Dutchman.
May still add some detailing to them.

Then comes the really scary part: Installing the visors
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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2020, 01:52:55 PM »

With the builds complete, I am now posting the FULL build gallery

Building a couple of Mandalorian helmets for cosplays my son and I will be doing later this year


My son's helmet will be based on the "Heavy Infantry Helmet" templates by Odin Abbott


For my helmet, I'll be using the "Mandalorian" templates from DIY Props and Punished Props


Laying out the parts for my son's helmet on some 10mm HD EVA foam


Then laid out mine on the same


Then we have the parts to be made from 6mm HD EVA foam
There will also be some parts cut from 2mm foam

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« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2020, 01:53:56 PM »

The completed dome of my son's helmet


Back piece and main face piece in place


Back vent detail


Starting formation of the cheeks


Cheeks fully in place, and visor opening cut



Ear pieces under construction


And fully assembled


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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2020, 01:55:34 PM »

Starting work on my helmet my heat forming the pieces to give them a bit of shape


Dome assembled


Back in place



Visor and cheek pieces


Assembled cheeks


And the cheeks are glued into place
I also cut a groove for later placement of the visor



Ear pieces in place, and additional piece over the visor section


Rear vent detail

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« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2020, 01:56:26 PM »

Beginning sanding work with a detail sander.
The foam is getting a little chewed up at this stage.
I also had to thin down the interior of the cheeks as they were rubbing on my son's cheeks



Sanding on my helmet. I've also opened the visor



Filling seams on my son's helmet using Kwik Seal.
I also used it on the rough areas of the surface


For my helmet, I did the seam filling with a spackle compound


A coat of black Plasti-Dip



Followed by a coat of "Flat Cold Iron" spray paint


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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2020, 01:57:29 PM »

Masked off and sprayed the red sections on the front of my helmet



Painted in the cheek insets and ear pieces in Vallejo Dark Grey primer


For my son's helmet, we went with Krylon "Global Blue" and the same red I'd used on mine


While Odin included a template for the visor on his, I needed to make one for mine.
This was done by placing printer paper behind the opening and tracing it in Sharpie


Took three tries, but I got a template that would fit


Masked off some detail areas, as well as free-handing some markings


Removing the masking did some damage to the metallic color.
Luckily, the sealer coat did bring it back into normalcy

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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2020, 02:01:10 PM »

Laid painter's tape on both sides of the visors I'd be cutting, and then taped the templates into place


Cut the visors out using my Dremel


Used a heat gun  to make the visors better fit the shape of the helmets.
(In retrospect, I'd have had an easier time if I'd done the heat forming BEFORE cutting the visors)


With the visors in place, here are the finished pics:
My son's helmet:




My helmet:




Youtube link to the finale:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gEdh7PiIdw" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gEdh7PiIdw</a>
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« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2020, 07:06:46 AM »

Wow, TJ...

...I mean...

WOW!!!

Absolutely incredible work!!  I am amazed, especially seeing the timeline from concept to blueprint to working model!

AWESOME job TJ!!!

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« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2020, 07:51:26 PM »

Thanks, Dutch.
Glad you liked them

Next stop---chest and back pieces for both of us (me and my son)
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« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2020, 03:49:54 AM »

That is coming along quite well, Therion.  I like how rugged they both look and the color combos are a nice touch
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« Reply #26 on: May 19, 2020, 06:12:40 AM »

I was gonna ask why cut the face shield at all, then I scrolled farther up and saw the interior cheekbone shape.

So I'll suggest something different for next time. Consider not cutting the severe T shape, but one that accommodates as much of the surface of the mask as possible for increased gluing surface.  The mask itself takes care of the T shape the audience sees.
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« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2020, 07:44:52 PM »

I was gonna ask why cut the face shield at all, then I scrolled farther up and saw the interior cheekbone shape.

So I'll suggest something different for next time. Consider not cutting the severe T shape, but one that accommodates as much of the surface of the mask as possible for increased gluing surface.  The mask itself takes care of the T shape the audience sees.
Very true as to the overall look.
In fact, I did something similar WAYYYYYYYYY back in my junior high days
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« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2020, 07:45:35 PM »

That is coming along quite well, Therion.  I like how rugged they both look and the color combos are a nice touch
Thanks, Infinit01.
I may go in and redo the emblem on the one side of mine as it's begun to bug me
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« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2020, 02:46:03 PM »

Decided to go in and fix a couple of flaws in my Mandalorian helmet.

My mandalorian cosplay helmet as originally finished.
Visible here are some areas where the paint had bled under the tape I'd used for masking


And here is the main reason for this update.
I don't really like how this emblem turned out


Used my printer-which opted to be VERY uncooperative-to print up some emblems more along the lines of what I was looking for.
These were painted over with Tamiya clear red to fix some of the printing issues, and are HEAVILY based on the emblem for Games Workshop's "Luna Wolves" Space Marine Legion


Striping cleaned up after decanting some of the spray paint used for the base color.
I also completely painted over the old emblem attempt that had disappointed me


End results:
Clean striping


MUCH better emblem.


Youtube link:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7gd9lij_e8" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7gd9lij_e8</a>
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