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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:08 pm 
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I've just gotten everything back and am currently working out how to best mold the pieces that hasn't been molded yet. I'm not good enough to do one-piece molds yet, so I'm looking over the pieces to find the best way to do two-piece molds and not have the seamlines cut across stuff. For instance, for the stormtrooper helmets, I'm considering following basically the face, cutting off in front of the ear and following the bottom of the brow trim and then have the other mold section be everything else. That should limit the visibility of the seamline to already existing edges. The Vader dome is much simpler, but the face mask will be a problem I'll have to work out. I'm working really slow, to do this right and not mess up... so I sadly can't give an estimate on how long it's going to take. Sorry.

In the meantime I thought I'd show a comparison between the Gentle Giant (supposedly 1:6 scale) helmet from their bust versus my true 1:6 scale printed helmet.
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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:29 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:19 pm 
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I'm seeing double! Looks great. I see you went for the rare 10 teeth trim. 8 teeth spaces is most common for stunt helmets, but there are a few screen-used with 5 teeth cut out on one side (and one even with 6!). original-anh-hdpe-stormtrooper-helmet-found-vt201.html


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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:05 am 
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I'm not sure I'm following. The painted one is from the Gentle Giant bust. However, both pieces are sourced from the exact same scan of the original *Set For Stun* ANH helmet.


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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:47 am 
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Duh - my mistake. Gentle Giant I meant should have made 4 cutouts per side for the frown to accurately depict the SFS helmet trim. 4 per side is also the standard defined by the 501st for OT stunt stormtrooper helmets, though there are on-screen examples of stunt helmets with 3 or 5 cutouts per side.

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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:10 pm 
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I don't think they even remotely tried to emulate how the original SFS helmet looked. They just saw recessed areas on the sculpt and painted them black. Doesn't seem they much cared for accuracy.


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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:17 pm 
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Did a little paint test with the Rolls Royce Mason's Black equivalent that's available where I live yesterday and today. Two layers is needed to get it looking nice. First layer should be thin and fairly well covering - I have found I don't need a heavy layer for that - and then the second layer is what brings the shine. I need to be more careful with the first layer, but I really like the look I achieved, even though I somewhat screwed up. It's not perfect, but I really like this color. It's deep black in just that right way. I'll try and snap some pictures tomorrow but that may show that the result wasn't as good as it appears now and I may be a long ways off getting the hang of painting this without just shooting it with a coat of gloss clear coat - though that would look right for the ESB version and not the ANH... and it's ANH I'm trying to achieve as that's the hardest paint job.

I was lucky only really needing one layer for the face mask - applied too heavy a coat, so it may look too soft if I spray it again. Unlike the dome which didn't turn out as shiny on the first spraying session.

I'll try and apply the gunmetal color tomorrow on the face mask, or wait until I've sprayed the second layer on the chest armor, so I can paint both face mask and armor to test things out. Though... what I have learned is that I will not be able to paint these when I start selling them... it's just not worth getting sick from it, so I'll have to sell them raw and unpainted, but it will be statues or busts only. I simply can't deal with armor kits. Sorry about that.


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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:01 pm 
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Well, the pictures proved it: My painting skills suck. The color is right, application is just appalling, so I won't even waste your time with a picture and save myself the embarrassment. It's really that bad.

On another note... I have learned that the pictures I've hosted on imageshack and my account there are all gone. I've written them asking what is going on. But it seems now that pretty much 95% of the images I've uploaded to this site are gone... and I'm at the limit at imgur and I've been told not all can see pictures from them anyway... so I'm in need of a new picture hosting service. This is further complicated by the fact that imageshack didn't post the title of the picture in the link URL, so it will be near impossible to replace the broken links.


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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:36 pm 
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Okay, I'm going to embarrass myself. My painting and picture taking skills severely lack to show what I'm seeing when holding these pieces. What the pictures show though, are all my mistakes. However, these were the best I could produce. Sorry that they are a little dark, but I couldn't use flash.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:56 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:36 pm 
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I need to stop embarrassing myself. This was a quick paint test. The result is fair... but it's so hard to photograph.

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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:19 pm 
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Anyone from the UK who has bought from this place: http://www.benam.co.uk/ - or know of other sites selling molding silicone and polyurethane resin. I've been trying to get in touch with them over the past month using all the different contact options on their site to hear if they ship to Denmark, but I haven't heard back from them.

It has to be equal part A and B mix options as I have tried silicone that had a different mix ratio between the main component and hardener. For simplicity 50/50 mix ratio is preferred which Smooth-On products seem to offer.

Hope anyone can help as there are no silicone molding rubbers or resin available to buy here in DK and buying from outside EU means extra tax.


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 Post subject: Re: 1:6 Darth Vader 3D Laser Scan & Print Project
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:35 pm 
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