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Author:  CSMacLaren [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:45 am ]
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The original Don Post Deluxe (DP DLX) Vader was a limited edition of 1,000. It was made in around 1997 by Don Post Studios out of fiberglass, and was cast from a helmet provided by LucasFilm. It was the first reasonably accurate helmet of Vader offered to the public through a licensing agreement with LFL.

While the paint scheme is the mirrored form of that used in the movie, its original paint -- gloss black with deep metallic gray highlights -- capture the romance of the ESB/ROTJ film.

Here are a few photographs of my "poorman's approach" of mimicing studio photography. While many vendors have put the Deluxe down in favor of their own wares, the DP DLX was a thing of beauty if you photograph it properly.

I hope that people perusing this thread will find these photos a useful educational reference.

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Author:  CSMacLaren [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:45 am ]
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Author:  Darth Phaeton [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:44 am ]
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If it wassn't as warped, as most of them are, it would be one of my favorite helmets. the wonkynes of it, just "turns me of" :cool:

Author:  CSMacLaren [ Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:52 pm ]
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Author:  JB-Props [ Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:10 pm ]
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Darth Phaeton wrote:
If it wassn't as warped, as most of them are, it would be one of my favorite helmets. the wonkynes of it, just "turns me of" :cool:


The warpage can be fixed if you have the skills.

Author:  JB-Props [ Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:12 pm ]
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Mac it's a glorious helmet. It's very rare to find one that hasn't been repainted or altered.

:cheers

Author:  CSMacLaren [ Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:35 pm ]
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JB, thanks. When I first joined the community, after all the poor and misleading acquisitions I made, this one was the gold of my collection, and I got it for a steal.

I remember earlier complaints of the paint scheme being reversed and therefore inaccurate, but over time it bothered me less and less to the point I don't even notice it. I've exampled photos of "accurate" paint jobs and their paint finishes just don't respond to soft light the way this does -- it's like a silky sheen, and it's just incomparable.

So over time I found that the inaccuracies ceased bothering me me because the character of Vader really came off well here. I can put this on top of a mannequin with a simple black bedsheet as a cape and it would still have a great deal of striking presence.

Author:  CSMacLaren [ Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:37 pm ]
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And here is the mask alone under simple fluorescent kitchen lights. Here's a good example of how the paint responds to the surrounding light with no flash photography.

I do believe the Kustom Kolors Black Pearl will respond in very similar fashion, since its parent company was Valspar -- who made the paint for ESB and ROTJ.

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Author:  CSMacLaren [ Mon May 04, 2015 8:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Don Post Deluxe

Don Post sighting on The Prop Store:

http://www.propstore.com/product/star-w ... er-helmet/

Author:  banthapoodoo [ Mon May 04, 2015 12:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Don Post Deluxe

Nice to see the ole guy offered for sale at the prop store. But oooohhhh what a difference sanding down that DPDLX dome mount could make ! :rolleyes

prop store #153 left, my modified DPDLX #525 right

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