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Author:  darthjones [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:56 am ]
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And oh, forgot - the DJ ANH was sprayed with rattle can - car paint called, at the time, plasti-kote. I recall that Don Bies was using the exact stuff on his Vader prop repainting so I did the same.

The refined Vader is also same spray cans, rubbed out extensively but not the gun metal color - that is as applied - and then clear coat put over that and rubbed out with 1000 grit sanding preceeding layers of plastic polish and then wax.

Author:  Fatherless One [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:40 am ]
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Interesting combination of an ESB face and ANH helmet :)

Thanks for sharing DJ :thumbsup

Author:  gonk27 [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:07 pm ]
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Thanks very much DJ! :thumbsup

Author:  Darth Niob [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:17 pm ]
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Fatherless One wrote:
Interesting combination of an ESB face and ANH helmet :)

Thanks for sharing DJ :thumbsup


Wasnt it said that the DJ is pure ANH and a brother of the SL?

Author:  darthjones [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:07 pm ]
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Right - by all indications, the DJ came out of the same mold as the SL. The DJ though I didn't touch except for removing a "drip" that ran down the neck that turns out to have actually been in ANH. No biggie though in my mind - again I was out to reproduce the way it looked, not the prop (if that makes any sense to any).

Were I to re-do it I would probably keep everything and go for the prop but its all good. One thing I do like about it is that I used they eye contours that are in the mold (Tantavie IV eyes, etc.).

The other mask I have here has many times been called a hybrid of this and that but it also out of the SL/ DJ mold but cleaned up. I almost left the chin triangle small but cut it larger just because. I guess. And I left the widows peak on there too. But it is an ANH helmet just refined without any of the original size taken away - look for instance at the rods down the sides of the face - these were both built up and sanded such that their median thickness stayed the same as originally sculpted, etc.

Author:  Darth Niob [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:32 pm ]
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Would you share shots of both of your helmets?

Author:  RBJ [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:00 pm ]
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Darth Niob wrote:
Would you share shots of both of your helmets?


+1! Love to see them both!

I was under the impression that the mold for the DJ was to have come off of the re-painted screen used ANH that was used for the initial appearances..am I off base?

Author:  HAL9000 [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:01 pm ]
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That would make sense, Jay. If the DJ exhibits screen paint traits.
Perhaps Thomas will let us know if the SL has 'the drip'.

Author:  SithLord [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:35 pm ]
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Yes, the SL, TM, TD, and also the VP all have that same drip...

Author:  RBJ [ Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:47 pm ]
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SithLord wrote:
Yes, the SL, TM, TD, and also the VP all have that same drip...


..and the DS 20th century has it as well...

Author:  darthjones [ Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:20 am ]
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Hmm - didn't I post shots of the two helmets here? Check it out - you have to click on them in my posts but let me know if there's a problem.

Author:  Darth Niob [ Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:48 am ]
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darthjones wrote:
Hmm - didn't I post shots of the two helmets here? Check it out - you have to click on them in my posts but let me know if there's a problem.


I've only seen one pic.

Author:  SithLord [ Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:16 pm ]
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True, it is soft, but still there...

He posted one of the DJ and three of the idealized helmet...

Author:  Darth Niob [ Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:12 pm ]
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I've seen them now. Amazing helmet...both of them :drool

Author:  No Humor Man [ Thu May 27, 2010 10:18 pm ]
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darthjones wrote:
And oh, forgot - the DJ ANH was sprayed with rattle can - car paint called, at the time, plasti-kote. I recall that Don Bies was using the exact stuff on his Vader prop repainting so I did the same.

The refined Vader is also same spray cans, rubbed out extensively but not the gun metal color - that is as applied - and then clear coat put over that and rubbed out with 1000 grit sanding preceeding layers of plastic polish and then wax.

Know it's an old thread, but just looked through it for some ideas on painting and brands of paint and wondered as I've not been able to find any gunmetal color on the Plasti-kote website.

http://www.plastikote.com/index.jsp

Would be cool if you could remember the color codes.

Really like the finish you got on both helmets.
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Always reminds me of this one:
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