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 Post subject: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:07 am 
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Hi guys, been a while since my scratch built Vader, have finally come around to starting my Rubies Mod (ROTJ), i know a lot of vader enthusiasts hate this (Rubies helmet) but i hope i can get it to be 501st acceptable...here goes...

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started with removing the lenses...etc..

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started on the eyelids (frown), the nose and the bridge...

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raised the left cheek ( by the nose), thickened side of the vents, lengthened and squared off the vents, thickened the lower lip...

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gray primer helps to check where refinement is needed..

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heres where its currently at..

will add more pics soon..

comments and suggestions highly welcomed..


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:19 pm 
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Great job! :thumbsup


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:06 am 
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Fener wrote:
Great job! :thumbsup


thanks! currently working on the eyelids and nose bridge again.... want to get the frown as close to screen used as i can get it ( as much as the Rubies will allow) started on the dome as well. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:25 pm 
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Pics of the dome are welcome! :toothy


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:25 pm 
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Fener wrote:
Pics of the dome are welcome! :toothy



:lol

ok here are some lid mod pics ( initial)

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used a dremel to remove excess material from the dome, put a 1 inch strip of duct tape as a guide to the midstrip..

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found a cheapo pair of sunglasses that has the approximate size for the lenses..

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and some screws as the start of the tusks...

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did a paint test to see if the dark gray paint i will be using will be ok with the black...trying to emulate the darker setting of ROTJ, hence a darker gray instead of gunmetal...


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:57 pm 
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Thanks for the new pics! :thumbsup I'm not sure about the grey instead of gunmetal. :discussion


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:31 am 
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Fener wrote:
Thanks for the new pics! :thumbsup I'm not sure about the grey instead of gunmetal. :discussion


noted on the paint , will wait for it to cure then will do another paint test using gunmetal (although the dark gray shows up lighter during daytime). thanks for the comment ! ;) meanwhile shall continue work on the lid. cheers!


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:14 am 
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I'm backtracking a bit but how did you go about extending the depth of the eye sockets? On my Rubies they are extremely shallow and the lens especially on the bottom is basically flush with the front of the helmet having no depth at all. Is the molding compound you're using strong enough to just have a thin extension or did you have to build it up a bit for strength? I guess its the view from within the mask of the eyesockets I'm curious about.


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:47 am 
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banthapoodoo wrote:
I'm backtracking a bit but how did you go about extending the depth of the eye sockets? On my Rubies they are extremely shallow and the lens especially on the bottom is basically flush with the front of the helmet having no depth at all. Is the molding compound you're using strong enough to just have a thin extension or did you have to build it up a bit for strength? I guess its the view from within the mask of the eyesockets I'm curious about.


the waterstop epoxy clay is really tough stuff. built up the lower and upper lids in increments inwards till was satisfied with the depth ( just eyeballed it though), will take photo of the inside of the mask, not as thick as one would imagine. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:41 am 
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Wow, great job!
My only problem is also the grey paint.


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:28 pm 
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I like the look of those mods. With this type of mask of course more can be done, but would require surgery to get it ultra accurate. This looks great.

The grey needs to be replaced. It should be a metallic color, not just a basic grey. Otherwise everything looks really nice. :)


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:28 am 
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Noted on the Metallic Gray, have recently picked up where i left off, and will post updated pics soon!
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meanwhile, this is what it looks like now...will repaint soon, currently fixing the chest armor and shoulder bells.


thanks and best regards to all.


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:46 am 
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Very nice mod. Keep up the nice work. :thumbsup


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:12 am 
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crappy celphone pics...but here is what it looks repainted with my version of Gunmetal Gray... will post better pics soonest


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 Post subject: Re: My Rubies Vader mod (ROTJ)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:44 am 
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It's hard to believe there's a Rubies Supreme behind these fine mods!

For the gray part of the nose at the left and right corners you may want to have a slight curve in the gray paint at those locations. That's what I perceive at least looking at movie screenshots.


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