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My Black Series Conversion
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:00 am    Post subject: My Black Series Conversion Reply with quote

Just painted it like my other TFA lid.

I pulled out the electronics since I wouldn't be using it while trooping. That way I can easily eliminate the switch and divot for battery compartment access, and I can glue in place the right ear cup so it's not rattling around. Replaced the plastic stalk on the mic with a metal rod and added the wire. Replaced the rigid plastic "wire" on the rear greeblie with real wire. Used epoxy putty to fill in the hole where the switch was and eliminated the divot behind the left ear cup. Filed off the cast plastic "screws" on the visor and replaced with real screws. Painted and weathered (including th the liner so it's not so... bright).









Area where power switch was and the divot behind the ear cup... gone now.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great, well done. I may have to snag a black series helmet at some point. Inspiring.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! That was really fast!
I am still in progress of cleaning the whole thing up and finding more references for the TLJ helmet. I guess I should go ahead and paint it already haha
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crema wrote:
Nice! That was really fast!
I am still in progress of cleaning the whole thing up and finding more references for the TLJ helmet. I guess I should go ahead and paint it already haha


LOL... yeah, I have knee surgery later this week and I wanted to get it done before that. There are a couple things that are unclear to me.

We still don't have a good view of the rear greeblie, so how accurate that is is an open question. The helmet over all is pretty accurate, so my guess is it's pretty close. The side view we do have makes it clear it uses wires like the TFA helmet, though, so I did that. Also, I THINK the visor housing might use socket head screws recessed into the visor housing instead of the button-head screws as used on the TFA helmet. But for now, I used the button head screws. If it turns out they are socket heads, that's fairly easy to change.

TBH, the hardest decision for me was ripping the electronics out. I mean, I'll never use it, and it makes it easier to make the helmet that much more accurate, but it's a cool little feature!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

super job on this!

Did you just cut the plastic mic stalk out and drill 2 new holes for the new metal one? I'm about to change that on mine and re-paint the mic part, that silver plastic is screwing up the look of the whole thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Redwillow wrote:
super job on this!

Did you just cut the plastic mic stalk out and drill 2 new holes for the new metal one? I'm about to change that on mine and re-paint the mic part, that silver plastic is screwing up the look of the whole thing.


Yeah.... it was that simple. The plastic is thick.... maybe solid. So it's easy to drill the hole and stick in a metal rod. The plastic is soft though... it's LDPE, I think, so ya wanna make sure the hole and rod are the closest fit you can get.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job on it!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sooooooo awesome Sir!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work!! I just picked up this helmet with the intention of doing an undercover Poe outfit. Thanks for posting your pics on this.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks amazing. May I ask how/what you did to the mic? That one thing I definitely want to alter on my helmet.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's fairly simple. I snipped off the plastic connecting rod and replaced it with a a short section of wire coat hanger. The plastic is fairly soft, so drill the holes into the mic and mic hub to match your replacement rod as closely as possible. That'll make it sturdier. I then cleaned up the mold lines on the mic assembly and painted the whole thing with metallic silver spray paint. Then I drilled the holes into the mic hub and mic, and added the section of black wire (22 AGW). I painted the recessed areas on the mic, weathered it and reattached it to the mic base.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks outstanding!

Did you strip the Poe Dameron Paint job or just paint over it with the silver?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently I read that on flickr if one searches for "power of costume", etc for star wars there are tons of them on there. I did and found great shots of the back of this helmet and whole outfit, which seems to be very accurate to those pictures. Here are a couple of links I saved for myself:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/145311058@N03/albums/72157680294514616/page2
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zardreth/sets/72157605301456655/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83825280@N06/albums/72157676984751093/page2

Hope these help.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beckett wrote:
Looks outstanding!

Did you strip the Poe Dameron Paint job or just paint over it with the silver?


I didn't use any silver. Pilot helmets are not usually made of metal. Modern helmets are made of composites (fiberglass, carbon fiber, etc), so the only prep I did was a light sanding, then a wash with mild detergent. Then I just hit it with the Rustoleum White Semi-Gloss.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bucket art at it's finest Smile

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