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Black Series X-Wing Helmet Thoughts
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Corellian_Creator (DJ Burgess)



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Banshee Leader wrote:
You did a great job on that helmet, Corellian_Creator. Most impressive! What did you use to cover the metal microphone arm?


Thanks Blue Banshee Leader, I appreciate that! In the photos that's the glare from the mic arm making it look that way lol. However, later this week I'll be getting some gray heat shrink, which I'll use to cover the arm on this helmet and any other helmet I repaint (I disassembled and cleaned another last night that I'm prepping for a Blue Leader repaint).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corellian_Creator wrote:
Blue Banshee Leader wrote:
You did a great job on that helmet, Corellian_Creator. Most impressive! What did you use to cover the metal microphone arm?


Thanks Blue Banshee Leader, I appreciate that! In the photos that's the glare from the mic arm making it look that way lol. However, later this week I'll be getting some gray heat shrink, which I'll use to cover the arm on this helmet and any other helmet I repaint (I disassembled and cleaned another last night that I'm prepping for a Blue Leader repaint).
Ah! When you put the shrink wrap on, will you have to take the microphone tip off to slide the wrap on, or will you be splitting the wrap down the center?
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Corellian_Creator (DJ Burgess)



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Banshee Leader wrote:
Corellian_Creator wrote:
Blue Banshee Leader wrote:
You did a great job on that helmet, Corellian_Creator. Most impressive! What did you use to cover the metal microphone arm?


Thanks Blue Banshee Leader, I appreciate that! In the photos that's the glare from the mic arm making it look that way lol. However, later this week I'll be getting some gray heat shrink, which I'll use to cover the arm on this helmet and any other helmet I repaint (I disassembled and cleaned another last night that I'm prepping for a Blue Leader repaint).
Ah! When you put the shrink wrap on, will you have to take the microphone tip off to slide the wrap on, or will you be splitting the wrap down the center?


Ideally, I'll be pulling one of the ends off of the mic - either the faux mic element, or the hinge part - and sliding the heat shrink over the metal bit. I prefer not to split the heat shrink down the middle, as it could come apart and fall off later.
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Corellian_Creator (DJ Burgess)



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little bit of an update on the next (of the three squadron leaders) helmet I'm working on. I figured, because Rebel Legion approval modifications came up earlier in the thread, I'd show the soon-to-be Blue Leader helmet in progress... which I've glued/filled in the button to make it static (the electronics are completely shot, so it made for a perfect candidate).

More to come...

The pics are on my Instagram... sorry I couldn't get them in here quite as easily.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ye54sHxJh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:21 pm    Post subject: Hasbro Repaints Reply with quote

I did a couple of Hasbro repaints as well. A Biggs and Dak/Standard version. I decided to do a Red 4 version next.

I think they are great and repainting them is easy.




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Corellian_Creator (DJ Burgess)



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Hasbro Repaints Reply with quote

richmbailey wrote:
I did a couple of Hasbro repaints as well. A Biggs and Dak/Standard version. I decided to do a Red 4 version next.

I think they are great and repainting them is easy.





Those look fantastic, Rich! Well done, man!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Hasbro Repaints Reply with quote

Corellian_Creator wrote:

Those look fantastic, Rich! Well done, man!


Thanks for the comments!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Hasbro Repaints Reply with quote

richmbailey wrote:
I did a couple of Hasbro repaints as well. A Biggs and Dak/Standard version. I decided to do a Red 4 version next.

I think they are great and repainting them is easy.



Awesome job on those!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corellian_Creator wrote:
Little bit of an update on the next (of the three squadron leaders) helmet I'm working on. I figured, because Rebel Legion approval modifications came up earlier in the thread, I'd show the soon-to-be Blue Leader helmet in progress... which I've glued/filled in the button to make it static (the electronics are completely shot, so it made for a perfect candidate).

More to come...

The pics are on my Instagram... sorry I couldn't get them in here quite as easily.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ye54sHxJh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Nice job on those helmets!
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Corellian_Creator (DJ Burgess)



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alex! I appreciate it, man!

As far as the color of the heat shrink tubing is concerned, I came across some gray HS tubing and gave it a shot... I'll post some pictures shortly, as I wouldn't mind feedback on the color accuracy of the shrink (I'm undecided on whether it's too light, or right on).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:03 am    Post subject: Another Black Series repaint... Reply with quote

I know this is the "X-Wing" thread, but if anyone's curious or interested to check it out, I've posted my Gold Leader repaint/mod here:

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=112395

Feedback and comments are always welcome - thanks guys!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Corellian_Creator,

DJ, I saw you disassembled the BS helmet to repaint.
Was that easy?
Sean and all you other repainters, did you also take apart or just mask it?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

TFWBWYA
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A New Hopeful wrote:
@Corellian_Creator,

DJ, I saw you disassembled the BS helmet to repaint.
Was that easy?
Sean and all you other repainters, did you also take apart or just mask it?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

TFWBWYA


Iíve completely disassembled the Poe helmet in the past. Iíve started to appreciate leaving them built for a few reasons: easier to transport if Iím taking it with me somewhere to work, I donít have to worry as much about damaging the paint with reassembling, and itís a time safer.

BUT, I also havenít figured out how to break down the Luke helmet yet...so I donít know lol
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Squadron Leader wrote:
A New Hopeful wrote:
@Corellian_Creator,

DJ, I saw you disassembled the BS helmet to repaint.
Was that easy?
Sean and all you other repainters, did you also take apart or just mask it?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

TFWBWYA


Iíve completely disassembled the Poe helmet in the past. Iíve started to appreciate leaving them built for a few reasons: easier to transport if Iím taking it with me somewhere to work, I donít have to worry as much about damaging the paint with reassembling, and itís a time safer.

BUT, I also havenít figured out how to break down the Luke helmet yet...so I donít know lol


Good to hear your experience. Thank you.
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Corellian_Creator (DJ Burgess)



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A New Hopeful wrote:
@Corellian_Creator,

DJ, I saw you disassembled the BS helmet to repaint.
Was that easy?
Sean and all you other repainters, did you also take apart or just mask it?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

TFWBWYA


It was pretty easy to get it apart, to be honest - and I'm getting used to it now, so my speed is picking up Wink. I can see how it'd be a time-saver to leave it together and mask it, but keeping the electronics and visor away from any overspray and/or potential liquid damage from weathering washes is one of my considerations while working... And it's part of my flow, now.

That being said, the one tricky part of getting it apart is popping the mohawk cap off - at this point I put a rag or one of the blue "shop" paper towels over the visor (to protect it from possible scratches) and use a flat-head screwdriver to pop the cap off. That's really the only tricky/pain in the arse part of the process for me.

Hope that helps!

MTFBWY
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