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Unread 06-10-2013, 01:06 AM   #16
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there ya go! you should be at the 300-ish now.
Unfortunately I think the finest grit I have is 200 or 220... As soon as I get these little dings and dents filled and sanded 1 more time I am going to spray paint.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 03:37 AM   #17
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So I got tired of adding bondo and sanding away. I got to the point where some parts of the helmet were flimsy and could bend with a hard push to them so I decided to put a thin final coat of bondo on select spots, slightly sand it down and added my first coat of white primer here is the result: https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...13678077_n.jpg
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #18
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It's getting there! really for a first try, this is a great effort. Now you know why commissions cost so much
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Unread 06-10-2013, 04:09 PM   #19
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It's getting there! really for a first try, this is a great effort. Now you know why commissions cost so much
No kidding - or the props themselves. I've easily put 50+ hours into this helmet thus far.. one question I do have - after painting white you can obviously still see dings and dents what would you recommend for smoothing these? Still time to add bondo and sand it down or will that cause discoloration when I spray it green? My wife asked if I could add fiberglass risen then paint on top of it. Good idea or bad?
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Unread 06-10-2013, 09:39 PM   #20
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Someone suggested using epoxy to fill in the dings and dents in the helmet. Is this a good option?
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Unread 06-11-2013, 08:26 AM   #21
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filling dings is really just a matter of practice more than the material used.

It occurred to me, there might be car repair tutorials, as bondo is a car repair product. Cars aren't completely flat either, there is all kinds of curves. Maybe see if you can find a few for tips?
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Unread 06-12-2013, 10:57 PM   #22
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I don't suggest using spot putty or glazing putty... Just saying from experience. It's not as strong as bondo and takes a lot longer for it to cure. It's just messy and myself and everyone I've talked to down here hasn't had a good experience with it. Overall though for a first time not bad. Certainly better than my first time.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 02:24 PM   #23
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This is currently where I am at - I got tired of sanding and adding bondo and not seeing too big of results in some cases I made it worse... but got to a "satisfied enough" point. https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...57449021_n.jpg
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Unread 06-13-2013, 02:58 PM   #24
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I don't know if this has been said or not, but I always use very VERY thin coats.... I know from experience that the first time around that you just want to slap a but load of Bondo on there and then sand, but it will leave little holes and chunks missing (good for a battle damaged look, no doubt, but not for a brand new helmet look). You should be ok with yours, I would just continue to sand and apply thin even layers to small portions of the mask. Sand it as smooth as possible, fill in the holes, smooth and sand again, then add another layer until it looks like what you want...
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I don't know if this has been said or not, but I always use very VERY thin coats.... I know from experience that the first time around that you just want to slap a but load of Bondo on there and then sand, but it will leave little holes and chunks missing (good for a battle damaged look, no doubt, but not for a brand new helmet look). You should be ok with yours, I would just continue to sand and apply thin even layers to small portions of the mask. Sand it as smooth as possible, fill in the holes, smooth and sand again, then add another layer until it looks like what you want...
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I appreciate all of the critiques and suggestions. I did probably rush with the bondo because I wanted to have a completed helmet asap just being excited for my first major cosplay project. I read all of these other power ranger helmet posts and whatnot and thought to myself, "pfft.. this took someone a couple of months to make?? I work, have a family, and very little spare time but I'm sure I can do this in a MONTH!" but I guess I will learn for next time to take it easy and be more slow and steady. I also had money on the mind and wanted to make up some funds by selling my suit due to bills we encountered in the past couple months with more to come. Hopefully I can at least make more money back than what I put into this project as a whole with helmet and suit I ordered I am about $200 into it..
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Unread 06-16-2013, 12:54 PM   #26
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https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...20075870_n.jpg Added some acrylic paint despite being told not to, I figured after I put the glaze on it everything will be fine.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #27
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looks good!
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Unread 06-25-2013, 12:40 PM   #28
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Heres some more progress and another question... I am going to be cutting out the back of the helmet and attaching a hinge and some clasps. I've noticed on other helmets they have little tabs on the inside that fit within the other half of the helmet. How do I make these? Also should I put my gloss paint on before or after I cut?

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Unread 06-26-2013, 08:45 AM   #29
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You will need to touch up the paint afterwords anyway, so just wait on that.

All this time I was thinking that this was motorcycle helmet sized, that you at some point had slipped it over your head for a test fit. Is it scaled such that you haven't been able to put it on?
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Unread 06-27-2013, 01:56 AM   #30
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I cut it and going to add the hardware soon. Its turning out great. Definitely not motorcycle helmet size it is a tight fit. I put it on for the first time yesterday since I've started putting it all together last month. Feelsgoodman.

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