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    Yeah, the hot glue thing works well, I definitely recommend it.

    And yes, Smoothcast 300....do it! It's not even that expensive and it's super easy to work with.
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    For strengthening the helmet, another method that I picked up from someone or other on here is to use the mesh tape used for drywall and stuff like that.
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    Great progress! Your peps always come out so clean!

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    The helmet is all strengthened and ready for filler. It's cold and wet outside but I managed to get some stuff done anyway.

    My last Thomas helmet had one really annoying flaw. The sharp flat step between the visor and the dome. That feature seemed to get washed out with Bondo on my last Helmet so I am taking preventative measures to make sure it comes out sharp. That being said, painter's tape.



    I hope this solves my problem.

    Also managed to get some Bondo on the dome. My last helmet I kind of just did every part at once but this time I'm dividing my attention to one main piece of the helmet at a time. I'll start with the dome and move onto the face portion later on.



    When mixing your bondo, make sure to take it easy with the hardener. I put a little extra in because it's quite cold outside but I could have easily gotten away with less than this. Less hardener=more spreading and smoothing time.



    For future reference, I probably should have mixed less bondo but it came out quite smooth and thin. I don't claim to be an expert on a lot of things but when it comes to filler, I have a pretty good idea of what I'm doing. That being said, THIN PASSES OF BONDO! This is probably the most widespread mistake I see beginners make. Why slop on a ton of Bondo if you are just going to sand it all off anyway?


    Anywoo, here's one last black and white for yall.



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    Great start man

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    Weellllllllllllllll apparently my brain was not working today.

    I forgot to remove the painters tape while the bondo was still somewhat soft and tacky so the tape kind of got buried beneath a lot of filler. I had to pull out the Sanding drum on my dremel to remove all the excess filler.



    Derp. But other than that, the first two coats of bondo went well. I probably won't be updating too much now because I have to Finish a commission for someone, but I will work on this as soon as I get the chance!!!!

    Gotta finish this Fett helmet before I start devoting a lot of my time to personal projects.



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    Even though you screwed up, your helmet's still going perfectly!

    I was going to ask you about that ridge on the top visor. My Thomas has it covered with bondo (in hindsight I should've used some painters tape or something to make the shape). You have any ideas on how to create the groove? Or should I just cut my losses and leave it? It just looks wrong to me the way it is.
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    It depends on how much bondo it's covered in.......If it's a lot you may just have to take a dremel and see if you can carve enough filler away and then smooth it out.
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    Found some time to work on Thomas. Again.

    So far I have saved a ton of time on this dome....I don't know why, but it's going super quick. If everything goes according to plan the dome should be done by Monday! Yay! I finally know what I'm doing!!!



    Pretty good, although the back section still needs some good ol TLC.



    Marking the places I need to fill. Still got a ways to go!


    Okay, now here's a scale shot.



    Three things:

    #1. I'm a short dude. About 5'8, 5'9....regular build. ( I'm better suited for a Guy Man costume, haha)

    #2. There is no padding so that changes a lot.

    #3. I have a pretty ambitious electronics setup planned for this, I'm gonna need the space anyway.


    Well, that's it. Any comments, critiques? I start losing my edge looking at the same thing all day, it's always good to have a second pair of eyes look over.

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    #3. I have a pretty ambitious electronics setup planned for this, I'm gonna need the space anyway.


    Well, that's it. Any comments, critiques? I start losing my edge looking at the same thing all day, it's always good to have a second pair of eyes look over.

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    1. How's your electronics plan for this? Don't you just need like 20 feet of wire and a small driver?
    2. It's very hard to critique your work, dude lol. It looks like a much smoother job than Electronic's helmet, which was pretty great to say the least, so you're on the right track.
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