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 First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build

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First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« on: Aug 26, 2019, 08:11 AM »
My order on a Dropbear finally came in through the mail, and I had to run off to fix the visor etc to see how it looks.

As this is my first build I wanted to get a solid base to build from, and learning as I go. Because of this I ordered a preassembled raw cast.
The goal of my helmet is to get a result similar to this:



As I just received the helmet, I took some pictures of how it looks now, to get a semblance of the progress etc.

My first impression is that the helmet is SOLID, they've printed it with good thickness and very flexible materials, which gives it some heft without being too heavy while on my head. I'm not really afraid of damaging this.
Going over it, there is a bit of work to be done to it before I can start on the finish, with some areas that have "lips" etc needing sanding.




The inside also needs a bit of work, specially on fitting it to my head, as it moves a bit while I walk around. Stealing some padding from a military helmet I have might help me out a bit. I also need to figure out how to fasten the visor in a permanent way as the top of the T is loose at the moment. I also ordered it with 2 preinstalled fans that require a small powerbank to function, something I need to find a home for at the same time.

I might end up 3d printing a new backpiece to go over the vent that is there now as I don't like the design that much, but I will have to come back to that at some point after I receive my 3d printer.




The one I ordered was Med/Large in size, and it feels kinda big, but I will work with it as it is now, before looking into maybe getting a slightly smaller one.
Overall really happy with it so far, so it's going to be fun seeing what I can make out of it over time.




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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #1 on: Dec 18, 2019, 04:51 PM »
Since I'm a slow worker (and real work takes a LOT of time) I've barely made progress on my helmet.
Current progress as I've gotten a lot closer to a finished product:



I still need to do quite a bit of work on it to get all the seams hidden and make it paint ready, but it's getting there at least.
After that I need to start working on my flak vest and armor panels.

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #2 on: Jan 20, 2020, 12:40 PM »
Some WIP here.
Have removed all the printing lines now, but after applying the base metallic coat I notice that the front of the helmet has a lot of scratches that I want to remove.
Have to go back to some spray on filler to cover them before going over again.
Pictures of the scratching.



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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #3 on: Jan 20, 2020, 01:00 PM »
Hi!

Nice helmet! But you will want to coat the whole thing in filler primer, and then sand it back with 220 grit sandpaer. Repeat this until it's smooth. I also like to alternate from coating it with filler primer, to a normal red primer so I can see what layers I have sanded through.
You will also want to use an air drying spot putty, and bondo to cover bigger imperfections and then sand them out.

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2020, 01:41 PM »
It's like that because of the 120 and 240 grit I've used after the filler....
I use 120 for the rough stuff, then 240, followed by 800 and 1200. But these ones weren't removed when I went over them.

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #5 on: Jan 21, 2020, 10:42 AM »
minus the scratches, it's looking good so far! the dropbear is a pretty solid design, i'm working on one right now as well!

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #6 on: Mar 17, 2020, 11:46 AM »
Bit of an corona update:

Had a bit more time lately, and working from home, so I've been able to do some progress on my helmet again.
Remains to be blackwashed and sealed. And I need to finish the earpiece with the targetfinder.







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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #7 on: Mar 17, 2020, 01:22 PM »
Just by looking at your latest pictures I can't tell that its a 3D print. You've done a good job sanding down and filling the print lines. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Regarding the size, you want it to be no more than half the width of your shoulders. In the one photo with you wearing it it looks to be a good size for you. I use the military helmet padding in my helmets. Move them around until it feels comfortable and doesn't slide around when you move your head.

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #8 on: Mar 17, 2020, 01:36 PM »
Thank you. :)

I've been  quite concious regarding the printlines and spent a long time getting ridd of them before spraying.

Regarding the padding - I bought a set of airsoft helmet pads that I intended to mount into the helmet.
Would love to buy some team wendy pads, but not willing to spend that much on pads yet.  :P

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #9 on: Mar 20, 2020, 04:33 AM »
Post blackwash picture.
I did it very light to just tone it down a tad and rough it more up.
Was afraid that printlines would show up, but haven't seen any so far.


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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #10 on: Apr 02, 2020, 03:32 PM »
Your helmet is GORGEOUS. I agree that the sizing looks fine. As long as your comfortable in it of course. Canít wait to see it with a visor!

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Re: First bucket - April Storm Dropbear Build
« Reply #11 on: Apr 02, 2020, 04:53 PM »
The visors are on their way across the atlantic, but the beerflu is causing things to take more time than usual.
Looking forward to getting it and trying to finish the helmet up completely :D

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