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Clan and Stronghold Regions => Canada => USA & Canada => Wasu'ran Clan => Topic started by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 21, 2018, 03:08 PM

Title: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 21, 2018, 03:08 PM
So I don't think I'm gonna see any approvals on this helmet build but I didn't start it for the club anyways haha.
It started with a Pepakura file that I commissioned from Firefek on the replica forums about 6 years back when I was actually playing SWTOR. I built the pep helmet and the thing was a disaster. I learned that Pep isn't for me. Recently wanted to tackle it again and using that same Pep file I converted it into something my 3d printer could use.

Printed it with ABS on a Zortrax M200 at the lowest resolution I could to speed up the build time. I believe I'm around 45 hours with this one?
Here are some build shots of it as I went through.

Reference Photo from SWTOR
(https://i.imgur.com/nS13t2u.jpg)

3d model converted from Pep File
(https://i.imgur.com/jjqq3Ia.jpg)

Messy build picture
(https://i.imgur.com/BjJ2jaA.jpg)

Partially Completed front Picture (Duct tape together)
(https://i.imgur.com/nf7jl8p.jpg)

Sanding and pinning top
(https://i.imgur.com/pXcTMiA.jpg)

Sanding and pinning face and mohawk
(https://i.imgur.com/zKn0Lgc.jpg)

More sanding and pinning
(https://i.imgur.com/eBMcNyd.jpg)

Starting to look like something...
(https://i.imgur.com/KBWNcbn.jpg)

That's all I've got so far. Wife told me no more sanding last night so I tossed some bondo on to fill some gaps as ABS loves to warp while it's printing lol.
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Jun 21, 2018, 04:19 PM
sanding... you've discovered the real hobby we've all come to know and love :P
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 21, 2018, 04:40 PM
haha I wish I could say I was a stranger to it...
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 22, 2018, 12:49 AM
Managed to get some painting and sanding time in tonight. Figured I would hit it with some primer to see where the rough spots are.
Still needs alot of work yet but it is starting to look like the picture! Stuck the unbonded pieces together with duct tape and took a few pictures.

(https://i.imgur.com/nqosQxv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qjMRBFx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/y39IUXx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gx9nOmY.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Jun 22, 2018, 09:07 PM
That is looking pretty cool.
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Javri' Trex on Jun 22, 2018, 11:26 PM
That is super awesome, would love to be able to 3d print some gear
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 23, 2018, 01:46 AM
So I posted the helmet to the App team and I got this response....

https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=155360.0 (https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=155360.0)

Does that mean its going to fly as a Crusader era build?
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Jun 23, 2018, 10:22 AM
Based on the reply from Kris, I'm going to give a very surprised yes.   So.  Are we building a new Crusader, then?  :D
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 23, 2018, 11:56 AM
I guess so! lol
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 23, 2018, 10:48 PM
Put in another couple hours today.
Did the sanding around the forehead crest by taking a stir stick and hot gluing some sandpaper to it... wasn't pretty but it got the job done.

(https://i.imgur.com/ulOhjDc.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Jun 23, 2018, 11:27 PM
I find emery boards work great for that kind of area.   If you are up for a little hunting uneven found some a while ago on AliExpress that came in various grits.
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 25, 2018, 04:40 PM
Poured a bunch of time over the weekend into the "dome". Managed to sand all the print lines down and then hit it with some leak seal. I use this as a finish to most of my builds because it adds a very fine texture that hides minor imperfections. I also really like the texture!
Sadly I managed to absolutely mangle the face plate so I need to do a reprint on that one.... such is life. /sigh

(https://i.imgur.com/rA1G0Mf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cNWJOch.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 27, 2018, 12:22 PM
Small update.
Replacement face has been printed and I have started cleanup on it. Hoping to have that done tonight after work. I also attached the mohawk and side pieces to the top of the head - I can't help be feel like its a megaman helmet right now :)

(https://i.imgur.com/mCoRPlQ.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 28, 2018, 10:25 AM
Face plate was reprinted and mounted to the rest of the helmet. I started taping and painting.
I'll swing by Canadian tire tonight and I'm thinking I'm going to go with some metallic red ...

(https://i.imgur.com/35ELdAk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jZYC15J.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ikC8oF6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vanuaX3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MCZYlNt.jpg)


Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Jun 28, 2018, 12:21 PM
This is coming along great!    If you are looking to get approved with it, they might call out the print lines on the inside of the round ear cup things.   The texture looks good on that bucket.
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 28, 2018, 02:07 PM
This is coming along great!    If you are looking to get approved with it, they might call out the print lines on the inside of the round ear cup things.   The texture looks good on that bucket.

oooh thanks I didn't think of that.  I'll take a look at them tonight.
If that the case I could just dump some of my casting resin inside and let it self level. I've done that in past with some impossible to sand places.
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 29, 2018, 10:56 AM
Getting colorful....

(https://i.imgur.com/b5wSkul.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aWGZjMp.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 30, 2018, 02:15 PM
I looked at a few different options for smoothing the ear bud print lines. I ended up settling on the slush resin cast I talked about. Added a tiny amount of 65d casting resin and slush cast it until the were smooth. Happy with the results

(https://i.imgur.com/62AlGmq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lKrcVme.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Jun 30, 2018, 02:39 PM
Not bad :)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 30, 2018, 03:32 PM
Alright getting close to the final legs here! I mounted the ear buds and started on the checks. Ran into some issues on the left check because the acetone ate through the paint and made a mess. I’m going to need to repaint that one and try again.  I used some craft foam for the circle details under the “cheek” pieces because it needed to be extremely thin and flexible to mount down properly.

(https://i.imgur.com/JXt3BlQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/3cdRZUH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sGLisx0.jpg)
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Panzer_Elite on Jun 30, 2018, 03:50 PM
Just need to do some paint touch ups but I am pretty much finished the build. So this is the point we’re welcome the vicious knit picks! Lol

(https://i.imgur.com/KMSQMwH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nJKkjdz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wPt1GgX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kA765zj.jpg)

.... and just for fun here is a comparison shot to my attempt in this build 6 years ago using the original pepakura file firefek made up for me. I used that pep file and reworked it into a 3D model my printer could work with.

(https://i.imgur.com/PbbpVgd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YqCjmYs.jpg)

Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Talren Adira on Jul 11, 2018, 12:52 AM
I am not sure I even have a knit pick on this, This build turned out pretty damn smooth man.
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Ciryc Ca'tra on Jul 16, 2018, 03:47 PM
 :o It's so beautiful  :o
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: Oya'la Kurs on Jul 27, 2018, 09:44 AM
Now that's a beauty!
Title: Re: SWTOR Powertech Helmet build
Post by: The Red Mandalorian on Oct 08, 2018, 03:15 AM
Don't show the mouse Vode!

He may higher you for the new show!