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post #21 of 383 (permalink) Old 03-24-17, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ready To Begin Shaping:

The layering is complete and all needs be done is the shaping

http://i.imgur.com/aK44D0O.jpg


I made the helmet about an eighth inch over sized per inch to allow for carving and sanding

http://i.imgur.com/axEuWUo.jpg


Tomorrow I should be well along on the paring down to the rough dimensions.

http://i.imgur.com/l0WOVlJ.jpg
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First and Second Contour Cuts:

Most of which are done on a stationary belt sander.

http://i.imgur.com/7RO8KiC.jpg


One more preliminary contour cut to make.....

http://i.imgur.com/SVQpT3F.jpg


The sides have to be rough sanded at about 45 before the finishing contour sanding.

http://i.imgur.com/VYPbiO9.jpg
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Rough Shaping:

Final rough shaping involves truing up the block to 90 then cutting a 45 bevel each side and finally two 22.5 bevels each side on top and sides.

http://i.imgur.com/9DUyTiT.jpg


Next (and this is the tricky part because it takes a bit of an eye for roundness) sanding off the excess in a controlled arc movement on the sanding belt.

http://i.imgur.com/bdNKxBZ.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/8vAqAXM.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/W0ZiUMI.jpg


so the helmet has a slightly flattened ovoid shape in cross section.
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Basic Helmet and Head

Well it took far more time than I thought but I do finally have the basic helmet cut to size.


http://i.imgur.com/P1eCper.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/fNkomQv.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/J6b7rWg.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/5egDBeZ.jpg


The rear view shows how much I cut out of the interior so I can add the under helmet detail when the cockpit is complete. I may still remove a lot of the inside material but for now it's sufficient as the helmet is as fragile as an eggshell with out it's interior framing.


http://i.imgur.com/n4znz4T.png


BTW you may have noticed the background image. This is what I am hoping the finished Titan will look like but leaner and longer legs.
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Ooh, amazing inspiration figure in that background pic! Slightly longer legs will work, I think, as the model in the picture seems a bit too top-heavy. The helmet size seems good, gives a nice idea of the size of the final model

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Suffice it to say I am not happy how this helmet is turning out so I am revamping it. Update coming soon.

Meanwhile:

I naturally assumed my Warlord crew would fit into an Imperator head but never really checked so while I'm waiting to complete the face shield I just tried them for size.....

There's plenty of room; even for a Princep and a few attendees And a cadre of Tech Priests as well.

http://i.imgur.com/Hgx7B75.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/ApSGtc4.jpg

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Now It Can Be Told:

Now that I have resolved the issue I can reveal why I had to revamp the helmet. It all boiled down to an assumption on my part that the artist drawing the two elevations of the head was a draughtsman. In a proper draught you project lines from one plane to another and ideally there should be a top elevation as well but I accepted the two elevations as sufficient for my 3D rendering. I built my model slightly oversized than the plan as I wanted the 'head' to be larger than my Warlord's head as the finished model will be 10 to 12 inches taller than my Warlord. I blissfully used the side elevation for all my calculations and after laminating all the layers proceeded to sand the contours of the helmet but after the rough sanding was completed I found the helmet dome was significantly flattened.

http://i.imgur.com/8vAqAXM.jpg


It did not have the look of the front elevation at all. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed as I had based my interior design and mechanism on the front projection......


http://i.imgur.com/56WnEFl.jpg


Rather than scrap the helmet and start afresh I opted to build on the original to increase the height of the dome which is seen in these to images. It was last night that I managed to glue in the compound curved pieces requisite to obtain a smooth contour; the final pieces to be installed later this morning.

http://i.imgur.com/2QebzHA.jpg


So with this setback resolved I can continue with the building of the head; my obsessive compulsive integrity intact.
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A Cure for a Rainy Day:

After a rough rounding sanding I scored the armour panel lines. First with my utility knife. Then with razor saw and finally with xacto keyhole saw blade
https://www.widgetsupply.com/mm5/gra...in_519x340.jpg

to widen the gaps between the armour


http://i.imgur.com/rer2DpT.jpg


Now the helmet is ready for wet sanding which will hopefully remove the striation lines.

http://i.imgur.com/Vuhruvo.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/iKwkjcl.jpg


Now we're back to making the visor.
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Crest:

The crest seemed a daunting task but after the helmet it was child's play. I began by laminating six layers of 0.030 thousandths styrene last night because 1/4 inch styrene is too expensive and to hard to work with plus 0.030 is what I had on hand.

I then scribed two lines and equa-spaced the drill points with my vernier calipers.

I used my #11 Xacto blade to deepen the drill points and hand drilled 1/16" pilot holes for the scallops.


http://i.imgur.com/I6LWbhV.jpg


Then I drilled 1/8 inch holes to center the 1/4 inch final holes for the scallops.

http://i.imgur.com/shluvZ1.jpg


After drilling the 1/4 inch holes I cut off the excess material and sanded to the appropriate half hole depth.

http://i.imgur.com/5ugL5iz.jpg
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Progress is looking gooooooooood! Keep at it mate!

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