Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Pictures Finally Taken

Marrow_Sun gratiously took the opportunity to look at my blog to see how the progress was going and sent me a PM on The Dented Helmet to let me know that he had a clean resin cast of the key slot area that I could have to remedy the situation. He said it was a cleaner cast then the one on the helmet itself. All I have to do is carve out the area and plug in the new one and bondo around it to seal it in. Sounds easy enough so I told him to go ahead and send it out. Talk about customer service! I am really happy I bought the bucket from him!
Anyway, I have a few new pics that I took showing the areas that needed attention and the key slot area that needs some help.

Bondo Left Side

Bondo Right Side

Bondo Right Ear

Visor Bubbles

Key Slot Crack

Bottom Key Slot Crack

Bondo Key Slot Reinforcement

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Key Slots From Hell!

Well I decided to tackle the keyslots finally as well as getting the chance to do some Bondo work. It was alot easier then I had originally anticipated but the key slots have shown themselves to be a definate chore.
I built up the earpieces in bondo as well as the seam along the top of the bucket. Then I filled in some of the bubbles in the T-Visor area. I applied Bondo to the crack in the keyslot area too.
I took some time and sanded the areas a bit before drilling my piolet holes for the key slots.
That crack proved to be much worse then I had thought. Its hairline fracture was running through the corner between the 1st and 2nd from the top. I no sooner then had the key slots filed out with my hobbie files then I felt the fracture give a little.
Oh it was definately cracked enough that it needed a little reinforcement. I went to work by mixing up some more Bondo and reinforced the entire key slot area from the inside. I am going to let it cure till tomorrow and then sand it a bit to make it smooth and do a little touch up filing to make it look good again. I will update the photo section tomorrow after I take some progress pics. Hopefully I was able to remedy what could have been a disaster! LOL

Friday, June 11, 2004

T-Visor Finally Shaped

Well, last night I was able to work on shaping the T-Visor to the shape I want it to be. Now it is about 1/8th inch all around the inside. I took some new pictures and even one from the inside looking out. I know I am crazy but what the hell, it's just the way I am! LOL The next big project that lies in front of me is the crack in the key slot area. I want to carve out the key slots but need to strengthen the integrity of the area surrounding before I begin. I will bondo the helmet first, then sand it down good and work on the key slots. I know they will be a pain but have confidence that it will go smooth. Let me know what you think so far!
Thanks!

The Bucket Pics!

Monday, June 07, 2004

Progress!

Well, I am finally updating this thing. Things have been crazy in the E2 household here. We have had alot of company this past few weeks. When I began this Blog, I had already begun to receive my house guests. My parents came as well as my sister, nephew, grand-niece and my sisters 2 rat terriers. It has been hectic but fun to say the least. My sister and her family has left to go back to TX and my parents will be here till June 20th or so. I have friends coming in from out of state on the 17th of June and as soon as they leave, my cousin and his wife will be staying with us for about a wek or so! I feel so honored to receive this much company in 1 year! LOL

Anyway, enough about that and lets talk about the bucket! LOL
I spent a couple days taking my time sanding and shaping out the T-Visor area. It is still a little too thick as compared to the ESB Boba helmet so I think I am going to take it down to the desirable 1/8th inch thickness that the prop builders have been generally taking it down to. Things are looking good though. After I have everything sanded to the desired shape I want then it will be time for the bondo. Now I don't know how many of you have ever worked with Bondo but that stuff is pretty potent so I will be doing that application outside! LOL
Here is the progress so far!

Eddie's Bucket