By properRocket
#4909837
Hey guys. I've been building replica props as a hobby for a few years but never got around to any GB props. It's time to remedy that. The spirit goggles seemed like a cheep place to start. Hopefully I can make them look like a movie prop and less like a toy. 100% accuracy isn't an option so I'm going for more of "in the spirit" of the original prop.

First, disassembly
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I put it in the freezer for about an hour to make the glue brittle. I was a little rough on the lenses since I wasn't planing to reuse them.

Next was to improve the shape of the main body,
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I used some modeling styrene that I bent to shape with a hair dryer
then putty and sanding
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then the first layer of spray paint...which reveled more imperfections, so more putty and sanding
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I decided to leave some of the imperfections because (1) I'm lazy (2) it would help with the weathered look I wanted, and (3) I'm lazy.

OK, now the really fun part, the lenses. I pulled out my big box of random parts (every prop maker needs a big box of random parts) and with some disassembled camera lenses and aluminum tubing like this:
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I was able to knock these guys together:
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Again, not 100% accurate, but they have the right silhouette.

With help of my big jar of greeblies (it's a lot like the big box of random parts), I was able to find metal replacements for the knobs and things
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I painted the knobs with Model Master Metalizer Laquer: Gunmetal.
I also found some snap fasteners that I aged with Birdhwood Casey Super Blue. Then it was on to finale assembly and weathering....and i forgot to take photos of any of those steps :walterpeck:

On to the finale product!
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So, what do you think?
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By Theoderic
#4910432
A vast improvement you did there - very good work on the goggles and suprisingly excellent metal details. Congrats on your spare-parts collection too, it must be a bold one, when you're able to grab such nice on-the-point items. 8)

(Maybe you'd like to get rid of the hinges holding the strap-sides one day and replace 'em with some snap-connections - might be another leap towards accuracy, with not too much of an efford)
Last edited by Theoderic on April 18th, 2019, 4:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
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