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Looking for some tips and advice here.. after seeing the great job on the Medicom Joe Dredd to Judge Hershey conversion, I have decided to finally try making a comic Dredd- using the Halcyon model kit from years ago.

Found one on eBay for $15 including shipping and went about chopping it up tonight. So far, I'm able to use most everything: shoulder pads, elbow and knee pads, belt buckle, badge, boot toe shapes, pistol (although it needs a handle). What I'm really having trouble with is the helmet.

I agree with a lot fo customizers who proclaim the kit as not being 1:6 scale- I'd say it's a mixed-scale. All else seems good, but the helmet is like 1:7 or 1:8. It won't even fit on a pinhead Joe.

So I need to make a helmet from scratch. I'm thinking of using a protec and adding to it with putty. Can anyone think of a better helmet to use as a base? Something really form fitting? I know Dredd never removes his helmet, but I really want this to be removable.

I'll come back and post photos of the gear painted. For now I'm using an all black dive suit just to hold it all in place, but I plan on sewing a navy blue suit later.

Also, I have some great chrome spray paint, but I'm looking for suggestions for the best gold paint.
 

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Update

After realizing the model helmet is too small, I decided to try and make one- from a Hot Toys protec helmet. I happened to have some mighty putty and decided to give it a whirl.

Sculpey is better.

After curing overnight the mighty putty seemed hard enoughn, but during dremel sanding it started to flake off in sections and appeared to not be fully cured on the inside. So now that I have a soft helmet, I am going to have to coat it in epoxy and fiberglass it with some thin fabric and see if that makes it durable enough to survive any future shelf dive.

Has anyone else had better luck with Mighty Putty?
 

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Dredd kit

I'll be interested to keep an eye on your progress. I would really love a Dredd figure and had been looking at buying that model myself to do what you're doing.
The helmet is the only stumbling block. Although, you could cut the hair off a pinhead and glue the helmet on permanently and it'd look okay- small, but okay. But I'm a stickler and want to eventually have opening pouches, etc.

Phase 1 is almost done- the simplest Dredd, with molded pouches, no helmet, etc. I'm taking some progress pics tonight and will post tomorrow evening.
 

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Dredd Update #2

As promised, here's my latest status picture- I am using a black GI JOE wetsuit for now- I plan to eventually replace it with a navy blue uniform later, but that's low priority. as most of us know, black is often represented in comics as dark blue so shadowing can be added. Spiderman is supposed to be black and red. The Punisher- all black. And Dredd... well Judges wear Black robes, not blue ones. Alas, the action figures made so far (based on the comics) have been done with blue body suits.

A more detailed running log on the project is up at my Joe blog:

http://figuresoffortune.blogspot.com

For today, here's a pic of the figure with items placed (I painted some stuff gold to get a feel for how it will look).

And here's a close up comparison of the helmet I'm making and the kit helmet- I colored both with sharpie markers just to get a better idea of how they'll look. I have a lot more work to do on the helmet- i need to shave it down a bit more and then epoxy coat it.
 

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