It's actually a matter of preference. I've seen pics of fan made FG buckets (Celtic Touch comes to mind) which retain a white mesh rather than black. I like white coz it contrasts better with the gloss black/gun metal color scheme. Plus, it hides the wearer's face better than black. But thaanks for the suggestion!
Not at the moment... but the GT 2006 FG version looks absolutely super cool... selling about the same price too. I'm settling for the Rubies version which I will also give a good auto paint treatment so that it looks like FG. Hopefully that'll come out fine.
My scratchbuilt reveal neck brace is ready!! See pics:
All in all i spent 15 bucks to get the raw material and almost two days (on and off) to build it. It may not be all that screen accurate but I think from afar the resemblance is there. Now all I need are some spikes to complete the look.
Some more pics, this time with my 70% completed makeshift Vader ANH lightsaber hilt.
I've added hairclips at the side of the neckbrace... a further 60 sen investment.
The saber is a "stunt" prop that I plan to attach to the costume. I still need a control box... I'll probably use parts of a scart adapter for that. I also need a d-ring and attach it to the hose ring/fastener, which I will finally cover. It's amazing once you've started building a prop... you just can't stop yourself!! ;D