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Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Bradleyfett said: View Post
    Looks like I won't need to do as many pulls per helmet-

    So I can do these for less- probably closer to $60. I'm going to call it $75 shipped (US or Canada). $65 for each additional helmet shipped in the same box.

    Mark

    sweet... when do you think you'll be taking orders?

  2. #52

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    tk7602 said: View Post
    sweet... when do you think you'll be taking orders?
    I'm probably only about 2 hours of work away from being done- I can take orders any time.

    Mark

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Looks really cool!

    I think that casting the cheek detail in resin and a clean face plate would be better. This would give more options and also for those whom would do a Jango.
    Just my 2-cents.

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Bradley - those look great!

    Nice R5 in the background too!

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Mr. Steely-Eyed Missile Man,
    I agree, leaving off the Borden connector and offering it as an optional part is a great idea.

    Also, what thickness is the material used? Lastly, what is your favorite tool of choice to cut this material?


  6. #56

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    When I pulled a few suits of Trooper with a Garrison-mate a while back, we just used a Xacto knife to cut the ABS/HIPS, worked like a charm.

  7. #57

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    I agree about leaving the Bordon off- I'm going to sand it off today. I'm also removing the part that holds the Range Finder stalk to mold that as a seperate piece.

    The material is .080" Styrene- just like all the other Fett armor I do.

    My favorite tool of choice is the standard-issue Xacto knife with no. 11 blade. From there, a little clean up with a Dremel here and there would be in order.


    Thanks for the compliments on the R5. I've programmed him to do all my vacuforming- I just make the molds.

    Mark

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Looks pretty good However I'd recommend that the molex connector be a resin greeblie instead of being on the buck, you lose a lot of detail.

  9. #59

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Just asking, will you be doing both dented and non-dented crowns? It's not much of an issue for me, I can fill in the dent, it'll just make things easier if we can get a non-dented version of the crown.

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Hey, Bradley, count me in as interested!

    Excellent pulls, my friend.

    This is a question for any who may know...would it add too much weight to the bucket or fundamentally change the interior dimensions to add a layer or two of fiberglass to strengthen the plastic? Would it even stick?

  11. #61

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Ceric Neesh:
    Right now I'm just going to offer the undented crown and let folks put in their own dent for a "Boba" bucket. From the feedback I've gotten, most folks who would want one of these are going to do custom Mandos anyway.

    Jaiden:
    There are a number of things you can do to reinforce the plastic, including epoxy putty. However. I think you'd be surprised at how strong a .080" thick styrene helmet is to begin with once its assembled. I would recommend reinforcing around the seams mainly with something like Devcon Plastic Welder.

    Fiberglass on plastic can be tricky too- it tends to head up as it cures, sometimes melting the plastic.


    Also:

    Below is a pic of what will be in the final 'kit':

    The only thing not included with the kit to do a complete helmet is the rangefinder stalk. I will, however, provide a template so you can cut one out of 1/4" material of your choice.

    I'll also include some strips of styrene to aid in joining the front and back halves under the ears.




    Mark

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Very Nice!!! My brother and I are working on Boba and Jango and we'll definately be getting one from you

  13. #63

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    And this is $75 per helmet, correct? With it costing $65 for each additional helmet ordered at the same time?

  14. #64

    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Ceric Neesh said: View Post
    And this is $75 per helmet, correct? With it costing $65 for each additional helmet ordered at the same time?
    Correct.

    I'm planning on doing a run of about 8 to start with.

    Mark

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    Re: Anyone ever done a vac-Formed Helmet?

    Very nice work Mark...

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