Discussion on Boba Fett Helmet Blueprints/Templates within the Boba Fett Helmet forum, part of the Star Wars Original Trilogy Bounty Hunters category; Originally Posted by wizardofflight So you might not see me
I just want to go on and on again about how awesome these templates are. Not finished yet... not by a long shot, but getting there.
I've got some progress, and some questions. First off, I'm wondering if I was supposed to cut of the area of the dome that I highlighted in red. It seems too tall, and that's a problem. Also, is there any way to get rid of the point at the top of the dome? After I put bondo on it and sand it off I'm sure it will look fine, Just wondering if there was a way to get rid of it before that.
Also, any input from you senior TDH members? As I said before, this helmet will be far from perfect, But I still want to make it pretty good, so any advice will help. Thanks guys.
When I made mine, I too noticed that the dome is too tall. I printed my templates at full size ( 100 percent ), and I removed 5mm from the bottom of the dome. It looks pretty darn good now.
I'm kind of new here been lurking for a while and everything you have done has done nothing but impress me.
I was so impressed I started to work on a scratchbuilt helmet from the templates. Unfortunately while making a cardboard mockup of the outer shell i realized that the pattern was too small for me. Is there anyway to enlarge the template in the pdf?
"Just how big a fella are you?" Just stealing a line from comedian Roy D. Mercer...seriously, I'm 6 foot, 220 pounds with a HUGE 23" noggin, and Alan's patterns fit my skull, with room to boot...be sure to see if you have the "fit to page" option checked...or unchecked...in the printer options....I printed mine to fit the page at 100%, and it fits fine....here's a pic o' mine in the process of being painted (with the wrong silver)...
I removed about the same amount from the bottom edge of my dome too - 5mm or so. Funny the difference such a small amount can make. Actually - come to think of it, I didn't remove it from the dome... I took it off the top edge of the mask "skirt". It just happened to be easier to cut. Didn't matter none. Six of one, a half dozen of the other.
Yeah...it's the influence of my old Society For Creative Anachronism days creeping in....
Put yer sunglasses on. Sorry about the offensive colour... it was all I had on hand to seal the surface with. Anyway, just thought I would post another couple pics. I wanna tell ya... cutting out those slots in the keyhole jobby was tricky. By the way, I found a piece of plastic pipe of just about the same curve as the inset piece. I cut it from that and then just glued my heavy paper cutout of the "slots" over it. I intend to use it as a guide for cutting them out after it is cast in resin.
Nicely done. Reminds me... I've really got to take some updated picks of mine. It's almost ready for primer, just need to do a final sand on the dome and then add the brow triangles.
Thanks for reminding me... I almost forgot about those pesky little triangles. I for one would like to see updated pics of your bucket.
hi i am new here and i started making my helmet. so far ive glued the templates to card board and cut them out. after i put the helmet together do i make a fiberglass mold of it then cover the mold in sintra or what.
i'd be realy happy if some one can answer this:jet pack
Some plan to make molds of their scratch built buckets, I on the other hand simply am making one out of plastic. Their's no need to make any molds unless you have plans to re-make your helmet out of resin or fiberglass.
If top coated with a resin or polyurethane, I'm sure that a cardboard bucket would serve well until you could afford to purchase a higher end helmet.
My sons helmet is made entirely out of cardboard, and I'm going to coat it with polyurethane to seal it before priming and painting.
After I wasn´t satisfied with my first helmet, I´m making a new one.
For the dome I used another skater helmet which I trimmed like the baseball helmets.
For the rest I used aluminium sheets 0.8mm thick.
Only the upper cheeks are made of 1mm sintra.
Hey mods...how about stickying this **** thread? I keep having people ask me where to find it, and I'm always looking it up....can you put it where we can find it easily?
Awesome bucket, Stormrider....I read your other thread about it...
I printed out your template (amazing, BTW,) but after looking at it, I'm not quite sure how to assemble it. Maybe a little numerical/alphabetical system could help? I'm trying to make it out of for sale signs and 1mm poster board. Before anyone raises a red flag, it only has to be wearable for 2 days. I just need help assembling it, and I only have 10 days to throw everything together!
This thread is the "offical" tutorial for the Helmet templates.
Here are a few excellent threads:
Also there are a number of excellent threads on scratch building a helmet from the templates, things to search for in the Helmet section are scratch built, cardboard, WOF. That should yield a number of thread to help you out.
If you any specific question just ask.
Bump...(so I can find the **** thing....)
Updated the dome templates in the first post. They were a bit small, they needed to be enlagred 103%. I also added a scale so you can check to make sure that you are getting the proper size.
Thank you Fettenstein01 for keeping me honest!!
I have updated the first thread again, this time to add the helmet templates in the A4 size format. These include the dome, ears and the helmet. I am still resizing hte rangefinder templates to fit the format. Stay tuned for one more update.
Oh wow A4 format, this will help to us European builders .
For the dome I did built a little extension first to compensate the very little size difference...They were a bit small, they needed to be enlarged 103%. I also added a scale so you can check to make sure that you are getting the proper size.
..but later on I decided to build a new dome from clay (I made some mistakes building the first from paper). By the way Alan, it's almost done! Picture will come up soon!
The blue pigmented material ( I think was liquid latex which requires a catalyst to `activate') was the stuff peeled away from the finished mould of vaders helmet. Moving backwards from this, the blue stuff was encased in a fibreglass mould to maintain the shape during the curing process.
To create a mould of your helmet would require painting or smothering the helmet in the liquid latex, The blue colour of the latex is not necessarily an indication of a particular brand or product as we add a few drops of pigment ( paint) to ensure a proper mix with the catylist. Sorry for the long winded explanation. The liquid latex lined moulds are great for multiple copies without damage to the mould surface. When they show the creation of Vaders helmet you can see them painting the `gel-coat' directly to the latex mould, then the fibreglass matting or finer sheets can then be layed inside.
After they remove every thing from the mould you also see them flop the blue latex thing on top of a `helmet stand', with this latex mould technique this stand could even be the original carving from which the mould was made.Ive taken moulds from some really odd stuff, leather sand paper, tree bark. I have found liquid latex to be extremely co-operative to removal from even rough surfaces without any release agents being applied to the moulded article.
I hope the info here is helpful, I also hope it is all correct.
My background is in composite racecar seats, kevlar/ carbon, plastics and now leathers (in restoration). Any questions or corrections very welcome.
Last edited by BREWZA; 01-31-2008 at 10:58 PM. Reason: some xtra info
Wizard I must tell you these templates rock.
I made my middle son a great jango helmet with your templates, out of card stock type material and used a exposed x-ray film for the visor. Very sweet. I had gone back and started again trying to make an acurate helmet to make a mold of and noticed that the new coke bottle shape (middle section) is a great dupe of the clone helmet mandibles in ROTS, so with a few mods (4th day working it out with tape now) your template has led me to a great ROTS Clone Dome. I will post when I can find my camera. Many thanks my man, excellent job, well done.
I'd be really interested in seeing that, as I'm trying to make an Ep. III cardboard clone helmet myself right now. I think it'd be really cool if we could call on Alan to help us with it. How about it, Alan? How busy are you right now? WizardOfFlight Clone helmet? Hmm?
Did someone say Ep-III Clone helmet? Boy do I have a surprise for you guys! Once the cold weather set in, I'll have more time to devote to templates, so keep an eye out.
Keep posting those scratch builds. They help keep me inspired to do more!
I'll be back!
Yeah! that's what I'm talking about! Go Alan! I can't wait! BTW, how do you make the templates anyway? I'm trying to do one with Pepakura, but I can't even model the thing yet. Just wondering. Thanks again!
I'm confused why the letter size templates are all separate but the A4 size file is compiled together. The problem I'm having with the latter size being separate files is that they seem to be at different scales. They are actually huge and to fit them on letter size Acrobat has to scale them down but it scales the helmet and the dome at different percentages. Also the dome template pdf is the wrong orientation for the paper so if I change it the scale is different yet again. I'm very confused, can some one explain to me what I'm doing wrong because I've been reading these forums and I haven't seen anyone else saying they had this problem. ???????
Make sure that you set Acrobate's Page scaling to "Fit to printable area" and everything will print out on 8 1/2" X 11".
Member for 1 day and I'm overwhelmed with information.....you guys rock.....
WOF, I just wanted to say thanks for these amazing templates. I ran across them quite by accident the other day, and they inspired me to re-register here and get to work on a costume - a project I'd given up on before even starting three or four years ago. Suddenly, it seems to be do-able again.
One sheet of matting board and a few hours later...
My only regret is that I have to get some sleep and won't make any more progress tonight.
I guess the big question now that I've started is, will this end up as a Boba or Jango? Hrrmmmm....
These templates are Great I used a Infants Pokemon helmet for my dome here is a progress piture from my helmet. I had an issue flaring at the base. It was because i tried to put it together befor i found the tutorials. it was glued and baked before I got
Noob here. Been lurking for awhile but decided to finally register. Alan's templates are really cool, and I have started working on my own scratch-build.
One thing I noticed is that I discovered I had to enlarge the dome template to 103% in order to get it to match the main helmet part of the template which I had printed out full size.
Anyway, I had been looking around for cardboard or sintra or styrene or something similar. It seems hard to find a piece big enough for the inner and outer shells of the template. So I was in Lowe's the other day, and spied some white 5 gallon paint buckets, and thought it would work as material to make the helmet out of. I was able to cut the dome base out of the bottom of the bucket, after I had cut out the inner shell. I have 2 more buckets to work with, and will cut out the outer shell from it.
Running into minor snags here and there. One is that I guess since the material is thicker, the inner shell did not quite wrap around the dome base, so there is a small gap in the front of the helmet. I figure this is okay since this part will be cut away for the visor anyway. I will be sure to leave enough material to wrap all the way around in the back when I cut the outer shell.
Another issue is finding the right glue that will bind to this stuff. PVC cement doesn't work. I found that if I rough up the plastic, super-glue holds up pretty well, as does hot glue. Anybody have any suggestions for the best adhesive for this kind of material?
I came across this as a potential replacement for the dome. Pretty cheap and could save some time.
If anyone does use it please post your results.
hello gentlemen. I am new on here and just a lowly college student. what are some cheap yet good materials to make a helmet out of?
well, I've done this so far
with some hot glue (more like LOTS of hot glue ) and single layer mat board, and it's not too bad on the wallet. I bought three sheets just in case I make a booboo ( i did ), and also so I can scratchbuild the knees, gauntlets, and part of the rocket pack with it.
(yeah, goin for a Kast!)
hello gentlemen. I am new on here and just wondering what some good yet cheap materials I can use to build my own helmet. I am a poor lowly college student.
AntMan is using in his build thread, I'm using the matting board that they put behind framed pictures. It's about 1mm thick or so, readily available at craft or framing shops, pretty easy to work with, and very rugged for its thickness. A 4-foot square (or so, I forgot the exact dimensions) sheet was $5. Seems to be working well for me so far!
I used For Rent signs from the Home Dissapontment. for the dome I used an infants pokemon skate helmet It turrned out ok If i could ever figure out how to post a picture right I would share it with the world.
the signs are like 18 x 24 and only about $9.00
Hey thanks a TON for these templates! I was having trouble building my helmet before these came up. Keep making these!
Does anyone know if there's a jet pack template on this site?
yep, under the jet pack section
Making progress as I get an hour here and there to work on it:
Something is just a bit off with the cheekbone areas (very likely due to my hasty assembly) so I still have to fab some front plates that fit in correctly, but overall I'm pretty happy for my first shot in the dark. It obviously won't be 100% dimensionally accurate when complete, but I think it'll be perfectly fine for casual costuming.
Next step will be to 'glass the inside of the dome to stiffen it up and fill the gaps so I can continue working without fear of smushing anything. I've got some nice lightweight glass cloth that'll add initial strength without also adding a ton of bulk right away.
I just printed out the templates and will begin working on my build as soon as I can gather supplies. All of you are amazing and have my utmost respect. Hey WOF, any chance we will ever get templates for making a working firespray? I'd love to fly around in my working copy of "Slave-1"!
Wizardoflight aka Alan....I know everyone has said it a lot but amazing job and thanks for putting them up. Great asset to the community keep up the good work
Before I found this thread, I was sure that building a helmet was going to be the most difficult part of putting together a Mando. But now--
I =still= think it's going to be the most difficult part of putting together a Mando, but now it actually seems do-able. The templates and the tips and tricks in here are incredible. So thanks (way) in advance. I'm going to go ahead and bookmark this thread because I KNOW I'll be coming back to it.
Hey WOF. I started building my 1st helmet last week and your pictures and templates have been a great help. Thanks
heh. people still going at it with the helmet templates.
alan these have always been fantastic
I glad that these have been so useful to everyone, that was the goal.
I just noticed that this thread has over 39,200 views!
Yes! These templates are an absolute dream, I couldn't believe my eyes when I found this thread
They look very accurate to the real thing, but just out of interest, just how accurate is it to the screen-used one? Overall size and relative dimensions, has anyone compared it to a profile shot of the actual helm? I'd be interested to know, because the helmets made from these temps look so **** pro!
WOF. I have started on the dome from 1mm Boarding card. Once its tacked and shaped, what do you suggest to use as a filler before sanding down?
These DIY helmet templates are great! Looking through all the posts of peoples builds on here I have decided to dive in and make my own too. Thanks again!
Thanks for making thses templates available, they're great!
ok got a lot done on my first bucket i used sheet metal and the baseball helmet idea needless 2 say it works wonderful. I thank you WOF for your ideas and templates.:thumbup lol
going to upload some pics as soon as i find the usb cable for the camera!:o
Thanks WOF. I'm about to get started with my poster board practice run. I'll follow up with a Sentra version. If anyone is still looking for Sentra then check around in your local area for a Mervyn's department store. They are going out of business and selling all of their fixtures. I bought all of their customer service and department signs for $40. They are 2mm (I think) and I came home with about 25 pieces that are 2' x 4'.
W.O.F, Just finishing off my first scratch build whilst using your tutorials. Good work and thanks.
-EDIT - Removed bad URL
Last edited by Art Andrews; 10-01-2009 at 10:05 AM.
Alan, this is a wonderful template. I've printed the it out and figured out what goes where... I'm going to be making several of these helmets -- none of them Boba's, though. *heh* I'm still torn between straight custom or Fenn Shysa, plus a couple for my ladies' custom Mandos. I'm going to be using 18-gauge steel for the main skirt and cheek backplates, 16ga for the raised banding and cheekbones, as well as the frame on the back, and a couple of 25ga pieces for the cheeks themselves, so the total thickness of backplate and cheek is about 16ga. Still working out what I want to do for the dome. And since I have some rapid-prototyping setups nearby, I'm going to be making the earcaps and rangefinder stalk out of SLS Aluminum.
Yay big projects!
ETA: Forgot to ask... Alan, do you have 3D AutoCAD files for the earpieces and/or rangefinder stalk? Or should I get to work on translating the 2D templates into 3D models myself?
Last edited by Peregrinus; 01-19-2009 at 06:34 PM.
Wow that looks great so far
WOF great templates, they worked excellently for my scratchbuild!!!!
First post, I couldn't create a thread, so I hope this is an appropriate place to post.
I just finished the dome attachment and visor cut out steps... And for some reason, when trying on the helment my eyes are a good half inch below the visor slot...
Did I do something wrong? Is this common? Maybe a common solution?
Thanks a bunch!
Hmmm....sounds like you may have the front template alignment off (it's about 1/2" wide at the top); if anything, your eyes should be slightly higher than the slot, which you then compensate for, by using padding on the inside of the dome....
You're right. Great diagnosis, and thanks for the swift reply!
yeah sounds about right... you could also do what I'm going to do and expand the visor a little... to improve your FOV.
Id post this in a new thread but I cant for some reason, anyway this is my WIP custom bucket. Its nearly done, just have to paint the ear cap and run the wires for the fan.
Great template. Dome isn't fun to make though. Thanks WOF!
hey do you think the dome,or any other part for that matter, can be used to do any other star wars characters, besides the obvious of jango.
Hey Wizardofflight, There's a PM for you in your inbox!
Thanks for the templates! You are a genius! Took me a week and I finished mine with this. I seriously couldn't be happier. Mine is not near on par with the others here though, but I like it.
Wizard, awesome work ! thanks so much!
this is absolutely amazing. these templates are exactly what ive been looking for. i just finished glueing them to some paper board and i already feel like a friggen genious. this is the first time ive ever attempted anything like this but i wanna have THE best boba at NYC comic con in oct of 2010. ill be a senior and hopefully a bit taller by then
hey i was wondering if anyone knows if a snowboarding helmet will work for the dome.
I dont know the exact size (i have to go find it ) so i dont know if anyone will be able to tell me or not
ok im in somewhat of a predicament. i printed out these templates and am are currently using them. BUUUUUUT i didnt enlarge them at all and now i dont think the finished product will fit my head. to be fair im not denying the possibility that i do in fact have a large head of sorts. so im basically contemplating using those...uh...support beams? thingys for the dome and then maybe removing them afterwards. ive already made my base but i havent even started my dome. and even the rim is too tight. i shud prob make it smaller.......again T.T
***!!!! My brain just turned on the idea light bulb with this!!!!!!
Many thanks for sharing.
so i just gotta say.......wow! wizard you do amazing templates! i wanted to do this stuff for years but just got in to it. i found ur templates for armor about a month ago and made my first se t in a day. i still need to bondo the cod and do the knees. i got ur templates for the gauntlets but havet started them yet. still looking for jetpack templates?!? but i went out and bought 2 batting helmets at the salvation army soon as i found this. i have kinda slowed down on armor and am focusing on soft parts. but i just wanted to say that for me and probly many many others it wouldnt have been possible without your hard work. thank u so much!
by the way is this the esb helmet or rotj? is there a difference? my fav pic is from esb and to me the helmet seems shorter and wider.
The templates are universal for Boba.
i dont get how the inner surface works
THANK U whoeverwas at the top!!! I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THOSE TEMPLATES FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF.
Wizard of Flight....wow. You're a complete genius. There's no way I would have been able to make my helmet at right without these. Even though my work is pretty ******.
I am new and i have done my share of use with fiberglass resin. but some how my resin did not set still very sticky it has been over 2 weeks now and still sticky I am thinking that my resin or hardener is bad can any one suggest a way of fixing this problem. I am open to all for this solution. Thanks Neotron
can tell me anybody the lenght of the Stalk? After I´ve printet out the PDF file i got 19 cm. I use a Don post helmet of 97 and the rangefinder is lost. Now i try to build it up on my own. And i want to have a realistic size of the Stalk.
Last edited by JackFrost; 04-16-2010 at 09:15 PM.
very educational thread lol
Is it me, or has this thread NOT been stickied after all these years?