Well, I have a new Home Theatre room that I built in my basement (I can post some pics upon request), and I have a very special spot on the room, which I decided to use to display a Boba helmet. It will basically look like a museum display piece (that is my goal), inside a sort of recessed shadow box in the wall, with lighting at the top. It will look very nice I think.
So I started doing some research, and of course found this wonderful forum. I will hang around and continue to read up as much as I can.
Now, for me the size of the helmet is not an issue, since it wont be worn. Its purpose is mainly (or solely!) for display. Im on a tight budget, so at least the first revision will have to be a Rubies. Yes, I read a lot about these on the forums, so I know the general sentiment, but I will live with its limitations until I can afford something better.
Well, I did get my Rubies (model 65004) this weekend, and it is made of a sort of hardened rubber. It can be bent with little force, but it generally does keep its shape. This is not the ultra soft variant that I have seen others attempting to work with... those are very very soft and don't keep their shape at all... like those ultra thin rubber masks.
I already reshaped mine and gave it some flare, following the instructions posted by others (heat, shape, cool off...). Next will be to cut the T-Visor and put in place a new one I got from eBay. I will plan on performing only some basic weathering techniques, and will paint the mandible portions dark where they are meant to be dark. This one has only one tone.
I will post some pics, but I know this will get no where near the level of detail that some of you are after. I just don't have the time or skills. Perhaps I can buy a nice mask from one of you when you decide t let go of it. Or, if someone wants to practice their weathering/painting techniques on mine, I can lend it to you for free