A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

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    A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Hey guys here at TDH. I am new to TDH an was wondering if any of you guys knew of some supplies and directions for a helmet under 80 smackeroos or lower. And the trashcan armor... genius.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Supplies for a Fett helmet... under $80. You've pretty much limted yourself to a Rubies helmet, Bondo, and some paint.

    $59.99 - Rubies Helmet
    $10.00 - Bondo
    $10.00 - Spraypaint

    =

    $79.99 - Fett Helmet

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    I disagree. If you've got more time and creativity than you do money, you can always build a helmet from scratch out of chipboard (aka posterboard) or "For Sale" signs about $8 each. I picked up some scrap sintra at a sign company for free. You don't have to drop $$$$$$$ to create a good costume unless you want to get into the 501st or KOTE.

    Check out these links for ideas and see what other people have done on a shoestring budget. Also use the advanced search on this forum and search for threads by the following users: "SD68" "honus" and "chewiepal" plus "Kripps"

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=13420

    and

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=16696

    also check out

    http://instructables.com
    and search for a thread by Honus there. He has two about Boba Fett. Use Wizardofflight's templates from the TDH.

    Good luck and be resourceful. Please post progress pix and be persistent. This takes time.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Thanks alot guys. I like both ideas alot, thanks for the help!

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Southern hunter said: View Post
    I disagree. If you've got more time and creativity than you do money, you can always build a helmet from scratch out of chipboard (aka posterboard) or "For Sale" signs about $8 each. I picked up some scrap sintra at a sign company for free. You don't have to drop $$$$$$$ to create a good costume unless you want to get into the 501st or KOTE.

    Check out these links for ideas and see what other people have done on a shoestring budget. Also use the advanced search on this forum and search for threads by the following users: "SD68" "honus" and "chewiepal" plus "Kripps"

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=13420

    and

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=16696

    also check out

    http://instructables.com
    and search for a thread by Honus there. He has two about Boba Fett. Use Wizardofflight's templates from the TDH.

    Good luck and be resourceful. Please post progress pix and be persistent. This takes time.
    You don't really wear a scratchbuilt helmet... you mold it and then cast it, which that alone would cost more than $80.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    what is bondo? and where can you get it?

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Bondo= Car repair stuff, that fills in dents and open gashes.

    You cant build a Boba Helmet under 80 bucks, if you can, dont wear it, and in fact, dont try it.

    If you did build one, and it was quality, Would you really trust a bunch of glued on plastic? Espcially on your head, think about that one.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Bondo is pretty much the main brand of Auto Body Filler.

    You can get it at any retailer who sells automotive supplies. Walmart, Canadian tire (if you have one around of course), etc.

    GCNGamer - Why do you have to mold/cast a scratchbuilt? I made one myself out of cardboard (the stuff you find on the back of pads of paper) and it turned out fantastic as is. Total cost = $15 (give or take a few bucks)

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    rorschach9 said: View Post
    Bondo is pretty much the main brand of Auto Body Filler.

    You can get it at any retailer who sells automotive supplies. Walmart, Canadian tire (if you have one around of course), etc.

    GCNGamer - Why do you have to mold/cast a scratchbuilt? I made one myself out of cardboard (the stuff you find on the back of pads of paper) and it turned out fantastic as is. Total cost = $15 (give or take a few bucks)
    Well I am sure most people would feel comfortable with something that is solid, and cannot bend too easy, I am not saying that your helmet sucks, I am saying, that cardboard doesnt take wear, and would need some reinforcement.

    Aka: Rain, scissors, knifes, someone sitting down on it.

    Although some of that sounds outrageous, you would be surprised.

    Workin on armor, cuttin some stuff, WHOOPS, accidently cut through your helmet.

    And if it rains at an event, BOOM, cardboard= soggy, just like paper, except thicker.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    You don't really wear a scratchbuilt helmet... you mold it and then cast it, which that alone would cost more than $80.
    Nope. If you want, you can, but I didn't.

    If you did build one, and it was quality, Would you really trust a bunch of glued on plastic? Espcially on your head, think about that one.
    Yes, I would trust it. Just as much as a fiberglass helmet. Have you tried scratchbuilding a helmet? Have you worn a scratchbuilt helmet a number of times? If not, don't discourage someone by saying that. It all depends on how you make it. Mine is 'a bunch of glued on plastic', and it's held together just fine. I've dropped it a few times, from chest hight, and it's held together.

    This is not what TDH is about. You shouldn't discourage people, especially if you don't have hands on knowledge (in this case, having built a helmet from plastic, and wearing it a number of times, thus proving its durability.)

    TheFatalHaze, if you want to scratchbuild a helmet, do it! It's great fun, and after it's all done, you'll have a helmet that YOU built, and it will mean more to you. Trust me, you'd be surprised how many people have asked me "Hey, is that a fiberglass helmet? Who made it?" and I tell them I made it and show them the inside, and they are absolutely amazed. It really makes me proud.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    How do you mold and then cast? And out of what? Sounds tricky!?

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    i think the reason he's suggestion you not wear a scratch build is durability. if you're out trooping at an event, your stuff *will* get hit, bumped, whacked, etc...

    i can't tell you how many times some *bleep* has smacked me in the head at a parade or theater.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Brian hit the nail on the head. I don't want to see your scratchbuilt helmet hit the ground and burst to flames, I'd feel safer and more comfortable with Rubies than scratchbuilt.

    I wear a scratchbuilt Jet Pack and I hate looking at the thing, if I molded it then I'd be happy with it. The jet pack is something different though, it's a solid case, filled with expanded foam, and it's mounted on my back; not something that covers my head and is not an "often screwed with" item, besides the thrusters.

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    Like I said, I've dropped mine a few times while working in the basement, and we don't have a finished basement so it hit concrete. And I've been hit a number of times while wearing it as well. If I were to fiberglass the inside, it would probably make it even stronger, and it would still have cost me less than $30. Sure, it's not *exactly* like Boba's helmet (which mine is for my custom) but if you're other option is a Rubies, then you probably aren't too concerned with that anyways. I'd be more afraid to troop in a Rubies than my scratchbuilt because of the Rubies warping so easily in the heat.

    I guess it would depend on where you live. If you're in a colder place, a Rubies wouldn't warp. Here in Iowa, when it's cold, it can get very cold, and when it's hot, it can get very hot. Plus I wanted control over the size as well, because I didn't want a helmet that looked too small on me, since that's what people look at most.

    Sorry if I may sound repetitive or something, but I just don't like when people scare others away from scratchbuilding, as it's just another part of the hobby, not a "last resort" or anything.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    mandaloresa said: View Post
    How do you mold and then cast? And out of what? Sounds tricky!?
    I have a running thread. I will be posting pictures of the molding process today which I started last night, if you are truly interested.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

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    Nope. If you want, you can, but I didn't.



    Yes, I would trust it. Just as much as a fiberglass helmet. Have you tried scratchbuilding a helmet? Have you worn a scratchbuilt helmet a number of times? If not, don't discourage someone by saying that. It all depends on how you make it. Mine is 'a bunch of glued on plastic', and it's held together just fine. I've dropped it a few times, from chest hight, and it's held together.

    This is not what TDH is about. You shouldn't discourage people, especially if you don't have hands on knowledge (in this case, having built a helmet from plastic, and wearing it a number of times, thus proving its durability.)

    TheFatalHaze, if you want to scratchbuild a helmet, do it! It's great fun, and after it's all done, you'll have a helmet that YOU built, and it will mean more to you. Trust me, you'd be surprised how many people have asked me "Hey, is that a fiberglass helmet? Who made it?" and I tell them I made it and show them the inside, and they are absolutely amazed. It really makes me proud.
    If I wanted to discourage him, I would have said things that were rude, and called him names.

    I am saying that it has a better chance of breaking than other helmets.

    What is your helmet made of exactly? Because apparently it is made of the godly plastic.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    I wouldn't advise scratch building a helmet to troop with just due to the fact that *IF* you drop it and it broke. it's going to be more of a bummer than if a rubies or fang helmet broke. Granted they're a little more pricey, they're readily available.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    If you want to stay under $80, definitely go with a scratch-build. If you make it out of sintra and make and internal frame, then the likelihood of breaking is not as significant as some would make it sound. Sintra, unlike resin, is decently flexible so it won't crack if you drop it and if you do manage to break it, it will break along a seam so the repair will be easier. As MandoMan pointed out, scratch-building is actually a lot of fun. Check out this thread for a sintra scratch-build. Wizardofflight has a great set of templates for the helmet, just search for "helmet templates"

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    I'm not sure about wether or not it was the kind of sintra I used or if it was because I just over heated it before cooling but my sintra armor was actually pretty brittle.

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    Re: A list of supplies for a Fett Helmet under 80 bucks

    Probably the over heating. Sintra is PVC, and heating it is fairly damaging to the crosslinks. PVC is very sensitive to heat.

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