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Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

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    Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    It has been suggested to me that for the benefit of anyone who wasn't following the vacuformed helmet thread, I should start another thread just for this.

    Like a lot of us, I've always wanted to do a bunch of different helmet paint-jobs to display together- mostly a Jango and the McQuarrie logo designs developed before ESB. This is my way of making lower-cost helmets for just that purpose. I had a left-over fiberglass shell from my Disney projects that had been slated to become my Jango (who knows when I would have gotten around to that project!). Instead, I sliced it up and made vacuform bucks. I wasn't sure exactly how it would turn out, but I'm very pleased with the results!

    Since my set of custom helmets will be just for display, I'm not sure if I will just paint the visor black, or install an actual tinted lense.

    So I've ended up with a 9-piece 'kit' of sorts from which I can make my Mandolorian army of helmets:

    Vacuformed .080" styrene shell (3 pieces), resin ears and rangefinder, templates to cut out 'turn signals', extra styrene to aid in joining parts and behind 'turn signals'.

    Templates for both the T-visor and the rangefinder stalk.


    Here is the info:

    Vacuformed .080" styrene shell (3 pieces), resin ears and rangefinder, templates to cut out 'turn signals', extra styrene to aid in joining parts and behind 'turn signals'.

    The only things not included with the kit to do a complete helmet are the smoked clear visor and the rangefinder stalk. However, templates for both are included so you can cut your own.

    Also included are some strips of styrene to aid in joining the front and back halves under the ears.



    Pics of assembled helmet before any finishing (putty, paint, etc.):






    Note: there is no 'dent' to doing Boba versions, since most customs will be 'non-Boba' (Jango or custom Mando). However, its easy to make a dent by heating up a small spot with a hair-dryer or something similar and pushing in.

    If anyone is interested in one of these, PM me here!

    Mark
    Last edited by Bradleyfett; Sep 7, 2007 at 1:33 PM.

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Man that looks great.

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Mark this looks great! I have never seen a vac fett before.
    What is the size of it? DP,Mystery or bigger?
    And do you have a pic of 1 finished vac helmet?
    I would like to do a different mando helmet from a certain KT novel,maybe 2.

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Wow, Nicely done Mark!

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    oooooooh....this is VERY interesting....PM sent

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Thanks everyone!

    Goldenrod,

    The size is slightly larger than the DP Deluxe- not sure how that compares to the Mystery Helmet yet (I have one on the way).

    Check out the link below some shot of the assembled helmet:
    Keep in mind that it is assembled, but no finish work has been done (putty, etc.) to give you an idea of how well it goes together:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1086755...7601817197662/

    Mark

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    looks awesome! great for a custom, PM sent!

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    Cool idea Mark!

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Ok, what is the price, and how soon will it be availble? Looks great

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Nice! So is this an original sculpt, or did Disney get something from LFL to pattern their Fetts on?

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    Hi Mark bought one of these kits from you the other week i'm the guy that bought the one on ebay
    Anyway after some asking about i was pointed here ( cheers Mac ) it's nice to know a bit more about it and it looks pretty nice built up look forward to recieving it

    Gary

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Is the .080" styrene too thin to coat the inside with fiberglass resin? I cant wait to receive mine, I look forward to building it. Thanks Bradleyfett!:thumbup

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    HMPOTC33 said: View Post
    Ok, what is the price, and how soon will it be availble? Looks great
    I know, I know, I was supposed to introduce myself

    1st post

    I've been admiring everyones work around here for about the last year or so, and not quite sure which bucket would be the right one for starters, so I thought maybe this one?

    Johnny.......

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    I want one! PM sent.

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    any idea when these might be shipping?

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    yeah how much do they cost?

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    lowki13 said: View Post
    yeah how much do they cost?
    They're $75 shipped, there used to be a thread in the cargo hold, but it got bumped off

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    I want one. How do I get one of these kits.

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    I would like one of these as well .please pm me the info

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Shipping to Canada would be how much???

    Thx!

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    I ordered mine today!

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    Has anyone received and started working on these helmets yet? I'd like to see a completed and painted one soon.

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    I am supposed to be getting one to paint up for a buddy.So soon hopefully.

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    I just got the kit today! Will start working on it in a few days

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    Re: Lower-cost movie-sized helmet kit

    And mine was waiting for me when I got home tonight.

    ioelus

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