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  1. bobamaker's Avatar
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    Dec 29, 2004, 11:16 AM - BM Bucket - *LATEST PIC* #1

    It's been a long time coming but my helmet sculpt is finally looking like a helmet. I could not have done this without TK409's Mystery Helmet measurements, Brak's photo library and the superb MLC "build a bucket from card tutorial" many thanks guys.

    It is the same measurements as the Mystery (give or take a little!) with a few exceptions, I have made the vertical T-Visor slot 48mm wide all the way down, (not rarrowing towards the bottom) I have checked all my reference shots and it seems this way on all of them.

    Hopefully the patches filler don't detract from the overall impression and shape of the helmet. I've decided to sculpt in the slight wave on the brow of the T-Visor area as seen on the movie used ESB bucket. On the front shot I have blacked out the T-Visor area so you can see this wave more clearly. I have also made sure that from the side view the front and back are vertically parallel, I'm convinced that the screen helmets are this way.

    Please feel free to comment (good or bad) as all opinions will help in the final outcome.

    I still need to put the keyslots in and the mole on the cheek... oh and loads more filling and sanding!!





    DAZ
    Last edited by bobamaker; Jan 23, 2005 at 6:23 PM.
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    Dec 29, 2004, 12:12 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #2

    That looks damn good to me .. Fantastic work

    are you going for a thin or the thicker Range Finder ear cap ?
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    Dec 29, 2004, 1:40 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #3

    Definitely the thinner version, I will get it as close as I can to the screen used version.
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    Dec 29, 2004, 2:24 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #4

    That looks incredible man!!! Can't wait to see the end result
    Damian
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    Dec 29, 2004, 2:34 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #5

    Looks like a Winner! cant wait to see it finished.
    good work!!
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    Dec 29, 2004, 4:02 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #6

    Wow that helmet looks awesome.
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    Dec 29, 2004, 4:12 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #7

    Nice,
    I would love to see some of the early progress pictures of the helmet!
    It is really cool to see the beginning to end shots.
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    Dec 29, 2004, 4:36 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #8

    Cant wait to hold this in my hot little hands, I'm waiting!
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    Dec 29, 2004, 4:57 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #9

    very fine job I must say
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    Dec 29, 2004, 8:14 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #10

    Most impressive
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    Dec 30, 2004, 1:01 AM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #11


    E2K13 wrote:

    Nice,
    I would love to see some of the early progress pictures of the helmet!
    It is really cool to see the beginning to end shots.
    Me too! Since these are the first photos you've posted of it, I'd love to see some early shots to see how you progressed from the cardboard state to this.
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    Dec 30, 2004, 1:10 AM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #12

    Vary nice. Great work.
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    Dec 30, 2004, 1:48 AM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #13

    Very nice work. I am looking forward to seeing the end result.
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    Dec 30, 2004, 3:30 AM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #14


    E2K13 wrote:

    Nice,
    I would love to see some of the early progress pictures of the helmet!
    It is really cool to see the beginning to end shots.
    These are the first pictures I have taken of this project, I don't usually take photos of work in progress because lots of people can't see the potential of a dodgy looking cardboard and sintra shape (and I wasn't too convinced in the beginning that this was going to work). I published these pics because I've had a lot of people asking when it will be finished and I think it's now at a stage where it looks convincing enough not to put people off.

    I started this project shortly after I joined TDH, if I knew then what I know now I would have documented it more. I realise now that this site is all about the excitement of the build and not just the end result. I could show you a shot of the inside, it's a bit messy but it gives you an idea of how I built it.

    I decided to use 1mm thick sintra instead of card which I found a lot easier to get the curves, it doesn't crease like card. I strengthened this on the inside with epoxy filler.
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    Dec 30, 2004, 12:14 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #15

    Yeah, would be super cool to see an inside shot!
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    Dec 30, 2004, 12:20 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #16

    That's beautiful! More pics!
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    Dec 30, 2004, 12:20 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #17

    Yeah, now that we see that it does seem to have potential, I would be intersting in seeing the inside.
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    Dec 30, 2004, 12:28 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #18

    A pic of the Keyslot area would be cool too
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    Dec 30, 2004, 12:48 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #19

    looks good, I am itching to see more pics.

    ~Darren
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    Dec 30, 2004, 1:13 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix #20

    In the words of the "Continental".......Wowwy Wow Wow!
    Makes me wanna throw mine in the trash and start over.
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    Dec 30, 2004, 3:54 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix *UPDATED* #21

    OK, I have been working on the keyslots today, so I've produced a little step by step picture guide. The slots are made from 3mm sintra, hopefully the pictures will make sense. I just need to glue this panel into the cutout at the back of the helmet with epoxy filler now and do more sanding! Oh, I took a shot of the inside also, it's a bit messy in their but this won't matter when I make the molds!




    I will try my best to photograph the remaining stages as the helmet progresses... I get too involved sometimes and go steaming ahead!
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    Dec 30, 2004, 4:38 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix *UPDATED* #22

    Pretty neat. How in the world did you do the dome? Looks great!
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    Dec 30, 2004, 6:12 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix *UPDATED* #23


    Blastech wrote:

    Pretty neat. How in the world did you do the dome? Looks great!
    This was the bit that took a lot of thinking about, but here's what I did:

    I borrowed a friend's motorbike helmet which was similar in shape but not identical to what I wanted. I mixed a bowl of plaster (quite thin and runny) and dipped the helmet in until dry (about 6 minutes). I removed the helmet to reveal a very smooth dome shape. I then rubbed a layer of petroleum jelly on the inside of the plaster mold, I then painted a layer of gelcoat (thickened with talc to ease sanding) on the inside of the mold. When dry, I added a layer of fibreglass tape and resin (only one thin layer to keep it weak and flexible). When dry, I removed from the mold, the shape was quite good, but a little too perfect and too round. I placed the fibreglass dome in hot water for a few seconds to make it pliable, I then pressed in the sides slightly to give me a better shape (it was a little too pliable, I ended up with a few humps!). Finally I cut off the excess fibreglass and added plenty of epoxy filler in the humps and sanded. I sprayed a quick coat of primer to reveal any imperfections (plenty), repeated filling and sanding for an hour or so to fine tune the shape. Once I had built the sides I then strengthened the dome on the inside with more filler (it's amazing how heavy this filler is when dry, this bucket could sink a battle ship!)

    Hope you can follow these...

    DAZ
  24. Dec 30, 2004, 7:51 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix *UPDATED* #24

    wow, doing this is inspiring me to try to take on the task of a custome helmet!

    were is this cardboard tutorial...?
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    Jan 2, 2005, 5:23 PM - Re: New Helmet Sculpt - Pix *UPDATED* #25

    OK, as promised, I've taken pictures of the next step of my helmet, this is the RF Housing Assembly.

    I started with a digital picture of the right side of the screen used helmet, I scaled it up to the correct size then traced the exact shape.

    I cut the relevent shapes from 3mm and 5mm sintra (shown here). These are now ready to glue together and attach to the helmet (I've highlighted the picture with a red border to show the part that I'm constructing). There will obviously be lots of filling and sanding required. The earcap will be the thinner version as seen here.

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