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    Apr 1, 2005, 6:46 PM - OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #1

    Is there a parts list around? Can most of this stuff (aside from the batting helmet) be purchased at Home Depot?

    I have been inspired by all the talent on this board

    Thanks,
    Jeff
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    Apr 1, 2005, 7:13 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #2

    shopping list......

    Batting helmet
    shears (thats what i used to cut it up)
    1 can of bondo, 1 tube of bondo spot putty
    exacto knife
    The plastic (I used styrene)
    Heat source for bending the plastic (I used a bic lighter)
    Glue (Plastic weld)
    various grits of sand paper from seriously rough to fine
    patience

    and last but not least I used the measurements from TK-409's web site
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    Apr 1, 2005, 7:21 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #3

    Thanks!

    Your helmet looks incredible, btw.
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    Apr 1, 2005, 7:25 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #4

    I appreciate it......Lemme know if I can help you with anything and Good luck!!
    Oh yeah, after you trim the visor and ears off the batting helmet turn it backwards (so your dent will be on the back of the batting helmet if that makes sense)
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    Apr 1, 2005, 8:41 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #5

    how is the dent made? just by heating and forming the helmet?
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    Apr 1, 2005, 8:43 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #6

    yeah, I heated the dome with the lighter till it turned black then stuffed the round end of a broom into it. Sounds like a hack way of doing it but it worked.
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    Apr 1, 2005, 8:48 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #7

    cool. im trying to find a local place to get styrene, but i dont see it on the home depot website. is there an alternative that i can find locally?
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    Apr 1, 2005, 10:41 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #8

    Kripps, I got a question for you. What is the diameter of the batters helmet dome? The dome I need for my scratch built needs to be at least 31" around at the bottom.

    creamedgeezer, Good luck. It is definitely possible to make a great helmet from scratch.
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    Apr 2, 2005, 12:25 AM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #9

    Will this work?

    http://www.modells.com/product/index...entPage=search

    Thanks again for all the tips and encouragement, guys!
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    Apr 2, 2005, 3:39 AM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #10

    That looks exactly like the one I have...er...mangled. They come in different sizes though. I tried 3 on and bought the larger of the 3.
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    Apr 2, 2005, 3:50 AM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #11

    What should the length be around the helmet? I'm gonna have to bring a tape measure to the sporting goods store, lol.

    Also, are there alternatives to styrene i can look into?
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    Apr 2, 2005, 4:31 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #12

    Stupid question....

    Whats a Batting helmet??

    Are we talking the ones used for Baseball???

    Lynn
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    Apr 2, 2005, 9:29 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #13

    yup thoughs are the ones.
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    Apr 2, 2005, 9:44 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #14

    Still looking for any alternatives to styrene. i really want to be able to find everything locally

    thanks,
    Jeff
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    Apr 3, 2005, 12:28 AM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #15

    Creamed - You can buy those large "For Sale" signs at HD or Lowes. They are made from styrene. Usually the big ones run about $8.

    Good luck!
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    Apr 3, 2005, 12:30 AM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #16

    ooh cool, thanks!
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    Apr 3, 2005, 1:29 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #17

    I found styrene at a local plastics/sign store by me (NM). I looked under "plastic" in the yellow pages. He also carries Sintra.
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    Apr 9, 2005, 4:58 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #18

    Bought my supplies today

    Now I need to make time to build this thing. How tall should I cut the batting helmet, is there an exact measurement for the height of the dome?

    Thanks,
    Jeff
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    Apr 9, 2005, 5:46 PM - Re: OK, I'm going to attempt scratchbuilding a bucket. #19

    I didn't measure it when I cut it. I just cut it right above the curves where the visor of the batting helmet ended. I took a piece of long masking tape and wrapped it around the whole dome so it was straight and went at it with the shears. I can tell you that from the top of my browline under the triangle "directionals" to the top of the brow above the keyslot area is 14 3/4 inches right over the top following the curve of the dome. Hope that helps.

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