POP, Goes the Helmet!Subscribe
  1. TKOK's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    13
    Oct 2, 2015, 12:30 AM - POP, Goes the Helmet! #1

    Oh, I seriously want to cry. So I had my ESB armor and helmet on my mannequin in my office. The mannequin doesn't have a head so I rigged a styrofoam head onto it, and it's done well for the last three months... until last night! From my bedroom, I hear a CRASH...BAM! Run into my office and see my bucket rolling around on my hardwood floor. The head came loose and dropped the bucket off of it, landing on its crown, it busted the fiberglass on top, busted off my range finder top and broke the finder top in two. I'm figuratively sick to my stomach because I know that replacing my bucket will cost major $$$$$$$$$.

    I sanded away a 5" circle on the top and laid new fiberglass over it tonight to cover it and fix it. I know that I'll never be able to blend the paint job, so now I'm trying to figure out what I am going to do. I think my next move is to sell one of my Stormtrooper armors and use that cash to buy another helmet.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  2. Become a member for 90 days and create 50 posts and you won't see these ads.Register now!
  3. I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,622
    Oct 2, 2015, 12:54 AM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #2

    What kind of helmet was it? Do you have any pictures?
  4. Bounty1138's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    493
    Oct 2, 2015, 12:19 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #3

    Super lame. Like GCNgamer128 said, post pics. I'd at least get some community feedback on repairs before getting a new one.
  5. toolguy301's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2009
    Posts
    827
    Oct 2, 2015, 12:41 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #4

    That really sucks & sorry to hear that happened but if the damage is only to the dome that can be repaired, sanded, & repainted without upsetting the rest of the helmet. Most people section the helmets when painting anyway so it wouldn't be all that bad to repaint the dome. So don't get too discouraged it is salvageable. Replacing the rangefinder isn't a big deal either. Some photos would help as well.
  6. TKOK's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    13
    Oct 2, 2015, 2:49 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #5

    Sorry -- I thought I had posted pics with my submission! Here are the photos of the hack job I did to patch the hole. Now I don't know what to do. I don't know what version of bucket I have -- it's fiberglass is about the extent of what I know. I'm not as versed with my Boba Fett as I am with my TK armor collection.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!










    - - - Updated - - -

    Thank you for helping me keep the faith! I posted pics below!
  7. Member Since
    May 2015
    Posts
    89
    Oct 2, 2015, 7:38 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #6

    Sorry to hear that - what a bummer. Did you fibreglass from the inside or the outside?
  8. animefan's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2012
    Posts
    366
    Oct 3, 2015, 2:38 AM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #7

    You did that patch backwards Now you will need to blend and smooth the whole dome out.
  9. le1120's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    448
    Oct 3, 2015, 5:51 AM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #8

    Unfortunately now you'll have to sand and bondo the dome, but it's not a big deal. Bondo where there's unevenness and sand after that to make it look smooth.
  10. TKOK's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    13
    Oct 3, 2015, 8:46 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #9

    Yeah, wasn't really thinking about it, and did it on the outside (stupid I know) but I'm sanding it down and repainting it tonight.
  11. intwenothor's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1,223
    Oct 3, 2015, 8:51 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #10

    It's certainly redeemable if you're prepared to put the work in. If I were in your position I'd do a total repaint. In my opinion you have to put in a lot of work anyway so you might as well do the whole thing rather than try to match the existing work.
  12. Member Since
    Sep 2015
    Posts
    8
    Oct 4, 2015, 9:08 AM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #11

    Oh wow, that is unfortunate.. Good luck with the repair!
  13. Member Since
    May 2015
    Posts
    89
    Oct 4, 2015, 6:44 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #12

    Bondo and a shed load of sanding will sort it. Good luck!
  14. ryan101011's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    161
    Dec 29, 2015, 1:22 AM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #13

    bad luck!!!
  15. Dec 30, 2015, 8:24 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #14

    Damn that's a real bummer man Best of luck to you on the rebuild
  16. Furious's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2005
    Posts
    381
    Dec 30, 2015, 10:29 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #15

    This reminds me of what happened to Chris(TK409). His mannequin fell over busting his helmet.
  17. Member Since
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    101
    Dec 30, 2015, 10:38 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #16

    That sucks. Good luck on the sanding and rebuild.
  18. Darth Voorhees's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    3,980
    Dec 30, 2015, 10:47 PM - Re: POP, Goes the Helmet! #17

    Did you ever get this fixed up? I noticed that you glassed over the dent also. Trying to get that detail back will not be an easy task, but still not impossible. would love to know how this turned out

Similar Threads

  1. Boom pow pop ...uh ah wow
    By anzati in forum The Sarlacc Pit
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Jul 4, 2012, 12:29 AM
  2. Star wars at #1 once again in pop culture!!
    By vadr h8r in forum The Sarlacc Pit
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 17, 2009, 8:15 PM
  3. Pop Riveting Your Visor?
    By Dha Syntir in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: Jan 10, 2007, 1:49 AM
  4. Help with Pop Rivets
    By TK Fett in forum Prop Building Workshop
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Sep 24, 2004, 3:17 PM