Uh... Maybe you could build a wire frame of some sort to hold the right shape, and then line it with plaster bandages?
I don't know what its made from, and have little experiece with fiberglass, but I think that fiberglass might eat the material. Then again, I don't know how rigid the plaster would be either... Never used it...
Just some ideas. I'm sure that someone will chime in and confirm, or shoot em down.
get a bowling ball, cram it into the bucket, then find a closet that has hot water pipes running through it. put the bucket on the dome and leave it in there for at least a week (if you don't have any hot water pipes running through a closet then get a small heater/fan from walmart and put that in the closet on the low heat setting). just keep it at a temperature in the 90's or low 100's. after about a week take it out and let it cool at room temp with the ball still inside it for a week. after that, blast it with cold water for good measure and finally take the ball out. you should have a pretty good re-formed rubies bucket at that point.
Truly, This turned out great.... C
very nice! sweet rehab!
Thanks everyone for the compliments... I added some more pics to the top post of the rest of the helmet.
Once I hear back from T-Bone about one of his mini Fett buckets, I'm gonna eBay this thing. Its too big for my son. It scrapes his shoulders even with padding. His last Rubies helmet I guess was smaller (or shorter)... It was the two piece Jango.
How much do you guys think I should ask? $100? $125? Or is that too much for a reworked Rubies?
why go ebay for $100? Sell it to me for $5 and we'll call it even.
I'd say $50 on 'bay would be ok for this, but you put in more work than that, so go wiht the $100...........unless you want to take me up on the $5 deal.
I put it up for BIN at $125... I think thats a decent price considering that they sell for $65 stock. It has a good visor, has been reshaped, and has a fair paintjob. If I was looking for a cheap bucket, I'd buy it.
Last edited by Devilstar2k2; Jan 29, 2007 at 4:53 PM.
heres a Rubies that I reworked....
Looks great, Lloyd.
heres my rubies boba after much work and patience.
Looks good... Got a better pic by chance?
It that mask rubies Standard or The Collectors Helmet?
What can I put in It to strengthen it, some people say not to use Fiberglass because it may melt it some say to use fiberglass.
What Is the Best way
Collectors... It doesn't really need reinforced. After the new visor is in, its plenty sturdy.
Devilstar2k2...When you did the overforming, did you compress it from front to back? My wife is probably going to use a Rubies we bought, as it's the perfect size for her. It doesn't really seem to need a lot of shaping, but as I said, I'm new to this, so I'd like to know if I end up having to deal with a problem. Thanks.
Yeah, front to back, with the opening shaped like a narrow football. I didn't cut the visor out until I was just about ready to paint. It was still in during the shaping. Also, for the most part, I didnt touch the dome at all, it was the bottom half of the helmet that got the squeeze.
Thanks. I was pretty sure, but it never hurts to make certain. And yeah, I was planning on leaving the visor in until all shaping and painting are done, and then do the touch up painting. I've read enough threads while lurking to know about that. Now I've just got to find out about proper paints and filler for that vinyl. Thanks again.
Probably a better idea to cut it out right before you do the primer... Just my opinion though.
I guess I should have been a bit more specific. Duh! I plan on cutting most of the visor out before painting, leaving just enough to hold the mandibles in place. Despite the forming success you had and the overall good shape of the Rubies we bought, I'm still leary of having no visor at all while painting. I've never worked with vinyl before, and I'm not really looking forward to it. I appreciate the advice, though.
Very nice paint job there! Way to go!
I simply hate photobucket i so wanted to see the reworked rubies ... i got a rubies myself and on the edge to freak out. How to keep this thing in shape? Because it's made of vinyl, what colors should i use, that can take a little bending from time to time?