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SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review and Progress Thread

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    SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review and Progress Thread

    Although he doesn't post much on TDH anymore, SgtFang was one of the first to offer the resin-cast Mystery Helmet, back in the day. I owned one up until 2004, and I have to say it was one of my favorite pieces. When he started offering them again on the RPF, I knew I couldn't pass up the chance to own another one.

    Look what came in the mail today!










    There will be some minor cleanup, but mostly more sanding than putty.


    The range finder (not hollow) and ear pieces are extremely clean castings, and will require very little touchup. The right earcap is slightly longer than the post, so I'll use some styrene sheeting and blocks to build up that area.




    These helmets, as opposed to some others, are not ready to wear right out of the box, and will need a little cleanup. Some hobbyists are discouraged by that. But don't fret - patience, as opposed to skill, is indeed a virtue for this project.

    As for the durability, the only reinforcement I used on the first one was a horizontal brace across the mandible, about 2 inches up from the edge of the helmet. These helmets are also very light, and my headliner rig was held in place only by Velcro.

    SgtFang is offering these over on the RPF for a great price, probably the best price you'll ever get on a true Mystery Helmet.

    I can't wait to get started on it, and will probably break out the Dremel and sandpaper this weekend. Enjoy!

    Last edited by batninja; Aug 20, 2006 at 1:10 PM.

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    Very cool looking.

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    batninja said: View Post
    The right earcap is slightly longer than the post, so I'll use some styrene sheeting and blocks to build up that area.
    Cool review and great pics!
    Could you explain the above a little more?
    You're the second person (I think) who's mentioned an issue with the right ear on this bucket.

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    Here's a quick picture of the area.



    I may use a scrap piece of styrene block to fashion an 'extension' to the earcap mount.

    The other option, if you don't like the scratchbuilding idea, would be to mount the earcap higher, so that the top extends:



    It may not be quite as noticeable this way.
    Last edited by batninja; Aug 14, 2006 at 8:10 PM. Reason: Stalk width looks okay...

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    Ah!! Got it, perfect pic. Thanks for explaining.
    That's a pretty minor thing to alter.
    I saw this deal on RPF and was thinking of getting one. . . the price sure is right.

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    Either way, its not near as pronounced now as it was on the older version of the helmet.

    Tell 'im BatNinja sent ya!

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    Ahh -getting packages in the mail is always a good thing!


    Nice helmet - all resin?

    my luck would mean I would drop it as soon as possible and watch it shatter in 100000+21 pieces.

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    batninja said: View Post
    Either way, its not near as pronounced now as it was on the older version of the helmet.
    No its not. Mine was about 5/16" longer than the base. I just chopped the base off and ordered a bobamaler earcap.

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    stonerook said: View Post
    Nice helmet - all resin?

    my luck would mean I would drop it as soon as possible and watch it shatter in 100000+21 pieces.
    Believe me, its not much more fragile than any other helmet out there. MonCal still has the helmet I sold him, and wears it ALOT.

    I've heard that you can fiberglass the inside for added strength, but I don't know much about the process or cost involved.

    zombierepellent said: View Post
    No its not. Mine was about 5/16" longer than the base. I just chopped the base off and ordered a bobamaker earcap.
    That's not a bad idea...

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    I got an extra set of MS earcaps if you want em....

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    cool...glad to see you got it...cant wait to see your progress pics!!

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    evan4218 said: View Post
    I got an extra set of MS earcaps if you want em....
    Got pics? Better yet, give me a call...

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    I bought one of these helmets over on the RPF, and I am almost finished with my paintjob, RF assembly and interior. I'll be posting pics of mine as well, so more people can see these buckets.

    This is a very nice helmet. Especially for the price. And Batninja is right about the cleanup. There is a little bit of work, to get it ready to wear, but that is all part of the fun!

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    Mine should be in today if I havn't just jinxed myself!

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    batninja said: View Post
    Believe me, its not much more fragile than any other helmet out there. MonCal still has the helmet I sold him, and wears it ALOT.

    I've heard that you can fiberglass the inside for added strength, but I don't know much about the process or cost involved.



    That's not a bad idea...

    eerie - Tk409 had his break...

    doh!

    Hope he gets on this new run - I know I'm going to try to grab one.

    thanks for the picks BN!

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    PM Sent

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    I may be sending you a PM soon Sarge, thanks for clearing that up. Not like it was really a big deal......

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    Hey guys, just dropping in to let everyone know I'm going to be out of the shop all weekend, and not to panic if you PM or email me and don't hear back from me right away. 8)
    Have a good one!
    -Sarge

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    Well are you gonna do a run and what is the price on one of those bad boys.Better yet PM sent.

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    Re: SgtFang Mystery Helmet - A Review (pic intensive!)

    Spideyfett said: View Post
    Anyway BAT, have you started on this thing yet?????

    Yeah, shouldnt this helmet be primed by now...

    Serisouly though, if you need to barrow any tools or magnets for the earcaps... let me know.

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    Yeah new thread! Full of pics!!!

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    BatNinja's Bucket - Progress Thread

    I've started working on my SgtFang mystery helmet I received last week.

    Here are the tools I'm using right now:


    At this point, I've used a Dremel to trim the bottom edge of the helmet, and cut out the visor.


    Then I used a sanding wheel and sandpaper to even out the width the entire visor opening, to achieve a uniform thickness. I will do the same thing for the bottom of the helmet edge later:


    For the corners, I used an X-Axcto to carefully carve the corners, and finished it with a Emery board and a tiny triangle file:


    Comments are welcome!

    Next step: the keyholes...

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    batninja said: View Post

    As for my helmet progress, I'll start a new thread.
    Can't wait... I'd like to see the potential of this helmet...

    I'm a little confused though, did Sarge just bring these back to life or what? I looked briefly around the forum and couldn't find any progress threads or complete pics of his helmets, besides the tragic 409 helmet.

    If thats a silly thing to say, please bare with me... I'm to new to Boba building and don't know all of the history here.


    -Shawn

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    Very clean job... I only hope that I do as well with mine.

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    Re: BatNinja's Bucket - Progress Thread

    Looking great so far... I would pull up some ref pics and throw in some of the screen accurate scratches to really PIMP it out.

    You were still needing my extra earcap peices right? Let me know when you were wanting to use my garrage. My mouse sander will make quick work of the earcap to mod it for the 2 peice caps.

    You sure got that visor clean man!!! WOOHOO!!!

    Oh, I almost forgot.... I have an extra coldcast metal bordon connector if you need it.

    How are you going to be painting this bad boy? Layered with chrome first, reverse masking with your base colors first... ???

    I reccomend reverse masking. No paint pull up and less errors. But thats just me. Both work great. I will save you a set of the stencels for when I see you next. They make painting easy!

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