Vac-formed Helmet

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    Vac-formed Helmet

    I've always wondered by no one has offered Fett helmet out of vaccuformed plastic. You could do it as 3 parts - dome, front and back. The ear pieces would cover the seems.

    I know a vac'd helmet wouldn't be as strong (or as accurate to some degree) as a fibreglass helmet and some of the details would be a bit softer but an ABS Fett helmet would still be pretty sweet and damned light.



    Hmmmm.....

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    Hmm the details might be hard to get...the dent ect

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    Wouldn't it be very much more prone to flexing or cracking?

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    Jodo_Kast said:
    I've always wondered by no one has offered Fett helmet out of vaccuformed plastic. You could do it as 3 parts - dome, front and back. The ear pieces would cover the seems.

    I know a vac'd helmet wouldn't be as strong (or as accurate to some degree) as a fibreglass helmet and some of the details would be a bit softer but an ABS Fett helmet would still be pretty sweet and damned light.



    Hmmmm.....
    I've always wondered about that one too.

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    Blaxmyth made 3-piece moulds for his vac-table out of MDF, very impressive actually!
    http://www.tk560.com/blaxmyth/blaxmyth.html

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    JoNich said:
    Wouldn't it be very much more prone to flexing or cracking?
    not anymore than a trooper helm.

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    MediaGuyPJ said:
    Hmm the details might be hard to get...the dent ect
    THe details wouldn't be hard to get at all if it were reverse vac-u-formed

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    I think Master Replicas is doing this aren't they?
    God knows how much they'll charge...

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    JoNich said:
    Wouldn't it be very much more prone to flexing or cracking?
    That is probably the issue. Although trooper helmets are made from ABS or Styrene, Trooper helmets do not have as much paint on them (if any) as a Fett bucket does. Imagine all your hard work painting your bucket and the paintjob starts to crack and flake off after some wear and tear.

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    Man I tell ya...there are some talented people out there!!! I've always wanted to get into vac-forming...looks like it is very tidious and time consuming. Nice pics Jango Fett Jr. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Vac-formed Helmet

    If you're concerned about that, it'd just be best to form the helmet and then coat the inside with some resin just to give it some extra strength, then it's not full fiberglass, but still has extra stability


    -=QuinN!

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