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  1. THX 1138
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    Aug 30, 2002, 9:11 PM - Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #1

    Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat 232 degrees Celcius when vaccum-forming?
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    Aug 30, 2002, 11:01 PM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #2

    Even if it does, wouldn't the vacume collapse it?
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    Aug 30, 2002, 11:15 PM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #3

    Fill it with plaster first to give it rigidity?

    Just a thought
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    Aug 30, 2002, 11:36 PM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #4

    Let's see... 232 degrees C = 449.6 degrees F...

    NOPE!
  5. THX 1138
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    Aug 31, 2002, 5:41 AM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #5

    Okay, y'see, I'm a newbie to costuming and I need a little help to point me in the right direction when it comes to what I need to do for the helmet.
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    Aug 31, 2002, 6:58 AM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #6

    A DP95 is a nice helmet to start with for your costume. Why do you want to vacuform it?
  7. THX 1138
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    Aug 31, 2002, 8:02 AM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #7

    Well, y'see, I live in Australia, and it does get very hot over here, and from what I've just heard from a friend of mine, the material that the DP Helmets are made from is a soft vinyl, and it tends to warp in heat. So before I heard that, I figured that vaccum forming it out of solid plastic might be the way to go. Now I'm not so sure. Remember I am new to costuming, and I am getting confused.
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    Aug 31, 2002, 3:10 PM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #8

    Fiberglass, my friend!
  9. gwizah_fett
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    Aug 31, 2002, 4:23 PM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #9

    Make a silicone or latex mold of the helmet first. Then build up a good layer of plaster on it. Then pull the mold halves off and let dry. Cast your helmet in your new mold using plaster. Now de-mold after about two days drying time. You have a plaster positive. Now heat your styrene in an oven till its droopy. Put it in your vacuum molder. Oh did I mention it was difficult? Mold your helmet using the vacuum pressure. There you are done!

    I think I also forgot to mention the drying time between steps. Oh and did you make it a two piece vacu-mold? Watchout for those undercuts!

    If any of this sounds difficult (This is sarcasm BTW )...start here:
    dh2 - vacuum molding
    or here for molding casting instructions:
    Bio-armor costuming

    Or make your helmet into a kick-ass helmet by painting and weathering it yourself.
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    Sep 1, 2002, 7:56 PM - Re: Would a DP 95 helmet stand up to the heat of vaccum-forming? #10

    Fiberglass, all the way!

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