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BKBT Helmet Buildup

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    These are the udjustments I'll be making to my helmet. Again this is just me.
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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    The dome and crisp lines are my favorite part about this helmet....the dome looks spot on...the ears are very nicely done as well.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Shunned,
    I just had to tell you that yor Chromed Helmet looks Awesome!

    Are you sure you didn't cast that helmet out of Metal??


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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Amazing work guys ,very impressive work. I love that shiny metal look.

  5. #30

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    hey seeker how do you plan to reshap the t-visor. i think that will be interesting to see.

    kevin

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Fill the inside with some bondo and start sanding the outside. hopefully i wont reach the bondo. but thats ok.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    That's gonna be a lot of sanding! Definitely be sure to post them pictures!

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    very impressive helmet. i must say congrats! and i too am interested into seeing how your helmet turns out SEEKER.
    well ttyl
    Regards from The-Dark-Knight-

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Fixed the cheek last nite. Let me know what you guys think. Before surgery on left, then after on right. Then I compared it to the real deal. Then "Hey look! I'm number BKBT2" sweet.
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  10. #35

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Looking good. For anyone else doing this mod, you shouldn't need the extra bondo inside. I did the same thing last night & just barely sanded through the gelcoat on one side, leaving the fiberglass intact underneath. This won't compomise the integrity of the helmet but I would advise to go at it slowly.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    exactly. I just barely touched the fiberglass.

  12. #37

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    the incredible thing is..how FAST you did this mod !

    After seeing the comparison pics, I really do believe BKBT and your slight mod have really created the perfect helmet !

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Question:
    Has anyone ever taken "Exact" measurements of the real Jango Bucket???

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Man, that looks flippin' sweet! Great job, Turo! I can't wait to get mine and do that mod!

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    Should be any day now Eric. The other one I sent out the same day made it to it's new owner today.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Just got home from work and found me a package! This thing's beautiful... Pics just don't do it justice. Thanks, Vince!

  17. #42

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Well I just finished spraying on chrome Alclad II on my helmet & I must say this is awesome paint to work with! My finish is not nearly as good as Jonathan's but I am going to dull it down a bit with fine steel wool so that won't matter. I handled it immediately after painting & didn't leave any finger prints on the finish. I am going to experiment & see how it looks after sealing it with Future floor wax before I paint the other colors. That should keep the paint from lifting when I mask off.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Truely Awesome Work Guys!!!

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Well the Future floor wax worked like a charm. I airbrushed it on without thinning & with it's self levelling properties it produced a smoother finish than what I had to start with. It also did nothing reduce the sheen of the original finish.

    Modellers have been using this stuff for years & it just seems to have no negatives about it. It is: non-toxic, self levelling for a smooth finish, can be applied by brush or spray, will not yellow over time, provides a tough finish (it is used on floors after all) & the optical clarity is better than anything I've used. Modellers dip aircraft canopys in it to make the plastic seem thinner when it dries.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Hello,

    I am impressed and inspired by all the pic in this thread so far. All show excellent craftsmanship.

    I am new to bucket building, and am working my nerve up to cuting into my BKBT helmet.

    One question is what are you using for the T-visor material. I want it dark, but still to be able to see through it.

    And can some one show how the T-visor is attached from the inside, or how you have attached it. It seems that a firm attachment is necessary once the fiberglass connecting the front is gone.

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    I am using a tinted acrylic for my visor. It can easily be heated in the oven & formed into the right shape. You can reheat it if you screw it up the first time. To secure it, I lke to use a low tech method & glue it in with hotmelt glue. This enables the visor to go in quickly & it can be easily removed if need be by spraying in some methyl hydrate. The methyl hydrate will break the glue bond without harming the helmet, visor or paint. Works great

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    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Another quick question, is why use the chrome Alclad II , instead of the stainless, or one of the other finishes listed?


    Seems like the chrome is very, almost too shinny. But does look good after the brushing with steel wool.

  23. #48

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Here some update pics. I used smal screws & epoxy to secure the RF top to the post. This is the same way the screen used piece was done. The helmet colors are painted, just need to finish the weathering & seal everything with a final clearcoat. You can see that the finish has been toned down quite a bit & looks more like the C II ref pic posted above. That is a pretty crappy pic but it does show off shinier & looks like metal. I have bolted the ears on because I like to build things that I can take apart if need be. I countersunk & epoxied a metal bolt in the resin pieces, drilled a hole through the helmet, & used a finishing washer on the inside for a nice, clean look. More pics to follow.
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  24. #49

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    Here are a couple more pics. I didn't want to glue the RF cap in place so I devised a method of attaching it with some low profile magnets & countersunk magnets in the corresponding piece on the helmet. The Rf cap just clicks neatly ijnto place & there is no danger of it coming off or loose.
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  25. #50

    Re: BKBT Helmet Buildup

    A couple of post weathering pics. Just the visor & interior work left to do now.
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