I was asked to modify darksword's BKBT helmet (previously owned by Devilstar) Originally, I was going to just do the same magnet mod that I did to mine, simple as that. However, upon recieving the helmet, there turns out to be a bit more work then I had thought.
I dont know if this is how it was originally or what, but the RF box does not have the two dome details. I was thinking of just using LED's, drill, and drop them in. But Ive realized that when I need to actually attach it to the stalk itself, I fear that I will drill right into where the LED's are located.
The alternate method was something I saw someone do before, but I cannot remember what he used. It was a shallow drilled hole, with I think beads? I would actually prefer this method more though, but I need help figuring out what beads I would need.
Anyhoo, I guess this can also be somewhat of a tutorial for doing this mod, because I was asked a few times about what I had done. Its nothing major, but I did it really because it makes it easier to remove the stalk for transportation, and also in the hopes that I would install a servo in the future.
So here are the obligatory pics and a description of things you may need or what Im using.
First-Just as is out of the box (stalk not pictured) Gotta say its a really decent helmet, its a BKBT, resembles mine alot, but unlike mine, is really light, and the fiberglass is alot thinner as well.
So what I have here is pictured pretty much everything you'll need, at least I will for this job:
-Hobbytown 2 part epoxy, mid-cure. This is not the same brand epoxy I used, and Im going to have to experiment with this to get the drying times right, but I wasnt really sure about the differences in quick cure, mid and long?
-Rustolium: royal blue-Just pictured, had to buy it (gave my old cans away to mark)
- 3 packs of 1/8 inch rare earth magnets; total: 6 magnets
- A vice-Yes, you dont want your RF stalk to move at all when you need to make a countersink! Got this for 21 bucks over at HD
- Chicago screw- for the stalk so that you can move it up and down smooth, along with some spacers for added tightness
This is my RF stalk, to show what I'll be doing
Showing how the screw lays in
After this mod is all over and done with, Im going to have to weather it so that it will match, so according to Devilstar's list, I picked up black and "brown oxide" at walmart
Now here's a comparison shot between the two helmets w/ mock up
I think now that since Im goin to be adding the weathering to his helmet, that I might in fact..weather mine. I remember alot of you guys telling me to, so your gettin your wish
Total cost for all the supplies mentioned is around $50 (includes vice)
Progress to come!