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Ugly duckling RC helmet

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    Ugly duckling RC helmet

    DONE!!I scored this ....beauty......on Ebay for $70 bucks. I knew it would need serious attention but I was empty without an on going project. As you can see, the previous owner cut four holes on the front of the bucket which, if I'm not mistaken, are not supposed to be there. I started by "dremmeling" out the bottom which was really small. Could not fit anyones head in there. Next I sanded off most of the primer and then filled in those strange holes with Mighty Putty. That stuff is great by the way. I then tried to even out the interior thickness and put joint compound on the horribly visible seam on the back. More pics to follow, I have a grand vision and I cant stop now!


    Last edited by butterbean; Aug 10, 2008 at 9:14 AM.

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    Female_Fett's Avatar
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    Here's to determination

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    Alright some else with a crumby helmet to work with!!! Can't wait to see what you do with this beauty, Butterbean.

    G-Fett

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    Great start bruv...
    Keep up the good work 8)

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    Outstanding! A good RC project to watch! Gotta love those commandos.

    I wish I'd seen that for $70! Keep up the good work, can't wait to see more.

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    man that is such a cool bucket keep the pics coming




    Delta7 over and out

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    UPDATE

    Got most of the holes and pits filled in but the seam on the back still needs a little work. I had considerable grinding to do on the inside top of the visor opening to accomadate the EL wire that I just ordered. It will be a blue/green about 2.2 mm in diameter. I had to dremmel most of the "grooves" in the helmet because the "lands and grooves" were not at all consistant. I have also ordered a bright white LED for the right ear piece and I think I found a budget priced mirrored visor. Next step, more snading and priming.....



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    Nice! Your work and time is paying off!

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    Little update..... Went with black and obviouslly, battle damaged. Next comes the earpiece and LED light. Got the visor in the mail today. Alot thicker than I anticipated, not looking forward to cutting and installing. This is my first attempt at an RC helmet and I'm just winging it so comments or critiques are welcome.



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    Looking cool bro...
    I just got myself an EP3 ugly duckling and it also requires some work!

    Nice job mate...

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    Looking great Bean! This is gonna be smokin hot!!!

    G-Fett

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    Nice weathering! Black's always a winner in my book to.

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    Installed the lights, I hollowed out the right ear cap to fit a cheap LED snake light. I drilled a hole in the side of the bucket and fed the light through. I taped the snake light on the inside and left the push button toward the lower rear of the helmet for easy access. Next I installed the EL wire over the visor and secured the power source with velcro so it will be easy to change batteries.
    Next, visor install with the "T-nut method" then padding. ALMOST THERE.





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    Very nice! You can tell I'm a huge RC fan right? I reply to every post you're making here. LOL! I like the use of that snake light, I'll have to remember that one.

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    Skupilkinson said: View Post
    Very nice! You can tell I'm a huge RC fan right? I reply to every post you're making here. LOL! I like the use of that snake light, I'll have to remember that one.
    Thanks Skip! Checked out your blog. Good stuff!

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    Thanks alot bro! I appreciate you looking there.

    This project of yours is really apt for me. See, my next helmet model is rolling up soon, a friend is just finishing drawing up the blueprints for it.

    It's the Republic Commando!

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    Wow this is turning into an awesome helmet!

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    Wow! that's awesome. I think the value of the helmet just increased many times over. Nice work mate

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    1ManBattalion said: View Post
    Wow! that's awesome. I think the value of the helmet just increased many times over. Nice work mate
    Thanks very much! I've got about $180 in it, considering the work I've put in I'm looking to sell it for $6,842. Any takers?

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    Secured the "t-nuts" with mighty putty, I was going to glue the visor in but now it is removeable, just in case of future damage. I know the "t-nut" install has been posted here before but it truly is the best way to put in a visor. Have to credit either spideyfett or batninja for that, can't remember which.
    That pretty much does it! Republic commando Omega Squad reporting for duty!



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    Nice work! Loving the mirrored visor! This was a pretty short project but well worth reading over.

    Now, about that $6,842....

    LOL!

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    Re: Ugly duckling RC helmet

    very nice bucket...

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    Man that is so cool i wish my RC bucket could look like that.


    Delta7 over and out

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    wow thats simply amazing i wish i could do something like that but 1 i dont have the money 2 i dont have the craftsmanship skills needed for that. Sure is a nice buy' ce though vod good work



    eight-three, out

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    Re: Ugly duckling RC helmet

    Just Awsome!

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