Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

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    Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    Don't have any pictures yet but I have started my first cardboard build helmet. Got the ears done and have been using antman's tutorial. I don't know what kind of sealer was used on the ears. But most importantly what is the best way to attach the ears. Any help will be most appreciated.

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    I epoxied mine but a lot of people drill a notch in the back of the ear so the bolt head is recessed, then put a drop of paint on the end of the bolt to mark where to drill the hole in the helmet. Attach the nut over the screw inside the helmet and that's it!

    But that is for regular helmets.
    For cardboard, why wouldn't the same glue you are using for the rest of the build work?

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    I was thinking that my ears have a bit of weight to them and less surface area to attach to, so I didn't think that my elmers would be strong enough. Thanks for the suggestions. very helpful

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    Muad'Dib has it right, go with a bolt. it works awesome. If you glue it and the helmet flexes at all, the ears will pop off, which isnt any fun to have to deal with.

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    tried to insert some pictures of my helmet.
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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    Hey mate! That looks really really good! Kandosii!

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    thank you A'den I appreciate it

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    Still having problems with the ears. tried the bolts but they ripped a layer off the back of my ears and fell off. should I use bondo to attach them or fiberglass the back so the bolts won't rip off?

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    Did you try using a glue gun? I haven't gotten that far on mine, but I think it should work. Dome looks great though

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    I bolted mine on. Countersunk the bolt into the ear and drilled holes slightly bigger for 'wiggle room' on their helmet location.

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    thats what i ended up doing. i also fiberglassed the back so the cardboard wouldn't rip on me again

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    Re: Whats the best way to attach the ears to the helmet

    i have magnets in mine

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