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  1. Muad'Dib's Avatar
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    Nov 19, 2011, 12:20 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #51

    Amazing looking mold!
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    Nov 19, 2011, 12:55 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #52

    Thanks dude! Its a good job we have the internets these days! The tutorials of Heatshocks, Evo3 and Volpin Props helped me no end!

    Rich
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    Nov 21, 2011, 2:15 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #53

    Rich - was my pleasure mate, the more UK makers the better in my book ;P
    mold looks excellent !!!! Very nice work mate
    and dont sell yourself short mate, you obviously already knew a lot of what I was talking abt - glad I could help
    good luck with your castings!

    Nate
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    Nov 27, 2011, 9:25 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #54

    Hi all,
    Having gelcoated and glassed the 2 sides late last week, I removed the 2 halves today from the moulds.
    casting-9-jpg
    web-5-jpg

    In these pics the majority of the sanding is done, just a little more to do before bonding the helmet together.

    web-1-jpg
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    web-4-jpg

    Once done it will be time to trim the front section out and starting thinking about making a former for the visor.....

    Rich
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    Nov 27, 2011, 10:33 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #55

    This is really a good looking build.
    Very clean.

    I may have missed it, but is scale 1:1 with the screen used version?

    There is a Pep version available, but seems a little small.
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    Nov 27, 2011, 11:42 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #56

    Hi, yes full size with dimensions as close as I can guestimate!
    It started with a (Medium) 80's motorcycle helmet as a start point (as you can see in this picture here)

    untitled-3-jpg

    Regards,
    Rich
    Last edited by Dex; Nov 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM. Reason: wrong image
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    Nov 27, 2011, 3:29 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #57

    Dex said: View Post
    Hi, yes full size with dimensions as close as I can guestimate!
    It started with a (Medium) 80's motorcycle helmet as a start point (as you can see in this picture here)

    untitled-3-jpg

    Regards,
    Rich
    So what hat size do you think it would fit?

    Could you give the measurement of the lower opening?

    Thanks,
    Graham
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    Nov 27, 2011, 4:04 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #58

    Well I don't know how many I'm making yet (this is #1). It is a big helmet that will need padding so your head sits where it should.
    It's not that its oversize and the start point was a Medium...
    I'll have a measure and let you know.

    Regards,
    Rich
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    Nov 27, 2011, 5:49 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #59

    Understood

    If it's an option and the sizing works out, I'd be interested.

    Either way its nice to see the process.

    Thanks,
    Graham
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    Nov 28, 2011, 8:53 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #60

    Here's a few more with todays progress.
    trimming-b-jpg

    trimming-c-jpg

    trimming-e-jpg

    Here you can get a good idea of scale compared to a Hasbro Clone Trooper lid.

    Rich
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    Nov 28, 2011, 9:13 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #61

    Looks fantastic,Rich and I am sure it had the correct scale!
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    Jan 2, 2012, 12:23 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #62

    Hi Dex, any more work on this? Are you considering doing a run?
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    Jan 15, 2012, 9:42 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #63

    Hi, Im just doing the finishing touches on the buck for the vacuum formed goggles. I want to do some orange some pink. I'll add a picture of the buck shortly and hopefully I can get some done soon!

    To answer your question, a small run yes! The 2 I've made are both fibreglass. Slushcast resin would be neater, but not as tough...
    I'll upload some pics again soon!
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    Jan 15, 2012, 10:17 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #64

    Hey Dex - nice to see u still on the project

    btw tough is a relative term IMHO. PU resin isnt as intrinsically hard as FG/PE resin, but it has a little more give; ie flexibility. I have tried with my own GM and have had stories of other makers, with dropping of slushed casted helmets that they do literally bounced with little or no damage. What they are though, is a little heavier than FG helmets.

    give a go mate, the way you have made your mold you could easily experiment with slushing! Add to that the 1hr -1.5hr from 1st pour to demold time is a big bonus too.
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    Jan 15, 2012, 3:38 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #65

    Cool, look forward to seeing how your visors come out.

    I don't know anything about molding and casting, so I will say. . . make them out of high carbon steel! That's as easy as resin, right?
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    Jan 16, 2012, 5:44 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #66

    I have no idea! I'll stick with GRP though! With these being 3-4 layers of resin and matting they're pretty tough! Carbon fibre mat looks cool though I grant you!

    Thanks Heatshock! Oh yes still on the case, just been doing a bit on the dalek & University deadlines so been delayed a little bit. I may still have a go at slushing one yet...this cold weather isn't making me feel like doing much though...bring on the Spring! Brrr.....
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    Jan 17, 2012, 8:31 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #67

    Wow, you really did an excellent job capturing the look. I always liked this style helmet a bit more than the other rebel pilots for some reason. It's about time someone did this helmet some justice. Please add me to the list of interested.
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    Jan 18, 2012, 5:52 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #68

    That's coming along really well! I've managed to find the correct mic tip although I'm still in the process of finding the correct military connector which sits under the chin. ywingfighter did find the correct female connector which is attached on top of the bucket. The part under the yamaha greeblie is something I think will never be discovered and therefore will have to be made from scratch. Unlike the RA kit, this has quite spot on dimensions!
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    Jan 20, 2012, 4:49 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #69

    Thanks for the nice comments people!
    I know I'm a bit slow, but I get there eventually!

    The dimensions, and shapes I've tried to get as correct as I possibly could and although I was only ever going to build one, I will do a small run!
    Here's a few more update pictures (complete with action figure!) The former is now as good as done with quite a good return on the inside of the helmet, so it looks like either me or someone over here in the UK is going to be vacuum forming soon!

    a4-jpg

    a1-jpg

    a2-jpg

    Soon as I get some done (in both colours) I'll upload some more....
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    Jan 21, 2012, 1:45 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #70

    Ooooh, shiny!
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    Jan 22, 2012, 10:04 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #71

    looks outstanding! I love that you're doing the A-wing, don't see it done often.
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    Jan 24, 2012, 6:20 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #72

    Found the military connector!y-wing-helmet-connector-jpg
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    Jan 25, 2012, 12:48 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #73

    The ribs on the right part are too tight together, don't think this is the exact one which was used on the prop.
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    Jan 26, 2012, 11:29 AM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #74

    Yes skynet your right,but found the correct Endpart!connector-cannon-jpg
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    Jan 27, 2012, 3:11 PM - Re: Y-wing / A-Wing helmet ROTJ scratchbuild #75

    Thanks ywingfighter (Frank) for hunting these bits and pieces down!
    Between us we'll have all the greeblies to complete the helmets (or 1 variant of the helmets at least) with all the common, buttons, mic tips, connectors and Yamaha engine cover pieces, so that's cool.

    I'm hopefully doing some vac forming Tuesday, so I'll let everyone know how that works out!

    Dex

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