Everything you wanted to know about Visors...

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bigkidbiggertoys

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Hot melt is definitely the way to go. It remains slightly flexible like the helmet & only takes a few minutes to do. You can remove the visor for a repaint or if it gets scratched as well. Use methyl hydrate, put some in a squirt bottle & spary on the seam where the hotmelt joins the helmet. It will seep under the glue & help break the bond. Methyl hydrate also will not harm most paints or plastics & evaporates quickly. I have used this on my own bucket a few times. Works like a charm. As far as removing epoxy, I seem to remember that in another thread someone recommended a product that would work. I think that by the time you found this stuff & purchased it, you might be better off starting with a new visor.
 
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squirk

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I had been planning on using either epoxy putty or JB Weld, but Vince makes a good point about being able to remove the visor should it crack or scuff or whatever. So I think I'll be going with hot glue as well.
 
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Omega Man

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Screw visor in! I have removed and installed my visor 3 times and can do so easily. Check previous posts
 
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mindphunk

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I second that. The screws I used were a little bigger than I needed so I put some black spacers in between. Looks pretty tight. When I grow up and get a digital camera I'll post some pics.
 
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micke

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I think installing the visor has been the worst frustrating part of making the costume til now :angry . I'm afraid of damaging the helmet if i use screws and i'm afraid of damaging the visor if i glue it in. Alot of glues and epoxys will not hold. At the moment mine is partially glued in with hot melted glue. It stays in place, but there's some gaps in some places. I will have to fix it later..Also one area of the helmet actually cracked while i tried to hold the visor in place while glueing it. It's at the exact same as the crack on the original ESB helmet. Seems like that area is very vulnerable
and will not stand too much pressure. It holds together, but i have to be careful from now.

Sorry guys, just blowing out my frustration here :/
 
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dubbin

Hunter
I've been searching for info on screwing the visor in... someone get a lead on this cause I'm lost.

Thanks!
 
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Omega Man

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Here is a pic of my screwed in visor.

Check these posts for more pics...MY DP 97 modifications and Theory on rear visor mounting....

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Omega Man

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I used 1/4" brass size 0 round head screws from:
http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.asp?page=40956&category=3,41306,41334&abspage=1&ccurrency=1&SID=

Then i made square shaped washers from the excess visor material and used 2 washers per screw. Then with a 1/16" small drill i predrilled 25 spots on the visor only. I did not drill any holes into the helmet, the plastic is very soft and screws can be inserted easily.
 
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SgtFang

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I just wanted to pass along something I cooked up when I did the visor on my ESB Fett a couple months ago-

On my Jango and Boba, it got to be really problematic, getting the edges where the visor mounts, to a nice, thin, uniform thickness.
So what I did was take a piece of scrap silicone that I bandsawed off the end of an old mold, and I cut it into a miniature bodyshop-style sanding block about 2" long. But where the regular sanding blocks are flat on the bottom, I made mine to match the curvature inside the helmet.
All I did, was cut the shape out, cut slots for the sandpaper to go up in, put the paper in place, then secured it with two short finishing nails at each end.

Worked like a charm and gave me a nice, painless, 1/8" lip all the way around! :)

Good Luck!

-Sarge
 
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msquared

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thats pretty cool, its a little complex though, i took my dremmel and blasted down the large lump areas.

thanks for the idea!
 
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JediDave

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Sarge, sounds like a great idea. If you still have it, could you please post a picture of it? I'd like to make one too but I'm having a hard time visualizing how you made it.
 
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SgtFang

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Kda-Ledét wrote:

Sarge, sounds like a great idea. If you still have it, could you please post a picture of it? I'd like to make one too but I'm having a hard time visualizing how you made it.

My digicam has some problem I haven't been able to figure out, but here a quick sketch I threw together. It should be pretty close to life-size.

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Have Fun!

-Sarge
 
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batninja

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How DARE Home Depot not provide Fett Helmet Sanding Blocks! Don't they realize what a market there is for these things? :)

Great idea, Sarge. I'll have to get spare block of wood out tomorrow, since this is EXACTLY the project I'm on right now. I'm tired of trying to fit those visors on from the front.
 
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BobaFettish

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If you are going for accuracy and making an ESB helmet, get a green visor (the 1/8" thick ones if you can find any). If you are making a RotJ or Jango helmet, go with the smoked visors. I have had both and think the green gives just a tad bit better visibility, but I guess that depends on just how dark the visors are.
 
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T Visor

Active Hunter
Another question ...

Well, I bought a transparent plastic plate in order to replace the faked visor of my DP 97. I want to use a heat gun to shape the visor.
The color of the plate is a dark brown, though not dark enough and my face is still visible behind it.
Is there are a possibility to tint or to paint the inside of the visor to make it darker! Using automotive tint is not possible, because the tint is only for flat surfaces and the visor is very curved! :confused
 

Lynn TXP 0369

Well-Known Hunter
Here is my MSH2 visor mount, I used modified picture hangers to hold the visor in place, aluminium post screws epoxied to the helmet to hold the 8-32 knurled nuts that heep things tight.
It works like a charm and I can remove the visor in seconds.

insidevisor1.JPG

insidevisor2.JPG


Lynn
 
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