My movie size helmet so far (pics)

Keith

Hunter
I love this helmet, i've made the inside nice and smooth with body filler, the ears can be removed as i have bolted them in place, i've cut the keyholes out ready for detailing from the inside and i'm going to fit the visor like the original, so that can be removed too.

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Keith.
 

MaxPlague

Well-Known Hunter
Say, that's a nice bucket :) I'm still waiting for mine to get here. :(

How'd you handle the ear bolting? Did you thread holes?
 

TK Fett

Well-Known Hunter
Nice bucket Keith
just wonderin how you cut the key holes out for one and exactly how do you intend to install your visor.
Thanks
 

Keith

Hunter

TK-Fett wrote:

Nice bucket Keith
just wonderin how you cut the key holes out for one and exactly how do you intend to install your visor.
Thanks
I'm going to make some metal brackets for the visor, just like the real Fett helmets have.
I cut the keyholes out by drilling lots of holes in the area to be removed, then i used the drill as a kind of cutter by pulling it from one hole to the next, i then used a modeling file to clean the holes up and make them nice and square.

Thanks,

Keith.
 
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Ego

Guest
Hi Keith,

Looks like we're about at the same stages on our buckets, I just did the keyholes on mine and am putting the finishing touches on it before painting.

I'm curious about how you're going to make the brackets. I hope you'll put up some pictures.

As well, any ideas on what paints you're going to use?

You're not going to become a blasphemer and put a ROTJ paint scheme on it are you? :)

Jer


Keith wrote:

I'm going to make some metal brackets for the visor, just like the real Fett helmets have.
I cut the keyholes out by drilling lots of holes in the area to be removed, then i used the drill as a kind of cutter by pulling it from one hole to the next, i then used a modeling file to clean the holes up and make them nice and square.

Thanks,

Keith.
 

BOBA PHAT

Active Hunter
Lookin' good Keith! Add me to the waiting everyday by the mailbox for my new lid along with WPK and MP list! Soon...soon...soon...soon...soon...
 

Keith

Hunter
Its going to be an ESB version, i will either try and buy some of the visor brackets, or cut them out of sheet steel, drill the hole for the screw and then bend them into shape.
I will glue them to the inside of the helmet, then apply over them like the ROTJ version.

Keith.
 
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Ego

Guest
Glad to hear going ESB! :)

Where does one buy these visor brackets though? Are these just something standard out of a hardware store, or is someone custom making them (if you don't make them yourself that is)

Jer


Keith wrote:

Its going to be an ESB version, i will either try and buy some of the visor brackets, or cut them out of sheet steel, drill the hole for the screw and then bend them into shape.
I will glue them to the inside of the helmet, then apply over them like the ROTJ version.

Keith.
 

Keith

Hunter
I've never seen the brackets for sale, but then again i've never looked for them.
I'm sure you will find brackets that will do the job at any hardware store, but i think you will have to bend them yourself to get the angle right.

Keith.
 
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Appolo_50

Guest
how do you guys screw things into the helmet its only 1/4 of an inch or so thick doesn't the screw go all the way through?
 

Tyler Durden

Well-Known Hunter
I was trying to figure that out awhile ago.

Well I have to look at the pics very closely again, but it could very well be that the screws merely clamp the visor in place, and they do not go all the way through. I can't say I have seem any definite pic supporting either the screw through or clamp theory. But I'll post some tonight.
 

BobaFettish

Well-Known Hunter
From that pic, it appears that the screw is merely clamping the visor in place, possibly going partially into the visor, but not through the helmet itself. The reason I say that is because if the screw was going all the way through the helmet and say cut off and puttied over, why wouldn't they have screwed the screw all the way flush to the visor rather than leave the gap between the two? Wouldn't the visor would be flapping back and forth?

The bracket is more than likely just epoxied to the helmet. This would make for easy replacement of a cracked visor without having to rip out any glue although I would consider possibly spot gluing a few areas (ends of the 'T', where the 'T' starts to go downward, and at the very bottom) just for a little insurance. I haven't installed the visor in my "movie size" helmet yet, so some collective opinions would be nice.
 

porkins

Active Hunter
That does look great like the ear idea. Now all she needs is a little bondo for that dent and a nice coat of silver and blue!
 
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