Visor installation?

Gunslinger

New Hunter
On a slightly related topic- One of the pokers I have in the fire involves a MR ESB helmet. If the deal goes through I am definitely planning on using the FP/others pincher-fix to shore up the final product.
Since that involves a T-visor replacement, I was thinking about different ways one could get that "Fett gaze".. In so many words, I was wondering if anyone has thought about backing a lightly/medium tinted T-visor with some kind of extremely thin (think less than paper) one-way mirrored material? I was hoping that maybe with this idea one could get a fairly large amount of light into the helmet, but almost no transmittance out- making it absorb light while still being extremely shiny.
F.Y.I. They even got green mirror film-
Is it even worth experimenting with?
 
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suspect86

Active Hunter
I tried my hand at tinting paper a few times with the most horrible results.:angry:angry:angry It's a great idea in retrospect but it quickly becomes nothing more than a giant headache.
Example; tinting glass(like on a car window) is pretty easy but it's still tough to get it right without having any air bubbles between the glass and the window tint. You have to smooth out the tint repeatedly with a squeegee until all of the bubbles are gone. Sounds pretty simple. Now try doing that on a plastic surface that flexes a whole lot. As the plastic changes shape it causes the tint to tighten and loosen causing bubbles and sometimes even tears. Even if you get the tinting finished and set before you put your visor in, you're still screwed. The second you go to put the visor in, you're already starting to bend it a little, which will ruin everything. Trust me. I've tried it 3 times, and every time I've ended up throwing out the piece. I even tried tinting it after the visor was installed but you're working with such a small area that's it's very difficult to get to any of it just to smooth it out.


My 2 cents.
thanks for listening.
 
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Gunslinger

New Hunter
Whew- thanks for the warning suspect! Sounds like a major S.I.A.P. that just got avioded there. What kind of lens do you recommend to get the really dark yet still lusterly appearance?
I've seen straight dark tint and dark green...
 
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Puritan

New Hunter
I picked up a tinted face shield from Harbor Freight for less than $5. Heard about it on these forums. Looks like it should work pretty well after trimming to the right size.
 
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secondprize

New Hunter
i just got my MR helmet. Any suggestions on what to use for installing a new visor? Some sort of bonding glue? or bolts perhaps? Also, does anyone know if a BM visor would fit in there, or should i custom cut my own?
 
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Dead Eye

Hunter
I used this method they all are talking about with the T bolts on my MR clone bucket with great success. I used plastic weld to hold them in and had no issues. you could also use resin as well just keep in mind resin expands a tad so if the T bolt is got a hollow base it could get into the threads and give you a hard time.
 
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swspiffy

Jr Hunter
hey guys, question,

my helmet doesn't have a flat surface for the visor installation, rather, it has edges that protrude a bit creating only an outline surface

You can't see it that well in this picture, but hopefully it gives you an idea


I don't really care too much about the inside look, but the visor doesn't exactly line up exactly to hit all the points (sides, bottom, and T intersection) for bolts.

What would you guys recommend?
 
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Jaiden

Active Hunter
I'm not exactly sure, but it looks like you have either a DP or Rubies. I had the same problem with my son's Rubies. What I had to do is CAREFULLY trim the inside of the visor area to make the visor sit flush.

David.
 
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swspiffy

Jr Hunter
hmmm... yeah, I bought my helmet second hand from a guy who didn't know much about it either. Its made of a resin, so its possible that its a DP or Rubies (the rangefinder flips down).

anyhow, I was afraid I'd have to do that... (so I'm still kinda hoping someone might suggest something else, heh) did you use glue or bolts after that?
 
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IG74

New Hunter
Wow, really your explication is great¡¡¡ I din't know how to make moving to my visor, I did 2 mini helmets to my childs, and they always ask me why they doesn't have movement.

TKS, Finally the visor´s helmets to my childs are going to be movement.

Regards:cheers
 
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MarcoFett

Guest
Nice idea of useing bolts to hold your visor in place, good work!

~Marco Fett
 
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BH Reaper

Hunter
I found the bolts an excellent system to use. Looks neater and easy to change. I just pre-drilled two other visors ready for use. Before this thread I was going to hot glue it in.
 

DarthTB

New Hunter
well back when I did a Clone helmet for a friend he found some fiber glass and was able to cut it and mold it and then he slapped some of that do it yourself window tinting on it and I cut him a recess in the visor line and he snapped it right in. Sure it didnt look too kosher but it worked for him
 

Reef

New Hunter
well back when I did a Clone helmet for a friend he found some fiber glass and was able to cut it and mold it and then he slapped some of that do it yourself window tinting on it and I cut him a recess in the visor line and he snapped it right in. Sure it didnt look too kosher but it worked for him
I saw something like this on the mercs website. this is where I found it.

http://www.darksidesithlord.com/my-costumes/shano-andora/the-helmet/creation-01.html


The guy heats up some plexiglass from a paper holder until its the shape he wants and then he he cuts out the visor and tents it. you should check it out. It looks good.
 
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