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 Yodamann's Helmet WIP

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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #15 on: Sep 27, 2016, 12:05 PM »
I did some sanding on the bottom of the helmet, just getting the last of the flash off. Now I've got a nice smooth bottom edge. But don't just take my word for it, check out some pictures!


No sharp edges inside


I used a sanding block to help with the straight edge.

I also adjusted the cheeks a bit with my trusty heat gun, as I found some irregularities in the time since I did the initial push.

Next steps here are to fill in the detail slots under the left part of the visor and cut out and sand the visor gap. Then it's on to attaching ear caps, filling, more sanding, and finally painting! Then I add the visor.

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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #16 on: Sep 27, 2016, 02:28 PM »
Lots of progress between this and your armor this week Vod! Great progress and I agree the base of your helmet looks mighty smooth.

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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #17 on: Sep 27, 2016, 03:44 PM »
Have you considered leaving the vent holes below the visor? Might help with ventilation and keeping your visor from fogging up. Just throw some screen behind it and you should be good to go.

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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #18 on: Sep 28, 2016, 05:20 PM »
Have you considered leaving the vent holes below the visor? Might help with ventilation and keeping your visor from fogging up. Just throw some screen behind it and you should be good to go.

I hadn't considered that, and I like the idea of extra ventilation. I'm not sure how I would go about clearing the resin out of the vents. I tried (half-heartedly, I admit) to drill the excess down with my dremel, the plan being to have them be cosmetic vents, but the bit I was using didn't really make much of a dent in the resin. Would just a drill bit be what I need?

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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #19 on: Sep 28, 2016, 06:52 PM »
I hadn't considered that, and I like the idea of extra ventilation. I'm not sure how I would go about clearing the resin out of the vents. I tried (half-heartedly, I admit) to drill the excess down with my dremel, the plan being to have them be cosmetic vents, but the bit I was using didn't really make much of a dent in the resin. Would just a drill bit be what I need?

Should be all you need. Just take your time and go slow. Then use a file to smooth it out.

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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #20 on: Oct 10, 2016, 12:27 PM »


Finally, I can see out of the helmet! (kind of)

So I got the visor cut out and sanded, I also drilled out the 3 holes, as per Mysterious Stranger's suggestion. Even if they don't add much ventilation, I can kinda see out of the holes, so that's a plus too.

Next steps are attaching the ear caps and painting.

I do have a question about attaching the visor though:

There is a bunch of resin at the bottom of the helmet. Should I cut it out before attaching the visor?

Also the order for building I'm considering is:

Attach rangefinder to antenna
paint rangefinder/antenna
Attach ear caps (and antenna) to helmet
paint entire helmet
attach visor

Is that about right?

Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #21 on: Oct 24, 2016, 10:35 AM »
I did some reading, and found that my plan for attaching the rangefinder was flawed, but I was able to go ahead and put on the lower part of it and also the left ear cap. I also got them all filled in and sanded. Check it:


Lookin' pretty good, if I do say so myself


Left side

And the right.

I think it's looking pretty good. Next step is to get a template for the visor, then the helmet gets some paint while I cut out the visor. I don't think it will be 100% by comic con, but it might well be wearable.

Also I guess I need some padding too.

Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #22 on: Oct 28, 2016, 11:56 AM »
Comic Con is this weekend, so I wanted to get this thing at least wearable for Saturday. First step was making a template for the visor. (No pics of that, sorry) Step 2 was getting a base coat down on this guy.

Check it out:




It's not perfect, but with the visor in there, it should look decent. After the con, I'll have to go in and fix things up. Get my colour scheme on there and finish the rangefinder.

Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #23 on: Apr 30, 2017, 08:01 PM »
Well, it's been a while, but I'm back at it. This weekend, I sanded down some bumps on the helmet, and and I'm pretty sure I improved the on the inner edge of the T-visor gap. I did notice that the cheeks aren't quite flat, so I think I'll try and smooth those out.



This is where I'm at right now. I'm thinking I may want to print a new rangefinder/antenna/mount on a 3D printer when I get it, so that portion of the helmet will be left alone for now.


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Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #24 on: Jul 28, 2017, 12:17 AM »
Made some progress on the ol' Bucket today, more specifically, I got the ear cap attached.



Where I started. The plan was to grind out three holes in the ear cap, place a nut in each hole, and epoxy it in place. Then I drill out matching holes in the helmet and use the bolts to attach everything. The threading in the nut should be enough to hold everything together.


The plan went off without a hitch, more or less.

As luck would have it, I had a bit for my rotary tool that was the perfect size to grind out a hole for the nut.


I traced out the outline of the ear cap onto this piece of cardboard. Then to transfer the hole locations, I rubbed a pencil around the holes in the ear cap. Next, I pressed the cardboard to the ear cap, applying extra pressure at the locations of the holes. This got a faint outline transferred, and from that I got a centre.


I drilled out the holes, gradually increasing the drill bit size until I could get a bolt in. I then taped off the bottom of three nuts, and screwed a bolt into each. It was the moment of truth! Would the ear cap fit?

It didn't. The top hole was misaligned, so I drilled out a bigger hole in both the helmet and ear cap. This gave me enough wiggle room to attach things.


I put some painter's tape down on the helmet around where the ear cap would attach and put one bolt in each hole and place the nuts on the outside. I then put some epoxy in each ear cap hole and pressed it into place. Once the epoxy had cured, I was left with a properly positioned ear cap.


One thing I noticed was that there was a sizable air gap between the helmet and the cap. So I applied some more painter's tape, put the ear cap in position, and scooped on a generous amount of filler.


Once the filler had cured, I peeled it off the tape and had a very nice result.

Now comes the snag. The tape had left some residue on the helmet, and so I thought I would wash it off with some nice hot water. It seems the water was a tad too hot, since the helmet deformed a bit. Looks like I know what I'm doing tomorrow.


Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #25 on: Nov 05, 2017, 11:45 PM »
Well, I got the shape back to where it's supposed to be. A couple hours with the heat gun and a cold, wet rag fixed that up.

In addition, I got my act somewhat together and got the rangefinder assembled and attached.

On to the pictures:

Here's the helmet with the rest of the kit, with a base silver coat:


Unfortunately, it seems that some part of the range finder was too thick for the ear cap, since I got a nasty crack showing up after I tightened all the bolts:


So at this point, my helmet to-do list is:

-permanently attach visor (no more duct tape)
-diagnose and repair ear cap
-full coat of paint
-weather
-add padding inside

Any issues with that plan of action?

Re: Yodamann's Helmet WIP
« Reply #26 on: Aug 09, 2018, 11:59 PM »
Here goes some thread necromancy!

So in the 10 months, I have made some progress on the list I made in my last post.


Got the visor installed, following this (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=106169.0) tutorial.

Unfortunately, Now that the visor is more or less settled, I realize that it's a bit small, so I ordered a new one off amazon.


I got a new coat of primer down, and


I got a first coat of silver down.

Now, I'm just waiting for the new visor to come in, and I need to finalize the paint job.

 


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