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 Customized Shae Viszla Helmet

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Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« on: Mar 05, 2012, 04:07 AM »
So I thought it's high time I split off this helmet progress from my Legacy reBuild.

Basically I fell in love with this bucket back when I saw the Deceived trailer.
It's been on the back burner forever and a day but it is now fast approaching troopability.

From concept:







to source material, bought here on the board:







early beginnings:





skipping over months of lingering in the back rooom, to this:









much cleaner:









black coated and seriously wetsanded:







visor tinted (badly) and mocked in:













things are going faster now, multiple layers of paint later:









now with gold channels :
(blurry due to flash washing the colors out)









and with the visor mocked back in:









I'm not done but that is more or less the stand of the thing as of now.

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #1 on: Mar 05, 2012, 09:04 AM »
That's a sick lookin' bucket.

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #2 on: Mar 05, 2012, 09:24 AM »
Dude, looking good!

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #3 on: Mar 05, 2012, 08:23 PM »
Soooooo. Coooooooollll

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #4 on: Mar 05, 2012, 09:25 PM »
AWESOME !!  :o

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #5 on: Mar 05, 2012, 09:36 PM »
Amazing! Simply AMAZING! :o

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #6 on: Mar 05, 2012, 09:39 PM »
Lookin' GOOOOOOOOOOOD!  8)

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 01:57 AM »
Who is ready for more TOR Bucket action?







Grille cut into the front so I can exhale without causing a tropical rainstorm to condense on my visor, hope it will work!

Next up, cut holes either side for hoses. Why? Tie-Pilot that's why!
It hit me awhile back that I always like Tie-Pilots and that the shape of this Bucket is ideally suited for Pilot duty.
So I dug around the 501st forums until I found the Pilots and specifically a tutorial for attaching the hoses.
Big thank you shout out to the Carolina Garrison for their excellent tutorial!
Hose I'm using is the same hose used by the Tie-Pilots, 1 1/4" sump drain hose... 24 ft for about 14$.

Okay so I have the hose, the helmet and now what? Tuck the ends into my chestplate? I could but ... no!
Chest box a la Tie-Pilot? hmm ... no!
I am after all a mando and my mando has this lovely sturdy pvc pipe backplate with attachment box already built...
So yeah why not build a jetpack/oxy tank pack that bolts onto the back of my legacy armor poncho??

Okay so I'm doing a box... nice lots of empty useless room inside... screw it, im gonna add some fans into the box and use the hoses for what they were meant for!

Dig out some of the 12V fans I bought years ago for my TK bucket, buy a pair of funnels and break out the duct tape.
After some trimming, adjusting of holes to match my chicago screws, i finally got around to using duct tape for its intended purpose.. ducting. First time EVER!

So what next? oh i need a box... first i was going to build one but that's too much effort right now.
So a trip to michaels later I have a nice plastic box with hinged and locking lid that will be mounted bottom to my back with the hinges up and the latches out of sight underneath. Sofar the CA glue hasn't glued anything onto it which might become an issue come greeblie time. I also had issues cutting a custom grille into the top of the left side panel for my fan, but with a dremel anything is possible! It is now grilled, drilled for bolts and I have a piece of window netting sandwiched between fan and box.
No pics of that yet because I haven't cut the top hole to route the hose out of.
Also need to acquire new bolts for mounting to the backplate before I start drilling those holes.

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 02:01 AM »
Ive been watchin this for a while, glad your going to finish it mate ;) Great stuff :D

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 10:56 PM »
who's ready for a BIG update?

First layer of black primer is on the back box!
I'll take and upload some pics tomorrow..  :P

Basically I'm in the paint app stage for the time being and do not plan to add anymore to the box RIGHT NOW!
I have planned for future additions though.

Left to do on this bucket is ears and either make a new visor or re-tint the old one.
Those will be tackled tomorrow.

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2012, 11:30 PM »
Glad to see this project didn't get shelved!  What a cool build!

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2012, 11:41 PM »
Okay teaser time  8)





Glad to see this project didn't get shelved!  What a cool build!

Thanks man, glad you like it!
It's been a backburner project for a long time but lately i've realized i need to build whatever makes me happy.
The Legacy kit re-build became tedious, the fun leeched out of it and it became work.

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2012, 03:14 PM »
cut and shaped a new visor last night, got the red tint on it.
Now time to add the silver tint

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Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2012, 05:55 PM »
New visor!







the clear visor is the original gold one. I had taped it in the bucket but it came off and the tape peeled alot of the gold tint off. The new visor is shaped more carefully and not as form fitting which eliminated alot of the more complex curvature which made tinting such a pain in the buns.

Going to add silver backing to teh red and return to my signature mirrored red visor.

Re: Customized Shae Viszla Helmet
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2012, 08:33 PM »
ive gotta say, this build is simply amazing!!!  i do have a question though... where do you get the silver backing?? is it just window tinting? 

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