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My snow speeder pilot soft helmet
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Mieal Deneb (Rachel Orange)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject: My snow speeder pilot soft helmet Reply with quote

I started with the pattern Phyllis gave me of the Hoth Hangar Tech hat which she created based off of a WWII deck hat (thanks SO much Phyllis!). Then, using pictures taken from ESB of various pilots wearing the soft helmet, I altered the pattern to resemble the snow speeder pilot soft helmet more. I used some left-over foam from making my son's Yoda costume for CV for the "ear cups". There are pictures of my soft helmet on my blog here: http://costumesandartwork.blogspot.com/2010/07/snow-speeder-pilot-soft-helmet.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you get a pic of it on your own head?

Looks pretty close, but the 2 seams going across the top seem a bit too high. The seams on Hobbie's are lower, closer to the "ear cups".

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Rachel! Thumbs up
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!

It's difficult getting pictures of me, since I'm usually here with just a 5-year old, a 4-year old and a 1-year old and none of them are great taking pictures! Laughing When my husband is home, we're usually so busy with projects that picture taking is the last thing on our minds.

The seam is a bit higher, but it was a give & take sort of thing. If I made the piece on the top too wide, it didn't fit snugly to my face like I wanted. I decided the little bit higher seam would be worth the more snug fit. I also didn't think too many people would be holding a picture of Hobbie up to my head and clicking their tongues. Wink I'm glad I got something that's even close to looking like the original. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what are you doing for the strap? are you tying it? using elastic?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what type of fabric is it made out of? Thanks Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim and I have been going back and forth on this project too...

I made two prototypes recently out of the ANH-15 pattern...
in addition to a prototype made from the Hoth Tech hat pattern...

Jim is making notes on the last ANH-15 prototype I gave him...
so..
we are also working on this..

I intend to use Khaki Trigger fabric which is a REALLY close match to the fabric that the ANH-15's are made from..
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be screen accurate, it probably should be made out of a bottom weight/heavy fabric such as trigger. However, I didn't want us to roast, so I got the lightest fabric I could find, while still looking pretty "right". I got symphony broadcloth from JoAnn's.

The chin strap and the way it attaches are pretty hard to tell, but I'm guessing it must be something that has a bit of give to it... So, I'm using 1/4" elastic with velcro on one end.

From the front, the soft helmet looks like the top portion is one piece. But, I was watching ESB the other day and noticed in the briefing scene that one of the pilots is seen from behind and it looks like there's a center seam in the top piece. I wondered if the top piece was all one piece with a sort of dart/seam sewn in the back of it? Regardless, I'm just going to keep mine all one piece without the center seam.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The khaki Trigger isn't as thick as some other bottomweights I have used...
it really isn't that thick at all...what makes it a little less desireable is the fact that it is a cotton/poly blend...and we all know the caveats of poly..

and...to be honest....too thick of a fabric does play havoc with those earcap bulges....
really thick fabric does not let that bulge stand out enough.

The fabric I used for the prototypes was a bottomweight twill I had that I was a doofus and ordered the wrong color for a different project..
that twill is really thick..and when I did the first prototype out of that thick fabric and tried to "stuff" the earcaps...the fabric was just too heavy and just didn't let the "bulge"..
well...
bulge..

Very Happy

The chin straps....
good question....
I think at this point I would be tempted to say to make a strap out of the same fabric as the under helmet?
with a little sew on velcro?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i've been thinking about that strap, my thoughts for something a little more sturdy like either one of those little sew on snaps or maybe a hook like a bra hook or something similar.

Elastic is a good way to go, that way it has some give.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were me, I'd have the 5 year old take the pic, LMAO Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iam8114 wrote:
yeah i've been thinking about that strap, my thoughts for something a little more sturdy like either one of those little sew on snaps or maybe a hook like a bra hook or something similar.

Elastic is a good way to go, that way it has some give.


A hook & eye would hold well, but then you'd have it pressing against your chin/cheek. The velcro seems to hold fairly well. I also like it because it will pop loose if something happened like it got caught on something or something caught on it. I don't like the idea of being strangled. Confused

I don't have a picture I can post, but from the pictures of people wearing the soft helmet, the chin strap is a different material than the rest of the helmet. If you look at Luke's chin, you can see this thin strip of something grey looking but the soft helmet is a light tan color.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mieal Deneb wrote:
something grey looking but the soft helmet is a light tan color.




gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
the gray/tan debate.....
lol...

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