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Zhi-don Aquintas (Donald Trim)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: RFT Helmets - visor down option Reply with quote

Lori and I wore our modified RFT helmets with Jim's experimental smoked acrylic visors in the down position. What do you think?




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like those should work great for sunny outdoor events! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are correct. It was especially bright that day, so it was like wearing full face sunglasses. Cool However we had the same problem that TK's have....you really have to shout to make yourself heard. Confused

Overall pretty easy to work with. Once trimmed and sanded, you replace the bolts that hold the normal visor and undervisor on [you need to keep the tinted one, because they are not the same size and if you want to do a visor up, you will need it], and slide the tinted one under the undervisor [that's the painted on that the darker one sits on] tighten down the bolts and you are set.

Only bad thing is.....nobody can recognize you in pics.... Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donald, my RFT helmet (from SC) came like this standard... just to let you and others know that they are out here. Wink Cool

I'm pretty sure that "the Reaper" had one, too... Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news!

It's always good to have more helmet makers. However Jim was the first to make these as an affordable kit. He was also nice enough to send me a couple of his experimental tinted visors. We did these as a group and since I would have to buy either a new kit or an assembled helmet and repaint it to match, this way seemed more the way to go.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outcast Jedi wrote:
I'm pretty sure that "the Reaper" had one, too... Mr. Green


He did...but it belongs to me now. Very Happy I occasionally wear the visor down if I'm outside and the sun is really bright.
The visor on the SC helmet is nowhere near as dark as this one though. I wish it was.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I think this is best. Why? Like with the 501st, there is power in anonymity. It makes you look cooler, and less... geeky. Wink

[Indigo Montoya]Now before anyone gets offended, lemme 'splain. No, that would take too long. Lemme sum up. [/Indigo Montoya]

- I've worn the RFT since 2002. Until we had the whole squad of us at CIV, it always lacked the visual appeal to the general public, of any of the 501st characters. Why? They are anonumous. Different. Not a geek in a costume, but more than that.

- I got my first "faceless" character last year --a Tusken. Wow, what a difference. People treat you differently. Something about not being able to see the eyes, methinks. And you can have fun scaring the crap out of people. Evil or Very Mad Cool Lots of fun.

- This year, I finished my Clone. Night and day difference compared to the RFT (visorless). People absolutely treat me differently. Instead of having to ask for people to get pics with you in an RFT, in a clone, I'm mobbed. Faceless people get more attention. Unless you physically look like a face character, anonymity is better, IMHO.

- If we could all get the visors for RFTs, I think that it would make the character look so much more bad-arse than it does without. Same thing with adding BFGs or even the ERT blaster. Similar to when a TK carries a MG42 --it just looks better. And a lot of people have played Battlefront (and other FPS's) and are accustomed to having an array of bigger guns.

- Look around the next con at the SG-1 and BSG folks. They just don't get the respect, or the awe that a faceless character gets. They are simply geeks in costume (yes, I are a geek, too). Wink But once someone puts on a bucket (or drops a visor), they become the character in the eyes of the public (and fandom). It's so much easier to play the part --and you can still have a huge grin on your face --and no one knows it!


...so I am absolutely impressed at how this looks. I've been pushing MC for some time to add an acrilyc visor option to his kit. Seeing this only confirms how nice it looks.

Adding a Battlefront-like BFG or rocket launcher would add more to it, and for informal events, I'd say go for it. Anonymity is power, and you guys look great!

Now I wants me a visor. Hurry up, Cal!!! Evil or Very Mad Cool Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone who has an RFT helmet from Jim. If you ask pretty please, he might just make you one too!

I agree about the crowd reaction. Since they couldn't see our faces, they did act differently. However, I still felt funny. I was totally used to having my face exposed.

It also makes a much better picture normally with the visor up.

They had a booth at Sony [the event we were working], that let you take 2 pics on a holocard. In one I have my helmet off and under my arm. In the second its on, visor down and my blaster is pointed at the camera. When you move the card it shifts from one pose to the other. This is one cool effect! Jon does it on his sig bar too!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zhi-don Aquintas wrote:
For anyone who has an RFT helmet from Jim. If you ask pretty please, he might just make you one too!

I agree about the crowd reaction. Since they couldn't see our faces, they did act differently. However, I still felt funny. I was totally used to having my face exposed.

It also makes a much better picture normally with the visor up.

They had a booth at Sony [the event we were working], that let you take 2 pics on a holocard. In one I have my helmet off and under my arm. In the second its on, visor down and my blaster is pointed at the camera. When you move the card it shifts from one pose to the other. This is one cool effect! Jon does it on his sig bar too!


Are you talking Jim from TK560.com where the helmet kits were built?
If so I will have to contact him...I would love to have a visor down option
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that Jim. Smile

For a TK, he's been pretty darn nice to us Rebels. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...soooooooooooooooooooooo am I reading correctly or just getting excited about the possiblity that I could buy a seperate visor for my RFT helmet that I bought originally from Jim without buying an entire full kit again?

Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darn nice XO???? Shocked

Great is what I would say! Cool

RFT helmets and belt boxes [I like my metal ones better though]
Endor Commando helmet and ear cups for the soft helmet
Endor Commando greeblies and comm badges
Endor commando blaster rifles

and he is working on more. Guy deserves a medal...don't you think XO? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting excited? Maybe. I would ask "Pretty please" and tell him that you heard about it from me. Since these are experimental, don't get your hopes up....but just maybe he will help you out. Be really nice......
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zhi-don Aquintas wrote:
Be really nice......

Thanks for the heads up guys and gals - pics look sweet!

I pwomise I will be nice as pumpkin pie Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am glad to see Jim looking into supplying smoke Acrylic colored visors with his Fanfilm (sic) RFT helmet kits. He needs to go with a lesser tinted visor though, as the ones used in the ANH movie were only about 30% grey in color, not 50% like he's using now.

I know you all like the darker tinted visor, but are you going for what you remember the costume to look like or what it really was?

The smoke-colored visor is not black when flipped up on top of the helmet, it's grey. See reference image.




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