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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:24 pm    Post subject: need help with picking an RTF helmet Reply with quote

Looking for some opitions from the RTF's on which style of helmet to get, gapped or no gap. I've looked around at member pics and stills but just can not make up my mind. Thoughts, opitions, ideas, concerns...

option 1


option 2


looks to be about $160-$180 for either, the difference being ABS plastic or Black Acrylic plastic on forehead. Whats the difference/benifets in the two?

Thz for taking the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go with whatever the rest of your base is doing. That way you won't look "out of place". Same thing applies to whether or not you are painting it gray or leaving it white.

Personally, I haven't see the "non-gap" helmet. Most of the ones here have a small gap between the front plates and the swoop.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the Black Acrylic is there for if you want to have the visor down (like some of the troopers in the Ceremonial scene)

If you don't want to have your visor down, I'd go with the ABS (acrylic scratches easily, ABS you can just repaint if it gets messed up)

But if you do (even if its not all the time) then go with the acrylic.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither one of those flip down. It's just a material difference (I've seen these up close!)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never cared much for the sharper end on the swoop of this helmet, but that's my personal taste.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jedi Loreen Shadowchaser wrote:
I never cared much for the sharper end on the swoop of this helmet, but that's my personal taste.


ditto.....with you there...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you also check the helmets by TK560?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd suggest the TK560.

You can get the entire thing for about $90.

The kit (with chin cup) costs $78.

An antenna will only cost about $1 depending on what you want to use for it.

You can get a hard hat suspension system from Discount Safety Gear for about $5 and a chin strap (for the cup) for about $3.

All you need then is the black paint for the visor (and gray for the rest) some gloss finish for the finished product, and that is it.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or leave it white, depending on the helmet color of the other people in your area you will be trooping with. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volund Starfire wrote:
I'd suggest the TK560.

You can get the entire thing for about $90.

The kit (with chin cup) costs $78.

An antenna will only cost about $1 depending on what you want to use for it.

You can get a hard hat suspension system from Discount Safety Gear for about $5 and a chin strap (for the cup) for about $3.

All you need then is the black paint for the visor (and gray for the rest) some gloss finish for the finished product, and that is it.


I like TK560's RFT helmet and even have the kit in my closet but it's made out of styrene and it's really thin. I'd be afraid the kit would fall apart or rip at an event.

Personally, Bojangles has the best stuff around. As for the helmet style, it's all in what you like cause you'll be wearing it. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had a problem with mine. I've dragged it all over the place for the last 3 years.

I think Jim uses a thinner ABS than Mr. Bojangles.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grey Jedi wrote:
I've never had a problem with mine. I've dragged it all over the place for the last 3 years.

I think Jim uses a thinner ABS than Mr. Bojangles.


Ditto...

I have probably worn my RFT more than anyone ...
I have worn the RFT more than all of my other costumes combined...including my Imperial costumes...

I have bounced it on the concrete on several occasions...
kids have used it during out Target Shoot activities...
and on and on...

My helmet did finally show a small crack...but that was after being dropped in very cold weather...

Augie's had cracked in the cold too...
I would say that if you live in a colder climate....you do need to be a little more careful...

I think Jim uses sintra for the RFT helmets...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got lucky when I found the helmet I have now....Made out of .90 ABS. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grey Jedi wrote:
I've never had a problem with mine. I've dragged it all over the place for the last 3 years.

I think Jim uses a thinner ABS than Mr. Bojangles.


I thought Jim's were Styrene?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well whatever it is, the point is that it doesn't fall apart easily. Smile
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