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X Wing pilot helmet kit assembly tutorial
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obey Wann wrote:
Devcon plastic welder is great because it is sandable and paintable. Good stuff, but I wouldn't recommend using it for a whole build. It's great for filling in seams.

It is also black in color. Therefore not so good for attaching the mohawk strip unless you are going to paint the mohawk.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm starting to put my helmet together and I'm a newbie at this sort of thing. Not all of my mohawk strip is completely flush with the mohawk. Can contour putty be used to hide that and the seam between the strip and the top of the mohawk?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't need to hide the seam- that's how its supposed to look. In fact, the mohawk should be ever so slightly wider than the strip. Take a look at where the end cap fits over the strip and you'll see what I mean.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, well that will save me a step! I was looking through the "show us your helmet" thread and it looked like some helmets had seams and others didn't, but maybe some paint jobs hide it more than others.

This is all a learning experience for me. I've got one side that looks a bit better than the other - I'll have to remember to show that side when taking pictures. Very Happy

Thanks Mark for the tutorial. I would have never figured it out on my own!




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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yay! It's looking good Tina!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you question how your helmet kit is coming together, pop in the ANH dvd and pay particular attention to the standard white helmets with blue birds. You can definitely see seams there.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That is correct sir. I got mine at Pepboys as well. It was more expensive than I thought it would be, since I only need enough to do one helmet. I have some spares for a couple of other people, either at my base or in our local Fan Force. I still have the package as well, so I will post tonight if you don't both the part number and the cost.


Any update on this? I went to the pepboys site, but it won't let me search for a product unless I specify what year my vehicle is. I have no idea what year vehicle trim to enter!!!

Can someone give me some more specific information on the trim? I already went to autozone and saw nothing of the sort.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darth Lars wrote:
Obey Wann wrote:
Devcon plastic welder is great because it is sandable and paintable. Good stuff, but I wouldn't recommend using it for a whole build. It's great for filling in seams.

It is also black in color. Therefore not so good for attaching the mohawk strip unless you are going to paint the mohawk.


eh? black plastic weld? i have never seen that before!! only the yellowish cream color.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In addition to my question about more specifics on the black trim for the helmet, I was also wondering what the best cutting tool is for trimming the helmet? Dremmel? Snips? What have folks used?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For most all the cuts, you can use an exacto knife. Make a very shallow cut along the entire lenght you want, then go back over the same line a couple times, making it deeper each time. Then you can bend and break the plastic a couple inches at a time.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Text instructions added with pics inline. More to come (chin strap, visor attachment) soon.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kay_Dee wrote:


Yay! It's looking good Tina!


Thanks Kathy! Once I finish it I'll be ready to submit my costume.

Maboot38 - I'll have to check out ANH again - always my favorite movie to watch.

I picked up some press-on car door strips at Kragen - there weren't many choices. I haven't put it on yet and looking at Mark's pictures, I think it may be a little narrower than what he uses. It's 3/8 in by 27 in. and comes in a 2-pack.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm still not able to get exact info on the trim strips either. Without a brand name or part number, I haven't been able to find them.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I had the package for the trim, but I don't. As soon as I can get to my local Pep Boys, I'll post the info. Once again, it was made for Vans- that might help.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought mine at Pep Boys and it was the bigger one. Since I have the box, I can get the number off of it. I will post it tomorrow.
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