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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, my kit was a RA too, with all of the spelling errors in the directions and the picture on his site that doesn't correspond to the pieces sent. He stated in an e-mail that he no longer does rails for the visor....it is now meant to be permanently in the down position apparently.

So, a modelmaking friend is going to help me put the thing together and paint it. I will try to get him to take digital pix as we go.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be awesome! Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

grey_starr wrote:
well... I just finalized the shipping for my two helmets... might have to have a Helmet building party in Buffalo... wink2 ...


Just might at that... wink2
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or split the difference, go to St Catharines? Maybe get Graeme involved!

Hrm... and I have a Nerf DH-17 I need converted. Could be a nice prop making weekend kind of event.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Location can be determined by a vote later. I can do that Nerf d-ring conversion in about 10 minutes with a swiss army knife and a pair of pliers. I have the parts I need to do it. We can do that anytime. The Nerf has to be painted first. wink2

Matt posted something about a special deal he got wind of on the FS/FT thread: CLICK HERE

We just have to aquire the hardware, or else we're not building anything. I'll check with Lisa. She still needs to get her bucket built too.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a chest piece kit from RA last week and I think his deal is off now. I got the helmet kit for the sale price, but that was three weeks ago. This time when I bought the chest piece kit, I didn't get the deal he was advertising.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I am trying to get "all my ducks in a row" sorta speak ... what type of epoxy should I get for my RA helmet kit?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I talked to Steve, after I got my helmet a few years ago, he recommended Household Goop. It's what he used.

I was happily surprised to find that my helmet kit had already been partially assembled by him. The outer shell halves were together, and the mohawk strip glued and riveted on (2 on each end) and the inner shell had the visor assembly already installed. All I had to do was paint the outer shell and glue the inner shell in, once that was done.

Steve thought he would be nice and pre-assemble parts of the helmet for the Rebel Legion members that did a big group order 3 or 4 years ago.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so you are recommending Household Goop as the epoxy needed for gluing all the pieces together? Okay next obvious question, where can I purchase it? I tried Lowes last evening for it, but there was no one there familiar with the name or product. I will try again tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know you can get goop at Home Depot. There are several versions of
goop. Make sure you get the household kind.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Household goop is not an epoxy. It actually slightly "melts", or dissolves the plastic so that the pieces bond chemically.

And Jason is right, get the kind that is actually called Household Goop. Should be available at any hardware store.

It's good for lots of things around the house, hence, the name.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotcha Wink Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mnlymn wrote:
Yes, my kit was a RA too, with all of the spelling errors in the directions and the picture on his site that doesn't correspond to the pieces sent. He stated in an e-mail that he no longer does rails for the visor....it is now meant to be permanently in the down position apparently.

So, a modelmaking friend is going to help me put the thing together and paint it. I will try to get him to take digital pix as we go.

Any luck with putting it together with your modelmaking friend? I am anxious to put mine together, but don't want to put it together rushed and have it sloppy looking. This will be the first helmet I put together and just want to make sure I do it right the first time, so I need all the help I can get with it. I have my formal Jedi costume and now I want to get my x-wing costume done so I can join a squadron.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think the stores stock any "Household Goop" over here in Europe.
I got a bottle of Humbrol "Polystyrene Cement". Anyone tried that?

Previously, apart from superglue, I have tried some different weird stuff, including dissolving some styrene in acetone and using that as glue/filler.. but that shrinks when it dries, warping the pieces. How about Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For my Wilco helmet, I used superglue with an accelerator made by Zip. I know Micro-Mark has it in their catalog.

I also know that if the helmet kit is styrene, either Humbrol or Testors model glue should do the job well. Just don't be shy in using a good size bead of it for your long, wide curved areas such as the mohawk.

I wish I had the $$ for a couple more of the Wilco helmet kits!
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