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grey_starr (Daniel)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a pic of the kit I am getting...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a Dreadnaught kit, that going to be your paintjob too? wink2
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heck no!... mine'll be custome... Gotta have Grey Starr's...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the same pic as on Dreadnaught Industries' web site.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

then there must be some hidden spot there... cause I don't see it on their site... on the plus side... even if it is... I still get a good deal... course... I don't know what they charge... Confused ... but it probably is... and the site I get many of my props propably has a deal with them...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you're talking about Wilco Models.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same thing.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lori's post is not a link. This is. Main page -> Props -> Armor.
I mentioned the price earlier. $87 including US shipping (from Texas).
As I understand, Wilco Models and Dreadnaught Industries are two companies, run by the same guys.

BOBATAFF's kit is apparently a recast of DI's, and I think they might have some agreement between them.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI: BobaTaff has been BANNED from RPF for recasting Dreadnaught Industries' X-Wing helmets without permission. No agreement has been made with DI.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When he had removed all of his posts from the thread, I PM'd him on the RPF and asked about what happened. Not long before the ban was put in place, he sent me his email address and asked me to contact him but to do so in secret. That PM confirmed to me that he was going to do business with recast parts anyway, so from my view he clearly deserved to be banned.

It's a shame, really. Helmet makers are scarce in Europe. I was thinking of having him cast a few custom pieces of mine also.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must confess that I had "won" a X-wing pilot helmet kit on eBay, which I received today. I did not buy it from BOBATAFF, but once I had inspected the pieces and the box it came in, it did not take much detective work to confirm twice over that it had been from him originally. (My bid was laid on Sep 14th. Bobataff was banned on Sep 18th)

The quality of the kit is quite low. It was not made from 3mm HIPS as advertised, but in much thinner plastic. The surface has "orange peel" and a few bubbles. There is also some warpage near edges and corners. The decals are a joke -- a computer printout from a dithered low-res image with jagged edges.
I am not too inexperienced with prop building, so I think will be able to make a passable helmet out of it anyway with a little bit of work.
My personal helmet will be a conversion of a real fiberglass helmet, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of curiousity, how is a DI helmet kit compared to Richies?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my opinion, the DI kit is made of a thicker plastic than Richie's. Makes it feel a bit sturdier. My only complaint with the DI kit is that the mohawk is a bit too tall.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DI has actually fixed the mohawk. The newer ones that I've seen are the right height.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are side by side shots of a Richies, and an older D.I. with the tall mohawk: Helmet Gallery

Woofer and I got our helmets from Richie's at the same time, and the plastic is really thick on ours compared to some I've seen.
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