This has been a long time coming.
Within this thread, I hope to document my tutorials, tips, and tricks.
My suit is a TMP. It was one of the very first, but was constantly evolving. I recently acquired the final helmet scuplt to change the suit up a bit.
I will eventually detail how I assembled the suit and tips on how I wear it.
When I obtained the suit in Dec 2008, I was 240lb-242lb 6' 2".
From 2008, towards the end of 2010; health issues bumped me up to 258lbs. At 240lb...I was the limit in the suit. Anything heavier than that; the suit was a real chore to put on and wear.
Currently, I am down to 237lb and still going down.
Enough of the jargin - lets get to it.
LED Eye Kit from Darkjerre.
Somewhere's around a Gen 8 TMP helmet.
I wanted eye lenses that had a mirror finish on the exterior. Kinda like C.H.i.P.S Police Sunglasses.
I wound up making custom lenses from 1/8th plexi and covered them in mirror-finish, limo window film.
I had hotglued the lenses in, made some cardboard light boxes to put Darkjerre's LEDs in.
Even though my lenses were flat, I got A LOT of light bleed around the boxes. Not only was I trying to cope with a fix, everything I ended up doing made it worse.
The LEDs are so bright, it seemed as though the entire lense was capturing the light. While outside with the LEDs on, I could see, "okay"...wearing the helmet inside, I lost visibility almost 100%. Not much of a range for vision in such a small eye socket to begin with.
I quickly made up my mind to tear it all out and start over.
I ended up using some old gray speaker grills.
I cut several strips of leather; left-overs from my Darth Vader Chest Box kit from Dale at Galaxy Trading (yea, a looong time ago lol).
You've probably heard of me harping on my super-duper automotive glue I always use. It is emblem adhesive that drys super darn fast, and clear.
In the pics below, you can see the method I deployed to build lightboxes directly onto the circuit board.
I installed some of that 1/8th" plexi with frosting to give a little LED diffusion.
I then strategically plotted where to glue the light fixtures to the speaker grills. I only get one shot at this...the glue is that good.
Once I made my measurements and glued the fixtures; I then hot glued the assemblies into the helmet.
Now - ya might call me crazy...you might hate the gray finish on the grills. BUT, consider this - I have ZERO light bleed. I have ZERO reflections in the helmet. I have ZERO problem with EYE FOG and I also have near perfect vision WITH ventalation. Soooo, losing the traditional, mirror lenses....mmmmm, I'm mkay with it
Plus, yes..you can "see" the light fixtures through the grills...I meant for that on purpose. With my face being further away, folks are going to be hard pressed to see my actual eyes or cheeks.
Darkjerre's LEDs are so bright, pictures do not do them justice. I was 40' away and I could STILL tell there were lights in the helmet.