2001: ASO Clavius Suit

Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.


Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.

proppin

New Member
Wow your helmet looks great so far! I've seen that others making this helmet have had trouble with the clear visor, I was wondering what is your plan for recreating it?
 

pkashukjr

Active Member
HNY!! Sorry for the delay in updates, but the holidays got in the way. During the time, I was able to make new workspace. My wife let me take over a bedroom in the house so I wouldn't leave stuff everywhere.

I also spent some time setting up to vacuum form the visor. proppin I bought the bed of ebay, and I saw some designs people made for heating boxes and I constructed my own version. Initial tests worked great with black ABS. (not pictured). It's been 20 years since I did any vacuum forming...lol
Just waiting on the plastic to arrive.

I will also be posting updates (hopefully completion) of the interior pad work later this week...
 

Attachments

  • 20210104_100827.jpg
    20210104_100827.jpg
    3.5 MB · Views: 67
  • 20210104_100821.jpg
    20210104_100821.jpg
    4 MB · Views: 68

Pepperbone

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
HNY!! Sorry for the delay in updates, but the holidays got in the way. During the time, I was able to make new workspace. My wife let me take over a bedroom in the house so I wouldn't leave stuff everywhere.

I also spent some time setting up to vacuum form the visor. proppin I bought the bed of ebay, and I saw some designs people made for heating boxes and I constructed my own version. Initial tests worked great with black ABS. (not pictured). It's been 20 years since I did any vacuum forming...lol
Just waiting on the plastic to arrive.

I will also be posting updates (hopefully completion) of the interior pad work later this week...
1. HNY!!
2. Your Wife is wonderful.
3. Very much looking forward to seeing this develop.
 

Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.

pkashukjr

Active Member
Wow your helmet looks great so far! I've seen that others making this helmet have had trouble with the clear visor, I was wondering what is your plan for recreating

Great news! What kind of material/medium did you use to build your buck?
The buck is a casting of a 3d print made with a thick shell of urethane resin and backed with dense urethane foam. It held up great to the ABS test.
 

pkashukjr

Active Member
I just found this online...never saw these before. http://www.mastermodels.co.uk. the company that made the original helmet. Never saw these images. I thought I saw the black paint behind the data cartridges in the shot of Floyd walking in the shuttle, but thought it was shadow. Also confirms the black paint on the top of the neck ring.
 

Attachments

  • 2001_Space_oddyssy022 (1).jpg
    2001_Space_oddyssy022 (1).jpg
    396.7 KB · Views: 99
  • 2001_Space_Odyssey033 (1).jpg
    2001_Space_Odyssey033 (1).jpg
    399.1 KB · Views: 94
  • 2001_Space_oddyssy023.jpg
    2001_Space_oddyssy023.jpg
    526.1 KB · Views: 92

pkashukjr

Active Member
Finished the padding inside. Not thrilled with my first attempt at EVA foam, but I can't spend anymore time on it. I will now mask it and spray one more coat of Plastidip to even out the shene, but should look good behind the visor...
 

Attachments

  • 20210111_155655.jpg
    20210111_155655.jpg
    6 MB · Views: 56
  • 20210111_155746.jpg
    20210111_155746.jpg
    1.3 MB · Views: 56

Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.

pkashukjr

Active Member
Got the plastic yesterday for the visor. I didn't think the first pull would come out so good. It's almost usable. Visability isn't too bad, but I think some additional wetsanding on the buck will dial it in for my goal. Hopefully after some surface work, I can pull the final this coming week. I have enough plastic for 5 more tries, but am cautiously optimistic.
 

Attachments

  • 20210206_083430.jpg
    20210206_083430.jpg
    2 MB · Views: 51

pkashukjr

Active Member
Always difficult to pull very clear visors...good luck with the other pulls ;)
Thanks. This first time I heated the plastic a bit too much, and could have dusted better but I was testing the rest of the set up and expected to see blemishes. I could see mostly some of the sanding marks transferred from the buck, and I have some ideas on how to address that as well as a few additional tricks I'm going to try. fingers crossed.
 

lmgill

Sr Member
Thanks. This first time I heated the plastic a bit too much, and could have dusted better but I was testing the rest of the set up and expected to see blemishes. I could see mostly some of the sanding marks transferred from the buck, and I have some ideas on how to address that as well as a few additional tricks I'm going to try. fingers crossed.
A couple of tricks you can try:
You can pull a layer of .030 styrene over your pattern, then your clear over that. This will help with some of the blemishes. (Just trim the styrene around the base of your pattern so as not to block air flow)
If your clear plastic has a plastic scratch protectant film on it, leave the film on the plastics pattern side when you heat and form it, you can peel the film off after the piece is formed. This will also aid in getting a clearer visor. If you leave the film on, you can talc the plastic and pattern thoroughly, this will help with mark-off caused by the plastic cooling and dragging along the pattern when it's formed.
 

pkashukjr

Active Member
A couple of tricks you can try:
You can pull a layer of .030 styrene over your pattern, then your clear over that. This will help with some of the blemishes. (Just trim the styrene around the base of your pattern so as not to block air flow)
If your clear plastic has a plastic scratch protectant film on it, leave the film on the plastics pattern side when you heat and form it, you can peel the film off after the piece is formed. This will also aid in getting a clearer visor. If you leave the film on, you can talc the plastic and pattern thoroughly, this will help with mark-off caused by the plastic cooling and dragging along the pattern when it's formed.
I was going to try the styrene trick, but I never heard about leaving the plastic on. I will definitely try all those suggestions!
 

Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.

pkashukjr

Active Member
I know it's been a while but I needed an ideal set of circumstances before trying to pull the visor. It has some imperfections but this is the best pull I was able to get. I have plastic left, but I can live with this one for now but will revisit trying again in the future. I will mount it in a way I can swap it out later. I plan on finishing the helmet this week.
 

Attachments

  • 20210411_101838.jpg
    20210411_101838.jpg
    2 MB · Views: 63
  • 20210411_110026.jpg
    20210411_110026.jpg
    1.8 MB · Views: 64

BAJA TYM

Active Member
I know it's been a while but I needed an ideal set of circumstances before trying to pull the visor. It has some imperfections but this is the best pull I was able to get. I have plastic left, but I can live with this one for now but will revisit trying again in the future. I will mount it in a way I can swap it out later. I plan on finishing the helmet this week.
Looks amazing.
 

joberg

Master Member
Looking very good from where I stand;) Eager to see your next update; you know, with the ring and the decals and...:p
 

pkashukjr

Active Member
I didn't finish the helmet as planned this weekend, but in the home stretch. I just have to attach the data cards, antenna, and decals. I ran into some complications with my magnet idea and for the cards so I think I'm going to use velcro for now, until I sort it out...I just want this done...lol. hopefully finished by tomorrow. Then I can move on to the chest and back packs.
 

Attachments

  • 20210503_080600.jpg
    20210503_080600.jpg
    4 MB · Views: 46
  • 20210503_080540.jpg
    20210503_080540.jpg
    4.3 MB · Views: 46
  • 20210503_080345.jpg
    20210503_080345.jpg
    4.1 MB · Views: 47
Last edited:

joberg

Master Member
Looking very sharp(y)(y) I`m wondering why those data cards have to be removable from the helmet? Couldn`t you just affix them permanently?
 

Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.

Don't want to see this ad? Sign up for anRPF Premium Membershiptoday. Support the community. Stop the ads.

Top