ABS stormtrooper helmet needs fixing (wrong vacuforming)...how to?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by chameloon, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. chameloon

    chameloon Active Member

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    Hello,
    I have this helmet, and one of the lens openings is slightly bent (right one, on the picture). What can I use to push down the plastic and give it back the correct shape and curve? (I know some original stunt helmets have this particular defect, but I'd like a more symetrical design)
    Shall I use a lighter to heat the plastic? A heat gun? Won't I screw the rest of the helmet shapes using a heat gun for such a small surface?
    Thanks for help!

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    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015
  2. geordietrooper

    geordietrooper Well-Known Member

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    i believe a modellers sealing iron or similar is what you require

    i wouldn't use a lighter or heat-gun
     
  3. Sith Lord

    Sith Lord Active Member

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    If you don't have access to a Hobby Iron, you could try dipping it in hot/boiling water. That is how I reshaped my calves. If not, then a heat gun VERY CAREFULLY
     
  4. 5xxicemanxx5

    5xxicemanxx5 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Maybe try using a heat carefully on warped area maybe it might work.
     
  5. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I second using very hot water to soften it, shape it, then ice water to set the shape.
     
  6. chameloon

    chameloon Active Member

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    Thanks a lot, will try very hot water!
     
  7. R2Dan

    R2Dan Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That bump is there on purpose... The original helmets had that (albeit not quite as pronounced on every helmet):
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  8. chameloon

    chameloon Active Member

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    Yes, I've noticed that. But on mine, it is very pronounced, so I'd like to have it less visible...
     
  9. R2Dan

    R2Dan Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would first trim the eyes out more. You have more of a "return edge" on there than most original lids had.

    Look at the original RS Prop Masters helmet for instance, there's hardly any edge left:
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    Same here, Sandtrooper lid in the archives:
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  10. chameloon

    chameloon Active Member

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    You're right! I will start with that. Thanks for the eye-opener (pun intended :) )!
     

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