BSG Viper Pilot Helmet - Finished!

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Corellianexports, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,341
    Actually, I took about an 8 month break from it.

    I had initially installed standard, yellow LEDs into it, but was disappointed with them. They weren't bright enough, so I installed Super Bright LEDs and re-wired them.

    The LEDs had to be wired two at time in serial with a resistor. Those were then wired in parallel with the rest of the LEDs. A major pain, but they're as bright as can be. :)

    I also added a second 9 volt battery. One 9 volt powers the top row of lights. The other powers the bottom row of lights. It was another attempt to brighten every thing up, but I don't know if it matters since the wiring is different.

    Foam was added to the inside, top of the helmet. I probably added about 3" of foam to the forehead area. It was all I could do to keep the lights away from my face. The originals must have had a lot of padding in that area.

    The light bars or covers were vacuum formed, clear plastic. In order to get the look of the originals, I sprayed the inside and outside with "frost" spray paint (Home Depot). Looking back, I realize that just sanding the plastic may have give it the same effect.

    Day light:
    [​IMG]

    At dusk:
    [​IMG]

    At night:
    [​IMG]
     
  2. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,781
    Wow. That's great. Have you got a tutorial? I have a helmet that's in need of lights.
     
  3. streetjudge79

    streetjudge79 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    2,455
    Great job.
     
  4. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,341
    I'd have to scan a drawing for you.

    I had to actually sit down and draw out a small diagram just to figure out how I was going to wire them up.

    I believe I have now graduated from LED/electronics prop school at this point, though. :D

    I've got to scan a drawing I made of the number of lights, so I'll scan my wiring diagram. I'll try and post it later this week. :)
     
  5. kapow

    kapow Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    555
    Nice work. :thumbsup
     
  6. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

    Trophy Points:
    3,326
    Wow....NICE..
     
  7. Galactifan

    Galactifan Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,241
    Very cool. Now you gotta remember where you parked your Viper. :)
     
  8. UFO

    UFO Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,231
    very cool.
    mind sharing what color you used?
    i'm having a hard time finding the right tan.
     
  9. Lord Abaddon

    Lord Abaddon Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,671
    CE that's great.
     
  10. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,341
    It's from Testors. It's Model Master Afrika Dunkelgrau RAL7027 1942(F).

    You can order it online at www.testors.com

    or you can find it at your local hobby store.

    I found my drawings for the eletronics and will post them next week.

    In the mean time, here are the number of lights used:

    Top: 13

    Bottom: 16

    There is about a 1" separation between each LED, with the exception of the corners. I based my drawing off Apollo's helmet seen in the pilot. Same deal with the colors.
     
  11. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    5,035
    :thumbsup
     
  12. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    941
    Very cool.

    I have a BSG project waiting on me to get some other projects out of the way.
     
  13. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,341
  14. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,576
    Very nice work with the lights. :thumbsup

    Are you able to post some shots of the inside of the helmet? I'm curious to see how you installed the foam -- where, what kind, and how much.

    Really great job. :)
     
  15. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,671
    Great job. Looks sweet.
     
  16. Reaper57

    Reaper57 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    931
    looks great.

    i finally have some light bars coming any day so i can finish mine. :angel

    john :cool
     
  17. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,671
    SWEET.... :thumbsup
     
  18. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,341
    Here's the diagram with the number of lights and location:

    [​IMG]

    Here's the actual wiring diagram:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,341

Share This Page