Changing lenses on a Vader CA helmet?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Prometheus, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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    As most of you know, i recently got a nice Vader CA helmet.
    I am in the process of making it as accurate as possible and would like to know if the lenses on it needs to be changed.
    I noticed that there is a slight lip around each eye socket from the insides of the helmet. What do you guys do if the lenses need to be replaced?
     
  2. Darth Kahnt

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    You can either trim and sand out the lip or fill it in, your choice.

    I would recommend the trim and sand methid because you have to paint filler once you are done.
     
  3. ob1al

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    The DP CA has 'outside fitting' lenses, thus the lip. A one-piece, inside fit lense looks better IMO, but if you didn't want to dremel away the 'lip' and repaint you could also just replace the lenses with a new pair of outside fitting ones and leave the lip as is.

    Lenseman is a good person to get your new lenses from - he makes either inside fit or ourside fit lenses especially for the CA helmet.

    Regards

    Al
     
  4. GundamZeppelin

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    Lenseman is the best but good luck getting a hold of him its been 2 weeks since i payed...(update) i just got them well worth the wait. :D
     
  5. vaderbreath

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    If you feel comfortable doing it, I'd recommend dremelling out the lip and fitting the helmet with inside mounted lenses. I was amazed how much better it looked and Lenseman's lenses were a huuuuge improvement for looks and vision.

    -Corey
     
  6. Boba Frett

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    I couldn't see squat out of my CA last year on Halloween, I put a set of Lenseman's lenses in mine and it's a world of differance.
     
  7. Luke Warmwater

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    I also have some Lenseman lenses- i recommend them highly.
     
  8. vaderfanforever

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    I too use a CA for trooping. I really like it because it is light to wear. As it is rght now, my lenses are on the outside of the facemask like it came originally. However, when I have the time, I am going to cut the lip out and place the lneses on the inside like they should be. It make a world of difference in the actual look of the helmet when this is done. I would recommend Lensman as well for your lense purchasing, but it does take a while for him to respond.


    Elijah - VaderFanForEver
     
  9. Prometheus

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    Thanks for the replies folks.
    Actually i do not intend on trooping with it.
    The CA helmet is going to be a display piece and will slowly develop into a life size bust which i plan to work on in the future.
    Other than having a better vision when wearing it, what other pros are there in changing into a Lenseman lense?
    Is it more accurate looking from the outside? The color, curvature.. etc?

    BTW, i have a set of metal tusks coming in. How did you guys extract the resin ones that were originally on your CAs?
     
  10. GundamZeppelin

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    i recall reading somthing about carfully cutting them out... or was that for a DP delx?
    hmmmmmmm.
     
  11. Qui-Gonzalez

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    You could cut them with a dremel. You could also do as the GT packaging recommends and set a utility knife on the edge of the tusk and strike down or just grab it with a pair of pliers and twist. The tusks are glued in and do snap off nicely, but require cleanup afterwards.

    I snapped mine.
     
  12. DARTH ANIBAL

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    Take your utility knife, strike it down with all of your anger, and your journey towards the Dark Side will be complete. :lol

    I'm sorry, when I read that, that line immediately came to mind. It's a lot funnier if you visualize it. BTW, Just got me a set of lenseman lenses on Friday. Very nice.
     
  13. Prometheus

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    Thanks for the useful tip.
    BTW, i find it kinda funny too :D
    My journey to the darkside will be complete. :D
     
  14. Prometheus

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    Well guys, i received a reply to my query from Lenseman. Now my question is, what color lense should it be for Vader ESB helmet?
    I remember ANH version has either red or amber lense. But how about ESB?
     
  15. Prometheus

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  16. DARTH ANIBAL

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    Tell him you want the smoke/bronze. :thumbsup
     
  17. Prometheus

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    Thanks..
     

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