Finished!Battlestar Viper helmet new series

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by mr.predicta, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. mr.predicta

    mr.predicta Well-Known Member

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    Ok I admit it .I love the new Battlestar Galactica.Never saw that coming.
    I have seen a few attempts at the Viper pilot helmet and they were close but no cigar.
    now with the new reference material available I'm going to throw my hat in the ring to get something built by wonderfest 06.
    so I'm interested in finding if there is interest in the costume community
    All the pictures can be seen on Flicker
    www.flickr.com/photos/72154009@N00/show/

    Please let me know
    Thanks
    Mike L Scott
     
  2. Funky

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    I'd be all over one.
     
  3. UFO

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    i want one too.
     
  4. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    Which version?

    D6
     
  5. mr.predicta

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  6. rigormortis

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  7. phase pistol

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    The first time I noticed new helmets was in "Scar"... (note chin lights and other details)

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    Compared with the "old" helmet (these grabs are from the miniseries)

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    Of course these "deerstalker cap" style helmets recall the famous "2001 a space odyssey" helmets

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    ... and more recently, the spacesuit helmets from "Star Trek Enterprise"

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    - k
     
  8. mr.predicta

    mr.predicta Well-Known Member

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    Thanks phase pistol.
    I just finished watching" Scar" and took a few screen grabs .yours are so much better do you copy on DVD?my VHS leaves a bit to be desired.

    Of course these "deerstalker cap" style helmets recall the famous "2001 a space odyssey" helmets

    Which is exactly why I like them.

    I guess I would do the first season helms then resculpt parts for the updated version.
    I will be sizing the reference shots tonight for my cycle helmet.
    will post pix when I start throwing plastic.
    MSL
     
  9. division 6

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    Aside from seeing the mini and a few episodes I didn't get into it until I picked up the season 1 and 2.0 DVD sets two weeks ago.
    Since I don't have cable or satilite if I want to see something I have to go visit my parents. :rolleyes

    I knew about the 2 helmets because of all the reading up I have been doing over at ASAP. :D

    D6
     
  10. UFO

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    i personally like the mini/first season helmets better.... but either one would be something i want.
    cant wait to see progress....
     
  11. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I try to grab off of DVD when possible... but I only have the miniseries and year 1 of BSG on disc... my year 2 grabs are limited to the DVD burn I make of the episode off of cable TV. Pretty crappy quality actually, but I try to wring what I can out of 'em in Photoshop.

    - k
     
  12. R2B9

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    The quality of what's available on iTunes is pretty sweet. People think it's only for iPod viewing, but that just aint the case. Looks great on a 17" monitor, too.
     
  13. division 6

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    I agree.
    From what I have seen of the new helmets, I prefer the older ones.

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  14. mr.predicta

    mr.predicta Well-Known Member

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    I agree.
    From what I have seen of the new helmets, I prefer the older ones.

    Thanks I will probably do both but now Im focused on the first season pieces .
    Here are a few pix of the progress Im making.
    Im still not satisfied with the front "bill "on the helmet and think I know what to do to remedy the situation The front section is kind of flat so I need to remove some of the material.
    altogether I think I have the basic shape down and the rear should go quickly.
    Will update when I get some more progress .
    Thanks for looking in.
    MSL
     
  15. Jango Wes

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    Looks good.
    If you need any more reference shots, take a look here:
    http://bsgmedia.org/

    There should be plenty of shots to your liking.

    Wes
     
  16. rudolpht

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    Sorry, not paying attention Kev. My helmet is not the newest season. Building and more pics here.
    ASAP Thread including Builder

    Some other pics here. It's loaded up with movable jaw, fans, microphone, etc.

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    Amazing
     
  17. mr.predicta

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    wow. That's a nice piece. Wish I had seen it before I took up the project.

    the things I see right away as inaccurate is the "Bill" this ones too flat while mine needs to be flatter.The two images show what I'm talking about.also the edge along the side of the brim does not flatten out but feathers to a sharp edge( see first pix)this changes the whole look of the front of the helm and the small overhang directly in the front is much smaller. As you can see in the lower pix the contour from the top of the helm to the front is nice and rounded and not flattened to such an extent.
    Also I don't think the area behind the ear piece flattens out but contours smoothly towards the rear the flat side is along the lower spot under the ear piece with the light attachment.
    also there is a bit more "Meat"along the lower jaw line where this one looks flat (also first pix).
    Basically its a great sculpt but needs a bit of work to get it accurate ,my opinion.
    thanks for the pictures.
     
  18. Prop-Maker

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    I WANT ONE. I WANT ONE. I WANT ONE. I WANT ONE. I'm really excited to hear about this project. PLEASE keep us updated. I'll try to hook you up with some screencaps.

    Reference pics for size
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    Front and back pics
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  19. mr.predicta

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    yes yes Thanks.
    I need more shots of the rear.
    I have spent the entire weekend working on this pattern and will post a few pix soon.
    Again thanks for the shots.
    MSL
     
  20. Prop-Maker

    Prop-Maker Well-Known Member

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    Here ya go
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  21. Got Maul

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    you BETTER bring this to Acme, I could almost guarantee you that you will change at least two people over (probably including me .) there alone ..

    jose (brown irritating guy)
     
  22. Anheuser

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    Somehow I missed his thread.
     
  23. mr.predicta

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    Well it just goes to show no good Idea is made in a vacuum , If you have a thought chances are so have a lot of others.
    Looks good. Thanks for the "Top Shot"
    I decided not to do a clay sculpt and just alter an existing cycle helmet because I didn't want to wait around until it was cast up in glass to see how it fits plus have a prototype right away that could be painted and wired up . also the geometry and symmetry is a lot easier to keep constant when building up the form. also since I'm building up the piece using renshape foam I can alter it with ease.
    as it sits now with a few additional photos I can sand and reshape a few areas before its comitted to final mold work.
     
  24. mr.predicta

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    hey Jose .
    Yes I will bring this to Acme for the March prop meeting ,at that point It will probably be ready for paint so I will be interested in a final critique from the guys.Also I can work on the pattern for the clear visor.I want it to be perfectly clear with out distortion and Im sure Clint will have an Idea how that could be fabricated.
    see ya in March
     
  25. division 6

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    While harvesting images this morning I noticed that the Viper pilots have the blue tinted lights in the face where the Raptor pilots have white.

    Also noticed that there appears to be a inside layer covering the bottom of the face plate.
    Could just be a reflection, it's hard to tell.

    Any thoughts on that engraved(?) line around the inside of the face plate.

    Some places to look for images.
    http://bsgmedia.org/gallery/
    http://galacticastation.com/
    http://galactica.emedian.net/index.html#

    D6
     
  26. dijinn

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    Wow. Helmet looks like it's coming along great. You can absolutely put me down on the list for one of these. I've been waiting for another chance at a Viper helmet since I missed out on the England run.

    - J.
     
  27. mr.predicta

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    Ok new shots most of the hard work and questions have been figured out.Thanks to everyone who sent links and photos.
    here ya go.
     
  28. Prop-Maker

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    Does the bottom part slide in and out? :D
     
  29. Funky

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    :eek I am so IN for one.
     
  30. Anheuser

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    looks real good.

    this should help you get the bill correct.

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    hope it helps.
     
  31. UFO

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    wow. looks great.
    i definatly want one. :)
     
  32. mr.predicta

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    Thanks guys . Yes the jaw piece will be mounted the same way the tv prop is built.
    My goal is to try and replicate the original as close as I can get.
    New up date pix will be posted soon.
     
  33. rudolpht

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    Yes, really coming along. Mine could definitely use a pure bred stable mate :)
     
  34. Prop-Maker

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    ROCK. THE. FRAK. ON. I've been waiting for this ever since 2003.
     
  35. mr.predicta

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  36. division 6

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    AH, makes sense now seeing that pic.

    D6
     
  37. Gee2

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    Beautiful work, absolutely beautiful.


    Jason
     
  38. B-Movie Zombie

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    WOW. I so want one. Nice Fraking job.
     
  39. Funky

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    I think it's going to turn out great, but I fear the visor may be cost prohibitive (unless you've got a plan. :D
     
  40. mr.predicta

    mr.predicta Well-Known Member

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  41. Anheuser

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    Fantastic.
     
  42. BrianM

    BrianM Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW,

    Just found this thread.

    If there is an interest list put me on it.
     
  43. Prop-Maker

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    Any updates?
     
  44. mr.predicta

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  45. Got Maul

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    were you able to get the foam out at acme ?
     
  46. mr.predicta

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  47. Zendragon

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    Put me down for interested, very very cool
     
  48. mr.predicta

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    here is the up date as promised.The Visor Pattern is about finished I took a quick pull off the pattern to check the size and finalize the indercuts as per the original prop please note the lower section around the jaw line this sets against the inside of the jaw piece .will post more Pix when the time comes,very happy with the results.
    What do you think?
    let me know
    Thanks for the feedback
    MSL
     
  49. FETTCLONE

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    Lookin' great. :cheers

    Can't wait to see a clear visor and some lights in there. You better be really proud of this, or we're gonna have to find someone who will give it a good home... :p

    Seriously, keep up the fantastic work.
     
  50. Gee2

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    *, that's nice Mike.



    Jason
     

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