Help me turn a hard hat into a Star Wars prop!

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wyrdmake

New Member
Howdy! So the other day while driving home from work, I saw a used hard hat by the side of the road. Naturally, I stopped and picked it up. I decided to make it into something that would fit in the Star Wars universe, maybe headgear for a bounty hunter or something.

So far the only ideas I have are:

-Aviator Goggles up top in front, like the Naboo pilot helmets.

-Ear "muffs" similar to old tank helmets/ Rebel troopers.

-Perhaps some antennae and some sort of communication device.

-A ribbed cylinder mounted horizontally on the back, perhaps for a breather or something. (This will be based on this neat soap dispenser I got at Walmart for 5 bucks)

I welcome any other ideas, I should have actual progress pictures in the next couple of days. In the meantime, I will attach some pictures of the helmet as it would have looked from the factory.

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Thanks!
 

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Darth Lars

Master Member
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Hard hats tend to be made from PE which is a plastic difficult to get paint and hard glue to stick to.
You would have to bolt, rivet and/or tape all your mods on.
 

Blue Leader

Sr Member
Hard hats tend to be made from PE which is a plastic difficult to get paint and hard glue to stick to.
You would have to bolt, rivet and/or tape all your mods on.
I can't remember the name of the glue (CA glue? Something like that) but it's a super glue available at HobbyTown USA-- and other places, too, they just have their own labels on the bottles-- and has an accelerator you can get for it. That stuff will hold onto the helmet. I cut up a hard hat to use the clip slots to put inside of my dark trooper helmet and used the glue to attach them... Those things aren't coming off. I tried to reposition one before the glue had fully set and even then it actually tore a hole in my helmet because it had stuck so well. Though I also sanded both the inside of the helmet and the clip slots so that might have helped.

The glue at HobbyTown comes in a bottle with a pink cap and label.
 
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H380

New Member
You can paint them. But they need to be sanded first. Also depends on the type of paint an adhesion promoter needs to be used. I have also painted hard hats with normal artist oil paints. Give the oil at least 2 weeks to dry. Then top coat the whole outside with clear bar top epoxy. More expensive Fiberglass and Aluminum hardhats are also sold. Amazon Link They are much easier to keep paint on.
 

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