This is the best thead about the linage of the Vader helmets I have ever read.Thanks guys for sharing all this info.
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I am sorry but you have to tone down the colour. almost a 1 shade lighter than the black. i did mine with the silver and it looks like garbage. those colours were made for the film only to highlight the helmet for the film. 2 tone in real life with that silver looks grotesque, like a child painted it. i did this to mine and i so regreted it until i did it glossy black and Flat black. or shinny black and the darkest gun metal mimicking blackI recently modded an EFX PCR from ANH to ESB, to find out how close it could be done. Widened chin vent, removed some excess from the edges of the dome, made the mohawk strip wider and repainted the whole thing. Here is the first result, using only the EFX:
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The dome still has some structural differences from ESB, very difficult to mod on my own. So I purchased a dome from Mike Warren (taken directly from the stunt helmet worn by Grandmaster Bob Anderson), and combined it with my modded EFX mask. And here is the result:
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Clarification: Mike Warren does not sell individual domes. He did this as a one-shot for me.
Anyway, I believe the result is very successful in looking close to the actual screen Vader.
Additionally, I overlapped some photos of both domes to roughly compare the shapes. Its interesting to see the egg-shape contour of the top and that the Warren dome is actually a bit bigger in some areas than the EFX.
Considering that both domes come from completely different origins, the fact that they are so close in measurements sustains their direct legacy to the props used in the films.
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Love it!!! do you know how to get in contact with Mike Warren?Here is a pic of the new ROTJ helmet made by Mike Warren. The mask comes from the "1983 tour cast" and the dome from a modified TM.
According to Mike, the aluminum tusks are totally accurate. The paint work is the same shade as his ESB, just a little darker to get the docking bay scene look.
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Mike Warren's FB profile isLove it!!! do you know how to get in contact with Mike Warren?
Sorry, I meant same tone, different shade.How can something be the same shade but also darker at the same time?
Anyway, the helmet looks fantastic.
Thank you for letting me know.
Very interesting to see how different these helmets look.
Looks very nice but it's not a ANH production helmet or armorGreat thread! But I have a question…
If I am reading correctly, there were three helmets made for ANH, but only one was screen used…What happened to the other two original helmets?
A good friend of mine picked up this in an auction, and I will be examining it up close very soon. Will post pics, etc. when that happens.
What I know at this point is that it has the smaller chin vent and sharp windows peak. And was sold to them as “production made for ANH”
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Wow...some nice pieces also from Indy and Aliens.What did your friend paid for the Vaderhelmet and Armor?Dear Collector: Welcome to Hollywood Auction 89. The sale begins with the most important and comprehensive vintage Hollywood signed photograph collection ever assembled – The Cecil Jones Collection. The intrepid Jones located and acquired the best of the best, which […]profilesinhistory.com
Looks like it might be a tour helmet...Again, I'm going to get hands on with it soon. Will get inside and outside pics.