Lense material for a Ep7 Stormtrooper Helmet build - help please

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Country Paul, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. Country Paul

    Country Paul Sr Member

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    I'm a blaster & lightsaber guy, I've not really done any helmet building (except for a couple of Hasbro clone mods)

    I'm hoping to build/paint up a Force Awakens Stormtrooper Helmet but I need to find some lenses

    I've been searching eBay, Amazon, Etsy etc looking for suitable material & have come to the conclusion I just don't know what I'm looking for or at least the right terms to use

    I know that the actual props have bubble lenses but I think I could happily live with flat ones for now as I am on a budget, I don't have the skills or equipment for vac forming etc.

    I believe that the eye section joins in the middle on the TFA helmet so I can't just buy a pair of OT Stormtrooper lenses

    I think I'm looking for tinted/smoked/black acetate sheet???

    can anyone just point me in the right direction (should probably say I'm in the UK)

    thanks & I apologise for my amateurish question but I've strayed out of my comfort zone here & figured a quick question might save a lot more fruitless searching & I didn't want to hijack anyone else's thread for this :lol
     
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  2. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Look into face shields for motorcycle and welding helmets.
     
  3. Country Paul

    Country Paul Sr Member

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    Thanks I'll do some more searches

    I honestly didn't think for a second that this would be something that I'd have a problem finding

    just assumed I type black acetate sheet into eBay & boom :lol

    I'm guessing the plastic needs to be pretty thin to bend to the inside of the helmet
     
  4. Country Paul

    Country Paul Sr Member

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    Searched for face shields, goggle lenses, welders masks but so far nothing suitable either too thick or not tinted

    went round the DIY store & Halfords today

    I found this DIY Limo Tint window film

    colour is right & its flexible, figuring it should work? The helmet is just gonna sit up on a high shelf anyway
     

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  5. widescreen

    widescreen Well-Known Member

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  6. clown3y

    clown3y New Member

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    Sorry for digging this thread out but i didn't want to open a new one for something this simple.

    I decided to get one of the Rubie's First Order Stormtrooper helmets and repaint/refurbish it all over. And therefore, i really don't want to keep this mesh stuff as the visor :D

    I thought i could get some kind of black-tinted film in local handcraft stores but it seems that i've been wrong with this assumption..

    My father also recommended using window film but i'm pretty sure it's a little bit too thin. I don't want it to break just because i accidentally poke it a little.

    What do you guys think? The answer is probably pretty easy but i just don't know what do search for.

    Thank you!
     
  7. drknotter

    drknotter Active Member

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    Try roll up sunglasses, I used just two pairs for a junk helmet I built recently, and they worked pretty well. Plus, they're pretty cheap. :)
     

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