New Martian helmet model and build

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My compressor was too weak to expand the acrylic fast enough. Also I bet Weta is using an oven to control expansion better. I decided to model a dome based on the measurements I get on the finished helmet. If I have some mm deviation here and there I can account for it. Probably negative silicone lined form. If I find a used compressor with a large tank I might try again to expand the dome.
 

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The Base of the helmet coming together.
 

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Need to find a better Nasa emblem. These poor qualilty ones won't due. Can anyone recommend a source for better about 2 inch Nasa vinyls?
 

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Need to find a better Nasa emblem. These poor qualilty ones won't due. Can anyone recommend a source for better about 2 inch Nasa vinyls?

I bought some water decal transfer sheets and printed an emblem(free .ai file found on google) onto these. Worked pretty well I think.
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Finally time to assemble. Over 50 parts. Still a lot of detail work and I need to print all the gratuitous decals. Time to order the electronics - there goes another $150. Then I can focus on the dome and the head strap. Also need to find a snoopy cap. Was good to wait with the dome as the dimensions turned out a little different from the 3D model I did after printing sanding and painting.
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Did some foam pads for the head harness. These are visible in screen captures. They have a line imprinted and are whitish on the outside. I printed a stamp to impress onto grey foam and spray painted the surface.
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Finished the decals. Outside is done and ready for weathering. Working on the head harness. Adafruit feather I want is back ordered again so darn on the electronics. I used Royal elements water decals for inkjet printers and sealed with Alclad Gloss Klear Kote. Aqua gloss Clear would also work.
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Finished the head harness. Some changes for comfort. Couldn't find the right material for the head band and my sewing stinks, so printed a mold and cast it from silicone. Also the yellow sensors are silicone. Now I waiting for the back ordered electronics.
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All weathered up and the electronics installed. I used powder weathering from Humbrol and Milk powder paint. It is easy to adjust and remove if need be.
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I did a neck silicon cover for the helmet. In the movie there are two different ones. This one makes most sense to me. Did 4 layers of Dragon skin FX-Pro in a 3D printed form. First layer tinted black. Talcum and some Milk powder weathering.
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Wow, beautiful. And it's within the '98%', the percentage I came up with for the 98% that is NOT ADDICTED to prop accuracy like we are here :) Seriously, that looks better than the screen-used, well done.
 

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