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Improving the ABS Threepio helmet


Hello all, I just wanted to show everyone the current progress of my Starbuck Cylon ABS helmet. As you all may know, I did not fit the fiberglass helmet, thus I had to buy the ABS version to make it fully wearable.

What really bugged me about the ABS helmet was the soft details especially around the nose, mouth and eye area. I decided to do something with this.

Here's what I did: I used rotocast resin to strengthen the front half of the helmet and to increase the thickness as to give the eye sockets more material to "fit into". Secondly, I sanded down the helmet with semi-fine grit, and used Milliput superfine white to sculpt new details on top of the existing ABS helmet. Mouth and nose area was sharpened by this method.

I still have to open the mouth more, including engraving the two horisontal lines on the upper and bottom part of the mouth using a Dremel.

But so far I am very pleased over the results!
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Re: Improving the ABS Threepio helmet


Hey this is pretty cool...I'm in the same shoes but I believe my MC ABS helmet is a little thicker. I was going to use bondo to sharpen up the edges, but I can see how the putty would be easier to work with and apply.

Your results look great.
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Re: Improving the ABS Threepio helmet


you can also use Apoxie Sculpt. You can smooth it with water, it has a working time of about an hour, and dries rock hard.
http://www.avesstudio.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&product_id=28&flypage=flypage.tpl&pop=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=4&vmcchk=1&Itemid=4
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Looks great!
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Re: Improving the ABS Threepio helmet


Yes, I used Milliput, I guess it's almost the same as Apoxie. Milliput is a two-component epoxy with a similar consistency as clay. It's soft and can be formed with water for at least 1 hour without getting too hard to work with.

Total hardening time is approximately 5-6 hours.

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Re: Improving the ABS Threepio helmet


Just started doing this over the weekend. I noticed your fiberglass helmet has lost detail of the lips. Here is a photo I am using as a reference that may help you as well.
http://mr-tea.com/c3pogallery/image.php?image=../tk409//LFL/images/LFL---1116.jpg

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