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Episode 7 X-wing Pilot Helmet

The EPISODE 7 RESISTANCE PILOT HELMET!!!

*The MARK 3



 

 

   Click for the classic pilot helmet

 


 

 

 

Click for the SCAVENGER helmet

 

 

UPDATED NEW DECAL ADDITIONS:


 


 

SUPER DELUXE MARK 3

 

 

 

 


 

As a nod to the original trilogy APH-6A Navy helmet inspired X wing helmets, this resistance helmet appears to have been inspired by another military helmet: the VietNam SPH-4 flight helmet.  I have had one on my shelf for years. (the same helmet was used in ALIENS as the dropship helmet).

MARK 3

LEVEL 1:

 


MARK 3 LEVEL 2:


MARK 3 LEVEL 3:

  

 


 

 

MARK II

 

 **Mark II includes over a dozen changes, resculpts and improvements.

 

 

 

 Developing the squadrons insignias:

 

 

 

 

 

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How it was made:

 

To start with a basic shape, I used a motorcycle helmet and shaved and adapted it.

 Using rasps and files and an orbital sander, the shapes were smoothed into the body.

    Styrene bills were added to the sides using foam and styrene and built-up using bondo and sculpting medium.

As the shapes developed, we started refining the profile.

  Sanding, sanding, sanding!

 

A foam moch-up of the side shrouds was made to determine it's features.  I went through about 4 versions of this shape.

 

 

SCULPTING THE BLASTHSHIELD

The blastshield was sculpted in WED clay on the pattern.  It was molded in alginate to take a quick pull.  I made a plaster buck off this mold and started the work of smoothing and shaping.


Resulting molding form produced from this sculpture:

 

 

Creating the rear shroud cover:

Fibre alginate mold with plaster mothermold.

 

The first pull of the blastshield:

 

 REVISIONS AND REFINEMENTS:

The shroud is seen here being resculpted AGAIN.  The cheek protector as sculpted in clay, molded, and the resulting buck was smoothed and refined.

 

 

The mohawk strip (homage to the classic pilot helmets?) was sculpted onto the master buck, molded in aglinate for a quick pull, and then cast in stone.

 

The finer details were designed in CAD and laser cut in 1/8 acrylic.  Assembled and reproduced. Here's one of the cad designs:

 

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