THE DENTED HELMET

1 - Helmet (£35)

This was bought from the Internet – a pretty cheap one (in comparison). When I tried it on, it looked really good but it was incredibly difficult to see out of. I took the original visor out and enlarged the viewport as much as I could, drilling and cutting out the excess material. I made sure I left enough plastic to support the edges of a new visor. I tidied it up with sandpaper, and I painted the freshly-raw plastic with black model paint.

I replaced the matte 2-piece visor with a single T-shaped piece of glossy black plastic. This was made using acetate printer paper – I drew the shape as a black block, and then reduced its opacity to about 80%. When printed, this was good enough to see through, but still looked pretty dark from the outside.  I drilled as many holes as I could in the helmet to increase airflow – down the back, along the kill-stripes, in the ear-sections, in the corners of the visor, etc. I used Velcro to attach several sponges inside the top, with gave me some cushioning against the hard edges/ridges, and held it more firmly on my head.

There were a few aesthetic problems with the helmet - when it arrived, the famous ‘dented helmet’ looked less 'dented' as ‘slightly scuffed’. It needed a few more bare-metal marks and a more defined dent – I did this with silver/gunmetal model paint. The antenna stalk was black when the helmet arrived (it should be silver), so I painted it and strengthened it with a wire coat hanger to prevent it bending with the weight of that little black thing (the range-finder, if I’m correct) on top of it.


This is a picture with the original visor taken out. Unfortunately, I hadn't decided to make this guide right from the start, so there are no 'before' pictures - just the 'after' ones and a few 'part-way through' ones.

This is an 'after' picture - this is helmet as I wore it out to the Halloween party, and hopefully be wearing out to more fancy-dress events.

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INTRO
INTRO
HELMET
HELMET
JUMPSUIT
JUMPSUIT
ARMOUR
ARMOUR
CODPIECE
CODPIECE
GIRTHBELT
GIRTH BELT
BOXBELT
BOX BELT
GUARDS
SHOULDER & KNEE GUARDS
GAUNTLETS
GAUNTLETS
GUN
GUN
SCALPS
WOOKIE SCALPS
CAPE
CAPE
BOOTS
BOOTS
JETPACK
JETPACK
DECALS
DECALS
OUTRO
OUTRO