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**Please be aware that is is my personal opinion, explained in detail below.**


If you are looking for accuracy with your ANH Stormtrooper build, hopefully you will find this very useful.


Before you start building, I’d highly recommend that you use the following;


- Magnets; to experiment with, and fine tune, positioning of the two parts of your helmet (faceplate / back & cap)

- screen reference photos (found on whitearmor.net and/or starwarshelmets.com)

- free collage apps (example, LiveCollage) to compare your progress with screen used examples


Aligning the faceplate with the back & cap is a key factor in defining the look of your Stunt Stormtrooper helmet. Based on the reference photos below, especially the various group shots throughout ANH, it is my opinion that the majority of screen used stunts had a ‘similar’ appearance to the photos below. There were, of course, a few variations, however, there is certainly a trend (backed up by the group shots). My suggestions are along the same lines as the CRL, following the most common appearance throughout the movies for an instantly recognisable look.


Mounting the faceplate high into the back/cap leads to a long (front to back) but short (height) looking helmet, more reminiscent of ROTJ/ESB MKII. This can also lead to the eyes looking a little cross-eyed from the front.





The following photos will give examples of this. I have seen this a lot recently and thought it was worth highlighting.


As always, each helmet was handmade so slightly different, however, the vast majority follow this method of construction.


Do bear in mind that, due to the differences in helmets from different makers, results may vary.



Let’s start with the basic premise - the majority of reference photos show that if you draw an imaginary line (shown here in green) from the rear molded line of the back and cap, this will sit just above the eyes; or to put it another way, it is very unlikely that the eyes will sit HIGHER than this imaginary line;





Let’s look at this with a helmet kit. The below example is using an RWA Stunt, 1.5mm helmet kit. The below images show how vastly different the same helmet can look, all based on the alignment of the faceplate and back/cap.





There are many examples of the ANH style throughout the movie and reference materials, but very few with the faceplate mounted so high into the cap (in ANH).


The below photo is a Hero helmet that also supports this theory. As with most Hero helmets, they also had a clear gap between the eyes and the brow trim.




Here is Han’s helmet supporting the same theory;




The below two photos are the RS Propmasters screen used helmet, again, supporting this theory and alignment.






Another, just for reference.




Here are some more examples of helmets following this type of alignment/appearance.










As mentioned early on, each helmet was handmade so slightly different, however, the vast majority follow this method of construction, as shown in the many reference photos and screen shots.


Do bear in mind that due to the differences in helmets from different makers, results may vary.


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Depth and breadth in your research - valuable for accuracy enthusiasts

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Thanks, Jesse.

The reference images really do the talking, however, it’s nice to compile them in one place for easy viewing. :-)

Nice to hear from you, sir. :-)

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