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So it sounds like I have it set up pretty good, I need to go buy some needle files and do the teeth, but I should be able to rivet today, I’ll post an update when that’s done. Thank you everyone for y

Hi Thomas, welcome to FISD.  I would like to recommend you the following Forum Thread, It would be so useful for this challenging part of your  project. Be sure to post some photos of your build

I put the first ear on. Im happy with the way it looks! No really big gaps, alignment looks good. What do you guys think?   

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16 minutes ago, Tsedd11 said:

I also am not sure where to trim the ears to to even start for fitting,like how much do I leave? i sketched it out in pencil where I thought to trim first. 

If you feel more confidence, leave a 0.5 cm  down the line you marked and start to fit , you can use painter's tape or magnets and let us see.

 

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Alright, gonna start on the ears today. I found this interesting video on youtube that seems to make a lot of sense and seems to work for the guy in the video. was wondering if this is a better option than trial and error with a dremel. thanks :dancing-trooper:

 
Sorry i couldn't find the BBCODE option you talked about. 
 
I also am not sure where to trim the ears to to even start for fitting,like how much do I leave? i sketched it out in pencil where I thought to trim first. 

The ears in that video are a little thick compared with the originals, however, the method is workable.

Personally, I prefer to do an approximate trim with scissors first, then fine tune with a Dremel (or sandpaper).




Remember, they don’t have to be seamless. I’d just suggest using screen shots available to help you gauge the thickness and positioning. :-)
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1 hour ago, Tsedd11 said:

  Sorry i couldn't find the BBCODE option you talked about.  

In your Gallery, click on the center area of the pic you wish to post, which will bring you to the area as seen below. 

 

1.  LEFT click on Copy next to Direct Link.

2.  Paste into your post or thread.

 

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I'm finding this very difficult trying to form the ears to the helmet. about how thick do you want the ears on the helmet? Do i want the ear thicker on the front? I'm talking about the disc as well. The circle with the rank bars on it. Its a good thing I was sent 2 pairs :laugh1:

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I'm finding this very difficult trying to form the ears to the helmet. about how thick do you want the ears on the helmet? Do i want the ear thicker on the front? I'm talking about the disc as well. The circle with the rank bars on it. Its a good thing I was sent 2 pairs :laugh1:


Here’s a nice example.


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Each was slightly different so don’t be too worried. Check out the FISD image library for more examples. :-)
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You are definitely on the right track, but the top of the round part should be lowered a bit to where it aligns with the ridge.  You may need to take a hair off the areas as seen in the second photo to lower them and move them forward a tad.   As I mentioned, don't worry too much about the gaps.

 

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Looks GREAT!  NICE job!  :jc_doublethumbup:

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I put the first ear on. Im happy with the way it looks! No really big gaps, alignment looks good. What do you guys think? :Stormtrooper_walk_south:
 
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Looks good, so far. Do you have photos from around 5-6 feet back? It’ll be easier to gauge from there. :-)
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Rough fitting, looks way off, did I trim it too short? Or mess up the helmet during construction?906d44e29be004cb59095bdd21eaec88.jpg&key=d25361ef766608833f7f41366ba8bc7c6b87634a2a445718764784820cd92e95

Looks okay, Trooper. As last time, do you have a couple more angles from a few feet back? :)
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Rough fitting, looks way off, did I trim it too short? Or mess up the helmet during construction?906d44e29be004cb59095bdd21eaec88.jpg&key=d25361ef766608833f7f41366ba8bc7c6b87634a2a445718764784820cd92e95

By the way, if you’re worried about the little gap above the ear, don’t be concerned. Many originals had that, to, as below.

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That’s what I was mostly concerned about was the gap. I don’t have one on the right but I will on the left. Was that common with the left side? Or just in general. Is there a way to close that gap?


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That’s what I was mostly concerned about was the gap. I don’t have one on the right but I will on the left. Was that common with the left side? Or just in general. Is there a way to close that gap?


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The gap is fine. Just like those reference photos I posted, many have a similar gap.

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The other side looks quite high, however, it doesn’t look like you could have done much differently. The moulding of this make of helmet looks like you didn’t have much choice.

 

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Honestly, what you’ve done seems to be okay for this helmet.

 

If in doubt, check some other builds of this maker and see how they positioned the ear caps. [emoji1303]

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I’m back! Starting again after many months with the arms now, got the first one all trimmed up. I know the strips for the arms and bicep are 15mm. I have skinny arms so I just have 7.5 flat joint on each side to make it look nice. It fits without being too tight. Any tips? Also I’m assuming you cover up the top alignment with the cover strip. Is the cover strip rounded or chamfered or just straight. Thank you!


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Hi Thomas, some photos should be great to see in  detail , (be sure to wear your black inner shirt.),  how the biceps and forearms looks together . As you can see in the reference photo added, ther's certain proportion to keep 

 

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And for the cover strips end, they're usually angled cut or sanded to smooth the corners .

 

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