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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:19 am    Post subject: Gaff Spinner Helmet .... Updated Reply with quote

Hey Guys,
Been with this site for a couple of months now and have been amazed and inspired by all the talented and helpful people here. I wanted to make somthing from scratch for my first contribution and Gaffs helmet jumped out at me.
I was surprised at how easy and cheap it was to source all the peices, even the original WW2 helmet and headset. The voice tube is not the one i wanted, but the shipping on that one was nearly more than the whole replica. The hardest peices to find were the purple wire,surprisingly, and the bowtie. I searched for mind numbing hours for the screen version online but ended up getting the closest one and cut strips of gaffa tape, no pun intended. think it works ok.
I put this together from the standard two screen snaps so if anybody has any different pics, please contact me so i can adjust for accuracy. The foam head is from here in Oz and apart from being cheap, has an expression you can work with, Im sure that anyone who is slightly artistic
could do a better job with Gaffs face, but i think i got the sneer right.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont know why 2nd pic is so big, any advice?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going well so far.......here is the 2nd picture that should have been posted.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dig it!!! Great job
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Amish.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool, makes me realize too, how far off I am off I am from finishing mine. I like your take on the cross wires, I need to take another look at them.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Tim !!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Fred and Andy.
For the cross wires Andy, i got some corrorgated A4 size thin cardboard from my local office supplies, comes in five colours and was also handy fitting out the interior of the medicom spinner i converted.
Tim.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Gaff's headgear is just cool.



Great job setting that up.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had been looking for wire with a similar pattern. also I had thought about using a long spring around the existing wire to give the same look. I am still not sure what it is exactly though.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something else out of the ordinary. Always like seeing something new.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should also mention that Borders has a disguise kit for an affordable $5 that you could use for eyebrows etc if you wanted to give it a bit more realism.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip SLK. I got a haircut about a week ago and toyed with the idea of using some of the offcuts for the tash and brows, too messy.
Are the ones from Borders realistic looking or do you get your full $5 worth?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are not too bad. They are intended as a novelty item but good for what it is. May want to call ahead and see if your local borders has them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really cool job! As someone who missed the boat on Iding the soft helmet, what exactly is it? I'd like to start a project like this too!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a helmet liner for a pilot's helmet. Not sure if its a UK or US liner, but it resembles the liner found in the SPH type helmets used in helicopters.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Nathan,
I got all the main pieces from ebay(US) The exact item descriptions were given as,
WW2 US Army Air Forces Flight Helmet ANH-15. It was listed under collectables, WW2, I began searching under aviation helmets and went from there. Make sure you check through all the other options ebay will give you.
WW2 AAF Fighter Pilot Flight Helmet Earphones. HB-7 Headband and R-14
Receivers. I found this in WW2, field gear. Also try Vintage Headsets etc.
You have to remove the leather padding from the metal headbands. As far as i can tell they are the exact ones,along with the helmet, used to make the original.
All other pieces were scratch built just using the movie snaps as a reference. Just search "voice tubes"and "Foam Head Displays" on ebay to find those bits. As a guide,i think the whole thing ran me about $90.00US.
I should have taken pics along the way and will do so when i start the
Chews headgear project. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any more questions.
Tim Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just updated the paintjob, a little more detail and a bit more snarlier....




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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work! I begging to have one !!!! Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And.. finally... I got it!!!! Very HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery Happy











GOOD JOB TIM!!!!!! Razz Razz Razz
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