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 Post subject: Reveal Vent Install on MR ROTS Lid
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:50 pm 
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I ordered two sets of reveal vents and installed them on my two MR lids. This was very tedious to say the least. I worked about 8 hours a day for at least a week straight to get these things to fit right. Not every square on the MR is cut the same and I had to use my dremel like a surgical tool over and over to get each piece to fit properly. Once the fit was complete, I painted the louvers the proper color, installed them and shined up the lids with two coats of NXT Polish. Now I'm tempted to add the other reveal parts to complete the enitre look. I only wish the vents were functional but the padding inside the mask obstructs the holes.



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:59 pm 
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Job well done! :thumbsup

But (if you don't mind me asking) why two of the same helmets?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:10 pm 
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That does look very nice. That's what I wanted to do as well, but the mounting system seems as though it might cause an obstacle for all the parts, haven't seen one up close though so I'm not sure.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:01 am 
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StarWars Collector wrote:
Job well done! :thumbsup

But (if you don't mind me asking) why two of the same helmets?



He's actually Zaphod Beeblebrox and needs one for each head. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:40 am 
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Maybe he wears them on his hands?

Seriously though. Beautiful job!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:12 am 
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Awesome! Are those vents the same source as the ones used in the production? Looks so much better.....


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One lid is for trooping and the other is for display. I just didn't feel I could pull off the ROTS Vader look with any other helmet.

And I agree that adding the other exterior components would definately affect the way the dome sits on the mask. Scratch that idea.

The vents are not exact replicas. The screen used vents have 11 louvers on them while mine only have 7 or 8. I'm sure the actual parts can be bought from somewhere but I thought I was getting accurate vents from the vendor I used. Nonetheless, I'm pleased with how they turned out.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:01 am 
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:thumbsup

Ok interesting, I guess the original pieces would have to be had somewhere in Australia...?


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That's looking cool. Interesting how the vents are placed differently than the OT reveal, iirc.

You seem to wear the outfit well too... so that's a big plus! :thumbsup


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:41 pm 
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i always wondered how that would look... Great job on getting them to sit so PERFECTLY.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:31 pm 
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You know, since you worked so hard to get the vents installed, AND its a trooping helmet, you could always modify the padding to that the holes for the vents are revealed.

Be a lot of work, but could be worth it.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:57 pm 
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I thought about that but I just couldn't bring myself to rip out the suede padding or cut holes in it. Despite the fact it is a trooping helmet, I still treat it like gold and would prefer to minimize any mods to it.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:10 pm 
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Very well done bro, I think the vents look great, not too much (and not over done) but a real point of difference, MR should have done this in the first place.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:33 am 
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. . . MR should have done this in the first place.


I agree. As soon as I saw the first public pics of the MR helmet, I immediately wondered why the vent holes were left unfilled. I'm sure many others felt the same way. I knew it was something I had to do when I bought them.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:07 pm 
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I assume MR thought most people would display the mask with the helmet on so they didn't want the additional expense/labor of supplying the vents if no one will see them...one good thing is that you can then see the vent depressions in their original shape and condition. :cool:


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