Imperial Gunner Helmet Build - Pic Heavy
Kit available from an Australian maker, does not need painting.
What is in the kit:
Dome, scope, jaw, jaw lid, 2 x strips abs (jaw reinforcing), comms box, curved visor, imperial cog sticker, antenna, tube for antenna, blue rectangle greeblie, red round greeblie, white round greeblie, 2 x white square greeblie, 6 x black rivets, 6 x washers, darker tint for visor.
This is the Vac formed pulls marked ready for trimming.
Note: trim lines on pieces are a guide, you may need to trim more if you have a larger head and neck.
Trimmed close to the template lines on all three pieces.....then use a dremel to sand the rest until the lines have gone, keeping nice contour lines and any white left can be polished off later.
Once the jaw has been trimmed, then place it upside down on the bench to make sure its all straight and no gaps ( Very Important).
Now file a 45 degree angle on the jaw lip, I recommend using a hand file as this will give the best results for a seamless joint.
Drill the for holes in the dome that have been marked on the ear sides.( always check the holes marked that they are in uniform with the dome as they can move when marked) !!!!
Position the jaw under the dome and use clamps or magnets to hold in position... put 40mm blocks or spacers under for the gap and 40mm forward of the dome.
When its in the correct position drill and pop one rivet on each side to hold in position and check again that's its all 40mm gap and jaw out, when happy drill the other two holes and pop rivet them ( use washers behind the rivets so they don't pull through)
Trim the jaw lid and slot 2mm out on each side so it can slide back into the dome.
This needs to match in with the jaw with the same front edge, once done then file a 45 degree edge on the lid.
When your happy with it then tape it down so there are no gaps ( if your lid is wider then the dome, dont !! force it in as this will change the shape of the dome and pull the dome gap down on the jaw...this needs to fit in snug ).