"A Battlestar's Quest" aka "Raiders of the Lost Crest"

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  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    By your command - LIKED! :D;)
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    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    The mike and the speakers are ready. :)

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    The original one was made of a side mirror of a VW Shirocco. ;)

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  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    This is really coming together BEAUTIFULLY!
    I am really looking forward to seeing it built!!!
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    A quick and dirty test build of the mockup. I have two dimensions available. The efx helmet is 34 cm wide, the auction catalogue says the original prop was 30 cm wide. I printed a 2D image according to these data to check out which one looks better. The 34 cm version looked a tad too big, the 30 cm version a tad too small. So I rescaled the mockup to 32 cm.

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    No, this is no toilet seat..! :D

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    The light bars are still to come but at the moment I am really content with the result. :)
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  5. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    The mock-up looks really good!!!thumbsup
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  6. blake7

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    Looks Great! But where is the dirt! It is very clean and precise build. For being a test build it looks fantastic!
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  7. starbuck

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    Looks perfect!
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  8. Revell-Fan

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    Thank you - the dirt is added in the next step. :D

    I have added the light bars. Unfortunately I noticed that the back edges of them hit my temples, so I guess I'll have to rework these areas. Other than that it looks fine. ;)
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    So I take it that you do not want it to look like this one?;)
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    LOL! I remember the scene when the chin guard broke off! ;)
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    I have tweaked the mockup further and reduced the polycount to make the foldings easier and the flaps larger. So far I have built two versions in different sizes to check out which one looks better. The main problem I have is that different sources state different sizes of the real prop. Amazon says, the efx helmet is 34 x 30 x 30 cm (which can't be fully true because the width and length are not equal), the Hollywood auction catalogues say the original prop was 30 cm high. So I took a value inbetween (32 cm) and find it a good fit for an "average" head (whatever that means ;) ). I do have a certain advantage as I have a similar statue like Dirk Benedict. We are about the same height (+ / - 1 cm), thus I assume that our heads are of similar size, too. So I'll have to compare some shots of him and me wearing the helmet to be sure.

    In the meantime I give you a sneak peak at the kit. I have attached the 32 cm version of the mockup for you to check out. Feel free to toy around with it - but please keep in mind that this is a simplified version which cannot be used to produce a good-looking prop replica. The final (good) one will come with the final kit, including a proper texture and the detailing. The mockup is designed for fast and easy assembly to check out if you have to scale up or down the final plans to make your prop fit on your head.

    Strangely Pepakura has produced some zig-zag lines in the unfold (I have no idea why it did that and I was unable to get rid of that). Ignore that and imagine these lines as being straight. To save ink I recommend to print the pattern in white.

    :)

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  12. Draegor

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    My younger self thanks you, all I wanted for X-Mas in 1979 was a Colonial Warrior's Jacket and a viper helmet.....No joy :(
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  13. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    That is so clean of a build, I thought it was a Render!! Wow!! :)
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  14. Joseph Vogt

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    i like the mock up just wish i could open the file my computer is not opening PDO files. also i found on colonialfleets website a Doug Morency did a 17 page paper form of a viper helmet.
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    You need a pdo viewer:

    http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/download/viewer.html

    Unfortunately it only works on Windows machines. If you have a Mac you may try installing a virtual machine emulating a Windows environment (please don't ask me how to do that, I have no idea, but there should be plenty of tutorials in the web ;) ).

    I know the kit Doug posted on colonialfleets. It is not his kit but a "jpgged" version of a kit by our long-time member ekuth. The kit is very simple. The original thread is here:

    http://www.zealot.com/threads/colonial-warrior-viper-helm-design-thread.154600/

    Build thread:

    http://www.zealot.com/threads/colonial-warrior-viper-helmet-build.154722/

    As far as I know this was the first attempt at making a Colonial Warrior's helmet from paper.

    To everyone: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO BOTH THREADS because they are DEAD. PERIOD. :explode:;)

    There is another helmet available at therpf:

    http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=205636

    It is a really funny coincidence because that model was designed independently from ekuth's and mine and I am sure the designer did not know either of our creations. ;)

    That helmet is more sophisticated than ekuth's. However there are some areas which do not look quite right and the pattern has to be down-scaled a bit (the ideal factor was about 90% if I remember correctly). The built helmet looks fairly good though (see bottom of the page). :cool:

    The creator of that helmet has also made a Cylon helmet which looks absolutely awesome. Hats off! :cool::cool::cool:

    My helmet is mainly based on the straight-on views from the efx replica helmet so it should be pretty accurate. The crests are based on close-ups from the original helmets and the various replicas you can find, some are my creations only. However, the only thing I am still a bit confused about is the size. 32 cm is a guess which fits well on my head, but as I said, the final result can be re-scaled to fit the builder's head. In addition it can be built with or without lights and the crests can be switched. :)
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  16. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Are you introducing a helmet, just trying to figure out what's going on. I cannot see any reason why you would not feel it is fine to go ahead if you wished. Hat's off to you. :)
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  17. Revell-Fan

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    Oh no. I had nothing to do with the other helmets, I did not design them and I did not build them. I just wanted to say that ekuth was the designer of one of the other helmet (not Doug) and that there is another helmet designed by someone else available at therpf which has some flaws. chevy

    And since we do not necropost, we should not add a comment to the old threads I linked to. I added the links only for illustration. :)

    Work on my helmet continues as soon as I have done some research at my local hobby shop. I'll keep you posted here! ;)
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  18. Revell-Fan

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    The eagle was edited and cleaned up. I think I can start unfolding soon. :)

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    I have put the three main crests onto the helmet to determine the size and location of the anchor.

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    A view from the inside shows the anchor. It seems that the heron crest requires a few more magnets in the front to hold it in place. It will show when the first prototype has been assembled. :)

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  20. Joseph Vogt

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    the pictures look great thank you for the information.