The Rocketeer has a special place in many of our memories, and Replica Props Forum user firecrackthis has loved the character since he was a child. That led to him building the helmet from scratch, and it’s his first such build. He spent a month on the Rocketeer, and here are the basics of how it came together:
i made the helmet by starting with the Pep file (had to make it twice because i didn’t realize you had to scale these things). after that i coated it in some resin, then fiber glassed it. was only able to put one full layer of bondo on it didn’t have time to do more so i spot filled and sanded like crazy. used an epoxy clay for the details, then primed it in black, and spray painted it an antique gold. for the lenses i used a pair of those over sized Elvis glasses and put a layer of window tint over them and just hot glued them inside the helmet.
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