Post by Plo Strax-Avix on Oct 26, 2008 23:42:56 GMT 8
Just went over to Costumebase's eBay store to have a look at their Vader halmet. For the price they're asking (US$199.90), anyone who intends to get that is better off just buying the RubiesSuper Deluxe EP3 2 PC Helmet for US$79.94, spend about US$30 for shipping, and then pay me to modify it and pay Kal to paint it.
Trust me, you'll end up with a much better helmet then the one Costumebase is offering.
Post by Clonetrooper on Jun 8, 2011 11:48:33 GMT 8
not sure if your question has ben answered/responded to, but just to share I'm not aware of any local sellers (unless members here in the forum).
Most sellers I can see are usually from US and the UK (and also one seller from Argentina) and the lowest price (incl.shipping) I've seen for collectors/play-play grade is ~RM2k for armor + helmet kit (ie.you need to assemble/strap yourself): cgi.ebay.com.my/Stormtrooper-Sandtrooper-Armor-Star-Wars-501st-/250804962106 => RM1.8k (ABS, need final trimming/sanding and strapping. Velcro, black undersuit, white boots and blaster not included).
Then there's the "Deluxe"/"Supreme" all-in-one set (ie.incl.everything like body undersuit, strapping, gloves, holster, neckseal, blaster, shoes, etc. done up for you where you dun need the hassle to buy any single extra thing or spend extra minute of work) can go up to RM4-5k!
If you are more adventerous (and to save some bucks) can also try eg.Clonetrooper style armor kit for around RM1k+ (no helmet) but need to trim and sand yourself (seller will do a rough pre-trim for you for shipping purposes but you'll need to spend some time to do final trimming like using knifes or scissors etc. and sandpaper): cgi.ebay.com.my/Clone-Trooper-Armor-Model-Kit-Star-Wars-style-costume-/120733329954
Also, from what I've seen online basically there are 2-3 types of materials for the armor/helmet: - ABS (more expensive but more durable than HIPS, does not yellow) - HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene, less expensive than ABS, may turn yellowish when outdoors or over long periods of time) - Fibreglass (usually reserved for helmets only, due to it being veeery expensive. Material similiar to motorcycle helmets and very tough. This is for highest end Star-Wars helmets)
I've never worked with ABS or fibreglass before, but I've worked a little on Polystyrene/HIPS (for my Rebel Fleet Trooper helmet kit) and I'm just using normal stationary scissors (relaitively easy to cut) and paper cutter to trim/cut the kit pieces into desired shape. (I've not sanded them yet....will do that in near future as time permits but from my experience from cutting, material seems to create dust quite easily...so better do outdoors...hehe)
Sith, pls. correct me if my above findings are wrong since it's purely based on my own (ebay) research/scouting experience over the years and you actually have first hand armor/stormtrooping experience.
Hope the info has not been too "overwhelming" (I tend to get carried away on a subject I'm passionate about!) and happy trooping!