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KGB Gas Mask Helmet Damage
KGB Gas Mask
I wanted to use a KGB Hobby gas
mask on one of my figures, but when I tried to fit the plastic
web it comes with onto the figure's head. I found that it
bulked out the helmet that I also wanted to fit on the head.
All because the plastic web material is too thick, especially
when I fold the straps back through the mask and under the
helmet. The plastic material is also too thick and stiff to
wrap around the back of the figure's head.
So I had to look for an
alternative thinner material to replace the plastic web in Picture
1. The only
material I had here was some Black leather material. I laid
the plastic web onto the leather, so that I could use a pencil
to trace out the shape. The leather was then carefully cut
out, and then trimmed to shape with a very sharp model knife.
The leather web was then painted on the sides, front and back
with some Black acrylic paint, to both dull down the leather
shine and get it to match on all over.
I did think of using some thinner plastic sheet material, but
I still had the problem of it not moulding around the rear of
the figure's head. So that is where the idea for the leather
material in Picture 2. came in, and once it was painted it would look like
the real rubber material. Plus when the straps are carefully
tightened around the head to hold the mask in place on the
face, the leather material moulded to the back of
the head. So with the straps now being
softer than the original plastic web, I can now get the helmet
to fit better onto the head over the gas mask.
The headsculpt I have used here is a DiD Hermann
Hanke head, which helps to fit the gas mask better as it is bald. I tried other
heads, but I found a lot of the problems I was having, was because of the hair
line which caused the mask to sit wrong.
Replacement Gas Mask Straps
In Picture 2.
the leather web straps have been test fitted onto the mask and the head,
and as I wanted the softer strap material now moulds around the head better.
Which also helps the mask to sit better on the figure's face.
DAM Alpha helmet
Another problem I found I had with trying to fit a
mixture of a DAM helmet, a KGB Hobby gas mask together onto a DiD head. In
Picture 3. I have test fitted the helmet
inner web to the head. This is when I found that
the helmet chin straps would not connect together, so I have had to cut through
the stitching on one side of the chin strap adjuster in Picture
4. Which I have extended slightly and
then sewn back together again, so that when all of the pieces are assembled the
straps can be connected.
The pictures below show how I have now fitted the
helmet shell onto the head, this took a little bit of fiddling about to get it
to sit level at the front. As I found that the side padding on the helmet web
sticks out more on one side, so this was just pushed back under the shell to
balance it up. And with the adjusted straps, I can now connect the clips
together. The visor can also be folded down to cover the eye glass on the gas
Riot Helmet Damage
With the helmet I have used above with the gas
mask, in Picture 5. it just looked too new.
I have taken off the glass visor and then put the helmet into a bag with some
screws and gave it a good shake. But I found that I did not mark the helmet
enough for me, so in Picture 6. I have used
a 3mm drill bit to randomly stab at the helmet, which has left the marks as
shown. This has now scratched the paint and given it a more worn look.
To help to bring out the scratches better in
Picture 7. I rubbed my finger in some Tamiya
Silver weathering powder and rubbed it into the scratches. I then moistened my
other finger to remove some of the Silver powder when I rubbed the helmet again. I
then used the Tamiya Green weathering powder, to lose the new and shiny look the helmet had and to add an overall flat matt effect.
Finally I gave some of the visor edges a drybrush of some Silver acrylic paint
to simulate wear.
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