Not a true ‘assembly’ build as the helmet does actually come completely assembled, however there are some modification needed for (a) 501st approval, and (b) achieving a better helmet. I can already hear the nob jokes 🙂
For any other Anovos kit builders undertaking this believe me it is a daunting task. Not difficult as such, but taking a relatively good helmet apart, drilling, filing, and.. all being well, putting it back together again does make you a little nervous.
The purpose of this build/mod is to:
Replace the ear piece screws with correct approved screws
Hopefully tighten up the gaps in the helmet/ear armour sections
Fix the eye visor element better without using velcro
Tidy up the eye cut-outs
Tidy up the ‘teeth’
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Once the last coat of white paint goes on the ear screws that should be it for approval. I need to decide on whether to re-fit the supplied head strap (similar to that found in construction hard hats) or replace with foam pads. TBH the head strap actually fits me fine so I may just stick with that for the moment. I have also seen some troopers have added an elastic chin strap so that may be added too.
However, I think I will definitely need to add some fans for cooling and a mic/speaker combo for best effect, but that will be another post.