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Old 16-04-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Black plastic backed foam board, A4.......1.20
Skate helmet from bargain bin in Tesco...3.00
Tea strainer.......................................... ......1.50
Correx plastic board from a sign...............Free
Electric cable for edging............................Free

I used Exterminator's excellent photos to make this pattern (scale based on the fact that tea strainers seem to measure 7cm across.)




Cut it out of the foam board, and then heated and formed the curves over a gas hob. I edged the eyes with cable and gaffered the thing onto the front of the helmet. I was worried about the inflexibility of the correx board for the halo, but discovered if you heat up one side it curves quite easily. I think I made it too wide, this is 8cm, I think 6.5 would be nearer the mark. A bit of paint and a piece of ND and we're there.

Not very accurate you say, but near enough I retort, and the budget's about spot on. Blakes 7, the great value space opera.
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Old 17-04-2012, 06:02 AM   #2
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Black plastic backed foam board, A4.......1.20
Skate helmet from bargain bin in Tesco...3.00
Tea strainer.......................................... ......1.50
Correx plastic board from a sign...............Free
Electric cable for edging............................Free

I used Exterminator's excellent photos to make this pattern (scale based on the fact that tea strainers seem to measure 7cm across.)




Cut it out of the foam board, and then heated and formed the curves over a gas hob. I edged the eyes with cable and gaffered the thing onto the front of the helmet. I was worried about the inflexibility of the correx board for the halo, but discovered if you heat up one side it curves quite easily. I think I made it too wide, this is 8cm, I think 6.5 would be nearer the mark. A bit of paint and a piece of ND and we're there.

Not very accurate you say, but near enough I retort, and the budget's about spot on. Blakes 7, the great value space opera.
Can you post that drawing with dimensions?
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Old 17-04-2012, 06:27 AM   #3
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The drawing is A4 in size.
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Old 17-04-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I used Exterminator's excellent photos to make this pattern (scale based on the fact that tea strainers seem to measure 7cm across.)
So I would say that means the drawing is the right size when the grey circle measures 7cm in diameter, wouldn't you Ham?

However, I have worn an original, and it seems to me that is a tad large, going by the picture of it being worn. (Maybe there are different sizes of strainers?)
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Old 17-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #5
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Or it could be my tiny head?
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Old 18-04-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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So I would say that means the drawing is the right size when the grey circle measures 7cm in diameter, wouldn't you Ham?

However, I have worn an original, and it seems to me that is a tad large, going by the picture of it being worn. (Maybe there are different sizes of strainers?)
Yes, but I was kinda hoping for actual dimension on the drawing, to save the actual business of hope that would work....
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Old 18-04-2012, 12:17 AM   #7
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So I would say that means the drawing is the right size when the grey circle measures 7cm in diameter, wouldn't you Ham?

However, I have worn an original, and it seems to me that is a tad large, going by the picture of it being worn. (Maybe there are different sizes of strainers?)
Hmm...may be one of the people here who have one might measure theirs for us?
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Old 18-04-2012, 03:29 AM   #8
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I sent you a link to the file on picasa, A4 297mm x 210mm, but you're right, gentlemen, what size are YOUR tea strainers?
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I sent you a link to the file on picasa, A4 297mm x 210mm, but you're right, gentlemen, what size are YOUR tea strainers?
There's also the issue that I don't even know where to GET a tea strainer, much less one of a particular size....online source for the preferred part?

You see, in the US Tea generally comes in bags, you can get tea balls but I don't think one of those would work.
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Old 18-04-2012, 07:21 AM   #10
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look on ebay.co.uk - there are loads of tea strainers and from what i have read you are looking for one with has a diameter of 7 cm
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Old 20-04-2012, 05:36 AM   #12
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Thats very good - okay it isnt completely accurate but still the image is very convincing - well done that man !!!
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Old 20-04-2012, 06:22 AM   #13
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Just out of interest, can anyone show a helmet with measurements?
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Old 23-04-2012, 05:22 PM   #14
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... you can get tea balls
Is that a bit like "tennis elbow"??!!

I am pretty sure that the tea strainer I used in my "prototype" helmet was 3" (76mm), so if you enlarge the image to match that, it should be about right.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:48 AM   #15
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Have now completed outfit for under 20! pics soon.
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You could work at the BBC...!
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Not sure if it's of interest, even as reference pics

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Blakes-7-O...item27c88ef1cf
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:57 PM   #18
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Is it just me or is the seller hopeful??
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:35 PM   #19
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May just be being cynical ....... but I wouldn't trust a "Certificate of Authenticity" or similar from an e-bay seller these days, even one with a 96% positive feedback rating.

And that looks too new and pristene to be an original from 1984. So, sorry, but I won't be bidding on that for 500.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:53 PM   #20
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I promised pictures, these are grabs from my movie.

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