This is the Helmet of the Imperial Navy Pilot. CANON VERSION
VARIATIONS IN MARKINGS: OPTIONAL
1. IMPERIAL INSIGNIA ONLY
The TIE pilot helmet as seen in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Either from Don Post, Rubies (licensed) or Fan Made. Must meet screen accuracy requirements. Helmet may have flat or bubbled lenses in Dark Gray or Dark Green. It may also have the frown between the teeth drilled out but must be backed by material so that the face is not seen. The helmet must also have imperial disks (greeblies) on the ear wells.
Totally gloss black, no colored markings at all, this version of the TIE Pilot helmet is striking in its simplicity. The only markings are the two Imperial Insignias on either side of the “mohawk” that runs down the middle of the helmet. Imperial insignias may either be white or silver or light gray. Different colored “cogs” are not approvable.
Versions of the TIE Pilot helmet have come in several forms. The original Don Post Classic Action, Don Post Standard, Rubies and numerous fan made unlicensed versions. The closest to “Movie Accurate” is the Don Post Classic Action. While no longer in production, The DLCA has been the “Holy Grail” of helmets. Though rare, the DPCA is the standard that most pilots strive for. However, as long as your helmet meets Legion standards, be it Rubies or fan made, approval will be made by your GML.
Colors of markings may range from chrome to silver, brushed aluminum to light gray to dark gray (gun metal), but must be consistent – pick a colour and stick with it.
Two 2.75″ diameter Imperial Emblems in either white or silver should be on the crest of the helmet as seen in the diagrams below. Keep in mind, that any mixture of these markings should be accepted for Legion Membership. If someone wishes to do an absolutely screen accurate helmet, he or she can use these illustrations as a guide.
5: MOHAWK WITH DESIGNATION MARKINGS
This is again an option for the individualization of your helmet. The silver or gun metal gray paint job is acceptable, kill markings or different colored paint jobs are not acceptable and will not be approved for Legion use or designation. Adding your designation # in the aurabesh font, is allowed in white or silver on either the painted mohawk or one that is simply black.
- Straightened Ear Wells
- 2.75″ Imperial Emblems
- Greeblies affixed to earwells
It is accepted practice to have the Imperial Disk or “Greeblie” mounted on the ear well. The correct positioning is shown here. Earwells in many models of the TIE Helmet arrive warped due to improper storage by the manufacturer or vendor. Heating the earwells with either a hot water bath or hairdryer or heat gun while inserting a wooden form to aid in getting the proper shape, will bring the earwells back into trim. See the tutorial on the JRS Forum for replacing the lenses and installing earwell forms.
The addition of the knob below the greeblie, is no longer approvable and should not be fitted.
Here we see the difference in sizes of helmets: In all three pictures, Left to Right, The Rubies, a Fan Made, the prototype for what was to become the Don Post Classic Action.
- FLAT LENSES
- DRILLED OUT GRILL
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