Hoses should be black and ribbed. (ok stop the snickering!)


The Chestbox standard requires the hoses to run from the box to the helmet inserts in lengths determined by the size of the pilot from 18″ to 22″ with a 1.25″ exterior diameter. Durability, weight and flexibility as well as “looks” is what is important. Pictured is the light weight polypropylene hose available in 25′ lengths from U.S. Plastics.

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The box must have a white and red round button on the top right side of the front angle. It requires three rocker switches that conform in style (the white wedge rocker never made it onto the screen), with four, one inch squares in either combination of 1 gray, 1 white and 2 blue or 1 red, 1 white and 2 blue surrounded with white 1/8th inch pin striping and with a line across the front. What is pictured here is what is left of the “M.O.M” (Magic of Movies) display. However it does clearly show the two gray gears with approximately 20 teeth and a diameter of 1 7/8ths inch on each of the bottom “donut” sections and hoses and proper dimensions of the TIE Pilot chest box. Click on the thumbnail for a closer view, just be aware, it ain’t pretty.


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Here you can see the proper dimensions of the box in relation to the chest armor. The “greeblies” in the bottom section shown here are turned out of aluminum. Variations of these components may very with availability.


Take note that the “donuts” are thicker at the top where the hoses are installed as compared to the lower versions that have the gears attached. More importantly are the clean lines and a sharp presentation.  Any modifications ie: lights, fans, amplifiers, mp3 players, jawa juice coolers are entirely optional.


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Basic Chestbox scratch building

Advanced Modifications

Hose Installation