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How to Upgrade Your Sideshow Celtic Predator Bio Helmet Lenses – Includes the Lens Template!

July 8th, 2009

Good afternoon guys and gals, time to post my promised tutorial on how I upgraded and installed more screen accurate looking plastic reflective lenses on my Sideshow AvP Celtic Predator Bio Helmet! Hope you like the final result and that you find the videos helpful. Don’t forget, at the end of this post you will find a link to download a free lens template you can use to create your own new lenses instead of having to make them from scratch like I did.

As I’m sure most of you have already seen, I put together a less than favorable review of the Celtic Predator Helmet from ADI and Sideshow Collectibles last week, and in the review I promised you a tutorial on how to upgrade the lenses so they looked a lot closer to what we see in the movie. When we see the Celtic up close, he clearly has a reflective plastic type material over the eyes that has a speckled finish with white, black and silver. In fact, the Chopper has the same lens material in his helmet, which we can see quite clearly in his death scene. Here’s a look at both bios and the look I wanted to duplicate for you:


Before you go to watch the videos (This tutorial is made up of 2 separate videos posted on YouTube in full HD), here’s a quick list of the materials you will need:

– Flat piece of plastic from a clamshell package
– 1 can of black spraypaint
– 1 can of white spraypaint
– 1 or 2 cans of silver/grey spraypaint
– Roll of blue painter’s masking tape (or download the pre-made template I made)
– Piece of paper
– Scissors
– Hot glue or 5 minute Epoxy
– Water-proof fine tip marker (Sharpie)
– Some patience and a coffee

Once you’re finished, you will end up with a look WAY closer to what you see on the screen that will improve the look of your helmet TREMENDOUSLY!


In the videos, I show you how I was able to make a perfect impression of the lens holes and how I made the templates. It was tedious but worked great… I’m going to save you the time of redoing all that by providing you with a free template of the lenses I made! Just click HERE or the icon below to download the template pack. In the pack you will find the template in 3 formats: MS Word (.doc), image file (.jpg) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) allowing you to print the template in your preferred program. Just make sure you read the template instructions carefully (the template itself has the instructions listed on it) and make sure you measure the print-out to make sure it’s accurate!

Now you’re ready for the tutorials! As mentioned before, I had to break it down in to TWO separate videos due to YouTube’s 10 minute maximum time per video, so please make sure you watch BOTH! Here are the videos (Please note videos may take a couple of hours until HD versions are available!):

PART 1 – Introduction and paint application
PART 2 – Creating the lens shapes and installation

You can also click on the YouTube icon below to watch the first video, then just visit my YouTube channel to find the second video.

Video Available on YouTube!

That’s it gang! Please be sure to post your comments or questions below by clicking on the comment button below and using the feedback form. I love hearing what you guys have to say about the products or reviews, so please don’t be shy, just be polite lol!

Until next post,
Dan

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9 Responses to “ How to Upgrade Your Sideshow Celtic Predator Bio Helmet Lenses – Includes the Lens Template! ”

  1. Michael L. Deptula Says:

    I LOVE the video Intro you made for Predatorstuff

  2. Matt Says:

    Nice job Dan, makes a world of difference. We keep saying it but why couldn’t sideshow have done this?! I don’t buy that ADI wouldn’t let them for one second, i really hope they improve things for any future releases. Anyway, great job, now lets see some high res pictures of the improved mask 🙂

  3. michael Says:

    Is scar up for a new lens ? Thanks for the idea about lenses my celtic helmet would have drove me crazy trying to figure something out.

  4. Aaron Peck Says:

    Hi Dan. Great review of the celtic bio and awsome demo on the lenses.I do have one question though, Have you thought about doing this method to the scar bio? or a mesh lens? Then passing it on as an idea for sideshow for them to use this method so possibly they won’t get backlash for it. Anyway, just a thought.

    Thanks
    Aaron

  5. Justin Says:

    That looks like a million bucks, Dan. What a finish for such a simple touch up! Killer!

  6. Faken Says:

    I think I will be looking in to doing a Scar one as well in the near future 🙂

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  8. HybridPanda Says:

    Legend i didnt see this mention at the end of the 2nd video till i watched it a 2nd time round. Have been sitting here thinking of what to use to get the template ^_^

  9. NA Says:

    Part 1 works great, but for part two I get: “This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

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