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Re: Tips on Head Swaps

Hat provides extra heads with some of its' sets.I have a set of WW1 artillerymen I'd like to convert to Middle Eastern Pith Helmet but I've never tried to do a swap.

1. Where to start cutting off ==> level with the height of the new head.

2. what tools to use. ==> Scalpel or craft knife for the cutting. Bit of wire and glue to join or a soldering iron to just fuse the head to the body.

3. I wish they had provided more than 2 pith helmets. ==> See if anyone in the forum has some to spare?

4. Of course in WW2 the British wore steel helmets, did they ever do so in WW1? ==> Yes they did. As did Australians and all other WW1 combatants - especially when the weather report said a chance of Shrapnel.

Have a great day, FPR

Re: Tips on Head Swaps

These HaT spare heads have pins coming out from underneath the neck, don't cut these pins off they can be used to attach the heads to the figure without the need of wire pins.

The heads have a little bit of neck so cutting the steel helmeted head off the figure just above the collar would probably be about right.

Once the head is cut off I recommend getting a pin vise drill and a set of mini drill bits, both should be available at your local hobby shop. Using a drill bit the same size as the pin on the spare head drill a hole from the centre of the neck where the head was cut off down into the figure and push the pin on the spare head into this hole. A small amount of glue will make it more secure.

If you don't want to buy a pin vise drill I have seen a talented modeller on another forum use a hot pin or paper clip or nail of rthe right size to melt a hole into the figure but I think this method has too much scope for accidents for someone like me and the pin vise drill really does make the job much, much easier than it sounds.

each sprue has two pith helmet heads, and four sprues to a box so each box has enough spare heads for one sprue in pith helmets and one sprue in peaked caps which is not a bad way of doing it if you want the different types.