Thanks to Andy R for send in these shots comparing the
Master Replicas against one of the "Old boys", the GF (Gerardo
Follano) Stormtrooper helmet which was first made about 5-6 years ago - and
was my first accurate Stormtrooper Helmet
Okay, so the fan-made vac-formed ABS GF is on the Left,
with much heavier, licensed fiberglass MR on the Right. Front on the
GF looks slightly the more accurate as it has the more "fatter" face.
Again from the quarter angle the features of the GF look
ever-so-slightly better. Remember both helmets were cast off a Stunt
helmet and then reverse engineered to match the Hero look
However i the case of the GF this was an easier task since
its manufactured in the same (or at least very similar) materials to the
original - whereas the MR's design process has had to work a way around
producing the helmet through a totally different technique - tthat of
moulding in fiberglass.
Fron the rear there's not much to tell. Both have the rear
bell shape "swoosh" so frustratingly missing from the SDS Stormtrooper
helmets. The GF looking even more asymmetrical than the MR.
...and finally a shot from the front quarter where the
horizontal gap between the brow and the eyes looks more pronounced and
slightly odd. Both great helmets although I have to say I prefer the GF.
Though the GF is no longer available there are several ABS fan-made helmets
every bit as good as the GF including the AP,
TM and TE2. Check them all out here.