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Post  Major Wolfram Quicksilver on Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:40 pm

I have wondered how on earth our forebears coped in the tropics with their pith helmets, I've always baked when I've worn mine. So, I've taken a leaf out of the book the 501st boys use (http://www.501st.com/), and how they solve the problem of overheating in a stormtrooper helmet. I've bought a 12V 30mm PC fan and a small toggle switch, and am going to fit these in the top of the pith, along with the wiring, connectors and a 9V battery. Hopefully I'll have the Mk1 version ready for the weekend. Pics to follow.
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Post  Major Wolfram Quicksilver on Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:37 pm

It's done:



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Post  Captain Lyerly on Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:45 pm

Nicely done!

How does it affect the balance, though? I seem to have problems keeping mine on at times. Someone startled me the other day just after a horror film, and scared the pith off of me!


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Post  Major Wolfram Quicksilver on Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:26 pm

Don't know yet, I'll tell you after the weekend.
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Post  maduncle on Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:39 pm

I love the concept - but it is so discrete (and steampunk is anything but!).

Could you mount a brass whirlygig on the top of the pith helmet on the outside that spins?

(Scared the pith off of me - good one Captain Lyerly!)
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Post  Herr Döktor on Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:44 pm

What a tiny fan!

With maduncle on that one, how about a governor?

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Post  Danbury Shakes on Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:54 pm

Of course the original old fashioned way to keep cool in a pith was to soak it in water which, as it evaporated, kept your head cool

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