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Sometimes the cheap styrofoam heads (not ideal for displaying headgear I know) I buy don't sit level and tend to wobble or fall over once I put a hat on it. Here's my simple solution.

 

Bought at Walmart - 1 dowel rod 5/8", circular wood plaque (.97)

 

Try to remove the decal from the wood plaque. If there's still glue on it, all the better to hold the head in place. Cut off a small length of dowel rod (3-4", I eyeball it). Hammer a small nail in the center of the round plaque, flip it over, tap cut dowel rod piece on with a rubber mallet, tap the nail to make it flush, slide on the head. Each one takes less than 5 minutes.

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Thank you! I was wondering about whether or not I should get the heads because I know they're known to wobble or fall over with headgear on it, and especially helmets and other heavy headgear. Now, I think I should do it, lol. Great idea for a simple but very big and wide known problem! Thank you, very much!

-Liam


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Great idea! After my D-bail para helmet went rolling across the floor once I paid a guy to weld me up some metal versions of yours!


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Thanks guys! I thought about plastic or metal bases, but this was the cheapest solution I could think of with each one costing about $1.10.

Since making these, I haven't had one tip over yet, even with helmets!


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Matts, thanks for instructions on making these. I have been buying the wooden paper towel stands at Goodwill/Salvation Army and cutting the rod down to size.

BTW, it looks like yours could be adapted into a helmet stand also.


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BTW, it looks like yours could be adapted into a helmet stand also.

 

Good idea!


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Fantastic idea. I have a bunch of styrofoam heads that are sensitive. Will be incorporating this idea.

 

Thanks! I know what you mean, the heads from years ago were more stable and the newer ones just aren't flat on the bottom. Sometimes a slight breeze is all it takes to send them toppling over.


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These stands really help stabilize your display when you add the extra weight of oxygen masks, etc.


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great idea! so you don't need to create a hole in bottom of head, but just push into the foam?

 

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great idea! so you don't need to create a hole in bottom of head, but just push into the foam?

 

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The hole is there already on the ones I have.


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I should have specified that this requires a hole in the bottom of the head, although almost all the one I've seen have the hole.


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ah; mine don't have hold but not a problem to create with a small saw.

 

what's the diameter of the wood base? 6 or 8 inches?

 

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The Walmart ones are about 7", I found these at Hobby Lobby, pack of 6 for $4.99 and they are 6.5".

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We have done this for years at our museum. We just buy a long dowel and a long sheet of decent 8" x 8" wood. Then we attach them as you have shown and stain them. Much cheaper than the pre fab stuff and still looks great, just square instead of round. We also use a thin dowel, the same base and an oval type block at the top for caps and such that we don't put on heads. Works great for garrison caps. Scott


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Great idea, thanks for sharing! Got some work to do,

?? or should I say a head of me!

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Sometimes the cheap styrofoam heads (not ideal for displaying headgear I know)

 

For those wondering why they may not be ideal: it's because the styrofoam and PVC plastic can melt together if they are the contact. PVC headbands might be found in such things as garrison caps and pilot helmets, generally post-WWII stuff. There is no problem with sytrofoam and leather coming in contact.



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Great idea, thanks for sharing! Got some work to do,

or should I say a head of me!

 

You are the head man.



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For those wondering why they may not be ideal: it's because the styrofoam and PVC plastic can melt together if they are the contact. PVC headbands might be found in such things as garrison caps and pilot helmets, generally post-WWII stuff. There is no problem with sytrofoam and leather coming in contact.

 

I can attest to that. I had a WW2 flight helmet with goggles on a head and the foam rubber eyepiece of the goggles melted and ADHERED to the head. The goggles were ruined by the time I cut them away from the styrofoam. There shouldn't be any problem with real leather, but you never know with these cheap heads. Better to have a cloth/cotton barrier I think.


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I've been doing something similar for a number of years. Pre-finished oak disks, 6" diameter by 3/4" high, are available by the dozen on ebay. Cost is about $4.30 each. I" diameter dowels, sold by the foot, are available at your local home store and can be cut to 3"- 4" lengths and attached from the bottom with a deck screw.

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could you post the link for those disks? only ones I could find still had bark on them -- "rustic"

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The Walmart ones are about 7", I found these at Hobby Lobby, pack of 6 for $4.99 and they are 6.5".

 

the only ones like yours (and cannot find the same at either place) are very very thin plywood. is that what yours are?

 

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