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druid
01-11-2008, 12:25 PM
The JT Whippersnapper was made around 1985 and was my very first mask. Not too long ago, I found mine in my mom’s basement, all wrapped up in a bath towel and inside a plastic tub. As luck would have it, mine were still in perfect condition. Not having used it in 20 years, it only required a new lens but I remembered that this mask, even as a single lens mask - never fogged, was extremely light and incredibly breathable. It had to have these attributes simply because it was actually designed for Motocross. Well, I changed its lens and not thinking about a tutorial at the time, I never created one.

Well as it turns out I like the mask so much, I decided to get a second one. I’ve decided not to paint mine for sentimental reasons, so I decided to get another so I can. After a short trip to forum trade threads, I found one for a song.

Thinking about all the kids posting about wanting new masks, I’ve always told them that the Whippersnapper is the best in my opinion. Perhaps my recommendations were heard, perhaps not.
One thing I think keeps them from buying one is the fact that they are so old. It’s true that some things can’t be fixed with age but in this case, I knew otherwise. I was always raised that “just because something’s new, doesn’t mean its better” and in this particular instance…I think that’s the case.

My second mask arrived from an old school player stationed in Okinawa, Japan and upon inspection, knew she needed some work. The lens was horribly cracked and the goggle foam suffered dry rot. Determined to bring her back to life, I decided to make a tutorial on how to restore old goodness.

First, let me point out that there are to my knowledge, there are 3 lens styles for the JT masks. The old-old ones (the originals to the Whippersnapper) took 4 removable clips with screws to hold them in. The newer ones (but still a few years old) took only two of these removable clips. The newest lenses don’t take any and are held in by pressure tabs like just about any other lens on the market.

Foam became a potential issue as well. I’ve looked around on-line and in various motorcycle stores and shops with no luck. No one sells original foam for these masks. I found a version on-line that I knew would work but it would need to be trimmed to fit. No problem for me…I love to tinker.

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Parts Needed:
* JT Elite Lens – Thermal – Actionvillage # - 021-5100 Click me (http://www.actionvillage.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/EasyAskSearch-Start;sid=xa6apk6oqWGaPgkvIVhaDkQO12yTus8Zxns=?sea rchType=USERSEARCH&searchTerm=021-5100&Submit.x=0&Submit.y=17)
* V-Force Shield/Morph Goggle foam – ActionVillage # - 021-143-0066 Click me (http://www.actionvillage.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/EasyAskSearch-Start;sid=xa6apk6oqWGaPgkvIVhaDkQO12yTus8Zxns=?sea rchType=USERSEARCH&searchTerm=021-143-0066&Submit.x=4&Submit.y=8)
Cost, shipped for both items to PA = $ 30.99

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Tools Needed:
* Phillips head screwdriver
* Razor/knife
* Scissors
* Sanding block/sponge
* Alcohol wipes
* Crazy Glue


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Notice these cracks in the lense. No one should ever play with lenses that are in this bad of condition. This is the reason manufacturers require yearly replacement – micro-fractures turn into large and web-like cracks and the LAST thing you want is for this to happen in the instant your lens is struck with paint. Save your eyes and peace of mind…replace lenses yearly and keep this sport safe.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/960dfee6.jpg
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druid
01-11-2008, 12:27 PM
Disassemble Goggle from Mask


* Gently remove goggle from mask by prying each of the two strap retainers from both the left and right sides of the goggle, and popping out the pins that hold the face plate to the rubber venting. (I failed to get pics of this, sorry).


1. Old and original lenses are single pane and require the removal of 4 screws in 4 (or 2) clips on the lense; two on the brow-line and/or two on the cheek line - one under each eye plate. Use the Phillips-head screwdriver to remove each screw and clip. Set aside. Remove old lens from goggle frame as you do with any other mask.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/a6a91b10.jpg

2. Using a utility knife (or similar), CAREFULLY remove as much of the old foam as possible WITHOUT cutting into the rubber goggle frame. This was easy for me because the dry rot was so extensive.

3. Using the sanding block, lightly clean away the rest of the foam that you can’t cut off with the knife. I knew that they used some sort of Crazy Glue years ago so you won’t get it off the rubber frame. What you want to do is just get the foam off and don’t worry about the glue.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/9b88ecf8.jpg





4. Using the alcohol prep pads, clean the area you just sanded. Allow to dry thoroughly.


NOTE:
Observe the replacement foam. One side has a finish, one side does not. The side that is finished is the one to be glued to the goggle frame


Take the new foam and just lay it on the goggle frame. You will see that it’s obviously too big, in both length and height. You must cut it to get it to fit properly but using my method keeps you from having to bunch it up because that would be rather uncomfortable.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/dc017b7c.jpg
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5. Apply one drop of Crazy Glue to the top-center of the bridge of the nose in the goggle frame and quickly (but carefully) affix the center of the nose of the new foam to it. Allow to dry. Starting on one side; Glue the foam down the side of the nose-cup, to the lower-outside corner of the frame AND STOP. Do the same to the other side.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/07e54b1f.jpg
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6. Using the scissors, cut the foam at these corners.
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7. Take remaining section of foam and fold in half. Cut it in the center of the brow-line.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/fa85f3b5.jpg
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druid
01-11-2008, 12:29 PM
8. Remove the lower, angled sections from the remaining foam as they will not be needed. They will, however, serve as extra pieces if you feel the need to add to any area of the frame.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/3a0f42fe.jpg

Trim the end of where you just cut this foam off, so it will fit what is already glued on the cheek-plate. Begin gluing from this point (the lower outside corners of the cheek plate) and up to the brow-line and STOP. Do the same to the other side.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/cbb8ac06.jpg


9. Lay the foam to the center of the lens and trim each side two that they meet in the center. I used the center post hole for the visor as my center guide. Glue in place.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/50992407.jpg


Here is the finished foam installation:
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Reinstall lens into goggle

Pinch nose of goggle and force 2 lens clips into slots. Make sure lens is inside channel properly.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/b56b97d2.jpg

Insert each cheek-plate clip into frame and move along perimeter from the nose pocket to the center brow-line clip. Remember, 2nd generation lenses require 2 clips, 3rd (or at least the current) generation doesn’t require any. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/8502edcb.jpg

Remove inner protective lens film and sticker on the outside. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/709d2afc.jpgFinished goggle:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/A%20Whippersnapper%20Tutorial/c2b2a371.jpg



Yes, I’m aware that I didn’t properly insert the clips at the nose cup. I did it to show one properly inserted clip and one improperly inserted clip. All pressure clips need to be properly inserted to make the goggle safe. They should all look like the one on the right side as you look at the pic.
I've rectified this since I took the picture.





Reinstall goggle into mask.

STRIKEFIRST
01-11-2008, 04:00 PM
Jt whippersnapper....first real protection i ever owned!

newkid
01-11-2008, 05:42 PM
nice job on the custom foam replacementand nice tutorial, pics of the mask please

marvin-martian
01-11-2008, 08:49 PM
screw your font

druid
01-11-2008, 09:41 PM
nice job on the custom foam replacementand nice tutorial, pics of the mask please

Thanks. Right now the face plate is partially sanded to take paint. I will post pics when the mask is complete.

screw your font

Um...huh?

newkid
01-12-2008, 06:25 AM
yea with your font its a little difficult to read without highlighting it, haha

deano 177
01-12-2008, 08:59 AM
Ohh. I see. I was wondering why there were no words!:)

pb34
01-12-2008, 02:02 PM
Thats cuz your all losers and don't use darkside. :rolleyes:

timmyshoota
01-13-2008, 05:34 AM
The forum will automatically adjust the font color for whatever you use, so there's no need to change the font color. All that does is make it so everyone else can't read it.

TheRedBarron
01-13-2008, 12:45 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/xxximyourfatexxx/id.jpg

If you actually want to tell us something other than "Click me" it would be beneficial to change your font, as I am not highlighting your entire post nor changing my theme just so I can read it. Therefore, if you have something important to say, its best if you say it in Default colors, because im not going to strain my eyes just to read what you have to say.

durrell
01-13-2008, 12:54 PM
Yeah, when 99 percent of the forum uses the default theme and you type your stuff in white, 99 percent of the forum can't read it.

Hossy
01-13-2008, 12:59 PM
Yeah, when 99 percent of the forum uses the default theme and you type your stuff in white, 99 percent of the forum can't read it.

and from a business stand point, there goes 99 percent of your customers.
That means 99 percent will disregard this tutorial

druid
01-13-2008, 07:09 PM
Well...
#1. I typed it in MS Word. The "default" color is black.
#2. I copied/pasted it to here. It transferred in black and I could not see it.
#3. I changed the font to white because the "default" color program was overridden.
#4. I cannot help your laziness, nor your willingness to 'bend.'
#5. I will not bend over backwards because you people will not give just a little. Get over yourselves for just a moment because really...you aren't that important to the world.

I shouldn't have to kiss anyone's ass to read it. You either want to know how to change the lenses or you don't. I put forth a good-faith effort NOT to use "highlighted" fonts...and create a safety tutorial for you to regard in that manner. Black transferred over from Word...so I changed it so I could read it and make sure it was posted in proper order...God, get over it.
If you can't or won't, because it might take the few seconds to click your mouse button, then perhaps you shouldn't deserve to read it at all.....

EDIT - Fine. What freaking color do you want? Does the gray work for you?

durrell
01-13-2008, 07:35 PM
I don't care to read it one way or another..I don't even play paintball anymore. But you're just wasting your time typing this long tutorial that doesn't show up rather than leaving it in a font that works for the huge majority of the population here. That's all we're saying. You can leave it whatever color you want, we're merely suggesting that if you don't want to waste your time, you'll change the color.

druid
01-13-2008, 07:50 PM
well durrell I understand what you are saying...but I'm not a mind reader either. Nor do I care to post a poll, asking what "skins" the forumers are using, just so I can bend over backwards and change everything else I do everywhere else, just for them - like modify my Word defaults, just to please a few whiny crybabies on some various forums I post in...when everyone in the family uses it for other, and more important uses. I did this for the betterment of the community...they need to be a tad more appreciative of that fact and STOP letting the "font color issue" - or their arrogance overshadow the intent of the thread.

durrell
01-13-2008, 08:31 PM
How are they being arrogant? And how are you "bending over backwards?

I don't consider right clicking, left clicking "Select All" and then clicking a color "bending over backwards"..but ok. You can type a huge essay, but you can't format it in a color we can all read?

I think it's great you did it for the betterment of the community, it's a nice write-up..but allowing it to be a color people can't read "overshadows the intent of the thread" more than "arrogance".

Just my .02, don't want to spam up the thread too bad.

bigred76
01-13-2008, 11:08 PM
Eh? Druid, get your kilt out of your crack and start smellin' that sweet, fresh air. You've been in the prison WAY too long... :D

I can read it fine, even on the regular forum view... Heck, if it isn't too much effort on his side to do that, what makes it a big effort to click, hold down the button, and highlight all the text? :confused: If someone really couldn't read it and really needed the knowledge, they'd find a way. Maybe it's just me, but this is pointless...

Props on the article Druid. Not bad reading, and well done. Thanks for using the new camera on the pictures, as well as the history. Personally, keep it up!

druid
01-14-2008, 08:27 AM
1. How are they being arrogant?
1A. And how are you "bending over backwards?

2. I don't consider right clicking, left clicking "Select All" and then clicking a color "bending over backwards"..but ok. You can type a huge essay, but you can't format it in a color we can all read?

3. I think it's great you did it for the betterment of the community, it's a nice write-up..but allowing it to be a color people can't read "overshadows the intent of the thread" more than "arrogance".

4. Just my .02, don't want to spam up the thread too bad.

1. You know who they are, there's no need to blow their spots up. You know the type though...the ones that are "too good" to do anything for themselves...or too lazy to even care.
1A. The majority of forums I frequent are defaulted dark...so that's how I set my defaults here. My MS Word is set up for the daughter's college work and I won't change it. When I copied it over, it copied in black font. I had to change it to something I could read so I could arrange the tutorial in the thread properly.

2. And I don't consider left clicking, dragging down to highlight the article that user-intensive that it can't be done either...especially when I don't know who uses what background. In the time it took to write a complaint about the font, the entire article could have been read already. The time it takes to take a screenshot and host the pic...or "quote" a post and make a negative comment about it...and then formulate a complaint about it...rather than just highlight it to read it?...or another who's had a lackadaisical attitude on life - their entire life - can take the time to, once again, ***** about something they don't like? I have neither the time, nor the inclination, to do anything outstanding for any one with those attributes.

3. As I said before, I frequent forums with dark default backgrounds. I can't be responsible for other people's choice to use a light one...or lack of will to make something unreadable, readable. I won't presume to think that everyone uses all light backgrounds...just like you won't presume to think that everyone uses dark.

4. I don't consider it spam...I consider it a [somewhat] adult discussion on the tendencies of '[hu]man[s].' Men are lazy and will do the least amount possible they can, and still achieve their goals.

Eh?
1. Druid, get your kilt out of your crack and start smellin' that sweet, fresh air. You've been in the prison WAY too long... :D

2. I can read it fine, even on the regular forum view... Heck, if it isn't too much effort on his side to do that, what makes it a big effort to click, hold down the button, and highlight all the text? :confused: If someone really couldn't read it and really needed the knowledge, they'd find a way. Maybe it's just me, but this is pointless...

3. Props on the article Druid. Not bad reading, and well done. Thanks for using the new camera on the pictures, as well as the history. Personally, keep it up!

1. No, what I hate are the few people [on any forum] that think they are beyond doing something 'extra' because they are too self-absorbed to bother. There's 'pride' and then there's 'arrogance' and that's normally coupled with 'laziness'.....and you know how much I hate lazy people.

2. Exactly.

3. Thank you.

HeadShot
01-14-2008, 08:32 AM
Yeah leave Druid alone, I've found his article very informative and has made me interested in reviving my old Scott Goggles.

marvin-martian
01-14-2008, 08:36 AM
you dont have to change the color for people on darkside to read it. darkside automatically changes all the text, so youre just wasting your own time while annoying the forum.

durrell
01-14-2008, 11:24 AM
Well take it as you will, we were trying to help more than hurt. You changed it to gray, now we can read it, so if you'd just do that for all of your posts then they'd all be readable. Simple as that. :)

TheRedBarron
01-14-2008, 12:45 PM
I dont care about your issues druid, I AM too lazy to highlight your entire post, Darkside changes fonts automatically you copy and paste it in and tahdah it changes it to the default text for your skin. and you know damn well its an issue because every single time you do it we complain, no more complaining on my end because I am just going to stop reading your "oh so important" posts. Druid you are a grown man, stop acting like we are all attacking you rather than offering a suggestion or a 2nd point of veiw.

bigred76
01-14-2008, 10:00 PM
Thanks for my new sig, Matt. ;)

Your welcome Paul... I know how few and far between "positive" comments are for ya from me, figured you needed one before I asked for help. :D I won't spam up your thread further, but if you could PM/email/IM me, I have a lense question for ya. :D

Hob Hayward
01-15-2008, 06:15 PM
I can read it fine, but I use Alien, because its teh best theme.

druid
01-16-2008, 06:59 AM
Alright, now that we're past the complaints...

Any other questions about the tutorial or the mask?