Nostromo Crew Uniform — The Headset

Dallas wearing the Racal Minilite Headset in the 1979 movie Alien.

Dallas wearing the Racal Minilite Headset in the 1979 movie Alien.

I’m still not quite done with the shoes yet, but, while I am waiting for the rest of the stuff I need to finish that little project to get here, I started a little research into the headsets worn in Alien.  It turns out that they used the Racal Minilite Headset.  Unfortunately so did a whole bunch of other popular movies: Han Solo and Luke Skywalker use them in the gun turrets of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Episode IV, Corporal Hicks and several other of the Colonial Marines wear them in Aliens, they are incorporated into the X-wing pilot’s helmets in the Star Wars series, and most importantly, Dallas wears one in Alien.  Why unfortunately?  Because that means there are a lot of fans who would like to get their hands on this headset for costumes and collections, and with these things being over 20 years old now they are more than a little hard to come by.  I almost got my hands on one that showed up on eBay, but the bidding went a little nuts so I had to drop out.  At this point, I haven’t seen another one pop up.

Racal Minilite Headset Kit from Spatcave

The resin bits from the Racal Minilite headset kit that I received from SpatCave Studios

So my solution was to make a reproduction.  Luckily, there is a cast resin kit available for people like me.  So I ended up ordering mine from SpatCave Studios.  It arrived a little while ago, so while I’m waiting on the supplies to finish my shoes I thought I would share a little about this kit.  The major components of the headset are cast in a white resin (you can also order it cast in black resin) and it shows a lot of fine detail.  Little screws, text on the earpiece reading “RACAL AMPLIVOX ENGLAND,” and on the main body reading “MINILITE” are clearly visible and crisply formed.  There are a few small bubbles on the surface, but nothing in any detail areas, so they should be easy to fill.  The thin bits (like the boom between the earpiece and the main body) appear to be reinforced internally with metal wire or small metal rod.  On mine, it is peeking through the surface in a few spots, but again, this is really not an issue since the whole thing is going to get primed and painted anyway.

Included in the kit are two temple bars, the main body, the mic tip, ear bud, a couple of foam pads for the temple bars, a short bit of metal rod to use as the mic boom, a bit of wire, a headband, 4 little screws, and a set of instructions.  It looks like it will build up into a very nice prop!  I can’t wait to get to work on it.

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