With the faceplate cut out, Now I could test out and install a proper mechanism for the faceplate to rise (similar to the iron man helmet, which was actually the inspiration for this).
The best thing I could buy for this purpose was this Friction Lid Support typically used for furniture lids. It’s thin enough to fit in the tightest spots (this helmet is snug, and I had no issues). Using some contact cement I glued in some Pronged T-Nuts to the inside of the helmet and bolted the other end to the faceplate.
-the DropBOB team