I wanted to show one of my latest non-Star Wars acquisitions. This is an incredible replica of one of the helmets worn by the crew of the ill fated USCSS Nostromo in the original Alien film.
It was made by the very talented Steve Laboyteaux (Stephen210 on RPF and Propsummit) and I am thrilled to have it in my collection. Steve, along with his wife, are making replicas of the Nostromo spacesuits as well, but I'm just going to stick with the helmet.
These pics were shot in my den. Most are with flash, but there are some without, to show how different the finish is under varying lighting conditions. It was drizzling a little today, but when the weather is more prop friendly I'll try to get some shots outside in natural light. Here are a couple of overall shots.
The helmet is fiberglass with a very realistic patina finish over a bronzy metallic base coat. It's detailed with greeblies from old model kits, including a Space 1999 Hawk fighter, and some amazing photoetch parts as well.
Here are a couple of sections with and without flash.
This is just a small section of that photoetch detail work. (It's just mind blowing!)
The helmet is enormous! It's about 19" tall and 17" wide. It takes up a huge amount of space in my display room, but it's so worth it.
If the detailing weren't enough, it also has a complete lighting system as well. There are both exterior lights, seen here:
and interior lights, too! The interior of the helmet is fully finished with vac-formed panels. There are two at the rear, beneath the two smaller lenses, and one large curved panel below the 'fishbowl' faceplate. There are two simulated boom mics, too. Here are the interior lights. This was a tricky shot to take!
Overall, I'm just unbelievably impressed with the work that went into this piece. Steve's a real artist, and along with Richie (from Richie's armor) they've put together a masterful replica from a sci-fi classic.