Thank you, Skupilkinson. Sorry for the name error in the last post. It was 2 am for me.
Thank you for this tutorial, very well done, it will help me a lot!
Muito obrigado por este tutorial, muito bem feito, vai me ajudar muito!!!
Amazing, you are a master with cardboard!
This is an amazing tutorial. Thanks to all who have contributed. I have a basic cardboard (using WOF Templates) helmet together and am wondering about using drywall putty rather than bondo. Do you believe it will work as well?
Try it on a piece of scrap cardboard first. See if it doesn't get too brittle after it dries. The stuff I use has a very fine structure and becomes like cement. Sanding it results in a very smooth surface with little or no holes.
Thank you all for checking my thread and keeping the faith. I HAVE been working a bit on the helmet every now and then, so I will post some progress soon!
"With great power comes great responsibility"
AHHHH!!!! How'd I miss this?!?!? I went through almost three month of trouble with my scratchbuilt bucket, and almost all the problems I had are answered here!!!
Way to go Antman!!! This is an awesome thread and totally should be stickied!!!
Keep up the great work, can't wait to see the finished work!
you sir are amazing...I've been watching this site for awhile and resently messed around with Alan's templates a bit. This is really making me want to pick it back up and finish.
Can one make the rest of the armour and stuff of the same material?
Phenominal helmet! It looks so sturdy. I would never have guessed that it all was cardboard. I especially like your work on the dome. Bravo!
Antman when this is a finished bucket, you need to edit all the pics into the first post and get this bad boy stickied, this is GR8, I really love the RF stalk. Maybe you can sell these as kits. I'd LOVE to purchase your ears... The cardboard ones
Im building a cardboard helmet for an art model im doing of fett. This will help loads.
I have been working on my build now for a god bit. It's taught me quite a bit about patience! I am working on my second cheek structure (molding and shaping) Anyway - I tried the drywall putty... i know! i know! I just used a very tiny bit to fill in my gaps. Its going to be fine. I will begin with bondo in a bit. i have reservations about it though. Cardboard and bondo... Bondo is so thick and sticky... I just hope its not too heavy and cumbersome for my little baby. PS This helmet fits me great.
Here is another one with the recent cutouts and you can see the bit of drywall spackle - i plan on sanding as much off as possible - I will get brave and use the bondo.
The cheeks are just sitting there getting the feel for their new home.
Its funny - the pictures don't do it justice... i will continue working and post more pics soon. Thanks for all the assistance WOF and Antman - you compliment each other nicely.
overall what size is it? Height X Width. Because im not sure if i need to change anysizes on the printouts. You say it fits you but im not sure about my life-size model of fett.
I have a big head (I am 6'4" )and it fits perfectly. I used WOF templates. Look at the pdf of the templates. One of the sheets has a footprint of the helmet - I would print it out to the scale you like - I just did mine a standard print and its perfect. I can't imagine the helmet being too small for your needs.
I will say that I did go back and use Bondo on the helmet and it is much easier to use than I remember. I have alot of sanding to do - when it is done I will post it - somewhere on this site.
looks great for a cardboard mold
When I printed the templates out, they looked to be too big. Has any one had to reduce the size yet when they printed and how much did they reduce them?
thanks for the advice saludaranger.
Best of luck on compleeting this.
That is that coolest thing EVER!!!! :thumbup
Antman, what kind of cardboard did you use?
Awesome walkthrough, I've been riveted to this thread for progress, I'm so keen to make my own now! However, I wanted to go either fibreglass or or perhaps even plastic (if so, I'd be using vac forming) and the helmet mould coming from this cardboard helm. Not sure what the best approach is when changing a cardboard helm into a mould is though, I suppose it would have to be solid and filled in or something. Has anyone else here done it? It seems to me to be the best way of using WOF's great templates to make a plastic/fibreglass helm.
You can make a mold of anything as long as you can remove it from the casting. It's all about the release agent being good enough. Yes, fiberglass and plastic would be better, but you can make a mold of a cardboard model from a silicone rubber like Smooth-on.