1. Member Since
    Apr 2002
    Oct 6, 2009, 8:31 AM - My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #1

    I'm working on tricking out a Zuckuss mask for my eventual costume. I picked up the mask on ebay a couple months ago for only $100, and it's pretty nice.

    The mask came with the eyes intact, painted silver. Included were two plastic domes for making "real" eyes. These fit perfectly so I assume similar domes were used in the original sculpt. I understand that the screen accurate method for doing these is with bubble wrap. I tested that out and, frankly, it looked like bubble wrap stuffed into a plastic dome (i.e. ****).

    So instead I bought a bunch (six packs) of those little rubber no-skid feet, half sphere shaped, and stuck them all over one of the domes:

    (this is after demolding. All the rubber feet came off):

    Then I made an RTV mold of the piece:

    I also pour some RTV into one of the sphere's so I could make a "positive" shape. I hang this down inside the eye mold to the final piece from being too thick and heavy.

    I used Castin' Create clear resin from Michaels. Not the easiest to work with but it did the trick. I painted transparent glass paint called "Hologram Shimmer" to give it some iridescent flecks. Hard to photograph but it looks cool:

    You're not going to see anything through these other than where the sun is in the sky, but it looks cool. Here's it test fitted into the mask:

    I finished the second eye tonight so as soon as it's done curing I'll paint it up and hot glue these inside the mask.

    I added a piece of metal "screen" to the front section. This is a screen accurate place to put something like this. I thought this material look nice. Kind of a honeycomb pattern. This is the only place to get air and vision. OUCH.

    Prior to making the eyes, I made the hoses and canister that hang off the side. Thanks to some good RPF advice, I picked up some latex and wrapped a tube roughly with masking tape, so that it would have an organic feel. I added color (just acrylic paint) to the latex first, then paint it up after it dried for variation. It took about three solid coats.
    I decided to attach it to the mask with earphone/guitar cord plugs. These hold tight and the inputs look natural in the mask.

    Looks a bit like a big poop.

    The canister appears a bit transparent in some pics, so I went with that. I used a clear storage tube with rubber end caps from Home Depot. I painted the inside with yellow glass paint and then watered down some brown paint and let it drip down the inside so it looked grungey and organic. I used the same masking tape and latex method to make the poopy parts.

    Once enhanced I made was adding a speaker in the bottom, so I could put a voice changer inside the mask and not only be heard, but speak with an alien/bug voice (still looking for a good voice changer. Two cheapo Halloween store voice changers have been junked). I used the same honeycomb metal screen in the bottom and the speaker grill.

    Reminds me of a wasp nest. And just like the other tube, it will attach with a 3" plug. This one, though, will also connect the speaker to the electronics in the mask.

    Anyway, that's what I've been up to lately!


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  3. Lucksy31's Avatar
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    Oct 6, 2009, 9:12 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #2

    THAT is awesome. Ya just see see enough of these babies...
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    Oct 6, 2009, 12:33 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #3

    wow scott, the additional work looks great!
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    Oct 6, 2009, 3:09 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #4

    Thats a pretty awesome build bro

    how easy is it to see out of
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    Apr 2002
    Oct 6, 2009, 4:08 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #5

    I thought the vision in my Tusken was bad. This is much worse. The actual eyes are useless for anything other than telling you which way the sun is. I have too look through that small screen in the very center of the mask. So I won't be playing any dodgeball in it.

  7. stormtrooperguy's Avatar
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    Oct 6, 2009, 4:51 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #6

    WOW... i love the eyes. SO much nicer looking than bubble wrap!
  8. formerly Woodman woodman's Avatar
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    Oct 8, 2009, 2:45 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #7

    yes very inspired work on the eyes. good luck on the rest.
  9. Jango and Zam's Avatar
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    Jun 2007
    Oct 8, 2009, 9:09 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #8

    Nice work ! I don't know any thing about casting or sculpting. So I don't know what's involved. I bet I will see ya at C5 wearing your Zuckuss suit.
  10. propologist's Avatar
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    Oct 8, 2009, 9:29 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #9

    love that I have to get me that mask
  11. jacob4581's Avatar
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    Oct 28, 2009, 9:31 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #10

    This is fantastic work man! It's good to see some love for the other bounty hunters here. Keep us posted, and maybe post some pics of the final costume. Do you have a blaster made for him yet? He had a really cool looking blaster I remember. Keep up the good work!!
  12. Slave I's Avatar
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    Nov 4, 2009, 7:27 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #11

    I love the eye work! So much better than the bubble wrap they really used!
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    Nov 17, 2009, 8:33 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #12

  14. DW Design's Avatar
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    Nov 17, 2009, 10:51 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #13

    WOW! Very impressive!
  15. EmenyZero's Avatar
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    Jan 8, 2010, 9:11 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #14

    Thats awesome, really good quality.
  16. fil5117's Avatar
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    Jan 9, 2010, 11:40 AM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #15

    No disrespect to the work other people have done, but that has to be the best Zuckuss head I've seen.

    'Impressive, most impressive'
  17. Halo 1's Avatar
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    Jan 18, 2010, 11:02 PM - Re: My Zuckuss Eyes and Tubes #16

    Skaught, glad to see my tubing advice helped out your build. Thanks for sharing.

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