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    Sep 9, 2010, 5:11 PM - Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #1

    OOPs!! I badly botched something here. Stand by while I attempt this again.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 5:51 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #2

    I'll try this again.

    I started with a few shipping tubes in various diameters. The largest is 11 inches in diameter to fit over my head.



    I refined the tubes by applying a veneer using poster board to hide seams and defects. The front assembly for the air intake waffle fan is glued onto the collar. I should mention the globe isn't glued on yet. It was the last thing that I did.



    I had built a box for the "backpack" which houses the air outtake blower fan to ensure airflow through the helmet.



    After much sanding and test fitting, I had brushed on a mixture of white glue and water to seal the collar and backpack before painting. I sparypainted on a couple of poyurethane coats to give the whole thing a tougher skin. I then painted both items with Valspar Metal paint and overcoated with a satin finish clearcoat. I then scapped away the cured paint and polyurethane down to the paper on the spots where I glued the backpack to the collar. A 1 1/2inch diameter flextube was fed through the backpack manifold and centered. A small screw was driven into the flextube from the inside of the box to hold it in place while I drilled a hole to feed wire through the flextube to the front waffle fan. Once the wires were soldered and insulated, I cemented the fans into place.



    I completed the backpack assembly and epoxied the globe onto the collar.

    Here is the result.






    Both 12 volt fans run on a single 9 volt baatery. Enough air flows through to prevent fogging and remain cool inside the helmet.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 5:54 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #3

    That is really cool. I have to build two different space suits for separate projects, and this gives me some great ideas.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 7:36 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #4

    Awesome. Let the 50s fan films begin!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 7:42 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #5



    Col. Macadam approves!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 7:47 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #6

    Wow!!!! That is Great. Nice work.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 8:02 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #7

    Wally Wood lives!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 8:09 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #8

    Very cool. Funny thing is you can use this basic thing for modern sci-fi stuff too. There is a space suit somewhat like that in Fallout 3 that you have to wear. And i just added that comic to my amazon list thanks alot lol.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 8:09 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #9

    Awesome!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 8:12 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #10

    i want. now.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 8:45 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #11

    Thank you for the kind words everybody.

    Actually, the whole thing started here-

    http://www.therpf.com/f24/mid-centur...-stages-90481/

    I thought I'd start a new thread since I had gone beyond the planning stage.

    I'm still working on my retro spacesuit design. And yes, Wally Wood has been an inspiration.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 9:16 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #12

    Nice job, sir!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 9:25 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #13

    Awesome!
    Great build.
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    Sep 9, 2010, 10:11 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #14

    Great build and use of recyclables....
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    Sep 9, 2010, 11:03 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #15

    Great job!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 11:08 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #16

    definitely awesome! Gonna have to get one of the globes for a similar project!
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    Sep 9, 2010, 11:59 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #17

    looks just like the one from the space suited villain in the watchmen!
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    Sep 10, 2010, 12:05 AM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #18

    Awesome!
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    Sep 10, 2010, 10:42 AM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #19

    retro-tastic! Liking the Dan Dare vibe and a lovely finish to the collar too.
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    Sep 10, 2010, 11:20 AM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #20

    awesome awesome build i love a good pulp scifi helmet!!!! are those cardboard? tubes ahrd to come by? I was thinking doing something like this for my mars attacks collar as well. not sure if home depot caries them tho.
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    Sep 10, 2010, 1:34 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #21

    very nice, original idea!
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    Sep 10, 2010, 3:06 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #22

    agliarept said: View Post
    awesome awesome build i love a good pulp scifi helmet!!!! are those cardboard? tubes ahrd to come by? I was thinking doing something like this for my mars attacks collar as well. not sure if home depot caries them tho.
    Large tubes are available at construction suppliers like Mennards. They are concrete forms and will have a plastic film liner in them. I have been successful in removing the liner for other projects I have done. They may need some extra layering to beef them up for a project such as this.

    The tubes shown here are ones I have come by here and there, saving them for that one project I haven't thought of yet. Shipping and mailing suppliers will have tubes as well, but the largest I've seen in those places have only been 3in. dia. Just keep you eyes open for a discarded tube. You'll never know where you may find one.
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    Sep 10, 2010, 3:49 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #23

    That was totally wickid! Soon as I saw it I thought Dan Dare. Brilliant job.
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    Sep 10, 2010, 4:10 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #24

    That is just too damn cool for words to express!!! Fantastic work!
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    Sep 11, 2010, 10:47 PM - Re: Retro, comicbook style Space Helmet (Lots of Pics) #25

    Turned out nice! Keep up the good work.
    Mel W.

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