Another Daft Punk build, well 3 actually!!

Sorenzo

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So, I’ve been really busy the last few months. I insanely decided to try and build my own Daft Punk helmet having watched the likes of Volpin (damn that guy is so ****ing cool) do such amazing jobs.


I’ve been toying with the idea of this build for a few years now, kinda gutted Volpin did it first, but I would like to congratulate him and thank him for inspiring me to take on this challenge.
I’ve been flat out for the last few months on not one, not 2 but 3 helmets!!! (ones no fun, 3’s a party!)


I’m making one Thomas helmet, as you well know the only changes on his helmet over the years has been the lighting arrangements and the ear pieces. The other 2 are of Guy-Manuel’s helmet, one is from the ‘Electroma / HAA’ era and the other is from the current ‘Tron’ era. Quite distinct difference, and I didn’t want to have one and not the other.


My long term plan is to have one of each helmet from each era, (which is going to a nightmare considering I know sweet F A about lighting, circuit boards or Audrino!!)


I’m going to be casting this week, so I thought I’d get my builds ( well most of the builds, ******** I phone decided to pack in and lost a good couple of weeks of shots) up here for you guys to have a look. I’ll start off with the photo’s of each build, I’m super busy for the next few weeks, but I will get round to annotating them soon as possible.


I’ll be updating the rest of my progress regularly after that.
Looking forward to all your feedback


Will get individual threads up ASAP
 
I will get round to the build thread soon, promise, but here's a sneak peak.

holy hell those are stunning! If I didn't know better, I'd say they're the real actual master helmets - the Guy TRON variant looks perfect.
 
Wow, thank you volpin, thats amazing coming from you. there is still alot of work to do on them, how i hate sanding at this point!!!
Hoping to start casting by the end of the week. just forked out for the products.
 
you guys do amazing work, both of you! But it really kills me to see you do this the long hand way! If you could model the helmet, you can submit the files to be 3D printed and make your moulds from that! Trust me, there is still plenty of sanding, primer, paint and overall work to do, some think it's a cop out but it's definitely not. The nice thing is the forms are accurate and even, symmetrical.

At the far end of the spectrum you can model in provisions for lighting and electronics mounting, basically make yourself a model kit! It's a wonderful age we live in!
 
you guys do amazing work, both of you! But it really kills me to see you do this the long hand way! If you could model the helmet, you can submit the files to be 3D printed and make your moulds from that! Trust me, there is still plenty of sanding, primer, paint and overall work to do, some think it's a cop out but it's definitely not. The nice thing is the forms are accurate and even, symmetrical.

At the far end of the spectrum you can model in provisions for lighting and electronics mounting, basically make yourself a model kit! It's a wonderful age we live in!

Thanks for the compliment. much appreciated.
I'm not convinced on 3D printing though. I admit it is fantastic what can be done with them, I agree with you about the accuracy and symmetry that can be achieved, but for me the beuty in model making is creating from scratch. There is something more beautiful, more appealing about it. If you were buying art, wouldn't you much rather have the actual piece the artist lovingly worked on than a digital print out or replication??
Thats just me though.
 
Those look absolutely fantastic! Are you sure these are not casts of the real helmets? ;)

I can't wait to see more progress, I'm subscribing to this build that's for sure.
 
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Those look absolutely fantastic! Are you sure these are not casts of the real helmets? ;)

I can't wait to see more progress, I'm subscribing to this build that's for sure.

Haha, thanks alot Agent, i can assure you they are all my my own work, alot of hard work.

I keep promising the build threads, and i will get round to it soon. Spent tonight compling the photos, so hopefully by the weekend i'll have them started? hopefully.

Not sure if I should do seperate threads for each, or just a combined thread? maybe one for the Guy helmets and one for Thomas?
What do you guys think??
 
Thanks for the compliment. much appreciated.
I'm not convinced on 3D printing though. I admit it is fantastic what can be done with them, I agree with you about the accuracy and symmetry that can be achieved, but for me the beuty in model making is creating from scratch. There is something more beautiful, more appealing about it. If you were buying art, wouldn't you much rather have the actual piece the artist lovingly worked on than a digital print out or replication??
Thats just me though.

It is created from scratch, just because it's formed digitally to begin with doesn't make it any less "hands on"! I guess what I mean is it's like opting to drive a screw with a hammer, it can be done, it might even look okay once you've done it, and hammering was around for a long time before screws and screw guns, but it's not efficient.

I don't mean to join up here and start harping on people, I really think there are some amazing artists here! It just kills me to know of these materials and processes that are out there, not being used to their full potential. I totally get forming by hand, I still sculpt in clay instead of using ZBrush for example. Just wanted you to know there is still a ton of heart in digital modelling and prototyping. :thumbsup
 
It is created from scratch, just because it's formed digitally to begin with doesn't make it any less "hands on"! I guess what I mean is it's like opting to drive a screw with a hammer, it can be done, it might even look okay once you've done it, and hammering was around for a long time before screws and screw guns, but it's not efficient.

I don't mean to join up here and start harping on people, I really think there are some amazing artists here! It just kills me to know of these materials and processes that are out there, not being used to their full potential. I totally get forming by hand, I still sculpt in clay instead of using ZBrush for example. Just wanted you to know there is still a ton of heart in digital modelling and prototyping. :thumbsup

Haha, i like the hammer and screw analogy, you've used that one before eh?

It come down to a case of different strokes, different folk! I come from an architectural background, 3D modeling is a must, but i have never seen a 3d model that looked better, or conveyed the sense of space, contextuality, or even materials than a physical model. But, the majority of that profession would argue with me.
I know they are both there, i use both, but i much prefere getting up to my eyballs in dust and dirt, slaving away for hours the old fashioned way.:lol
 
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