Daft Punk Thomas Helmet -- Skipped a few chapters

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tekparasite

Member
This is not a "from scratch" build thread as I bought this raw cast from a fellow RPF member (based on the quality of the work, it should not take much effort to know where it came from).

So, I have skipped a few chapters and this is my starting point.
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I only have ONE shot at this, so we'll see if I can come up with a successful piece or I fall flat on my face. :lol

I got a lot of things ahead of me: cutting, sanding, chroming, painting, mounting, gluing, tinting, soldering, fitting... :confused

Only time will tell.
 

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Risu

Master Member
I look forward to reading this thread. I've been slowly working on my Volpin cast for about a month now, I'm sure we can share some ideas.
 

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Agent RayBans

Sr Member
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I'm at pretty much the same point with my bucket.

Trouble is, the misses rather likes it pink, and wants me to leave it like this. :confused

Looking forward to following your build!
 

tekparasite

Member
Pilot hole, then hack!

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My hole saw wasn't big enough to cut the area I wanted, so later I had to use a dremel w/ sanding drum to reach the marked area

Now the other side
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Now cutting away some excess resin
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Cut out the bottom section as well
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After cutting some excess resin and cardboard tube from both ear domes, it was ready for a dry test fit.
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Next in line mouth and visor area....
 

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Agent RayBans

Sr Member
I love this shot. Would you mind me using it for my FB props page?

Also, you guys have to promise not to finish your helmets faster than I do!

Please, feel free! I would be honored and flattered :)

And don't worry, that's a promise I wont have a hard time keeping, unfortunately.
 

tekparasite

Member
I love this shot. Would you mind me using it for my FB props page?

Also, you guys have to promise not to finish your helmets faster than I do!
I wouldn't worry about anyone of us finishing prior to yours. In the off chance that I do finish prior to yours, I wouldn't make it public until yours comes you. I would be happy (and honored) if later you would accept a video response or something like that which I know you have done in the past.

My highest rated and most visited video in my youtube channel is my "Guy Manuel" video and if I look at the stats, the majority of those visits came from your video link, so thank you. :thumbsup

By the way, every once in a while I do read the comments left for my video and it's crazy what people post: For example:
  • "Can you build me one?"
  • "I'll give you $100 for it?"
  • "I hate you"
  • "I can't believe this guy has a wife and kids"

:lol
 
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seabaugh

New Member
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I'm at pretty much the same point with my bucket.

Trouble is, the misses rather likes it pink, and wants me to leave it like this. :confused

Looking forward to following your build!

I'm really digging the color myself. Seems like it should have been something the Pink Power Ranger wore.

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tekparasite

Member
Easiest cut so far was the mouth area. Some thought was put into this when Volpin designed the mold. All I had to do is shave off a little bit from the back and got a perfect square mouth.
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The next cut was the visor area:
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And no, I did not cut it with scissors or that blade. It was with a dremel.
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There were some areas that I still had to file down by hand.

After several suggestions from fellow RPF members, I decided to cut the holes in the nose section. First I used a dremel to get most of the 'meat' out and then some files to work on the detail.
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Maybe I should leave it like this. First Daft Punk Thomas helmet complete with NOSE HAIRS! :love

Okay, maybe not. Here's the nose section after some clean up.
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Here's a view with all the cuts
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Cut out a piece of posterboard to fit in there. I'll be using that posterboard later for cutting the real visor material.
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tekparasite

Member
Here's what's to come:
** Very minor touches on the cuts I just made
** Hopefully fix minor imperfections from the mold (i.e. dimple on the right-hand cheek).
** I'll put a layer of Fiberglass on the bottom back side. It's just a bit thinner than the rest of the areas. Just as a good measure.

Now, I got to think about electronics. Oh Boy!!!!
Options?
1) Belt Buckle (Weak)
2) Design my own. Giving my current knowledge, I'll have a finish date of 2030 :thumbsdown

I found this video which I think is cool.
YouTube - testing my Thomas LED
This guy already sent me the code, so I'll be messing with this approach.
We'll see.
 

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