G-Force/ Battle of the Planets/ Gatchaman Helmet

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  1. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This was a private commission in process that I decided to show off before it goes into the mold.

    This is a stylized helmet and buckle from the 80's anime G-Force, or Gatchaman, or Battle of the Planets. Seriously, it had three different titles depending on when and where you saw it.

    I still need to do the eye in the helmet, the beak visor, and the antenae, but otherwise it's done. I never get to do in progress shots, so I'm making a new effort to change that.

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    Oz
     
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  2. Dario27

    Dario27 New Member

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    Thats looking cool!
    I've only ever seen plain smooth helmets before, with the red and black detail just painted on.

    One day i want to make the Gatchaman bracelet like the one in my avatar.
     
  3. mbmcfarland

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    That looks great! Really nice and original 3D interpretation of the animated helmet.
     
  4. Judge Spartan

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    I used to love that show. I remember it as "G-force" and "Battle of the Planets".
     
  5. rensole

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    Looking good :eek: how did you make it?
     
  6. Weaselhammer

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    I remember using one of my dad's old motorcycle helmets and mom made me a cape, I'd play G-Force all day ! Great take on the design, looks very well done !
     
  7. youngpaddy1

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    I wondered why you'd be making a helmet for a Federal agent Guinea Pig, but I stand corrected I only knew that show as Gatchman or Battle of the Planets.

    It's looking very slick by the way, really like the interpretation.
     
  8. Kenobi

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    Awesome design!!! Can't wait to see this project progress!
     
  9. merkymerx

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    I'm a huge Gatchaman fan and I have to say that this is the most impressive helmet I've seen done so far! I love the raised design you created for both the helmet and the belt buckle. It certainly compliments the overall design. Fantastic work!
     
  10. Ozymandius

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    Thanks guys.

    The helmet was sculpted in clay over a head form matching my client's size. I then did a latex waste mold so that I could pour a hard copy in resin. I then used Bondo and epoxy to smooth everything out and sharpen all the lines till they were nice and crisp.

    I will admit that I've been procrastinating on the eyes, since I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I want to do them. I need to do one set that's correct to the anime, but then I also want to do a more modern and swoopy looking set too.
     
  11. jedijeff

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    The Helmet and Belt Buckle look Amazing. Battle of The Planets/Gatchaman is such a cool show.
     
  12. Jaintly

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    I'm a voice actor, and I've done a lot of anime English dubs over the years, including the whole series of Gatchaman. I did the voice of Condor Joe, and loved every minute of it. I watched the show in the 70's when it was called Battle of the Planets, so I was really excited to be cast to do the whole series when ADV Films released it a few years ago. I would love to have one of these helmets! Very cool work. Can't wait to see the final result.
     
  13. Dave Porter

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    I'm interested in seeing this when it is complete.

    The raised parts are an interesting take on the helmet.

    Well done!
     
  14. Homer

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    very cool. The helmet and the buckel look awesome ! Wanting to have a helmet of my own. Any chance of doing a run of these in the future?
     
  15. BATS

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    Love it! If you get to the point of kit-ing this LMK I would love to get one
    for my best friend who is an even bigger fan of the series
     
  16. Ozymandius

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    Just finishing up the final details on the helmet. The eyes have been molded and will be cast in tinted clear resin to give them a jewel like look with gold rims. The beak visor and the antennae are also nearing completion, and I will have pics of the full package up soon.

    And while I'm at it, I will also be doing an alternate beak for the Conor Joe helmet. Couldn't let you down on that one, Jaintly.

    Cheers,
     
  17. Judge Spartan

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    More pics, more pics, more pics...:)
     
  18. Funky

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    Please say you'll consider doing a run of these.
    Please.
    This is the third time that someone has made the helmet (though not with your fantastic interpetation) and never made it to the mainstream.
    The first guy priced himself out of any interest.
    The second guy was a flake and lazy.
    Now comes the third.
    Please make this available to us. :cry
     
  19. Dave Porter

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    Yes, what he said!
     
  20. pRoJectEarth7

    pRoJectEarth7 Well-Known Member

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    Wow... that is a great looking helmet even without the visor and paint:):thumbsup

    I can only imagine your client looking like the photo below when fully suited up :D... PERFECT!!!
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  21. Ozymandius

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    Okay, I give. More pics. :lol

    The antenae is finished and ready for the mold.
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    I went with a pretty straight inerpretation of the anime for the first version eyes (seen here as solid stand ins. The final ones will be clear blue). But I want to do a second set of of swoopier eyes as a more modern alternative.

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    BTW, that is an actual casting of the helmet and eyes. The molds for them are already done, and as you can see, no seam lines.

    And lastly, the visor...
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    Funnily enough, I actually screwed up on the visor sculpt for the eagle. But since it's perfect for the Condor helmet, we molded it anyway and are now one step ahead.

    Once I pull the visor out of the mold tomorrow, I can start cutting it down to make it right for the eagle helmet. Should be a quick fix, and then back in the mold it goes.

    And yes, this will absolutely be available in the Junkyard to everyone. The client himself encouraged it, so there is no chance that this is going to disappear without you all having a chance to get one too.

    Oz
     
  22. slave1pilot

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    wonder if it will fit my big ol' noggin
     
  23. Ozymandius

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    I made it to fit a size 7 1/2. Snug going over the ears, but roomy and comfortable once on.
     
  24. Funky

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    Crap. Won't fit me! :cry
     
  25. Judge Spartan

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    Flat out beautiful work...
     
  26. Ozymandius

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    What size do you wear? It's pretty roomy on the inside, so I might be able to tweak it for you.
     
  27. jason_ehl

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    Fantastic build Oz.

    Brings back memories of my grade 3 science fair fiery phoenix...things did not end well.

    Stupid curtains.
     
  28. Propazoid

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    100% interested if you do a run!

    Robb
     
  29. Bonded Hawk

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    Any updates?
     
  30. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just finished the last of the molds and all that's left is to finish the bucks for vacuum forming the visors. While that is going on I will be assembling and painting the first helmet.
     
  31. Allfate

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    This is so awesome.., but how do you make the visor? Can you get clear plastic for vacuum form? Please forgive the question, but I'm new to the concept of vacuum forming and I didn't realize you can use clear plastic.
     
  32. Ozymandius

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    No need to apologize, Allfate. You can't learn if you don't ask.

    Sheet plastics for vacuumforming are available in a wide range of colors, including clears and tints. I've even got some metalized ones that I've been wanting to try out.

    The trick with the visors is that I want to use PETG due to the deep draw they will need, and I can only find it in clear. So that means that I have to die the clear plastic myself.

    Oh yeah. You know that's going to be messy.
     
  33. Jaintly

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    Put me down for one if you do a run! I'm a 7 1/2, so that would be perfect!
     
  34. Propazoid

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    Any updates, I'm drooling here... :)

    Robb
     
  35. Ozymandius

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    Been a touch under the weather lately and had a rush order come in, so I haven't been able to do anything this week.

    However, I did finish the eagle visor and will be molding it next week. Everything else is already cast and just waiting for assembly and paint.

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    With this I'll be able to offer both Eagle and Condor helmets right out of the gate.
     
  36. thomdave

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    Oz,
    Very interested in a fully-painted helmet and buckle.

    What price point are we talking here? Please LMK. Thanks!
    Thom
     
  37. Allfate

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    That's really fantastic work Oz, any idea about price on the kit version of these yet??
     
  38. Ozymandius

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    Yes, but we don't discuss sales in the main forum. You'll have to wait for the Junkyard thread for that.

    Sorry, but rules is rules.
     
  39. Jango Wes

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    Subscribed.
    I LOVED this show as a kid. I will be following this thread with great interest.

    Wes
     
  40. Madeye

    Madeye Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So funny in that I thought about putting together a "Tiny" costume together. Just amazing work.
     
  41. Ozymandius

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    Both visors are now being cast as hard masters and the rest of the helmet can start to come together.

    Just a couple of quick coats of white primer so I can hunt down any imperfections.
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  42. Funky

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    Oh WOW!!! :love
     
  43. CJ 617

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    Stunning work, Ozzy!!!! One of my fav shows as a kid.....really great to see you tackle this project! I love the style of this version!!!

    Chris
     
  44. pandatrooper

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    Good gawd... you have a buyer here! Let me know when these are ready!!! great work!!!
     
  45. avianoguitarist

    avianoguitarist Active Member

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    Awesome helmet!
    A fellow over at the League of Heroes built one years ago--while good, I like yours better!
     
  46. Pannaus Props

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    Awesome stuff man!
     
  47. trooper1m

    trooper1m Active Member

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    This is a beautiful build, love battle of the planets
     
  48. Fuser

    Fuser New Member

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    Wow! I've been looking for a good Mark the eagle helmet for months now. I want one!!!!!!
     
  49. pandatrooper

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    Any updates? :D
     
  50. TitaniumBat

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    Stunning work! This really brings back memories from my childhood. You've done an amazing job at bringing this helmet to life.
     

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