The Crossroads of the Aether
I just have a quick question about something I want to make. I want to make a helmet out of metal (which i have plenty of) but the tricky part will be making it work, would any of you be able to give me some ideas? I recently saw the game Rise of Nightmare and I absolutely LOVE the helmet that Ernst (yes thats how the name is spelled) wears, its very cool and I would like to make one. Its basically a helmet that completely covers the head but the front of it opens on the top and bottom and I need ideas about how I can make it do that! It doesnt have to be exactly like the picture and I know its not going to be but the closest I can get the better!
here are some pictures of it!
Do you have metalworking skills, a good tool collection, and a place to work ? To form helmet shapes will require at least an anvil, or anvil-like surface, and ball pein hammers. I would also want a ball or mushroom stake, and a heat source, like a MAPP gas torch to anneal the pieces in the forming process. As you hammer, the metal work hardens and stiffens. You heat it to cherry red, then slowly cool it to remove the stresses and allow you to form it further. I suggest a visit to the "Armor Archive" forum. Mostly SCA medieval people who have become very accomplished at making armor, helmets, etc.
Another idea, if the above is too daunting. Form your pieces from hardware cloth and wire. Go to the auto body section of your local big box hardware store and get two part fiberglass resin, fiberglass cloth, and Bondo body filler. Cover your forms with the cloth and resin. Let dry. Form a smooth surface with the Bondo. Let dry, sand, and give it a metal paint job as many do to their Nerf guns. Work in a well ventilated area and wear gloves. Happy crafting!
I understand your interest in mechanizing your helmet I have some ideas of my own on a helmet, what will be required to open and close your helmet is not special hinges but servos like those used on the iron man helmet made by a guy on Youtube, just look it up. Because you want it to do both it will require cables running up your neck from the drive boxes which should be located on your back in a form fitting back harness of some form. The cables do not have to be anything special if I am thinking correctly just some heavy duty picture wire cable run through fairly stiff plastic tubing like that used for high pressure air lines. All the adjustments will be the hard part after you find servos that can move the weight of the individual parts, Oh and keep in mind if you make it from metal it WILL get heavier and it will gain heat in the sun. So like the Nicholas said go with fiberglass it will be lighter and easier to repair should you have to make adjustments to your drive cable mounts. Another thing if you wish to hide the mechanism that opens and closes the mask you will have to use rods to push instead of cables that pull, this become even more tricky,
That is the best info I can give you sir, I do hope it helps, and good luck with your project.
Well, then, problem solved!
Seriously, it is a cool look, but I can't even wear high-neck shirts, let alone something that would cover my nose and mouth. I think it will look amazing in real life!
i assume you have experience in metalwork? what i've been doing for my steampunk gauntlet is to make the whole thing out of cardboard. so that you have all the shapes for the plates. you seriously don't want to make mistakes...
(once i get some pictures i will start a thread for my gauntlet)