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    Default Throwback Formula One Helmet

    I was going to post this in "How To" but then I realized that I would do just about every step differently than I did the first time. Lots of fuck ups and guess work and a whole lot of learning.

    The goal was to take a biltwell gringo and modify it to have old Formula 1 vibes, but not a straight knock off. I wanted to go retro-futurism, like what would old Formula 1 helmets look like in an alternate future.

    Here's what I started with:
    Standard vintage white Gringo provided by Biltwell for the Salty Bike Revival motorcycle show here in town.

    I removed the trim, padding, and drilled out rivets.

    Then I sealed that fucker up. braced the back of the opening with cardboard and body filler'd the shit out of it until I had the rough shape and could stand it down. lots of filling/sanding/repeat.

    After too many beers I left the tape in place thinking it would be a good indicator so I'd know when I was sanding down to the helmet, but that was a shitty idea. Should have just sprayed an indicator coat with the airbrush before applying body filler so that there wouldn't be an uneven surface when all was said and done.

    Once I had the shape I wanted, i sprayed the face with mold release then I threw layer after layer of silicon to form the mold. After about 6 layers I threw some popsicle sticks in there for rigidity and handfuls of sawdust for mass eventually. the final mold was pretty thick but still too flimsy. Next time I'll use fiberglass to make the mold. this will save a lot of time and perform better.


    Knocked out the body filler and put the mold back on


    Then fiberglassed it shut


    then cut the new eye slit, primer, paint base.


    Tape some lines, spray some color


    I designed and free-handed a logo for the alternate future model of helmet. Called it the F1 for formula 1, but the F also makes up a simplistic profile view of the helmet itself.

    I didn't let the 1 shot cure long enough before clearing due to deadline for the show... so we got some cracks and irregularities in the logo itself. Lesson learned!!

    Then I cut/buff/polished it. Then put the rivets and padding back in and glue the trim back on, using rolled up foam pad to help force the trim into the corners haha. Hopefully that shit holds!!!



    That's the last photo I have of it because I dropped it off at the bike show.
    I wish I had more time to polish it better, but I finished up around 1am last night and had to drop it off today... but all in all I learned a ton and had a lot of fun with this.

    If anyone has any protips on how to do this shit better I'm all ears. Always eager to learn from people who know!

    Thanks for checking it out and I'll update the thread with a photo of the helmet at the show tomorrow.

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    Default You almost had me in picture #6....

    Should have stopped and painted it solid silver and sold them as "Gort" helmets.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^That's exactly what I thought when I first seen it..........^^^^^ Very nice work by the way.........

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    Those old sci fi shows are exactly what I was referencing on the retro futurism front.
    I owe a massive debt to Ron Cobbs Iconography from the movie Alien for the helmets logo.

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    Nice work, that's a cool looking lid!

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    Thats fucking rad man. Good concept. Whoever gets that thing better be so stoked.

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    Thanks DrFxr and Salty!
    Here is the helmet on display at the show. The glue wasn't strong enough to hold the tight radius on the nose ridge trimming. I'll touch it up later. The logo is F1 for Formula 1, but the negative space also shows the helmet and it's narrow slit from a profile view.

    Last edited by DeadSeaGulls; 09-10-2016 at 9:06 AM.

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    Bonus Photo:
    here is the tank I painted for the same show.

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    Better pic my buddy keith took at the show
    Last edited by DeadSeaGulls; 09-12-2016 at 12:20 PM.

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    Very cool, do you intend on making more for sale? Or was it just a one-off?

    I've been obsessed with finding a helmet similar to this Moto 3:

    http://pipeburn.com/wp-content/uploa...iclette_10.jpg

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    Diabolus, Thanks man!
    and yeah, Something very similar to that is already in the works! haha!

    I will likely do a few with the mail slot opening with different paint schemes, and then a few with the separate eye holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 47str8leg View Post
    Should have stopped and painted it solid silver and sold them as "Gort" helmets.

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