Jamey Richards | The Biker Scout Helmet Project
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The Biker Scout Helmet Project

Model Making & Painting (Finishing)

About this project

The Biker Scout Helmet Project is a charity project featuring one-of-a-kind, customised, fan made Star Wars Biker Scout helmets. The charity auction in support of the Make a Wish Foundation is set to take place at the Star Wars Celebration 2016.

With 40 professional teams & individuals having been invited to participate in the project, I was part of one of the only two amateur teams to be invited, ourselves being from the Northbrook College Prop Making & Special Effects course.

Beginning with an original vac-form casting of the Star Wars Biker Scout helmet, myself & my team worked to create a model in the style of the Studio Gibli film, Howl’s Moving Castle, as designed by one of our fellow students.

From fabricating an internal armature, through traditional (& some rather non-traditional) model making processes to final painting & finishing, I was lucky enough to count myself as one of the team that created this unique work of art.

Skills

Metal Fabrication

Model Making

Painting (Finishing)

Materials

Styrene Sheets

EVA Foam

Polystyrene

Craft Foam

Steel

Aluminium Wire

Chemical Wood

Fiberglass

Found Objects

Acrylic Paint

Process

As a group we worked to interpret the concept drawing into a three dimensional model. To do this we explored the form through several rough iterations in clay, before committing to the designs that best captured the world of Howl’s Moving Castle without sacrificing the elements of the Star Wars Biker Scout helmet.

Within the group, my construction duties were focused on the houses & the pipes.

For the pipes, I opted to use aluminium armature wire as a core, as this would allow us to more easily manipulate the finished pieces into their final positioning on the helmet. After designing some aesthetically interesting pipework I cut & wrapped pieces of craft foam to build up the forms one segment at a time, even using a table tennis ball to serve as the two halves of the large domed tank section.

Beginning with my own detailed designs for the houses, I constructed these to be solid, lightweight & durable. With a solid EVA foam core & a styrene skin as a base, I again used craft foam to cover the walls that were to be ‘plastered’, 4x2mm styrene rectangle for the faux brickwork & 2mm wide strips of wood cut from mixing sticks as the wood panelling. The tiled roofs were store-bought model sheets, cut down & shaped before being augmented with found objects & more to create the chimneys & other details.

I played a large role in the finishing of the model, taking ion responsibility for the main texturing & painting of the rusted metal panelling that acts as the main skin for the model. Along with this I painted the cast iron effect on the domes & visor, as well as the complete weathering & paint effects on the houses.