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Daft Punk manqué + DeLorean
November 12, 2011 1:16 PM   Subscribe

With only about as much effort as manufacturing one’s own Great Pyramid of Giza, Atlanta prop-builder Harrison Krix designs and constructs his own Daft Punk–style helmet, complete with 320 red LEDs along the visor and twin cooling fans. (Delightful time-lapse making-of video [YouTube]. Design process: Part 1Part 2Part 3.) Now, what are you supposed to do with a prop like that? Pop it on and pose next to a DeLorean, obviously.
posted by joeclark (17 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

posted by Scoo at 1:23 PM on November 12, 2011

Rock... robot rock...
posted by Artw at 1:25 PM on November 12, 2011

I checked this thing like ten times and made the worst mistake possible: The builder’s name is Harrison Krix, with an eks.
posted by joeclark at 1:28 PM on November 12, 2011

I was about to say, hey, the Volpin Props guy also made a Daft Punk helmet. But Harrison Krix is the Volpin Props guy. Oops.
posted by kmz at 1:29 PM on November 12, 2011

That's so the wrong way to kiss a woman.
posted by Fizz at 1:36 PM on November 12, 2011

posted by cortex at 1:37 PM on November 12, 2011

The addition of Madeon to all these other super things, wow... that timelapse is awesome.
posted by samworm at 1:40 PM on November 12, 2011

Do want.

Do so want.
posted by Samizdata at 1:45 PM on November 12, 2011

Next, make one of these, please. Not my favorite work by Mr. Squarepusher, but I do love the blinkylights.
posted by symbioid at 1:49 PM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I actually rather like that.
posted by Artw at 1:56 PM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

That's one of the coolest making of videos I've ever seen. It's a complete micro course in prop building.
posted by doctor_negative at 1:58 PM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

crazy awesome
posted by Tom-B at 2:55 PM on November 12, 2011

With only about as much effort as manufacturing one’s own Great Pyramid of Giza...

I would not call this effort.

I'm absolutely not dissing what he's done here, and I know what it's like to leave the workshop feeling exhausted, but there's a connotation to effort that doesn't go with people like this creating awesome cool shit just because it can be done.

Similarly, when I talk to people about our respective vacations, there's always a tension in the air. They think I'm crazy because my wife and I go to some kind of labor camp to get away form it all and I'm sorta squicked out by the idea of someone bringing me a drink whenever I wave my hand in the air.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 3:07 PM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I would not call this effort.
Enjoy your empty room, Kid.
posted by joeclark at 3:13 PM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I was following this as he was doing it, and managed to buy one of his unused resin castings from him. Even in it's unfinished state, it's an impressive piece of work. He's a true craftsman.
posted by billyfleetwood at 10:08 PM on November 12, 2011

Not that one...this one
posted by billyfleetwood at 10:12 PM on November 12, 2011

Impressive craftmanship, to be sure.

I wonder if the maker of the original helmet had to go to all this trouble? I mean, if you want to make a replica of something you have to at least research it thoroughly before starting to build. I addition you have to faithfully replicate the original from scratch using what techniques you know or can learn.

I.e. if you're commisioned to make a spacecraft model for a movie, maybe you grab a few boxes and odds and ends from your workshop shelves, glue them together and sprinkle them liberally with greebles from a few plastic tank kits, before painting and weathering.

Someone else who wants to recreate your work first has to get accurate dimensions for the finished model, and maybe have to recreate the spaceship hull with an involved sculpting process with MDF and foam and clay and whatnot, before hand-manufacturing all of the intricate details in the greebles from wood and plastic stock.

Seems to me like the original maker might have an easier task.
posted by Harald74 at 5:05 AM on November 14, 2011

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