I have always been a fan of Daft Punk. I think the main attraction has always been the mystery around their characters created by those shiny blinking masks. I have decided to build my own as a side project. Inspired by the beautiful helmets made by Volpin I wanted to make a Thomas Bangalter helmet.
Like many others out there I am using a free program called Pepakura to create a paper shell which will be the base of the project http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/ .
I downloaded the pep file from here: http://artbetep.deviantart.com/art/Daft-Punk-s-Electroma-Thomas-helmet-papercraft-335308771
The software lets you print out a series of shapes that are glued together to make a 3D object.
Overall the process was a bit fiddly but rewarding. I nearly destroyed it by running diluted PVA glue and water over it in an attempt to add strength. The top part warped and fell apart. I managed to save it by rebuilding the top part.
I used hot glue on the inside tabs to add strength. I think it is a bit on the big side, I should have checked the scaling first. I convinced myself it was OK with that last photo so carried on with the project. More in Part 2.