Friday, March 16, 2012

And Yet Helmets

This is, apparently, a blog about space helmets. Which is good, because there aren't enough space helmet blogs in the world.
Anthony Jones totally rocked these out. Thanks to Brian Schiavo with hooking us up.
The color palette. Most people think of the one on the right as the "old" one. That's interesting. Like it's an older design? In the foreground is the original model Anthony built.
 All that needs to happen now is for the last of the vacu-formed plexi to be put in. The helmets fit rather well.
The very blue light is from the triple-LED inside the helmet. All the other light is from the outside.
 Anthony designed the helmets to be light-weight as well as good-fitting. They just sit nicely on the shoulder.
It's kind of awesome that you can rim-light the face because of the two large side ports. 
At one point we'd had a different color scheme where one of the helmets would be white. That idea disappeared with the much better notion of all the helmets being in the same palette but each one being unique.
The visors do scratch easily. So we'll have to take care of them. But the helmets themselves are pretty sturdy.


Lindsay Stewart said...

I especially like the little helmet for Murray the ship's ferret.

Andrew Bellware said...

Hee! Yes!

Chance Shirley said...

So the collar is built in to the helmet. Brilliant. As for scratches, I think a few scratches are nice. Make it look more lived-in.

Andrew Bellware said...

From the way it seems to sit I don't think we're going to need to do anything more advanced to the collar in order to make it photograph correctly. I mean, you won't be able to hang upside-down in that helmet, but otherwise it seems like we won't need to do anything.
As far as scratching -- yeah, we were kind of feeling that scratches might be cool. But then again they might not photograph at all and be annoying to the person inside. I dunno.
You do have surprising visibility inside the thing.
I was telling my dad that these helmets were a series of experiments where every single thing went right. Although honestly Anthony may have shielded me from the failed experiments. ;-)