Introduction: How to Make a Daft Punk Outfit!

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Over the summer, I was turned on to some of the most excellent, and varied music group's I have ever heard; Daft Punk.

With their hidden identities, which basically launched their world-wide success in the music business, many have attempted to re-create Thomas Bangalter's and Guy-Manuel's uber-sweet looking helmets.

Starting in early August 2008, I went out and searched teh_intarwebz far and wide for instructions on how to make one. No such luck. However I did find a Pepakura File of both Guy's and Thomas' helmets. Along with some fan-created helmets. I found it, I found my 'End-of-Summer-To-Late-Fall' project.

Step 1: Pepakura Viewer

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I downloaded the files for Thomas' helmet first. After seeing that his looked way easier than Thomas' I went with the intent of re-creating his helmet.

I have made Thomas' helmet, but if you are looking for a challenge, use some of the tips from this instructable to make Thomas' helmet.

First, you will want to download Pepakura Viewer, which is a program that lets you view paper craft items that other users have made.

Once you have downloaded Pepakura Viewer, download Thomas' helmet, here. I didn't build the full helmet, as I knew ahead of time that my head was too big for the paper version. So I improvised, and used a hard-hat as my base, and attached the front of the paper helmet to it with masking tape. I'm sorry that I don't have any build pictures of the paper helmet face part. When cutting out the shapes, each edge has a number, which you tape/glue/attach to the corresponding number.

Step 2: Start Building!

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I suggest having a smooth base to start with, I chose a hard-hat, but a baseball helmet would work great! Once I had assembled the front of Guy's helmet, I used masking tape to attach it to the hard-hat. I figured to cover the whole paper front in masking tape for extra rigidity. I cut a soda can in half for the 'ears' of the helmet. They were the hardest to position, as I wanted them as parallel to each other as possible, and held them in place with masking tape.

I used a bit of paper mache to make a shell of sorts, and covered the whole helmet in paper mache. Since it takes about 24 hours for it to completely dry, I decided against it, and changed to using bondo, or body filler.

Once all was taped up and secure, I went ahead and applied a healthy amount of bondo to the front of the mask, to the helmet. When working with bondo, you have a set amount of time before the bondo starts to harden. I usually apply a golf-ball size glob of goop, and a small squirt of the hardening agent to the mass, and mix and apply with an old credit card.

This process takes a long time, but the more time spent doing smooth, uniform strokes, the less time sanding. I wish I would have known that earlier...

Step 3: Sanding/Cutting/Shaping

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I looked at many different images of Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, and his helmet, after a few guesstimates, I had drawn out where the visor would be positioned. It took about 2 hours to cut the hole for the visor, as I applied a wicked amount of bondo to the area..

As I mentioned in the previous step, the more time spent on the bondo-ing process, the less time is needed for sanding. Some people like to sand, I, am not one of those people. First I used my Dremel, with a sanding bit, and went around all the rough edges. I used a 30 grit sanding block to do most of the bulk sanding, shaping, forming, etc. After I did that, I used a 60 grit to smooth the bondo out, and make sure I have a uniform surface. For final sanding touches, I went over the whole helmet with a 180 grit sanding block.

The whole sanding process can be from 5 to a Bajillion hours, depending how much time you have..
Again, I wish I had known this earlier..

Step 4: Painting, and More Sanding, Visor

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I gave the helmet a few coats of white primer before adding the chrome-ish finish. While painting, some blemishes that were nowhere to be seen while sanding will arise, at this time you can add a small dab of bondo, and sand smooth. The helmet won't be mirrored as much as Guy's real helmet is, but it will give you a good taste of what it is.

I bought a face shield from my local hardware store, and cut the shape of a visor out of it. This process was strictly trial and error. Once I had a good shape, I put automobile window tint on it, to archive a darker look. I used hot glue to 'tack' the visor into the helmet, and used bondo to make a flush seal along the outer edge of the visor.

Step 5: Inside the Helmet!

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I used a bit of 1/2 inch foam applied to the inside of the helmet, and lined it with dark fabric. I wore a crisp white button-up shirt, under a black blazer with some black gloves to complete the look.

If I had more time to work on my costume, and some more electrical sence, I would have definitely added some EL wire to my costume for legitimacy. I hope you liked the instructable, watch out for next year when I tackle Guy-Manuel's helmet! :O

***I know I don't have any pictures, I will have some up tomorrow. I need to get them off a friends camera so I can add them here, I am only publishing the instructable so I can enter the Halloween Contest!***


jackson9882 (author)2014-03-27

this helmet sucks

boom man56 (author)jackson98822014-10-25


jackson9882 (author)2014-03-27

i can make a better than that. Actually, important making one right now for comic con again

papercraftnoyel (author)2014-03-08

just a tip but don't go heavy on the bondo. Just enough to smooth it out. Not a thick layer and then smooth it out that takes too much time

boom man56 (author)2012-10-15

soo cool

BraisedDuck (author)2012-01-01

umm dude i think u got ur names mixed up a little here. thomas is the one your doing in this instructable. guy-manuel is the one with teh gold astronaut helmet.

Clayton H. (author)2009-09-25

making one from a $8 baseball helmet from walmart. Don't get how to assemble the paprika file so I decided to fill and smooth out the helmet. so how do you assemble it?

Pe-Pa-Ku-Ra Get it right.

xio (author)WhiteTigerTails2010-07-13

"We have a "be nice" comment policy. Please be positive and constructive with your comments or risk being banned from our site." You try getting it right next time, buddy.

CapnTac (author)xio2011-08-07

Thank you for that, sir.

rawknexstuff (author)xio2011-02-20

Right on.

cjwolfer (author)2010-12-16

this a pretty good quick simple one but if u really wana go all out then check this out

pablopeillard (author)2010-10-30

I found this site that sells deadmu5 heads cheaper than others and have many options
They have the LED equalizers too which is pretty awesome

stimky666 (author)2008-12-24

Hey, I downloaded both the Viewer and the helmet, and when I try to open the helmet it says the helmet is from a newer version of the viewer.. but I have the same one it shows in that picture..

bumpus (author)stimky6662008-12-25

Hmm.. What is the extension on the helmet file?

stimky666 (author)bumpus2008-12-25

.pdo... Like it should be.. I still don't get it.. Do I need 3.X.X? cause now it says I got 1.X.X All help is greatly appreciated..

bumpus (author)stimky6662008-12-25

Hmm, The only thing I would know to suggest would be to uninstall, then reinstall it.. I know its a pain in the ass, but its all the help I can suggest.. Sorry..

Goodhart (author)bumpus2009-10-27
I stumbled on this looking for something else, and tried the download,,and I have the same problem stimky has.  It will not open the file and asks for it to be upgraded, but at their site, the only upgrade is to pay for the Deluxe service.
Goodhart (author)Goodhart2009-10-27
I do NOT know why my printing got all small, in the above post, I did not Change the formatting...
PizzaPlanet (author)2009-09-28

no mouth

locoxellas (author)2009-09-17

i have downloaded the viewer and i dont know how to assambled the papers parts....any help?¿

superhubbardman (author)2009-08-29

hey your download didnt work with the helmet, but i found this version which works with them all
here you go
good Ible btw

Keith-Kid (author)2009-08-09

Yo Bumpus! I'ma use this! I got a suit, and I'm looking for silly things to take pictures with. This and Billy the Puppet from Saw are on the top. I'm also gonna do some Men in Black stuff, complete with huge over the top gunz.

freakinslop (author)2009-06-24


Gtjze (author)2009-05-19

hey can u give us a tutorial on the Guy Man helmet? Or give us a link? If u can reply, thank you

Bazzatron (author)2009-05-12

Why - o - why is there not more of these kicking around the net? Its not as though theyre unpopular? I thought after electroma was released the dummy helmets wud b merchandised??? Great instructable - gna see what i can do with an old motorcycle helmet (i hear thats what they really are made from)

corey_caffeine (author)2009-04-12

could you put leds or el wire to do something like in interstella 5555

mg0930mg (author)2009-03-21

I think it could be a little smoother. Really nice, though!

Kaiven (author)2008-12-20

:O I gave 5 stars because of the title xD Good job! (author)2008-11-26

Ha! I made an altoids guitar like you did but this time I made a thomas bangalter daft punk helmet without the knowledge of you making one as well, it's true what they say about great minds thinking alike I guess

oh I forgot to mention i made mine differently, I used a baseball helmet as a base then cardboard for the front, the visor part is curved cardboard with a slot in the middle and I jammed a glowstick in (you can't tell by this pic) and cardboard for the other features, the sides are halved cans, everything was covered and spray painted. My friends Guy Manuel helmet was made differently, he cut his cardboard in curved shapes and inside his eyeslot in the front he stretched a book black cover so his eyes couldn't be seen, he also taped wires on the back section and on the bottom back he had a painted curved cardboard piece that was attached with elastic bands to keep it on tight. and that's all I have to say about that

bumpus (author)trogdorzune.net2008-11-26

Haha! That looks excellent!

Kid90 (author)2008-11-16

Next Mask for Halloween 2009 for sure !

Now try to make the "LED'" part... :)

bumpus (author)Kid902008-11-16

Hahaha, I wish! :D

gmjhowe (author)2008-11-13

About time you got this sorted! but you have definatly taken a hit on the votes.

gmjhowe (author)2008-11-10

haha, can't wait to see it with the pics. Though you say you dont have all the making of pics, that could cost you...

bumpus (author)gmjhowe2008-11-10

I hope not..

gmjhowe (author)bumpus2008-11-10

well, i would at least suggest putting up a few pictures of the rendered paper head (3d image perhaps?)

bumpus (author)gmjhowe2008-11-10

Good idea!

gmjhowe (author)bumpus2008-11-11

what are you playing at? all that will be happening is that people will be viewing it, and not voting.

gmjhowe (author)gmjhowe2008-11-12

*taps fingers* what happened?

bumpus (author)gmjhowe2008-11-12

What do you mean? ;-)

gmjhowe (author)bumpus2008-11-13

about time! Great work! it turned out pretty nice in the end!

KentsOkay (author)2008-11-12

Now that's cool... reminescent of princes leia's bounty hunter helmet....

KentsOkay (author)2008-11-10

Sweet, I'll be back to see the pics

KentsOkay (author)KentsOkay2008-11-11


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