Introduction: Portal 2 Wheatley Prop

Hi all you members of internet land! Today I'm gonna be teaching you how I built my life-sized Wheatley replica from the game Portal 2!

you are going to need:
Sheets of "Fun Foam"
a Styrofoam ball (Ours was about 9 inches in diameter)
thick paper plates
an LED push-button light
a spinning stool-chair-thing
and paint

Step 1:

determine the size of your Styrofoam ball. you need to measure the circumference and diameter.
Make sure you have enough "Fun Foam" to fill the dimensions of [Circumference x diameter]

Step 2:

cut the foam out so that it looks like a flattened globe. it should look somewhat like this shape:
hot glue these pieces together so that it forms a sphere-ish shape (don't glue the last two together yet)

Step 3:

carve pieces out of the Styrofoam ball to make holes for the eye and "ears" (the eye hole should be deep enough to hold the LED light without it protruding too much beyond the surface.)

Step 4:

cut out the foam into the different shapes that make up Wheatley's "shell". We used reference pictures from the game as well as some fan made 3D models to determine these shapes.
We researched from multiple sources, but this site proved the most helpful:

We used foam to cover most of the sphere. We also used it for various detailing elements.

Step 5:

Color the LED light with a blue sharpie (sounds dumb, but it works) Our LED light happened to already have a crack in it that oddly resembles the crack that Wheatley has at the end of the game.

Step 6:

Paint everything. we used multiple shades of white, gray and brown for the aging to give him that "metal beat-up" look. we also made a reverse paper cut-out of the Aperture logo and used it as a stencil. make sure to use plenty of reference pictures to make sure what you are painting is accurate and on scale. Once everything dries, screw and hot glue the pieces into the Styrofoam ball. paint over these screws to make them less obvious.

Step 7:

The next step is to make the handles that act as "eyebrows". We used a thick paper plates and cut them out in the shape of the handle sides and painted these gray. Next we rolled up pieces of the "Fun Foam" to make the cylindrical parts of the handles and secured them by stapling them into position. We painted these and hot glued them to the paper plate pieces. We screwed these into the sides of the Wheatley model and covered the screws with circular foam pieces.

By this point you could call your model complet e. You can carry around your Wheatley with your portal gun, or launch him into space just for giggles, but we took it a step further and made our model connect to the ceiling like Wheatley does when attached to his rail at the beginning of Portal 2.

Step 8: EXTRA STEP 1

Take a rolling swivel chair apart to get the telescoping bar that connects the base to the seat. Once you have this piece isolated, you can attach it to the top of your Wheatley model. We used a lot of screws and hot glue to secure this piece.

Step 9: EXTRA STEP 2

We screwed the part that connected to the seat of the chair into the ceiling of the room. we painted a black and gray "Rail" around this piece to convey Wheatley's rail.

AND YOU ARE DONE!!!! Go admire your Wheatley model while playing your favorite video game. Testing will never be dull with this exciting little guy in your room. He may be an idiot, but he will be your best friend. (Other than the companion cube, of course)

This model can also be used to make any of the Personality Cores from the game Portal 2 just by coloring the LED light differently.

So what are you waiting for? Go make yourself a great Wheatley!!!


4lifenerdfighter made it!(author)2012-04-05

Sorry, but 9 inches isn't life size. Go third-person mode. He's actually 3 or 4 feet in diameter!

Catfishjames made it!(author)2017-06-29

No way. There is absolutely no way he is 4 feet in diameter. If that was the case, he would not have fit through the door at the beginning of the game.

Styrac made it!(author)2012-07-24

He cant be that tall, can he?

4lifenerdfighter made it!(author)2012-07-24

Yes, he actually is! Again, go to third-person mode. He's about as big as Chell. He just appears smaller because of the POV vision.

Chamiey made it!(author)2015-01-09

Better check the Moon scene where Chell grasps his handlebars. He's like a bit larger than 1 foot in diameter.

chemy999 made it!(author)2012-08-11

He looks more like 2 or 2.5 feet to me, but still that's a lot bigger than 9 inches

awesomesauce1 made it!(author)2016-04-24


TheK3 made it!(author)2016-01-23

Whelp thats seriously awesome

Generationmatthew62 made it!(author)2015-12-04

cool its weatly space sooooo much spaaaaaaaaaaaace

flapper501 made it!(author)2012-04-07

Well here we are again

nicboyman made it!(author)2012-05-15

It's always such a pleasure.

SixAxiS78 made it!(author)2012-05-31

Remember, when you tried to kill me twice?

modder1 made it!(author)2012-06-07

oh how we laughed and laughed

SixAxiS78 made it!(author)2012-06-08

Except I wasn't laughing

Tphips450 made it!(author)2012-06-12

Under the Circumstances I've been Shockingly nice.

Frenche7 made it!(author)2012-06-13

You want your freedom, take it.

Darth+Nihilus made it!(author)2012-06-19

That’s what I’m counting on,

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-07-08

I used to want you dead, but now I only want you gone. (JoCo Lyrics quote!)

Styrac made it!(author)2012-07-24

She was a lot like you,

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-07-24

(Maybe not quite as heavy...)

gordonfreemanisalive+23 made it!(author)2012-07-29

now, little caroline is in you too.

Rumblemore made it!(author)2012-08-01

One day they woke me up, (btw its now little caroline is in HERE too)

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-08-01

So I could live forever.

generaldidsy made it!(author)2012-08-06

It’s such a shame the same will never happen to you. (cue next line...)

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-08-06

You've got your short, sad life left.

big+kahuna+burger made it!(author)2012-08-10

That’s what I’m counting OOOOOOOONNNN,

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-08-10

I'll let you get right to it, now I only want you gone.

chemy999 made it!(author)2012-08-11

goodbye my only friend

gordonfreemanisalive+23 made it!(author)2012-08-20

Do, did you think I meant you?

nekokristiaan made it!(author)2012-08-21

That would be funny if it weren't so sad.

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-08-21

Now you have been replaced.

nekokristiaan made it!(author)2012-08-23

I don't need anyone now

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-08-23

When I delete you, maybe [MESSAGE REDACTED] (I'll stop feeling so bad.)

danielemur made it!(author)2012-09-17

Go make some new disaster

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2012-09-17

That's what I'm counting on.

jordanguy123 made it!(author)2013-09-17

You're someone else's problem.

thecakeisnotalie made it!(author)2015-11-21

Now I only want you gone. Now I only want you gone. Now I only want you


(Finished 2 years later. I'm proud of you all. -claps-)

ThatOneFishWithLegsN made it!(author)2015-10-12

The moment I saw the Shell. I was like, "Dis gon b gud"

RMP2003 made it!(author)2015-08-15

That is awesome!

Epic+Squishy made it!(author)2015-08-18


Epic+Squishy made it!(author)2015-05-15

I made this one!

SteampunkToreador made it!(author)2014-05-30

Now I only want you gone.

Now I only want you... gone...

Dino93 made it!(author)2012-05-13

Really very cool!!!Just how do you get the styrofoam to make that shape?

doooom88 made it!(author)2012-02-20

Could you please add some pics i'm trying to make one and i'm really confused here

jschrold made it!(author)2012-02-08

Hey, ill pay u for that

Higley1089 made it!(author)2011-12-20

This needs more progress pics. im having trouble figureing out how to cut the foam them how to put it on.

DrWilliamHorriblePhD made it!(author)2011-12-19

You wouldn't care to link your fan model references would you?

RadioactiveBees made it!(author)2011-09-04

I like the Space Core most though! Wheatley IS pretty cool though. (no, m not saying that just so he wont get mad at me! of course not!) lol

Hugo+Boom made it!(author)2011-09-05


tbh-1138 made it!(author)2011-09-28

I'm the best at space!

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