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!

MATERIALS
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
screws
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:
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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: http://www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/wheatley-video-character-robot-3d-model/602446

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!!!

Comments

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4lifenerdfighter (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!

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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.

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Styrac (author)4lifenerdfighter2012-07-24

He cant be that tall, can he?

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4lifenerdfighter (author)Styrac2012-07-24

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.

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Chamiey (author)4lifenerdfighter2015-01-09

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

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

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awesomesauce1 (author)2016-04-24

EPIC!!!!!!!

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TheK3 (author)2016-01-23

Whelp thats seriously awesome

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Generationmatthew62 (author)2015-12-04

cool its weatly space sooooo much spaaaaaaaaaaaace

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flapper501 (author)2012-04-07

Well here we are again

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nicboyman (author)flapper5012012-05-15

It's always such a pleasure.

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SixAxiS78 (author)nicboyman2012-05-31

Remember, when you tried to kill me twice?

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modder1 (author)SixAxiS782012-06-07

oh how we laughed and laughed

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SixAxiS78 (author)modder12012-06-08

Except I wasn't laughing

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Tphips450 (author)SixAxiS782012-06-12

Under the Circumstances I've been Shockingly nice.

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Frenche7 (author)Tphips4502012-06-13

You want your freedom, take it.

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Darth Nihilus (author)Frenche72012-06-19

That’s what I’m counting on,

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

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Styrac (author)SteampunkToreador2012-07-24

She was a lot like you,

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SteampunkToreador (author)Styrac2012-07-24

(Maybe not quite as heavy...)

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now, little caroline is in you too.

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

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So I could live forever.

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

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You've got your short, sad life left.

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That’s what I’m counting OOOOOOOONNNN,

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

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goodbye my only friend

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Do, did you think I meant you?

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

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Now you have been replaced.

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I don't need anyone now

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

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Go make some new disaster

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That's what I'm counting on.

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You're someone else's problem.

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

gone.

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

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ThatOneFishWithLegsN (author)2015-10-12

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

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RMP2003 (author)2015-08-15

That is awesome!

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Epic Squishy (author)RMP20032015-08-18

Mine?

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

I made this one!

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SteampunkToreador (author)2014-05-30

Now I only want you gone.

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

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Dino93 (author)2012-05-13

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

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doooom88 (author)2012-02-20

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

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jschrold (author)2012-02-08

Hey, ill pay u for that

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Higley1089 (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.

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DrWilliamHorriblePhD (author)2011-12-19

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

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RadioactiveBees (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

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SPACE CORE FTW! :D

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tbh-1138 (author)Hugo Boom2011-09-28

I'm the best at space!

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