Picture of 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
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Step 1:

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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:

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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)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.
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The EpicS made it!2 months ago

I made this one!

Sorry, but 9 inches isn't life size. Go third-person mode. He's actually 3 or 4 feet in diameter!
He cant be that tall, can he?
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.

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

He looks more like 2 or 2.5 feet to me, but still that's a lot bigger than 9 inches
flapper5013 years ago
Well here we are again
It's always such a pleasure.
Remember, when you tried to kill me twice?
oh how we laughed and laughed
Except I wasn't laughing
Under the Circumstances I've been Shockingly nice.
You want your freedom, take it.
That’s what I’m counting on,
I used to want you dead, but now I only want you gone. (JoCo Lyrics quote!)
She was a lot like you,
(Maybe not quite as heavy...)
now, little caroline is in you too.
One day they woke me up, (btw its now little caroline is in HERE too)
So I could live forever.
It’s such a shame the same will never happen to you. (cue next line...)
You've got your short, sad life left.
That’s what I’m counting OOOOOOOONNNN,
I'll let you get right to it, now I only want you gone.
goodbye my only friend
Do, did you think I meant you?
That would be funny if it weren't so sad.
Now you have been replaced.
I don't need anyone now
When I delete you, maybe [MESSAGE REDACTED] (I'll stop feeling so bad.)
Go make some new disaster
That's what I'm counting on.
You're someone else's problem.
Dino933 years ago
Really very cool!!!Just how do you get the styrofoam to make that shape?
doooom883 years ago
Could you please add some pics i'm trying to make one and i'm really confused here
jschrold3 years ago
Hey, ill pay u for that
Higley10893 years ago
This needs more progress pics. im having trouble figureing out how to cut the foam them how to put it on.
You wouldn't care to link your fan model references would you?
Hugo Boom4 years ago
That's a really nice replica :) like everyone else, I love Wheatley!
he may have betrayed everyone in the game (spoilers!), but at least everyone still has a heart for him :D
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