Alright. If everyone tries to participate in the Comic Contest with videogame related instructables, then my entry will be a movie character who has appeared in a lot of comics. He first fought against the Aliens (and the resultant series become very famous). He fought against the Terminator. He fought against Batman, Superman and the whole JLA. He fought against Tarzan and Judge Dredd. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU... THE PREDATOR!! (Wow. Big surprise.)

Maybe the Predator born as movie character, but its best stories and the expanded universe from the Yautja (the real name of the Predators race) came from Dark Horse Comics. You can click in the following links to see more of Predator comics story:


This is one of the two projects I made in 2007 under the wing of master Mauro Santini, one of the best argentinean models and props makers. I took some pictures of the process and, in case of missing photos (I was smeared of resin and I could not take pictures without ruin my camera), I will try to explain it the best that I can.

For the helmet I needed the following stuff:
  • Clay (for the model)
  • A real size human head model
  • Fiberglass and synthetic resin (like the used in boats)
  • Epoxic
  • Vaseline
  • Screws
  • Aluminum spray paint
  • Transparent spray paint
  • Acrylic black paint
  • 3 red LEDs, wires, batteries box and AA battteries (for the triple laser designator)
  • Sculpting tools, Dremel, heatgun and latex gloves.
CAUTION: You will be exposed to toxic vapors when you work with the synthetic resin. Use respiratory protection.

NOTE: There are better ways to casting props, like silicon rubber. But, for educational purposes, this project molds were made with synthetic resin and fiberglass.

Step 1: The Clay Model

The first thing you have to do: Research. If you're not a fan of the franchise, you will see the same Predator over and over and over: an extraterrestial hunter with an ugly helmet, a ray gun, wrist blades, thermal vision and three red laser dots in the prey. Even you will say "hey, look! it's the Alien!!" (it's silly really, but more frequent than you think).

But, if you are a fan of the franchise, you know that every Predator has a different helmet. So, see the movies, read the comics, search all-angles images in Google and look for your helmet of choice (I choose the one from the 1987 first film). Print the images and get ready for the clay.

Get a human head replica (the size of your head) and clay (a lot of clay) and start covering the head replica. Then, shape it. Use the heat gun for melting the clay, and the sculpting tools for removing clay and giving details. A bit of vaseline can help for giving the finish.
ok, but how to get shape of this
Congrats on the ipod!!
Thanks!! The same for you!! :-P
A technique with resin I haven't seen yet, very nice!
Thanks Cowscankill! If you like it, please vote for me! :-)
Totally Awesome Mario!!
Thanks Tinker!!! :-)
EPIC!!! (like everything you make.)
Thanks Aug!!! :-)
Fabulous! between the helmet & the shoulder cannon you're my favorite Predator maker!
Thanks Corsair!!!
Thanks Splazem!! :-)
That's great!
Thanks Unique!!!
Nice Work !<br>:*
Thanks Mary Candy!!! :-)

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technical Director and Technology Lead Teacher ... More »
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