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I've always loved the B-movie classic "Robot Monster".  Not only was the acting sub-par, but the titular monster was just a guy in a cheap gorilla suit wearing a space helmet.  Since I already had a cheap gorilla suit, I figured I'd make a helmet to go with it.
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Step 1: Step 1-Get a globe

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I got mine at a local thrift shop for $5.  I thought it would be made of plastic, but, lo and behold, it was made of cardboard.

Step 2: Step 2-Start cutting

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I cut two holes in the globe using a hefty pair of tin shears.  I had the equator of the globe running from my shoulders around the top of my head, so I used the Arctic Circle as a guide for the "face hole".  The hole for my neck I just eyeballed.

Step 3: Step 3-Stick some wooden dowels on the globe

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I cut two wooden dowels about 6 inches long and screwed them onto the glove just a little bit in front of the equator at 10 and 2 o'clock.  These are the bases for the antennae.

Step 4: Step 4-get a bucket

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I found an old 5-gallon plastic bucket in the desert near my house.  It was pretty cruddy, but I scraped it and cleaned it out the best I could.  I took the wire handle off to make it easier to cut.

Step 5: Step 5-cut the bucket

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I cut a whole in the bottom big enough for my head to fit through.  Then I cut rouned shapes on either side to fit over my shoulders.

Step 6: Step 6-attach the globe to the bucket

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I used PVC sealant, the kind you use to seal bathrooms to attach the two parts.
kellyhogaboom6 months ago

I love this! I went researching when it came time to make a version for a baby. I loved how you did this (although it wouldn't work for my application). Anyway, I thought I'd drop you a line as I gave your Instructable a shout-out in my blog post:


Great Instructable!

Wow. It has that charming, B movie feel.
doktor Zero2 years ago
born 1969. Know it. Love it. Cool job and choice.When Tim Burton uses it for a remake, everybody in your hood will remember you doing it first, no fear!
MadMoai2 years ago
Fantastic job on the costume! I'm making the same thing but am using a plastic globe instead. Do you know the diameter of the globe that you used?
mdlmusic (author)  MadMoai2 years ago
Looks to be about twelve inches.
Did it sit on top of the gorilla suit without any problem or did you have to attach it to it or to you head in some way?
AWESOME job! I've always loved that suit. So perfectly cheesey.
mdlmusic (author)  MrCaptainDoctorMan2 years ago
It fit comfortably on my shoulders while wearing the gorilla suit. I made sure to cut the U-shapes on the sides of the buckets pretty large.
spookygonk2 years ago
Brilliant work.