I could not find and endor Commando Donut anywhere so I decided to build one from scratch. I went to the outdoor section at Walmart and got the Italian style planter with base for about 10 bucks. For this project you will need:
1 planter, any color will do.
Foam insulation scraps
Pocket planer or cheese grater file
shape out .
aside. Cut the bottom 1 to 1-1/2 inches from the planter then glue the two pieces together
with liquid nails. Clamp the pieces together and go do something else for 24 hours. When
24 hours have elapsed you may begin filling in the gap between the planter and the base.
In the back, cut a 6- inch wide strip from the planter portion. This will be that depression
in the back. Do not cut into the base portion. From the unused planter leftovers, cut a
piece just large enough to be glued to the inside of the donut. Cutting pieces of
posterboard as patterns to fit will really save time and plastic. When youíve got a piece
that you can live with, liquid nail it and clamp it for 24 hours.
Take some scrap and a lighter at this point. Practice heating the plastic from the backside
until it gets soft. Take the back end of a Sharpie and make dents in the plastic. When you
can do this without wrecking the plastic, make some dents in the donut. Remember, the
ones in the movie are beat all to Hades.
the rest of the plastic to. Cut 3 pieces of 2-inch styrofoam insulation the width of the donut.
about 20 minutes you can shape the foam to look like this. Youíll definitely want that
angle for later. Notice the angle on the bottom?
inside the donut shell and put some weight on it.
way to tell you how to do this, but remember, your head is ROUND so the space inside
will have to be curved. Make sure that you allow for the soft part when hollowing out the center. Do a little at a time. They used an ANH-15 fighter pilot's headgear in the movie. I don't have an instructable for that .
will dissolve the foam so be careful or you'll have holes! Now all you have to do is sand
and fill, sand and fill. Buff it with steel wool and prime. Then fill, sand, buff and prime
ad infinitum until itís perfect!
Put several layers of silver paint down next. As the helmet gets taken from event to event,
it will get scratched. When it does the silver will be exposed.
When you've painted it with an olive drab paint, dry brush it in spots to weather it.
made it myself, and it only cost me about 10 bucks and a buttload of sweat. Let's go burn
some holes in a bunch of Stormies!