This is the first part of my micro-series, about building my very own Halo Combat Evolved Pepakura Helmet to complete my halo armor for next Halloween. I know not many people do CE helmets, and I quite honestly liked it better than the modern Halo helmets. And it was simpler, easier to accomplish for a first build and 13-year old.
Step 1: The Files
Get this back to the UNSC, Chief... Safe and sound. (I just made that up!)
First, print off the files for the Pepakura helmet. I'll include the raw Pepakura files, and the PDF files for easy, instant printing. The helmet, while fitting me, may not fit you... Because, you know, I'm just 13.
Once your'e done, print the files and start cutting out all of the pieces. Then on to the next phase: Building!
Step 2: The Build
Just so you know, there are NO videos on how to build a halo CE helmet build that I have found yet. The world of Combat Evolved Pepakura is an obscure one, shrouded by mystery and darkness and the Flood and Halo 5 traitors and retro-gaming haters. Ahh. That felt good to say.
Since there are no videos anywhere on the Internet on how to build one of these, you'll just have to do what I did: Build it by looking at the 3D rendering and seeing how each piece fits, like a puzzle. A Molnir MK IV UNSC puzzle.
Tip 1: Start with the cap, then work your way down. That is usually what I see people doing.
Tip 2: Wait at least a minute between gluing each piece. You don't want to have to start over again. Twice. Trust me on this one.
Tip 3: Use a stronger glue than what I did. The Scotch glue sticks is the best there is out there, so that's what I recommend. There is also Elmer's Extreme, and Elmer's Craft Strength glue sticks.
Tip 4: Always use the extra supports. The photo up there of the Halo helmet is from my first prototype. I didn't include the paper visor, or any other support, thus dooming the first project before it had even started.
Step 3: The Polish
The title of this step may be a bit misleading. We will not actually be polishing the helmet. This just means that we'll be making the final touches to the first round, and make sure everything is spiffy. Don't be too rough with anything, just gently shape peices so that everything is ready for the next step... FIBERGLASS!
Step 4: Awaiting Further Orders
I WILL return... with a tutorial detailing the fiberglassing stage of the helmet. Stay tuned, soldier!