Making a Steampunk Mask Part 2

Here’s part two of my video series looking at making a steampunk mask.

As mentioned this is for the Asylum Steampunk festival in Lincoln at the end of august so I’m trying to get everything ready in time. ¬†This is the first time I’ve managed to get everything on to test whether it all works. ¬†I found that the ventilation unit on the back (which actually works and circulates air through the mask) was a little too low so the gas mask hoses were a little too tight. ¬†I’ve been re-adjusting this

I’m also making a steampunk revolver, which is the first time I’ve actually had a go at making a steampunk hand gun. ¬†This is made from copper piping and some plywood which I’ve covered in plastic, leather and some cast resin pieces made from CO2 cannisters and various other mechanical pieces.

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I’ve also made some union jack shin guards which are made from foam covered in fibre glass which I’ve sanded smooth.

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Preparing for The Asylum 2017

It’s that time of year when I start working on my piece for The Asylum. ¬†I’d actually intended to start working on this in January so I had plenty of time to get it sorted. ¬†That’s obviously not happened!

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This is intended to be a pilot’s helmet for Imperial Aethyric Airways, my friend Sue’s steampunk troupe. ¬†As you can see they’re characterised by their union jack livery and it’s high time I joined them, so this will be painted in union jack colours too.

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I’m constructing this out of foam initially

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And have then covered it in fibre glass and car body filler. ¬†After much shaping and sanding I’ve ended up with this.

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Here’s a rough sketch of how this is going to look – the pipes in the respirator will lead down to a unit in the chest which will have fans circulating air into the mask so I can actually breath (important).

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The flaps on the side and top of the mask are intended to be aerofoils which will be servo controlled. ¬†I’m thinking these will be linked to a tilt switch so that when I tilt my head the servos run through a programmed sequence.

I’ve got myself an ardino and have managed to make a servo move back and forth, which I guess is a first step ūüėČ