Each year I try to tackle another set of complex skills and build something interesting for fun. Being creative, resourceful and motivated greatly deepens my problem solving and creativity. Here is a selection of some of my projects. Some involved learning a lot about cooking a specific cuisine, or learning how to weld, or learning how to use a camera beyond “automatic mode”.
In 2018, my son wanted a Captain Rex helmet from the Star Wars Animated series, The Clone Wars. I first had to learn how to build, configure, program and successfully use a 3d printer and related software ecosystem, then found a good model online, then printed out all 18 pieces and carefully glued them together.
I then used automotive bondo/putty to fill in the gaps between the pieces. The next steps involved lots of sanding, followed by paint and finally ending with battle damage which my son loved doing. Inside the helmet I added motorcycle foam and ensured that the back of the helmet snapped on and off with rare earth magnets. Finally, a tinted visor was fitted onto the helmet.