Droolworthy Animatronic Stargate Horus Helmet

It’s incredibly likely that, unless you own one of the original movie props, your Stargate Horus helmet is not as cool as [jeromekelty]’s. We say this with some confidence because [jerome] got access to the original molds and put in an incredible amount of time on the animatronics. (See his latest video embedded below.)

Surprisingly, a number of the parts for this amazing piece were bought off the shelf. The irises that open and close they eyes, for instance, were bought on eBay. This is not to downplay the amount of custom design, though. The mechanism that moves the feathers is a sight to see, and there’s a lot of hand-machined metal holding it all together. But the payoff is watching the thing move under remote control. The eye dimming and closing, combined with the head movements, make it look almost alive.

This isn’t [jerome]’s first Stargate-Horus-Helmet rodeo. He made an Arduino-powered one back in 2011. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

25 thoughts on “Droolworthy Animatronic Stargate Horus Helmet

    1. Why would you feel a need to “shout” about a repost? Is Pavlov your master? I’m sure there are new readers here all the time who don’t search the archives. Bringing something especially cool to their attention isn’t a crime, and if you’ve seen it before you 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 just ignore it.

      1. Yeah, it’s cool, well made and pretty. But where’s the hack? All I get is “Working with parts from original mold, I made something as good as original prop.” am I supposed to be all “Wow servos applied to move things, what a novel use for servos!!!1111” ?

        1. True. Nothing new in that. Just US copying Hollywood copying US copying Hollywood. Pokemons, Star Wars, all dat endless shit. No, I´m joking: It´s cool, DARN cool, and “droolworthy”

        2. Let’s see your superior version then.

          What’s that? You are a total dipshit loser who can’t even make a sock puppet that works properly yet you’re armchair criticizing a bona fide excellent build because it’s “not a hack”?

          That’s what I thought.

          1. Well I’m saying you start with a teabag and some water, and you expect a reasonable cup of tea can be made. There are numerous ways to screw up, not hot enough water, too much water, wrong steep time etc, but in the end if a good cup of tea is made, it’s not that impressive, because tea was what you’re expecting.

          2. Here’s the flaw in your analogy: A teabag and water are two ingredients, and steeping tea is a two step process, heat the water and steep the tea. Even so, it takes practice, but it’s an easy skill to master.

            By contrast, precise animatronics is an engineering level skill. It’s not going to be learned in a few days with two ingredients, it’s something that takes patience, skill, and some level of natural aptitude.

            I ask again, where is your superior version?

    1. Even though the fiberglass castings are really thin it’s pretty heavy when fully assembled. PLA probably wouldn’t be strong enough given the material wall thickness required and how the parts are bolted together, especially for the neck joint. The parts that could be printed in plastic (if you modified them slightly) would be the iris sockets, eye servo mount and the fan mechanism mount.

    2. In theory, it probably could be done in PLA, or even some of the newer and better Polymers available for FDM.
      You just have to ask yourself what the helmet is used for. If you want to cosplay and go to conventions, i think a 3D printed mask with full mechatronics is probably way to heavy and uncomfortable. You could however make a 3d printed (negative) mould, and then build your helmet shell with fiberglass/epoxy and/or other light and stiff materials.

    1. But what did you think of Stargate Universe?

      I actually wanted to see that show continue; it was finally getting interesting and then they pulled the plug. :(

      Someone should make a mini-quad ‘Kino’

      1. The show only got good once they realised that they didn’t have any time left and had to get shit done. The last few episodes were good IIRC but it took waaay too long to get there and that’s why the show failed. It also didn’t match the light heartedness/humour mixed with seriousness of the shows/movies before it which I think didn’t live up to what the old fans wanted.

        1. I agree it was way different than what most fans were used too. Took me awhile to start enjoying the show. What got me hooked was the scene where Colonel Everett Young just gives up in Trial and Error.
          (That’s the weird dream simulation one; he keeps having visions of the Destiny being taken over/exploding, and it almost destroys him mentally.)

      2. I actually liked SG:U very much. For me, it was up there with SG:A, SG-1 and the movies are okay too, but i like the A and U more. By the way, i’ve just seen that they want to make a reboot movie trilogy (independent of the old movies and TV series). I’m just not sold on Emmerich having his fingers in there, but who knows, maybe it gets good…

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