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Author Topic: Wings, for your hat?  (Read 2804 times)
Major Wolfram Quicksilver
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« on: November 07, 2015, 10:28:27 am »

I recently thought it would be a good idea to make some wings for my bowler, just to jazz it up a bit.  I took as my influence a sort of Aztec/mesoamerican Indian theme, and using 2mm craft foam and some odds and bods came up with this:

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I wasn't really happy with them, so went for a more mechanical messenger god/Viking look.  As it progressed though, it looked more like a Native American war bonnet, and the scale sort of overtook me slightly.  So, made from scraps of craft foam, some k'nex wheels, lolly sticks, glue, paint and string, and influenced by Heath-Robinson, dedicated to Professor Wilf Lunn, may I present the Mk 2 Hatwings:

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2015, 12:47:28 pm »

These are lovely.  I am deeply impressed at how well they look and how apparently lightweight and wearable they are. 

Can they hold up to outside weather?
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2015, 12:49:53 pm »

Actually I quite liked the Mk 1 but the Mk 2 - wow! That's going to draw some attention in a crowd.

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2015, 03:07:04 pm »

a steampunk golden age flash or even the god Hermes might were a hat like that
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2015, 03:44:57 pm »

a steampunk golden age flash or even the god Hermes might were a hat like that

I have plans to do something similar at the next Asylum in Lincoln.
Golden Age Flash is my entry for the Steampunk Superheroes photo opportunity.
But rather than a brass helmet I intend to use a mustard coloured Bowler/Derby.

But my wings will not be anywhere as good as these.

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2015, 01:38:09 pm »

this is amazing! great idea!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2015, 03:57:51 pm »

a steampunk golden age flash or even the god Hermes might were a hat like that

oooo thats a cool idea.

On the holding up in weather, foam will hold up probably as well as the hat itself. If you wanted it more durable a coat of plastidip would seal it in likely.

Also love both. Like the simple hat sized version of the first for its simple gentle look. The huge wings on the second are impressive look like the hat is gonna fly away.

Also I never thought about using K-nex before but that is a great idea!
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2015, 03:59:07 pm »

What was used for the rivets on the first?
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Major Wolfram Quicksilver
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2015, 08:48:41 pm »

What was used for the rivets on the first?


I use silver plastic 'half pearls', in this case 8mm but you can get them just about any size and in a variety of colours. A bag of 1000 costs from about 99p to £4 from Ebay.

Here's the latest incarnation, the Mk 3's.  A bit more manageable, and with self-made pulley wheels using 1p and 2p coins as templates; cut out of the 2mm foam, centre hole punched out, and glued together:
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2015, 10:41:45 pm »

They just get better and better.
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2015, 04:53:32 pm »

How are they being mounted?
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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2015, 12:23:56 am »

Plastic nuts and bolts used for attaching number/licence plates to cars, through holes into the bowler. It's the bottom nut and bolt, and you can see another black one in between the lollipop sticks about 1 and a half inches further up.  It's a pretty sturdy fixing.
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2015, 01:25:28 am »

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2015, 01:03:49 pm »

needs a full chin strap like a paratrooper helmet, to sort of balance it out. maybe one of those little wind vanes to check for crosswinds, very tiny and just under the front brim.

I like the Indian influence, maybe a little turquois embellishment here or there? this seems like one application where some silver coloring would be welcome, for highlights and for a nod to the Indian influence.

the seconds set are very impressive, hope you clear doorways with enough draft to keep the hat from being dismounted.
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2015, 01:23:53 pm »

I like them all, but MkIII wins hands down.
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2015, 07:12:01 pm »

Mark II and III remind of the wings that Czec/Polish Hussars would wear.

Splendid job
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2015, 06:39:19 pm »

That's awesome! Where did you get that bowler hat? 
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Major Wolfram Quicksilver
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2015, 08:01:37 pm »

I honestly can't remember.  Seems like I've had it years now.
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2015, 02:00:40 am »

I found it! It kinda looks like this wouldn't you agree?
From http://www.e4hats.com/men-s-top-hat-wool-felt-hat.html

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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2015, 07:18:46 pm »

I found it! It kinda looks like this wouldn't you agree?
From http://www.e4hats.com/men-s-top-hat-wool-felt-hat.html




That looks more like a 'Deadman' topper.  This is a bowler:

http://www.hatsandcaps.co.uk/jaxon-james-english-bowler-hat-ii-brown-brown/
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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2015, 11:59:21 pm »

Ahh yes there it is! Thank you.
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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2015, 01:31:57 am »

Mk 4's, finished and field tested.

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« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2015, 05:10:48 pm »

This is so great!
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2015, 12:28:19 am »

Fabulous!  One tiny suggestion, turn the strings so that the knot is hidden behind the gear.  Otherwise they look fierce!
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« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2015, 12:47:23 am »

Fabulous!  One tiny suggestion, turn the strings so that the knot is hidden behind the gear.  Otherwise they look fierce!


One of my main influences for these pieces has been Heath Robinson, best known for drawings of ridiculously complicated machines for achieving simple objectives. One of his signature features in his diagrams are pieces of string, knotted into longer lengths for various purposes. I've deliberately added these features into my own designs as a homage to him.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Heath_Robinson

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