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Blossom (Powerpuff Girls) Motorbike Helmet

2009


Blossom hits the road

This is a full-face motorbike helmet that I modded as a birthday present for a Thai friend. He is a big fan of the Powerpuff Girls and Blossom is his favourite. You can see out through the visor and the bow on top is made from soft foam rubber.

He ran into a little bit of trouble when he tried to ride through the local air force base while wearing the helmet. The soldier at the gate pulled him over because he thought my friend was wearing a helium balloon on his head! However, when he opened the visor the soldier was surprised to see that it was actually a helmet and sent him on his way.

If you want to buy a Powerpuff Girls helmet there are some commercial ones available for motorbikes and scooters, or you can read on below to find out how I made this one.




DISCLAIMER: Don't do this. If you do, you do so at your own risk. The tag on the helmet explicitly states that you should not modify the helmet in any way. Additionally, your local law enforcement officers may be less than happy to see Blossom, Master Chief, Bobba Fett, a Stormtrooper, or even Mojo Jojo riding a motorcycle down their streets - even if they are wearing a helmet.

Design

To get a feel for how the final helmet might look I used the picture below as a reference and created an initial mock-up image. I stretched Blossom's head over one of the outline pictures from my Halo helmet using the excellent freeware image editing program Paint.NET.

We then went helmet shopping to find a suitable helmet to modify and while it may have been easier to start with a helmet that was already the colour of Blossom's hair (orange) or skin (pink) there were only a limited number of colours available. Unlike the helmet that I used for my Halo helmet, I wanted one without external visor fixtures and we eventually chose a black Avex AX-classic helmet. This helmet has a sliding air-vent located in the chin area of the helmet so I went for an open-style Blossom mouth to help camouflage the vent in the black area above the tounge.

The Powerpuff Girls
Source: About.com: Animated TV
Mockup image based on the helmet I used for my Halo helmet Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls
Source: Starpulse.com
Helmet mock-up using eye artwork and masking tape

The right-hand picture shows an initial mock-up on the helmet itself using the first version of my eye artwork, a paper mouth, and masking tape. To make sure that the artwork was the correct size I wrapped some paper around the visor, traced the outline, and then scanned it as a 300 dpi image.

Spraying

I was happy with the design so I masked up the helmet and sprayed the pink skin for Blossom's face. There was some bleeding under the masking tape (see the middle pink triangle in the image on the right) which I cleaned up using some black automotive touch-up paint.

Front view of the black Avex helmet right arrow The helmet masked up ready to spray for the pink skin right arrow The completed pink skin

Both the pink face and orange hair colours were stronger than what I originally wanted but again there are only a limited number of colours available in spray-on cans. Leaving a black line between the face and the hair helps to keep the colours distinct and also gives it the required cartoony feel. The tongue is a thin piece of foam rubber glued in place using yellow contact adhesive.

The helmet masked up ready to spray for the orange hair right arrow The completed orange hair

Blossom's bow was to be positioned on the top of the helmet so I masked a small section before spraying the hair (the black strip in the right side image). This would allow me to glue the bow on to an unpainted part of the helmet in case there were any adhesion problems with the paint.

Side view of the helmet before spraying right arrow Side view of the helmet after spraying

On the back of the helmet I added some more masking tape in the rough outline of the heart-shaped pony tail hair-tie/clip that Blossom wears so that this could also be glued on after spraying. The black lines from the heart are meant to infer the pony tail.

Rear view of the helmet before sprayingright arrow Rear view of the helmet after spraying

Bow

The bow is made from soft foam rubber and it is positioned so that there is plenty of clearance when the visor is open. Below you can see my first attempt at making a bow which was essentially a slightly flattened tube that was closed at one end with two white foam "tear-drops" inside to help keep the shape.

Pieces for one half of a test bow shown before assembly Assembled test bow piece One side of the bow fitted to see how it looks

It wasn't a great look so for my second attempt, the two sides of the bow were made of sections cut from a cone shape and these were joined together with a small central bridging piece. The bow was assembled using yellow contact adhesive which was also used to glue it onto the helmet.

paper template and cut foam pieces for the Mark II bow. The assmebled Mark 2 bow The Mark II bow fitted to the helmet

In retrospect it would have been good to mount the bow at a shallower angle and to reduce the surface area slightly. Unsurprisingly, the bow started vibrating at speeds above 80 km per hour with noticeable wind resistance pulling back on the helmet. While most of the traffic here moves at speeds well below 80km per hour, I have since trimmed the bow slightly to reduce the vibrations and wind resistance at higher speeds. If you look closely you can see the trimmed bow in the picture at the top of the page.

Visor

The helmet visor was made using the stick-on material they use for print advertising on buses, trains, and car windows. I provided a copy of my eye artwork (low resolution version below) to a local printing company who printed it and then fitted it to the visor for me. When we bought the helmet we also purchased a second visor which can be swapped out with the printed one.

Low resolutionversion of my visor artwork with Blossom's eyes The final printed visor artwork. The completed visor

Here's the final helmet complete with a foam heart at the top of the pony tail. I am really pleased with the overall result and my friend gets some great reactions around town (and some not so amused ones from air force guards!).

Front view of the completed Blossom helmet Side view of the completed Blossom helmet Rear view of the completed Blossom helmet My friend wearing their Blossom motorbike helmet

This "making-of" montage video also gives a quick overview of the helmet mod:


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