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Pittsburgh Steelers LEGO Helmet

29 January, 2011 (00:03) | LEGO© Creations

You know I’m not much of a football fan at all, but even that can’t stop the forces of inspiration.  I want to try to create LEGO creations for each season and display them around the house until I think of something new to create, and the Steelers going to the superbowl was the biggest event I could think of.  I did a quick google search for “pittsburgh steelers LEGO helmet” just to make sure no one had done it before, and then set off!

I used basically all my black 1x and 2x pieces.  Pretty ridiculous.  I had been itching to try my hand at a sphere, because this has always been a struggle of mine.  It’s hard to think in 3 dimensions while building in 2 dimensions.  I think I’ve found the trick is to set a base shape and then build exactly the same on both sides.  Having a consistent and uniform curve makes the brain accept the rounded shape a lot easier!

I built most of the helmet in about 4 hours, and left one side empty while I brainstormed on what to do about the logo.  I think it turned out pretty well!  If you have a good eye, you’ll notice that the logo doesn’t say “Steelers”.  I had just put a 1×3 black brick centered in the circle, but it looked crappy.  The trick of creating in LEGO is the art of suggestion!

I did have some extra 1×2 black and yellow, so I threw them together to spell out “Steelers”, even though I couldn’t make the stencil font come out and keep the proportion small.  At first attempt, I had the back of the helmet sticking out way too far back.  I brought it in about 4 studs and tapered the bottom in.  Perfect.  Total time about 10 hours.

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