Jun 13, 2015 | By Simon

Already considered by many to be not only one of the best films of 2015 but also one of the best action films of all time, George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road has continued to sell out theaters since it was released on May 15th.

The movie, which is the latest in a series started by Miller in 1979, takes place in a post-apocalyptic society in Australia and has a plot that mainly centers around a car chase, has already made over $131 million since its release and is likely to make a lot more leading into the holiday season.  

But for all of the over-the-top action sequences and memorable lines from the film, what many will likely remember from their experience of seeing the film is the outrageous art direction and costume design; which is both outlandishly freaky and futuristic. Among all of the characters and their costume designs though, few are likely to have had as much of an impact as the film’s antagonist Immortan Joe.  Played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who also played the lead villain in the very first Mad Max movie, one of the most striking features of Immortan Joe is his oxygen mask.  

Aiming to bring a little bit of the film home with him as well as being able to share it with others, Replica Prop Forum user Logan (AKA Logan74k) recently took it upon himself to create an accurate replica of the mask that he created using 3D printing that he is planning on selling on Etsy to cosplayers and those who want to display the mask at home or in their office.   

Similar to how other movie props are replicated, Logan spent a large amount of time pouring over reference images that were taken directly from the film in order to piece together a reliable 3D representation to model off of.    

To create the intricate details of the mask, Zbrush was chosen due to its ability to craft organic objects much like digital clay.  In order to preserve these details, the final 3D printed parts that they were printed using  selective laser sintering (SLS).

“After the overall form and feel, it's the details that make or break a thing,” he added.

Once the parts were printed, a significant step was accurately painting them to match not only the colors but also the general wear and tear of the mask design.  To do this, he first coated each part with five coats of epoxy to add strength to the part.  Once this was completed, he was able to mold the originals in order to cast the mask parts as orders come in.  After the parts are made, non 3D printed parts included the hoses and brass inserts are added to finalize the mask details.   

For those that want to try making their own mask, Logan is selling the urethane resin parts for $120 through his Etsy store as well as a kit with all of the additional parts for $170.  For those that would rather have a fully-assembled mask that’s ready to be worn or displayed, Logan is selling the pre-assembled mask for $550.




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Steve wrote at 6/18/2015 11:47:45 AM:

I love mine. I am having problems keeping the straps attached to it. Can you give me any ideas on how to do it better.

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