Friday, December 2, 2011

Viper Suit: Making Waldo Fit

I may have mentioned it before, but the question came up about the Viper Suit's size. The short answer: Very tiny.
Think of it as an armored cockpit on legs.
Able to bob and weave among houses and vehicles, taking pop shots at targets and fading back behind cover amidst devastated streets and colonial infrastructures.

The second question came up: How does a pilot fit in that tiny thing? So I did a series of pics.

I use a stand-in digital model, called a Waldo, throughout a build to make sure a human can plausibly fit. The blue Waldo was an exploded copy, posed to a seated pilot's position. As you can see, it's a tight squeeze.

As you may have experienced yourself, military or utility/construction hardware is seldom designed with the occupant's comfort in mind.

As you can see from the pics above, I'm proud to continue that long tradition of horrific ergonomics ;)

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