UPDATED 3/18 to include epaulettes

I’ve posted previously about Creating Custom Duplo Redcoat Figures and Creating Duplo Tall Ships for them to sail on. In those earlier projects, the officer redcoat was one figure where I simply left off the gray tricorn hat (he’s bald!) in order to differentiate him from the rank and file soldiers.

I recently set about making that officer figure a bicorn hat!

The type of bicorn navy hat I was going for (on Hornblower’s head, right).


To start, I began with a pirate captain figure wear hat.


I used a hacksaw to saw off most of the chest/shoulder section.


Once the hat section was removed from the chest section, I used a metal file to smooth out the hat. I saved the chest piece in order to utilize the epaulettes.
Next, I colored in the red sections on the hat with a sharpie.


Then, I used gel superglue to attach the hat sideways to the bald officer.


A front view of the officer


Another view of the officer


After letting the glue dry for 24 hours, my sons put him onboard a tall ship to explore the arctic and fight pirates!


Next, I began work on using the epaulettes from the chest portion of the original pirate head piece.


After cutting the black beard off, I used super glue and a clamp to glue the gold epaulettes onto the officer. The way the cut plastic goes around his neck kind of looks like a collar.


After the glue had dried for a few hours, the epaulettes were firmly in place.


The finished product. I will likely make a second front-back bicorn officer as lieutenants, and a side-to-side bicorn officer for captain. They may look good with red capes.

If you’ve done something similar or have other ideas how someone could make a Duplo officer, let me know below in the comments!

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