We’ve written before about Yamaha‘s fascination with arts and crafts and how to make a miniature Niken out of wool. It looks like the pandemic hasn’t quelled its creativity, as Yamaha’s latest project is making a mask shaped like an R1M‘s face.

Designed with help from the Japan Wool Felt Association, the R1M mask is created through needle felting, a technique of forming shapes by stabbing wool using a barbed needle to combine and compress the fibers. Yamaha provides a template and step-by-step instructions on how to make the mask.

The technique gives the mask a three-dimensional shape that matches the R1M’s fairing, incorporating the lighting and air intake.

Yamaha notes the YZF-R1M face mask is not intended for use as an anti-viral or anti-droplet mask, so don’t count on using it as PPE. Still, it looks like a fun project. If any MO readers out there want to give this a shot, let us know how it goes.


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