New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

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    New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    Hi guys, new to the forum as i stumbled upon it whilst i was researching my Boba Fett costume im currently working on for Halloween.

    My question is this: What plastics would people suggest to use for the armor sections that can be used easily and with the least amount of technical skill?
    Im comfortable heating up plastics with water and a blowgun but im not going all out and making a vacum molder just for this one project - so i need it to be able to be done in a typical house.

    Iv come across a plastic called sintra in the US but it must go by a different name here in the UK, or any other suggestions people might have would be appreciated - preferably with places that it can be bought from/ordered off the net in small numbers.

    Thanks again - Chris.

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    Welcom to TDH! Sintra (if my memory doesn't cheat on me) is just a brand name in the US, so any 3mm thick plastic sheet will work fine for the armor. You might also try something like this ==> Trash Can Armor Build.

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    quality! thanks this might just make this a lot easier than i first thought

    Time to head to town and do some bin shopping.

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    thebeans said: View Post
    Let me help you on this (your link doesn't work):
    thebeans' Back Plate ==> Back Plate Sculpt
    thebeans' Cod Piece ==> Cod Piece Sculpt

    Both armor parts looks awesome!

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    Thanks Rafal.

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    Christoph, if you live near a sign shop, see what they may have. I work near a sign shop an am able to get ABS sheet scrap for little or nothing. They have many thicknesses. East to cut heat and bend, sand and paint. The trash bin are made to be painted and although I have seen some trash can armor that looks pretty good, I think the Sintra type plastic is a better choice.

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    Nice post...Thanks for sharing the info.

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    Re: New Build and need some advice on what plastic to use for the armour

    Pickle Buckets! Restaurants go through them like crazy! They're just standard 5 gallon buckets made out of 1/8" HDPE plastic. it takes a bit of work to get them prepped, but they work great. Ask aroung local resataurants or fast food places, Im sure they will love to get rid of them.

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