Sintra Armor

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    Sintra Armor

    Gonna be starting in the next few days and i am going to be using WoF's templates (Thanks Wizard!!) to cut the more simple pieces. Chest, abs, shoulders. I am going to be using Sintra since I have used it before and feel comfortable with it. Plus an 8 ft sheet is $20 and i can pick it up locally! Just wanted to know if you guys think 3mm will be thick enough. 6mm as I have seen in some other threads, seems way to thick to me and the gauges go from 3 to 6mm. There is no 4 or 5. I'd appreciate feedback on this.
    Thanks!!

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    Re: Sintra Armor

    3 mm. is the thickness you want. When the shape is finished sand/round the edges a little bit, this way it will look like vacuumformed armour just like the original is.

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    Re: Sintra Armor

    Thanks KaanE! Based on what I have seen I was figuring that was going to work! Just wanted to be sure.

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    I'll second that. My Mando is 6mm and looks awesome. My Boba is 3mm and looks screen accurate that way. I have all my Mando guys hit the edges of their plates at a 45 degree angle with a dremel and it gives it that depth.

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    Re: Sintra Armor

    I use my dremel on almost every costume or prop project at one point or another! So this should be nothing new! And I know what you mean, in order to give it that "look" it needs to have a nice beveled edge and not be flat like some of the ebay armor I see!

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    Re: Sintra Armor

    There's a lot of threads asking about where to buy Sintra. I just thought I'd let you guys know that today I went to Sign It Quick (national chain signage-banner-vinyl shop) and asked if they used/sold sintra or PVC foam. They replied "yes" it comes 8ft by 4ft and they would charge to cut it. After I said "I won't need anything bigger than 2ft by 1ft and I don't care what color it is. I can just take scraps." They looked confused, so I told them what it was for.

    I walked out of there with this huge pile for $20 (haven't measured any except for the 3 green ones that are 24"x18"). It's not "sintra," which is a brand name. This is Komatex PVC Foam Board, which is the same thing. All are 3mm, except for a couple of the white ones which are 6mm.



    So there's where you go to get "sintra" for anyone asking. Find a sign shop, ask if they use pvc foam board, and tell them you want to buy the scraps.

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    Yep! I found a local sign shop and got a huge piece probably 4 feet by 3 feet for $5.

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    Re: Sintra Armor

    I have done the same thing and walke out with enough 6mm to make a custom mando, no charge.

    But the load was no where near what you got there.

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    Re: Sintra Armor

    After working with a little this afternoon, this stuff has a stronger and very different smell than Sintra when you heat it. Interesting... you'd think plastic is plastic, no matter the brand.

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