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    Another cardboard boba bucket

    Well after the warm welcome from you guys I don't feel quite as scared to post up a pic of my scratch build as I did.



    Just about finished on the dome and about to plonk it in place for a test fit and tweaks. I've been reading the scratch build thread and I am slack jawed at how good they look which is why I snagged the templates <big thanks to Wizardofflight for posting them up> and had a bash at it. I've looked at Honus' thread and his instructable too, not sure what Spackle paste is over here in the UK, so I may have to either use good old body filler or polyfilla I'll do a few tests and see which works best. if it turns out okay I'll sand it smooth and maybe do a latex snap mold for a test mold before producing a final version.

    Comments and crits are most welcome, this is the first time making a helmet this way for me and is a learning proccess all the way, though I have made a few other prototype props in particualr an alien versus predator cannon using card before molding.

    Thank for looking

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    xaoslord's Avatar
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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Welcome! Looks like you're off to a good start! Keep the pics coming.

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    I think it looks perfect so far :thumbup

    But then again, I'm not an expert at the great mysteries of the "bucket" shape. Yours truly motivates me to try building one myself someday, though!

    I cannot spot any way the pictured parts could possibly be improved, so this wasn't a very constructive post afterall

    Keep up the good work!

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    I helped at SDCC '08 Jimmy BufFETT's Avatar
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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Awesome job so far! And nice work in findin' those WOF templates.

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    Just a bit of an update, a test fitting of the dome. just stuck together for the moment with sticky tap, but I'll be gluing it on the inside if it's okay.









    It's not too bad but ther is a bit of a gap around the top of the helmet and the bottom of the domes when it sits a top it. Not sure if it's supposed to be that way or not. maybe the templates need to be enlarged a tad. But still it's not looking too bad

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    great start so far. Makes me wish I would have cut out the visor first the way you have done it. Keep posting those pictures. Way to go!

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    A super looking helmet, nice work yet another great cardboard build

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    Nice work... now comes the filling and sanding stage

    Look forward to seeing this finished.

    DAZ

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    Sweet work man!

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    Thanks. I'm notfilling it yet as I've yet to really find out a replacement over her in the UK for this "spackle paste" thing. I'm not sure polyfilla will cut the mustard. But I'll have a bash later in the week. Making the ear caps right now. More pics as they come

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Good solid start you have there. Keep the pics comming.

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    great job on the helm man!

    -Wulf

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Spackle paste is what you use to fill holes in drywall. Not sure if it's still called drywall over there or not.

    i'm using bondo (auto body filler) myself.

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    Well it sounds a bit like polyfilla, it's used to fill cracks and the like, But I've just finished a second dome, and as I have some polyfilla some isopon p38 and p40 <car body fillers> I'll probably do a few tests before commiting to a full one. Unless anyone can recommend something in the UK. ANyways, it won't be until the middle/end of this week as I've just got a rush editing job come in and needs to be done pronto.

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    My brother and dear friend! It looks like you did a Snifftastic job!

    Sniff on my dear brother! Sniff on!

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Nice bucket! You've done a great job. It's likely that the gap between the dome and band will be filled in with your filler compound.



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    Sniffer mate, thanks

    MandalorFett: You're most likely right, just niggled me a bit and I thought I'd made a massive faux pas with the old templates

    Thanks for the encouragement guys it makes me want to do as good a job as I can.

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Well just a smidge of an update, The dome is all glued and now secured to the lower part of the helm and the cross braces inside them helmet are no longer just two corss pieces I added another two custom braces inside to strengthen it a bit for when I do start the filling and the sanding. Ear caps are about done, the right ones done and about half the left one is done too.



    Oh and it fits too :o I take my builds seriously, myself on the other hand, not on your nelly.

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    lookin good! I'd like to see a picture of the inside with your custom cross pieces if you don't mind.

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    Awesome job! Can't wait to see it finished.

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    Never ending Fett : I'll take some pics when I get a moment, but the cross sections are simply the same as the original two but trimmed slightly and then placed at diagonals.

    Honus : Thanks mate, it was your origianl posting that pushed me forward to doing this, as even looking at the templates I was thinking maybe I couldn't do it or that it'd look completely pants. But seeing your pics and the instructable made me stop thinking and start doing. So cheers guys.

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    Just thought I'd bung up a few more progress pics, asI've tried and tested the body filler, fibreglass bridging compound and polyfilla. I plumped for the polyfilla as it sands and shapes far more easily than the other two, but even so still needs a hefty amount of elbow grease.



    This is with the polyfilla app,ied but prior to sanding









    These are after the first round of sanding and prior to extra filling and sanding. It's not looking too bad but there are a couple of divots that need filling and a bit of a lump at the front of the dome that needs extra sanding. Hopefully these will prove of benefit to some of those people who are giving this a try or thinking about it. Thanks for looking.

    Oh and I almost forgot



    here's the inside of the dome, witht the extra struts to strengthen it.
    Last edited by Maverick118; Dec 2, 2006 at 11:10 AM.

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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Fantastic job so far!

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    I helped at SDCC '08 Jimmy BufFETT's Avatar
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    Re: Another cardboard boba bucket

    Wow! That turned out really nice ... good job, dude!

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    i would like to know how to make cool stuff like this o/

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