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  1. samlynn79's Avatar
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    Apr 23, 2008, 8:12 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #26

    I am absolutely astounded how this has turned out. I hope you realize how helpful this tutorial is going to be for all of us scratchbuilders. I for one am going to follow this step by step when I'm able to start my second bucket. Amazing work! I think this thread should be stickied as THE example for all future scratchbuilders!

    Sam
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    Apr 24, 2008, 12:29 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #27

    Very nice! The tutorial is coming along great as well. I'll be saving this one.
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    Apr 24, 2008, 7:58 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #28

    This really helps me ! Thanks Antman.
  4. Apr 30, 2008, 11:26 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #29

    Looks great Ant !! This is so helpful, I just started my first scratch build. Right now I'm just doing a thin cardboard mock-up to learn the process and how the parts go together. I was going to use the "For Sale" sign type but after seeing this I may change my direction. LOL or I may just do both. Keep it up man. Awesome !!!!



    O.A.
  5. Apr 30, 2008, 1:01 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #30

    WOW! That looke awesome, Great stuff Antman!
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    Apr 30, 2008, 2:06 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #31

    Hey Peter... you not finished yet bruv?? whats the hold up! (JK)

    I don't think you could fathom how helpful this thread is to the masses of scratch builders out there!
    I vote for this to be Stickied...
  7. KaanE is offline KaanE
    Apr 30, 2008, 2:14 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #32

    Yes Mojo! It should be stickied! AntMan, you're making an awesome cardboard helmet!!!
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    Apr 30, 2008, 3:30 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #33

    I'll throw in sticky vote as well.
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    May 1, 2008, 12:26 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #34

    Sticky!

    AntMan, your scratchbuilding prowess is unreal! You present the process in such a clear-cut manner, that any idiot like me can follow the step by step instructions and come out with a decent looking bucket.

    I am excited to see what else you do with the current build!

    -Paul
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    May 14, 2008, 4:36 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #35

    Quote Jaiden said: View Post
    Great job! .... I really don't know what kind of cardboard I have either.
    Thanks David! To me it looks like you are using the corrugated type. But I might be way off
    Quote samlynn79 said: View Post
    I for one am going to follow this step by step when I'm able to start my second bucket. Amazing work!
    Thanks Sam! I'm lookin' forward to your next scratch build, 'cause I like the first one you did
    Quote t_bone9600 said: View Post
    Very nice! The tutorial is coming along great as well.
    Glad you like it!
    Quote Boba Luke said: View Post
    This really helps me ! Thanks Antman.
    No problemo Luke!
    Quote Outlaw Assassin said: View Post
    Looks great Ant !! This is so helpful, I just started my first scratch build.
    Yes! Be sure to post lots of pics of your scratch build dude! Thanks
    Quote MandalorianWarrior87 said: View Post
    WOW! That looke awesome, Great stuff Antman!
    Thanks man!
    Quote Mojo-Fett said: View Post
    Hey Peter... you not finished yet bruv?? whats the hold up! (JK)

    I don't think you could fathom how helpful this thread is to the masses of scratch builders out there!
    I vote for this to be Stickied...
    Hey Gav! This ol' thread too slow for ya? Haha! Glad you like it bro. And thanks for the sticky vote, but I guess it can only get sticky if I complete the tutorial. So I HAVE to make it perfect. Oh the pressure! Eye cannae take anymurrrrrrrrr! Thanks bro!
    Quote KaanE said: View Post
    Yes Mojo! It should be stickied! AntMan, you're making an awesome cardboard helmet!!!
    Okay, okay, you convinced me! I'll do my best to make it sticky-worthy Thanks!
    Quote t_bone9600 said: View Post
    I'll throw in sticky vote as well.

    Quote Pudii Solu said: View Post
    ...any idiot like me can follow the step by step instructions and come out with a decent looking bucket.
    I know there's a compliment in there somewhere...
    Just kidding dude! Thanks!
    Let's see you progress!


    Now it's been a while since I've posted any updates. Here in Holland we've been enjoying my son's two week school holiday. I took leave from work and spent some QT with the family! And good it has been, as the climate temp rose to a very comfy 28 degrees Celsius! Thus I did not have a lot of time for crafting and posting. Too much sand on the beach for that anyway!
    So apologies for the delay, but I promise to be back soon with some work done on the ears.

    Stay tuned
    Peter
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    May 14, 2008, 5:24 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #36

    I am very impressed with this thread and will be following it eagerly
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    May 28, 2008, 2:48 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #37

    Hi!

    Found a wormhole and travelled through it to create a moment in time to report on my progress. I figured it has been tooo long since I posted any progress, eventhough I decided to post only when I would be finished with a particular part. But since I am almost done with this part of the bucket I couldn't hold back the pictures from all of you faithful viewers!

    Well, as promised here's what I did on the "ears". I chose for the ears to be a solid construction instead of a hollow one. This means I will have to
    build up the ears out of different layers of cardboard glued to one another and then cut, chissled and sanded into shape. It sounds more difficult
    than it is, but it does require some skill. But if I can do it, you can too! Now let's get started.

    First I start off with this WOF template (page 6):



    I cut out the template for the left ear, and also the gutter in it, and make a test fit on the bucket:





    Next I transfer the template six times on a piece of cardboard as such:



    From two pieces, I cut out the gutter part as depicted here:



    Then I start cutting as precise as possible on the outlines:



    Because the ear will have a surface angle I precut the material which needs to be sanded off anyway:



    Stacked, the layers form this shape:



    To be cut and sanded until it looks like this:



    I glue two layers at a time together and press 'em including the supporting material:





    Then those two are glued to eachother the same way:





    While this is drying I prepare for the R/H ear sections by cutting out the templates (page 7) and transferring them to cardboard. I drew plenty of shapes (because secretly I'm doing a second bucket simultaneously)8):



    I start cutting out the easiest part which consists of 4 layers (three shapes as depicted in next pic, plus the back-plate) and glue them together in the same way as described above. :



    The edges of this piece are sanded (grade 120-150) until smooth and straight.

    Next I tackle the most intricate and complex part (to me at least) which consists out of 7 layers. The design looks quite simple but has so many
    angles and sharp edges to it, it needs full attention when constructing it:



    The basic idea is the same as with the left ear piece; cut away material which you are going to cut away anyway as if you were sculpting the shape from a solid piece of stone or something.

    Building up the layers:





    And all of the prep'ed layers stacked look like this:



    So then it's just glueing them together and shaping 'til the desired shape appears:





    Here's the lot so far:



    Also cut the bottom angle of the left ear:



    Sanded smooth:



    Finally it is time to create the "ear cap", built up out of 4 layers:



    White glue all over the place:



    Two layers at a time:



    Good old glue clamps&blocks:



    The cap goes on top of the firstly created right ear piece:



    Shaping the angle is the same story; use a fresh sharp knife to roughly cut away excess material being careful not to cut away too much:



    All it needs now is some sanding until smooth and I'm set to put on the first layer of sealing agent. But that is for next time.

    Greetings from Delft,
    Peter
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    May 29, 2008, 10:21 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #38

    Dude you are amazing. Seriously.
    OSK
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    May 29, 2008, 10:40 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #39

    wow! that's really great!
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    May 29, 2008, 10:55 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #40

    AntMan...this is simply awesome! I wish this tutorial had been available to me when I was scratchbuilding mine....your attention to quality craftmanship and detail is amazing and commendable....I also vote it as a sticky, and I have been sending it to other Mando's as reference, who are trying to build their own helmets...keep up the good work!
    Rob
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    May 29, 2008, 11:01 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #41

    Two words.............you..................ROCK!
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    May 29, 2008, 3:30 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #42

    I didn't think you would be able to top your last construction, but it appears you did. Fantastic. Oh, I just wanted to say that the lower right earpiece, before being trimmed, looks like a Mayan temple. LOL
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    May 29, 2008, 3:57 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #43

    AntMan, you mind if we reference this post in the Mando Mercs Tutorial Library? It'll get more people here who need to see it.
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    May 29, 2008, 4:40 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #44

    Quote obi sean kenobi said: View Post
    Dude you are amazing.
    Thanks OSK! Takes one to know one
    Quote tk7602 said: View Post
    wow! that's really great!
    Thanks Brian! Takes one to know one
    Quote Ghostsoldier said: View Post
    AntMan...this is simply awesome!
    Thanks Rob! Takes one to know one
    Quote MandalorFett said: View Post
    Two words.............you..................ROCK!
    Thanks MF! Takes one to know one ?
    Quote Gypsyboy said: View Post
    ...looks like a Mayan temple. LOL
    Haha I see it too now! Indeed. I guess those Mayans never got around to cutting and sanding their temple as smooth as I am doing here JK
    Quote NovallTalon said: View Post
    AntMan, you mind if we reference this post in the Mando Mercs Tutorial Library?
    I don't mind at all. Please do! I would be honoured.:thumbup

    Thanks for your replies guys!

    Back for more soon....
    Peter
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    May 31, 2008, 8:17 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #45

    Quote NovallTalon said: View Post
    AntMan, you mind if we reference this post in the Mando Mercs Tutorial Library? It'll get more people here who need to see it.
    I'm glad you asked him, Novall...because I was going to suggest that very thing!
    Rob
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    Jun 1, 2008, 10:45 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #46

    I've been following this thread for a while and have finally started my own helmet.

    It makes me appreciate your work all the more, because it has taken me hours and all I have done is the left ear and the top of the right ear. (although the first hour was just "now where did i leave my metal ruler?")

    Also for anyone doing this on a budget as I am. I've found that the hard bit on the back of A3 sketch books is the 2mm board that you need. So I've got my ears done without spending any money.

    What do u think about using foam board: lighter, thicker(less layers), easier to cut and file down. Obviously you can't use it for curved parts.
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    Jun 1, 2008, 10:48 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #47

    Plus I noticed for the last piece (ear cap) you didn't bother to pre cut each layer (the Mayan temple effect) and you just cut the angle all afterward with a knife.
    Is this easier? Because I've been following the other method.
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    Jun 1, 2008, 1:35 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #48

    Quote madmanmoe64 said: View Post
    What do u think about using foam board...

    Plus I noticed for the last piece (ear cap) you didn't bother to pre cut each layer (the Mayan temple effect) and you just cut the angle all afterward with a knife.
    Is this easier?
    About using foam board: Sure thing!It probably has a lot more advantages over posterboard and is easier to process.
    But I'm just a sucker for cardboard LOL. I totally freak out on the thought that when looking at the final product - the finished Boba Fett Helmet- you will hardly be able to tell that it is actually made out of cardboard. That is the challenge for me.
    To each his own I guess!

    <It seems that Gypsyboy invented a new technical term with his "Mayan Temple Effect", MTE for short>

    Yeah, I sort of left out the MTE for the ear cap, since it is easier to handle when sanding this piece. The angle is cut at the last stage of the process.
    Well, look for yourself in this short update:


    After sanding the surface to a smooth (enough) finish, I cut three layers of board to size and glued them to each other like this:



    These layers form the angled bottom part of the cap, so I glue them to the cap like this:



    Then I draw out the angle where the material needs to be cut and start cutting with a sharp knife.



    It doesn't take too long before sanding can commence and results in this:





    I put on a first thin layer of sealing agent and make a test fit on the lower ear piece. Perfect match!





    I never expected to get such sharp edges with cardboard:



    The lower ear piece after sealing:





    And the left ear piece:




    That's it for now.
    Stay tuned for more!
    Peter
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  24. Jun 1, 2008, 1:39 PM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #49

    Wonderfull work! Your progress pics make it look so easy, but i think there may be some skill involved in what you've achieved...
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    Jun 3, 2008, 10:40 AM - Re: AntMan's Second Cardboard Scratch Build #50

    Very clean looking pieces.

    Can you give a bit more detail about the sealing? Did you dilute the primer?, how many layers?, did you sand it down in between or anything?

    Thanks for the help.

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