I stumbled across this forum last weekend somehow while browsing the http://www.instructables.com website. I've been reading thread after thread, looking at all these amazing helmets, and I really wanted to try one of my own. I downloaded the WOF templates, went to the local hardware store, and picked up some supplies.
This morning, I cut out all the WOF templates, but I realized that in the course of reading all the threads, I never actually found specific directions on how to assemble the actual bucket. Taking a chance, I just glued the paper templates to the 18"x24" "For Sale" signs that I bought at the hardware store, and cut them all out carefully with scissors. I realized way too late - actually, when I was looking at all the individual pieces that I'd spent 2 hours cutting out, that I should have laid all the bucket templates in a row on one solid piece of plastic, rather than trying to glue them all together.
Also, using "Amazing Goop" as an adhesive to glue the templates to the plastic was a bad idea. When I heated it up in the oven, the paper wrinkled awfully, and the goop went runny.
Here are some pictures of the whole mess.
Do you guys have some tips on this part? Also, I haven't been able to find the WOF template for the dome. Anyone have that? Help is appreciated!
Once I've got it all put together, I've got bondo and sandpaper for the smoothing process.
Some quick background on me:
I'm 28, and I'm a US Marine stationed in 29 Palms, Ca. I'm married, no kids. Home is in Albany, NY, where I'll be returning to go to school for Radiologic Technology when my enlistment contract is over next summer.