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Budget Scratch Build

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    Budget Scratch Build

    I've poured over this site a few times, especially Antman's work. Some of the stuff people come up with is pretty cool. And you can tell a lot of effort and expense has gone into this stuff.
    This is for the most part following Antman's tutorial, so all credit to him and WOF, except that I have no money and few tools.


    In Short: This is a bucket build on the cheap, lets see how it goes.

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    more 2moz, having image upload problems.


    ...well that, and it's pub quiz nite.

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Sady this is before I started taking loads of pictures. For the full method check both Antmans posts.
    For making my helmet I'm using 2mm Fibreboard type stuff, which is actually the stuff on the back of sketch books. So for these first pieces I just printed out the templates and began cutting out the pieces.

    The primer was a solvent based primer I found in my shed claiming ' good for wood and metal'
    Unless you're picky I reckon almost any primer will work on cardboard with fairly good results, and definatly anything made for mdf will work.


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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Very nice mate!

    I dont have a RF for my lid... how difficult is that to do? Might just try it

    More pics please!

    Dave

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    mckenic said: View Post
    Very nice mate!

    I dont have a RF for my lid... how difficult is that to do? Might just try it

    More pics please!

    Dave
    This part ( as I will explain ) I managed to do without spending any money. When lookin at the whole build these bits are easiest, because they're just flat shapes.
    If you have a sketchbook lying around give it a go you'll soon get a feel for how easy/ or not it's going to be.
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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    As you can see the edges aren't quite as sharp as they could have been. In my constant refusal to buy any proper stuff I was sanding these using a fairly rough file, and some old sanding blocks I found.

    The biggest problem I had was when I was clamping layers together. It was hard to find a flat surface in my room, and they often skewed during drying. (I have a workbench in my shed, but this is England I'm not freezing my arse off out there all day)


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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    My favourite thing about this method is that, however bad it initially looks, you just cover it in polyfiller and get a nice smooth finish.
    Again whilst rooting around the shed I found some old polyfiller, from the 80's, it was grainy, had lumps and came in a tub not a tube. But it seemed alright and has served me well so far.


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    I'm gonna try and keep a running total on cash spent, so far 0.00
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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Unfortunatley the largest helmet pieces won't fit onto the A3 bits of card I salvaged from sketch books, so I went to an art shop and bought a large A1 piece ( 4x size of A3 ) of cardboard (2) and some more, stronger PVA (3).

    Which meant I could make the main helmet piece.


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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    I don't really have a set of clamps so to hold this together while drying I used a combination of Quick Grips (yellow things), G - clamps, rubber bands, and for the hard to reach spot at the bottom I clamped it with a pair of rare earth magnets.

    Basically whatever you can find.





    PVA is definatly the best glue for this, easy to use, strong and inexpensive.
    As long as you don't get the watered down stuff, meant only for paper.



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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Be careful, your work is on it's way to be stickied.. Great work!
    -Ville

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    nice start, did mine on a budget to, but i made my helmet with 1 large sheet of styrene. i think in total the whole helmet cost me about 18 including all the necessary glue, the visor (clear acrylic sheet)and buying a kids bmx helmet to make the dome part of the helmet (from t k max (3)
    alot easier than making it from scratch.

    keep up the good work nice to see a fellow Londoner

    Jason

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    The next part is poorley documented because I was frantically trying to get the mask to stick.

    This shows the mask attached to the helmet and the wooden blocks clamped to flatten out the ear areas.

    As I've said the hardest part was getting the mask to stick on evenly. The clamps I have only allow you to reach about 10cm from each edge, I needed more magnets really, but I had to make do.



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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Several steps missing here.
    Cut out cheek areas and added the plates. Then added the dome arches.





    The cheeks took some time but I followed Antman's instructions and am very pleased with how they came out. If you're trying this leave a good couple of hours, as you need to hold each section, letting it dry before moving along the line.

    Also the top visor part has been cut out (cos I wanted to try it on)



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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

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    i think in total the whole helmet cost me about 18 including all the necessary glue, the visor (clear acrylic sheet)

    I've had a bit of trouble locating some tinted (black) acrylic, i've got loads of the clear lying around, but that doesn't help.

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    The dome was pretty much like applying the curved cheek sections. It was fine as long as you took your time.






    I was farily happy with how the whole thing was going, all praise to WOF and his flawless templates.



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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Looks pretty good right?







    Until you look at it from above.




    Hmm.....

    Could WOF have got it wrong? Is he in fact, not perfect?

    NO, he is.


    It seems I printed out the wrong templates, how was I to know there were different ones for European printers.



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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    I think you're doing a great job!

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Total spend is now 5.00.

    Large card for main helmet & mask : 2.00

    Pint o' PVA Glue: 3.00

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Looking real good for a budget scratchbuilt.

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    madmanmoe64 said: View Post
    I've had a bit of trouble locating some tinted (black) acrylic, i've got loads of the clear lying around, but that doesn't help.
    i'll send you a pm where i got my green tinted acrylic at a reasonable price.

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    This part wasn't following Antman's tutorial, because he hadn't posted that stage yet.

    Still it was fairly simple, get out my pot of dodgey polyfiller and cover the dome in it.






    You may also notice I've painted some of the edges, this was just to stop them from being damaged too much during the next stage.

    I was fairly happy with the finish on the cheeks and didn't see the need to cover them in polyfiller.

    Next ( after hours of sanding ) the dent.

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    Lookin' fabulous dude!
    Always great to see a scratch build come to life.
    Keep up the awesome job!

    Greetz,
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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    You have ALOT more skill than I ever will sir, your doing excellent!

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    Re: Budget Scratch Build

    I've been busy 'cos I'm moving, going to uni. As soon as I find a camera and some other stuff I wasn't able to sneak out of the house I'll post some more progress

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