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    1 Week Ago - May 10, 2017, 7:47 PM - First scratch build #1

    So, lurked for a long time, but now with both of my boys (13 and 6) wanting to be mandelorians for Halloween, I've decided to get off my rear and get cracking on costumes. (Tried to get my daughter to go was Sabine, but she's not biting)

    I've dabbled in auto repairs in my spare time on classic cars I've had over the decades, so fiberglass felt like a natural solution. Especially considering I've got a garage full of the stuff already.

    Having to make 2 full suits by OCT, I gotta get to work. Not to mention I have to make one for me to, for... uh... testing puposes?

    I started with WoF templates. Those things are amazing. I cut them out and used a gluestuck to marry them to cardboard. I went the cheapskate route for this first build and used the cardboard from the back of giant desk calendars I had lying around work. Wasn't as sturdy as If prefer. I'll definitely use 2mm grey board next go round. Also, cutting, then glueing, then cutting again was overkill. Not to mention it causes problems later and had to be (mostly) removed.

    Overall, the assembly wasn't too bad. I just used hot glue to hold things together. I'll be reinforcing the entire helmet with fiberglass matting before bondo, so glue bits won't be an issue.
    Additionally, I've just hot glued this sucker down to a wood plan from an old project. Thus should offer stability while I layer the glass. Once I get to the bottom and have some rigid glass on, I'll pull that off to glass in the bottom ridge.



    Anyhow, here's where were at now. Assembled cardboard helmet. Second photo is the gear I'm using for phase 2. Matting, resin, a few bondo variations, and some spot putty. I'll probably tackle that over the weekend and post some updates.



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    1 Week Ago - May 10, 2017, 9:17 PM - Re: First scratch build #2

    Lookin good. Making just some easy Halloween buckets sounds pretty liberating, I wont lie that fretting over tons of little millimeter sized measurements wasn't the funnest part of my own build.

    You may want to just resin coat the outside without the matting, as matting on the outside can add a ton of lumps and spikes that make the sanding process even longer. Most people just like to glaze the outside to solidify the cardboard, then add the matting on the inside for the real strength. Residual resin degassing can be a worry with internal resin, but a layer of paint before it's worn seals it all up pretty well.
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    1 Week Ago - May 10, 2017, 9:19 PM - Re: First scratch build #3

    I've gone back and forth to be honest. May just resin this one as it's kind of just a trial run.

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    1 Week Ago - May 11, 2017, 12:41 AM - Re: First scratch build #4

    I would look for a fume-free resin since it is for children.. I used the same fiberglass resin for my scratchbuilt helmet a few months back and it still gives me headaches from wearing it for long periods of time.

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    1 Week Ago - May 11, 2017, 10:38 AM - Re: First scratch build #5

    Yeah I personally don't like having polyester resin in anything making skin or respiratory contact, but as long as you give it a solid few weeks to fully cure and then paint over it to seal any latent gases in, it should be perfectly safe and not a worry.

    @alexmiller1 I'd highly recommend paint sealing yours asap or just not wearing it anymore, polyester fumes can have all sorts of damaging effects on your nervous system and create sensitization effects where you become so allergic to it you can't even be near it. If you're getting headaches from it, then that sounds like a pretty high exposure.
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    1 Week Ago - May 11, 2017, 8:28 PM - Re: First scratch build #6

    Exciting to see scratch builds, we've got so many talented folks here. I also advocate sealing the inside. My TR bucket smelled faintly when I got it but never gave me issues and smells sterile with paint. Also helps glue the glass or resin down and keep it from scratching you. I thought it'd transfer some but even pressed against my sweaty cheeks for hours it's held strong.
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    1 Week Ago - May 12, 2017, 12:55 AM - Re: First scratch build #7

    Well ya, solid paint job over the resin is a must. Inside and out. Those fumes are no bueno.

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    4 Days Ago - May 18, 2017, 8:44 PM - Re: First scratch build #8

    So, haven't had time to work on the bucket in the last week or so. Also, I felt like the more I looked at it, the more I saw fitment issues that will be a bigger to fix with filler.

    So...

    I've scrapped that one. Been searching for supplies locally without much luck before today. Wife turned me on to a local art supply store with everything I needed. Got a good deal on some matboard. Grabbed 3 32"x40" sheets. Should be more than enough for the first 2 buckets. (Plan on only using it for the helmet form. Will use regular cardboard for the frame).

    Also got some new exacto knives and some 44 spray adhesive.

    Gonna get started tonight and a bit over the weekend. Bucket #1 was a good trial run to work out the kinks. #### just got real!

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    4 Days Ago - May 18, 2017, 11:30 PM - Re: First scratch build #9

    Managed to get a bit done tonight. Used standard (3mm maybe) Amazon cardboard for the support bits to save on the matboard. Was able to fit the rest of the main pieces with room to spare. Should be plenty left for the ears, keyslots, and rf when I'm ready.

    Side note, the spray 45 is amazing.


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    1 Day Ago - May 21, 2017, 7:23 PM - Re: First scratch build #10

    Still have to do the ears, stalk, and keyhole, but I'm liking this build much better. Not sure if it's rafels patterns, the better materials, or both, but I'm much happier with the overall shape

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    1 Day Ago - May 21, 2017, 11:09 PM - Re: First scratch build #11

    Nice second effort. I'm sure it's a little bit of both, but mostly the materials. The cardboard on the first one is just too thin and ends up looking wonky.
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    19 Hours Ago - May 22, 2017, 8:23 AM - Re: First scratch build #12

    Ya, absolutely. It was literally stuff I had paying around I used as a test run.

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    17 Hours Ago - May 22, 2017, 10:47 AM - First scratch build #13

    Work looks great so far. A caution on the spray glue - I used Super 77 and had delaminating issues after I put on my resin. I've had better luck with white pva glue over the mat board - have to wait a bit, but it's not long and worth it in the end. I'm not familiar with the 45 though - you may be just fine.


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    15 Hours Ago - May 22, 2017, 12:22 PM - Re: First scratch build #14

    I'll keep an eye in it when it comes to resin time. I did notice I didn't let some of the 45 set enough before sticking it on. Had a few pieces not adhere well.

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