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    May 12, 2010, 1:22 AM - iron man #1

    Hi i am from malaysia.This is my first time building a costume and i using dungbeetle helmet file so thks.Here my progress so far i just fiberglass it (1st time fiberglass)4600163981_7a63e4fab7_b-jpg4600163987_86e5607b8a_b-jpg

    after fiberglass i started to spray but the gold was wrong so i scraped the gold off and fiberglass it again here a photo
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    lol have anyone have any idea one how to cut the fiberglass i need the mask to open and how to take away that stinky fiberglass smell inside the helmet
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    May 12, 2010, 3:12 AM - Re: iron man #2

    wow, looks great! you clearly have a lot of skill. Unfortunately i'm not of much help because i've never done the fibreglass thing before...

    Good luck and keep up the great work!
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    May 12, 2010, 8:08 AM - Re: iron man #3

    Time is what removes the smell, you can speed up the degassing process and the ful chemical cure by keeping it in a warm (not hot) dry but ventilated area.
    A hot knife can easily cut through thin enough fiberglass, but the best tool will probably be the dremel, cutoff wheels and actual drilling at the angles.
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    May 12, 2010, 9:34 AM - Re: iron man #4

    Nachtinis said: View Post
    Time is what removes the smell, you can speed up the degassing process and the ful chemical cure by keeping it in a warm (not hot) dry but ventilated area.
    A hot knife can easily cut through thin enough fiberglass, but the best tool will probably be the dremel, cutoff wheels and actual drilling at the angles.
    thks i was planing to send to carpenter to help me cut with dremel and the smell is killing me lol really thks for the advise
  5. May 12, 2010, 6:01 PM - Re: iron man #5

    Fantastic work for your first costume build. Keep sending in your photographs I want to see this Iron Man finished!
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    May 12, 2010, 6:15 PM - Re: iron man #6

    nice work so far
    I take it you know abt pepakura and the steps in the build process?
    Was just asking as you havent done much smoothing out with body filler over the fibreglassed pepakura model? It would help obliterate the overlap lines and sharp corners off your pep model and give it a nicer finish.

    The 405th fourms and youtube have lots of info on the steps from pep model to finished item which could probably explain it better than I could.

    yeah dremel or any rotary tool with teh cut off wheel should work out fine. If you are planning on building more, I would definately think abt investing in one. I worked through my entire 1st project w/o and only shelled out cash for a dremel after - and immediately thought to myself - why was I even thinking of NOT buying one!!
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    May 13, 2010, 12:43 AM - Re: iron man #7

    Heatshock said: View Post
    nice work so far
    I take it you know abt pepakura and the steps in the build process?
    Was just asking as you havent done much smoothing out with body filler over the fibreglassed pepakura model? It would help obliterate the overlap lines and sharp corners off your pep model and give it a nicer finish.

    The 405th fourms and youtube have lots of info on the steps from pep model to finished item which could probably explain it better than I could.

    yeah dremel or any rotary tool with teh cut off wheel should work out fine. If you are planning on building more, I would definately think abt investing in one. I worked through my entire 1st project w/o and only shelled out cash for a dremel after - and immediately thought to myself - why was I even thinking of NOT buying one!!
    thks i can dremel for a cheap price building the chest pieces soon
    thks for the advice
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    May 13, 2010, 11:57 PM - Re: iron man #8

    hey guys can i use very fine sand paper to smooth my helmet?
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    May 14, 2010, 12:57 AM - Re: iron man #9

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    hey guys can i use very fine sand paper to smooth my helmet?
    Start with course sandpaper. Trying to remove material with anything less than 220 grit is frustrating and a waste of effort.
    As you reach the shape you want, then switch to finer grit to get a smooth finish. If you check out MicroMark, they've got sandpaper as fine as 12000 grit (feels just like cloth), so you can make the surface as smooth as you want.
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    May 14, 2010, 6:44 AM - Re: iron man #10

    SerpentKing said: View Post
    Start with course sandpaper. Trying to remove material with anything less than 220 grit is frustrating and a waste of effort.
    As you reach the shape you want, then switch to finer grit to get a smooth finish. If you check out MicroMark, they've got sandpaper as fine as 12000 grit (feels just like cloth), so you can make the surface as smooth as you want.
    wow thks now i know what i need to do
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    May 14, 2010, 8:18 PM - Re: iron man #11

    hey guys just a small update i just sprayed a gold layer planning to smooth it with sand paper here u guys go the gold is okay rite?
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    May 18, 2010, 2:20 PM - Re: iron man #12

    sand paper isnt going to get those flaps and paper openings to flatten out without destroying the shape they make, you should really consider some more filler or glazing putty, put it on in thin coats, sand, coat, sant, etc... until you get what you want.
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