Hey guys, I have a tough problem I need to noodle, and I'm hoping to "be befuddled among friends".
Just for some background on me, I'm a member over at ASAP. I'm an amateur, but I have some experience with lifecasting and latex appliances.
I'm in the process of building a Viper pilot helmet from the BSG series. I'm working on the sculpt right now, and I estimate that I have about a weeks worth of work remaining. My next step will be to create molds. I'm planning on doing a test run with Plaster of Paris, and if the sculpt survives, a second one in Ultracal. Superfine detail is not terribly important on this.
This is where I need advice. What I'd like to do is a slush cast in a transparent 2 part resin. This is my ideal technique, because it would allow for a 1 piece helmet if I didn't have to worry about making the faceplate seperately. It would also make wiring the lights much easier. Does anyone have experience doing a slushcast with polyester resins like this: http://www.rplastics.com/castingresin.html ?
If this worked, I could get a nice clear helmet and possibly re-enforce the parts that don't need to be transparent with just about anything.
Also: I live in an apartment with cats. Fiberglass isn't really an option.
Thanks in advance for the advice!