Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

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    Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Im using the trash can idea, but have run into some problems.my walmart doesnt have the sterlite 13gal or 8 gal, so i had to use a different one
    and so far not to many problems. Just one major one. i didnt have the armor patterns so i had to make my own. and after this (and I know its not the best idea) but ive decided to go big with the helmet and armor. so, my questions are these: where can i get Sintra? how much does it usually cost? can i use it to make the helmet? and finnaly, can i use it to make the :jet pack? I now have all the patterns, so im good on that also any tips for the first try(and remember, im 15 and impatient) Thanks a ton!
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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    anybody?

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Hey, not sure on the price of sintra in the states but over here in the uk we get similar stuff which is very cheap so it shouldnt cost much where you are!

    I personnally made my Jet Pack out of cardboard then a layer of fibre glass on the outside and then on the inside to strenthen, then lots of filler and hours of sanding. After that experience i would now use "foam board", easy to cut and shape, great for doing anything like the jet pack

    Would of thought you could get foam board or an equivilant at any good art shop.

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Can get it at a sign shop, look in the yellow pages.

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Sorry for the hijack but...

    FettSniper - if you dont mind me asking please - where do you get yours? Im having a LOT of trouble getting Plasticard in Ireland - found a website in Germany that will ship here but if there are suppliers in the UK it might be cheaper

    Sorry again!

    Dave

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    I buy sintra 8'x8' for about $15. Check the phonebook under "plastics."

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    I'm fairly new to this also and here are some things that I've learned, the hard way. Since you're impatient, "For Sale" signs from Lowe's, Home Depot or Wal-Mart are pretty cheap, readily available and can be cut with a pair of scissors or exacto knife MUCH easier to work with than the thicker 3mm sintra or the Sterilite trash cans.

    Try to buy a jumpsuit close to the color you want, because dyeing one does not always work as well as expected.

    Check out SD 68 and Honus' threads on scratchbuilding helmets.

    Keep at it. Add a little patience and you'll get something you're happy with.

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    cool, thanks for the tips! gonna check out walmart for some of the signs. thanks again!

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Update ^.^ so far im pretty happy with it! though i didnt have patterns, i think it looks decent heres a pic of it so far(cutting out shoulder bells as i type) please give any comments on any tweaks i should make, thanks!
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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Very nice! Good clean lines. You're off to a great start. Did you use trash cans for the armor? The knee armor is pretty easy to cut out also.

    I've seen someone use the big plastic Kentucky Fried Chicken or Taco Bell cups as the base of their gauntlets, then build up from there.

    I'd use the For Sale signs for the helmet construction. Some other plastics, like the trash cans, will not glue together very well.

    To answer an earlier question, yes, you can make the jet pack from the same material. :jet pack

    You may find this instructable useful, just substitute For Sale signs for the newspaper board.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...me--using-car/


    A smoke grey or dark green welding shield is great material for the visor. They usually cost about $15 or so at a welding supply shop. Check the phone book for one. If you order one on-line, be sure to check the final price including shipping. Some people have gotten burned on that.

    Looking forward to seeing more pix.

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    cool, ill have to see if ace or anywhere has a welding shield(verry small town). and im gonna pick up a few "for sale" signs at ace for the helmet and possible jet pack. Oh and yea, its trash can armor, but its really malible, so i can dent it and stuff. cut out shoulder bells yesterday, but theyre to big, gotta shave em down(used WOFs patterns and theyre to big )
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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Here's a good start for scratch-built bucket info. The Mandolorian Mercs site has compiled a list of different builder's threads (mine included) and how we went about it.

    One thing with your age, though. I'd highly recommend you be very careful when you work on this. I'm not trying to be mean, please understand. I'd just hate to see you get hurt doing some of the crazy things we do for our hobby and end up hating it.

    Take your time and have fun.

    David.

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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    Jaiden said: View Post
    Here's a good start for scratch-built bucket info. The Mandolorian Mercs site has compiled a list of different builder's threads (mine included) and how we went about it.

    One thing with your age, though. I'd highly recommend you be very careful when you work on this. I'm not trying to be mean, please understand. I'd just hate to see you get hurt doing some of the crazy things we do for our hobby and end up hating it.

    Take your time and have fun.

    David.
    thanks for the tip but trust me, i wont hurt myself ive got alot of backround with this kinda stuff. Not to mention boba fett is to cool to hate even if i choped off my leg [somehow] i would still be a fan
    but again thanks for the tip! also, i need some good referance photos for the shoulder bells...
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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    YAY!!!! I GOT SINTRA ^.^ making scratch build first... but i ran into a problem:its not long enough. But im making it work. right now the whole thing is being held together with tape(so i can get the shape down) but it will soon be hot glued and bondod to hell. still waiting to do the dome though, making some mock versions.
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    Re: Starting work on first set of armor...few questions

    PICS! i know it still needs alot of work, sanding, bondo, etc. but i think its coming along pretty good. its got a pretty nice curvature on it contrary to the pics
    EDIT:got mandibles in, but stupid camera stoped working >.<
    getting a little practice with bondo before i just jump into it. also, my custom gauntlets are taking shape ^^
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    WOW, looks pretty darn good, keep us posted on all your progress!

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