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Question About Shaping

  1. #26
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    Re: Question About Shaping

    I got tired of bending my plates so took a pair of pliers to them, oddly, it seemed to shape a lot better/quicker.

    Amazing what a bit of impatience can do...

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    You got Pics Saz?

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    I'm always a fan of the mannequin female armor. :3

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Harruka said: View Post
    You got Pics Saz?
    Why that's a very personal question to as...

    OH my armour!

    Not yet, the major challenge is to get my mommy in the mood to help me with my vest, as the plates need to fit the shape of my body and that.

    I suppose I could tape them to myself.

    *Edit* Here you go:

    Last edited by Saz.; Dec 23, 2009 at 3:45 AM.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Swanky, what'd you use to make them shiny?

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Nothing, they're just a grey metallic bin I used!

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    Ah, Nice. I need to buy shiny paint for my Jango plates... this stuff is so pricey.

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    Formely Jaing Skirata A'den Skirata's Avatar
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    Re: Question About Shaping

    another option for femmando plates is going to ebay and buying a female torso mannequin in 1 cup size larger than you are, to account for the vest and flightsuit. you can usually get the vests for 15.00-25.00. if drawn out and cut properly, you will get your entire front torso plates and perhaps a backplate as well.

    sometimes they are a bit thin. if that's the case, you can reenforce them by fiberglassing the backside if the plates.

    1 can of fiberglass resin 8.00
    1 roll of fiberglass matte 4.00
    1 torso mannequin 20.00

    getting all your torso armor for, give or take, 32.00 without headaches and alot of work:

    PRICELESS!

  9. #34
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    Re: Question About Shaping

    That's a pretty good price.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    we have a few girls over at mercs that have done it with great results.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    you could toss it in the oven at 350 for 5min, and shape it on the maniquen, the dip the plates in cool water

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    That won't make it to flimsy will it?

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    It shouldn't, I have heatformed plastic several ways and it doesn't seem to degrade it at all.

  14. #39
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    Re: Question About Shaping

    no this is what u do
    1. get your plates on metal sheet(like u put cookies on)
    2. put them in a 350 for 5 min.
    3. fill up a bowl w/ cold water
    4. place them on the maniquen or ur body
    7. then dip them in the cold water
    thats what i would do

  15. #40
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    Re: Question About Shaping

    suh-weet. Would it matter that I've already painted them?

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    no the paint will get a little wet(like just above dry) and it will stink for like 2 minutes but here are my male plates that i put in the oven

    try it and i think you will get good results

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    If you have already painted them and you try heating them, then you better make sure you are somewhere that air can get to. The paint will release fumes that can be dangerous.

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    Re: Question About Shaping

    on my chest peices (only too) i used a propane torch with great success, just aint gonna put pics up till i get an abdomen place and a collar plate

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