Cardstock to armor

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    Cardstock to armor

    The title kinda explains it how would you go from the card stock to the real bondo/plexiglass/silicon armor

    P.s. I found armor files for the card stock if you wanna see them
    http://forum.clonetroopers.net/index...howtopic=10946

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    Dude....

    It could work... But be prepared to spend several THOUSEND $$$$$ in the process.
    Besides, you'd need lots of expericence in model making.
    If you really want some armor, save your monies and get a kit.

    Karin

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    lunarlord said: View Post
    The title kinda explains it how would you go from the card stock to the real bondo/plexiglass/silicon armor

    P.s. I found armor files for the card stock if you wanna see them
    http://forum.clonetroopers.net/index...howtopic=10946
    go get some bondo filler and some bondo glass for long sections you can use bondo hair. get a mouse sander, a dremel, and take your time. put the template on the card stock cut it out and form it hold it together with masking tape or duct tape. cover with bondo sand then the glass or hair sand some more, you can leave the little nics and holes for damage or fill them in with bondo then sand some more. it takes time lots of it. but in the end you made it, and your proud of it. and it saves you $$$ we all do it on here don't sweat it. everyone here will help you out. good luck vod.

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    thank you

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    Jason_strk said: View Post
    and it saves you $$$
    Actually, no. The materials alone cost more than a readily available kit.

    This route of pepakura MAY work for some HALO or custom mando armor, but def not for a clone trooper.

    The silicone for the molds would be more than $500.

    But I agree, everybody will help you out here. This is an AWESOME community.

    Karin

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    Labor=time=money in the long run. You can save the money you would spend on this proceedure, and simply buy a kit within a shorter time frame. The result will more than likely be more satifying in the end, due to precision. The weight factor is another consideration, especially if you are going to wear it for extended periods of time. If you have the patience, and can acquire the skill level to create an end product that you feel is acceptable to you, then do it. And for the record, we all don't do it here. A few may have (?), but the majority here don't.
    Last edited by Replicant Shadow; Oct 1, 2009 at 7:44 PM.

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    are you planning to make the cardstock the wearable suit, or are you talking about making the masters out of that and then molding/casting in some other material?

    if you are planning to wear the original, i would think that fiberglass would be at least a bit lighter than bondo. i've never done it that way, so i have no idea really...

    as far as saving money, you'd be surprised how little you save. i've made my own clone, and it cost me about 3x as much as i paid for my first clone kit.

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    Lunalord, we aren't trying to talk you down on this. And, I seriously believe that if you put your mind to it, you could succeed with a great costume. Though, some of us feel we have a duty to to tell you what the end result could be. You don't want to get sucked into the money pit. Clone armor has a bizarre mix of subtle curves and straight lines along with sharp edges. Paper, especially card stock, doe's not respond well when it comes to circular tweaking. You may get most of the sharp lines, but to get both of these elements to meet where required, well, it's not going to be easy.

    On the other hand, if you want to proceed, there are extremely talented individuals here and I most certaintly will help out if I can. I think if you can nail it at 90% accuracy during the assembly phase, you can drive it home on the fiberglass or bondo work, and sanding, you can get a good costume out of it. But, it will be heavy. Good luck bud!

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    Ya know, it wouldn't cost you thousands to make the armor using the Pepakura method. And most of the guys that say it wouldn't work for clone armor are so wrong! True, getting the curved pieces right is harder than the flatter, boxy areas. It can indeed be done. It just takes more time to do it right.

    But I do have to agree that your armor would be heavy, heavier than vac formed kits out there anyway. It would also take longer to build and finish, plus if you chose to mould it to make lighter copies then the expense would rise. Rise to the point of making it a very costly project and most defenitely more expensive than a vac formed kit.

    Also, if you're thinking of using the files I think you are then you don't come across well on a real human being and are innacurate in places.

    I'm all for Pepakura, and dislike people being shut down so to speak for using the method, but when it comes to clone armor, I do think it'd be simpler to go down the vac kit route and would cost about the same(based on just building one set of armor with no molding or casting).

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    Re: Cardstock to armor

    ok thanks everyone

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