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Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

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    FINALLY FINISHED!! Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

    Here are the pics of the Helmet I assembled from Skips design. I'll have to do some more mods to get it to fit my big ol' pumpkin head. You'll see what I mean by some more mods.

    Beginning the dome

    Finished dome. This was the most tedious part IMHO.

    The Face

    Face and dome connected

    Adding the back. Ran into an issue here you'll see in a sec

    The front

    The back and the issue. I ended up with a gap in the back from the raised area down. I believe the reason behind it is because I used standard letter head instead of A4. The program automaticly adjusted the aspect ratios when printing and I think it shortened these parts just enough to cause the issue. I simply measured out what pieces I needed to make, cut them out, and glued them in place. I actually think this was a "blessing in disguise" so to speak. If not for this I don't think I could have gotten it on.

    Front Right finished

    Rear Left finished

    Over all I think it turned out great and I have something to work with now. It was a fun build. Thanks again Skip. To get it to fit my head and shoulders a little better I am going to section it and add strips of card stock where needed. It's a little snug in the cheek area and not quite long enough to sit on my shoulders. Again I think this is due to the translation from A4 to standard size. If you want a RG Helmet and cant afford to purchase one of the ones that pop up every now and again I recommend this project. It will require patience. Especially on the dome.
    Last edited by t_bone9600; Apr 5, 2009 at 9:00 PM. Reason: Edited title

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    Re: Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

    Looking Great T-Bone!!!

    G-Fett

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    Re: Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

    Looks sweet! Well done! I think you may be right about the print difference. I'm in the UK so used A4, I didn't get this problem. Sometimes it can be caused by not lining up the tabs properly but you wouldn't get a gap like that, so I think the A4-Letter problem raised its head with yours.

    I'm just relieved that it worked to your benefit though and improved the fit. Can't wait to see it glassed with some filler over it! I haven't the time for mine lately but I'm eager to see how it will turn out.

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    Great work T-Bone... nice recovery too!
    I'm half way thro mine and as I'm UK the whole A4 issue (wasn't an issue) Phew!

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    It's really great to see and hear of others building this. Thanks guys!

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    Very nicely done, and very nice work there skupil creating the template.

    Out of curiosity skupil what formats will import into that program? Will max? I created a few things in max for a project last year, one was a trooper/mando mix helmet. Id be interested to see it split up.

    Though its almost all tri's and polys, so its got a lot of extra pieces.

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    Re: Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

    Thanks very much buddy, What formats will what read? The modelling software I use? Or the unfolding software?

    If you're referring to the unfolding software, it doesn't read MAX. Though I never use MAX so it's cool for me. It does read 3DS, OBJ formats though.

    Your project sounds cool.

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    I think that 3ds is the first version max used, and you can export to it. Ill see if the thread is anywhere around anymore.

    Thanks

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    To try and show where the mods will be here are some pics of myself wearing it.

    The red lines are where I think it would probably be the easiest to add to the length.


    This one shows about how much length I'll need to add. (I know the skull is faded but It has been recolored three times already and every time I get a sunburn it gets a little bit lighter.)




    For when I do the entire costume I think I'll try and leave the bottom of the back flared out like it is so I have room for a back plate. I plan on doing like a Crimson Empire style armor underneath the robes.

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    I agree, tat's probably the best place to add height to it. Nice build BTW.

    I do have plans to model the CE armor the same way I did the helmet. Though I have no idea when it will happen.

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    Thanks again and I'll have to keep an eye out for that.

    I made the horizontal cut around the helmet but I found that I'll need the help of my lovely assis... I mean wife to get it put back together. I'll post more pics when that's done.

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    No worries, I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes.

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    Re: Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

    dont forget to add enough height to account for the thickness of the material when strengthened and or padding.

    Pretty kewll

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    Stormrider said: View Post
    dont forget to add enough height to account for the thickness of the material when strengthened and or padding.

    Pretty kewll
    At this point I dont think I'll need to pad anything and I plan to do all strengthening from the outside.

    I have started reassembling at the horizontal cut and am now trying to deal with allignment issues. I think I have it figured out but we'll just have to wait and see. I may have to print of and rebuild some areas if my brainstorm drizzles out.

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    Re: Imperial Guard Helmet Skupilkinson's Pepakura

    You could always use the body filler(if you're using it) to resculpt that area to fix the allignment issues??

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    You could always use the body filler(if you're using it) to resculpt that area to fix the allignment issues??
    That crossed my mind. I'll definately have to do that in some areas but I am going to try and keep that to a minimum. although I do so love the smell of body filler as it is sanded/ground away.

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    LOL! So, what's your plan for smoothing it out if you're keeping the use of filler to a minimum? I'm curious if you're doing things differently than I have. It'd be good to learn other ways ya know?

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    Oh, I figure I'll use a lot of filler on the overall project. I just meant I was trying to avoid it for the purpose of realignment. Sorry to make you think I had some kind of secret or new method. Although, I wish I did know some other neat way to do it that I could share.

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    Ok, it's cool. Either way I'm looking forward to seeing how this goes for you.

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    Just a quick update... This thing is gonna look like Frankenstein before I get to FG.

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    I'd hate to say it, but what if you built another one about 10% larger? That might help if what you have now might have a little snug of a fit. The bucket is looking awesome though!

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    I was thinking the same thing. I hate it when I'be built something like this only for it not to fit just right. Though sometimes the easier fix is to start over but slghtly bigger. It could mean less of a headache for you?

    Though to contibue and work with what you've already done is commendable! Either way I think you're doing a great job!

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    I'd also agree...
    Starting fresh would mean allot less heartache down the road if the lid does not fit? I'm going thro the same issues with a different lid...
    Or you could complete it and offer them out as child size RG lids for halloween or something?

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    I think if I end up redoing it I'll try and get hold of some A4 card paper. But... being the stubborn, bull headed guy I am, I'm gonna keep fighting until there is no other option. I did something last night after the last post that seemed to help out a lot. We'll see where that goes.

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    All the best with it buddy. Good for you for sticking with it! I can't wait until your next photo update.

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