SWEEEEETT!!!! I cant wait to see that!!
SWEEEEETT!!!! I cant wait to see that!!
Sounds great T_Bone!! Knowing your work bro, it'll be awesome!!
HOLY **** HOW DO U DO THAT THERE IS NO WAY I COULD DO THAT-GREAT JOB DAAAAMN 8)))))))))))))000
Patience is the key. Especially now when free time is limited.
I hear ya!
Been going back through this thread and i've got to say, I am HUGELY impressed!I actually joined just so I could congratulate you, t-bone for a fantastic piece of craftsmanship and skip for supplying the pattern in the first place!
I've been trying to find a way of getting hold of a RG helmet myself and you have given me real insperation to have a go, even if it's not going to be up to this standard lol
You won't know unless you try.
I intend to Skip, I've already been looking at your blog site and may well have to get in touch
Thanks. Give it a go man. This may sound sappy or something but, I honestly believe that if you have everything you need, with enough patience anyone can accomplish anything.
Thanks for the vote of confidence t-bone, we'll have to see how it goes! I have the plans, the card, the PVA glue... Any other useful hints, tips and tool ideas would be much appreciated
Where to start would be helpful too! lol
What is it you need to know?
Well, I'm looking at your plans and just wondering what's to cut, what's bend, and do the numbers corispond to anything such as matching tabs etc. It's just down to inexperience I'm sure, but it's a daunting prospect. Won't let it beat me though Any advice would be much appreciated
Well, there's not much foldsing to do to make this lid. You want it to look as smooth as possible so it's better to bend the parts rather than fold alond each fold line if that makes sense. Fold the tabs by all means but that's about all you'll need to fold.
The numbers correspond to the each other. So tab 23 glues to edge 23 on another part if that makes sense?? I find it difficult to explain myself. LOL!
Key tip though! Start from the dome and work down! And take your time. Sometimes only work one tab at a time, you don't want to rush only for the glue to be too wet to hold it together.
Skip pretty well covered it in that last post. The dome is the most tedious portion so I would definitely say start there.
Well, made a start, and you're right t-bone, the dome is tedious!
Well, I've built it myself so I can sympathise. The first few rings that start the dome are a little annoying but after you get 5 or 6 out of the way you start to see it take shape.
Things haven't quite gone to plan as I'd hoped as my Dad got taken into hospital at 2:30 this morning, but thankfully he's home now.Made a good start on the dome and touch wood it seems to be going well.
After going back through this thread, the big thing that worries me is that I have no experience of fibreglassing and don't even know what bondo is! Could be a scary experience
Just take your time. For the FG put a coat or two of just resin on first to make it a little more rigid. Then what I did was cut the FG cloth to the approximate shape I needed and put just a little glue here and there to hold it on till I got it covered then coated the whole thing in resin again. After that I used fiberglass resin jelly and/or bondo to fill in low spots and smooth it out. Some folks call bondo putty also. It is the stuff you use to reshape or fill in dents in auto body panels.
Since you asked I'm going to post some pics of my Iron Man build in another thread. Here.
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YEAH IRON MAN TIME!!!
On a scale of 1 -10 how hard are these to do?
It totally varies on what one you want to build. This one(Royal Guard) is one of the more difficult.
I say the RG is maybe a 8 or 9. Mostly because of the dome and the very small ridges around the raised portions.
Yep, I found that. Completely messed up the dome ridges so far, but may be able to rescue it yet. If not, can always try again, (now I have the advantage of knowing where I went wrong), and the original has the potential for conversion to a neo crusader bucket Always a silver lining