WIP is Work In Progress.
WIP is Work In Progress.
HAHAHA!- thanks aLOT Skip, still new here
Here is my progress with a new coat of bondo ready for the sander i will buy.
Heres the back-view of the helmet.Notice the back section of the helmet, the button bit is facing a sideway position.Needs re-constructing.Looks real ugly at the moment.Hope i will change when im done.
WOW that's good for a first timer. NO make that GREAT.
oh man - I remember that stage in quite a few builds
sand sand sand and sand
just remember that abt 80% of what you slap on eventually ends up on the floor. in your shoes. hair. clothes.
out doors is better - but hey; where-ever you can find a space mate
as already mentioned; pls tell me you got a good facemask/respirator? bondo dust is NOT good for you!!
yes.Ive found out that i struggle to fit my head in to it!..
Last edited by Trooper937; Jul 31, 2009 at 10:32 AM.
I've decided to finish off this helmet, then fibreglass the outside and the cut it in the middle of the fibreglass layer which will be my new helmet.Is that right?
Fiberglassing the outside will mean A LOT more bondo works and sanding, I will give the outside a rough, unfinished look, what you might want to do is take a mold of it when you have it all smooth, here is a link to a way of doing it simply.
Then just cast it in plaster or fiberglass resin or anything else
Mate, i was saying that maybe i could use the helmet i have now as a mother mold and cast on it, usng fibreglass, and then take the fibreglass off,which follows the shape of the helmet.
What i was saying was, maybe i could use the helmet as a mother mold and cast it using fibreglass,which i would then peal off and work on.
wAIT.....Why did he also use expanding foam...??
the expanding foam is the mother mold, it is there to hold the silicone in shape otherwise it would just flop around.
Sorry about late progress.Its been a bad week , but have already bought a 180W sander but ran out of ammo.Now, im going to north wales,,,,.Progres and pics will come soon.
[QUOTE=Trooper937;447990]Sorry about late progress.Its been a bad week , but have already bought a 180W sander but ran out of ammo.Progres and pics will come soon.
Fiberglass resin is one of the most powerful adhesives known to man, it would not come off of the bucket without destroying your current one.
Ok, so its best to stick to sillicone and catylst molding. I've found this on ebay, will it be good enought,its a Silicone RTV Rubber Mold Making Compound - 1 Qt. Kit ...
Id say, before you go thinking of molding the helmet, you need to get further along on it. Youre looking way to far ahead. Concentrate on what you have in front of you now and when thats done, move on to the next step. Sculpting helmets and making molds, although related, are two totally different art forms. Baby steps, my friend.
Also, 1 qt of silicone will not be enough. I usually use about 2/3 of a two gallon kit on most of my helmets.
Took me several restarts before I got my work entirely right, I agree with Evo3, make sure you have your helmet as best as it can possibly be before even considering the molding stage.
I would also put some card behind the visor section, though it is really tempting to cut it out and wear it, in the end it doubles the work for molding. It will also support the front where you've had problems with cracking.
I have nearly finished my build, plus i have considered doing molding as i have said in my last posts that the helmet( nearly done) is a tight fit on my head, therefore forcing me to mold it. If it wasn't for the tight fit, molding it would be out of the question.
hey dunnoifyou saw this, but heres a link toa threadofmy Fett helmetbuild,which istarted with cardstock..theres kidof a step by step picture seriesonthere,in caseu wantto see howi did it.
when you are ready to mold,you can used rebound 25, from smooth-on its less expensive and easy to use. there is a wealth of info about it on the smooth-on website, i belive they have videos of how to do that as well. But like EVO said, dont jump to far ahead of yourself!
Yes,i've noticed how money destroying this hobby is,and thanks alot for the advice.Sorry abt the slow progress.
More pics on page '2'(put on 16th august)
Last edited by Trooper937; Aug 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM.