Which is better, fiberglass or plexiglass?

mrgr8ness

Active Hunter
Most people use 1/8in sintra. Around here it is $40-60 per 4x8ft sheet. I use a kerosene heater space heater to form mine. Turn the heater up high and hold over it for a minute or so, might have to wear leather gloves or oven mitts work well too.
 

Fett prop artist

Active Hunter
hopefull fett said:
But it gives off the fumes, and there'e nowhere in my house that is ventilated enough to work in.
I do all my work in the garage with the door open. But I've never had problems with the fumes, even in closed areas.
 

Qman101

Hunter
you can get a respirator, they cost 40 dollars. i know, they cost a lot. but why get sintra? do the trash can armor method first. it's easier, and has less hassle. with the trash cans, you don't need to heat it and bend it or anything, just cut it out. it's great for beginners IMO, even though i never tried it.

but if your still planning to stick with sintra... i don't know, it's your choice. i'd recommend the trash can method, but you don't really need to do it. it's just a recommendation.

but if sintra's your way, i think you can also do it outside (which you probably mentioned, with the pot on the grill and stuff). i think you can just boil the water until it's bubbling, and i mean REALLY bubbling, then take it outside and then work with it. i don't know, just a thought.

oh, and by the way hopefull, i noticed you mess up in some of your posts the word "the". sometimes you type "hte" instead. you type to fast?
 
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Qman101

Hunter
btw, what is plexiglass? can someone post a pic of it? not the plexiglass as armor, but just a flat board, or something like that.
 

Boba Swede

Active Hunter
Plexiglass is not real glass. More like see-thru plastic. I mean it is plastic. It is sometimes used as a cheap alternative to glass for verandas and stuff.

But going back to the fumes issue. I've always those cheap papermasks and i've never had any real problems. But if you feel light headed, stop and go get some fresh air for 15mins or so, so that you can properly ventilate your lungs. Allthough it will already be too late you'll feel alot better. Just take regular breaks. no need to rush.. right?
 

cal196

Well-Known Hunter
Plexiglass is hard to cut without leaving melted edges. I'd say sintra is easier to work with and build up with bondo, people have really done wonders with it. I would think Aluminum would be easier to work with than Plexiglass.

Fiberglass is a whole nother story, it takes clay molds and plaster casts to produce good fiber armor
 

Boba Swede

Active Hunter
Examples of plexiglas: The "glass" that they usually use to display replicas. or covers for the replica display.
 

Zurath Kodul

Active Hunter
Qman101 said:
oh, and by the way hopefull, i noticed you mess up in some of your posts the word "the". sometimes you type "hte" instead. you type to fast?
Yes, I do type a little fast sometimes. :)

Now, so you guys know, I've gotten some old linolium(sp?) remnants from my neighbor. There is enough for every piece of armor except the back plate. Then I'll neeed to make the gauntlets.(any advice on those?)

I figured out a great way to avoid coveralls all togehter, I have a nice, deep-hooded sweatshirt and a nice cape, together they make a great sith cloak stand-in. I'll keep you posted.
 
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