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Female Neo Crusader

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Gol Nazyne Vizsla

  • Formerly 'Nazyne'
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Re: Female Neo Crusader
« Reply #15 on: Aug 19, 2017, 08:17 PM »
This is looking soooo good!!
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Re: Female Neo Crusader
« Reply #16 on: Sep 13, 2017, 09:24 PM »
Another bit of progress this weekend - pulled out the heat gun for shaping my larger pieces. It's mostly going well.


Here is an issue. I caught one of the flanges of the breastplate at just the wrong angle while sanding, and ripped it off. I figured I could probably put it back together, so I saved the piece and moved forward (if all else failed, I knew the shaping would be good practice), so here is the piece shaped. But now that I'm at that point, I'm not sure how to reattach it - will bondo do the job, or do I need to glue it first? Does it need reinforcement on the other side? Now that things are shaped, it doesn't quite fit flush against the broken edge, so I need to fill in the gap. I thought I'd ask for advice before ruining anything. Suggestions?

Re: Female Neo Crusader
« Reply #17 on: Sep 22, 2017, 03:42 PM »
Moving slowly ahead. I took the breakage question to my clan and got some good suggestions.. I ended up trying Devcon Plastic Welder, and then went ahead and used it to fill in the gaps in all my pieces (the toe seams on the foot armor, the chin on the mask, and the darts of the breastplate). This epoxy is apparently stronger than Bondo, but the process took a while. I would mix up a smallish amount so I could apply it all before it set, and then I left it alone overnight. Come back to see that it's pretty solid, but didn't over-fill the spaces enough to fill the gap flush. In that regard, it sounds like Bondo might have been more useful. In any case, I finally got everything filled, and last night I took my pieces to the sander. Breastplate is looking good! (Pics later.)

I also trimmed down a bunch of pieces for fit - took off a couple inches from the bottom of the breastplate and back plate, cut down the back collar so it will fit with the front half, and trimmed half of one gaunt to fit with the other half. Sanded down the corners of the mask so they'll fit together better - I tried gluing it previously, but it didn't work very well. This seems like it'll do better. OH! And I finally made the templates for my greaves, and cut out and sanded those too. (Again, pics later.)

Next steps:
-Hardware for thighs, pauldrons
-Shape greaves
-Tighten shape on new gaunt
-Glue mask pieces together, make cowl
-Details on breastplate - the recessed stomach area that I keep forgetting about, as well as a dip in the center (is this a dremel job?), and that groove on the right breast. And for that matter, there are a couple of grooves on the back plate that I should probably do too.

Most of these pieces I feel pretty good about, but I should probably put them all on and take some pics to double-check the overall fit/placement before painting anything. That way I can trim stuff down (I'm thinking about the back plate, particularly) and/or reshape without wasting time.

I've also been brainstorming the belt and weapon. I had hoped to get everything ready for pre-approval before I leave town for a couple weeks in October, but it looks like I won't make it. Maybe in time for Halloween?

 


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