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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: IceCold on Jun 16, 2018, 09:48 PM

Title: Armour question......
Post by: IceCold on Jun 16, 2018, 09:48 PM
Hey Folks

Random question before i start my build on Monday......

Trash Can Plastic OR Sinatra (Foamex as we call it in the UK). Pro's and Cons really.

I've asked in my Clan but i'd like some other opinions too as i'm working nights and the UK is asleep!

Thanks in advance

Ps Don't suggest metal, WAY too hard for me! lol
Title: Re: Armour question......
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 16, 2018, 09:55 PM
Sintra
Pros:
Easy to shape, and maintains its shape well through multiple troops
Takes paint easily
Thicker and looks a little more like armor.
light for size
Can bend to and past 90 degrees and retain sheep if properly heated while shaping
Easy to sand.
Thick enough to be beveled for nice clean looking edges.
Cons:
Harder to find than trash cans

Trash can plastic:
Pros:
Easier to find than Sintra.
Moderately cheaper than Sintra.
Cons:
Loses its shape over time (not all that much time-- you may find yourself reshaping it before each troop)
Doesn't hold onto paint as well
Prone to cracking when achieving tighter bends.

Most of the folks I've seen do the trash can plastic builds (tote bin builds)  -- end up replacing their plates with Sintra/Foamex over the long haul.

Mando kits have to survive a beating across multiple troops, and are not single event kits.   It's well worth it to make the effort, and intial financial outlay to acquire sintra/foamex, and avoid having to re-do later.  (keep in mind paint has an associated cost too).

Cheers Vod!
Title: Re: Armour question......
Post by: IceCold on Jun 16, 2018, 10:01 PM

Can bend to and past 90 degrees and retain sheep if properly heated while shaping


That was a perfect answer and that one bit above sold it for me and made me chuckle!!

I hadn't realised that the plastic lost it's shape so easily?!

See thats why i love this community! The Knowledge!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Armour question......
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 16, 2018, 10:39 PM
Happy to be of service... and what you just mentioned, is why a WIP on the Forums is so important, even if you have local support through other mediums.
Title: Re: Armour question......
Post by: IceCold on Jun 16, 2018, 11:07 PM
Very VERY true! I shall set one up now!

 ;D