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 Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)

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Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
« Reply #15 on: Jan 23, 2020, 11:31 AM »
    This looks so good! What are you using for heat forming and to cut the sintra? Do you recommend the 3mm or do you think something thicker would be better? Also where did you get your flak vest? Iím about to start a kit, so thanks for any help you can provide!

    Thank you!!

    I got my flak vest from Aria. He has a lot of options, does a fantastic job, and has really neat kits.

    I'll try and give advice, though if I misspeak, official members and officers should correct me. The links below are just for examples,  i don't get kickbacks. ^^

    Honestly, I researched a lot on the forums and constantly refer to the tutorials. Here are a few links to my faves.
    Sintra 101
    Sintra Shaping 101
    Angled Plates for Girls is where I got the chest plates template from.

    I recommend 3mm sintra. One of my friends is doing a heavy kit and is stacking plates on top of each other rather than doing 6mm. 3mm is easier to work with. Try and reach out to some local plastic companies to see if you can buy their minimum amount of sintra sheets. In my city, $100 gets you like 6 sheets - enough for multiple kits. So it's best to do a group order that way. Or, you can search Amazon. I picked up 2 sheets of this for my kit.

    I am using PVC pipe for the knees since it's sturdier and already curved. Made sure my leg would fit (measured my kneecap from the middle too). Taped the knee templates all together and traced it on the pipe. Then cut out.

    Make sure you print out your templates onto paper and tape them onto yourself to make sure everything fits and has appropriate spacing. Too big is better than too small. You can always trim, sand, or pad the bigger parts.

    Cutting Out Sintra - A Few Options!
    • box cutter
    • dremel - using a cutting wheel. Dremels are also great for sanding! Use a high speed but be sure to make small cuts and go slow. I picked up this a while ago and so far I haven't had to get much outside of what came in the box.
    • Linoleum Knife - my friends have had a lot of luck with this because the blade makes it so you can turn corners while cutting.
    If you're using power tools, please make sure you wear safety goggles, gloves, a respirator, and are working outside/in a well ventilated area. I use those blue disposable gloves when I'm cutting and sanding because I don't want to deal with having snowy plastic hands.

    Heat forming Sintra:

    Refer to Sintra Forming 101 (linked above) for more detailed explanation and shaping diagrams.
     
    Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. Heating the sintra too much can release fumes that you don't want to inhale. Wear work gloves too! You're working with a tool that's at 1000 degrees!
    I use a heat gun on a pizza stone. Since I don't have a vest right now, I'm forming to a t-shirt that's over my scrub flight suit.

    • Heat the stone.
    • Put part on stone. Heat the plastic like you're drying your hair. Make sure the gun isn't too close to the part. Make sure to flip it and get both sides.
    • Once it's starting to wobble a little bit, curve the part to your body. Do a little bit at a time - you don't want to break it! You'll probably need someone to help make adjustments when it's on you.
    • When it's sort of  in the shape and you need to focus on heating certain parts, set the gun so it's pointing up. There's usually a rest on the bottom of the gun. Heat the armor by gently passing over the heat...I call this the Bunsen burner method.
    • Usually your heat gun will need to be in its cool down setting before turning off. The ones I've seen will turn off automatically after cooling down enough. Don't unplug the gun until it is fully off! Or else it could break.

    Your WIP reads like an instruction manual. You rock! Thank you for sharing it with us - as a complete cosplay noob, I see you as one to emulate. Happy thoughts that I can get going, too.

    Please keep it up for us toddling along behind you.

    Thank you for your kind words, friend! I'm a complete cosplay noob as well. This is the first time I've actually worked with power tools and all that good stuff. I have a lot of help from my friends and armor parties. Get in touch with your local clan! You'll get tons of advice, socialize, and pick up some skills.  I'm excited to see both of your kits as well. :sabine: Together, we will all toddle on to the future!

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #16 on: Jan 26, 2020, 07:58 PM »
    Got the chest plates remade. At first, I tried to Gorilla Glue the dart together because that's all that I had at the armor party. The darts, predictably , busted today when I was bondoing around. So I used apoxie clay make the dart stay. The sanding continues after it cures.








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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #17 on: Jan 26, 2020, 11:48 PM »
    Seems that was a great and happy weekend hazelspikes!

    Keep the good work, as usual!

    Have a nice week, regards,

    AJ

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #18 on: Feb 02, 2020, 04:58 PM »
    Through the power of duck tape, I have put the plates on. I know, they're crooked. Didn't want to tape the knees on, but they're made!

    Probably will need to sand the ab plate or trim the chest plate fangs for everything to sit right. And one boot plate needs to come in more.


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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #20 on: Feb 11, 2020, 09:44 AM »
    Maybe? Most of them are Gundams. I was at a friend's place in this picture.  :<3:

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #21 on: Apr 28, 2020, 09:41 PM »
    I know it's been a minute~  :sabine:

    A friend 3D printed some April Storm Sabine gauntlets. Got to work on them!











    Holding off on top coating to see if I still like the weathering job when the rest of my armor is painted. I'm going to be getting some aluminum blaster nozzles to go into them.

    Other than my back plate, everything is formed! A friend is printing one of Raestin's Workshop Rebels-style jetpack for me too.

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #22 on: May 01, 2020, 12:34 AM »
    You've done an awesome job on your build, and I'm glad to see you're still plugging away at it. There's always a little tweaking required as your build progresses, but your armor is in excellent shape so far.

    Your gauntlets/vambraces will need a bit more of sanding and filling work, which I know sucks since you already have paint down on them. The 3D print lines have to be completely gone to be approved, and they're still pretty visible. Bondo, bondo glazing putty or XTC 3d will be your friends, along with lots of elbow grease and way too much time sanding, lol. I love 3d printing for its versatility in costume making, but it definitely takes some serious finishing time.

    Can't wait to see more of your build!

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #23 on: May 01, 2020, 02:46 PM »
    You've done an awesome job on your build, and I'm glad to see you're still plugging away at it. There's always a little tweaking required as your build progresses, but your armor is in excellent shape so far.

    Your gauntlets/vambraces will need a bit more of sanding and filling work, which I know sucks since you already have paint down on them. The 3D print lines have to be completely gone to be approved, and they're still pretty visible. Bondo, bondo glazing putty or XTC 3d will be your friends, along with lots of elbow grease and way too much time sanding, lol. I love 3d printing for its versatility in costume making, but it definitely takes some serious finishing time.

    Can't wait to see more of your build!

    Thank you! I had originally put a black test paint after I did an initial bondo and sand. And then just kept going...Whoops! I bought some 240 grit sandpaper and will get back to bondo (the glazing putty) and endless sanding :)

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #24 on: May 04, 2020, 11:52 AM »
    Did some work with Rustoleum filler + primer with some help from bondo glaze to take care of the cracks the Rustoleum left behind. Then sanded using 200 to 600 grit paper and files. Not quite satisfied with the area around the blaster nozzle holes. At least it's smoother? The small darts (not pictured) will need a bit of work...Which I'm not looking forward too since they're small!








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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #25 on: May 07, 2020, 09:43 AM »
    Definite improvement! It seems to take a dozen years per part, but it's worth it for the final product :D. I agree with your assessment of them needing a bit more work, but it's definitely an improvement.

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #26 on: May 17, 2020, 04:17 PM »
    Another fine day of filling and sanding! I feel like the front bits are the only things holding me back now. Everything feels smooth at least.















    I've kinda filled in some of the details but every time I try and sand them out, the lines appear again!

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #27 on: May 17, 2020, 09:39 PM »
    Have you tried spray filler primer? Itís sandable and might work for those small areas.

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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #28 on: May 26, 2020, 07:24 PM »
    Have you tried spray filler primer? Itís sandable and might work for those small areas.

    I've been using the Rustoleum 2 in 1 Filler + Primer!

    Today, I started working on the blaster nozzles and missle toppers. They don't want to sit in their homes with the test fit. But that's okay because I've got more to do with them.








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    Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
    « Reply #29 on: May 29, 2020, 10:00 PM »
    Had a casual armor get together with a friend. Started heat forming my back plate.









    Lower back plate had a hairline fracture. So I'm likely going to trim down the lower back plate so it'll form better.

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