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    Jul 12, 2007, 8:22 PM - Good materials to Pepakura with #1

    Hiya! I'm actually planning to walk into school on one of the Homecoming spirit days wearing a suit of Mjolnir armor. I intend to get started on this ASAP, but before I do, I have a few questions:

    1. What is a good, sturdy material that is durable to wear around once the suit is finished but is on the easy side to work with?
    2. How long will this take?
    3. Does anyone have a tips on precision cutting?
    4. What kind of paint should I use to paint it after I'm done to give it that Halo-esque look?
    5. How would I do a visor on a Pepakura helmet?

    Thank you!

    EDIT: Isn't the cardstock poster paper a bit flimsy? Is there like stuff you can spray on afterward before the paint to make it more solid?

    Another thing, should I glue the printout to the building material before cutting, or tape it? or what?

    and, what about making it fit me? Are there significant adjustments I need to make to the directions in the stickies above have it fit the average male (176cm, waist 32, shirt size medium)?

    *EDIT TWO*: Also, I was wondering, the Pepakura template for the Left Foot (and Right I presume), as well as that of the Left/Right Thigh has patterns that overlap between two pages. Is there a remedy to this or is it okay?

    ALSO, does anyone have any folding tips Like how to fold it well and stuff? Sorry for being paranoid. And what kind of glue should I use to make sure there's no bumps and how should i apply it?

    $*$*$*EDIT*$*$*$ - In Pepakura terms, what is the difference between a Valley Fold and a Mountain Fold?

    !@*!@ ^$EDIT THREE( @!&$
    "Oh so mountain folds and valley folds are just opposites of each other?

    And for the Mtn fold, u would see the dotted line on the peak, and for a valley fold, u would see the dotted line at the bottom of the valley, right (fold it so you can see it)?"

    **@*@*@*Do I need to compensate, and how would I, for the slight length loss incurred by the piece being split over two pages and cutting it?

    Also, should I try out cutting, fold, then painting resining, and fiberglassing before putting it all together?

    Also, how do I know how far to bend or fold a piece?
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    Jul 12, 2007, 8:42 PM - #2

    check the stickys above in this forum. Wonga!
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    Jul 12, 2007, 9:11 PM - #3

    hey dude. k

    1.cardstock or poster paper... trust me

    2. if your building the whole suit and really working on and not just work a bit and watch tv... then not very long.... maybe about 2-3 weeks...

    3.if you really want to cut carfeully then use an X-acto knife.. you can find em at dollar stores... google it

    4.well... you might want to cover it with resin or fiberglass it.. just to be proffesional and to come up with good result.. after that... spraypaint it

    5.hmmmm.... http://mjolnirarmor.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2365
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    Jul 12, 2007, 10:27 PM - #4

    for #5 try a sheet of transparency and color it gold and orange
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    Jul 13, 2007, 11:05 AM - #5

    definitely an x-acto and a ruler for precision cuts. takes time though.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 6:52 PM - #6

    Does anyone have any pics of some really good looking Pepakura armor? I'd really like to see what a finished product could look like.

    And would the cardstock/poster paper provide enough durability for if I were to bump into something or sit down? Also, isn't there like stuff you can spray on after you're done before the paint or something that makes it more solid?

    Another thing, should I glue the printout to the building material before cutting, or tape it? or what?

    and, what about making it fit me? Are there significant adjustments I need to make to the directions in the stickies above have it fit the average male (176cm, waist 32, shirt size medium)?
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    Jul 13, 2007, 7:15 PM - #7

    InsolenceAndHeresy: Regarding material. No, you cannot make something out of cardstock, and have it solid. Cardstock is basically like paper, just a bit harder, I wouldnt put its durability up against anythng.

    To solidify it, you would apply resin/fiberglass. Depending on age, some parents wont allow their kids to have that chemical, tends to be dangerous.
    As for spray.. I'm not sure, maybe some sort of spray plastic? Not sure how durable that would be either.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 7:19 PM - #8

    im scratchbuilding my suit from cardboard, then i have filled the cracks and solidified it with spackle putty(its like putty that hardens, works amazingly, well for me at least). Im tryin to get pics but my arm piece is finished and its pretty strong and looks good.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 7:25 PM - #9

    Long Shot's:


    drgon47's:


    smilie120's:


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    Jul 13, 2007, 7:27 PM - #10

    For #5 i say use a plastic transparent lense. Or a motorcycle lense.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 7:43 PM - #11

    <div class='quotetop'>(IceTray)</div><div class='quotemain'>InsolenceAndHeresy: Regarding material. No, you cannot make something out of cardstock, and have it solid. Cardstock is basically like paper, just a bit harder, I wouldnt put its durability up against anythng.

    To solidify it, you would apply resin/fiberglass. Depending on age, some parents wont allow their kids to have that chemical, tends to be dangerous.
    As for spray.. I'm not sure, maybe some sort of spray plastic? Not sure how durable that would be either.</div>

    Oh resin, okay, sounds great. Resin/fiberglass makes it far more durable than cardstock alone? and does that come before or after the paint?

    Also, is there any good way to add LEDs to the helmet, or an external audio projection system (to pump out some Halo music for cinematic effect)?

    Also, do I print directly onto cardstock or print then paste then cut?
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    Jul 13, 2007, 7:58 PM - #12

    print directly to cardstock. use it like regular printer paper. For an external audio system, PM Sean Bradley. He had one in his suit. For LED's, im not sure. someone posted a link w/ some, so i go look for that. And resining comes before painting. wonga.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 8:05 PM - #13

    Thanks for all the replies so far. What should I wear under the armor? Underarmor (like the branded athlete stuff)? No pun intended.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 8:14 PM - #14

    wetsuits,underarmor, or black clothing. somthing black though ;-)
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    Jul 13, 2007, 8:30 PM - #15

    Also, for scaling, I read the excellent scaling guide posted, is it okay if different parts are scaled differently? I mean like the left and right biceps, etc will be scaled the same, but like the helmet and the biceps won't be scaled the exact same.
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    Jul 13, 2007, 8:38 PM - #16

    Whatever fits you best ;-)
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    Jul 14, 2007, 10:43 AM - #17

    Well I meant, like, it wouldn't look awkward if some of the stuff was scaled differently, right?

    Also, I was wondering, the Pepakura template for the Left Foot (and Right I presume) has one pattern that overlaps between two pages. Is there a remedy to this or is it okay?

    ALSO, does anyone have any folding tips Like how to fold it well and stuff? Sorry for being paranoid.

    And what kind of glue should I use to make sure there's no bumps and how should i apply it?
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    Jul 14, 2007, 1:17 PM - #18

    <div class='quotetop'>(InsolenceAndHeresy)</div><div class='quotemain'>ALSO, does anyone have any folding tips Like how to fold it well and stuff? Sorry for being paranoid.</div>
    http://mjolnirarmor.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2043
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    Jul 14, 2007, 5:46 PM - #19

    In Pepakura terms, what is the difference between a Valley Fold and a Mountain Fold?


    Also, I was wondering, the Pepakura template for the Left Foot (and Right I presume) has one pattern that overlaps between two pages. Is there a remedy to this or is it okay? This happens in a lot of other templates too.
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    Jul 14, 2007, 5:54 PM - #20

    is your printer set to landscape???

    cuz it doesnt happen to me on other parts (havent tried boots yet)
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    Jul 14, 2007, 6:00 PM - #21

    1. valley folds are like V
    and mountain folds are like ^

    2. You have to set the printer and paper configuration to be Letter paper if your using reg. paper. Then you have to shift the pieces around to fit in the paper (using the move tool, aka the red box in the toolbar)

    check the pep. tutorial to get more info.
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    Jul 17, 2007, 8:21 AM - #22

    Oh so mountain folds and valley folds are just opposites of each other?

    And for the Mtn fold, u would see the dotted line on the peak, and for a valley fold, u would see the dotted line at the bottom of the valley, right (fold it so you can see it)?

    here's a screenshot of the overlapping I mean. I know I have everything set up right.


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    Jul 17, 2007, 10:24 AM - #23

    Sometimes you'll have the pieces spread out over two pages. You won't be able to do much about the larger pieces (i.e. the bottom of the foot) but for some of the smaller ones you can move them (just click on the piece you want to move and drag it) or spin them (see the button that looks like connect the dots? That's the rotation tool).
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    Jul 17, 2007, 12:33 PM - #24

    "Oh so mountain folds and valley folds are just opposites of each other?

    And for the Mtn fold, u would see the dotted line on the peak, and for a valley fold, u would see the dotted line at the bottom of the valley, right (fold it so you can see it)?"

    **@*@*@*Do I need to compensate, and how would I, for the slight length loss incurred by the piece being split over two pages and cutting it?

    Also, should I try out cutting, fold, then painting resining, and fiberglassing before putting it all together?
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    Jul 17, 2007, 2:34 PM - #25

    Also, how do I know how far to bend or fold a piece?

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