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    Aug 27, 2013, 9:38 PM - Jimmay's HALO 4 EOD Build [WIP][PICS][FirstBuild] #1

    Howdy there 405th! jimmay here.

    so i recently (finally) started my first halo build. There are so many amazing builds on here, mine wont be anywhere near that but i still wana be part of the fun
    I'm going with a Halo 4 EOD variant, which will be a hybrid pep/foam build. Lord only knows the colour scheme but im thinking a grey/black undertone with a forest green for the primary.


    The files for the pieces are readily available, had to improvise a couple. the chest will be all foam but for others there were peps available; leading to the pep/foam mentioned before. ill be using:

    HELMET: Halo 4 EOD (Satchmo III, Aztlan) /assembly stage/
    TORSO: halo 4 eod chest foam ready by brokenvisr unfolded by crazydav0 /assembly stage(HIATUS)/
    SHOULDERS: Halo 4 EOD shoulder by fat-hi555 - Unfolded by CarterBuilder12 /not started/
    FOREARMS: Recruit (spartan 4 forearm by monkeyfuj) /not started/
    THIGHS: spartan 4 thigh by monkeyfuj /not started/
    SHINS: Recruit shin (left)+(right) by fat-hi555 - Unfolded by CarterBuilder12 /not started/
    BOOTS: xg-89 narrow boot model by monkeyfuj unfolded by zero prime /1/2 pepped/
    BUT PIECE: xg89 narrow butt modeled by monkeyfuj unfolded by zero prime /not started/

    heres a rushed crappy cutout of the pieces haha i got the landmine file, which will be decked out with LED's and such; cos what else would an explosives expert be running around with?


    ill also be doing a custom undersuit but more on that later.

    heres a couple of progress shots thus far.







    all feedback and critisisms always welcome

    Jimmay!
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    Aug 28, 2013, 10:05 AM - #2

    also...this is how we build in Oz
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    Aug 28, 2013, 10:21 AM - #3

    Great start to your build thread. All too often I see someone starting a thread with little more that "I'm gonna make some armor." It looks like you've got things well planned out, organized and on a roll! The boot is coming along nicely; looks like a pain to pep, but you're doing well.

    It's always necessary to have some sort of refreshment while working on this stuff; whether it be food, drink, music or a movie. I like your choice!
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    Aug 28, 2013, 10:50 AM - #4

    Originally Posted by carpathiavh99 View Post
    Great start to your build thread. All too often I see someone starting a thread with little more that "I'm gonna make some armor." It looks like you've got things well planned out, organized and on a roll! The boot is coming along nicely; looks like a pain to pep, but you're doing well.

    It's always necessary to have some sort of refreshment while working on this stuff; whether it be food, drink, music or a movie. I like your choice!
    I found myself watching every Marvel movie on Netflix one day while I was working on my build

    Someone recommended pinning the piece down onto the foam to me but I haven't tried it yet. Normally I just trace the piece onto the foam with a sharpie then cut it out. Is there any specific benefit to using pins? I am incredibly steady and don't worry about tracing a piece wrong, but I could see where this might be useful for some smaller pieces.
    Also, those lenses will look phenomenal in the EOD helmet.
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    Aug 28, 2013, 8:32 PM - #5

    Originally Posted by cha0skn1ght View Post
    I found myself watching every Marvel movie on Netflix one day while I was working on my build

    Someone recommended pinning the piece down onto the foam to me but I haven't tried it yet. Normally I just trace the piece onto the foam with a sharpie then cut it out. Is there any specific benefit to using pins? I am incredibly steady and don't worry about tracing a piece wrong, but I could see where this might be useful for some smaller pieces.
    Also, those lenses will look phenomenal in the EOD helmet.
    in regards to the pins, im using them as im not on a regular schedual yet with this build cos i was on night shifts. so theyr holding the pieces for when i get stuck into them on an RDO. but i do find it keeps em sturdy, especially with the little pieces like u said.
    Cheers for the thought on the lenses id say the EOD gives a bit of an easier edge lense wise cos you dont need a 10" odd face plate :P

    Originally Posted by carpathiavh99 View Post
    Great start to your build thread. All too often I see someone starting a thread with little more that "I'm gonna make some armor." It looks like you've got things well planned out, organized and on a roll! The boot is coming along nicely; looks like a pain to pep, but you're doing well.

    It's always necessary to have some sort of refreshment while working on this stuff; whether it be food, drink, music or a movie. I like your choice!
    your words of encouragement mean alot, especially from such a veteran this has been in my head since about may so ALOT of planning has been done, especially since i was able to register with you guys and check out some builds.
    And yes, the whole "screwdriver to skull thing" came up several times during that boot...and they come in 2's
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    Aug 31, 2013, 7:31 PM - #6

    All of the foam pieces are traced and ready to cut. Ill make a start tomorrow after work and pin it all together, so i get all ideas right before making it permanent haha. A heads up for first time builders ive learnt, full time work does not get along well with this hobby, especially on night shifts
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    Sep 4, 2013, 7:07 AM - #7

    proper progress has begun im working on the chest as i sit here typing... (excuse the mess)







    with the UNSC logo, not sure if going to just airbrush a cutout in the later stages, or make a foamy so its raised from the armor a tad.
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    Sep 4, 2013, 9:03 AM - #8

    Another Sydney-sider!

    Will be watching this to see how it turns out, that way, I might be able to spot you at Supanova next year, or something like that.
    Also, don't forget to bevel those edges on the foam - angular joins go together much cleaner if you do.

    MS7
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    Sep 4, 2013, 9:01 PM - #9

    cant wait to see your finished armor
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    Sep 5, 2013, 8:59 AM - #10

    Originally Posted by MissingSpartan7 View Post
    Another Sydney-sider!

    Will be watching this to see how it turns out, that way, I might be able to spot you at Supanova next year, or something like that.
    Also, don't forget to bevel those edges on the foam - angular joins go together much cleaner if you do.

    MS7
    nice a sydney person i thought i was the only one lol im hoping to have this done way before the next supanova, otherwise there is something wrong with me! any tips/suggestions/threads to help out with said beveling? first time foam and my prototype foam was a disaster. my idea of beveling was keep cutting edges til it works.....no

    Originally Posted by Leonidas1 View Post
    cant wait to see your finished armor
    thanks leonidas


    moar progress tonight:
    no idea the name of the puffy-pin-holding-thingy seamstress' use so improvised my own..duct tape+side release buckle







    slowly but surely ladies and gents
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    Sep 5, 2013, 11:12 AM - #11

    Looks good mate *thumbs up

    *other hand thumbs up

    *toes thumbs up
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    Sep 5, 2013, 4:41 PM - #12

    Great job so far! I'm looking forward to this build especially because I might make an EOD helmet myself! Keep up the good work!
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    Sep 5, 2013, 7:12 PM - #13

    Originally Posted by BiGHARYSCOTSMiN View Post
    Looks good mate *thumbs up

    *other hand thumbs up

    *toes thumbs up
    haha thanks Scotsmin running out of thumbs there?
    Originally Posted by BlueFreeze128 View Post
    Great job so far! I'm looking forward to this build especially because I might make an EOD helmet myself! Keep up the good work!
    Thanks mate Forget the might, just give it a whirl! if not EOD then SCOUT, or PREFECT, or ODST; grab some files, open em up and eeny meeny your screen until you decide what to print
    working on this armor is so rewarding, i would have never thought of even starting something like this, but here we are through the looking glass lets go all the way!!
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    Sep 9, 2013, 6:55 PM - #14

    apologies for no updates in a couple of days, been a wee bit busy at home and work moar progress tonight when i finish work!
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    Sep 17, 2013, 9:03 AM - #15

    well ive started gluing the chest pieces together, sorry for no pics, phone derped. i appologise in advance for the crappy foam work, first time and all. hopefully ill have more luck with the pep side
    stay tuned and as always, comment/criticize/feedback.

    jimmay
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    Sep 24, 2013, 9:26 AM - #16

    Sorry that its been over a week since updates, been crazy busy and ive hit a few bumps with my foam and i didnt want to make it worse before i sought some advice. Progress should resume tomorrow

    :edit: and that it did, and with my short attention span and limited workspace at night, i got the s***s with my chest and made a start on the helmet instead. i feel like ill never get this finished


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    Sep 25, 2013, 8:24 PM - #17

    got my CORTANA DATA CHIP order from JUSTINIAN117 today


    after last nights foam fiasco, this is a welcome motivation booster
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    Sep 25, 2013, 11:49 PM - #18

    Keep working, you're doing great. I found it that the further that I go in my build, the more enjoyment I get out of it. I can't wait to see the final product.
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    Sep 30, 2013, 11:36 PM - #19

    Originally Posted by Mastur_Grunt View Post
    Keep working, you're doing great. I found it that the further that I go in my build, the more enjoyment I get out of it. I can't wait to see the final product.
    thanks for the words of encouragement Grunt, its what keeps me going
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    Oct 2, 2013, 12:12 AM - #20

    so i have a crazy idea that i have no experience in but am guna give a shot anyway
    last night i roughly learnt how to use Corel Draw (X4), and what i plan on doing, is making a somewhat sliced Spartan IV knife. then with a guy that does laser cutting, getting him to print the slices on some thin perspex or the like; then layer them up and whack on a covering of body filler. i feel this might be an easier method then pepping such a small fiddly piece and having to resin/fibreglass it. if it turns out ok, might even get a mate to do some moulds
    but i ask, what advice can you give for something like this ladies and gents? is there a certain way to go about the layering and cutting? or things to avoid with assembly?

    Cheers, jimmay!
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    Oct 2, 2013, 2:59 PM - #21

    Dude this is gonna turn out awesome, can't wait to see it! How long do you estimate this will take you?
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    Oct 2, 2013, 3:11 PM - #22

    Tabris, check post #16. Please remember to keep the language clean.
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    Oct 2, 2013, 7:18 PM - #23

    Originally Posted by TwistedKiwi View Post
    Dude this is gonna turn out awesome, can't wait to see it! How long do you estimate this will take you?
    haha thanks alot Kiwi well progress is a lil slow atm due to my original unrealistic timeframe, but if i keep a steady pace and do at least 2hours a day, hopefully under 6 months

    Originally Posted by Carpathia View Post
    Tabris, check post #16. Please remember to keep the language clean.
    i appologise for leaving those clips there Carpathia. i was using them to keep the armor sheets together and forgot to move them for the pic. it wont happen again! i'm not one to cause a stir on forums
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    Oct 3, 2013, 5:43 PM - #24

    Keep it up buddy and keep it clean!



    ...im talking about the foam work
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    Oct 3, 2013, 10:23 PM - #25

    looking good man keep it up, cant wait to see it all done

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