[Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... I̶n̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶t̶h̶s...

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  1. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    Something like Quagmire. 1 strong arm and that's it..........

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  2. Lt Shiny Sides

    Lt Shiny Sides

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    Who else but Quagmire?
     
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  3. CoolRextreme

    CoolRextreme New Member

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin


    Mm, the Charger from Left 4 Dead? :3

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  4. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    This is the crazy stuff I envy. Knocking out piece after piece of high quality work. It took me 2 years to pep my one and only piece. Good job and hope you make your deadline . I can't wait to see your paint stage.
     
  5. Rude117

    Rude117 New Member

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    I can't believe you did that all in pepakura paper fiberglass thingy.. i made my first armor in full pepakura, spend so many months on that and got more and more frustrated with the resining and bondo and hell i won't step back from foam man!
     
  6. CoolRextreme

    CoolRextreme New Member

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    Thank you for all your kind words. It really helps boost moral/gives me that much more reason to complete this thing.
    That, and the look on my co-worker's faces when I come marching on it. (one of them is a HUGE Halo fan!)
    Only one of them knows about my project, and its cuz she is also an extremely crafty/DIY person herself. Other then her, my family, and you guys, its quite hush-hush.

    Funfact: My youngest brother thought (and still does think) that this is an extremely dumb project. He and my older younger brother have both made chainmail (the real stuff too!!) from fencing wire from homedepot. Hard core!
    It was partly them who inspired me to start my project

    Anyway, what my youngest brother dose not know, is that It wont stay 'just a stupid paper armor thing' for long. Infact, my mom just realized yesterday what the resin was for :p
    Lil bro still thinks its a flimsy paper thing.
    And part of it still is, which brings me too my next update!




    Update No 6:

    Day 37

    Unfortunately flimsy paper dose not wear well when its just flimsy paper. I had a few random rips in a few random pieces, mostly the edges biceps and shins, and randomly on the torso piece.

    I did some quick fixing with painters tape/glue. I am hoping the painters tape will resin just as nicly as the paper around it, as painters tape seems to be strongly based on paper, unlike packing or some kinds of scotch tape

    Fist off though, some victory news!

    I have finished all coats of resin on these pieces!
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    It is a genuine relief to e able to wear the stuff without fear of ripping it via tiny moments.
    Though comfort level suffers slightly as, well, there is no give/padding at the joints
    But boy dose it look familiar!
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    My one gripe with the so-far finished pieces is that the two fore-arms are not exactly symmetrical, though plenty close enough!
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    Allright, victory dance over. Time fun.


    Torso is getting completely structured. Er, restructured.

    When its on me, you will notice from the side view, it sags; kinda hanging off my shoulders.
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    At least compared with the model, which sticks out forward/backward a tad bit.
    Here is my now structured pep compared to the model. Opinions please?
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    I have not been able to find a direct side view of a Reach Spartan, so I based all my structuring after the model as best I can eyeball.

    Front (most tape will be removed before resining those particular areas) Yes, I know the tummy area is less then desirable at the moment. It will be resined last, as well as straightened.
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    Back
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    Top view
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    I used painter's stirring sticks, some Popsicle sticks, paper clips, and tape to hold it all together,
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    Anyway, torso looks much more game accurate. I just hope I still fit well in it :p
    I will fill the front/back of it with foam, to keep it up on my body, vs sagging forward when worn.





    Armored pony is armored
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    But seriously, how in the universe did they graft ceramic what-not into mastercief's bones.
    Last I heard, blood was wet, and therefore wouldn't let the clay harden.
    Plus, the clay has to get fired before it comes actually hard, in kilns!

    And boy is ceramics heavy! Masterchief must weigh quite a bit alone.



    Ok, enough randomness.
    Any help/ideas would be awesome! I am scared to resin this whole entire torso piece.:eek


    Next I will try and structure the thighs better...


    Till then!


    -C.R

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  7. CoolRextreme

    CoolRextreme New Member

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    Sorry for the Double-post, but how many layers of resin should I put on? I got the 118 oz jug from Home Depot, but I am already more then half way through it, and have only finished about half the pieces.

    I have done three layers on the inside and three on the outside of all the finished pieces, two layers in/out on the helmets, and one layer on each side of the current bicept and boot/toe parts.

    At what point do I quit resining and apply the fiberglass/bondo?



    Edit: Changed Necro to Double. I got em mixed up :facepalm
     
  8. Jme

    Jme

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    It isn't a necro post. That is when you post to a thread that has been dead for a while.

    The fibreglass is added with a layer of resin and adds strength and stability. I have only used it on a cardboard build but I think that if you have a layer of resin on your pep you can go ahead and fibreglass the inside of your pieces. Someone who works with pep can chime in here but I think the usual course is to put a layer of resin on the inside/outside and then fibreglass on the second inside coat. After that you should be ready for bondo.


    "I don't know what's weirder, that you're fighting a stuffed animal, or that you seem to be losing" - Suzie
     
  9. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    2 layers of resin is fine. Every layer you add is more weight you put on your body......keep that in mind when you FG each piece. The first 1-2 applications to the outside is to harden it enough to take the fiberglass on the inside. Any more than that and it puts a lot of weight in to the suit. It's a fine line. You want it strong enough not to break if you bump/hit/drop it but you also don't want it to weigh a ton because you will be wearing this for hours at a Con......
     
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  10. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    This would be called a double post and also frowned upon, but with how quickly you are building no one is going to complain. smile.png

    I'm sorry to say, but you are probably going to need to buy more resin.. if you want to use fiberglass that is. It takes quite a bit of resin to saturate the fiberglass, which is what makes it adhere to the pep making it stronger. Typically: 1 layer of resin on the outside, 1 thicker layer of resin on the inside, and then you are ready to fiberglass. You can do a second layer on the outside at any point if you want, it does help in the smoothing process, but like DD said, it does add weight too. (you'll probably only need 2qts more to finish the rest of the armor this way)

    Many people will tell you also that using Spray Adhesive to hold the fiberglass down before you douse it in resin is very beneficial and I would agree. Keeps you from making a huge mess with all that sticky fiberglass.

    As for the warping, just do as thin of a layer as you can on your first coating and doing 1/2 or or even 1/3rd of the chest at a time is fine and will help give you time to manage any problems that come up.


    *update:
    Your chest support/shape looks good to me. Your brother is in for a surprise. And, you were correct in using painter's tape, it has been shown to hold up against the chemicals in the resin. In short, you are doing awesome! :D
     

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  11. CommandoTNT

    CommandoTNT

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    Just wanted to stop by and say that you are making amazing progress with the time that you have and the project in your hands. Keep working on it and I am sure you will get it done. Looks great so far! Definitely intimidated to work with resin and bondo haha. Subbing. :D
     
  12. CoolRextreme

    CoolRextreme New Member

    Re: [Build thread (newbie)] - A custom Reach Spartan suit... With a two month deadlin

    All right guys! Less then a week until my Fire academy starts!



    Update No 7:
    Day idk, idc xD





    Finished resining everything but the thighs! I am now putting this project on pause until the fire academy is over.
    So yea, its been a great pleasure and honor talking with yall and hearing your insight!


    I promise, this project WILL NOT be dead. It is simply paused until I get my life back!
    I hope to se yall somewhere late December-early January!

    Sincerely,

    -CoolRextreme
     
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  13. DefineLuck

    DefineLuck New Member

    I want to see your armor! Did you finish?
     

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