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Cardboard armor?

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by thesuperninja2, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. thesuperninja2

    thesuperninja2 New Member

    Can you make a suit of armor from cardboard, and if so are there templates for cardboard armor?
  2. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Most definitely. Pepakura patterns would most likely work since most cardboards aren't too much thicker than paper/card. I'd expect to have to lose some tabs in certain joints just to account for thickness of the cardboard.

    The only downside I can think of using cardboard is that it'll be less durable overall than foam or a resin hardened pep build but if you're looking to bang out a suit of armour quickly, this is probably the best route.
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  3. Dirtdives


    and cardboard is dirt cheap......you could even go to you local grocery store and ask for some cartons......not ones used for fruit or vegetables. Those will be stinky after a while.
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  4. thesuperninja2

    thesuperninja2 New Member

    Okay. Do you know if there are non pepakura templates? because I have tried pepakura and I don't really like it.
  5. PaiganBoi


    There are templates for foam mixed in with all the Pep files available in The Armoury. You will most likely have to get creative in connecting the parts since there are no tabs on those files.
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  6. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    The only files you'll find on here are Pepakura (card+resin or EVA) or 3D printer (.stl or .obj) unfortunately. That's generally what people work with round these parts.

    If you're not a fan of Pepakura you could always use the pep file as a basis, take the major sections minus the tabs for cardboard and just join them with duct tape. That's how I did my first cardboard costumes back before I knew what cosplay was or had even heard the word Pepakura. Red Green is a good source of knowledge for this method on YouTube.
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  7. thesuperninja2

    thesuperninja2 New Member

    Thanks! Do you have a link to his youtube Chanel? Do you of any tutorials for this method?
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  8. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer


    And remember, keep your stick on the ice.
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  9. Jme


    I did this for my first armour (ANH Stormtrooper) and it worked pretty well. I used bondo over the cardboard (which is the reason I swore to never use the stuff again).

    I got all of the cardboard for free which was a bonus.

    Here is a photo of the finished product. I have to say though it was pretty heavy and very hard to move in.

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  10. thesuperninja2

    thesuperninja2 New Member

    Was it heavy?
  11. Jme


    Yes but that was mostly due to the bondo that I used on it...no give either so it was hard to move in.

    But man did it look cool.

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