[FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Builds

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  1. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam...

    Just to double check and be clear, when you say that the #11 blades are |/ shaped, are you referring to the shape of the tip or the shape of the cutting surface?

    I am asking in reference to the shape of the cutting surface, because if it is |/ shaped, it changes what kind of sharpener you can use with the blade. I think most sharpeners are designed for V shaped blades.
     
  2. Termhn

    Termhn 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Oh no I was saying the tip, the cutting surface is V shaped.


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  3. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Okay, the OP has been updated.
    The "Cutting the Foam" section has been filled out and is almost complete.

    The only details remaining that need to be added to the "Cutting the Foam" section are for the Blade Sharpeners and possibly some advice on what to look for in a cutting board and some product options for them.
     
  4. GeekGuardianDee

    GeekGuardianDee

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    FYI, Barge is great for gluing foam together, and it is currently ON SALE on Amazon (Obligatory Direct Link Here.). This stuff has been used in the shoe manufacture and shoe/leather repair industries for quite awhile, so it a pretty trusted name. I have heard it compared to Shoe Goo before, and Barge comes out on top.

    DO NOT use the blue barge, it basically has the active ingredient removed (ie. the ingredient that makes it actually work really well).

    Also only use this stuff in a very well ventilated area, and definitely avoid contact with your skin, or clothes, or furniture, or anything you don't want gluey. It is waterproof so IT WILL NOT WASH OFF.
     
  5. Termhn

    Termhn 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Yeah, second on barge. Very good for solid and clean gluing, but you need a respirator and well ventilated workspace.


    - Gray
     
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  6. NoMaybeYes

    NoMaybeYes

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Wow this is REALLY detailed. Ive been thinking about getting into foam for some time, not necessarily for Halo armor but other projects. I dont suppose youre going to assemble a Pdf version are you?
     
  7. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    I wasn't really planning on making a PDF version, because a PDF version wouldn't really notify people when things are on sale like a thread can do. ;)

    Would you have a link to the solution for the glue so that we have a link ready before someone comes in and says "help, I've glued myself to my mate, how do we become unstuck?"
    :p
     
  8. GeekGuardianDee

    GeekGuardianDee

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Right, right! Here's the link. Amazon actually has a bundle to the cement and thinner together for a special price (extra savings!).

    I must put this disclaimer in here though...
    The cement thinner is for cleaning the tools and work spaces where the Barge cement product has accidentally spilled or been left on.
    DO NOT USE the thinner product on your own skin or body!

    If you apply contact cement to your skin: Flush contaminated skin with plenty of water. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Continue to rinse for at least 20 minutes. Get medical attention. If necessary, call a poison center or physician.

    If you get stuck to your buddy: You are an idiot, and clearly did not read the appropriate M.S.D.S. information for the dangerous chemical products you are using. You know, these ones (All Purpose Cement MSDS and All Purpose Thinner MSDS), which you should ALWAYS look up and print out and have a binder filled with copies of all of these sheets for all of the chemicals you use to make your halo suits and stored in your working area (ie. garage, shed, workshop, dorm, apartment etc.). Please, please, please ensure that ALL safety equipment (which includes a respirator with valid, non-expired cartridges, ventilation, coveralls, and eye protection) is used at all times.

    End of Safety Rant...

    PS. Sorry for calling people names, I know it isn't the best way to communicate; but in this instance there were no more appropriate, or kinder, words to express the fact that there is no good reason for such an event to occur.
     
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  9. Arkcharmer

    Arkcharmer New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Hello im going to start saving up for my halo reach foam build, is there a place or website where I can find templates for foam?
     
  10. Termhn

    Termhn 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    There's a few ways:
    1. Look in the 405th pepakura database, there's a foam section
    2. If you can't find it there, search the forum for foam unfolds for whatever you want
    3. If you still can't find it (do above first!) post in the 3d modeling/pepakura request thread for whatever armor you want.


    - Gray
     
  11. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    I know there have been a few guides or videos pertaining to how you should go about converting paper files into foam templates.
    If I find the time, I'll try and edit the links and highlight which ones do. Might not have the time to do that this week though.

    If I remember correctly, James from Xrobots has a video
    ......
    In fact, here it is:

    Arkcharmer
     
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  12. hidoikoroshi

    hidoikoroshi New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    This is going to help me out a lot. Has anyone put together a pepakura to foam pattern tutorial yet or is that still in process?
     
  13. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Look 1 post up.
     
  14. hidoikoroshi

    hidoikoroshi New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Yeah, I watched the video and am wondering if there are any other ways to go about doing it.
     
  15. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Noticed some foam at Walmart yesterday, couldn't find the price for it though. Was no where to be found. Didn't need foam at the time, so unfortunately I didn't find out the price.
    Looked like it was 1/2'' sheets of 2'x2' in a package of 6.

    OP has been slightly updated and cleaned up.
     
  16. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    First, I would like to say that I've decided that this thread will be the first of many in a series of Resource Threads / Guilds for Supplies for our costumes.
    The 2nd one is: http://www.405th.com/showthread.php?t=44624 which deals with miscellaneous Undersuit components that most of us usually end up buying rather than making.

    I plan on making ones for Buckles & Strapping as well as for Lighting/LEDs eventually.


    Also, while I'm sure some of this stuff can be ordered using the links from non-U.S. countries, I think it would be great if someone was interested in starting duplicate threads for products in other countries.
    Either way, this thread is still here to serve at least to give ideas to the products that are out there, while you might not be able to buy it from the same store in Europe, at least you know the name of the product.


    In other news: Found a few new things to eventually be added to the OP:
    Dremel Carving/Engraving Mini Accessory Kit
    Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dremel-Carving-Engraving-Mini-Accessory-Kit-689-03/28508911
    Price: $15.97

    Rotary Tool Kit 80 Pc
    Harbor Freight Tools: http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piece-rotary-tool-kit-97626.html
    Price $9.99

    Both of the two above seem to come with the same small carving/engraving pieces for Dremels/Rotary Tools, since I already had a Dremel and didn't need a 2nd Rotary Tool, I went ahead and spent the extra $5 to try out the Kit from Walmart. I already had a few of the bits with the general Dremel Tool set I already had, but it is nice to have a few new pieces and I've definitely been using them. The engraving bits aren't the best though, they aren't giving me the best results with the pieces I'm testing them with, the carving tools I'm using to sand the foam with are working great though and the small bits I didn't previously have are a definite help!
     
  17. WandererTJ

    WandererTJ 405th Regiment Officer

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    FANGS, Ashuraa, any chance we could get this thread Stickied?
     
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  18. FlyinPhil

    FlyinPhil Marketplace Supervisor Division Staff

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Toss my vote in go get this stickied as well... lots of good info here, Wanderer TJ!
     
  19. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Done! I think..haha
     
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  20. Dante Nero

    Dante Nero New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    I bought my foam from Walmart and the price tag was also non-existant. The details of mine were as such:

    Brand: Gold's Gym
    Product Name: High Impact Flooring
    Foam Thickness: 1/2 inch
    Foam Sheet Dimentions: 2 foot long by 2 foot wide
    Foam Sheet Amount: 6 per package
    Sheet Pattern: Large diamond-ish pattern
    Price: I paid 20 dollars for mine, but the website claims it was only on sale for that price, and that normal price was higher.
    Link: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gold-s-Gym-6-Piece-Puzzle-Mat/43524147
     
  21. aareth2000

    aareth2000 New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    I bought the exact same material via Amazon for $17 per 6 2'*2' sheets. But that too was on sale. I haven't seen a better price since.
     
  22. Lotus42

    Lotus42

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    So when dealing with thicker foams, how does one, a female specifically, compensate for things such as shorter torso, or larger bust size to waist ratio? I understand manipulating the files themselves, but I still find myself not being able to get a good fit. Things are either to big, to tight, or floating. Any pointers I can use?
     
  23. Drake

    Drake New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Hey Wanderer, for the Polyurethane in Surfacing / "Hardening"..... I have been experimenting with SikaBond - TechGrip, High Strength Multipurpose Polyurethane Glue. Bought it at Bunnings and it's about $7 for 125g bottle. So far my Noble 6 UA/Counter Assault Ab attachment is pretty well much done being reinforced with the stuff. It foams a little when cured and if you keep the layers fairly even in coverage, it gives a pretty good finish. I have been using it with the Pep Section and am pretty happy with the results. It IS a little time consuming to use, because it takes about 20 mins before it slows down. Straight from the bottle it is like good honey in consistency and you can layer it over the parts and it will find its own natural level. Which is good, because if you apply it just thick enough, it will smooth itself out and minimize how much finishing work needs to be done. I have trialed it on the foam sections of my build and it seems to love the porosity of the foam.

    Note though...it does harden. Pretty damn well too! I haven't gotten through enough coverage of the foam to see what effect it has on the overall flexibility, but if you leave flex points between sections to allow movement, I believe it will hold up pretty good.
     
  24. ErwinHe

    ErwinHe New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    Please fogive my english is not good,This list seems i need someone help me to teanslate.
     
  25. Halokippgirl

    Halokippgirl New Member

    Re: [FOAM] [GUIDE] List of Options for Supplies, Tools, and Methods Used for Foam Bui

    This thread is awesome! I've scavenged many YouTube videos trying to find the information you've posted about sealing and painting and you described it all so well.

    If I may, could you fill in some more info about the sealers and paints? You have a lot of red text "to be added" in those areas.

    Thanks!~
     

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