H3 Chief Armor - Build Progress

ExCeLLuR8

Active Member
So I tried the shoe goo, on my inside creases, just wow, the shiz is great, the smell though, guessed I miss that part, but imma use it on everything, hmmm straps too... :) I love that stuff!
Yup!! Use a respirator for sure in a well ventilated area. It's very strong. It makes foam very ridged and strong. My foam helmet feels almost as ridged as my actual motocross helmet! Haha I use it to archor all my strapping to the suit and everything. I literally coat the entire inside of my armor pieces, it makes all those little foam pieces one complete armor piece.. permanently!!!
 

he4thbar

New Member
Yup!! Use a respirator for sure in a well ventilated area. It's very strong. It makes foam very ridged and strong. My foam helmet feels almost as ridged as my actual motocross helmet! Haha I use it to archor all my strapping to the suit and everything. I literally coat the entire inside of my armor pieces, it makes all those little foam pieces one complete armor piece.. permanently!!!
Is there a difference in whether you might use contact cement vs Shoe Goo?
 

ExCeLLuR8

Active Member
Yes shoe goo takes 24-48 hrs to fully cure. I use it as strictly reinforcement for my armor seams and also to help foam retain it's heat formed shape. As far as actually gluing my pieces together, I use loctite 5 sec super glue. It's very strong by itself and very quick to work with. Yes you can dremel the shoe goo with as sanding wheel once it's fully cured. I do this on occasion to make an armor piece slide on easier. Also, shoe goo makes the armor piece very grippy, which works very well for friction holding armor in place on the body.
 

Dirtdives

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But the shoe goo isn't something you want to come in contact w/ your under-suit is it? I mean if you haven't sanded properly you could damage it or just hurt yourself....or just be uncomfortable to wear with some jagged edges poking into you. I would think that putting some padding over the shoe goo would be the way to go? Wouldn't it?
 

ExCeLLuR8

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But the shoe goo isn't something you want to come in contact w/ your under-suit is it? I mean if you haven't sanded properly you could damage it or just hurt yourself....or just be uncomfortable to wear with some jagged edges poking into you. I would think that putting some padding over the shoe goo would be the way to go? Wouldn't it?
Nah you won't damage the shoe goo and it dries in a smooth hard rubber feeling texture. It won't peel or anything. It bonds permanent. No jagged edges at all. It's very grippy so that can be your friend. Sometimes you may not want all that grip though. Like on my forearm pieces, I have to be careful around the hand holes cause the shoe goo is so grippy makes it harder to get my hand through the hole when putting on the piece. But it stays in place! Haha
 

ExCeLLuR8

Active Member
Ok great....now I have to get this stuff.
Also as it cures, it contracts and tightens down. So when you glob it on you may think you put to much on but after 24 hours, it will be nice and clean and half the size you originally globbed on. Also it's great for anchoring nylon straps to the armor. And adhesive velcro sticks very well to its cured surface for removable padding systems. All of my padding has velcro which mounts very well to the shoe goo interior of my armor. The only cons of shoe goo is the fumes and at $5 a tube, doing your whole suit like mine can get a little expensive. It's a price I'm willing to pay for how incredibly strong my armor is. I couldn't imagine building foam armor without it honestly. Use a respirator and a glove on your smearing hand in a well ventilated area. Have plenty of paper towels handy to keep your gloves some what clean. Remember gravity is your friend when applying it, it settles to the lowest point through out curing, so you have to shoe goo sections at a time. Took 1 week per boot just shoe gooing alone. I also set my soles in place with it. It was a lengthy process
 

ExCeLLuR8

Active Member
Stepping back for a second to my boot joint material. The previous plastic ribbed pipe from Lowe's worked OK but after lots of testing, just wasn't quite flexible enough for what I wanted. So I got to thinking, then bling, light bulb! I know exactly what material all us halo 3 boot builders are looking! A shock absorber rubber boot cover for a 4x4 truck or jeep! Went down to a local off-roading store, grabbed 1 shock boot cover for $5 then raced home to fix them to my boot. Easiest solution I found to keep them firmly in place without actually gluing them to the boot. I ran a piece of inner tube rubber underneath the host shoe sole. A little 5 sec loctite super glue on the rubber strap gluing to the rubber shock cover and boom, security in place and very stretchy and flexible. If I ever want to replace them all I need to do is just cut the rubber strap and off they come. (Still have fine tune foam detail work to do to these yet, 95% there)
Hope this helps out!

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ExCeLLuR8

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Been working on a bunch of detail the last couple of nights and had a good test run of the midsection undersuit! Boot toes and buckels are done, torso complete with spine detail, helmet done, butt plate/cod piece detail done. Mostly just have leg and forearm detail left to do now, then it's on lights. I can almost smell the paint coming!

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ExCeLLuR8

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Amazing, usually have something smartbutt to say, but did anyone notice the little brass/copper/bronze people in front of the fireplace? Or am I seeing shiz, might be the shoe goo ExCeLLuR8 recommended messing with me.
Haha I was waiting for someone to pick those out! Those are me and my wife's body building and power lifting trophies from competing. Good times!
 

Dirtdives

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Haha I was waiting for someone to pick those out! Those are me and my wife's body building and power lifting trophies from competing. Good times!
Suspiciously enough, most of the trophies seem to be......... female.........I surmise that she is the better body builder? Regardless, the suit is killer....maybe you'll get a trophy for that at your next con......:D
 

ExCeLLuR8

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Suspiciously enough, most of the trophies seem to be......... female.........I surmise that she is the better body builder? Regardless, the suit is killer....maybe you'll get a trophy for that at your next con......:D
Haha right! Yeah all of hers are down low and all of mine are surrounding the TV on the mantle. That's not all of them either! She was doing women's figure and I was powerlifting. They definitely give better trophies to body builders than power lifters, thats for sure. They do competitions for cosplay? That would be cool too!
 

Dirtdives

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405th Regiment Officer
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Every Con has some form of competition. They might have it under different names: Cosplay/Costume Contest, Masquerade, and/or Hall contests. Some, you have to register on line first in order to compete. Others, you do the day of ....just sign up. Since you are on the East coast....which would make you a Colonial BTW (should we put you in the roster? Yes? You've already met the criteria.) the biggest competition is NYCC Easter Cosplay Championship. The winner of this goes on to Chicago where they hold the Crown Championship and then on to the Global Championship location TBA. If you wish, go through the Colonial Cons list, HERE, find one near you and check it out.
 
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