"Help!" for: Papercraft or Pepakura

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by 23Magnum, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Geko Props

    Geko Props New Member

    Whats the best way to apply glue to pieces... I'm using a stir stick with a small dollop of glue to smear on the paper, but I'm wondering if there's a better way...
     
  2. Cheezmo619

    Cheezmo619 New Member



    I used elmers glue and it left it pretty clean. no clumps like the hot glue. but then again I'm just a noob ;-)
     
  3. Katsu

    Katsu

    Ignoring the spam above me... The most common methods for gluing are:

    Super Glue - Pros: Fast, strong, prevents paper fraying. Cons: Fingers!!!!!!! Cost, can't undo errors
    White Glue - Pros: Medium speed, medium strength, cheap. Cons: Can get messy if you're not careful, hard to undo errors
    Hot glue - Pros: Can undo errors, works well with foam. Cons: Fingers!!!!!! Cost, web messes, using too much.

    It's hard not to sound biased, but each one has its "best for" situation, and I think white glue is best overall for pepakura.
     
  4. methadome666

    methadome666

    I use toothpicks or match stick ends... it really just your preferences really.
     
  5. Dorvack

    Dorvack Jr Member

    I use a thin metal pallet knife to apply quick drying wood glue. I won't give you the brand name because it's only available in Japan.

    I put a blob on the tab and then spread it like butter, nice and thin.
     
  6. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    2 Questions!
    I just scaled my Ironman helmet. I used the ratio method.
    I'm 6' and a smidge tall, which came out to be 183cm. The pic I'm using is 25.4ch in length with a 4.9cm helm.
    My ratio number was 7.2 (sounds about right for a 6'1" guy) and so multiplying that through I came up to having a 35.28cm helmet.
    Does that sound right to any of you? Sounds pretty big for me but I'm new as can be here...

    Also... when I input my scale change into Pep, the 2D pattern on the right changes to accommodate the change. The problem is the 'pieces' seem to come off the set pages. Will this impede printing? Is there any way to manually move the pieces? (I could save card too if I could do that as a lot of Peps have unnecessary waste!!)
     
  7. Carpathia

    Carpathia

    1. Yes, 35.28cm sounds pretty big. The Iron Man helmet should fit closer to the size of your head. In contrast, my Mk VI Halo helmet is 30cm tall (I am also 6'1"), and MC's helmet is quite a bit larger than IM's. You may have to base the size of the helmet off the size of your head rather than using the ratio method.

    2. When you scale any model, the parts in the 2D window will move. You can simply drag them back onto the paper space (rotating and repositioning as necessary). If you find that a particular piece is too large to fit on a single sheet, you can use the "Join/Disjoin Face" command to split the part into multiple parts that will fit on to a piece of paper. (This second question should be pretty basic knowledge you will gain just by using the program and watching tutorials)
     
  8. Charzii

    Charzii New Member

    Ive contemplated on trying the foam method..since i have a bunch of EVA foam laying around...but I dont know where to find templates for it? can I use regular pepakura templates? I was hoping for female reach armor... I just now found this http://www.405th.com/showthread.php/33480-L3X-s-File-Database :D
     
  9. Carpathia

    Carpathia

    L3X BLU3R1V3R has all the female base parts you'll need (minus the boots and handplate) in his own database, here...

    http://www.405th.com/showthread.php/33480-L3X-s-File-Database

    Foam templates are more often than not just modified pep files (as are the case in L3X's thread).

    There are also quite a few female parts in the 405th 4shared database. Anything not available in L3X's thread is over there, albeit in pep form for paper. Some modification will need to be made to prep them for foam.
     
  10. Charzii

    Charzii New Member

    oh you were to quick i just found that! :)
     
  11. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    Thanks for the response Carpathia. I'll try and do a few different measurements here and see what I find.
     
  12. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    Alright I found a ruler here a the office that works in cm. I was trying to convert from inches and doing a terrible job.
    Measuring in cm I get a 24.48cm height. Does that sound more reasonable?
     
  13. Carpathia

    Carpathia

    Without a picture of the ruler next to your head for comparison, I really don't know how big of a head you have. My own head is 28cm tall (11" or 27.94cm from the bottom of my chin straight up to the top of my head); but everyone is different, so it may be right.
     
  14. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    Amidoinitrite?
    WP_000564_zps6eb2b9e3.jpg
    My head seems to be osomewhere between 21-23 cm tall, from chin to top, but I'm alone a the office right now so there's nobody around to help me measure!
    I guess the extra 1-2cm in the measurement would account for foam lining, glass, bondo and all the other crap that will go into fleshing out the inside so it fits snug. Or should I take the scale down just a touch?
    For reference sake, the ruler is touching my cheek there, so it's flush against my face.
     
  15. Carpathia

    Carpathia

    Yes, you are correct, I'm also seeing about 22cm (I guess I've got a tall head). If you build your helmet at around 25cm or 26cm it should be close.
     
  16. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    Awesome, thanks!! my scale is 24.5 so I think that should suffice for a tight fit. If it's a little too tight I'll adjust later as I doubt my first pep will be my final pep (as it usually goes).
     
  17. Dorvack

    Dorvack Jr Member

    Double check the width after you scale your Iron man helmet.

    IM helmets tend to be tall and thin, so if you scale for height you might find that the width is far too narrow.
     
  18. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    The width is set to 17cm, and my head seems to be right about 13-14cm so I think I'm safe there. Thanks for the heads up though.
     
  19. Dorvack

    Dorvack Jr Member

    Good luck with the build.
     
  20. JayOneSeven

    JayOneSeven Jr Member

    thanks dude! Just started pepping today so ill gets thread going for it soon. Keep you posted :)
     
  21. lizerb

    lizerb New Member

    Alright so midway through my build, I am trying to print out the MK VI Shin pieces and after multiple attempts the edge id's are not showing up. The show edge id setting is checked which means its on. In print preview it shows the numbers. Anyone know how to fix this?
     
  22. robospartan

    robospartan New Member

    I am planing to build a gunir armour now I have found a pep file for the helmit originaly unfolded by nintendude I believe but the scale is way to small now the problem it is locked so I am unable to rescale it using the editor and am only able to open with the viewer does somone maby have a solution for me?? A 3d file is also oke than I would make an attempt to unfold it myself have done it before so think I am still able to maby haha
     
  23. Katsu

    Katsu

    If you can link me to where you found the file, I can take a look.

    Alternatively, there are other gungnir files that are pretty good you could give a try also!

    Whichever you decide, I'll do my best! I don't know about locked files myself off the top of my head, so someone else may chime in about that issue.
     
  24. robospartan

    robospartan New Member

  25. Katsu

    Katsu

    I don't use google for anything other than non-halo pepakura pieces. We keep most of the halo ones on a 4shared repository. It's a bit of a hassle since you need to create a free account, but it is a free spot to dump the files in a single spot. There are a few gungnir files there and the ones I downloaded are NOT locked.

    http://405th.4shared.com

    Check it out! I'll also look at the file you linked.

    Edit: I looked at that file, there are two MUCH nicer gungnir files on the 405th db, so definitely give those a spin. I keep a local copy of the db, but mine says it's in the Reach folder.
     

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