Hey, well new...and worried to be honest.

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Could this also be used as a replacement for bondo on the outside of a helmet? I'm looking to reduce the overall weight on my next helmet build.
If anything I'd consider the Foam Clay as the two part Bondo and the Foam Putty as the Bondo glazing putty spot filler. I haven't used both in conjunction but once set the Foam Clay becomes indescribable from standard EVA mats.

I went looking for an example of Foam Clay being used and I came up with Kamui Cosplay's Nergigante Armour
 

Badkitty

Member
If anything I'd consider the Foam Clay as the two part Bondo and the Foam Putty as the Bondo glazing putty spot filler. I haven't used both in conjunction but once set the Foam Clay becomes indescribable from standard EVA mats.

I went looking for an example of Foam Clay being used and I came up with Kamui Cosplay's Nergigante Armour
I was looking at the foam clay also and I have found a video you might what to checkout before you go buy the stuff, just to make sure you are getting what you want.


Good luck out there!
 

Elcorio

Member
Soooo going to watch all these videos when I get home! Really interested in the whole replacement for Bondo idea and have a pepped ODST helmet sitting on the shelf. Might have to make an order!
 

FoxofShadows193

New Member
Well, seems like it was over before it began. I can't seem to even find 1/2 inch thick sheets, only 1/4 inch thick. Should have realized this country was no use for anything, I guess in the end, I wasted everyone's time. Sorry.
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Well, seems like it was over before it began. I can't seem to even find 1/2 inch thick sheets, only 1/4 inch thick. Should have realized this country was no use for anything, I guess in the end, I wasted everyone's time. Sorry.
1/4" isn't too bad to work with. Heck, even the density of the foam may make it just as effective since not all foams are created equal. Grab a small package of 1/4" and give it a try! Worst case scenario is that it's a bit more flimsy than usual and you get practice working with the material.
 

Elcorio

Member
Well, seems like it was over before it began. I can't seem to even find 1/2 inch thick sheets, only 1/4 inch thick. Should have realized this country was no use for anything, I guess in the end, I wasted everyone's time. Sorry.
1/4" foam is not bad at all to use. Don't get hung up on the foam thickness as an end all to quit. The biggest hurdle in any of this is learning to think outside of the box and figure out how to take the image in your mind (or screen) and make it a reality, but you will never know if you never start. You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
 

FoxofShadows193

New Member
Well, won't 1/4 inch look like well, paper? Cause wouldn't I need the thickness aspect of it to make it look like real armor? I wouldn't want to be wearing a flimsy suit, especially with having to ship it if I am carrying it somewhere. I don't know if layering an entire 1/4 inch set onto another 1/4 inch set, and then taking away the seals would work? Cause I know weapons are built that way to get the thickness.
 

xXDashIVXx

Well-Known Member
Well, won't 1/4 inch look like well, paper? Cause wouldn't I need the thickness aspect of it to make it look like real armor? I wouldn't want to be wearing a flimsy suit, especially with having to ship it if I am carrying it somewhere. I don't know if layering an entire 1/4 inch set onto another 1/4 inch set, and then taking away the seals would work? Cause I know weapons are built that way to get the thickness.
In laterally speaking, paper is 0.0039 inches thick... :D

1/4th is fine as it retains its shape and strength fairly well. You should easily get by with it, as it's what ALOT cosplayers use as it is the cheap floor mats... 1/8th and less is getting to thin and will bend on its weight like paper.
 

Sean Anwalt

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
Well, won't 1/4 inch look like well, paper? Cause wouldn't I need the thickness aspect of it to make it look like real armor? I wouldn't want to be wearing a flimsy suit, especially with having to ship it if I am carrying it somewhere. I don't know if layering an entire 1/4 inch set onto another 1/4 inch set, and then taking away the seals would work? Cause I know weapons are built that way to get the thickness.
My entire Reach Mk VI is made of 1/4 inch. If it's too thick, it will be difficult to get the details you want, so 1/4 it's my thickness of choice. Don't get me wrong though, 1/2, 3/8, all these have a place. I find it easier to add details with those 38 cent foamies from walmart.

Don't get down on yourself or give up. That's not the 405th way! lol We are the most supportive community I've seen on the internets, we're here to help.
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
For the sake of being contrarian with everyone being helpful I volunteer to be the one who critiques you harshly under the guise of being unsupportive but in reality I'll be really proud of your progress and gained skills. Think of me as your grumpy cosplay uncle.
 

Elcorio

Member
OK, so one more visual references for ya.
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Not posting these to ooohhh and ahhhh over, but more of a "I have NEVER done this technique before" reference. I failed repeatedly on trying to make an ODST helmet out of foam and went the pepakura route having zero experience. I read and read and read the forums, watched vidoes, and jumped in. To this very second, I have never pulled anything like this off, but I am taking it slow and re-reading each step on these forums as I go. The second picture is the result up to this point.

So what I am getting at is this. Pull the trigger, get the foam, and start. The folks on these forums have been absolutely instrumental in helping me get to this stage and they'll do the same for you. Best group of people I have ever found in regards to helping complete strangers.
 

FoxofShadows193

New Member
Aye Sarg! As for me, I have the foam shipping in by this week, and then we are good to run. My tools of trade are on the ground already, and well as it is, critique is always welcome once I start punching it all down. Also I need one final piece of the puzzle, anyone able to send me a detailed back and front of reach's odst's? As well as a back and front (maybe sides) of the pistol and Ar/Sniper? I know that may be a lot, but with the time for transit, I can get a ref for idea classification, to part distribution. Also if someone could get me the Mark V from reach, Master Chief's one that is, or Jun's armor a back front, and side pics, that would be amazing! I looked through the armors once more, and I am tossed between an ODST, and the two Spartans. I intend to make all in time, but ehh I really need to see them all in full to pick. If anyone could help, that would be great!
 
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