MW2 Juggernaut Suit Foam build : WIP

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by Psquiddy, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Hello 405th, Psquiddy coming to you with my first Armor-related post :
    Modern Warfare 2 Juggernaut Armor! The main reason this armor is being created is for short films that myself and my friends create. I began planning this armor around September of last year, and for the past few months, I have been constructing blueprints of both the Juggernaut suit and an M60e4 to go with it.

    To compensate for the amount of armor I will be wearing, and the fact that this is my first armor build, I will be working with a very forgiving material called EVA foam. EVA foam is the type of material used in floor mats that you would see in a gym or pre-school. You all know those interlocking foam plates? Thats EVA foam :D .

    The basic pieces that are being created are;
    -Cod pieces (front and back)
    -chest piece
    -back piece
    -forearm covers
    -shoulder pads
    -elbow pads
    -exterior collar
    -interior collar
    -interior collar joint plate

    The majority of these items are being constructed out of EVA foam. Essentially the templates are drawn, then cut out using a hot-knife, and finally shaped with a heat gun. Large amounts of the foam-shaping instructions I found on youtube; just search "Backyard FX" and go to their foam armor tutorial, Super helpful!

    Onto the Armor:
    Basic Parts of the Suit:

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    Template building; on the right you can see a template for the interior collar

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    The tools of the trade: EVA foam and a Hot tool. The best hot tools you can get come with a variety of attachments. My hot tool came with detailing tops, cutters, and area heaters. For $35 it was a great deal.

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    Primary cuts of the Front Collar:

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    More cutting to do tomorrow, and more updates! Hopefully I can get a thread started about the M60e4. Hope you guys keep watch on this build, and good night! :cool
     
  2. Admiral Tiberius

    Admiral Tiberius Jr Member

    Awesome dude! Will love to see updates on this.

    Might I suggest that after you cut and assemble the foam pieces that you could cover them in a fabric of your choosing, since the model you are using is also soft armor based (ballistic plates under). I would just apply tacky fabric glue and use some sort of stylus to get the fabric into all the area smoothly. Just thought since paint would look kinda odd... Good luck man hope too see more soon.
     
  3. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Thats more or less what I'm doing :D
    The exterior collar, along with the chest pieces and cod pieces are getting covered in fabric to simulate the soft armor look, while the inner collars and the arm protection are getting painted after I apply an epoxy to make them harder! Thanks for the ideas, and for the support, I'll have another update today!
     
  4. DeRanKeR

    DeRanKeR Jr Member

    jeesh, EOD (Explosive ordinance disposal) on steroids! this is really cool, I wanna see this one complete.
     
  5. coldevil123

    coldevil123 Jr Member

    Looks promising so far. This will look so cool once it is complete. I'm looking forward to it, so good luck!
     
  6. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Update Numero dos

    *Short Update*

    Alright, now for todays update. Last night/ this morning I completed and cut out several more templates with my heat knife. After cutting them out, one must simply put on whatever you are wearing under it, and form it. The reason I'm wearing the jumpsuit (real military jumpsuit) under it is because due to movement limitations of the suit, I need to get an Idea of how these need to be molded. After that, I use my handy heat gun, heat the foam to singing temperatures, and then push it onto my chest to get a basic curve... Fun!

    Luckily for me, the jumpsuit I'm using is fire resistant, so I felt little to no heat when curving the foam, but keep in mind, even when using protection, it's really dangerous to use a heat gun. Make sure you are wearing gloves or some sort of protection for your hands, and that whatever surface you put the materials to be heated on is covered in tin foil. Reason being is that the heat gun, when used for extended periods of time (3-4 mins) gets hot enough to burn and start fires :eek, so if you are cutting things on cardboard or something else flammable, just barely aiming in that direction can be dangerous. Safety first!

    Onto the Photos:

    First off, we have the chest plate, this chest plate is going to be covered in the net-like material that you see in the reference pictures, so all I need is the basic shape, and then a coat of primer or some other base color.

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    The back piece, which will have numerous satchels and pouches (full plate not posted);

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    The rear Collar

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    And the basic idea for joining. I'm thinking of using industrial-strength Velcro to attach them, that way it is adjustable, and If I wanted to eat something, I can just remove the front :) .

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    Thats it for this update, might add some more pictures, but for now I'm going to Joann's for fabric-shopping, wahoo :p
     
  7. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Update #3

    Back from Joann's, and I have me some material :) . First thing I went looking for was Burlap, as it resembles the material on the collar and the cod pieces. Finding the mesh for the front plate was more difficult than I thought it would be, but I found something that looks 99% like the material I'm looking for, so that's that. Among those things some other stuff I picked up was buckles, straps, parachute clips, adjusters, and quick-release clips. All in all, roughly $60 toward this project on material (fabric), $15 for straps, buckles, etc. and $30 for the EVA foam, not to mention another $30 for the heat tool ... Yep.

    Overview on material usage:

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    The assorted material (right to left)
    mesh, straps, and Burlap;

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    And some of the Clips, Buckle and quick release. The Buckle (Parachute) clips will be used for the exterior collar to hold it in place, and the quick-release are for the sides of the chest/back plates for ease of removal.

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    Thats about it for this update, Check back soon :D
     
  8. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Having trouble starting a new thread in the Weapon& Prop section, says I'm not authorized... Help?
     
  9. coldevil123

    coldevil123 Jr Member

    I think you have to had been on the forums for longer. You may also need more posts to obtain another rank, such as Infantryman.
     
  10. Tenebrus

    Tenebrus Jr Member

    Wow man that is some impeccably clean foam work, I think i'll pick up a heat knife kit ad get to it myself! But about the m60, can't you just buy an airsoft one instead of building it? Your american after all right?
     
  11. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    German, and I'd rather not, I like the look and feel of a weighted gun, and the pride that I made it myself. Thanks by the way for the compliment on the foam work, it just takes patience!
     
  12. higdog827

    higdog827 Member

    HAH! Ive been waiting forever to see somebody take on one of these beasts! I always wanted to do one myself, but it sort of got away from me. Regardless, your work so far is simply astonishing. I cannot wait to see more progress!
     
  13. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Update 3.5

    One last little quick update guys before I go. So basically over the last few hours I have been cutting out the remaining pieces of foam, Below are some pictures of the finished pieces... Enjoy and Good night! :D

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    As I said, heating and shaping will happen tomorrow, and with this being the third update of the day, let's call it a ".5" :D

    Edit: By the way guys, thanks for all the positive feedback, I didn't think people would like it that much... not bad for a first try eh?
     
  14. Admiral Tiberius

    Admiral Tiberius Jr Member

    Dude! You are cruising through this project! And it's really nicely done, that foam work looks super clean!
    It's amazing how fast materials add up, after reading your comment about getting fabric and such it reminded me how much I have actually put into my own build and I hardly have much to show haha.

    Excellent work, keep the updates rolling in, Im really excited to see this beast!
     
  15. Memebr

    Memebr New Member

    following the progress! btw, nice hot tool you got, and really cheap

    waiting for more updates
     
  16. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    @ Tiberius; Thanks man, Yeah, this is the easiest stage in the project, but when it comes time to get all the little details on, I'm going to be banging my head against a wall :D

    Thanks for all the positive feed man, and sweet N7 build, I've been keeping tabs on that, keep it up!
     
  17. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Update 4 :D

    More updates for today dudes and dudettes! Today I finished the primary heating and molding of the suit, along with more parts for the M60. The main parts today were essentially forearms, elbows, chest, back, collars, cod pieces, and shoulders , which were all finished today!. Major parts like the exterior collar and other assorted parts will have to wait for tomorrow. The basic heating and shaping was easy, as the only place where I seemed to need help on were the shoulder and elbow pads, which have some pretty trippy curves going on, but more on that later. This first picture shows (most of) the finished parts, like the cod pieces and chest plate;

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    And making the Shoulder and elbow pieces:

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    That's it for this update, will post a small reply with a tutorial on foam molding, catcha later guys!:cool
     
  18. Sepheus 13

    Sepheus 13

    Wow, this is turning out great! I was questioning throughout reading your build, "isn't it going to be insanely hot and heavy in this outfit?" but after finishing it seems you have those issue under control, and then I also realized for the weight part, it is a lot of foam.
     
  19. Road Kill

    Road Kill

    looking pretty good so far =D keep it up
     
  20. Darthoblivious

    Darthoblivious Jr Member

    that is so freaking awesome!!! cant wait to see an update! rock on man! rock on!
     
  21. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Here is that quick and simple foam molding tutorial, pretty straight forward :D
    Hope it helps


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    Refer to the last photo in the previous update for a basic idea of what to do also :D
     
  22. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    Thanks man! And Btw, sweet progress on that MK6 :D
     
  23. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    @ Sepheus: Yes, that is plenty of foam I am using, not to mention covering materials, combat vests, and other assorted goodies. Right no, I'm measuring in at around 14 pounds of foam, just the foam, not including the major outer collar, but hopefully I will get some sort of cooling system installed. Keep checking up for updates man, over & out :D

    @ Road Kill: Thanks man, glad to see some people are following this :D
     
  24. Darthoblivious

    Darthoblivious Jr Member

    thanks dude! awesome tutorial. straight foreward and simple! makes me want to try foam for my next project! you got serious skills man!
     
  25. Psquiddy

    Psquiddy Member

    By the way, if someone could give my full Pep files for EOD (unfolded) I would be really grateful :D
     

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