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Mobius1ac

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So the gel layer turned out well. Unfortunately it started raining really badly after the first set dried so I was only able to get the right boot done.

A smart maker would have put dye in the resin to ensure full coverage. I did not think of that untill after the first drop of hardener went into the resin (ie the point of no return)
 

Mobius1ac

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The helmet has been coming along nicely, though the rounded part on the top of the head has been a real pain from start to finish. I suspect about half of the joints in the helmet are in these two parts.
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I'll probably wind up doing something similar to what I did to the mouth area and add some Scotch tape to the inside to help smooth out the lumps.
 

Mobius1ac

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I thought I'd take the time to list off the tools I'm using.
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I have two Xacto knives: one sharp one for cutting, and one duller one for scoring. A triangular ruler (technically an English Engineers scale) as a straight-edge. Two sets of tweezers, I use both as a sort of break-press for small bends. I've used two kinds of super glue: a gel, which has been my main, and the liquid, which I've used as a filler and hardener for more delicate parts.

The two more obscure and unexpected tools are the 2x4 scrap and PVC cap. I've used both of these as flat surfaces to get up in-between rises in the parts to add the reinforcements and make sure they are flat.
 

Mobius1ac

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So had some good weather today, decided to start the Rondo (is Rondo supposed to be capitalised?) process on the boots.
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I've learned it's best to small patches like this rather than to do it all at once. This avoids the Rondo doing what liquids do and pooling at the lowest point and lessens warping from the curing process.
 

Mobius1ac

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The board on top of the toe is to ensure the sole is flat when it cured. I tried doing that to the ankle, but couldn't get it to work AND be stable. I looked at it, and it won't be perfectly flat, but a bit of light sanding and some creative painting and noone but me will notice.
 

Mobius1ac

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Today's Rondo session.
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I'm going to add layers untill I can't see any light shining through. Some parts are already thick enough.
Note: the red Rondo is where I made the batch too liquidy, so I used the cream hardener rather than the liquid. Btw, the liquid hardener that comes with the fiberglass resin and the cream hardener that comes with the Bondo Filler are (or at least, seem) interchangeable. The guy at Lowes was unsure when I asked.
 
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