awsome job so far and the rubber neck seal is a great idea more comfort....
Yeah I knew it was going to be a problem before I started. There is a RVB behind the scenes for one of the few live action videos they did where Miles Luna is wearing a suit and said that they had to cut a wider opening to stop it from cutting up his ears.awsome job so far and the rubber neck seal is a great idea more comfort....
"Gelling" is technically the layer of resin put down when applying fiberglass. You put down an initial layer of resin to get into all the small spaces before putting the resin-soaked pieces of fiberglass on top of it and then smoothing out the air pockets.Maybe a noob question but what is the gelling process? What are you gelling with?
The waterproofing is a separate step. I normally just use clear spray paint, the exact brand I use is in one of the pictures.Gotcha. I had never heard it referred to as gelling. In that case what do u generally use to "waterproof" the paper? U mentioned that in an above post.
My confusion is bc after I fold me paper, I apply layers of resin to it to harden it. Then resin soaked fiberglass inside for strength, rondo over that and Bondo outside. So, based on my experience, it sounds like the waterproof step and the gelling step are the same... Again I'm pretty new so just confused...
Interesting. Most of what I read indicated that both is a good way to go to make it strong. The heaviness is a valid point but I feel like armor should b a little heavy (probably something I will regret about 1 hour into my first con). Thanks for the info. It would certainly go faster if I didn't do both fiberglass and Bondo...The waterproofing is a separate step. I normally just use clear spray paint, the exact brand I use is in one of the pictures.
You should not be using fiberglass AND Bondo in a build, one or the other will work fine and be lighter and cheaper. The fiberglass route is not something for a new maker, as if you do it wrong, you wind up with a bunch of bubbles and gaps in your armor, which make it super fragile
I have been. Mostly to contain pokeys from the fiberglass. But your point is well taken that it's probably not needed for strength. So rondo would be good for reinforcing inside if I skipped the fiberglass?@False Shepherd, using a bit of Bondo on the outside to clean up the shape is fine. When I first read your comment, I thought you were pouring Rondo over the fiberglass, which is unnecessary.
Good to know. Anyway your build looks great!@FalseShepard, yeah, the Rondo is plenty strong. It's about the same strength as fiberglass, but is quite a bit heavier. Rondo also has a tendency to crack more on impact rather than just punch through, but the gel layer and paper skeleton do help hold it together.
You could always make it our of foam.....it will give it the flex needed or you could go fancy. Make the piece detachable with magnets. It would keep the same rigidity, but ease of putting it on.Furthermore, if you are building a helmet this way, I recommend making this back piece out of rubber or something else flexible, as it does get in the way of doning the helmet.