My first Build - ODST foam: Complete

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
Okay ladies and gents. I am finally starting my first suit of armour in the Halo universe. As the title says, my suit of choice is the ODST made with EVA foam. I will eventually start posting pics of my progress. I have nothing as of yet because I am still in the process of scaling and cutting my templates for the shin/boot. I am hoping that I scaled it right and all turns out well. I don't want to put myself in a situation where a lot of work has been done, only to realize that the part doesn't fit. *ahem* Dirtdives *cough*
Wish me luck.
 

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
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I haven't had much of a chance to work on this. I finally got all the template bits traced out on the foam and started cutting them out. Holy shit! Soooooo much cutting. At this moment I wish I had a band saw or scroll saw. All you foam builders here have some serious patience.
 

whereisdanielle

RXO
405th Regiment Officer
I haven't had much of a chance to work on this. I finally got all the template bits traced out on the foam and started cutting them out. Holy shit! Soooooo much cutting. At this moment I wish I had a band saw or scroll saw. All you foam builders here have some serious patience.
Is it patience or a lack of social life, who knows hahahahaha.
But looking good man, I'll be following along :)
 

pipninja

Active Member
View attachment 240746 I haven't had much of a chance to work on this. I finally got all the template bits traced out on the foam and started cutting them out. Holy shit! Soooooo much cutting. At this moment I wish I had a band saw or scroll saw. All you foam builders here have some serious patience.
Patience.... Or just a big laser cutter lol
 

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
Hey, at least you have one of those cutting boards... I never bought one so I was cutting on a sheet of cardboard. (I wouldn't recommend it lol)
Yeah. When I made the decision to start foamsmithing, cutting board was part of my must have supply list. Doing my cutting on a glass drafting table would probably be a bad idea. ;)
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
View attachment 240746 I haven't had much of a chance to work on this. I finally got all the template bits traced out on the foam and started cutting them out. Holy shit! Soooooo much cutting. At this moment I wish I had a band saw or scroll saw. All you foam builders here have some serious patience.

Great job PaiganBoi, but please watch your language.
 

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
Dirtdives, sorry man. My bad.
Question for any foam builders watching this thread. As I was beginning to glue some bits together I noticed something. As I was looking at the model on Viewer it looked like some of the connecting edges need to be beveled. Am I right to assume this? Also there are extra cuts needed to make some folds and what not.
* sigh * Here I thought this was not going to be that difficult.
Now I am worried that my Shin piece was not scaled properly to account for the geometry changes.
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
The thing with foam is you might not need those extra cuts so you could wait until you have the fit done. And yes some seams you will need to bevel the edges.
 

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
Managed to finally get some work done on my first shin piece.
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After I got to this point I decided to stick my leg in there to see how it fits. To my horror, I couldn't get my foot passed the cross piece. I made it too small. Looks like I didn't scale properly. Sigh. I will complete it anyways and use it as a referece/test piece for painting. Then, its back to the drawing board.
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Now you know how it feels...........Bigfoot!!!! Looks good though.......Tip: when hot-gluing pieces, try to get the glue to go from front towards the back.......meaning don't just push the pieces together. Put the edges of the seam together and then "Roll" the rest of joint together. this will prevent the glue from squirting out the front. It's nothing a little sanding can't correct but when you have those deep grooved joints like you have......its' kind of hard to get to. Great job though.......!!!
 

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
I actually used contact cement instead of hot glue. The mess that you see is sloppy application and the bits pulling apart slightly. I didn't allow the cement to set long enough before putting together. There is a lot of stress on some areas since some spots were forced together. I also made the mistake of not heat forming some bits. Thus adding some of the stress.
 

Dirtdives

RXO & Keeper of Con Lists
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Oh....yeah, kind of messy.......and yeah..not heat forming before gluing will put stress on any type of adhesive.
 

agentflorida

Jr Member
Im not completely sure but there may be a way to make the piece or pieces more "flexible", at least just enough to put it on.
 

agentflorida

Jr Member
"But I don't care"
Well it's Eva "foam". It's just a guess but it may be possible to stretch it. If that doesn't work possibly cut a little off the inside of the back and/or inside part of the front and it should be able to increase the flexibility but at a greater risk of breaking. Like I said, just a guess. And it's ironic cause I'm in class right now.
 

agentflorida

Jr Member
I only mean the part where you can't get your foot through. Maybe a arc style would help in a way. But the cut does not go completely through the foam, just into it a little bit and stripping half or a tiny amount of the layer. The cement maybe a obstacle. And the arc is on the inside of the front only.
 

agentflorida

Jr Member
The process or a way to simplify it is like sharpening a knife. This is very risky however, one wrong move could break or ruin it by cut or it being too flexible or its tension is too much.
 
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