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My first Build - ODST foam

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by PaiganBoi, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    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.
     
  2. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Why is everyone picking on me? :cry: :cry: :cry:.......I have the rest of my suit perfectly sized..........ok, so I had to do my helmet over..........8 times.........big deal.........I hate you all........;)
     
  3. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    20170312_004834.jpg 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.
     
  4. whereisdanielle

    whereisdanielle RXO 405th Regiment Officer

    Is it patience or a lack of social life, who knows hahahahaha.
    But looking good man, I'll be following along :)
     
  5. pipninja

    pipninja

    Patience.... Or just a big laser cutter lol
     
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  6. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Laser Cutter would be nice. Patience is not one of my strong suits.
     
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  7. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Looks like a good start you plan on using hot glue or contact cement?
     
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  8. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    I'm going to be using contact cement. I am not a fan of hot glue. I always have problems with it. Not just in foamsmithing but, in arts and crafts in general. :p
     
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  9. Redheadwolf

    Redheadwolf New 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)
     
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  10. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    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. ;)
     
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  11. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Ugh. 1:45 AM and I finally finish cutting! Next up assembly.
    * sigh * I have to go through all this again for the other leg... * whimper *
     
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  12. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives


    Great job PaiganBoi, but please watch your language.
     
  13. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    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.
     
  14. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    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.
     
  15. WallSpider12

    WallSpider12 New Member

    looking good, my first ODST was a very simple design, those templates look a lot more in depth than mine were.
     
  16. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Managed to finally get some work done on my first shin piece.
    20170318_235529.jpg 20170318_235539.jpg 20170318_235547.jpg

    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.
     
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  17. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002

    nice job, boi! still a pretty clean piece! Papeesheewoosh!
     
  18. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    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.......!!!
     
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  19. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    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.
     
  20. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Oh....yeah, kind of messy.......and yeah..not heat forming before gluing will put stress on any type of adhesive.
     
  21. agentflorida

    agentflorida

    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.
     
  22. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    If you manage to confirm said technique please, feel free to share with the class.
    Cuz you know... sharing is caring.
     
  23. agentflorida

    agentflorida

    "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.
     
  24. agentflorida

    agentflorida

    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.
     
  25. agentflorida

    agentflorida

    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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