Foam My ODST foam build

midnightranger

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Hello I’m new here and I am making my second ODST build. My first build was a couple of years ago and it was the Andrew DFT ODST templates I and it turned out fine, but I wanted more detail and game accuracy so I purchased the Hero’s Workshop foam pepakura templates and have been using those. I have already built a few things from it including the helmet, the base chest, the main chest plate, the three lower abdominal armor bits and the belt buckle. I’ve been using harbor freight foam, some craft foam I got at target for the thinner details and hot glue to hold it all together. Here are the pictures I have so far. Does anyone have any tips for straightening out the helmet? Also I was thinking about cutting off about an inch or two from the bottom front of the armor to have the 3 abdominal armor pieces sit on a belt so when I turn or bend it moves like in the game where the main chest plate moves separately from the lower parts, tell me if this is a bad idea so I don’t completely ruin it when I first made the base torso armor I made it wayyy to big on accident so I’ll include pictures of that cause of how laughable it is. I was also thinking I should make the main chest plate removable so I can change it out to be a character from Halo 3 ODST or my own custom character. I eventually want to print and cast a helmet but my 3D printer is too small to be printing helmets without a ridiculous amount of seam lines.
 

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Welcome to the 405th! You're armour is coming along nicely. For straightening the helmet, typically one could do it by heating it up and manipulating it into shape (heat forming). However, because you're using hot glue (which would melt with heat), I'd recommend using some sort of structual support, such as armature wire glued to it to keep it in shape. You can also do the same with foam but that requires a bit more fiddling.
 

midnightranger

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Welcome to the 405th! You're armour is coming along nicely. For straightening the helmet, typically one could do it by heating it up and manipulating it into shape (heat forming). However, because you're using hot glue (which would melt with heat), I'd recommend using some sort of structual support, such as armature wire glued to it to keep it in shape. You can also do the same with foam but that requires a bit more fiddling.
Thank you! I'll be sure to pick up some armature wire then and thanks for the tip!
 
Just make sure it is thick enough (has a high guage? I forget the terminology). For your helmet it shouldn't be too bad because it's not out of shape too much. I used some sort of steel (I think) wire in my Marine helmet, epoxied the ends to glue it in and block off the sharp edges, then covered it with foam for comfort.
 

midnightranger

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Just make sure it is thick enough (has a high guage? I forget the terminology). For your helmet it shouldn't be too bad because it's not out of shape too much. I used some sort of steel (I think) wire in my Marine helmet, epoxied the ends to glue it in and block off the sharp edges, then covered it with foam for comfort.
Alright, will do! Thanks again by the way
 
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