ODST EVA foam upgrade WIP

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  1. Emp Frosty

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    Hey all I'm starting this thread to get some feedback on my WIP ODST set. I've already got one set made from EVA foam which I used the templates from Andrew DFT on youtube but I'm trying to make it look better and am using pepakure files this time around (still out of EVA of course). I'll be trying to post pictures of the parts I make as much as I can but here's whats in progress at the moment.

    Reach ODST helmet
    : In progress
    Under vest: In progress
    Chest plate: Not started
    Shoulders (soft base): Complete
    Sniper shoulder: Not started
    Regular shoulder X2: 1 of 2 complete
    Bicep pieces: Complete
    Gauntlets: Not started
    Small torso pieces: Not started
    Hip pieces: Complete
    Butt, belt, and crotch plates: In progress
    Thigh pieces: Not started
    Shin/knee pads: Not started
    Boot covers: Not started

    Additional things I plan to make or remake for this build.

    Standard Ruck: Not started
    Sniper rifle: Still searching for a good unfold
    DMR: Still searching for a good unfold
    Battle rifle: Still searching for a good unfold
    Assault rifle: In progress (fixing up current one)

    I'll try to update before I start a piece and once its complete as well but I'm open to tips of working with pepakura as well an any additional tip of working with foam I might not already know. Also if anyone wants to know where I got the pep files they're all from the armory here.
     
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  3. Harri51

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    All the images are coming across as errors my friend. try a direct upload into the message as thumbnails.

    But over all It is a good start under the DFT. But if you are going to the Game style ODST sometimes the stuff is quite a battle to make. But overall, keep plugging along trooper. Need help with the ODST stuff just ask. I am making my third ODST suit.
     
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    That might have been because I had the album they were in set to private but I changed it so it might work now? Also here are pictures of the helmet that i messed up several times while putting it together and a comparison to the DFT helmet.

     
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    You can just tell the difference. you actually made you DFT really well. Now I gotta ask, are you using hot glue or contact cement?

    But honestly I like it is the halo reach helmet and your silhouette is there. try a sanding blocks in different grits to smooth you edges more for the seams if they are uneven, but sand then heat then go to a finer grit and do it again. This should turn out smooth . But you are doing great Looks like the same things when I did my first foam helmet. I can't wait to see more and how it turns out for you
     
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    I'm using hot glue for all the awkward edges and I'm thinking of using contact cement on the edges i can't mess up too bad like on the under vest. I haven't used contact cement before so I didn't want to jump to the highest difficulty with it and try it on the helmet with so many rounded edges. I'm also waiting on the visor before I continue to make sure i don't put in too much effort and then it turns out I gotta re-scale everything but if I did it right the scaling should be just right for it.
     
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    the contact cement isn't really hard as in you have to plan sometimes for somethings. Plus too if your edges are clean when you put it on start at the face to make sure that the edges are flush. less sanding an seam filling in the end.
     
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    A question for you on contact cement before the next update, do you usually heat form/heat treat your pieces before you apply it? Or do you just go with the raw shape and just bent it into the shape you need?
     
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    It depends. Good foam like TNT Cosplay stuff I don't. But it is still good practice to heat seal all your edges.
     
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  11. Sean Anwalt

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    I try to make it a habit to heat seal all my foam stuff before I apply the contact cement. Even high density foam is still foam, and can suck in the glue.

    That being said though, if you just watch it and be patient for the contact cement to dry a bit before attaching the pieces together, it really isn't that huge of a deal.

    On the other hand, I've never had a good seam using hot glue. This is particularly true on curved pieces.
     
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  13. Elcorio

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    Your build is outstanding. Well done so far. Looking forward to seeing more.

    On the hot glue versus contact cement thing, I started with hot glue but once I started using contact cement, I never looked back. There are still occasions where the hot glue works better for securing a piece that is surrounded on all sides and would be impossible to place with contact cement. I usually "forget" to seal my foam before applying the contact cement, but also tend to run a base layer of contact cement to account for the absorption then a second bead to sit on top of the first. Once connected, the pieces absolutely will not come apart. Once fully cured and dry, the whole piece can then be heat formed into the shape I am trying to achieve.
     
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    very nicely built! well seems it is turning out well for you. keep it up
     
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    Update of current progress as of today before I went to work. Started filling seams on the helmet and sanding it. Made a few of the small pieces for the belt and the like. Also made new versions of the under parts for the shoulders and decided to permanently attach the bicep piece to them.

     
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    well can tell for sure you have learned with adding back cuts and all. Things are looking good. Keep it up trooper!
     
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    EDIT: sorry for the double site went weird on me
     

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