ODST WIP - Need Help

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by Eridinus, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Eridinus

    Eridinus New Member

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    Hello, first post!

    I've recently made my first ever helmet, and attached images to this thread.

    I was wondering what the easiest way to fill in the cracks and make it seem smooth is? I live in the UK so any suggestions of what to buy or where to buy would be really helpful!

    Thanks in advance

    - Eridinus

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  2. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Are you talking about the seams?

    Seams are a definite challenge until you get the hang of it. Right now, your helmet actually looks really good. Especially considering this is your first ever helmet.

    If you want to get better seams, here are a few tips.

    1: Don't use hot glue. Hot glue tends to get choppy and give you unbalanced results. It's great as a filler, but really it's not the best. I find that contact cement works best. You apply the contact cement to both sides of the surfaces to be joined, LET IT DRY, (Like, 5 minutes, maybe) and THEN stick the sides together. It will form a permanent bond instantly, so be SUPER CAREFUL about placing the parts together.

    2: Make sure your cuts are clean and crisp. You can only accomplish this in foam by using SHARP blades. Make your cuts one solid motion, avoid sawing back and forth; that will give you jagged edges.

    3: Align the edges carefully and press them together. Sometimes progress here will be quick and easy, and other times you'll have to fight the foam, because it will want to pull away from where you want it. Just pull it where it belongs and stick it together nice and slow, and you'll get it.

    4: If you want to get a good seam filler, I use kwik seal, as preached by the powerful and all-knowing Evil Ted from youtube.

    Follow this guys advice. He is compensated by Barge contact cement and other product manufacturers, which makes him seem a little 'salesmanly', but his methods are great.

    Hope this helps!

    EDIT: Your helmet does look alright, though. Don't feel too bad about gaps. My first foam helmet looked *aweful*
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  3. Gixk2

    Gixk2 New Member

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    Any flexible filler. I’m also in the uk and I use an acrylic caulk, but to minimise the need for filling, nice sharp blades as Sean said (y)
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  4. xXDashIVXx

    xXDashIVXx Active Member

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    most people use and recommend kwikseal, but I used it, and unless you get it PERFECT, it wont end up looking good in the end, and you cans sand it. what's done is done. here is an example. my tachanka helmet.
    I recommend woodland scenic foam putty because it is similar to quikseal, but, but doesn't require water, is sandable, and turns into foam.

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