You will want a mostly smooth layer. Nick's and holes are fine because you will come back with spot putty to fill those and sand againBy the way, anyone know at what point I stop sanding? I know I still got a long ways to go (using 320 grit and sanding everything by hand), and the other side of the helmet I didn’t show needs a lot of work. Am I trying to get it to be completely smoothed out, smooth with occasional divets, sanded down to a super thin layer, or some combination of that?
I can probably finish the armor quicker than this helmet but o know how important it is to get the helmet looking correctly.
Looking good! Just needs alot more sanding and filling. Bondo is a pin to work with, but you have made great progress so far and I applaud the effort. It will be the best feeling in the world once finished! For the angled corners, cut up some playing cards or plastic sheets and hot glue them in the shape you want, then pour in some bondo to fill in the shape. Remove the cards and it should be close to where you want it. Also I would recommend using a popsicle stick with low grit sandpaper to do the corners and detail lines now that you have the rough shape. It will clean it and define it moreOk so I’m switching to do foam work right now but I need advice on the helmet. I’m starting to do Dremel work but I’m having trouble getting those tight angles. Right now it seems I can create a good angle but right at that point it’s more curved than angled. Anyone got a tip to create those nice sharp angles?
Also here is where I’m at with the helmet.
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I actually have no clue what to do about that part actually. I still have the sheets of cardstock that have the template for the visor on them though, so there is that.Keep it up dude, what's your plan for when it comes to the visor?
I'm no expert, and aside from simply "practice," the tools and techniques make a huge difference. Sharp knives are essential. I use a cheap kitchen knife sharpener and swipe my blades frequently. The blades themselves will eventually break down though, so having some extra blades around is a good idea. I also use a ruler to guide straight cuts. I'm not so great at bevels, so using a dremel tool to clean up my bevels and edges helps a lot. And most importantly: go slow! Mistakes happen when you rush. I get much better cuts and edges when I take my time.Ok last update before I get working on a lot of stuff. Shoulder work in progress. While still incomplete, these fit me a lot better. Plus they look better so far than my first attempt.
View attachment 289717 I still don’t know how you guys are so clean and precise with your own foam work.