If that isn't a teaser I dont know what is LOL! I do promise that I really have a good mounting Idea and will post it when I am at prototype!
The title has been changed to reflect the changing goals and parameters of this build.
So like any good hospital administrator, I sat evaluating my goals vs progress... Since I have decided to go the pep, harden, bondo :P sanding priming, molding process for my MK3 Pepakura build;
I had to be honest and admit that I (and my MK3) would not make Halloween this year with a finished armor and doubtful Comicon as well. There is always next year though!!
So since I wanted to do War Machine as foam build any how, I made the decision to not stress about my mk 3 as I want it perfect!
Got to thinking, "self" your wife has a foam work-out mat, you have sissors, knives, hot glue and a printer why not give a simple WM piece a try...
Here is what I did.
By the way a huge shout out to JFcustoms for his foam techniques! You really gave me some insight into the cleanest way to do foam.
I honestly cant wait for your War Machine files!!!
OK? not too bad for a first try? finished it in a couple of hours, covered in a coat of PVA...The wife came home and said, "WOW what a great neck piece!" NOT!!!
I can't possibly match the indignation and squeeky voice but she really said, "WHATDIDYOUDOTOMYWORKOUTMAT!!!???" It was a lot funnier in person because you could hear the squeek!! LOL!!
I of course am still going to work on my MK3 as that is my priority! But I figure a piece a week for the War Machine will get me there by Halloween for my friends party.
I have to tell you, I love the Pepakura better. I know a lot of you foam guys will think I am nuts, but you cant beat the crisp edges and details of the pep. I think each application has it merits and down-sides though, so the need decides the build...as for me I noticed with the foam it is so hard to keep your lines and seams straight and sharp. That will get better with practice though!!!
I have an idea that maybe if you PVA the piece, glue your templates back on to the foam then resin/smooth-cast or Smooth on 65D it, you might get a really nice hybrid type of end product???
I have started this War Machine thread as I also have some really really great ideas for mounting the mini-gun as I hear a lot of guys complaining about trying to get the foam armor to hold up the gun due to compression/bending issues!
I am also modifying the Nerf Mini-gun (very heavy) too, I will be putting that up here as well. I also think we need way more open discussion on modifying Airsoft/Airzone/Nerf and by God cool looking squirt guns for the armor as well!!
I don't think near enough attention has been devoted to building/modifying and making the weaponry for the War Machine armor!
Anyhow, since the Punisher gatling gun is way to heavy for the foam, something needs to be made to solve the issue. The cool thing is that it does spin and go bang bang bang! So being that it is way too heeavy for a foam mount and I hadn't seen any solutions beyond stacking huge blocks of non replica foam ect, something needed to be made....I have a good solution! However I have to build a back piece for the WM so I can measure it in and have proper placement! After the armour is done, I have some basic robotics books and tons of RC experience, so maybe we can mechanize it after the build is done
You all will like the ideas, as they are cheap, simple but very effective. I will be posting the ideas in this thread.
I may have rushed a lottle on the neck piece due to the mat situation and wanting to work on my MK3, but I think for me the foam will be ok for this WM build and I'll just keep the peps for the featured presentation! My MK3!
Oh and by the way, an electric carving knife cuts the foam like butter and gives nice long straight cuts as the blades are 8-10 inches long!! Give it a try! Way better than dulling an X-acto blade for each part!! You will still need blades and sissors for some cuts Especially the visible ones, but the electric knife will add another tool to your arsenal. They can be hard to find, but Wal-Mart carries them under 20$
Enjoy my War Machine thread!