collinE83 Armored Mega Man Build!

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by collinE83, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. collinE83

    collinE83 Well-Known Member

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    As the title says, I'm working on a Mega Man build. Now, I don't want to belittle anyone else's hard work, but I don't know who made the spandex rule with this character. That's all I've ever seen: bulbous limbs and spandex. Some pull it off fine, others just look derpy. I would not look good like that. So my number one requirement for this build is no spandex. Well, that's actually my only requirement. But I'm super motivated to build a costume that I wouldn't be embarrassed to walk around in.

    After seeing what's possible on The RPF, I don't see any reason why I wouldn't be able to accomplish a sweet looking “armored suit” style Mega Man. I guess I'm not necessarily needing it to be hyper realistic, but definitely more in line with an android that's designed to destroy other robots. If I can come anywhere close to the style of the failed Maverick Hunter video game, then I'm on the right track.

    Here's what’ll be my inspiration—

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    My goal lies somewhere between these two designs.

    Since I'm not really an artistic/creative guy, I'll be borrowing random parts from other builds, characters, models, etc. I haven't planned out all of what I'm using yet, but I'm hoping to make them obscure enough that it doesn't distract people from the costume as a whole. Like seeing the Batman and Robin movie and all you think is "Hey, that's just George Clooney dressed as Batman... Arnold Swarzennegar dressed as Mr. Freeze… a terrible train wreck dressed as a Batman movie.”


    Soooo let's get into the build--

    I've done quite a bit of experimenting so far, trying out a lot of different ideas to even settle on how I want my version of the character to look. To be honest, I'm still experimenting.

    I figured I’d start with making the helmet. I watched the Evil Ted "How to make a foam helmet" video ( [video]https://youtu.be/ODSNPYdvJRo [/video] ) and the first step looked to be making a duct tape head. My girlfriend tends to act like she doesn't know how to do anything when I ask her for help, so making the head was a solo job. It took a couple of tries, but turned out alright considering.

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    Took a break to let my girlfriend know I was thinking about her. Not creepy at all...
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    Pretended I was in a horror movie for a little while...
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    Filled it with too much sprayable insulation foam, but whatevs. I lost some of the definition and shape, but I supposed the circumference still ends up being the same.
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    I cut the duct tape off half the head
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    Traced the duct tape templates onto paper, then onto foam, then pieced the helmet together.
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    uh... NOPE!

    I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in derpville, so that helmet idea took a quick trip to the trash can. I realized with how stupid it would look if I built it from scratch, I'd just have to build a helmet from a pdo file or something. At least I have an insulation foam head in my bedroom now... watching over my bed while I sleep.

    Anyway. I learned quite a bit doing that, so not entirely unhappy with the effort. Back to square one.

    Next option is to just modify an existing helmet model. Without a lot of foam experience, I decided to go ahead and try the JFcustom foam helmet for the Vanquish ARS armor.

    I already posted a bunch recently regarding that build, but here's some of the pictures anyway.
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    I learned a lot from that as far as scaling wrong, assembling unevenly, painting, etc.

    I've settled on two helmets I’d want to base my build off of. One is the already foam PDO’d Titanfall helmet that JFcustom unfolded. The second is a helmet model I found while browsing for Planetside 2’s NC Heavy.

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    I do want to make some modifications, 1) so they're less recognizable, and 2) so they're more Mega Man-ish

    I need to export the .obj file, adjust, and then re-unfold. Next update is going to be about progress on the face-mask I'm working on, then the boots I'll be using from the Tribes Ascend Heavy foam model.
     
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  2. Grimwood

    Grimwood Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I love the re-vamp!! Excellent idea with your own interpretation of Mega-Man! Can't wait to see what you do next!

    Subbed!!

    thanks for the derp shots too... I think that's an important part of the process.
     
  3. collinE83

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    Update on the boots. Not a bad choice; I decided to go with some Tribes Ascend Heavy armor action!

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    I used the JFcustom unfold of the model.

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    I don't know if it's just me or if this is more complex than most models. I see a lot of people putting multiple parts together in a day, but this definitely took more time. It came together fairly well, though, and I'm happy with the results. It's nowhere as complex as the pictures, but still cool. And I can modify it a bit to make it more complex. Either add pieces or make cuts that'll add detail.

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    Next was the shin.

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    A lot more labor intensive than the boot and extremely tricky to put together. Knowing how much of an angle to cut, or when to glue and when to wait until more was put together, was pretty tough. The end result was pretty cool once it was put together with the boot.

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    I thought the size of the boot, and the fact that I'd be walking on it, would warrant a thicker foam. Using a 1/2" or 12mm foam mat made the build go a lot slower. It took longer to cut, dulled my blades faster, and I had to move along slower with the hot glue. I didn't forsee that, but now that I'm knee deep in the 1/2" foam, literally, I have to commit to it or start over. It is a lot sturdier, though, so I can't really complain too much.
     
  4. laellee

    laellee Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great progress!

    Side note, you post this:

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    I see this:

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  5. IronMeg

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    Great adaptation and clean work. :) I also love the derp shots, that is what makes it so much fun!
     
  6. collinE83

    collinE83 Well-Known Member

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    can't be unseen

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  7. collinE83

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    Time for another update!

    So the first package of foam I used was the darker color and the second was a lighter color (as seen in the boot pictures above). I didn't notice it until I got to working on the left boot and shin, but the lighter foam was a few millimeters thicker than the darker foam.

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    Curse you and your tricks, Harbor Freight!

    So once I figure it out, I realized I had to make my mountains and valley cuts a bit deeper to get the same definition in the folds I was doing. They're not 100% the same, but sufficient.

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    I haven't really settle on what I want to do for the thighs, cod, torso, biceps, etc etc etc :cry It was kinda nice just brainstorming and putting the boots together. Now I have to actually start making decisions again and get to work on the next pieces. If anyone has suggestions on what they think would be a good "skinny armor" for the parts that aren't going to be as bulky and why, I'm all ears. I like the look of the Iron Man Mark 43, but might be too recognizable and I'm afraid I'd have to then use the Mark 43 for the rest of the parts to match. Not sure about this.

    Also, I'm still working on a mask face... or face mask. Doing some vacuum forming over a face mold and deciding if what I have pictured in my head actually translates to reality. This is the kind of the idea for a face underneath the helmet if I do it--
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    Thinking about the Mega Buster, I want to make it more fun than something you normally see. I'm familiar with electronics, having built a Xbox 360 laptop years ago. I just ordered a couple of things to experiment with and see if I can make it look a little more functional than flashing lights.
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    I don't want to make the project bigger than I can handle, but I think it'll be alright

    Side note-- I hadn't seen this on the forums in all my searches until it linked to it on my own thread. This dude's Mega Man build looks like it was inspired pretty much the same way as mine. Worth a look.
    http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=202508
     
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  8. collinE83

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    As mentioned in previous posts, I've been working on a mask for Mega Man's face and deciding if I wanted an open face helmet, or just a pretty visor helmet. It kinda depended on how well my vacuum formed face turned out that determined whether I'd go with one over the other.
    I had success back in the day with a cheap vac former consisting of a 12" x 12" x 6" box made from 1/4" MDF sheets. I was able to vac form a case for a Game Boy-style N64 portable I was making and it turned out great.

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    Making another box ended up being a breeze. Rather than going and buying some MDF, I just used some leftover 7mm expanded PVC sheets. I "glued" it together with silicone caulk, so it'd be sealed tight, then cut up a sheet of craft foam, so there'd be a little bit of a seal around the border when I put the wood frame down.

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    After making the box, i went ahead and worked on the mold of my face. My girlfriend was kind enough to lend her assistance.

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    And bless her heart for helping, but somehow "thick layer of vaseline over my eyelashes so they don't get pulled out" translated to "put a bit of vaseline on... I guess... if you want." When I went to pull it off, it kinda stayed attached to my face... by my eyelashes. >_<

    I had work in the morning, so I couldn't spend all night with a plaster block on my face. I spent the next hour and a half slowly pulling the plaster until it either let go of my eyelashes, or the eyelashes let go of my face. The joke's on the plaster. I still have half of my eyelashes.

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    I coated the inside with vaseline and got some silicone putty and stuffed it into the nose section. Since the contours of my fat nose wouldn't allow me to just pour plaster directly into the negative and cleanly pull it out, I put the putty in and then poured the plaster. Aside from looking a bit ridiculous it turned out well. I hate that the breathing straws I put in my nose expanded my nostrils and made my nose look even bigger. I wish I had forseen this. Regardless, I now have a plaster Collin face.

    This was partway through coating with wood glue.

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    My dedicated vac forming workshop

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    I first tried some thin styrene sheets I had and I didn't like the high amount of detail I was getting from it. I realized my face is kinda too stupid to feel comfortable using as Mega Man's face. I especially wasn't feeling the giant nostrils. or the double chin from the position I laid in.

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    Then I tried some of the 4mm expanded PVC I had and I was liking that a bit more. It was thicker, and showed less definition.

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    Then I thought about taking it one step further and forming another sheet over the already formed sheet. DOUBLE LAYER FACE.

    Not to get too deep here, but stick with me. Thinking about it, taking away some of the definition in the face, I could potentially be making a Mega Man face that would remove some of the humanity that people could identify with. It could possibly make him look a bit more sinister or at least more dangerous. So I did this. and then I took a heat gun and just messed it up a bit. I may add in some damage, or some sort of Terminator-ish broken face effect, but I like this look.

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    Again, I may or may not go this route depending on feedback. I could just throw the idea out and go with a helmet with nice "X" shaped visor. Not sure.

    Next, we'll be looking at the thighs and perhaps the cod piece.
     
  9. laellee

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    Your effort (and girlfriend patience) is more than admirable. I have to think about the damage, but I think you're on point anyways.
     
  10. Grimwood

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    We must have attended the same college of face sculpting:

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    Silicone mold. Mind said, "You don't need that much Vaseline. It's gonna mess with the set time of the silicone!! Result: over half of my eyelashes pulled out. I had no idea my lashes were so luxurious.
     
  11. collinE83

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    Thanks, sir. I'm going to move onto other areas and revisit the mask. Hopefully I'll have settled on something by the time I come back to it.

    Dude. I just want to pull out some mascara and do those bad boys up.
     
  12. Grimwood

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    ROFL!! Dude, that is hilarious!! Thanks for the laugh!
     
  13. collinE83

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    I've been pretty busy and been trying out a few different things to see what works and what doesn't.

    I'm looking for thigh pieces I can use and was thinking I'd want a pair that are more bare bones than the other large pieces I've built. I wanted them to be thin, plain, and to compliment the giant boots I have.

    I first looked at the Vanquish ARS thigh. I figured without the booster packs, that might work out.

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    Easy build, really quickly went together without any issue.

    In probably the most random approach I've taken, I saw a recent build for the Dead Space security suit here. http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=240177

    Really cool suit, but I saw a picture of the security suit's greaves and really liked them. I initially thought they were thighs, but ended up being wrong. I never let being wrong stop me, though! I scaled those suckers up and build them as thigh pieces!

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    For my next trick, I'm going to scale up Iron Man's Easy hand template and use a finger piece as a helmet!

    And to tie the Vanquish ARS and security suit "thighs" together, I wanted to make a cod piece. I just don't feel like it's possible to get a good feel for them without seeing what they'd be worn adjacent to. Lo and behold! I found a nice unfold of an Iron Man Mark 40 Shotgun armor. It looked nice.

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    I didn't want to just glue the cod together, because I wanted to be able to put it on and take it off easier. I also didn't want to use clips, because I wanted to be able to sit down and have it stretch a bit. But I didn't have any elastic...

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    Bingo.

    My son doesn't even need those Star Wars briefs anymore anyways... but I do. I need them.

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    And here's me with all the parts on.

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    The funny thing about all this is the only thing I want to use is the cod piece. In fact, any thigh piece I use is going to need some heavy modification to fit with the cod I choose, and I like the Shotgun cod here. So I was thinking about maybe using as much of the Shotgun armor as I could for Mega Man's base armor. It's different enough from most of the more famous Mark suits, and I'd ensure that all the pieces will fit together. I think I'm going to be moving in that direction. It was fun building all the different pieces, though.
     
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    This is coming along great! I know exactly what you're experiencing because I built a space marine out of foam and man, it was kind of a pain at times. But the end result is going to be so worth it!

    Thanks for the updates!
     
  15. collinE83

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    Quick update. The left forearm is done and that's the last piece of armor I'm doing from the Tribes Ascend Heavy.

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    I just placed a foam piece in place of that silly symbol on the original model.
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    And for some reason I wore it on my right arm instead of left to take a picture. It's a left arm piece... and I'll be wearing it on my left so my right arm can carry the weight of the arm cannon for longer periods.
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    This one wasn't put together as cleanly as I normally like. I just realized in these pictures it looks a bit bad, but nothing that can't be filled in and painted over!

    The Iron Man Mk40 armor is in its infancy, but is coming together nicely. Some links for download of the BSD Mk40 aren't working anymore, so I'm currently editing part of the model and unfolding myself. I started a condensed summer semester for school, so I shouldn't be getting as much of this done as I'd like. I'm kind of addicted to it, though, so I'm sure I'll still be working on it when I shouldn't.
     
  16. Alpha Proto

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    I just saw this post, and it is turning out great! I love what you are doing with the character!
     
  17. collinE83

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    I never thought I'd go this long without an update, but here we are.

    Last post, I warned I'd be involved in school and that'd be taking up a lot of my time. I ended up not being able to juggle so much in my schedule, got behind, and dropped my classes. More free time! I hate to look at it like costume building took precedence over school, but after working as a mortgage loan servicer all day, I need something to unwind with each night. The costuming supports my sanity at work, the schooling is something I just have to take in little bits, I guess. Anyway...

    I last left off with the decision to do less mixing and matching of random pieces than originally planned. I think it's only going to benefit me in the long run to have clean suit that looks like it's supposed to go together, rather than looking like Dog from Half Life 2. And even though the Mark 40's core armor is obviously much different from the boots and the forearm, I'm reducing the level of detail in the Mark 40 to match up a little better.

    I didn't scale the Mark40 torso at all. Without knowing how the original size would fit on me, I figured I'd just build it and then make some adjustments if needed. I'm right under 5'11" so I think I'd be fine either way.

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    The summer temperatures get up above 100F here in Utah, even if just for a few days out of the year, so I started abandoning hot glue in favor of contact cement. There are things I like about contact cement, things I don't. I missed being able to adjust my angles to my liking and just filling and holding in place with hot glue, but I like being able to heat form the foam if the curve isn't right. Pretty much all of the Mark 40 parts are being done with contact cement.

    I don't normally take so many pictures while building a piece, but here's as much as I had patience for.

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    My son said it looked like a butterfly... so I spanked him and sent him to his room.

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    Filled in the air intakes on the shoulders.

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    Neck---

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    Harbor Freight foam mats have been coming a little thicker than normal, so I had to fillet some of the pieces like a fish to get them thin enough to fit together.
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    Put some magnets on the back and they work like a charm.
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    And then some mirror selfies
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    I'm not totally happy with the chest. Running a heat gun over the surface and using contact cement ended up making parts less crisp and more uneven than results I've gotten before. Maybe that's just me though. I haven't made any decisions about redoing the chest, but the option is still on the table.

    I've been working on the Planetside 2 NC Heavy helmet little by little and it's kinda ridiculous. I thought I could merge most of it into a single layer and make a nice easy foam pep, buuuuuut it was a little more complicated than I thought.

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    I just figured I'd start with the innermost layer and build out with what I wanted to keep on the model. After some modifications and unfolding, innermost layer ready to pep.

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  18. collinE83

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    Nailed it! :p

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    I proooobably need to scale it up quite a bit and add a piece under the chin to complete a more helmeted look. Once I get it to a size I like, then I'll start adding the other pieces to it. Eventually, once I finish polishing the PDO, I'll feel comfortable letting people have it if they wanted to build the helmet themselves. For now, just some trial and error. I'm really excited to get it sized right, edit the unfold, then cut out the "X" and get a visor in there.
     
  19. IronMeg

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    Looks great! I can't wait to see it complete.
     
  20. collinE83

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    I don't like how messy my posts are and would like to reduce the load time, Sometimes I can't see picture attachments through the mobile site, though, and sometimes I can. I'd like to make it viewable both ways.

    Is it recommended I add my photos to my post as attachments and pick certain settings to show thumbnails... or just leave as-is? Not sure how this works.
     
  21. collinE83

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    Just finished with a modified base helmet. I made it larger, extended the jawline down a little more, and pulled it under the chin a little.

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    I'm really hating the smoothed look of heat gunned foam when I do it, so I built this new one without any heat gun.

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    I tried a couple different things. The one I like the most was bringing the hard angles from the crest down into the visor portion. The thing I liked least was that I made it too large this time. It's almost comparable to a motorcycle helmet now and I want it to fit a little more snug than that.

    On the bright side, it gives me a couple of pieces that I can test paint. I have a sample set of Smooth-On's 45D that I want to harden the helmet with. I'm going to try documenting that process as detailed as possible, because I know a lot of people, including myself, still have some questions about the results you can get with it.

    I think I'm going to build another one slightly smaller than the bigger one I just finished. I'm comfortable enough with some of the trial and error that I'm going to start adding detail to the model and foam them out. Unfortunately, instead of "measure twice, cut once", I'm the type of person that measures 5 times and cuts 5 times. So it's always just a slow methodical process, with a whole lot of thinking and pondering when I do something like this. Pretty fun though. :p
     
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    I've been doing a lot of experimenting. Just a ton of trial and error. I resized the helmet and built a third to the perfect scale... or so I thought. I made a crucial error and got 3/4 of the way through building it before realizing it was actually smaller than the smallest helmet I already put together.

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    More like Mega Baby, amirite? So then I built the collinE83 Mega Man helmet Mark IV . This was scaled just right and is the one I'm finally able to run with.

    I promised some discussion with a sample set of Smooth On's 65D that I was planning to use to coat my foam. Remember the "trial and error" I mentioned? This falls under that. I took the first helmet I put together and did some testing. I slapped on some extra pieces of the helmet and then began mixing the 2 part resin for coating.

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    As you can see, 65D is the new foam seal of the futuuuuuure.

    The stuff has some strange properties. The short work time is the biggest issue. One weird aspect of it is that the longer it sits in the cup, the faster its going to set. That frustrated the crap out of me, because the first bit that I brushed on was the last bit to actually set. The other strange thing is that it it's not like plaster, where it progressively gets thicker until it's a rock. This stuff starts out super thin and goes on like watered down PVA glue, then becomes snot for 20 seconds, then becomes plastic. It's extremely finicky and has a steep learning curve.

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    Once it had all set, it looked best on the the places where it was the thickest. Still ugly, though. My biggest problem was noticing that this method works best only on smooth or round pieces. If you're trying to coat foam with hard valley cuts, or where two pieces create a 90 degree angle, then it's going to get in the crack and cover up that hard edge you want.

    It sands well at least, so you can easily get a nice smooth and even surface with a little sanding.

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    I found mixing small bits at a time was best and made the 65D more manageable.I needed a way to mix small amounts together without having to keep grabbing new mixing cups and measure it out. I got two syringes from the grocery store and put them together. I mirrored the two part epoxy resins I see at the store usually, but with the added bonus of being refillable. When I needed more, I just squeeze a bit out and doesn't have to worry if it's equal parts or not.

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    I tested out doing three thin layers over a small area with this.

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    It looks a bit like it's splotchy, but that's mostly just due to the foam texture and the 65D's self leveling. It set pretty smooth and shiny for how thin the layers were. I only waited long enough for each layer to set before adding another, but it ended up delaminating :( . Looking back, I think I should sanded each layer just to rough up the surface. I peeled it up to show how thin it is, and to show the layers.

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    I plan to update some more in a little bit. I just wanted to throw this much up before going to bed. If there are any questions I can answer, feel free to ask.
     
  23. dedguy

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    It's looking really good. Very happy to see more updates on that.
     
  24. collinE83

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    I've been building the helmet with the X-visor foam piece in place for the purpose of making sure the curve of the face piece stayed true. With the helmet scaled and built correctly, it was time to get some work done on the visor. I settled on vacuum forming it so that it matches the shape and contours of the faceplate.There might be better ways to go about it, less time consuming ways, but ooohh well.

    I wanted to cut the visor portion out while making sure it retained its shape. I decided to coat it with 65D, since I'm such a pro with it now. First step was taping off the visor pieces.

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    Once completing that, and before cutting the X out, I knew I also had to stabilize the faceplate portion of the helmet that would most likely deform once I did the cutting. I took some wooden dowels and glued those in place where I thought the most deforming would take place.

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    I then mixed up some 65D and coated the X little by little. The helmet is curved, so if I had mixed too much, of course it would spill all over the place. Once it was thick enough to my satisfaction, I removed the tape and cut it out. I wanted to sand the 65D, and smooth it for forming, so I coated the back of the X with J-B Weld epoxy, I then sanded the front of the X and gave it a quick coat of Krylon Fusion.

    65Doutside.JPG cutout1.JPG cutout2.JPG

    I'm not able to do much for the visor itself until I get some clear styrene or acrylic or whatever to form, but last step I did was make a sort of base for the X during the forming.

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    Thanks! The hardest part has been making regular updates. Sometimes I get work done and don't think it's worth sharing, so I wait. Then when I finally have enough progress to share, I have a hard time sitting down and actually posting it.
     
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    Great job. Keep up the good work!
     
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    Great work! Subscribed for sure! Also, i am not sure why but that elastic bit in post #13 had me dying! keep up the good work!
     
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    It is really nice to see the different ways to seal foam. I've always used the PVA glue and water method, but I feel it is a bit lacking. Seeing different methods helps me formulate what I'll try on my next project. Thanks!
     
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    This is awesome, yhis is like... Mega Iron Man! idk but it looks fantastic! Keep up the good work!
     
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    Thanks! I joke about my hopelessly messy apartment to keep from crying.:cry

    The 65D is finicky, but it definitely has its place. If you do end up using it, definitely practice a bunch first so you don't mess up anything important. To be honest, I really want to play with StyroSpray 1000 since it has a longer working time. Seems a bit softer and more flexible than 65D, though.


    Thanks. I'm trying to walk the line between making something original and cool, while preventing it from becoming a hot mess of random parts. A Mega Iron Man is definitely what I'm working towards, so that's nice to hear. and I'll try to take some breaks to work on that Batman model,too.
     
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    Hmmm... StyroSpray 1000.... I'll have to look and see if I can find some of that. Thanks for the tip!
     
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    I got the painting itch. I was going to wait until I was done foaming before working on the color scheme, but I needed to see it a little closer to being finished. I've had some blue Plasti Dip in my closet for some time now, so the neck got blued.

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    I didn't seal it at all, just straight Dip on foam. I wanted it to stay as flexible as possible and the white glue stiffens it more than I like. I also didn't do anything to the seams, like filling them in, because I just happen to like the way the model was unfolded, okay? hmph.

    Also got the shoulders out of the way.

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    I forgot to take a picture of the shoulders before painting, but here's a poor attempt at filling the seams and pits in the foam surface with some paintable caulk.

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    It wasn't until after painting that I realized a little more work needs to go into it than just smearing it on. It looks kinda crappy.

    Luckily, this caulk is also sandable, so on the helmet, I spent a little more time. This side of the helmet got some caulk and sanding.

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    Better! But on the other side of the helmet, I thinned out the caulk with water. Yes, it was water soluble! I layered it on like I was building a pyramid, then I sanded. This method took longer, but really made a smooth, even surface. Like bondo-ing,but flexible and no smell.

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    I painted part of the shoulders with some silver Rustoleum enamel, and it looked nice. but then I flexed it. :cry

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    I have some Rustoleum Universal of about the same color, so I don't even know why I didn't use that. Rustoleum Universal has the flexibility and durability that'll work great for silver parts. I'll be redoing that here.

    So here's the painted parts together. I stole my son's blue school folder and cut it up so I could make a quick visor for the picture.

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    AND ME WEARING IT. WEEEEE.

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    Oh, hay there. I've been working on a few different things, but wanted to throw this up before retreating back to my hole.

    First thing I gotta mention is that I went ahead and built a set of the Mark 40 abs.

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    The torso and the abs were both default scale for a 6 foot tall individual, which I assumed were were basically close enough, as I'm 5'11". This was actually pretty unwise of me to assume. After trying on the torso, the abs, and the cod, it's safe to say I'm going to have to rebuild. On the plus side, I've edited the model of the torso itself with a few minor improvements and completed the unfold of it. I'm going to do it in thicker foam, so it's more rigid. The second time something's built, it's usually cleaner looking anyway. I'm hoping this will all be for the better.

    The other thing I've done, and I'm fairly happy with, is edit and build the left hand for Mega Man. Just the left hand. The right hand will be inside of the arm cannon, so no need to waste time on something that won't be seen. Also, I want to keep the right hand bare for dexterity when I put the cannon down. So I modified the Iron Man Easy Hands file.

    Last time I checked, Mega Man didn't have repulsors built into his palms, but who wants to build a new hand armor from scratch? Not this guy.

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    Most notable changes are in the palm itself. I tried to have it follow similar contours of the hand. I also extended the wrist down another centimeter. It seemed a little short for my taste.

    I found a nice glove in the auto accessory section of Walmart - $5. The fingers on it were too short and it didn't rest all the way down into the... finger... crotch. So I solved that problem by chopping off the finger tips. There's still enough glove finger for the Easy Hand finger tips to be glued onto, so no big deal.

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    I was going to use 2mm foam, but I thought the bulk of the 3mm foam I had was cool looking. I still need to glue the pieces on, and I want to work on the knuckle pieces a little so when I bend the fingers, it doesn't show glove, only more foam. The movie Iron Man has something like this for when he makes a fist. It really helps for lining up the pieces so they're not all wonky after the first time I make a fist.

    And lastly, because there isn't a lot of room to slide my gloved hand in, and the wrist part is extended, I had to make a little flap. and since I'm so fond of magnets...

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    It all works really well and I'm pretty happy with it. I need to clean up the foam around the palm side of the fingers, but that's not difficult.

    Next post will hopefully be showing off the rebuilt torso and abs. I should also have another thread or two up by then; one for a Halloween Ash Ketchum costume, and also for a super secret project that I hope will be a sufficient contribution to the RPF community, enough to justify all that I've taken from it.
     
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    Not a huge update, but the most important thing is that this project isn't dead! I took a little break because I was getting caught in a cycle of build, make adjustments, rebuild, make more adjustments, rebuild. I wasn't getting anywhere. I figured better to take a step back, put some energy into some other projects I was also passionate about, and pick it back up after letting it simmer.

    I resized the chest and back, like I mentioned I needed to do. I needed it to be a little tighter. I think it's the right scale now, but it needs to be built before knowing that. I messed with the model of the torso and unfolded it. I'm also using half inch (12mm) foam to make the armor more armor-y. I'm hoping the slight increase in thickness doesn't affect the scaling that I did. I'm sure it'll be fine.

    This is what the current status of the torso is:

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    :p
     
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    Keep it up man this is awesome.
     
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