Foam Armor Crafting (Video)

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EyeofSauron

Master Member
quick question:
if i use a hairdryer for forming, would that work?
im thinking about doing thor armor with foam, i never did foam before tho, so im not sure about stuff :)
 

Auryn

Active Member
Nice concise video
but I gotta tell you.
I almost jumped out of my seat twice the first time you start using the heat gun, it almost touched your arm twice and I got goosebumps imagining the pain.

Be more careful ;)
 

aron42486

Well-Known Member
quick question:
if i use a hairdryer for forming, would that work?
im thinking about doing thor armor with foam, i never did foam before tho, so im not sure about stuff :)
Hairdryers do not get as hot as heat guns do. I haven't done any work with foam before but I would think that in order to permanently reform it you would need temperatures hotter than a hair dryer can provide.

Walmart, Lowe's, and Home Depot here in the states have basic heat guns for $20-$30. Mine is a Wagner with 750 degree and 1000 degree settings and I believe was $25 at Walmart. Not sure about options over your way.

Edit: I have had my 1000 degree heat gun just barely touch my finger. Instant burn!!!
 
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Ood sigma

Active Member
Nice vid buddy. I've been wanting to make a foam iron man for a while, I'm feeling very inspired to give it a go
 

Homicidal9

Well-Known Member
Good stuff. I actually watched your tutorials way back when on the armor out of a 50 gallon drum.....good to see you on here posting as well.

take care,
Tommy
 

Demolition

Well-Known Member
quick question:
if i use a hairdryer for forming, would that work?
im thinking about doing thor armor with foam, i never did foam before tho, so im not sure about stuff :)
I use camping mat foam and i just use a hair drier and it works fine for me one tip tho try and do all you bending before gluing when i did my first foam helmet i tried to heat and curve the face plate more and the heat melted the glue and it fell apart
 

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EyeofSauron

Master Member
I use camping mat foam and i just use a hair drier and it works fine for me one tip tho try and do all you bending before gluing when i did my first foam helmet i tried to heat and curve the face plate more and the heat melted the glue and it fell apart
thx for the info :) well, i dont want to buy a heatgun, with my allready small funds :) rather invest in materials xD

also the thor armor doesnt have that many bends anyway. just slight curving :)
 

Crusader

New Member
I'm not sure if the hair dryer would get hot enough. The heat gun costs about the same amount. Maybe 20 buck at most for the cheap model like mine.
 

sesl

Active Member
It's a good video I love your energy, comes across well. I had no idea i could sand eva foam! Now I wont try to carve out my round edges. Just in time for my Buzz Lightyear foam build.
 

STEALTH

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I'm not sure if the hair dryer would get hot enough. The heat gun costs about the same amount. Maybe 20 buck at most for the cheap model like mine.
yeah, heat guns are pretty cheap. I got mine for 10 dollars
 

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EyeofSauron

Master Member
yeah, heat guns are pretty cheap. I got mine for 10 dollars
well, thats tha advantage of the us

around here, EVERYTHING is expensive

the cheapest heat gun was at a discounter for 40 bucks.
also, i have to drive for almost 1 hour to get eva foam(which is expensive too, but not too expensive XD ), as no shops here carry it, and theres only one we found so far in our general area
 

STEALTH

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well, thats tha advantage of the us

around here, EVERYTHING is expensive

the cheapest heat gun was at a discounter for 40 bucks.
also, i have to drive for almost 1 hour to get eva foam(which is expensive too, but not too expensive XD ), as no shops here carry it, and theres only one we found so far in our general area
oh just realized you were in Austria. sorry buddy :)
 

Senfa

Member
EyeofSauron, question! What is eva foam called in Austria? And how much does it cost? I don't live in Austria, but I have some relatives which I could ask to get me materials.
Since, I don't live in the states and there are no eva foams in stores around here, so i'm hoping I could find an alternative to internet shopping, at least in the beginning of my venture in foam building =P
 

EyeofSauron

Master Member
its actually the same its "EVA schaumstoff", or "Schaumstoff Bodenmatten" the only shop that had them was "Bauhaus"
also, if you need thinner plates, look for "moosgummi"
 

Senfa

Member
hmmm I might try the local bauhaus, or baumaxx, to see if they have it there, i must admit, i didn't really try too hard to find the foam =P
anyway, thanks for the info :D
 

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