JFcustom's FOAM files

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  1. JFcustom

    JFcustom Sr Member

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    Well done! Ahah, two weeks, I knew it wasn't impossible. Here's another evidence I'm not an alien.

    Or unless I'm not the only alien around here.

    I really like the smooth and shiny finishing.
    That said, if I may afford, the thing is maybe just before painting you should have spent a couple more hours adding the missing details here and there by simply carving the foam with your blade, mainly on the chest around the arc reactor. It would have given the whole suit the premium rendering of the original Dancin_fool's model.
     
  2. Fly4v

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Sharkhead IM helmet

    That is what I normally say about Japan but this is one of the rare times that Europe has better supplies.

    These are some amazing suits.
     
  3. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    I read "Made in Hungary" on the packing of the foam.
    And "Importado para Brasil por IGUASPORT"...

    Does someone heard about Iguasport chain stores ?
     
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  4. Fly4v

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    Thanks for the assist.
    I too researched the foam when you first posted your original design but none of the stores I found would ship to North America. :cry

    So your files sit, happily or perhaps, sadly, stored for future use.
     
  5. Kurtis876

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    @ 7sinzz:

    hey good job there, out of curiosity, what was your process for painting? did u pva, plastidip, etc?
     
  6. 7sinzz

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    Cheers guys.
    Jf although I would have liked to have done the details, I haven't practiced them yet so didn't wanna try them on this suit in case I messed it up. I'm currently building the mk 7 for myself using your files. The separate flaps version of the back is unbelievably difficult for me.

    My process is: 8mm foam hot glued (I used to super glue it but hot glue is much better). 5 coats of PVA glue although I'm considering using less in future. Very brittle. Then primer, spray. Then my favourite part: tons and tons of lacquer lol.
     
  7. ka5p3r

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    hey JF i seem to being having a problem with the Ultimate ironman file when i print it out and cut the white borders off the pattern does not line up right, any help would be awesome. i have built the helmet and it worked awesome
     
  8. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    Which file of the suit ?
    I've never been reported this kind of issue. Any screenshot/pics would help.
    Did you resize it, or move the layers, or change the margin heigh/width ?
    Did you check "print alignment marks" ?
     
  9. ka5p3r

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    i did resize it down from where it was at i measured from arm pit to arm pit for the width and changed it to borderless printing, then rearranged the parts, the chest is the part im working on now
     
  10. ka5p3r

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    here i a pic of the chest parts not lining up, i know its not off by much but seems odd
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  11. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    Curious. I've never seen anything like that along hundreds of pages or files...
    Be sure to set A4 or Letter properly, or you'll run the risk to print outside the paper.

    And maybe you should tape the sheets before cutting the patterns :

    1- match the alignment marks

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    2- tape the corners

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    3- tape the whole meeting sides

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    ... and only then you can cut up your masks. This way you can instantly notice if something's wrong before cuting and before taping, and It prevents both hazardous taping and multiple pieces parts spreading.
     
  12. ka5p3r

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    ok cool thanks so much for the advice, ill be doing this then for the ultimate iron man as well as the guyver suit sense im gonna make both i hope for Dcon next year
     
  13. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    If I were you, I would wait the Guyver to be released for foam-speed-build in separate parts. For now all the limbs head torso etc are in the same file, it is not easy to scale at all. It will be done in the next weeks.
     
  14. tumbucu1

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    thats good to hear your making the guyver armor in separate parts i think im going to have to wait for that thanks for all your hard work brother
     
  15. ka5p3r

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    ok cool ill wait too then. its an armor i have wanted for years, well sense i saw the live action movie that was made
     
  16. 7sinzz

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    Hope you know they made 2 live action movies... Guyver (called Mutronics in Europe), and: Guyver 2: Dark Hero

    Sorry if that's obvious, you only mentioned seeing the one, wouldn't want ya to have missed out.

    The guy that played him in the second one was also the voice of solid snake ;) epic trivia. This post has take home value lol.
     
  17. Addamisk1

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    checking in daily paying respect to the genius that is JF starting a warmachine on sunday
     
  18. IM Nation

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    Thank you Master JF (y)love

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  19. Megatron

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : Labsic's mk8 IM helmet

    that red foam looks like what we use in our tool boxes at the base..we have the yellow too. hmmm maybe I can get a name
     
  20. JFcustom

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  22. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks # added Vanquish ARS suit.

    Ref pics :

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    Painted undersuit, weathering and battle damages are compulsory!
    Who's got an idea to see through the helmet... ?
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks # added Vanquish ARS suit.

    omg this is the most awesome and complete tutorial!!! REALLY BIG THANKS!
     
  24. Governor

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks # added Vanquish ARS suit.

    Hi JFcustom
    Firtsly I would like to thank you for the MKIV foam edits - used them for a successfull corrugantium build (corrugated cardboard) - I will post pics at somepoint.

    Secondly in regards to your vision issue with the ARS helmet - maybe using some clear plastic molded to the right shape and then using something like this Stormtrooper Motorbike Helmet - Thomas Tilley which used the vehicle window advertising print system - sticky vinyl with lots of holes..
     
  25. afisaWeGIF

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    Sorry if it's not painted but I wanted to share it :)
    I hope to manage to motorize it, anyway it seems it fits me and my friend's heads :p
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  26. billymaya

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    nice work buddy and super quick using jfs amazing files well done :D the only thing that bugs me a bit is the feet :wacko is there a section missing on them or is that attached to the legs? the gap looks big and if the person in the photo pulls the leg sections up this will increase the gap dont get me wrong im not dissing your efforts but i want to make a second attemp at my iron man suit (my old one is getting a bit tired after so many carnivals) lol and wont to double check this before i start :D thanks in advance
     
  27. 7sinzz

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    No worries dude, thank you for the kind words. There is actually meant to be a flap in this section that attaches to the bottom of the shins. It is only 3 parts but it does the exact thing that you are concerned about, hides the gap. It's in the shin file. I chose not to do it on this speed build because it is very flimsy and he only needed the suit for one night. It will soon be coming back to me for plastic coating and I will add those parts. Nice observation though. There is also a part at the top of the thighs I missed out, and the hip pods due to time restrictions.
     
  28. Mig407

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    JFcustom you my friend are awesome! thanx for sharing these awesome files! decided to try your improved helmet file...made it in card board just as a mock up but i think i might just resin and fiberglass it. total build time 2hrs!

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  29. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    Two hours, it's squarely some build-racing at this point :thumbsup. And very nice work moreover.
    Btw, I don't forget your Thor files, you'll get them pretty soon.
     
  30. Mig407

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    **help**
    with my mk4 build im having trouble scaling the legs to fit me properly. i went +10% like i did for the upperbody parts since it worked last time...but it made the legs way to long for me since im just 5'11'' but have 28'' thighs and 18'' calves...and i still had to add 1'' panel to the thigh piece for my leg to fit. so i decided to trim the top of the thighs a few inches but now i fear ive lost proportion. should i go back down 10% and just add panels?? oh and another thing it keeps jamming and crinkling the foam where the shin and boot meet. maybe its because i used thick foam?? (1/2'' anti fatigue puzzle mats) tryn to get ready for megacon since i missed halloween. any advice help and or suggestions appreciated..

    went +10% scale with the upperbody
    (used stealth files up top and jfcustom files for the lower body)
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    the legs looked great and were fast to build but too long for me :(
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    it jams where the shin and boot meet
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    so i modified it and removed a piece but it still jams lol.
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    thought maybe making the boot lower might help?
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    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  31. billymaya

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    thats some thick foam your using there buddy could be the reason for the jamming that you have mentioned even with my legs on my suit i find there was a slight problem with moveability between feet and bottom of lets after ive been walking around for a while in mine the lower leg rubs the paint away on the top of the boot but with the thinner foam i used 6mm i think it was it kinda bent either side of the boot so it didnt catch if you see what i mean
     
  32. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    About you thigh sizing issue, you may find a solution here : [HowTo] Fine tuning of Pepakura foam parts' size.

    About the jointure between shin and boot,
    I agree. I think you should at first use a half thiner foam for the boots, and wear some lighter shoes inside them, like a pair of converse for example. The piece you removed at the front bottom of the shin seems very thick, and moreover was glued against the inner side of a foam part of the same thickness. It makes the apperture even narrower. You may try to trim this small flap in order to glue it in line with the shin, not inside of it.
    At last, you can always split your foam in its thickness with a long blade to obtain a half thiner foam where it will keep jaming.
     
  33. billymaya

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    right cool its just a thing that was niggling me and i was worried that because it was the simple foam version for speed building that it had been left out of the costume if you see what i mean :D
     
  34. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    Hey, speed-build is not scamp-build ! :behave
    To use these templates the only thing is that you need to use foam pieces -or cardboard- much larger than a common paper sheet. This way it's easier and that's why you save time.
    But of course you can also save half of your time by droping half of your parts... :D
     
  35. Lord Magneto

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    Hot * that looks really good
     
  36. 7sinzz

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    Oooh sly dig mr! lol. I only dropped 3 small parts lol.

    For the dude with scaling problems don't use the 10% options to scale. Use the top option in the scale menu and enter the actual height parameter in mm. If its to thick or thin for your body part just add or take away foam.

    Anyway... 2 quick photos of my current mk 7 build using JFs modified darkside files. I am going to be using the mk 3 legs because I prefer them. All parts are scaled to my exact size. Still need to do the flight stabilisers, they will be motorised. The chest has had a quick attempt at plastic coating but needs a bit of work, and needs pulling tighter which will also bring the back in.

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    I also made a quick helmet but it came out HUGE, the one before it was even bigger, both failed because I measured my head wrong. 6 hours of my life I will never get back. I just found this massive head quite funny lol...

    [​IMG]
     
  37. JFcustom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    No no, I said that because billymaya made me slightly chuckle while being suspicious of the simple-speed-foam method. Of course it's not as sharp as the paper/bondo way, but I manage my templates to be as far as possible from a compromise between trashy and acceptable.

    Nice MK VII so far ! :love I know the back part and its flaps are maybe the most tricky parts, but if you rush on this, at the end you may forever regret not to have spend a couple of more hours on them.

    Oh, and does someone around here have a 3D model of the Blade™ weapon that comes with the Vanquish ARS suit ? Or detailed ref pics ?
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
  38. billymaya

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks ►added Vanquish ARS suit◄.

    some very nice crisp clean lines then mate :D regards the plastic coating is that using the smooth on stuff that xrobots had a thread about? im thinking about going down this route also for my next build how did you find working with it?
     
  39. billymaya

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    lol jf no offence intended sorry lol cant wait to get cracking on some of your templates :D
     
  40. Mig407

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    you guys are awesome thankyou for helping. ill take your advice and use lighter shoes and thinner foam for that particular piece. ill just remake the legs with the new sizing trick you taught me.
     
  41. 7sinzz

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    Thanks bud. Yeah I'm using 65d. I use a syringe to mix exactly 10ml of part A and 10ml of part B. Any more than this and it will start to cure before you've applied it. You have 2.5 minutes to apply it before it goes off, then 15 minutes til cure. I'm very active on the xrobots thread, some nice ideas and suggestions over there. Head over and drop any thoughts or queries within his thread.
     
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  42. Mig407

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    Thanx man! I love your magneto helmet!
     
  43. Verity444

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    Re: Speed-building files'n'tricks : added FOAM Iron Man Ultimate v2.

    Thanks a lot for that thread dude! Its awesome that most people in here help each other out to make these suits, props, etc!
     
  44. sq10e

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    Just an amazing resource, I am gonna bookmark this thread so I can use it for refference soon as I can afford some materials. Thanks JF
     
  45. JFcustom

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    Thanks to you. It's always a pleasure.

    I recieve a blow of PM these days for a foam unfold of Thor suit. So here it is :
    [​IMG] thor.rar

    Could someone tell me who's the modeler of each of these files, so I can add credits ?
     
  46. ironman wanabee

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    great tips
     
  47. brothergrimm

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    Heya JF. Great work as always. I was curious if there was a foam template for the Classic Iron Man available or a link somewhere? Don't know if one exists or not. I have the pep files but I think it would look better as a foam build. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. And thanks for all you're tips. This thread is one of the best for foam builds. And thanks to everyone who adds their input. It really helps.
     
  48. IronShwarma2754

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    hey wats up Jf i was wandering if i could get the password so i can re adjust the templates
     
  49. JFcustom

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    Humm... If a password is required, then it is not one of my files. :behave
     
  50. IronShwarma2754

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    it say i must enter a password before exporting or saving
     

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