Xtremenoob's halo 4 build

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Xtremenoob

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hello,
My name is daniel and i fell in love with master chief's armour, so when i had the chance to finally build and make him i decided to make it out of foam because you can were it for really long time and it gives more flexibility. so i started like most builds in my room free hand and custom made templates were used. So everyone had a problem with the abdominal armour, it puzzled me. I got and idea from ARTEM after looking at there halo 4 build video. they used latex foam with fixed bits of armour attched and i decided i dont have enought money for that i decided to use foam and some material.so i cust out a singlet shirt pattern and made a shirt out of foam and attached my abdomanal armour to it. cheap but effective. that was a load of my mind when i figured out that and then after 1 month of thinking i decided to make my own visors for my helmet which was another challenge.

the helmet started out as pepakura and hardened with bad smoothcast 320. the smoothcast 320 was left open for a day when i was down to my last litre and due to the air getting into it it turned the part A into sludge. so i continued to use it as i was desperate. My bad. when i started the sanding and filling process and sanded the helmet so much in some areas the smoothcast was showing from the inside layer. keep in mind when i used the bad sludge smoothcast when it came time to do a base layer of paint the paint would not cure on the smoothcast due to a chemical reaction so the paint stayed sticky for 2 weeks. when i finally realised that the paint will never cure i decided to do the rest of the helmet in clay and have to mold it to make a copy paint can stick to, so i started fixing all the little gaps and edges with clay and molding was a breeze.

The visor i am extremely proud of because i made it. I even made a vacuum forming table just for this visor and it was a great success after 6 sheets of plastic. The buck i made by bondoing the inside of a cooking pot to get a really smooth surface and etched out the detail with multiple files and dremel. After i made a mold of the visor i made several so i can pull 3 copies from 1 piece of plastic (witch failed for 6 sheets) but with my last 2 sheets i finally know exactly how to and i will not make the same mistakes again. In dye the visors i spend $100 in IDye golden yellow dye only to realize it didnt work so after multiple messages to thorssoli i read his thread and realized i needed IDye Poly orange (i needed the POLY version). So i now know how to dye things witch is another learning curve.

once everything came together with painting the suit to installing the padding it was estatic with the results.
As i am still young (17) i have learnt alot from this hobby and comparing my props to last year i have made a significant improvement and hope in the years to follow i can some how swing a job out of this passion i have for building things.

Thank you for reading

My build started here so swing on bye have a look :Halo 4 Build by Xtremenoob

I decided to expand because people love to see something new


here is the finished helmet as well showing the build process for it.


here is my proof pic of the finished suit:
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MrCaraco

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

helmet's looking pretty great!
I love seeing sculpts when they are just in primer, you get to focus on the shapes and forms.

What is the base for the helmet, is it pep or foam or quoi?
 

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

do you plan on making copies of the visor once it's finished? I've been on the hunt for a decent visor for my H4 Chief lid...
 

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Shaunbrook7104

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

Mate that looks awesome good work. Ive got a couple of the easier bits done on my Halo Reach armour. After seing this I might get a move on and finish at it! Good work again mate :)
 

Xtremenoob

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

do you plan on making copies of the visor once it's finished? I've been on the hunt for a decent visor for my H4 Chief lid...

Yes i will,
When i vacuumform it if i have more visors than helmet buckets ill sell them separately. They should look good once i dye and chrome them, im currently building a slightly better vacuumform machine before my plastic arrives. I'll Upload alot of pics when i mold and vac the visor.

Mate that looks awesome good work. Ive got a couple of the easier bits done on my Halo Reach armour. After seing this I might get a move on and finish at it! Good work again mate :)

Thanks,
Good luck building your reach armour, i to have another 2 suit in the progress and it is hard to find motivation to continue.
 

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

Yes i will,
When i vacuumform it if i have more visors than helmet buckets ill sell them separately. They should look good once i dye and chrome them, im currently building a slightly better vacuumform machine before my plastic arrives. I'll Upload alot of pics when i mold and vac the visor.

Mean, I'm only across the ditch... :thumbsup
 

Xtremenoob

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

So here is an update on what i have been doing
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Here you can see cardboard Mohawk because i will be tracing this to MDF and then start to create the mothermold


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Xtremenoob

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

HELP NEEDED!!
I vacuumed formed my visor 1/16 PETG but when i went to dye it i spent 3hrs and failed. I used 5 bags of orange rit at 140°f for 10min, nothing happend, turned temp up to 150° 20min started to get i slight colour difference but really nothing, 155-160° the visor warped so much its a throw away,

I REALLY NEED HELP FOR DYEING VISORS I JUST CANT GET THE HANG OF IT

P.S. the pot on the left was the cool bath

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Pyrotechx

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

You need to keep the visor in WAY longer in lower temp. At 130 I think I have seen someone leave it up to 5 hours, but this was with black rit and they wanted it tinted. I would say drop it in for a couple hours, but checking every 30 minutes.
 

Xtremenoob

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

You need to keep the visor in WAY longer in lower temp. At 130 I think I have seen someone leave it up to 5 hours, but this was with black rit and they wanted it tinted. I would say drop it in for a couple hours, but checking every 30 minutes.

Thanks,
Ill give it a go, your the first person that has suggested me something over multiple sites i have posted on
 

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

Helmet looks really good dude. I'll have it.

Do I give you my address, or...?

Dreaming... :cry
 

Pyrotechx

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

Thanks,
Ill give it a go, your the first person that has suggested me something over multiple sites i have posted on

Just keep an eye on it so it doesn't warp. Another method I have read about is someone doing it at about 145-150 for 10 minutes, pulling it out, and immediately putting it in cool water, which helps lock in the tint.
 

Xtremenoob

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

Helmet looks really good dude. I'll have it.

Do I give you my address, or...?

Dreaming... :cry
Thanks,
I want to completely finish a helmet before i sell any, i wanted to show the basic "kit" i will be selling in a few weeks.
Im just happy 2 of 4 cast came out perfect with next to no airbubbles the one im keeping has lots of air bubbles but can fix up and the other has 2 big dents because the mold keys not sitting were they should.

Daniel


Just keep an eye on it so it doesn't warp. Another method I have read about is someone doing it at about 145-150 for 10 minutes, pulling it out, and immediately putting it in cool water, which helps lock in the tint.

That was the way i did it, thats why i got my pot on the left it was my cold bath,
I spent $90 on idye gold ochre (7packs)
It should be enough

Ill update later on the results to see if it was a waste of $90
 

Xtremenoob

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Re: Xtremenoob's Halo 4 build

ENJOY THIS AND THE NEXT POST AS I TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY


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Need a photoshoot when im suited up or just for the helmet to get some good pics of it

Until Next time
Daniel
 

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