And so the saga continues…

Second layer of Bog and some more┬ásanding. Finally have it at a point I can really see what I’m doing.

I need to get my hands on a Dremel so I can cut the excess fibreglass from around the eyes.

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These areas need to be built up.

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Shaded areas need sanding.image

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So tempted to draw eyes and teeth :)

Can anyone recommend a way to hold this thing in position while I sand? At the moment I’m just bracing it against my leg with one had and trying to sand with the other. Just doesn’t feel like the best solution.

“Bondo” phase starts!

Builder's Bog applied
Builder’s Bog applied

I can’t tell if I’ve used too much or not enough.
I guess less is better than more.

Does this Bog make me look fat?
Does this Bog make me look fat?

Either way, I’m going to sand later today.

Need to work out the best way to trim the excess fibreglass…
Quick! To the Google machine!

Finished fibreglassing tonight!

I’m amazed at how tough the fibreglass is, never having worked with it before this is an amazing experience.

As this was my first attempt at Pepakura construction, I made a little mistake that I’m hoping will be fixed by bracing the helmet while the fibreglass and resin sets.

Try to reshape it
Try to reshape it

With luck the fibreglass will set in close to the correct position and then the smoothing with Builder’s Bog can begin!

Started the fibreglass today but ran out of time before GB woke up from her nap so only got the centre line from nose cross to the back of the helmet done.

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And so it begins…

It is wonky as hell but I’ll try to even it up as I go…

I just hope that doing it in sections doesn’t effect the final result.

Recently, thanks to Adam Savage, I’ve started lurking around the Replica Prop forum (TheRPF). It has been inspiring to see all the amazing work they are doing.

So while on TheRPF I discovered Fierfek’s Star Wars Pepakura File Development. My first thought was “what the hell is pepakura?”

3D model of a Stormtroopers helmet
I must have this!

That was shortly followed by “WANT!”

For anyone that, like me up until a week ago, doesn’t know what Pepakura is, it’s a nifty piece of software that lets you take a 3D model of an object a flatten it out, or “unwrap it” in the parlance of the community. It then lays the pieces out on a sheet of paper with numbered tabs and corresponding edges. You just cut it out and glue it together.

What could be simpler?

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