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    Pepakura Armor Method

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    Decade

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    Pepakura Armor Method

    Post  Decade on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:39 am

    Hey everybody, I'm gonna show you How to make armor with Pepakura.

    What is Pepakura?
    It's papercraft with a silly name.

    What you WILL need

    A 3d Model of your Armor
    This is CRUCIAL! If you Don't have one then this method will NOT work for you, unless you are good at making paper models by eye. Try and get a model made by someone!

    Pepakura DESIGNER
    The program you need to print your papercraft, works with all windows and linux versions.
    If you are a Mac use you are shit out of luck. Have fun playing portal with a one click mouse.
    Dwonload Pep Designer HERE
    Also be sure to check out my "Pepakura Designer and YOU" thread (coming soon Very Happy)

    Card stock paper
    A thick paper, available in Letter and A4 sizes. 110 lb is Ideal for armor building, But 65 lb will work too.

    Exacto Knife
    For cutting out the shapes, any will do.

    2 Temp Hot glue gun
    Trust me, this is by far the best glue for Pepakura.

    Pens
    2 different colored pens for drawing over the fold lines.

    Music
    Cutting out pepakura is boring as shit, you'll want music or a cool movie to keep you going.

    Ruler or Tape measure
    For scaling measuring, and making/cutting straight lines.

    Fiber glass Resin
    sticky smelly nasty stuff used to harden your armor piece.
    around 12 bucks a can at walmart, check auto repair section, bondo brand is the best for this.

    Fiberglass Mat or Cloth
    For making your armors Rock hard. mat is stronger, absorbs more resin, hard to work with. cloth is easier for beginners.

    Respirator
    Just in case you still want your lungs to work when you're 40+

    Bondo Automotive Filler
    Grey goopy stuff, for detailing ans smoothing.

    Disposable Gloves
    Latex,Vynil, or nitrile gloves work, I prefer nitrile.

    Tarp
    For the ground for were ever you are resining.

    Sandpaper
    To sand stuff down, duh.

    Dremel
    An invaluable tool to have for armor making. Make sure you buy the Cutting tool for it (It looks like a little buzz saw)

    Paint
    Acrylic or spray

    Spot putty
    For filling pin holes


    Okay! Now that you know what you need, lets get on to the tutorial!



    STEP 1: Pick your armor model
    For this to work you need a 3d model of your character's armor. If you do Then Check out my "Pepakura Designer and YOU" thread (Coming soon) and TK6189's Scaling Thread
    If you do not, Try and get it commissioned, Rip it from a game or make it yourself in a 3d editing program.
    For me I'll be making Kamen Rider Kuuga's mighty form Chest piece.

    Make sure you scale your armor to fit you. To scale your armor go to 2D Menu --> Change Scale--> Scale Factor... and insert the HEIGHT the program will do the rest. Rearange the parts to fit the pages and Print on your cardstock!

    STEP 2: Cutting and Assembly
    First thing I do with a page is use a pen and draw a line over the fold lines, blue or black for mountain folds (---------)
    and red or purple for valley folds(_._._._)

    Make sure to apply pressure while drawing the line and try and keep it straight, It helps to make crisp clean folds. using a ruler would help.
    Carefully cut out and FOLD!
    You should now have a piece like this...

    Now do that with all the pieces!

    Done cutting it out? cool. took forever right? yeah that happens

    now let's glue them together!
    What you do its find the flap that has the number that matches the other piece with the same number. Line the numbers up and glue the flap to the other piece, like shown.


    Keep going until its completed.
    At the time of this posting I have not finished the part. It this tutorial is being written as I go, so please bare with me.

    Also its 3:30 am and I'm gonna got o bed now, The next posts and thread will be up before the end of next week tongue


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    Re: Pepakura Armor Method

    Post  Decade on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:40 am

    RESERVED FOR STEPS 3 (HARDENING) AND 4 (SMOOTHING/DETAILING)
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    Re: Pepakura Armor Method

    Post  Decade on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:41 am

    RESERVED FOR STEPS 5(PAINTING) AND 6(STRAPPING)
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    Re: Pepakura Armor Method

    Post  Decade on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:42 am

    RESERVED FOR STEP 7(AFTER CON REPAIR) AND OPTIONAL STEP 8 (MOLDING AND CASTING WITH OTHER MATERIALS)
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    Re: Pepakura Armor Method

    Post  TK6189 on Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:31 pm

    Wow I'm excited to see this tutorial when its done!

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