Back on 13th February I started another armor making process for Masamune, this time his upper leg armor pieces.
|Cut out polystyrene pieces.|
|Pencil marks added and yes, I used the knife box as a ruler.|
But before the hot glue experimenting I wanted to check if I could cut a line into the plastic for the attachment purpose – basically a hole to pull the ties through. I had no proper tools for this so I tried with a kitchen knife. I had to use quite a lot of pressure and I managed to cut pretty deep into the plastic but on the other side it didn't go all the way through so yeah, in other words it didn't work out.
|The side I cut on.|
|The backside. Didn't go through. :(|
Well well, now back to the gluing – I took a scrap piece, heated the glue gun and carefully applied a thin line as evenly as I could manage.
|I know it's beautifully straight. Not.|
Oh well, I took the heat gun and shaped it the same way I would shape the actual pieces.
|One done, four to go!|
At some point I think the glue gun got too hot because the glue just flowed out without me even trying to get it out and it did this "glue bump - line - glue bump - line" pattern that was just not what I wanted so I took it off for a while to cool down. Also, when the "mouth"/tip of the hot glue gun accidentally touched the polystyrene it melted very slightly. Actually, I ended up noticing that you could use the glue gun even when it was not plugged because it took quite a while to cool down... xD
|One armor piece done.|
|One armor piece shaped.|
|Notice the pencil markings at the left and right corners.|
|Closer view of the holes.|
|Cutting time ~|
|Sanding time ~|
|My sand paper of choice.|
|Spray paint coating recently added.|
|I don't like what I see...|
|... that's better.|
|It's important to zigzag!|
|Sewing elastic in place.|
At this point I had to leave and go back to my apartment, but before I left I took with me some items for handsewing and some black thread. At home I sewed on the other end of the elastic by hand. I had to keep the stretch tight with one hand and sew on the elastic with the other but it all went well.
|Sometimes handsewing is convenient...|
|Quick armor test.|
Yeah, that's it yo! See you later alligator!