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    I just finished up my last Thomas build, which you can see here.

    http://www.thedaftclub.com/forum/sho...For-Electronic

    I have always appreciated the Encore designs for Daft Punk's suits. This new Thomas helmet of mine will be sleeker, smoother, and even more accurate than my last Thomas helmet. This one isn't for a client, this one is for me....and hey, I might even mould it as well...............

    This pep is Dung0beetles version, unfolded by my good friend Cama900. I still firmly believe this is the definitive Thomas helmet pep out there.

    The paper portion of this project took me about two weeks. Here are some tips on pepakura that I have found helpful.

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    I cut out each piece with scissors, not a hobby knife. After a piece is cut out I look over it again and make sure the lines are clean and There isn't too much overhang.

    I fold all my edges with a ruler instead of scoring them with a knife, this way is cleaner, at least for me.

    Before I put a piece on I make sure I know how the piece fits and what part of the model it is.....It's much easier to fix something when it's dry instead of when you already have glue on it.

    I use this glue....you can buy it at Michael's.....It has a special applicator tip which makes it very easy to apply...Here's a link:

    https://tombowusa.com/office/detail/52190

    After the model is done, I take a hot glue gun and put a thing coat of hot glue over the entire inside of the helmet. It doesn't strengthen it but it helps it maintain its shape until resin.

    But mostly, patience. My models usually take me 10 hours, sometimes more. And I usually stretch out the process over a few days, sometimes even weeks.

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    Anyways, here the pep, all assembled.








    One of my cleanest Pep jobs yet!!!! Onto to Fibreglass resin. Here are some tips on resin that I have found helpful.

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    Light coats! Seriously, a heavy coat of resin can very well destroy your helmet! Put it on sparingly, especially the first few coats.

    Keep spreading the resin while it is still wet. If you have drips, brush them away. Don't leave any piece of the helmet dry.

    I find that stroking the resin on ( like a painter ) works much better than dabbing the helmet.

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    There's the first coat. Went pretty well, except for some tabs coming loose while the resin was still wet. But I managed to fix it.

    Well, I'm really looking forward to this! At this point in time, This is my fifth Thomas helmet in the last two years, so hopefully everything I've learned will make this helmet come out great.

    But hey, it could also end up like a flaming ball of death. Who knows?

    Thanks for reading, look for an update soon.
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    Sorry....

    Yes, this project is going to be awesome pawesome. Can't wait until I build my Encore.
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    I let the rubberband do the magic.

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    Perhaps...

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    First post edited. Thomas START!!!!!!!!!!!
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    looks amazing so far. You certainly are the pep master. you think you could pep me up a new car?

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    Definitely! What make?
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    Awesome!!! Finally got the scale right, eh? The pep looks fantastic, very clean
    Another tip for people is to be as exact as possible with the curing agent, you dont want it curing to short/fast and it being too brittle or kinda tacky (this has happened to me many times)

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    Definitely! What make?
    Can I have the '66 Batmobile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cama900 View Post
    Awesome!!! Finally got the scale right, eh? The pep looks fantastic, very clean
    Another tip for people is to be as exact as possible with the curing agent, you dont want it curing to short/fast and it being too brittle or kinda tacky (this has happened to me many times)

    Ah, yes, also a good tip. Follow directions, this stuff ain't rocket science. As for the scale, I didn't change it at all, I just scaled it with the normal settings.

    ( On an unrelated note, someone on TheRPF was thinki9ng about putting the files together for a 1:1 delorean for pep!)
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    Instead of dealing with fibreglass cloth or Rondo this time, I went with Smoothcast 300. This stuff is usually using for slush casting helmets out of a mould, and it is delightfully easier than other methods I have used in the past to strengthen my helmets. I picked up this method from MrPinski, so props to him!



    Mix equal parts Yellow and blue, then Voila! Liquid plastic!




    After it is mixed, just slush it around in the helmet. You're gonna need a few coats, but it's worth it. If you want to know more about slush casting, I recommend watching this great tutorial from everyone's favourite propmaker, Volpin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZTdZ...ature=g-user-u

    Smoothcast 300 starts out clear and slowly turns white, it's actually a very cool process to watch!






    So, all in all, this stuff is GREAT for strengthening your pepakura piece. Also, it's not toxic! So no need to wear a respirator.......but I would wear gloves, you don't want to get this stuff on your skin.



    More to come.
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    The hot glue is a really good idea. I should try that and the smooth cast next time.

    Lookin' good dude!
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