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Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« on: Sep 16, 2012, 12:19 PM »
Since my decision to make a Legacy kit, I've been intrigued by making it out of PVC piping. I'm 6ft, medium build, and I plan to make the armor pretty thick. I'm really just wondering if anyone has any advice, tips, pics, or WIPs I can observe to go through this process. I plan to start with a chest piece similar to the one on my avatar, and go from there. I will be drawing up custom plates for most of the rest.

Also, if anyone has any advice for making closed thighs or shins please chime in :D

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Re: Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« Reply #1 on: Sep 16, 2012, 12:28 PM »
Your knife is made out of PVC. Its a fair amount of work since its thicker, but its pretty durable. Also, dont touch it when its hot. That hurts.

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Re: Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« Reply #2 on: Sep 16, 2012, 11:05 PM »
Your knife is made out of PVC. Its a fair amount of work since its thicker, but its pretty durable. Also, dont touch it when its hot. That hurts.

Yup. Super true. My schnee plates burnt the crap out of my hands.

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Re: Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« Reply #3 on: Sep 16, 2012, 11:21 PM »
Yeah, vod! Same here  :D

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Re: Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« Reply #4 on: Sep 17, 2012, 12:33 AM »
make sure you move the heat gun(if that's your method) a LOT don't hold it in one space too long, or it'll burn and bubble the pvc... I started to on my center diamond, and my shins have that like crazy...
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Re: Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« Reply #5 on: Sep 17, 2012, 01:50 AM »
My Darth Talon armour is made from PVC pipe. Different diameters and thiknesses :)

Yeah heat gun always in motion. The good news is the plastic gets lovely and easy to manipulate into curves but doesn't warp as quickly as styrene. And if it does warp it is fairly easy to cold shock then heat back up do fix the warp.
I like to use my desk/bench to help keep the long edges of gauntlet and shin armour on the straight and narrow :) Heat, remove gun, open the pipe, hold one edge against the desk, cold shock, repeat for the other side. In winter here this works well as one side will not heat up while the gun is directed to the other side.
http://neimhaille.tumblr.com/post/31454136804/dragon2012-1052-by-lionel-lum-on-flickr-there

Edges are also somewhat easier to sand smoother than styrene too. And as for paint I like to use a 180 grit sand paper and sand in one direction to get a metallic grain pattern. It's very subtle if your paint and primer are heavy.
But I also have a very light hand so that may affect what grit you use. Acrylic enamel gloss rattle can paint loves sanded PVC though. lLoves.

Re: Making Armor from PVC pipe?
« Reply #6 on: Sep 17, 2012, 04:17 PM »
Spanner Murraan's legacy inspired kit is also made from PVC pipe.
http://mercs.firespray.net/forum/index.php?topic=26463.0

 


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