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Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by BazookaJo, Jan 11, 2007.
no idea, never seen mirror card
What about guilding................. doesn't it come in silver or gold?
A little polish after application and then sealing it should replicate chrome pretty good.
You'll be after Plasti-kote Brilliant Metallic then, available at any Wilkinsons store in the Uk. It cost £4.99 a can (which will be more than enough).
I used it on a resin endo-arm I owned, in conjunction with a gloss black enamel and the finish was very very reflective.
Take a look here to see the effect... http://www.qeester.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1643
Although these seem to have a hammered texture, at a guess I would say he was to far away when spraying.
I have not tried this stuff, but I have seen pictures of what this stuff can do. It is called Killer Chrome. The product website is:
Here's a photo of a shoe treated with the product:
There's a sample can that might be enough to do a helmet. Don't know how much is in it, but it's about $20.00. The results look pretty cool though.
Of course we'll need a colonial flight helmet to go with (or against) it.
Not quite familiar with the process - heard of a few similar products but I've heard the finish comes off very easily.
Hi Rebostar - would like to see this, but I can't get the link to work
Been researching this stuff for a while, and although the Killer Chrome ain't bad at $40 it's v.expensive, and if you get the Killer Clear to improve the shine that's another $30 (Will also be more expensive and damn hard to find in the UK).
As I said, Alclad is the cheapest and easiet to get hold of over here, but it would still work out pricey.
Lots to think about though.
Try this link instead... http://www.moreplan.co.uk/ProductDisplay/Plasti-kote Brilliant Metallic Paint/149874/16251/656529
Click on the picture of the spray cans to enlarge.
Look at the lid, thats pretty much what the finish looks like.
I will say ignore the part where it says touch dry in an hour, don't even breathe on it for a couple of days.
It is a very thick spray and needs time to harden, so as not to leave fingerprints.
Tip:... stand the can in a bowl of just off the boil water for a minute.
This will help give you better pressure from the can as well as making the mist finer.
I think the lid is a bit of a red herring - the closest paint for that sort of finish is the "Killer Chrome".
It looks pretty good on small parts
But on a large smooth surface it dosn't really have a mirror/reflective finish (check out the dustbin) http://www.plasti-kote.co.uk/Product/pcode---4510/pccode---3620
At the moment I think it's still Alclad in the lead, but that's due to the expense of the project thus far - if it had been a cheaper model/project the Plastikote would have been the definite choice.
What a tease! I've wanted one of these ever since I watched the original series. Please make it a short break. Now I just have to work out the LED wiring to give those back and forth lights....
Let me know how you get on with that.
Mine cost me £40 and I had to solder the LEDs on myself, but it's spot on - a fading comet style sweep with 32 lights (same number as the real deal) and variable speed settings. Control box fits in mohawk area with ribbon cables that reach to the front of the visor.
You can get simpler version but I did a lot of searching around, and for this type of chaser the price was damn good.
That said, it would be a little OTT for a card version:roll:
What we need is a REALLY cheap and cheerful alternative - suggestions please.....
If it's one for the kids though you could always stick a few dents on the top, stick a small red torch in the middle, and tell him he's Red Eye* in targetting mode:-D
*for non-geeks, Red Eye was a Cylon after a bump on the head mistook a shady human for his centurian leader and became his goon in a western type episode. Just before he used to draw his light would stop in the centre for a second or so
When I built the balsa helmet we used a small motorized arm with limit switches that carried a single LED back and forth. It was worth the extra effort.
Pretty cool 8)
The best ones have multiple leds though, as for the right effect the light needs to have a comet tail style effect i.e. instead of one LED lighting up at a time you have 4+ getting slowly weaker away from the leading LED:
I know, picky picky picky :-D
I bet if you used 5 LEDs on the arm though, the one in the middle the brightest, and the 2 either side gradually weaker you wouldn't be far off at all - now how cheaply could this be done:twisted:
My Gob is truly smacked!!!!
keep up the great work!
Still drooling... when can we get it? Huh? Huh? Puuuuuullleeeeeeezzzzeeeee????? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
I'm going to put a final deadline on myself for 31st April - I know it's a bit away, but I have a lot of crazy stuff going on at the moment, plus if I can get it done before then I will.
The good news is that I'll def. be having a go at some of the other armour parts, or maybe all if there's enough interest (might as well seeing as I reckon the helmet has got to be the hardest part).
As for timescales - if I could get a full suit done in time for halloween I'd be a happy man
and don't forget - you can scale it down for the kiddies :twisted:
Yeah I plan on scaling this down for the kiddies----------NOT! this sucker is going to be for me!:twisted:
I was able to find Crome cardstock at Michel's art and craft its $4.75 for sheet poster board size But i should be able to get 4 letter's size parts out of each sheet
So i can't wait to download this !!!
Well, I reckon I may be ready to start my Beta build next week all being well so it shouldn't be too long before I'm ready for a Ceta builder or two to try out my instructions (applications by posts or PM )
What's weird is that they don't seem to do straightforward mirror card in the US - I had a look myself on ebay & the rest of the web but nothing!!! - I'm amazed :shock: It's usually the other way around.
So if someone knows of a good source for the US builders - please let us all know
A. Full. Suit.
How cool is that!? That would be amazing!
Paul I would be happy to be a "ceta builder for you again. :twisted: