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Unread 04-24-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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How To Use PEPAKURA For Costume and Prop Building

Hi Everyone. I just joined this site.

1 of my methods of building costumes is the PEPAKURA Method.
It involves making armor out of Papercraft and finishing it with an elaborate process.

I wanted to share some tutorials I've made if anyone has ever wondered how to get started

good luck

here is my Current Project made from this method (still in progress)
YouTube -IRON MAN Costume - Mark III Armor Build - Part 1

Tutorials are here in order in a playlist on my channel:
How To Use PEPAKURA For Costume and Prop Building

any questions, feel free to ask here.

Good luck

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Unread 04-25-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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Have you been able to build any of the kyubey models found online:
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http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura/g...ils.php?id=640
http://www.niseke.com/?dl

I try to build him but it just ends up as fail.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 12:03 AM   #3
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No I'm sorry.
I don't really use the program to create small models like that.

I don't blame you, it Looks difficult since they seem on the small side. Smaller flaps to fold and what not.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 12:42 AM   #4
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Damn, your Iron Man suit is "Still in Progress"?
Must be tough working with a fully detailed full body suit.

I learned Pepakura from TheStealthProps.
It is a really good program if you want all your costumes/acc/armor/etc
to look perfect.
I'm still new to the program, but it is awesome.
I don't have to use cardboard, foam, or any type of base skeleton anymore.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 03:19 AM   #5
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yeah, still in progress. I just work on it when I feel like it after work. I started it about 2 months ago. Not really trying to rush it as this stage. I pep pretty quick but I'm waiting around for warmer weather to use body fillers and paint. Even then, I'll take my time.

If you rush it, it really shows in the end.

I might build something else while I'm waiting, not sure what though.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 09:16 AM   #6
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Everything I know I got from the 405th.

But I'm still a little confused, is there a different way to strengthen the paper craft without using Fiberglass and/or Bondo? I don't have a decent workspace to do something like that (nor the equipment)

I've heard of some people using Liquid Plastic,, yes no?
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:50 AM   #7
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I use Pepakura for all my props and armor now. Papercraft is awesome! I design my models with Metasequoia (sp?) then turn them into papercrafts with Pepakura. I've even made a 3D model of myself to scale my props against, so I have less testbuilding to do to scale things.

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But I'm still a little confused, is there a different way to strengthen the paper craft without using Fiberglass and/or Bondo? I don't have a decent workspace to do something like that (nor the equipment)
Yes, there is another way! The way I make papercraft props is by building them out of single ply cardboard (like the cardboard cereal boxes are made of), then covering them with paper mache. Paper mache takes work to get a smooth surface, but for onesided pieces like armor, you can get away with only putting the paper mache on the inside to strengthen it, and letting the outside remain smooth cardboard.

The great thing about paper mache is that it's non-toxic, doesn't take a ton of space to do (though you gotta cover your work area), SUPER sturdy once at least 4-8 layers are on there, and nothing is cheaper than cardboard + glue +water + newspaper. You can sand it and drill it just like wood, and cut it with scissors like paper.

However, rounded shapes have to be designed carefully so as to minimize the amount of seams and to avoid a blocky look, since corners can't be sanded down like they can when you slap Bondo on top of everything. It's also time consuming to layer the paper on, but probably using and sanding toxic materials takes just as much, if not more.
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Very very VERY helpful!
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Everything I know I got from the 405th.

But I'm still a little confused, is there a different way to strengthen the paper craft without using Fiberglass and/or Bondo? I don't have a decent workspace to do something like that (nor the equipment)

I've heard of some people using Liquid Plastic,, yes no?
Yeah, you can use Liquid Plastic. Much safer than using fiberglass. In TheStealthProps video he uses Liquid Plastic. The liquid plastic works well with the fiberglass cloth. Btw I know what you mean. Majority of everything built with Perakura is at 405th.
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If ya'll have questions most of em' can be answered here.
http://www.405th.com/showthread.php/...e-Pepakura-FAQ
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Everything I know I got from the 405th.

But I'm still a little confused, is there a different way to strengthen the paper craft without using Fiberglass and/or Bondo? I don't have a decent workspace to do something like that (nor the equipment)

I've heard of some people using Liquid Plastic,, yes no?
hi

part 5 of the tutorial has the solution.
It's what I use. Polyurethane liquid plastic

I'm litterally using it indoors, on a tiny table.

check it out
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I just watched your video this morning about strengthening them.

Would I be able to paint it over craft foam you think? I'm not necessary working on an armor project but if it's a better substitute over 8 layers of watered down glue to strengthen it, I'd take it up in a heartbeat.
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I just watched your video this morning about strengthening them.

Would I be able to paint it over craft foam you think? I'm not necessary working on an armor project but if it's a better substitute over 8 layers of watered down glue to strengthen it, I'd take it up in a heartbeat.
You can't paint over craft foam. The foam sucks up the paint, but you can paper mache it, sand, prime, then paint. 8)
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I don't mean like acrylics I know that much. But the resin.
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