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Unread 10-10-2011, 03:54 PM   #421
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Silly question, but how well can this hold up in the rain? There was a light and constant downpour during AN'11, and my other cardboard props would fold, rip, or squish after 8min or so out there. There doesn't seem to be part in the first tutorial that deals with this; FW, I hope your solution isn't encasing it in hot-glue, cause that would probably triple the needed hot-glue sticks. Any cheaper/simpler ideas anyone?

The idea I have to get a realistic blade colour/shine is to cover it in aluminum tape. Seems to work well if creases are avoided. and can probably keep out rain.
Another random idea I got (not tested yet) is use a waterproofing spray. The issue is finding one that would work on cardboard. hmmm....
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Unread 10-25-2011, 09:10 PM   #422
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Unread 10-25-2011, 11:54 PM   #423
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awesome !!!!!!!! thank you so much ^^~
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Unread 02-02-2012, 05:41 PM   #424
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Assuming anyone reads the last pages here, I just wanted to give input to the tutorial instructions. FW, I don't know if you're aware, but there's a simpler alternative to getting a dowel that you (if needed) cut up. at Rona (and possibly home depot) there are steel stakes in the plants & garden section in the FAR back. They a VERY strong, are bendable to shape into nearly any slight curve you may need; they're hollow steel bars that are wrapped in a green plastic casing w/lots of slit openings running down them. best way to cut them is bending back and forth on the desired spot if you don't have a hack-saw.
They come in 3 sizes varying in thickness (6, 8, 12mm), length and price, from [3' for $1.50] to [4.5' for $2.50] to [6' for $3]. I'm gonna go with that for my katana.

on a more related note, I made a gundam shield based on this tutorial:

I just need to figure out how I can attach it to my arm so that it anchors on my shoulder rather than just have wide fabric elastics wrapping around my forearm.
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Unread 02-09-2012, 05:06 PM   #425
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Amazing what one can do with cardboards! Awesome tutorial, thanks!
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Unread 02-12-2012, 09:09 PM   #426
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What I wanna know is how the heck did you make your cardboard look like one single piece of cardboard?! It's like you skipped step one and just found a large block of cardboard in that example you had there!

My cutting skills are not as superb as yours, and it had a lot of dings and uneven sides to it. When I look at it, it looks like I'm doing something wrong! I'm rather unwilling to cut another 15 squares knowing fully well I will mess it up again. T_T
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Unread 12-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #427
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Hello, the FAQ link seems to be broken and I'm quite lost on what we're supposed to do with cutting a half inch blade around the sword and tehn filling with glue?
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