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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:20 pm    Post subject: Styrene Skin Tutorial  Reply with quote

Now that your frame is ready for skinning, Here's how you do it.
If your cutting your own skins, I recommend using Chani's Skin Files.
You can download them on the R2 Builders Yahoo Group.
The reason I like Chani's Files, It cuts down on how many cuts you will have to make to get everything the way it should look.
You can also buy etched skins from Chani for $55.00 and this will make things much easier and faster.

Starting with the inner front skin. Position it as best as you can and tape it into place. Check all the door openings if you plan to have them open.
The inner skins are easy to set.



Now tape the rear inner skins to the frame.



Check the sides and all over for anything that looks wrong.



If everything looks good, Use VERY LITTLE Weldon 3 and start bonding the skins to the frame from the inside.
Start bonding near the top and don't rush this part. If you use too much Weldon 3, It will melt the skins and create flat spots from frame rail to frame rail. Some of the inner skin will be seen from the outside and flat spots will look bad. It takes so little Weldon 3 to bond the skins you will think it won't bond, But it will.
Let this dry overnight and then add the outer skins.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that the inner is dry, You can set the outer skins.
This part is VERY IMPORTANT!!!
The outer skins give you all the detail, So don't rush.

Start taping the front skins and check all the gaps around each opening and any area that has a offset.
Tape the skins anywhere you can to keep the alignment from shifting.



Now tape the rear outer skin into place.



Now that everything is taped and aligned up, You can start bonding the outer skin to the inner skin. Again, Use VERY LITTLE Weldon 3 or it will melt the skins and your droid will look like it's melting.

After the skins are good and dry. You can add the detail parts that give you the 3D image your looking for in a droid.
Use the tape to set each part and bond. If your droid has painted areas behind the detail part, You can do 2 things.
Tape the detail in place and pencil mark the area to be painted. Remove the detail part and tape around the painted area and the entire droid and paint or bond the detail part and tape around this area and paint later.
Both ways work.

There's not much to this tutorial and as always use Dave's pictorial as you build.
Now onto the shoulders.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the frame done and I'm looking at Dave's tutorial on the skins, I ordered Chani's skins.  I was hoping it would tell me what I need to cut out on the inner and outer skins but it does not.  It just says if I want opening doors to cut them out.  Can you help me with this?  Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have'nt used Chani's skins yet. Hum.
When you get them post a picture of them and we can help you.
I think but I'm not sure, Todd may have used these skins and I think Mike has used them also.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

admin wrote:
I have'nt used Chani's skins yet. Hum.
When you get them post a picture of them and we can help you.
I think but I'm not sure, Todd may have used these skins and I think Mike has used them also.
Calvin


I should be getting my skins in my Chani sometime in the next week or so.  If nothing else I can probably post up some copies of mine.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calvin, did you use Chani's files to make your skins.  I have an inner and outer set.  I also found this blog but the top of the frame looks different than mine so I'm not sure if I should follow this build.

http://www.barrettandcarly.com/blog/skins/
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, Chani's skin files are AWESOME and I always use them.
That Blog looks like Dave's skin files which are the same but Chani cuts down on the amount of cuts.
The frame on that blog is a modified Dave frame. They added a slipring cross bar to supply power inside the dome.
Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, But it may be a handy idea.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found my utility knife strays sometimes when I am cutting along the scored lines on the skins, so I have a few scratches on my outer skins.  Can I buff these out or is there another way to hide these?  I am cutting along the lines slowly, but my knife will still slip on occasion.  Also, when I am cutting out the boxes on the outer skins, I have noticed some of the lines are not perfectly straight.  Can I buff the edges to make it look smoother and straighter?  Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the cuts are just slightly off you can sand the edges and adjust the detail skin parts.
I have areas that are not perfect on my droid and this adds a personal touch to the droid.
Slight slips or blade scratches can be smoothed out with auto body glazing putty. You can get it at any auto parts store.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Calvin for answering me on Christmas!  I have heard some people have used Krylon white primer and Rustoleum Satin White for the paint. Then duplicolor acrylic clear enamel.  I didn't think I would need to apply anything to my skins.  What are you thoughts on this?  Did you use anything?

Merry Christmas,
Kerrie

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