Customs: What do you guys think??

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  1. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    So I was rummaging through the storage space under the stair case the other day and saw a piece of sheet metal. thin, nothing tough. I began thinking of the custom on here that grenkrystal did with a leader prime and just some tin cans. So I started thinking.. What if I were to grind down the panels on Prime and replaced the surfaces of them with some sheet metal. To make it look as much like a real truck as I possibly can. So.. I am now asking you guys.. what do you think of this idea?
     
  2. Ramrider

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    If you think you can do it, and want to give it a crack, then why the heck not?
     
  3. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    granted. I intend to do a test piece on one of the spare forearm part I have. So I'll see where it goes. just not to sure how I'm going to cut the sheet metal with out leaving super sharp edges..
     
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    wouldn't it be safer to work with aluminium foil in that case?
    You can buy the thicker grades of aluminium foil.
    It cuts easier and doesn't rust (this alone is already pwnage).
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    I say go for it, just don't hurt yourself. Sharp edges can be blunted quite easily.

    And yeah, Aurascope's right with the aluminium foil. It's easier to cut.
     
  6. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    it might be easier to cut yes, but.. I'm kind of scared that it'll rip[ if I take sand paper to the edge it'll tear.. and besides.. if I use steel sheeting, I can do real paint shipping without worrying the foil will tear :D , plus if I clear coat OVER the raw metal, it should be just fine, right?? unless of course it were dropped and the protestant were chipped off as well.. then it could rust..
     
  7. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    I'm not sure how I missed this part, but thanks, lol. I am in the process of looking up places I can buy some steel sheets. They come as thin as 0.0067".. Idk how thin that is.. but is has to be PREEEETTY thin. shoot, 1/8" is I think 0.025", if I remember right.. and that's pretty thin, ssssssooooooooooo... I have no Idea what 0.0067" would be, but it's freaking THIN!!
     
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    Be really freakin careful. I've worked in Metal fab and getting cut was the norm but I've seen some people get stitches. One dude ran right into some steel coming off a banding behind a machine (eyesight it was invisible because of the thickness being thin). His nose was fudged up good.

    Copper and aluminum are nicer but pricey. You also have the option of making your own pewter panels or just painting up plastic to look like metal. Steel just isn't the easiest thing to deal with on a small level. You do have tin cans and soda pop cans to use too.
     
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    Thanks, I'll keep this in mind while working with it. The real reason I want to go with steel though is because that's what is really used on vehicles most of the time unless they use fiberglass, but that's WAY to hard for to work with on such a small scale, and even then it still wouldn't seem right, as I am going for a "true" look, if you know what I mean? But thank you for the advise, I'll definitely be even more careful using it now. You don't happen to know where I could get thin gauged steel, do you?
     
  10. Fishdirt

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    Sure do...in 20 ton coils haha
     
  11. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    lmao, that didn't help :redface2: ...
     
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    go to your local welding supply shop they should be able to get what you need

    i hope you go throug with this becasue in my head it looks awesome
     
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    Thanks mine too!!My goal is to make it actually LOOK like a real truck in most parts any way.. I think I SHOULD be able to make this work for RotF Prime's red shoulder plates, hit chest cab parts, the hood/arm panels, the legs armor, MAYBE the fenders and things like that, but that one I'm not to sure on... I think the door details might be a bit to detailed for me to go into.. But hey, I'll never know unless I try! :D  Fishdirt, I got a PM comin your way man.
     
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  16. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    Agreed, and I'm tryin to! I was up all night looking on the net for sheet metal suppliers..
     
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    they make a really thin stainless steel sheet metal that has a reflective surface. that may be perfect for what you want. it is 440 grade stainless. Forwarning it is kinda pricy.

    PS I know this as i use to work for a steel company.
     
  18. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    Thanks warriotpriest, is this stuff easy to bend???
     

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