First off, THANK YOU for purchasing our Kingsglaive kit! We hope you love it as much as we do. Here are some tips to get you started.
Step 1: You will need to dremmel out the excess resin. We try our hardest to have as little of this over casting as possible. We recommend using a cylindrical cutting bit as it cuts faster, but practice if you haven’t used this before as you don’t want to take off material in the wrong places. In the picture below you can see the sections that have the over casting vs the ones that we dremmeled out. Be careful with the pressure you put on this too, it is sturdy but the connections are small. Take it slow and steady.
Step 2: Once you have the whole thing dremmeled out look at the surface and lightly sand the surface, use a 350 grit or higher sand paper. Don’t sand the fine details like the lines and the middle texture as you don’t want to lose those details. You can use a light spray of filler primer on the smooth parts, but if you spray it on the lines and the middle details, you’ll lose it quickly with that spray.
Step 3: Once you are satisfied with the surface, then you can paint it! We prime ours with gloss black enamel, let it dry, then top it with Alclad airframe aluminum. It’s a model paint that is amazing and needs to be applied with an airbrush. It’s an incredible finish! We then top coat it with the Alclad aqua coat.
Step 4: Once everything is dry you can start attaching the pieces. We use 5 or 10 minute epoxy to attach the horn and the front piece. It does take that long if not longer for the epoxy to dry to make sure it can sit for that long in that position. Then it should look something like this (below)
Step 5: Attaching the side pieces and the fabric mask is going to be a personal preference depending on if you want it as a display piece or a costume piece. We attach ours to the inside of the hood with magnets so it’s removable. The side pieces were sculpted longer so you can customize them to the size of your face. They can also be het formed and bent so they fit closer to your face as well (see photo below) If you buy a finished piece, you can still heat the side pieces up and bend them, just use a low temp heat gun on the back so it doesn’t damage the paint.
The fabric mask we attach to the side pieces with velcro so it’s also removable. The fabric mask you’ll have to trim out and sew the edges again, based on your personal preference. I also paint the white part of the mask with a sliver fabric pen to make it shine a bit.
Here’s a video of it doing it’s thing! 😀 I’ll try my best to verbalize how I did this.
I first made a headband out of fosshape. I wanted something that would hold its shape but still be light and flexible. Once I had the shape I needed, I attached two pieces of styrene sandwiching the ends of the fosshape and glued those into place. I needed something rigid to place the screw posts in so the mechanism would have some resistance. There’s a 1.5 in post on the side with the horn and a 3/4 in post on the opposite side.
I then drilled a hole in the side of the mask, towards the back, where the horn covers (right side of the mask. I then epoxied a screw in the horn and on the opposite side of the mask. I will try to draw this out, IKEA instructions style, in hopes to better explain this 🙂
The idea is the long screw post goes through the mask to the horn. When the horn is screwed in all the way you should be able to position it where you like it, once you have that epoxy the post in place. This will hold the horn in place while still allowing the mask to move up. The screw on the other side works the opposite way, so when you screw the post in you don’t want it screwed in all the way so it moves when it is pushed up.
I then attached a modified “L” bracket to the right side of the mask for it to rest on when it’s over your face. The mask is delicate so any opportunity to take pressure off of joints is good.
Fixing it this way now allows you to put the magnets to the plastic parts for the side pieces. The entire this is also removable since the screw posts go through the hood. Good for traveling, making adjustments, and for cleaning! It is still a delicate piece that needs to be handled with care take that into mind when you’re saving cities in it 😉
Hope this helps clarify how it works!