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Post by CBRRRT on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 06:22

Well I've been thinking of doing a bit more with fiberglass, but this time rather than just start sloshing resin about I thought I might do my homework first and find out how to do it properly.
Ok, so the first thing I found out was I need to make a plug of what I want it to look like.

I made mine from layers of 12mm MDF, 22 bits all together. Here it is nearly finished shaping.




I'm quite happy with the overall shape and size, but not with the top of the nose bit, so I took the fine blade out of my block plane and reshaped it.


I wanted the brow to be slightly over slung and I think I managed to get the look I was after.


Now loads of sanding and filling

It looked smoother than an East end car salesman, but a shot of primer showed up more imperfections.

more filla, I used two pack wood filler.

Dry's quite quick and will flex with the MDF should it move.

more sanding

more primer

and more primer
Now then, because I want to make the mould in two halves I need to scribe a bit of MDF to the profile of the centre of the mask


There are a couple of places where there is a mm gap, but its not a problem because Iíll fill them with soft non-dry oil putty.

This is it from the back

After a bit more sanding I used a filler primer, about 6 coats with loads of sanding in between. Once I got a flawless finish I gave it 4 coats of car body Turtle wax to seal it.

Then both the mask and the halving form got 4 coats of soft wax release agent


Next I'm going set up the plug, give it a spray with 3 coats of PVA then 2 gel coats and start applying the layers of glass, about 6 in all. From that I will be able to cast my new mask and have the satisfaction I didnít pay someone a fortune for it.
Alright then, so I got the plug mounted

The joint needed to be filled so I used soft putty, the type a glazer uses to replace glass in a wooden frame.

Easy to poke in and smooth off to get a nice neat corner joint

Once I went all the way round I gave it another coat of wax, then applied the first coat of gel evenly over the surface of the mask and the stand.

Once the gel coat becomes tacky, you can run a brush lightly over it and leave brush strokes without disturbing or moving the surface.

Now I'm going let it cure for 24 hours before applying the glass matt and resin.
I trimmed the edges of the gel coat just to neaten things up a bit.

The vids I watched on youtube said to thicken along the center edge with some compound, so I did.

Next I applied two layers of fiberglass tissue, then two of the bigger weave stuff. (Thats a technical term us fiberglassers use ha ha)

"Bigger weave stuff"


Next I removed it from the stand


It needed a bit of a clean up, but that was no biggy

Now I can chuck away the mounting stand, and start preping for the gel coat to be applied on the second half of the mould

Wax on............... Wax off.............. Wax on..........
Now then, all waxed up and ready to go on the other side

after the two gel coats I left it to cure overnight, same as before.
Next morning started with two layers of fiberglass tissue, then two layers of the big stuff

Same as before

then I separated the two halves

I drilled 4 holes and used 4 x 10 mm bolts to hold the two halves together.

The two halves didnít quite separate exactly and there was a very small kink in the join. No biggy, I filled the joint with more putty.

Then gave it all a good coating of even more wax.

Now I'll leave it over night before applying the gel coat that will be the out side face of the finished mask.
OK, back to it.
After all that waxing I applied 2 layers of gel coat and let it cure over night.

Next 3 layers of glass and resin, and left that all day while I went off to work

About an hour ago popped it from the mold. It needs a bit of filling here and there but for a first attempt I donít think its to bad really

I know one of the eyes is a little off but thatís fixable, yep! I'm happy with that


And as itís the only one in existence, its not likely I pull up next to another fighter with one on it.
A lot of work, but worth it
This is where I got most of my information from, you might find it helpful if you are thinking of doing something one off for yourself.









Thats it then, all done. I used the guts from the black aftermarket lamp unit I had on before the predator mask, and it was a bit of a win really as in wasnít planned, but fitted perfectly into the back of my home made jobby.
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Post by fastbikefinder on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 09:00

Good write up mate, well done.
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Post by Guest on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 10:07

Great write up mate, pity the mask looks like you!!!!!!!
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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 10:11

Cheers fella's.

I does kinda Al dont it, good lookin fecker!!!
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Post by Guest on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 10:25

Yeah, in a zombie , death mask sorta way!!!!!
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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 11:48

I am one of the beautiful people matey

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Post by Guest on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 17:27

You certainly are mate!!!
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Post by Fringe on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 23:23

Another great read m8. clap
I think you got more patience than me. Laughing
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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Mon 07 Jun 2010, 01:10

More patience, or less money, ha ha. Most of what I do is because !. I really do enjoy the creative side of it
and 2. I cant afford to pay someone else to do it mate.
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Post by Guest on Mon 07 Jun 2010, 07:56

Well said that man, a litle more spare time would help as well!!!
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Post by Teebagga on Wed 09 Jun 2010, 09:28

How do you get all the time to do this then sit down and write it all up aswell. I want your job.
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Post by rammy on Wed 09 Jun 2010, 10:13

Burning the midnight oil!!!!!

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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 18:27

I love streetfighters and everything about building them mate.
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Post by cabbie on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 18:44

Superb effort there bro, I've never tried messing with resin etc but looking at this "how to" I might just have a go.
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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 18:50

I sold the first one on ebay for 50 quid mate, but just made me another one coz I still got the mould

Wah hooooooooooo!
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Post by Guest on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 19:37

Hope the next one don,t look like you mate? Might frighten the kids???
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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Sun 05 Sep 2010, 08:52

Yo momma Al
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Re: DIY STREETFIGHTER MASK

Post by CBRRRT on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 18:50

After the mould was made I sold a few on ebay, then I changed my headlamp for a Highway Hawk job and adaped the mask to fit it with a few other changes.





I'm gonna be fitting little round side repeter LED blinkers with smoked lenses off a Ford puma on them

These are the bad boys that are gonna sit in the middle of em.


Anyway, as you can see from my effort, it dont matter how much filler you slop on and sand back, its gonna be painted so it dont matter.



You cant go wrong.
Oh, and in case you havent guessed yet, I used a couple of rattle can caps as fiberglass moulds for the bottom of the mask add-on's.
I'll give it a clear coat and then I'm gonna try my hand with an airbrush. Thats something else I've never done, but hey, whats the worst that can happen!!!
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