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Scratchbuilt Plasma Torps

 
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Dr Tachyon
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:04 am    Post subject: Scratchbuilt Plasma Torps Reply with quote

I've been trying my hand at sculpting and casting recently for the first time. One mini I've always wanted was a fireball-like plasma torp, so I decided to give it a try. I used some of my kids toy jewelry as a base and worked from there. They are mounted on Litko flight stands with 1/8" diam. magnets. Flames are sculpted with milliput.







I'm letting the two-part mold set as I type and will try to cast them sometime this week. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
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bluebirds38
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good job. Smile
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Dr Tachyon
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bluebirds! I hope the casts turn out ok. I'll post some pics of those as soon as I have them and after I get some painted.
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Bill Stec
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look pretty good.
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Darkwing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good.
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Dr Tachyon
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Molding disaster has struck!?! I didn't put mold release on the mini and the silicon rubber firmly attached to the porous clay sculpted fire. I pretty much ruined the mold and mini trying to get the stuff off. Back to the drawing board... Crying or Very sad
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Darkwing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, noooo!
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Dr Tachyon
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Success! I finally resculpted my fireball plasma torps and successfully created a mold, this time using liberal amount of mold release in the process Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy . I have been able to cast about 15 of each size with only one miscast. I'm going to try and find some time to paint some soon and will post pics.



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bluebirds38
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool Cool great job.
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djdood
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. Those should look great painted-up.
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CarlZog
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know absolutely nothing about making molds or creating stuff from a mold, but this looks really cool!

At the risk of derailing this thread, can you briefly explain how you made the mold, and what material the final minis are made from?

Is there a primer website where I can learn to do this kind of stuff? How difficult is it?
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djdood
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't answer for Dr Tachyon, but one of the best walk-throughs of mold-making that I've ever seen is currently underway on this gent's YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/darkuboot?feature=watch
(He's building a full-size filming miniature, but mold-making is mold-making and stuff like mold-release sprays, etc., are universal.)
He starts making the mold in video Clipper Build 16 (or thereabouts).
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Dr Tachyon
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say this video was most helpful, as well as a number of webpages, but this definitely helped:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ_qwuxUrjw

I'll post a step-by-step if someone really needs it, but I the youtube videos do a better job than I ever could!
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wedge_hammersteel
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr Tachyon, where are you getting your resin?

How many minis can you pour before the resin begins to harden?

The resin I use is from Dascar Plastics and I can pour three flight stands at a time.
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