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    Default Scratchbuilt mixed-media Dreadnought

    Some pics from my next project: a scratchbuilt dreadnought.
    I am using index card and cardboard to built the main body parts, again using a Patoroch template.
    Other stuff include plastic from cotton swabs, toothpicks, some vinyl tubing and green stuff / apoxie sculpt.
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    Looks good, nice work there

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    You are a mad man with these paper builds....an AWESOME Mad man.

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    Default Rivets & Surgery

    Thanks ekipage, Krulebear!
    I kinda get a kick out of it, building these. Cheap fun...

    Here is an update to the build, showing my sculpey rivets and some vinyl tubing on the lasguns.
    I need to get more features and textures onto the model, otherwise when painted it'll just be a box with tube legs.

    The last pic show the next step: surgery!
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    For a scratch built model, that's looking pretty incredible!

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    Default Bulking phase

    Quote Originally Posted by emperors_brush View Post
    For a scratch built model, that's looking pretty incredible!
    Thanks, I appreciate it!
    TBH it's looking pretty rough, but part of that is because I haven't glued the separate pieces together yet (they are held on by bluetack),
    and also the lines on the paper template may line up skew wrt the model build. Most of this will disappear of course when the model is finally put together.

    Here are some more pics: In continuation of the previous post, I've started bulking out the inside of the body.
    So now the body is in two separate pieces, they fit together nicely though. All the little gaps & holes will be filled with greenstuff/apoxie.
    Also, still refining the feet, etc.

    Cheers
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    Default Prime and mold

    Primed the little guy gray, looks much better now.
    Then I took his legs, footpads and shin guards (?) and put them in a 2-part silicone caulk mold.

    Have to wait until tomorrow to see how this cake came out
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    I CANNOT get over this!!! This is a marvel of a job!!! It looks like it’s right out of the gw box kit!!! I’m a painter ..i paint. When I see something like this it makes me feel-like you have a degree from MIT in engineering or something to pull this off. My hats off to you my friend.
    BaM

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    Thanks BaM
    No MIT degrees required, this is fairly basic, but it did take me a bit of trail and error to get this process to the point where I can do this.

    On the flip side, I am a kindergarten-level painter, so I am trying to take ALL of the tips I can pick up from you guys on this forum.
    Everyone here is doing awesome work, it is very inspiring!


    BTW I checked the cake this morning and it came out pretty well. In the next couple of days I should be able to pull a first resin cast from this.

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    Default Power fist

    I extracted the lower body from the 2-part mold, it came out fairly well.
    But the pudding's in the proof; I'll only be able to check the quality of the mold after pulling a cast from it.
    There was a bit of damage to the legs, but nothing a bit of CA couldn't fix.

    Started building a power fist. He's looking more complete now.
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    Nice project! I've always loved carboard modelling (throwback from years doing it for architectural models, before the days of decent 3D software)

    Will be interested to see how the casts and final card model turn out.

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    very cool, i have seen stuff like this before on here years ago landraiders and such like. Epic
    LAAARRFF, I SPLIT MY SIDES!!

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    on a serious note, i do commissions, no really i do, ask and ye shall receive


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    Default First cast?

    Thanks cassar, Hairster!

    Well, I poured some resin into the mold last night, but it looks like I screwed up the entry and exit hole placements.
    You can see the silicone block at the top right of the first photo, I had to plug the bottom hole with some sticky tack, and keep it at an angle to not put too much pressure on the plug.
    The cast will most likely come out completely borked
    So I will probably end up re-doing the mold, but I'll see about the pull I get tonight.
    This is kinda like Schroedinger's cat. You never know whether the mold/cast worked until you crack it open - before then it is in this weird maybe working maybe not working state

    * Note to my future self: have all the holes at the top.

    It is a clear epoxy resin with a 12 hour cure time (all I had lying around, from surfboard repair), so it is not quite cured yet, still too soft to pull but thankfully not tacky.
    I colored the resin with a couple of drops of black ink, just so the details are more visible (the resin is clear, so hard to see details).
    I had some excess resin, so I poured it into the older single-part molds I had lying around from my Land Raider build, they come out easily and look great.
    You can see the skull icon in the second photo, it is about 3mm long.
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    looks..gloopy, dont think your on your own misplacing the pouring holes im onto my second plasma cannon mold, second plasma cannon powerpack mold and second heavy Bolter back pack mold (possiblly third if i cant work out how to keep the resin down the heavy end. just have to keep hammering at it, dont let it beat you...crush it under the heel of your domination, grind it to a pulp of submition.....*cough* to much? lol.
    LAAARRFF, I SPLIT MY SIDES!!

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    • a person who is greatly admired or feared.
    ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: translating Latin semideus .

    on a serious note, i do commissions, no really i do, ask and ye shall receive


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    ​Awesome project. The dreadnought is looking great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassar View Post
    looks..gloopy, dont think your on your own misplacing the pouring holes im onto my second plasma cannon mold, second plasma cannon powerpack mold and second heavy Bolter back pack mold (possiblly third if i cant work out how to keep the resin down the heavy end. just have to keep hammering at it, dont let it beat you...crush it under the heel of your domination, grind it to a pulp of submition.....*cough* to much? lol.
    Ha! Thanks for the encouragement cassar. You are absolutely right though - there is no such thing as a perfect first mold, no matter how many Tested videos you watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by SaintToad View Post
    ​Awesome project. The dreadnought is looking great.
    Thanks ST! We've been away for a couple of days, so I'll hopefully have some time to continue working on the little guy now.

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    Default Casting WIP

    Made some headway in molding + casting. I gave up on the everything-on-one-sprue type mold, and made individual molds for every piece.
    That way, if one of the molds don't work quite right I don't have to chuck the others that do.

    The molds are now about 80% finished. As you can see I still have to do the front upper body (the mold is done, but I haven't pulled anything from it yet),
    then the left shoulder, arm and power claw. The shin guards are done, they are just not in the photos.

    Picked up some more suitable epoxy casting resin, this works a ton better.
    In the last pic you can see all the molds I have made so far for this guy.
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    Default Clone war

    I have almost the entire set of molds made, the only thing giving me the finger right now is the claw/fist mold (I'll be here all night folks).
    This thing is tricky, it is not fully 3d but I can't use a one part mold because the fingers need to be thoroughly vented otherwise the resin won't fill them.
    I think I've got it sorted, but the latest mold has to stand for a bit until I can pull the first cast.

    So some progress photos below of the first dreadnought clone, minus left hand.
    The first castings were rough (feet, legs, etc) - I didn't have a super accurate scale, so my resin mixture was off.
    But the later castings (body, arms) are better.

    I still have some holes to fill, where a couple of bubbles refused to dislodge themselves (first pulls from the molds always show those, thus the
    greenstuff on the top of the powerplant backpack), then I'll give it a first coat of primer and check for more defects.

    Keep in mind I don't have a vacuum chamber or pressure pot. This entire endeavour is as low budget as I can make it:
    Mostly-paper model, silicone caulk, hairspray, cheap resin...

    It's taking its sweet time, but then that's what you need if you don't have the money
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    Default Give the man a hand

    Quick update: the hand-mold worked.

    TLDR; I went back and cut air vents into the first block mold I made, this was enough to get the resin into fingers.
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    Cool thread gorb....love to see people being ingenuitive, creative and achieving interesting results.

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