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#36 Benson13

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:52 PM

My hopes and dreams were just irreversibly crushed.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:54 PM

Nah, you can have one too....provided your priorities are as out of whack as mine :lol: !!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:58 PM

Once I get a better job. Then it's on.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:16 AM

Nah, you can have one too....provided your priorities are as out of whack as mine :lol: !!

lol, as far as Im concerned you only live once and that's a hell of a moment in your life

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:46 PM

Hey All,

Here's a small update.

Been nibbling on the ARMD's and SDF feet, but not really enough to justify a post yet. The mini monster is coming along, though. Since I'll be casting at least 4 for the displays, I'm only sculpting one arm and one leg. I'll mold the pieces and cast enough for the whole cast.

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Til next time...

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:54 PM

Cool. What material are you going to use for the 4 barrels on top?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:28 PM

Thanks! I'll use hollow brass if I can find a gauge small enough. If not, I have steel rod that will work.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:41 PM

Amazing skills considering how tiny that is. Keep up the good work.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:48 PM

I think you should consider casting all of them as a kit, with collections taking up so much space these days this is the ultimate in space saving. Plus think of the saving in paint costs. Seriously thought your eyesight must be awesome.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

I think you should consider casting all of them as a kit, with collections taking up so much space these days this is the ultimate in space saving. Plus think of the saving in paint costs. Seriously thought your eyesight must be awesome.


Hey, that's a good idea!

The monster and the regult are, more or less, kits. Eventually, if the interest is there, I'd like offer these mini mechs to those interested (along with the TV carriers in 1/2000 scale).

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:38 PM

Are they transformable?

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:53 AM

Are they transformable?

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LOL that would be awesome but I fear the set would have to be shipped with a microscope and tweezers.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:42 PM

I was waiting on a Monster! Make sure you have two on either side of the SDF's "head" as in the final battle sequences. Great build! - MT

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:41 PM

Ahoy!

Here's a small lighting test (only two lights) I rigged up for the ARMD carriers. The antennas are made of alluminum: .5mm (O.D) and .3mm (I.D) with a 10 mil fiber optic running through.

Each carrier will feature several illuminated and gimmick free antennae/towers/greebles etc. As for the fiber optics, I found 10 mil to feel the most scale. Of course I will mix it up with some 20, 30 and 40 mil depending on the function of the light. Each ship will also feature stobes and navigation lights (with a little help from Trek Modeller!).

Note: If you don't click on the image, you'll really have to squint to see the lights...but they are there! :) ....and more red than they appear in photos.

BTW: In the first image the lights are off.

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Thanks for lookin'!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:31 PM

Amazing...I'll be checking this daily.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:45 AM

Awesome, love the scale of the lights, it looks perfect

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:29 AM

I can't wait to see this thing finished.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:27 PM

Everything looks spot on to me - and great! - MT

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

wow....a scale down project...kudos for the effort but careful while doing it you might accidentally inhale those mini figs....theyre soo tiny you should wear those face mask....kidding aside big props to you!!!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:06 PM

Ahoy Everyone!

Apologies for the lack of posts of late, but I've been revamping my shop a bit. My old (and when I say 'old', I'm talkin 70 years+,old) vacuum pump has finally bitten the dust. I've joined the 21st century and bought a Robinair 1.5 CFM pump.

For those who aren't familiar with the mold making process, a vacuum pump and chamber/pot are used to evacuate air from silicone. The advantage of this is not only evident in cleaner (bubble free) molds but in consistant castings. When pressure casting, too much air in silicone molds can distort castings somewhat. Its not always evident at a casual glance, but precision castings can suffer.

Farewell, my beauty...

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More updates in a few days....


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

So like before WWII started, your pump was made :o That's cool. The older stuff was built to last. I recently bought a 35 year old 9" Craftsman Radial arm saw, same reason. The only change was to machine out the guard to fit easily available 10" blades. I'm cutting thin stock with fine toothed blades so should'nt be affected. Keep us updated. - MT





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