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  1. Kits are almost ready, and I should be shipping later next week.
  2. You're welcome. Admittedly, you all got mostly the highlight reel, but what wasn't captured for the sake of time was the seemingly unending and tedious mold preparation, at least two mold "malfunctions", issues with demolding the flexible parts, and the almost 20 lbs of silicone mold material I had to expend to get everything to cast nicely. Truly a challenging project with many curve balls.
  3. It's crazy how much modern Japanese toy designers insist on using below-average height measurements for their hero figures. 😆
  4. Behold: the Supreme MOSPEADA battle suit. The visors will be clear blue, just like on the 1/12 accessories, this is just a mock-up barely holding together with temporary adhesive.
  5. As with every question of this sort, the answer lies with you individually, and the customer base collectively. Know that this has been one of the most grueling projects I've had to work on in the last 2 decades, and if there's a re-issue/variation, there will also be a price correction to reflect the stupid amount of work it entails. With that said, If you pay attention to the decal sheet pic in my last update, you'll see that the markings for Yellow are there.
  6. 1/6 Motocycle Freak Scratchbuild Project Captain's log: Thursday January 12th, 2023 -Decals from Devin have arrived, and looking excellent! (pic 71) -Visor has been molded (pic 72 shows the original master, before the mold goo was poured) -First kits are being cast (pic 73) -My own kit, color-coded, as this will help with paint calls when making the instruction sheet (pic 74) -Flexible parts installed—check! (pic 75) -Flexible parts, armor parts and onesie interfacing perfectly—check! -Beginning to assemble my own figure for publicity shots—check! Next week, you'll be able to see the full figure in all its glory!
  7. The Bigfoot looks even cooler than the Dougram.
  8. A belated Happy New Year 2023 to all of you! I've been quiet, but that's only because I've been working behind the scenes, making all... these...molds! Like 12 pounds worth!! In fact, I've already begun some casting work while the final detail parts were being prepared. It's a very unconventional (and exhausting) project, but the best is being saved for last. While the vast majority of parts are being molded, I still have to tackle probably the trickiest aspect of the build: the flexible abdomen girdle-- that brings us to pic 65. I've wrapped the figure with cling wrap to protect the parts from sticking to it, but I also need to replicate the thickness of the onesie over which these parts will go. In addition to the abdominal area, I'm also making a neck piece, ankle shrouds, and the soles of the boots, but these last parts were relatively simple to master compared to what I'm about to do. Pic 66 shows the materials I'll be using: a Japanese epoxy clay, and Super Sculpey for the details. The former will be used as a base, because it's a more durable material, unlike the Sculpey, which is extremely brittle when hardened. In pic 67, we see the layer of epoxy clay hardening in place; I usually let it sit overnight, just to be safe. Pic 68: you have NO IDEA how tedious this was to make! The girdle had to be made on either side, then combined without distorting the parts, and since it's all rigid, I'm not able to do the final fit on the figure itself. By the way, the spinal armor plates are all separate... what's four more pieces, right? Everything's gonna be O.K.! ...Or not. Pic 69 shows what's left of the girdle pattern after it shattered during extraction. All is well, I assure you! I was planning for this to happen: it's very common for very delicate Sculpey parts to be destroyed upon molding, which is why I pay particular attention to the production of the mold. Pic 70: these first castings have become the new masters, and they're significantly more durable. The big downside to these flexible parts is that it takes almost 24 hours for the rubber castings to set, so I have to prepare several sets of molds—hence the long period between updates. I've already begun cleaning a set of castings I'll be using for the beauty shots and the instructions—teaser pics coming Jan 13th, so stay tuned!
  9. I'm not sure I understand your question. What you see in pic 62 are two of (probably eight) similar molds, each of which makes anywhere from three to over a dozen pieces. I generally try to group pieces to be molded by size, but also by complexity. Some pieces need their own, individual mold box, just because they're complex, and the rubber has to be sliced from so many sides that placing other pieces in the mold box causes problems.
  10. You may not need to completely disassemble the figure to paint it, just be very patient with your masking. The printed stuff you'd have to reproduce as decals, but still very much worth it for the end result.
  11. 1/6 Motocycle Freak Scratchbuild Project Captain's log: Friday, December 22, 2022 Absurd! That's how I describe the mold-prep needed for these masters. The delicate nature of the parts means I have to take great care and extra time to add de-molding aids, otherwise, I would end up destroying the parts when I slice and pry the molds open. In pic 59, you can see some of the more notable offenders: the chest armor components, which have details on multiple sides, and large openings in the middle of those parts—all things which mold makers dread. The white additions you see are either paper or plastic sheets, designed to create an expendable partition in the mold itself, so I don't have to torque it when I remove the masters. Pic 60 shows the dreaded ankle armor pivot. Another one of those parts I end up looking at in retrospect and say to myself “What in the world were you thinking?!?” Alas, there's no turning back now! Once the mold rubber is poured (pic 61) it's too late for regrets. I leave that to set for 24 hours, then the extraction process begins. Pic 62 shows the completed molds, looking very excellent indeed! The time and effort spent preparing the parts paid off, and save for 1 or 2 parts which will need repair (that ankle pivot came out of the mold in 3 pieces), the masters came out largely intact. Pic 63: the fruits of all that labor! The parts are just excellent, and very clean. Now that some of the hardest pieces are molded, the rest of the molding should go smoothly. Pic 64: the visor is now scribed and undergoing polishing. Unlike the Sentinel figure, the visor lines will be muted, just like in the Aramaki illustration. I'll take a few days off for the holidays, so my next update may tarry. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! 🎅🥴
  12. Kudos for your restoration work, and fixing those fabric sections must have been an interesting challenge. Have you considered painting the plastic parts since you're already disassembling them? It would resolve the yellowing issue once and for all.
  13. Those accessories might come later if there's enough demand.
  14. 1/6 Motocycle Freak Scratchbuild Project Captain's log: Friday, December 16, 2022-- a short, but necessary update. Mold-prep of most components has already begun. While there are still some pieces to finalize and detail, namely the synthetic muscle corset, but since these components must be fitted to the already fragile torso armor, I thought it best to mold the latter and use the much sturdier castings of these to complete the corset. As such, glam pics will take longer, but they'll be worth it. This kit won't have a particularly high parts count, but virtually every part will have been meticulously fitted and whittled until it fit just right—in some ways, worse than the Hemoroid!! Pic 55: final fitting and adjustment before mold-prep begins. Pic 56: armed and ready! This pistol carabine is ridiculously huge for the rounds it fires! It looks like it would have respectable barrel length... assuming you don't mind carrying a weapon the size of a medium pizza box. Pic 57: helmet is almost done, too! I sanded down the visor to get rid of the printing texture, and this will make it easier to trace the scribe lines before I re-polish it. Last pic shows all the parts I have, minus the 2 flexible and 3 rigid corset parts. This next week will be a massive crunch for me, but I just enjoy this project so much and can't wait to see it finished!
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