Hey everybody! Sorry it’s been so long since the last post but I felt like I wasn’t getting enough done to warrant a weekly update. Here’s what I’ve been working on….

TOY STORY SNAKE

It’s been a real effort to properly vent these molds. Through some trial and error, I found that Smooth-On Task 3 was thin enough to flow into the nooks and crannies but slow setting enough work out almost all of the air bubbles. On my last test, I only had 3 air bubbles out of the 30 pieces…and those pieces were still usable.

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The excess flash does help to hold delicate pieces together while I glue and Bondo up the seams. After everything is connected, a quick pass with a blade cleans up the edges.

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Since the parts have a thicker wall than a commercial injection molded toy, the arms could use some reinforcement. I can a bit of Bondo on the inside of the arms and then re-drilled the holes.

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In case you’re curious, this is what the kit will look like. I forgot to print out the eyes when I ordered the decals so that will have to be revised for the final product.

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After the seams are removed and reinforced, I could start to apply paint. I found a decent match in a rattle can paint so I don’t have to worry about mixing a custom paint.

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TOY STORY ROBOT KIT UPDATE

The hardest part of building the Robot is mounting the thin vacuum formed brain shells. It occurred to me that for the customers who aren’t lighting their Robot, I could mold the vacuum forming masters to produce a slush cast resin copy.

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Not only will these glue flat to the base of the head cavity but they’ll hold the eye stalks better!

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GAME OF THRONES DRAGON EGGS

I finally got around to remaking the molds for this popular kit. This time, the master was updated to be more accurate and I molded the egg so the seam would fall along the edges of scales, instead of through them. It should make for easier cleanup that way.

I’m in the process of slushing a master shell so I can mold the inside of each half. The final kit will be a two part egg with a consistent wall thickness and none of the cleanup I was saddled with on the old version.

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DRAGUNOV SNIPER RIFLE

This is one of my all-time favorite guns and one that’s been on my build list for a long time. I got a smoking deal on a beautiful metal body AEG airlift version so that saves me a ton of work!

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The magazine is plastic and holds up to 200 6mm BBs, The bolt does pull back but only half as far as the real one. Everything else seems to be accurate.

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After I finish the Snake, I’ll pull off the butt and fore stock to paint them wood grain. And get a sling for it as well!

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Both rear and front sites are adjustable but I’ll probably buy a telescopic sight like you usually see on these.

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MILLENNIUM FALCON

I got a great deal on the giant plastic MF toy after Christmas. It’s pretty accurate (for a toy) but I only noticed after I got home that it doesn’t have the belly quad guns. I had some extra silicone mixed up from another project, so I disassembled the part and made a mold.

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The parts out of the mold. Smooth-On Task 3 leftover from the Snake parts.

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The assembled and primered copy next to the original part.

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BONUS

Breaking with my recent bog laziness, I will have a special announcement on Thursday. Exciting, right?!

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