Hey everybody! I’ll spare you the excuses as to why I’ve not been posting and just show you the current progress!

I’m in the process of moving my collection into a new, bigger room in the house and was reminded that they never came out with a Cotton Hill figure for the King of the Hill action figure line.

During lunch hour over the course of a few weeks, I sculpted Cotton in Strata 3D. I had not printed anything in the Shapeways “Sandstone” texture and was curious to see how it Cotton would look in full color. The test was very encouraging! The material has a rougher texture than the usual plastic but I think it has a fleshy quality to it that works with human figures.

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Here is Cotton’s head next to the Hank figure. Before Cotton lost his shins, he was taller than Hank is now so the size looks right.

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A few weeks later, I had the entire figure back. Here he is with the other figures of the line.

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I’m very happy with the color although there was a huge learning curve to get everything exporting correctly. I think I have it figured out now…

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He killed fitty men, you know…

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before he had his shins shot off.

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To bring the printing cost down, I made his torso and legs hollow. the holes in the bottom of his feet allow excess material to be blown out.

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I also printed a WSF (White, Strong & Flexible) Polished version to test the difference in the two prints. The polishing removes lots of the subtle detail like the shirts stripes, so I would have to make a second model to build up those areas. Meh, not worth the effort.

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Lastly, Bobby and his Peepaw. Get your copy HERE.

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The full-color sandstone figure is available at Shapeways!

I’ve continued to plug away at the Dothraki sword and just about have it cleaned up.

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For the Toy Story Snake, I had to switch to a longer curing plastic in order to get all the air bubbles out of the cast parts. It’s a giant pain in the butt but I’ve been able to get the parts out with very few failed pieces.

Each body half has to be sanded flat…

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…then glued together and the seam puttied. The arms had to be strengthened with a little Bondo.

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Then all mounting holes had to be re-drilled.

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After painting, I pinned the segments together and added labels.

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Here is the prototype Snake (for my collection)

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With the swiveling segments at head and tail, he can sit upright READY TO STRIKE!!

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As I was sitting around cleaning up all the parts for the clients (and dreading casting more), I remembered that Shapeways dropped their prices since I printed the original master pieces. A new calculation showed that the price of 3D printing all the kit parts was now viable!

I printed a test of all the unique parts after combing halves for a much stronger segment. The tail had to be printed in two parts to allow excess material to be removed.

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These were glued together. This was printed in the green WSF Polished plastic so someone could just assemble their Snake without sanding and painting!

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A body segment. The full Snake needs eight of these.

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Here is the top of the neck swivel segment. The piece on the left is a second iteration with slotted collar so the piece can strongly snap into the base. The first print (on the right) had a shallow collar so it could snap into the base but it wasn’t wide enough to keep the parts attached.

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Both swivel segments assembled.

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The loose pin goes through the neck and into the jaw piece.

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The tongue is also held in place with a small pin.

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All the test parts combined. That is one stubby snake!

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I was moving my table saw a few weeks ago when the plastic base shattered and snapped off its bolts! Fortunately, it is a Sears Craftsman saw so I got online and was able to order a replacement base.

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$40 (shipped) and a few days later and I had a working saw again!

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I also sculpted up a little Mega-City Judge badge for dog collars. Here is the prototype cleaned up for molding…

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…and two cold cast brass badges ready for service.

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Meet Judge Abby and Judge Maxine, fierce defenders of Justice! The badge is available in the shop for your pup!

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13 Responses to Progress Update May 11

  1. Carlos says:

    Show us a picture of your collections. So far we’ve only seen the LotR swords hanging in your living room

  2. Brooks says:

    I love your Cotton figure! I have the complete King of the Hill line and was upset that they didn’t make any more figures.

  3. Brooks says:

    You plan to make any more characters, such as Joseph Gribble?

  4. Johann says:

    Hello! I love your Cotton!!! I have the complete KOTH set! I want Cotton! I wish you would do Kahn, too! :)

    How can I order?

  5. Mike Iverson says:

    I totally spaced on creating a final project page for this. The figure is now available directly from Shapeways at https://www.shapeways.com/product/ZJR7ME5WQ/grumpy-disabled-vet-color?key=5915ee4df4c4260d770ef8695db017cd

  6. Brooks says:

    Is it just me or were you slightly disappointed with the Hank figure they came out with? I always thought they made him too pale with what looks like lipstick on his mouth, as well as getting his hair line wrong – a straight line on the figure instead of bumpy like in the show.

    • Mike Iverson says:

      Yeah, there’s definitely room for improvement but think he’s still an A-. I’m just happy they came out with any toys for the show.

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