In case you didn’t notice, the banner above kinda says it all. If you live outside of the US, there’s always been an extra charge and ordering hassle. For the month of October, however, you can get anything in the kit section shipped FREE / GRATIS / FREI! However you pronounce it, you can save a bit of your hard-earned cash!

Prop-wise, I don’t have a lot to report. I kinda got ahead of my friend Paul on our Stormtrooper blaster kits so we spent the last weekend getting him caught up.

I did work a bit on the Hengstler counter by sanding off the back and carving an accurate opening for the counter readout. I used the Dremel to remove most of the material, but the edges and corners were carved by hand with Xacto and chisel. No fun.


The reset button was added with a scrap of styrene.


My giant Ninja Turtle came with rubber finger wraps. I applied a black wash to bring out the fabric texture that even I hadn’t noticed.


Here they are back on his hands.


Michaelangelo came with a pair of rather crappy nunchucks. Obviously, I would need to remake these to be screen accurate.


I threw a dowel on the lathe and shaped a new master. I’m not sure if I’m going to make a mold for resin copies or not. Would anyone but me be interested in a copy? Let me know!


Lastly, I need to plug some very good reading. First is Harrison Krix of Volpin Props’ excellent e-book on painting, “Painting and Weathering for Props and Replicas”. Not only is it a beautifully designed book with lots of sexy prop pics, but it will tell you how to use spray paint the RIGHT way. Apparently, there’s more to it than shaking the can and pushing the doo-hickey on top. Go figure!

A bargain at $8! Buy it and other cool stuff here.


If you’ve wanted to build something in foam, then Bill Doran of Punished Props’ “Foamsmith: How to Create Foam Armor Costumes” is for you! The book shows you all the tools and techniques to master this impressive new medium. I can’t wait to try it out!

This volume is only $12 and it contains the entire foamsmithing trilogy which were $5 apiece so you have no excuse! Get them here.


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One Response to Progress Weekend September 25-27

  1. Dave says:

    Hi Mike I just wanted to say I found out about your website from Vsauce on youtube and I saw your website listed on it and so I checked it out, know I read that you are not an anime fan of that sort and also I only saw a couple anime swords but just for future reference you could look at an anime called sword art online, in it there are many different unique swords that you can look at and I saw many of your works and personaly I really like them so keep the good work.

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