Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Back To Basics

I started this blog with a purpose.  The purpose was to help others with casting and making molds.  It was fun, it was stress free.

Somewhere along the way, I lost my focus and it became about making/selling action figures.  Ever since that moment, I have been stressing out about stock and sales numbers.  I lost my love for casting and have pushed it mostly to the curb.  It wasn't fun any more.  Casting videos never got made.  A lot of planned video's never got made because I was knee deep into making figures or stressed out so much I wouldn't make anything.

It was starting to manifest itself in ugly ways with me having mini breakdowns because of basic human nature.  People are unpredictable.  you cant plan for that.

IM DONE!  Im not making production runs anymore.  I'm going back to making what I want as the urge hits me.  No more deadlines.  One off custom figures made in the process of mold experimentation.  You want one...ask me.

If you want to buy the finished customs great.  If not then its something Im glad I made for myself.  Like the clear mini Microtron.  If you need accessories and I can help I will.

But the focus is going to be on molds and mold making.  So if you want a Jade, or a Ronin or Missile packs or ANYTHING at all including past figures...you will have to ask.  Im not making items to sell, but I will make an item if you ask.    I will keep a small inventory of custom figures, but Im not making 25 of one figure any more.  I have a shitload of various colored parts and Im going to start using them to make customs.

 Im proud of what I have accomplished...but not proud of how I have been handling the pressure in the process.  I've been rude for no reason on a couple of occasions.  So its back to the basics.  And I think you guys will actually like the end result a lot more.

Back to molds and mold making.  I want to have fun again.  Time to reset.

This does NOT affect Jade.  Im still making the six for those who completed the poll.  And occasionally, I will advertise something for sale, but the focus is molds. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Jade In Production...Pollsters Please Contact Me.

OK...WOW...I "HIGHLY" recommend the black hi def Acrylate.  Fucking fantastic.  Smooth, extremely high detail.  Comes as advertised.  A bit pricier, but Im too poor to buy cheap.  I love it.

Im making 6 Jade figures (3 3/4 Green Baron) for those who filled out the poll.  You 6 need to contact me. 


You'll have to wait and see.  :-)  Its an experiment in progress.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Diaclone Magnet Technology Advances

Not sure what I was thinking...besides small.  I got the first set of magnets for the Dialcone figs I want to make.  I of all people know...measure first.  The magnets I ordered are 1/8 x 1/8 x 1/16.

Here's the thing...they are half the size and 5X more powerful.  They'll be 1/16" shorter with these magnets...actually, that's a good thing.  I can hide 80% of the magnet in the foot.  You wont see it unless you look at the figure sideways.  So you'll know which ones are mine. 

The other 100 magnets are twice as big.  5mm x 5mm x 3mm  So there might be 2 different variants or I might save one set of magnets for another figure.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jade Production Numbers

6 on the poll...unless the poll number changes...that's how many Im making for sale. 

If you want one...complete the poll.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Shapeways Materials Tried

So far, I have tried these materials from Shapeways.  Here's my pov.

Frosted Detail...Nice detail, but the texture is inconsistent.  It varies from smooth to rough.  No consistency.  I wasn't fond of it, so I moved on.

Black Acrylic...segmented.  fuzzy.  Worst one yet for holding tolerances on simple shapes.  Don't like it at all.  Detail success rate depends on which side of the acrylic its one.  One side is worse than the other.

Stainless Steel...if you are dead certain your print is done to your specifications,  I rally like the Stainless Steel.  Finished it has the look of a metal cast product.  It looks porous but Im very happy with it.

Black Acrylite...pending...waiting on product ordered in this material.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

While Supplies Last

Since making the mini missile pack, I wont be needing a supply of glider wings.  I have a few left over.  So while supplies last any sales order (not including shipping) $100+ US will get a free MIBaggie Hero Space Glider.

I Kept 1 Magno

Im sentimental.  I get attached to things easily.  Im still a collector at heart.  I kept and am keeping one Magno figure.  Its not all that special really to anyone but me.  But its a fine piece and its what it represents that keep me from selling it.

Of all the clear /black highlights BK's I bought, I did manage to put together a set of ''hold your breath'' UNBROKEN clear steed legs, NO CRACKS. Checked under light.  I'll be making some matching blue highlights for the steed and possibly a blue torso as well.  I'm not making a set of these, but I do plan to make one like this of the Force Commander so the BK isn't lonely.