Monday, February 20, 2017

Tinting Is Getting Easier

Some times you run a bunch of parts from the same batch because you need the consistent color and one freaky cast just says...Nuh uh.  Great.  Now you have to try and match a tint which is much harder than it sounds. 

I have in the past run of as many as 7 casts before I was able to get a good match sometimes.  As you can well imagine, I do have surpluses of parts in varying shades of one color.  Well, the clear blue is a bit darker than I wanted, but the Orange Clear Overlord which is now n Orange clear Flight Commander came out great in 2 tries.  They are urethane so they'll take a couple of days to cure.

So next is to make some replacement molds.  The only problem is all the molds I need to make are replacement or final mold.  Which means the bed is a previous mold.  So I'll make a whole bunch of smaller video's focused on one point.  These short video's will cover the entire process.  Except making a clay bed.  That video will have to wait until I need to make a mold needing a clay bed for the master.  Each video will focus on a separate point.  This way you don't get bored watching a 25 minute long video or have to worry about setting a large amount of time aside for one sitting.

Its shift change weekend from afternoons to days.  Ugggh  So hopefully I can fall asleep and be on them by 9 am.  Hopefully.  Its 4:30 am now.

I like to change it up a bit.   Instead of counting sheep, I try listing Micronauts. 

Red TT, Blue TT...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jade/Ronin and September Sale

Im finishing up 3 figures this weekend, then I'll detail and clear coat all the figures I have made to date. There's about 10.  Im trying for 1 figure per week.

This weekend, my plan is to then make a video of me making a mold of Marauder's thighs.  Something I  have been wanting to do for a while.  Then, I plan to spend the next few weeks making the missile packs for them and a few extra to sell individually.  Then spend the rest of my time making Jade and Ronin. That's the plan.  And maybe...hopefully, find the time to make a few Marauders before the sale.  Hopefully.

NOW...

I have had this idea for a while.  I can now implement it when Jade is offered at the sale.

I will be offering a 5% discount on the price to those who have purchased past figures.  Not 5% off Jade in total...5% off Jade for every figure you have purchased of mine to a maximum 25% off. 

If you purchased any of these figures...Roboid/Sultan/Flight Commander/Overlord/Deimos and wish to purchase Jade, then you will get 5% off your Jade purchase.  If you have 3 figures, that's 15% off your Jade purchase.  This offer extends to anyone who purchased this figure. Whether it be from Homeworld directly, you bought it from a friend, you bought it off ebay...I don't care where you bought it or got it from.  Maybe I even gifted it to you.  It doesn't matter.  If you own any of my figures, you will be entitled to no less than a 5% discount.

Exact details and Prices will be announced with the Sale notice. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rivets, Rivets, RIVETS

Ok...I wont detail my trip to UPS.  It was everything I expected it to be.  A hassle.  And apparently everyone in line in front of me wasn't pleased to have to personally pick up their packages. 

How does UPS stay in business?

Anyways, I got my transition rivets.  Tomorrow, I'll start putting some of these figures together and take a shot of what I have made so far.

I have a couple other plans I'd like to share, but will wait until I actually start them. 

Its going to be an awesome year!

ANOTHER REASON WHY UPS SUCKS

Another reason why I HATE  UPS...

The companies that use them that I deal with are mostly in the US.  Im not against customs fees.  Im against INFLATED custom fees.   $75.00 worth of rivets gets me a $37.00 custom charge.  That includes brokerage fees which are not applied to packages delivered by USPS.

Another reason why I HATE UPS...they charge inflated fees but then don't accept cash.  My wife has cash but they wont accept it.  Who uses checks?  And I have the cc's.  So they then DONT deliver the package and I now have to re arrange my schedule to theirs to go down and pick up this package which I paid to have delivered to my bloody house.

If I don't pick it up in 3 days they automatically ship it back to its origin whereupon if the original shipper doesn't claim it within 3 days...it gets destroyed.

They don't care.  If it gets damaged, their motto is...Its insured.  If they believe it to be a hazardous item, they dispose of it.  They recently threw out a heirloom painting hundreds of years old because the glass broke and never notified the sender or recipient.

They almost threw out a package worth hundreds on Bry.

The shipper at our company worked for UPS for 8 years and he will NEVER use them and is even less polite when talking about them than I am.

So please...Don't ship me anything via UPS.  Their policies border insanity.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Whats Left On Marauder

What still needs to be done to make a complete 5" Marauder?

I need to make finished thigh molds.  I had to rework the thighs.  I have yet to rework the pelvis.  The print was flawed.   There isn't enough clearance for the thigh so the 5 mm peg keeps snapping off.  Once I grind in the clearance I'll need tore install the 5mm peg and make a finish mold of that.

I already modified the molds, for proper rivet size.  The part of the mold that created the rivet holes was too big.  So I snipped it off so now the rivet hole will fill with resin and I can drill the proper size hole in.  The feet need to be drilled out and magnets installed.   So a good week's worth of work before I have workable casts to complete it.

Here's what Im working on tonight.  I have a couple ready for riveting.  Full Urethane.
 
I been kinda lazy with pictures lately sorry.   When this is finished, it'll be like looking through glass.   Below is a shot of some of the figures in various stages of completion.  There is order in the chaos believe it or not.  lol.
Yup...a freakin Orange clear Overlord.  I have a couple of variant red and blue Roboids and 4 or 5 Deimos figures as well.  So things are moving along nicely.
 
AND...I might even be able to reproduce the Color Chromed Magno's in 3 3/4" form.  :-)
 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cleaning Casts

How do I clean my casts?

A lot of guys use an acetone bath for their 3D printed parts.  I suppose I could too, although I have never tried it.  I notice the acetone lightly melts the plastic.  Sometimes distorting detail.

I use a mild liquid hand soap, some steel wool or green dish scrubbie and cool water.  The scrubbie will lightly dull the surface but blend everything consistently at the same time softening sharp edges from the flashing.

For urethane figures it makes them kinda cloudy.  But once the clear coat is applied it will be glass clear.

For all my basic sanding needs, I use my pocket knife and precision or ''Swiss'' files.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

No Marauder This Weekend

Well, I made the molds and made the casts for a 5" Marauder and started fitting things together.

There are some issues with clearances on the masters that need to be addressed.  Its way more work than I anticipated as the masters themselves will need to be reworked. 

So unfortunately its not this weekend.

I have run into so many problems and continue to run into so many problems getting this figure and the comic made...some days I want to just give up on it altogether.  Its frustrating.  Every time I feel like Im making progress another shoe drops.   Im closer today than I was 4 years ago and Marauder WILL eventually get made...but I gotta be honest...I have lost all enthusiasm for the project.  It will get made, but there is no sense of fulfillment.  Im simply going through the motions because I have too much time and money invested into it.  Its become a symbol of systematic failure to me.

Marauder being made will be done with no fan fare or enthusiasm.  One day it will simply be available for sale.  Sorry...Im just SO frustrated with this.

Well...back to the 3 3/4" figures...at least they are going well and I believe I have all the issues worked out that were hounding me in the past with them.  Im really enjoying making them for the first time in a long time.

So there is that little bit of good news.  :-)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Smooth On Products

I just wish to state...

There are various companies around the world that make plastic resins.  I use Smooth On products for various reasons The main ones are:
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1...Their basic products are pretty much idiot proof.
2...They're a 5 minute drive away.
3...The end result is safe to play with.  
4...They are environmentally safe.
5...They give me the results I expect and look for.
6...Educational information available for all products.

Of course more exotic resins might require more stringent safety precautions as with anything. 

Sometimes things go pear shaped and it ''all becomes crap'' due to the frustration of both lost time and productivity. 

Im not slagging Smooth On Silicone Rubber.  It has advertised qualities that would be quite helpful for certain molds.  If I could get the product to work.  The frustration lies in not being able to figure out why this product is failing me.  Im sure under the right circumstances Smooth Ons Silicone Rubber works very well. 

Least I can figure...its either A) a reaction with the 205 release agent  B) The mold cure time is out by at least 12-24 hours depending on the size of the mold or C) Its just a bad lot.   Nothing else makes sense.  Who knows.  Maybe Im overlooking something very simple that I either did or didn't do.  My ego can take it.

But because my results with this product have been mostly negative, Im not going to use the silicone rubber at this time for my projects.  I will buy this product again with the sole purpose of trying to figure out why I couldn't get the results I should have gotten.  I just don't have the time or patience to figure it out by doing product testing at just this particular time.

But believe me...when I do...I will be posting it.