Sunday, January 15, 2017

Makig Figures & Enjoying It

Its kinda quiet on the blog front I know, but behind the scenes Im having a blast.  I do one thing at a time and focus on that.  So while I still have video's to make, if Im sanding, I only sand.  No multi-tasking.  In the last couple of weeks I've made 8 figures and have more coming.  I'd really like to have a nice assortment for September's sale which I hope to make an annual event. 

Im hoping to have at least a couple of 5" Marauder figures.  Hoping, but we'll see if time allows it.  Once I blow out a mold or two and need to make or replace a mold or two, we'll look at Sprue Molds. 

There really is an incredible amount of work involved and it doesn't take much to get lost/focused in one direction.  So I dont bother fighting it.

Its working so far.  :-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Poll on MAGNETS

I have a new poll up on the right. 

I can put magnets in the feet of my figures.  Does this appal to you?  Do you care?

Pease vote on the Poll.  If you are not able to, please email me.  Id really like to know what people in general think.  If its appealing, I might do it to all my figures.  If it isn't, then its extra work I don't have to do.

So please...let me know either on the poll or by email.   golddober@gmail.com

Monday, January 9, 2017

You Lost What?

The super nice master in hi detail for Jade.  Some how...I lost it.  This is a first but fortunately I can replace it.  I need to make another mold of the head and I'll be damned if I can find.  I ordered another and it'll be here in 2 weeks.

What was more surprising was the stuff I found looking for it.  You know the stuff Im talking about.  You put it somewhere safe so you wont forget about it.   So there was that....finding things I know I would be looking for real soon.

While replacing the lost head is easy enough...It still bugs me that I lost it in the first place. 

You now what they say...It only happens once.

When it arrives I'll make Ronin.  Then its just the matching Steeds.  I will remake my former magno collection in 3 3/4" format.  Ambitious?  Maybe a little bit...but when its done...

:-)

MOLD SPLIT



The fun with silicone molds is we can put the mold split line wherever we want.  We can encase the entire master, just so long as its easy to remove from the mold with the closest replication and least amount of sanding and least amount of detail affected.  Silicone provides the flexibility to stretch the mold slightly for cast removal.

I try to avoid running a mold split down a 5mm peg.    If at all possible, I prefer to encase it and run the mold split down an area that's easily sanded with the least amount of detail.  Like a corner or edge.

Here's an example of both.
Here, the peg is fully encased currently in clay, which when removed will be replaced with silicone.  Also the mold split line goes through the top of the head where there is no detail and down the middle of his face again where there is little to no detail and a natural ridge dividing the face in half and then along the neck edge to the back side where the mold split is moved to follow the natural edges between detail to avoid as little disruption to detail as possible when sanding.
 
 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sanding Away

Im slowly going through my dishes making figures.  This morning I finished an all clear Overlord.  Still needs a wash, some black detail paint and a clear coat.  This ones for me as part of my magno replacement project.  They are SO hard on my fingers but worth it in the end.

My plan is to hold an annual sale every September where upon the items made over the course of a year will be displayed and sold.

So far, we're off to a good start.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ADMINISTRATOR OVER RIDE-OT

January...Long cold winter...Shiftwork...Seasonal Affective Disorder

We're taking a time out from winter. 

At least once every 2-3 weeks, I wake up from a dream where Im driving my car only to be hit with the reality of winter when I come to 20 seconds later.  I got 3 months...maybe 4 before "PRISS"  can hit the streets.  She's not a T-Top.  That's a vinyl roof.  She's all original fully documented from the dealership.  Fully loaded.  Im the 3rd owner.

PRISS...that's her name...Short for Empress.  A co-worker loves his rice burners.  Even if you don't like the cars you cant help but admire the engineering.  Over 1900 HORSEPOWER in some of these imports with their turbo's.  They'll blow me away at a red light with my 401 carbureted motor. 

My co worker is building some 4 cylinder rice burner with front wheel drive.  I own a 1972 AMC JAVELIN AMX.. 355 Horsepower...and all I can think is...Holy Shit...My Javelin is about 250 lbs "LIGHTER" than his rice burner.  Even with posi, my ass end is all over the road.  I couldn't imagine having more power under my hood.  Car...meet pole.

Im looking forward to this seasons Show and Shine...But damn its a lonnnng winter.  I needed a little pick me up so thanks for putting up with this post.




Monday, January 2, 2017

GOLDDOBER With BIGMAN TOYS Present: JADE

Its so cool.  No stress.  And because of that, Im coming up with simple answers to problems that were bothering me.  Simple answers that cut valuable wear and tear off of my fingers.  And cut time off of assembly.  But more importantly its the "type" of work it cut out.  A painful long drawn out process that resulted in blistered fingers, frustration and festered a lack of desire to make these.

In the last week, I have made 3 Deimos figures and Jade.  They all need a final wash, some detail painting and some clear coat.  I have dishes of clear urethane parts.  Hopefully this is a new found desire that will last and not some simple surge. 

But hey...its fun again.  So I might as well blast out as many figures as I can while I have this energy.  Next week I'll make Ronin.  A 3 3/4" King Atlas.

Here's Jade.  Sorry...taking pictures has always been a chore for me.  Someday I'll get the hang of it.

Lee is an accomplished artist and self taught in 3D modelling.  He did a wonderful job modeling the head for this figure.  I was quite happy when he agreed to help me out.


 
Jade is not currently
 for sale.  Im not scrambling to have a pre order or rush to make a bunch.  Im making a whole bunch of figures.  Jade and Ronin and a few other variants of figures.  Some clear urethane figures.  Whatever grabs me.  When I get a bunch made...probably this summer...I'll put a bunch up for sale.

There will not be any fancy artwork when these do become available.  That's another headache unto itself.  I wont be carding figures anymore.  Except Marauder.  "WHEN" I eventually get him done, he will be carded.  But until then, we're keeping things simple.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Making Figures With a Change of Pace

Its nice making figures with no deadlines.  No stress.  I cant remember the last time I was this relaxed making figures.  I spilt my coffee on my laptop.  I didn't even swear.  It didn't even phase me.  The funs coming back.  I've done more in the last 5 days than I have in the last 9 months.  I really cant apologize enough for losing my cool a few times over the last few years.  I can be too ambitious and the stress of being a one man show really got the best of me on more than one occasion.

Im now finishing projects I started years ago.  I even did a little bit of work on Marauder.

Im enjoying myself again.  Hopefully it shows in the figures.  Im hoping by this September to have a nice selection of figures to choose from if anyone is interested in any of them.  Im going to hold back pics a bit and hit you all with a WOW factor of eye candy all at once.  :-)

Tomorrow I'll start work on Jade and Ronin.  Maybe I can squeeze some extra missile packs in for an accessory for past figures while Im at it.

2017 looks to be getting off to a great start.  But Summer cant get here soon enough.  I dream about driving my car at last once a week.