Sunday, July 23, 2017

PRICES-Stock VS Commission

In case some of you are wondering...stock prices are cheaper than commission. 

By 'stock' price I mean what I have currently available.  Its already made.  You don't have to wait for me to make it.

Commission prices are more expensive because I make brand new molds for every commissioned figure.

Stock figures are limited to what I have available where as you can commission most anything you want.

Stock figures are usually available once a year.  Commissions are available at any time.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

No Casting Video's Yet.

Well...I had everything ready.  Scripted and pre poured.  But I cant work the camera.  It kept timing out.  I can program a CNC but cant work a NIKKON.  I need a simple point and click, but point and clicks suck.  They take shit close ups and video's.

Im lucky Im able to take the few good pics I do take and even then I delete 10 pics for every one I keep.

So until I can find a camera that is STUPID FRIENDLY, Im sorry, there are no video's.  :-(

Sorry, Im just frustrated that camera's get the best of me.  I'll get the thing figured out because Im pissed at it and its a matter of principle.  But I had everything set up perfectly for the shoot.   So Im a little put out. 

There is ALOT to think about and do for a video.  Its ALOT of work. 

MISSILE PACKS

As I have no idea how many of you are going to want missile packs, Im making a small number of individual missile packs for Septembers Sale.  If more are required, I can make more. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Septembers Sale Info

This September's Sale will be unlike any I have held so far.  In that there is no one particular figure being offered.  Customs of past figures and a few regular ones will all be offered at once.

However, I am not HASBRO.  Im not cranking out 5000 figures.  I'll have around 30.  ANd some are One Offs.

So to be fair to everyone, for the FIRST week/7 days Purchases will be limited to one figure.  2 figures if the second figure is Jade.  After the first 7 days, the limit will be removed. 

For those who plan to buy or might want to exceed the limit, I  will be willing to combine shipping if you don't mind the 7 day wait until the limit is lifted.

While prices haven't been set, the lack of packaging and time spent packaging will put the price around $75 US plus $12.50 S/H fully tracked.  UK  $30.  Full Urethane figures will be available as well.  Prices on full urethane TBD.

Im expecting to have everything ready for the 15th of September however the date might change by a few days depending on how everything goes setting up.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

REPAIRING AIR BUBBLES

Myself, I would rather have one huge air bubble than a tiny one.  A big air bubble can be easily fixed or altered for a custom project.  Small holes mean a lot of work for little compensation.  In most cases its probably easier to throw the cast away and simply make another.  When dealing with tinted parts, its particularly problematic. 

But "IF" you can manage to match the tint or are dealing with a standard color resin, the best way that I have found to fix a air bubble hole in a cast is to build up a small wall around the hole with clay.  Then fill it up.  You peel away the clay and a little bit of light sanding and Viola.

Of course, if the bubble is in an extremely sensitive or high detail area, it might be best to just make a new one.

If the bubble is in an unobstructed part of a mold channel, then cut out te bad area, reseat in mold and finish filling the mold.  This method works great for making multiple color custom parts.
Im going to peel away the clay and sand everything back down.  The detail is simple so it wont even show when done.
Here is a photo of a failed HEAD cast.  I poured the resin in too fast.  This created an air bubble that prevented the mold from filling all the way.  Thinking it was full, I pressurized it.  I cut out the bad part, re-inserted the cast back into the mold and poured in more resin to complete the fill.  This can  be done with exact color match resins.  You wont even see a blend line unless you are using different colors like I did in the above picture.

PROGRESS

I will have all the parts for the 10 Jade figures for Septembers Sale made by tomorrow and then I need 2 days to put one together.  If demand for Jade exceeds production, I will take orders.

Ronin...3 3/4" King Atlas wont get started until January.  I will be attending NAIT from Sept 28 until Dec 21 for CNC Programming.

Then full out production on Marauder 5" and LOBSTROS. 

Im excited.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

EXTENDING POT LIFE TIP...Resin & Silicone

Pot life (refresher) is the term given for the allowable time to manipulate your resin.  It starts from the second you combine the 2 compounds.  Pot Life varies from resin to resin.  Please refer to your specific products for actual Pot Life times. 

15 seconds is a long time when referring to Pot Life.  And it still goes just as fast.  So you need to be organized and efficient.  No wasted movements. 

One way to gain yourself a bit of extra Pot Life time...

Smooth On products, the way the instructions are read, you might think to add "A" to "B".  But you don't have to.  It doesn't matter if A gets poured into B or the other way around.  And this can be applied to the silicone for making the molds as well.

POUR THE THINNER OF THE 2 COMPOUNDS INTO THE THICKER ONE.  You waste time trying to get every drop from the thicker compound into the mix.

And no...it doesn't matter if you stir clockwise or counter clockwise.  Just mix well.  Always.  That's where most of peoples problems happen.  Insufficient mixing due to panick over pot life and pouring everything before the resin/silicone starts to cure.  ever over extend yourself by trying to get too much done.  One bumped mold can throw your timing right out the window.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SOMETIMES...THINGS GO RIGHT

Tinting is always tricky.  Manually, its an art.  But every once in a while...things go right.  3 drops of green tint with one particular full measuring apparatus gives me the color I want for Jade with just enough resin to pour every mold needed for him.  I don't have to waste time/resources trying to find the right shade. I lucked out first try.  I'll have all my parts made by this weekend.

SCORE! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Septembers Sale Looking Good

I have 12 more figures I would like to get finished for Septembers Sale.  I have the parts made for 3 of them.  Im hoping by the weeks end to have all the parts made.

If I can get them done in time, I might try to squeeze in Ronin.  We'll see.

Im signed up for CNC courses at NAIT from September 28-Dec 21/17...so I wont be getting much casting done if any between Oct 1 and Christmas.  So Im going to see if my time frame and commitment will allow it.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NowOn Facebook

I am now officially on Facebook.  With the upcoming conclusion of the 3 3/4" figures being Jade and Ronin, new figures/vehicles and Marauder, Im hoping to reach a larger audience.  I cant always have things to discuss and it could be months before anything relevant gets discussed, so its nice to be able to raise awareness elsewhere that something's going on here when it does happen. 

Its easy to forget about little sites like Homeworld if they don't have a different daily topic to discuss.

I've caved to their rules and have signed in under my name not Gold Dober.

 I'll be keeping my feeds to toy related topics.  Im staying away from the news feed unless its toy related as well. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

CANADIANS NOW CHARGED 5% GST ON EBAY SALES

Effective July 1st 2017, Ebay Canada will be subject to 5% GST by Revenue Canada for its Canadian operations.  Like any entity, Ebay passes this 5% GST ( Goods and Services Tax) onto Canadian Ebay sellers.  It is already very hard for Canadians to sell on Ebay.  There is no audience so items sell for nothing if they sell at all.

Whats PayPal...3%?  I'm gonna check, but we'll call it at 3%.  Ebay "TOY" category is 9% and that is 9% of the auction selling price AND the shipping cost.  GST currently at 5%.

9+5+3=17% 

Here's a cut/paste from the email I received from Ebay on the subject...

**Reminder**
As announced in our Summer Update, eBay Canada Limited will become the contracting party for Canadian residents and businesses on July 1st, 2017. As a Canadian corporation, eBay Canada Limited is subject to Canadian tax law and will be required to charge sales tax (GST/HST/QST) on eBay fees.
The applicable sales tax will be determined based on your registered eBay address and taxes payable will be detailed in your monthly invoice.
**Note** Your July invoice may include fees for services provided prior to July 1, 2017. These will be billed on behalf of eBay International AG and will not include GST/HST/QST.
For more information, see our 2017 Summer Seller Update.
As always, thank you for selling on eBay!

As always, just trying to keep everyone informed.   17%...I am loathe to do it, but for 14 cents on the dollar, I'll join Facebook. 

I cant pass 5% on to my Ebay buyers.  I wont have any.  So I'll be forced to eat the additional 5% charge in exchange for a larger audience.  Im not above paying my fair share of taxes, and I know everyone complains about taxes...but Canadians are really overtaxed.  For instance...did you know that the price per liter of gas at the pimps here in Canada includes the price of the gas and all provincial taxes added together.  This total is then subject to an additional 5% GST.  Essentially and factually, we are being taxed ON a tax. 

Try doing that anywhere else.  Go Canada, Yeah Team. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CANADA DAY

Happy 150th Canada Day to everyone it applies to. 

In today's news, the Prime Minister during a live speech wished every province individually a Happy Canada Day.  He never mentioned Alberta. 

However an honest slip it was, given that Alberta pretty much hates Trudeau, and the political animosity between Alberta and Ontario and Quebec,  it will only fuel the conspiracy theories and political rift between Alberta and Ottawa even though Trudeau later apologized for his gaff.

Ottawa is the Capital of Canada.
Toronto is the Capital of Ontario.  But they think of themselves as the center of the universe.

I personally think Trudeau is an idiot.  He won the election off of his father's political career and name.  Justin didn't take Political Science.  He is a DRAMA TEACHER by education.  He has never had to apply himself for anything.  He refuses to take a stand or fight for anything.  Listen to his interviews.  He takes the path of least resistance to all facets of his life.  In short...he's lazy.  He' never worked a day in his life or worked for anything for that matter.

HE DOESNT STAND FOR ANYTHING.

And the son of a bitch will win the next Federal Election because the other 2 parties have no one to run against him capable of winning public support.  No one people can recognize and associate with.  So he'll win by name recognition and voter default.

My dislike for Justin Trudeau (THE POLITICIAN) stems from the fact, and it is fact, that Trudeau has little opinion for Western Canada, in particular Alberta.  He's on record saying so.  Not that he realized it, but there are several recorded instances where Justin Trudeau has voiced his disdain for Western Canada.  His policies back this up.

As PM  of Canada, it is his responsibility to treat all of Canada equally without personal bias.  Something he isn't doing.  Sorry for the political rant.

Anyway...its Canada Day.  Enjoy the weekend and all the festivities across the country. 

YEAH!!!LONG WEEKEND!!!

AND PLEASE...PLEASE...DONT DRINK AND DRIVE.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

SHAKY ECONOMY = MORE CUSTOMS

Its scary right now.  Fracking can break even on $15/barrel.  The US has close to 6000 drilled wells just sitting there waiting to 'turn the tap'.  Oilsands need around $42.  Where it is now.  11 years on the job with every department except the machine shop taking layoff.  The machine shop runs on a skeleton crew.  There is no one to lay off.  If they lay off a single person, they would have to lay off an entire shift. 

We haven't had a raise in 4 years and looks like we will be taking significant wage cuts next fall if we don't lose our jobs.  So Im taking upgrade courses this fall at Nait in CNC programming.  I know how to program, I just need more practice and knowledge of 'little tricks'.  At least this way if I lose my job, I can still get a job programming.  Its much easier (for me anyway) than 3D modelling and would allow me to move anywhere in the world with my 30+ years of machining experience.

But I said it 15 years ago.  Recessions are good for creativity.  People dig down into what the can to pay the bills.  They devote more time to their customs or creative side to pay the bills as there is ore time to give because they aren't working.  But its not guaranteed and the moment a "job" becomes available they take it and have no more time for customs.  Which can really suck from the consumers end. 

As I get older, my job security becomes shakier as my shelf life is limited.  I no longer am part of the future.  The current economy doesn't give me any faith that I will be able to retire with this company much as I hope to.  So...I need to be ready and more flexible.  AND...after 15 years...Im no longer taking those dam T-4's.  You know...those mood altering crazy pills.  Its like a fog has been lifted from my head. 

As I get older,,,expect more and more devotion to my craft as I plan to make custom figures my retirement career. That's only 13-14 years away.  Palisades Micronauts came out 15 years ago if that helps with perspective. 

Its just prudent planning.

CUSTOM CLEAR MAGNOS FROM "THE CHEST ENGINE"

A friend of mine who runs the blog The Chest Engine recently commissioned a few  Magno Heads from me and was having some custom fun with them. 

I really like the Palisades Clear magno's.  Too bad the plastic is so brittle.  But for people like myself and a few others they are the most perfect magno for customizing because the color possibilities are endless if you have any customizing abilities.  I myself kept 4 clear Palisades Clear/black BK sets for customizing a set in a particular color for myself.  Clear with metallized blue accents.

UNFORTUNATELY...these were the last heads I am able to make.  My molds have expired and I sold all my Emperors and King Atlas/Green Barons.  So I don't have a master available to remake the mold.  But if I had one, I could make more.

And here is what their owner over at The Chest Engine ( I really need to update my HOT LIST) did with them.  Thanks to The Chest Engine for the pics.




I love knowing I was able to help someone make customs like these. 
AWESOME PICS and thanks again to The Chest Engine for the pics.

More information on the making of these figures can be found over at thechestengine.moranity.com 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Back-Rocky Mountains...AGAIN!

The Rocky Mountains.  I love them.  After buying (read financed) my wife a Trailer/Toy Hauler/RV last year, we have been making the most of both the trailer and our close proximity to the Rockies.   It takes us 3 1/2 hrs to reach th Rockies.  We try to go once a month.  I can only book holidays on day shift and a leave Friday night come back Sunday isn't worth my time.  That's a tease.







We left last Wednesday and got back today.  Preachers Point is Crown land along the North Saskatchewan River which means its an open campground  No services.  We pick a new site every time we go.  There are miles of potential sites.  Some get flooded out by the end of the summer as glacier melting raises the river by then.

Wildlife count was 1 black bear, 1 moose, 1 doe, 2 geese, 1 gosling and 1 possibly 2 chipmunks.

I bought another knife.  A real nice ebony handled 'Buck' Knife.  75th anniversary don't ya know.  I didn't either.  But its a dam good knife.

There is a nice mountain behind us.  I made out like Tom Cruise with nothing but my knife and started climbing.  It was more of an advanced hike climbing escarpments of 60 degrees or better.  An hour later realizing I was getting perilously close to not being able to get down, I turned around and realized I was a good 300 ft up and looking at a long tumble down.  This is not a Hollywood movie.  I had to do an inverted crab walk down on my hands and feet.  There was no way I would be able to simply stand up and walk down.  Later after getting back to the campsite and a nice long walk I found another horse trail that would provide relative safety to the top of the lowest part of the mountain I was trying to get to with my straight on approach.  It'll take a few extra hours, but I wont drop dead of a heart attack.  I fail to realize Im 50...not 15.  At least once I thought I was dying.

Today, I can barely walk.  My thighs hurt like hell and now both my shoulders are buggered.  But the left one is only sore from being used in ways its not used to.  :-)

Back to reality.  Work starts at 7:30 am tomorrow.  And so does making figures.  Back to getting ready for Septembers Sale.

Im looking forward to Septembers Sale.  Then I can finish Ronin and move on to making custom figures/vehicles.  No more production runs.  Make a couple to feed my desire and move on.  No rush, no schedules. 

Just good old fashioned Hobby Fun!

Monday, June 12, 2017

11 NEW MICRONAUTS SELL FOR $90...$8.00/Figure

1 Prince Acroyear, 2 DD Ex Acroyears, 2 Error and 1 correct Bioscan Membros, 1 black Membros, 1 Time Medic, 1 extra pod, 1 clear TT, 1 red Brain retro and 1 purple Centaur.

$90...that's $8.00 per figure

My Chess Set parts, only sold for $20

At least a couple of people got some decent deals. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

CANADA POST NEEDS TO CLOSE...TOO COSTLY

Its time for Canada Post to close its doors...PERMANENTLY.

The problem...their union, overpaid workers and an unsustainable pension package.

Its bad enough out of 35 million people...Im one of 100,000 who had door service cancelled.  I have already had my super mailbox broke into.

NOW...I have a small fortune in hockey cards.  How is it, I can buy a hockey card from the US and have it shipped tracked for less than $5.00 when it costs me $12.50 to send the VERY SAME package to the US?

Who in their right mind is going to spend $12.50 for shipping on a product of equal or less value?

That's a $10 (Can) difference.  I might as well throw these hockey cards in the garbage then because the US is my biggest customer next to the UK,

If CANADA POST cant compete then they need to close its doors because I am sick of my tax dollars subsidizing it.  My tax dollars are going to their over inflated union pension fund and killing any chance of me opening a business that involves shipping.

Its no wonder Canada is going to hell in a hand basket. We can only afford to do business with ourselves.  Its no wonder why businesses are leaving or failing completely in Canada.

CANADA...SOCIALISM AT ITS FINEST! 

That's not tongue in cheek either.  All one has to do is look at Canada's policies and central focus political system.  I might as well be in China.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ADAM WEST DEAD AT 88

Sadly, time advances for us all and has claimed Adam West best known as the original Batman at the age of 88 after a battle with leukemia.

The 60's TV show with the POW and KA BAM taking over the screen subtly hiding the violent scenes from kids.  Clever.  Epic even.  A classic for every kid of the 60's/70's

Another time.  Its stories now buried in the bowels of history.

A sad reminder that time...leaves no one behind. 

Im deeply saddened by this.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

FULL CIRCLE

The sale of my Magno figures contributed to my buying "Priss".  That's what I call my car.  The Purple Emperor Prototype was the centerpiece of my magno collection for a long time.

My car, a 1972 AMC AMX Javelin is Plum Crazy Purple.  The female to Emperor is Empress.  Priss for short.

And it has more in common with the Magno figures than I thought.  The seat belts when not in use are held in place in the centre console by...Magnets.

Having bought the car last fall, I didn't get the opportunity to enjoy it.  It didn't feel like my car.

It does now.  While I do miss my figures, I have no regrets.  This is my dream car.  From the moment I sat in one when I was 17.  I have to be careful though.  This car has the 401...a beefed up 390 on steroids with a Carter 625.  It may be an automatic, but its a monster.  The 4 barrels kicking in at 60 MPH...I leave my tires on the road.  And the car is very light.  3000 lbs and a short wheelbase.
Im loving it.

Micronauts on Ebay

I'll post the link here in a bit.  Ima little tired right now. 

I have an 11 figure Micronauts lot up on Ebay.  Palisades Acroyears both Prince and 2-Devils Due, both Embassy Bioscans but there are 2 of the Error version, Time Medic, Clear TT, Red Brain and Purple Centaurs.  An extra time medic pod. A black Membros but he has no claws and has been sitting displayed on my shelf for years.  An exta Time Medic Pod and even the signed packaging from the Palisades Staff if you want it

All are 100% complete and in great shape.  I just opened them.  The Time Medic obviously has o ring melting issues.

Under Ebay ID: t-551  if you cant wait for the link.

Auction scheduled for 5 pm Pacific time Monday June 5 and will run for 7 days.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

MAGNETO...Can He???

I was watching X Men Apocalypse when Eric takes down the Russian Officers for killing his wife/daughter.   He then uses his daughters chain to kill all the officers.  It flies from his hand and when done returns to his hand.

How does Magneto's power work?

Magneto, is a play on the word Magnetic.  What would happen if the metal he was trying to manipulate was 316 Stainless Steel?  316 SS is NON MAGNETIC.

Would he still be able to manipulate a non magnetic metal?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chess Set Parts Lot Sold for $20

Wow.  I spent close to $1000 on figures for the set.  There was also a lot of Urethane cast parts. 

$20...for everything.

Someone got a great deal!   Well done Keith.  :-)

Monday, May 29, 2017

WONDER WOMAN GENDER DISCRIMINATION SCREENINGS

NOT IN MY HOUSE!!!

Im pissed about this.  It isn't right.  Male oriented institutions of learning are being forced to go co ed.  The males WANT a male only institution because of claims of sexual harassment.  Just the claim alone is enough to ruin a future career regardless of its validity.  Yet more and more are forced to accept female students. 

To date...not a single female only institution of learning has been forced to go co ed.

And now...FEMALE ONLY MOVIE SCREENINGS.  WTF?!?!?!

Im not a Gal Gadot (sp?) fan to begin with.  I wont stoop to telling you what I thought about her BEFORE this incident, let alone now.  I was willing to give this movie a shot even though I think the CGG in the trailers is enough to turn any one away from the movie.

But now...Im pissed.  Really pissed.  She just hit my all time hatred level.  Yep...she's right up there with liver and cooked spinach.

Its out right gender discrimination.  Im glad they killed her off in FF because she is now banned in my house.  We will not buy any DVD's, attend any movies that she performs in or contribute to causes she endorses. I can enjoy the rest of the movie series.

What message are they sending to young women?  You set any respectable feminism progress considerably back.  You can now open your own doors, pay for your own cabs and buy your own drinks. 

You lost my support with your double standard.  I can't take your complaints seriously anymore when you pull stunts like this.  So now they fall on deaf ears.  Don't ask me to sign any petitions.

My boycott wont affect anything, but this kind of negativity cant be good on any level.

I will not be buying, reviewing or endorsing the reboot of Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot or any merchandise there of.  

Its all I can do.  Really...there is nothing right about this, and no valid reason to justify this.  This isn't right by any stretch of the imagination.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Calgon Take Me Away

C'mon...you know you're laughing because you remember the jingle and the stereotype of the commercial.  But its how I feel.  I am so sore and stiff.  If you are 40 or younger...you might not get it.

Two straight weekends plus a few hours after work and I have virtually all my yard work done save for the drainage ditch around the garage and levelling my sidewalk and enlarging my patio.  The roof isn't included in this list but its on this summer's agenda.  I finished chopping all my wood and this years yard refuse.  Last weekend was last years yard refuse.  You don't burn green wood so I need to let it dry before I can burn it.  I got ALL the dandelions I could find...MUWAHAHA...

So...with 65% of my summer work done by the end of May...Im laughing.

I have about 15 figures needing detailing and clear coating.  Another 3 to finish.  And Jade figures to start now.

Missile packs.   Here's the plan.  Missiles...WILL NOT...be glued into the holders.  I'll leave that up to you if you want them glued or not.

I havent had time to work on Marauder yet, but the Magno figure is the closest to being finished.  But would still need a couple of weeks of vigilant effort.  So I am leaving it for now.  My focus is on getting the 3 3/4" figures ready for September. 

Things are looking good.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

This Weekend-May 26

I'm sorry about not having much Micro related content or much casting information.  I really need to get this yard work done.  Im half finished then I can enjoy the summer and have time to get everything ready for September's Sale.

This September's Sale will most likely be your last chance at getting custom 3 3/4" variants of Sultan/Roboid/Flight Commander and Overlord.  You will still be able to commission customs of past figures or figures you can paint, but Roboid/Sultan/Flight Commander/Overlord in their original colors and packaging are sold out.  I will have one or two of the original figures in the original colors in this September's Sale with no packaging and missile packs instead of glider wings.  I'll also have some of my Microman and Micronauts figures and a few rare and unusual items...like an official Microtron Iron On still in its packaging...for example, available.

Im aiming for 10 Jade figures for Septembers Sale.  If there's time, I'll add 10 Ronin as well.  These figures are: Jade = 3 3/4" Green Baron...Ronin = 3 3/4" King Atlas.  If not, Ronin will be available for Christmas.   Then these figures are available through commission only and only in custom colors.

Im not sure about Steeds.  The Missile packs while scaled accurately are too long to fit on the back of the figure in Centaur form at this size.  Once I figure out how to solve that problem then there is the issue of how much I would have to charge for a Steed and accessories.  There is double the work and resin extra molds and I cant see anyone paying $150 for a 3 3/4" Steed version.   That may or may not include shipping.  Yeah...that's a chunk.  So Im not sure about the Steeds.  If I make them, most likely (but not entirely) they would be for myself.   I still take commissions.  I take commissions on anything I have molds for.

Im feeling like Im held hostage to this Micronaut Project of turning the Micronaut Magno figures into 3 3/4" format.  Its dragging me down.  Im not enjoying making multiple figures.  Im not enjoying making the same figure over and over again with the only difference being the head.  I have made 150+ of the same figures with the only exception to difference being Roboid.  I want to move on to other projects. 

So for the next few weeks, unfortunately, all I have to offer up is a few items for Sale.  Expect a different item offered up every 4 or 5 days.  There are going to be some AWESOME DEALS if you get good timing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MICRONAUTS PARTS LOT NOW ON EBAY

Its been a hectic week and it isn't stopping.  So much to do.  But I ***DID*** get the Micronauts Chess Set dismantled and all the parts on Ebay.  There is also a lot of clear cast parts. 

Below is the link to the Ebay auction which runs 7 days from...well...Now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/282491092676?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

Monday, May 22, 2017

X MEN APOCALPSE

A cool movie.  My only dislike is the amount of makeup Jenifer Lawrence wears and the attitude she portrays.  She looks trashy.  Old and bitchy.  Make up should enhance beauty not create it unless its part of the costume and in this case it isn't.

The movie reminds me of the first Mummy movie with Brendan Fraser. 

They introduce some new mutants.  Kill off some of the familiar mutants from 1st Class and fill in some of the blanks to tie in the Patrick Stewart X Men movies.  They fill in the past history of some more memorable mutants like Storm and a few others.

A not bad movie.  The similarities to the Mummy notwithstanding,  Jennifer Lawrence portrayal of Mystique IMO brings the movie down.  Not her acting...the attitude she portrays.  Im finding Im not a Jennifer Lawrence fan.  The more movies she acts in the less I like her.  All she does in Hunger Games is cry and scream so maybe that has something to do with it.

There is very limited involvement of the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in this movie.  The introduction of Quick Silver adds a nice touch of comedy.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Palsades Micro's

PALISADES MICROS...Cant sell them, cant give them away. 

Time to have some fun...

I have 5 red brain and a purple Centaurus, both Bioscans, A prince and a Devils Due Acroyear plus a few TT's....all MOSC...

BACK IN 10 MINUTES...   :-)

CHRISTMAS TIME!!!



The Time Medic was signed...no big deal there.  It has the typical o-ring melting problem...The Bioscan Membros...all have loose knees...but the Centaur's and the Acroyears are all in great shape.
 
These will be on Ebay as a lot...But I'm going to keep a few of the red brains.   My record stands at 46 for a de-carding/opening session.  But this still made the top 5 for number of figures opened in one sitting.  Definitely the most I have opened in the last 10 years.




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Peanuts Gang Now Canadian Citizens

How about that Eh?

After getting fired by Met Life...Snoopy flew his Red Baron and Peanuts Gang North...to Canada. 

DHX Media of Halifax, Nova Scotia...bought 80% of the Peanuts brand for a reported $345 Million dollars on Wednesday May 10/17.

Did they come to escape Trump...or because they can actually build an ice rink in their back yard or have a real frozen pond to play hockey on?  Try that in Vegas. 

Now Im sure a lot of my U.S. friends might be down in the dumps about this, however, the Chinese are huge Peanuts fans and were expected to purchase the Peanuts enterprise when the sell off was first announced.

Maybe that puts a little sugar on things?

Friday, May 12, 2017

G.I JOE CREATOR PASSES AT 84

Stanley Weston, NY native and U.S. Army Vet passed away at the age of 84 May 1 2017.  He created the military doll after watching Barbie's success.  He sold his ideas to Hasbro,  spawning the 1985 cartoon and later a couple of movies with Channing Tatum (2009).

G.I. JOE was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame, Rochester N.Y. 2003.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NO PEARLMAN IN HELLBOY 3

WTF????

It has been reported that Neil Marshall will replace Del Toro and Ron Pearlman will be replaced with David Harbour.  While Pearlman is a fantastic fit for Hellboy, methinks age had something to do with it.  I don't really consider Harbour a solid choice for replacing Pearlman.  He's more of what I would refer to as a solid B lister.  Kinda like Jessica Biel. 

People hate change.  We're lazy.  We like familiarity.  Im a perfect example of that.  If change is to happen we want it to happen on our terms.  But it usually doesn't and we're left wondering why.  And out of respect for past actors of past movies, they never tell you.

Neil Marshall has reportedly signed on writer Aron Eli Coleite (HEROS).  I'll wait for the official review on this one.  I like Del  Torro's take on things.  Sometimes new blood is a good thing.

We'll see.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

BILL MANTLO RECOGNIZED BY MARVEL

This has probably been dissected by Micronaut fans everywhere already, but in case some of you DONT KNOW...

Bill Mantlo was a writer for Marvel back in the 70's.  In the 90's he was permanently disabled by a hit and run driver and his life changed negatively on every level.

Now...25 years later a resurgence of a past character now made popular by the Guardians of the Galaxy movies...Rocket Racoon means Bill can now live somewhat of a more comfortable life outside the hands of a government system which had him penniless and in government care which meant any gifts, memorabilia or assets of any kind had to be sold for his care.

Please click the link below for the compete story. 

Im not ashamed to say I cried my eyes out over this.  Bill's lost 25 years of his life.  He will never get that back or his health.  But now he can at least live in his own house and keep the things which mean something to him instead of being pushed around by the system.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/guardians-galaxy-how-rocket-raccoon-rescued-my-brother-bill-mantlo-999096

Saturday, May 6, 2017

UK Shipping.

***UK SHIPPING***   

I GROSSLY under estimated the cost of tracking to the UK.  A small box the size of the Roboid box I used is $11.00 (CAN) to the UK or about $8-$8.50 US.  I was only charging (and have been charging) an extra $5.00 over the US shipping price for tracked packages to the UK...its actually $30 US (total) for that parcel to be tracked to the UK including the 5% off on all my tracked packages.  Shipping prices adjusted to match the exchange rate.  I charge actual shipping minus 5% for all tracked packages.  So its not that shipping charges have recently increased a drastic amount.  I was ignorantly under charging for tracked packages to the UK.  I hope you benefitted from my mistake.  Tracked packages to the US are up to $15 for something the size of the Roboid Box weighing under 2.2 lbs or 1 Kilogram.

Im sorry, but the last small package I sent to the UK, was to Jonathon Ross and NEVER made it.  Fortunately it was custom 3 3/4" figures I made and nothing else.  So Im sorry.  I have to put tracking on parcels to the UK now.

 Im giving items 4 or 5 days listing on the blog before it gets pulled if there is no interest.  Surprise Sales only get 48 hours...for a reason.  If you need a little time to save Im ok with holding am item for a limited time. 

Payment options (like time to pay) are available on items of interest.  Email for more information.

Im putting up my remaining Transformers on Ebay.  Nothing special there.  I have more common,  Micronauts starting at $10 and up I'll be listing here soon.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Microman/Micronaut Groups/Collectors "STILL" The Best

Micropolis Embassy.  Best and foremost Micronaut Collectors group of its time.  Evolved to Facebook, and took their culture with them.  If I didn't have issues with Facebook, I'd be there. 
Microman and Micronaut fans are the politest, respectful and considerate people I have ever met.

Today, I quit the Car Club.  Why?  They didn't measure up to the standards I have come to accept and maybe taken for granted set by Microman/Micronaut Collectors of M.E and Facebook.

While the people in the car club were polite enough...they don't integrate.  In M.E. we had announcements and welcomed newcomers.  We encouraged new members to make themselves known.  This car club doesn't have any online services.  I cant even send out a hi Im a new member email to anyone.  So I have no idea who's who and then have 45 minutes once a month to meet people and establish relationships.  My shiftwork means I haven't made a meeting since November.  I expected an email from the Cub President or rep welcoming me, explaining the club's directives and letting me know what the club resources are as well as their events and functions.  I got nothing.  If I didn't ask, I wasn't told.

I had to ask for the link to the newsletter.  I had to wait almost a month for the next meeting because I wasn't given any info, knew no one and had no way to contact anyone until the next meeting.  I felt unwelcome and that they were only interested in my car.  They complained about members Lone Wolfing.  Showing up at events alone instead of with the Club.  I cant contact anyone and noone contacts me.  How else am I supposed to go to an event except alone?

Considering the reply to my request to cancel my membership was simply...Sure no problem.  Take Care.  Im thinking the decision to leave the Car Club should have been made sooner.  They didn't care or even ask me why I was leaving.  I couldn't help but wonder what this groups plan in 10 years is?  With the average age of members observed to be around 65...half will be dead and the other half senile in 10 years.  These guys are running this group like its 1998.  E-Mailing out newsletters???  No online services beside a defunct 20 year old web site...that looks like it.  The club will be solvent in 10 years.  It had the feel of a bunch of old people with nothing better to do, using the club as an excuse to draw them together to give their life some semblance of meaning while they hold hands and wait to die.  That's the impression I got.

My decision to quit the car club was made all the easier because of standards set by Microman, Micronaut groups and their members.  Standards I seem to compare to every other group Im interested in.  The only thing the car club did was make me aware that I don't give a dam about car shows either as a spectator or participant and that I will never join another car club...  I didn't buy this car to spend my weekends babysitting it at car shows.  Im not sure how that even became a thought.  I simply wanted my dream car and the opportunity to drive it.

 They gave me every reason to leave.  Micronauts collectors gave me every reason to stay.  Without knowing it you set the standard and maintained it with ease while others continue to have difficulty understanding the word group.

You guys are the best and continue to be.  :-)  Thanks for being you!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ebay Sales and Canadian Tax Rules

 The reason I try to keep much of my sales off Ebay is for Tax purposes.

Revenue Canada sued Ebay for their financial records of Canadian Sellers.  Now, if I sell more than $1000/month on Ebay, I am required to claim this on my taxes as income.

So I get dinged possibly for an Ebay listing fee, a final sales fee, a paypal fee and then taxes on the sale.

If you buy something off Ebay that you plan to sell at a later date, KEEP ALL TRANSACTION RECORDS.  Then you wont have to ALSO pay a Capital Investment Tax.  You bought it with money that had already been taxed.  You are just recovering the funds.

CANADIANS...One of the highest taxed nations in the developed world.

I appreciate the trust when you buy through my blog, so if I can, I try to slip something extra in or make sure you get a good deal on the price. 

Its not much, but all tracked packages are 5% off on shipping...all the time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Impromtu/Surprise Sale Posts

I am putting up Impromptu Sales Posts or Surprise Sales.  Rewards for the faithful follower.  A 2-3 Day Blog Sale on collection items at cost or below cost prices.  Please note Blog Sale prices are limited to while the post is up.  If they don't sell here they "may or may not" go to Ebay.  I might put them back up as a Surprise Sale again at a later date.  Im sticking to deadlines, so 6 hours can screw you on Surprise Sale.  They are  meant to reward blog followers who routinely check out Homeworld.  No advertised sales, just impromptu 2 or 3 day sales.  Timing is everything.  There will be no time extensions on sales. Once the post comes down, the sale of that item will be over.

Its to keep you coming back every now and then to check out HomeWorld while I work on projects and postings are down.  I don't want you all to think I've closed shop and shut down.

The KK prints were part of these Impromtu/Surprise Sale.  So they are no longer for sale since the post came down.  Another Sale will soon take its place.  Expect one or two of these a month. But you have to be quick.  Sale Prices only last while the sale is active on the blog.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

In Memory of Joe (Joseph) Sikic

This post is in memory of a man none of you know.  But to me, he was a great man.  Joe Sikic.

He was my mentor.  He took a confused high school drop out aimlessly bouncing from job to job and gave him a chance to determine his future.  His direction in life.

A European, Croatian to be specific and a hard man.  More than once he threw a part out of the shop during my learning process.  I wasn't allowed to read the newspaper or a book or anything during coffee breaks.  We didn't have cell phones then.  "I'm paying for your coffee break.  So you'll concentrate on work."  He'd say.  And I'd spend my coffee break writing down fractions in a 1/64th format up to one inch, calculate in my head the three decimal equivalent and then write it down and memorize it.  During the day he'd shout out fractions and I had to know the decimal equivalent.

My parents weren't his biggest fans and more than once I had to tell my dad to stay out of it.  It was a small jobber shop that earned me invaluable experience in the mid 80's when everyone else was out of work and only the most seasoned and experienced machinists were still working.  Nobody wanted an apprentice.  They all wanted machinists with 15-20 years experience.  Not a former prep cook. 

$6.00/hr  Don't laugh.  Its 1987.  Considering my previous job as a cook was $5.50/hr...I was in heaven with the raise.  I worked hard and laugh now at how he would teach me lessons.  Things I still apply today.  I always have the cleanest most organized work bench.  For a reason.  Things he taught me.  Things they don't teach today.  Tricks of the trade.  Tricks I have since adapted and applied to the action figures I make.

I wanted to have lunch with him.  To thank him.  For all he did for me.  Its been a few years since last we talked.  I was in the corner store when I saw him.  No...it wasn't him.  It was him alright, but younger.  It was his son.  Upon talking to him I learned that Joe had passed away from cancer.

I feel bad that I never fully told him how much I appreciate everything he did for me.  The opportunity he provided me and the skills he willing shared and taught me.  He was a hard man with a soft center.  A good man.  I feel very fortunate to have known him and to have apprenticed under a man as skilled as he was. 

I wish I could have told you in person.

Thank you Joe. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Clear Colored Figures-Meh

You wont see me making too many clear colored figures.  The reason being, and there are several start here. 

Wherever there is a hole in the body, this allows light farther into the figure.  So the body shade will vary unless the pins going into those holes are the exact same shade.

You don't get the same shade for all the parts in one pour.  The smaller parts will be a lighter shade.  The larger parts will be a darker shade.

Painting is a problem.  If you paint black anywhere or darker colors, it darkens the shade around it.  sometimes changing the shade.

The same with combining clear colored parts.  The colors change.  A clear red over a clear blue will have the red looking purple.

So you have to really watch it with the clear colors.  What starts out as a good idea gives way to a lot more work and in some cases might not look as good as originally thought.  And then the extra left over parts.  And then if you get the shade wrong, which is the easiest thing to do, you end up chasing a color and making a whole pile of different shaded parts.  Which can happen with solid colors just as easily. Tinting is an art form unto itself.

This is just my opinion, but I think that's why solid white is used more often than not for clear colored figure accents.  Its the color least likely to change the shade or have the least effect on the shade of the clear colored parts.

Silorg Warrior Sold

I have a couple GEEG's left, some Palisades RF's too.

The BEST...ABSOLUTELY "THE BEST" MAGNO I EVER OWNED  and thus the last one to go...my Silorg Warrior is sold. 

If ever you get the chance to own one...2 things...its a $500 + figure and B)...ITS WORTH "EVERY" PENNY.

Cast Repair

There are a couple of ways you can repair a cast if you choose not to throw it out.  And probably a couple more I know nothing about. 

The first...Sometimes when pouring a sprue mold, you may accidentally over pour flooding the spout.  This can produce an air bubble which may fool you into thinking the mold is full.   Then when you open the mold, you find half a cast.  These are fun for customizing.  Now if you are lucky enough to be able to achieve a full seal by reinserting the cast back into the mold, then first simply cut out the part of the cast that failed put it back into the mold making sure it is 100% seated, and fill the rest of the mold.  You can have fun by changing the color...or not.  I've had success blending the same color together seamlessly in 2 or 3 pours.


If its a Smush mold, you can do the same as the above.  Cut out the bad, reinsert cast into the mold, and add more resin.  Sometimes that's not an option either.  Sometimes where the cast fail happens, particularly in sprue molds, prevents simply cutting out the cast fail and adding more resin.

If its a high detail area, depending on the amount of resin used for the complete cast, I might suggest simply scrapping the piece and checking the mold for what could be causing the problem and try again.  Sometimes its not worth it to save and fix.  How much time are you willing to invest to save the failed cast?  Is it worth it?  Its not always.

If its in an area that can be worked back into form with a little sanding and ingenuity, then I would suggest taking some clay and building a little bowl around the hole which you would then fill with resin.  The clay bowl keeps the resin from running all over the cast and ensures the failed area is fully filled.  The bowl doesn't need to be very high.  Simply tight to the cast and slightly higher than the cast surface.  You can easily remove the clay after the resin has cured.  What doesn't easily sands off.  You then sand/rework the detail back.  This method works well for flat, geometrical surfaces or areas where detail is easy to rework manually.

Those are the methods I use when I repair casts.  Of course, you don't need to have a cast fail to have fun with the cast.  You could intentionally under pour or pour discriminately to achieve results of a more specific nature.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

A FUTURE PROJECT???

We're getting older.  And as we do some of us have issues of one kind or another.  Mine...is my teeth and 35 years of smoking hasn't helped.  I take after my mother with having bad teeth and no Dental plan until I was 30.

So how is this blog relevant?

Imagine this...Me...with dentures.  Think about it.   My mother couldn't stop laughing when I told her how much fun I can have with dentures.  Halloween dentures.  Every other tooth black and orange.  Christmas teeth.  Every other tooth red/white and green.  I could get a set chromed.  I could make a set of custom fangs.  Chrome only the incisors. 

Im not perfect...so why not have some fun with my issues?  lol.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Why Im Having a Hard Time Posting Right Now

Work for one.  Shift work is killing me.  Im always tired.  I have no sleeping schedule.  Another is its hard to have a running dialogue when Im busy making the figures.  The other reason is the figures.  I have isolated the main issues and discussed them.  While yes, I still can get the video's going and 1 or 2 more posts for an issue or two not yet discussed, but we've run out of discussion for the molds and problems that could arise for the past related figures.

I will need to move on to another project to have different issues to discuss.  Which will be happening very soon.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ISO BEING SAVED!

Nothing like fan support to change peoples minds. 

Mr Waugh, underestimated the value of his site to both collectors and the general public.  Upon hearing how much people were upset, efforts have been taken to salvage and reactivate ISO.  There may or may not be a domain name change, but ISO is in the process of being reactivated.

YEAH!!!  GO TEAM MICRO!!! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Customs Limited

  Im slowly making specific colored 3 3/4" customs of past figures.  In most cases these are one offs.  I made a bunch of parts in various colors for customs some time ago.  Im slowly making them.  Once these are all done, thats it.  I don't plan to make very many 'custom' Jade/Ronin figures.   Jade and Ronin will be limited to about 10-15 figures of each.  Ronin will not be ready in time for the September Sale.

 I'd REALLY like to get past this and on to other projects.   The steeds for these figures was supposed to be next.  But I dunno...its ALOT of work, silicone and resin.  Im thinking Im going to tinker with the prototype in my spare time (MUWAHAHA...What spare time?  lmao)  But focus my energy on a project I have been DIEING to complete.

I still have the Demons of Darkness to finish as well.

Dr Strange-Movie is...Strange.

I was never a Dr Strange fan.  But the trailer really caught my eye.  Trailers are made to promote the movie and ''MAY'' contain scenes ''NOT'' in the movie.  In some cases, in watching the trailer...you saw the movie.  Like 'Movie 43.'  They took the best/funniest parts of the movie and turned it into a trailer.  Trailer was hilarious.  The movie a complete disaster.  You'd already seen all the best parts of the movie in the trailer so the movie is a let down.

Maybe its me... But Im BORED SHITLESS watching Dr Strange.  I cant follow the movie as my mind starts to wander because Im so bored by the movie.  I don't understand the plot.  Is there one?  The movie makes zero sense to me.   It takes too long unwinding the movie.  Cumberbatch is a fantastic actor...yet...Im guessing the lack of interest is what is making this movie hard for me to follow.  Because Im not interested in it, Im thinking of other things and possibly missing key points in the movie.

Odd...I really was geared up for this movie and now I having a hard time watching it.  Literally, the movie puts me to sleep.  Its a slow mover. 

Im going to give this movie a fair shake and watch it again to see if it makes any more sense the second time around.  The special effects are really cool. 

Its most likely me. 

***EDITED NOTE***
After two viewings...
This is not a movie for me.  Im not gonna slag the movie because of my biases or likes/dislikes.  I guess you need to be a Dr Strange fan to begin with.  If you are, Im sure you'll like it.

Im not.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Work Getting in the Way

Im very sorry I haven't been very post active lately.  It seems my role at work is evolving.   I have had to design and build hydraulic cylinders.  Something I am not trained for.  And its a rush of course. 

I owe you guys a few posts.  Im going to try my best to get back on track here and get to a few of them this weekend.  Like repairing failed casts.

Spring...busiest time of year.  But Im looking forward to it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DEATH OF A MICRONAUT

It is with GREAT  sadness that I announce...THE DEATH OF A MICRONAUT.

I recently hit up my old Micronautapedia only to find it...offline.  Then I received an email I had been expecting.  The email I was expecting could have come from anyone.  I certainly never expected the information devastation I was about to get.

ISO- Inner Space Online...is OFFLINE.  Rumor mill has it Dave's interests no longer include maintaining ISO.  Im gonna see if I can wiggle in and maybe help in some way to keep it up.

While we are ALL  getting older and interests may be changing, we cant downplay our contributions to our hobby.  WE have put in countless hours in support of it with thousands of hours of information.  We probably didn't see it at the time.  But now looking back...

Our efforts.  Our time.  To see it fade and all that information and history...lost...is a shame.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Working Hard

Im slowly plugging way 1 figure at a time.  The Microman Cessna is going to Ebay.

This weekend I'll be putting up a post dealing with how to fix air pockets in finished cast pieces that can also be used to make some really cool customs as well.  I've been wanting to do this post for a while and finally will get it out to you.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SHIPPING TO THE UK Now Mandatory Tracking

 As a gift to Jonathon Ross, I sent him a sealed Microman Videocassette and figure and 1 of 3 Mini Microtrons I made with wheels in them.  In fact it was my own personal figure.

3 months now and it hasn't reached him.  The ONE  package I didn't put tracking on.  I  don't care about the video cassette.  I put ALOT  of work into that custom Microtron, so Im a bit teed off.

ALL UK ORDERS WILL NOW REQUIRE TRACKING.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

So Im sorry if I seem a bit upset.   

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Avengers Johansen Vs Olsen: Who's Hotter?

Due to the nature of this blog and the fact we're dealing with Marvel Characters, I feel this question is blog relevant.  ;-)



This might come as a surprise to some...But I would pick Elizabeth Olsen over Scarlet Johansen.

Scarlet seems to be losing her appeal.  Not to say she isn't good looking.  She's totally hot... but every movie she looks a little more weary.  And by that I mean comparing her from the previous film to the next in the Marvel series of movies.  Now with her short hair...she doesn't have that same level of sex appeal.  IMO.  Short hair is a look that's really hard for most women to pull off.  She still looks fantastic in spandex.  She's still a hot woman...but I would pick Elizabeth Olsen over her.  When she pulls that pose to keep the tower from blocking Captain America's way at the airport in Civil War...oh man.  She's just all out hot and she has awesome legs.  The bustier doesn't hurt either.

I could be in the minority...but this is a battle I could debate all day.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lost Weekend

Whats that they say...In like a lion?  After an unusually warm February, March is unusually cold.  We got more snow in the last 5 days than we had all winter.  My back went out bigtime and my S.A.D. is kicking in full time, so I didn't get much done last weekend.  But I do have 6 more figures on the go, missile packs are getting made and Im getting almost ready to start some Jade figures.  So a few more weeks.  There will be a nice selection of figures to choose from when done.

I've been going over the books and I should have the resources to get the Marauder One shot underway in about 16 months.  Im going to go down to the U of A, NAIT or the local college art departments and put up a notice or two.  I don't want the commitment of kickstarter.  I'll save the money up.  This sale will help. 

I will be selling my more common items every so often on Ebay starting in the coming few weeks.  My ebay ID is   t-551 
Get it?  t-551  Think about it...it'll come.  But if you just cant...

t-551 is the Microman designation of the Titan Space Dober...or as collectors call it...Gold Dober.

I'll put a little notice up here when I do.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Todays Tasteful Humor

How do 23  Edmonton Oilers change a light bulb?

They don't.  They sit in the dark and talk about how it used to be.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Marauder and Other Projects

I have decided to slowly put the Marauder Magno together.  No rush.  A piece here and there when I get bored of making the 3 3.4" figures.  Slowly rework the pelvis for the 5" Marauder Figure.  Im not in any rush to get Marauder done.  I still want the Marauder One Shot published.  With all the delays and how long its taken to get to this point, there is no point in rushing it out the door half assed finished. 

I want Marauder released in tandem with the One Shot.  Im no going to cheat myself.  So I'll just keep casually making Marader action figures until the comic is done.  By the time the comic is completed, I'll have enough figures for the release of both.

So the official word is that while I will have a few Marauders made, Marauder will not be available for the September Sale.  Im sorry, but this is VERY important to me.  Im worried if I release Marauder without te One Shot, the One Shot wont get made or will be ignored since the figure was already released.  So once again...Im sorry.  But this is more for me than anything and I don't want to cheat myself on this.

Im going to continue making various other 3 3/4" figures for the September Sale instead.  Jade and if possible, maybe I can squeeze a few Ronin into the mix.  There will not be any Mini Microtrons.  Those were a definite one off.  There will also be some art and other Microman and Micronaut figures available too.  But the focus will be my 3 3/4" customs.

Im checking into something which might if it works... give you all some fits.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Marauder...MAYBE...Not Yet

Why would I be surprised?  lol  Well...I ground in the clearance I dared without breaking through the top side.  After positioning the new pegs as low on the pelvis as possible...a visual assembly of the master reveals it might not be enough to fix the problem.  I'll have to finish the mold and make a cast. 

If it doesn't work as anticipated, I will have to build up the pelvis wall on the bottom where his balls would be so I can reposition the thigh pegs a bit lower.  THEN...that should be the final hurdle...YEAH RIGHT! lol.

The mold I made of the pelvis WITHOUT the 5mm pegs will work excellently for the Marauder magno.

SO...if I really want a Marauder that badly, I have everything I need to make one.  All the parts are made.  Some slight modifications to fit the magnets and Stainless balls, but a committed week and I could have one made.  I need to drill a hole, fill it with resin, drop I the ball plug, pressurize, let cure and sand.  Repeat.  Then modify an area for the magnet, fill it with resin, drop in the magnet, cure and sand.  Repeat.  I only plan to make 7 Marauder Magno's for that reason.  A lot of secondary work.

I had hoped to take pictures of this current mold because I want to cover another aspect of mold making.

Trimming and Modifying a Mold.  But I need to buy more batteries...and a camera I can use.  Something with a nice auto focus.  But batteries first.  Cheaper for now.

So...after some thought...I make the parts...they have sprues.  Sometimes glue gets used.  Sometimes a little paint.  There's a lot of waiting involved for everything to cure and/or dry.  This really isn't that different from the models I never made.  So...it might be incorrect for me to say that I have never built a model.  I'll have to think more on that one.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3.5 Hours Later

Another great thing about Lego is it provides lay out lines with the height of the block.  So it helps with measuring.  You remember how much of each A and B you use for each set up.

OR...if your smart...you keep a notebook of specific hints and cheats for yourself.  You move on to other projects and maybe 3 years later you pick up an old project.  Sometimes its nice to have those notes.  There was at least once or twice I forgot something VERY simple that caused me of end of aggravation.

The reason it took me 3 and a half hours to bed this master is because it is built up.  I could have sunk this master into the clay, but I need it to stay firmly and securely in the silicone.  If I take the time and build up the clay bed around it, it removes easily because the master isn't imbedded into the clay which would hold it more firmly than we want and possibly dislodge the master from the 1st half of the silicone mold.

I built the clay up 2 layers of Lego block height.  I use a medium clay which needs to be worked so its a chore.

This pelvis is for the 5" Marauder.   The pegs broke off because the clearances were off.  So with them out of the way, I ground the proper clearance in.  Then I made the mold.  This no peg pelvis is for the 5" Marauder Magno.  Then I drilled a hole and installed a 5mm peg for the thighs to mount to.

Tomorrow night I'll have all the molds to make both the 5" magno and 5" Marauder.  But I only have the parts currently for 1 magno.  The Magno Marauder is not my focus at this time.  I simply want a basic 5" Marauder on my desk top so I can finally say I made it.  After so many disappointments.  I walked away from the project countless times in frustration.  So dammit...I want one now and will make more later after I get the Jade figures made.

Yep...I like the way this is going.  I feel better, I look forward to making the figures now.  No pressure.  No deadlines.  No stress.  Figure are getting made and projects are slowly getting done.

Its gonna be a great year.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Homeworld's New Look

I figured I'd play around with Homeworld's look a bit.  It's been what...8 year's now (Holy Shit)...and I thought it time we change up the look a bit.  Im going to see if I can properly update Homeworld's Hot List and bring a more updated look, check out more of the features and see if I can improve this blog a notch or two.

This pic is simply because.   I commissioned it by James Koebel.  It has no relevance to this post.  I just really like it.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I Never Built Models

Would you believe I really don't care for or think much of models?  I've never bought or built one in my life.  Dad bought an Ocean Liner that he attempted to build with me.  It soon became his.  I never got to touch it.  But the concept of all the continual waiting.  Waiting for the paint or glue to dry.  Just build the damn thing I always thought.

Maybe it was the structure or rigidity of being forced to color inside the lines that turned me off as a kid.  Being forced to work within the confines of the box or the limited selection.  Planes, trains, cars and boats...I couldn't tell you.

Today... can see the appeal.  But the only reason I would buy a model would be to incorporate some of the parts from it into a custom.

My Best Tools

My best tools...are my files.  I don't use sandpaper of any kind nor do I use Acetone.  No chemicals of any kind are used in the finishing process except for whats in the clear coat.

Besides my pocket knifes, my files are my best friends.  Sandpaper will crease where you bend it.  the paper will crack and the grit will fall off where it is bent.  So the edge of the paper really has zero effect.

As a machinist, I deal with metal.  1st year apprenticeship entailed making a static cannon on a base plate.  All bevels were made with a file using a process called draw filing.  the base plate had a 45 degree 1/8" wide bevel which was all done by hand.  Files have hard edges so I can file right up to a corner and come in various shapes and sizes.  Some I have modified for my own purposes.

 So the use of files works perfectly for me.  Plastic is no different than steel except its softer.

 Here's my selection of files.  This is everything I use to sand my products.   When done, they re washed in a non abrasive mild sap and cold water with a well used steel scrubby.  They are then riveted, painted where necessary and clear coated.

These files are round, square and flat for the various jobs required of them.

Best Contact Email

Hey Guys...just a heads up.  The best way to contact me is via golddober@gmail.com

I don't use the yahoo email address.  So if you try to contact me via yahoo...you could literally be waiting months for a reply.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

How much is 100 MB?

ok...I took a test video.  RAY MILLER Im not.  Forget the Blair Witch Project.  I suck.  But it was a  test.  I shot 3 minutes of video.  I cant upload it to my blog because its over (apparently) 100 MB.  

It was a 3 minute video.  So if a 3 minute video is over 100 MB... Im stuck with still photo's and long posts.  Sorry guys.

It seems whatever technology you buy you are then required to take a 6 month course on it to be able to operate it competently.  Why not just make the shit USER FRIENDLY?  New symbols, new language...heck I had to rewrite this post 3 times because parts of it just keep disappearing on me.  That's an everyday occurrence here.

I'll see if I can get the video's up on you tube and link them.  I hate hassles.  Not problems...BS hassles.  Just once I would like things to work as expected.

I was simply born 400 years to late.

Friday, February 24, 2017

3D Prints Arent Perfect

Booger.  I had hoped once I reworked the thighs on the 5" Marauder and I was done.  Not so.

The pelvis was a bad print.  I just didn't know and couldn't tell.  So when I put the thighs on the pelvis, the pegs would break off because the clearance was not there.  There were also 2 holes in the print.  One filled with silicone when I first made a mold of it and I filled the other with clay.  With the pegs broken off, I have ground the clearances nto the pelvis.  Im making a mold of it to use the pelvis with no pegs for the 5" magno.  Lucked out there.  Then I'll install the 5mm pelvis pegs and make the final pelvis mold for Marauder.

There was definitely more work to Marauder than I thought.  Then I get to go through the whole process again with a 3 3/4" Marauder.  Fun.

So maybe...MAYBE...with any luck I can get these final 2 molds done this weekend.

I don't know why I want those molds done so bad right now.  They just mean more work when Im already losing ground.  lol.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Today's Tasteless Humor

Mary had a little lamb,
But it will drink no more.
For what it thought was H2O,
Was H2SO4.

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.