Sunday, July 30, 2017

SANDING TIME

I didn't start out saying...Im gonna make this many of "x" for the September Sale.

There were a couple of experiments that went well enough to see them to fruition.  There were some figures I simply wanted to make.

And one of them gave me some issues matching a red tint over the last 2 days.  Every time I thought I had the shade right, it would be off enough to notice.  Really wanting to make this particular figure in a particular color, I chased the tint.  3 pours later and a shitload of wasted tinted parts, I got it.

So...

I am officially done pouring for any more figures.  I might have a part or two to make but otherwise all the parts are made...and I cant believe Im smiling as I say this because it takes me 6-8 hours to finish a figure from this point...

LET THE SANDING START.

As a side note, there will only be 10 Jade figures being made for Septembers Sale.  If by chance that isn't enough, I will make the figures necessary to ensure those that want...get.  The price will be the same.  Pricing to be announced with the Official September Sale notice.

OT: A FUN SURPRISE

Well kind of ot.  I do consider my car blog related.

My car...Priss...yes I name my toys...comes in at around 2900-3000 lbs and has a shorter wheelbase than most.  A co worker likes his rice burners and once you add all the technology and turbo, his car came in at around 3600 lbs.

I wondered why the Javelin wasn't used in more movies.  Then I saw production numbers and that's probably a good reason why.

On my Sunday morning drive I had some unintentional fun.  The car has power.  Big time.  I lose my tires turning a corner naturally without trying.  Well it happened again this morning but this time I thought I would have fun with it.

The Javelin...can drift.  And very well and very easily. 
I'll be buying new tires this winter. 

WHAT DOES HOMEWORLD DO WITH EXTRA OR FAILED PARTS?

If they are tinted...I throw them out.  Especially red parts.  Red is the HARDEST color to match.  I have 3 little part bins.  ALL DIFFERENT SHADES OF RED or pink.   Red mismatch tints show up more than the rest it seems.  At least to me.  You make a batch...one part...just ONE cast fails...its ALL garbage.  I could try and match it up later...but that could take 3 or 4 or more attempts chasing a color for ONE part.  Im better off throwing them all out and trying a complete pour all over. Im just wasting the mold among other things.

I have a whole tray of mismatched color parts...and the colors cant be matched up to other colors because the tints are specific.  I could make a yellow and blue figure for instance, but the shade of blue doesn't look good with the particular shade of yellow. 

I had thought of having a cast sale.  25 cents a part or something stupid crazy like that...but unless you have a rivet squeezer or all the other specific parts, my extra cast parts are no good to you.

So yeah...I have been throwing out the extra colored parts.  Pure white, pure black and clear parts I do keep for later use because they always match up.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

PRODUCTION ONLINE

For the past month I have been cranking out parts for this years September Sale.  Outside of some missile packs I will be doing my last pour in half an hour.  At which point sanding begins.

Because I don't wear latex or plastic gloves, I never sand after a pour.  If resin gets on my hands it attracts dirt which can be transferred.  So I don't do any sanding until all the parts are poured and all traces of resin scrubbed from my hands.

I've had green fingernails for the last week. 

Everythings looking good.  There are no issues and I appear to be on pace for September.  :-)

ITS ''KILLING'' ME

MAN...never fails.  After 11 years of searching and figuring I would never complete the Cavellari Stellari magno set...I sold them.  A month later, the ones I needed to complete the set showed up on Ebay.  There are many other examples like this I could list.

Now at the age of 50 with no kids I have begun the irreversible breakdown of my collection.  Saving selling off my most prized items last.  Among these are my carded Micronaut Aliens.  I have the standard 6 but always wanted to get all 9 Micronaut Carded Aliens.  7-8-9 being Membros Orange Brain-Repto Orange Brain and Antron Dark green brain.

Now I have the chance to get an Orange brain Membros MOC.  NOW?  If I buy it Im committed to looking for the Repto and Antron Alternates as well.  To what end?  I would inevitably have to sell it in a few years.  Basically teasing myself then going through a death watch knowing it will eventually have to be sold and just deciding when.

And if I did buy it, I probably will never get the remaining 2 alternates because that's just how collecting works.  The moment you decide what you want it becomes unavailable.  If you don't need it, its there.

So Im going to watch it get sold to someone else.  And its killing me.  Its only the 3rd one I have ever seen and its in the best shape.  As soon as it sells, then one or both of the remaining 2 carded alternates will also appear. 

Its law.  You know its going to happen.  SIGH!

What to Expect in Septembers Sale

What can you expect to see in Homeworlds 1st ever September Sale?

S1 and S2 Sultan variants
A S2 Flight Commander
S2 Overlords
FULL urethane figures
Custom Roboids
Custom Flight Commanders
Jade


Im busting my nuts for this sale.  If...IF I can put out...I might be able to swing Ronin...but we'll see what happens first.  If there is time...I'll try to squeeze Ronin in.

Im saving pics for a sensory overload post.  :-)  Im such a tease.  Well that and most of these are in various stages of production.

This Septembers Sale will likely be the best chance to get various one off figures.  Once Ronin (3 3/4" King Atlas) is done, I will be focusing on different Micro projects and variants of past figures will be tapering off drastically. 

I am very proud to announce my warranty record on my 3 3/4" figures.
Roboid-1
Flight Commander-1
Sultan-1
Overlord-2
Microtron-0




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.