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Post by Commander Clint Mon Jan 02, 2023 11:44 pm

Testing the head and hands from last weeks casting on some spare parts.  As well as figuring out the paint apps.

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Post by grinchy Tue Jan 03, 2023 5:25 pm

that looks great mate, very cool, i'd love to have a go at sculpting a full size bith head, need to do a star wars project this year, not sure what i will tackle, good luck with your project
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Post by chris.75 Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:19 pm

Looks great Clint, those head and hand castings turned out brilliantly. And I really like the colour scheme. It could just be me, but Perhaps his neck looks slightly too long? Would it be possible to dremel out the collar, so that the Bith's neck sits inside it?

something like this?
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Post by Commander Clint Wed Jan 04, 2023 3:06 pm

Thanks Ian.  If you have a go at sculpting the Bith head.  Keep us updated.

Thanks Chris, I totally agree.  I'm looking at possibly using the Bespin Guard as the base figure.  So I will take one apart and see what I have to modify or add to create the collar.
If I stick with the Luke Jedi figure as the base, I might be easier to cut the neck down and make a new mold.

I already want to cast a few sets of arms, in order to "bend" the elbows to hold the instruments properly. Then recast the arms in the new positions.
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Post by chris.75 Wed Jan 04, 2023 11:41 pm

Yeah that's a great idea, using the Bespin security guard torso. That could work really well.
Would it be possible to boil the arms until really soft and then bend them into the required position, before plunging into iced water? Or would they not bend far enough? I suppose they may also revert back to their original moulded positions over time. Just thought it would be quicker and easier to boil and bend the arms, rather than casting new ones. Or you could slice the arms off using a diagonal cut along the elbow. (A bit like on the early articulated modern figures, like the ones pictured below)

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Then rotate the arm into the required position and glue into place.
You could do that once, then use the arm to make a mould to take further castings from.
Thinking about it, it's probably cheaper to create one kit bashed figure, then cast all the parts from it. In order to make multiple figures. As even beater vintage figures are pricey these days. That's probably the best way to produce multiple torsos, heads, hands and legs. But I suppose you're going to need several different arm poses, as the band play different instruments. One of them is even sitting down too, I think. Wow the more you start thinking about it, the more complicated it becomes to custom build a full cantina band

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Post by Commander Clint Thu Jan 05, 2023 12:11 am

chris.75 wrote:Yeah that's a great idea, using the Bespin security guard torso. That could work really well.
Or you could slice the arms off using a diagonal cut along the elbow.
Then rotate the arm into the required position and glue into place.
You could do that once, then use the arm to make a mould to take further castings from.
Thinking about it, it's probably cheaper to create one kit bashed figure, then cast all the parts from it. In order to make multiple figures. As even beater vintage figures are pricey these days. That's probably the best way to produce multiple torsos, heads, hands and legs. But I suppose you're going to need several different arm poses, as the band play different instruments. One of them is even sitting down too, I think. Wow the more you start thinking about it, the more complicated it becomes to custom build a full cantina band

That's exactly what I was thinking about doing. cheers Making one good cast of the original arms. Then cut and bend the arms for each, before recasting.
That way I still have the originals.
I'm hoping to make a couple of sets.

Plus now, they have figured out there are 7 band members.
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Jan 14, 2023 1:00 am

Getting closer.

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Post by Cardnut Sat Jan 14, 2023 2:29 am

Nice custom Clint, those rubber band sashes are a nice touch!
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Post by chris.75 Sat Jan 14, 2023 5:35 am

Those are looking really good Clint. Definitely a much better idea using Bespin Security Guard bodies instead of Luke Jedi.
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Post by grinchy Sat Jan 14, 2023 7:05 am

looking good Clint, can't wait to see more Very Happy
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Jan 14, 2023 2:15 pm

Thanks guys. It's been fun reworking the Bespin Guard torso and neck area.
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