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Post by ourchickenshack Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:21 pm

Another really cool droid Clint cheers

You are the droid master bowwing
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Post by Commander Clint Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:34 pm

Thanks James.

When I fix the sticker, I'll re-post a picture. It's easy to make the droids, when you aren't hunting for parts & beaters all the time. What a Face

I'm still using up a few left over "sub standard" parts from the past celebration droids. afro
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Post by the89thchris Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:39 pm

Great job on the new one, and it had been a while since I last saw that R2-X2.... magnificent. bowwing popcorn beer
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:26 pm

I was in the local factory outlet/ fabric shop picking up some velcro for my mother.

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And I spotted this piece of fabric.  It got me thinking of a custom figure that I saw in a FB group.  I bought a piece & might try making my own version of it. afro
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Post by Nico Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:56 pm

Looking foreward to seeing what you come up with Clint cheers

Are you going to make a pair of shorts for Chicago with the fabric you have left over scratch
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Post by poncho Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:19 pm

jabba the hutt outtake from a new hope?
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:22 pm

It's going to be a surprise.

Andy, that's a great idea. I'll make a pair of shorts for Christian. lol!
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Post by Nico Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:30 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote: I'll make a pair of shorts for Christian. lol!
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Post by Commander Clint Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:00 pm

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LMAO.

That's brilliant.  Well done Andy. rofl rofl rofl
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Post by the89thchris Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:55 pm

This is exciting. rofl
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Post by Commander Clint Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:52 pm

I've been slowly remaking my astromech droid molds over the last few months, in between other projects.  I finally got around to testing the last couple of molds the other night.
Because I'm tired and stressed from work.  I thought it would be good to take my mind off of things for a few hours.

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Then I decided to test the liquid chrome marker on the new parts.  The domes are primed and ready for the chrome.

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The first coat of chome looks good, but needed a 2nd coat.
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I thought I would try a couple really easy R2 units.  The Green R2 Unit from the Rebel briefing room & a Yellow, Orange & Red R2 Units from the Hoth hanger.

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I ran into a small snag when I touched the chrome while wearing a pair of latex gloves.  The chrome doesn't like to be handled.  I was installing the dome onto the torso.  It loses its shine and becomes matted.  After a bit of research on-line.  There is a clear coat that is compatible with the chrome paint.  I ordered a small bottle, but it won't be here for a few weeks.  So these will have to sit for a while, until the clear coat arrives.  I might have to remake the Green dome, if I can't salvage it. I also have to adjust the orange colour on the sticker to match the orange paint.

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Post by grinchy Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:28 pm

Very nice moulds there Clint, the droids look very cool, i have not tried the chrome before, but I've heard it takes a couple of weeks to dry thoroughly, good luck with the project
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Post by Commander Clint Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:35 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very nice moulds there Clint, the droids look very cool, i have not tried the chrome before, but I've heard it takes a couple of weeks to dry thoroughly, good luck with the project

Thanks Ian.
I'm just started trying out the chrome.   I also read that "Alclad II Aqua Gloss ALC600" clear coat works well with the chrome and doesn't dull the finish.
I ordered some last night.  When it get here, I'll test it out and let everyone know if it works as good as they say.
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Post by Nico Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:44 pm

Fantastic work as always Clint clapping you really are a master at the casting now mate bowwing
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Post by Commander Clint Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:52 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fantastic work as always Clint clapping you really are a master at the casting now mate bowwing

Thanks Andy. It's been quite a process and learning curve, in order to produce parts with little to no air bubbles. Also with little to no trimming the flashing, air vents & pour spouts. cheers
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Post by ourchickenshack Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:53 pm

That chrome finish is fantastic man clapping
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Post by Commander Clint Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:14 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That chrome finish is fantastic man clapping

Thanks James. The chrome had been drying for a full 24 hrs before I touched it, in order to install the dome. The pictures don't pick up the matted finish where my fingers where holding the dome.
I'll let you guys know if that clear coat works to keep the chrome finish nice and shiny.
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Post by poncho Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:11 am

There lovely.
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Post by Commander Clint Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:04 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:There lovely.

Thanks Chris. It's nice having a new paint & clear coat to try out. It gives us more options to create. cheers
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Post by poncho Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:07 pm

I'm interested in those monochrome pens for touching up old chrome on toys
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Post by Commander Clint Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:23 pm

The clear coat arrived in the mail yesterday.  It recommends an air brush to apply it.  I tested it out last night with a very soft brush and it seemed to work great.  I tested it on the dome with the green paint.  Seeing that I already ruined the finish on the chrome in spots were my fingers touched it.  It's been drying for at least 15 hrs now.  I can touch the chrome without damaging the finish. cheers

Chris, the markers are from Germany, I think. But they were shipped out of the UK, when I ordered them thru Amazon.
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Post by Cardnut Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:46 pm

Sounds promising Clint, can't wait to see the finished product!
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:41 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Sounds promising Clint, can't wait to see the finished product!

Thanks David.

I won't keep anyone waiting any longer.  I reworked the yellow domed droid to be more screen accurate.  The web site that I use for reference doesn't know if the legs and body are black or blue accents.  So I went with a designers choice.

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Post by chris.75 Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:47 am

Wow outstanding work Clint, these are amazing!! clapping
You must have a very steady hand, to get the paint detailing so precise.
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:01 pm

Thanks Chris.cheers I have to use a little alcohol or a little bit of pot edibles to help steady my hand. lol!
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