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10-14-2013 04:06 AM  4 years agoPost 1
reaper31

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wanted to share a project i am pretty exited about.
I was bummed about the lack of pilot figures in 1/8th scale.
so i decided to do something about it. I am not an artist so i always stayed away from "just sculpting" it. but i found some figures at Toy "r" us that were 1/8 scale. they had good looking gear and heads but the uniform was stupid. i decided to sculpt the uniform on top of the figure and add the features i was not good enough to do myself. then the parts will be molded with ultra light urethane resin.


20131011_111115 by rdebock1, on Flickr
3/4 quarter view of my work, not perfect but i think much better then the other stuff out there.

20131011_111123 by rdebock1, on Flickr

20131011_111130 by rdebock1, on Flickr

20131011_111637 by rdebock1, on Flickr
in the heli, looks proportionate.

20131011_111655 by rdebock1, on Flickr

20131013_124313 by rdebock1, on Flickr
we are trying some new molding techniques. using glove molds you build up a small layer of silicone and encase in a 2 part hard outer shell. this leave the silicone part really flexible. looking forward to see the result.

DSCN0159 by rdebock1, on Flickr
here are some in-between stage prototype casts painted up a little to what they will look like.

DSCN0157 by rdebock1, on Flickr
the figures at toy r us were cheap so we bought all models, i have several heads to cast so my pilot and co-pilot will look different.

Robbert De Bock

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10-14-2013 04:26 AM  4 years agoPost 2
grim.the.grim

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That's some very nice work. Casting and molds is a skill I would like to learn.

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10-15-2013 12:53 PM  4 years agoPost 3
Paradiddle

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Wow. I bet you do forensics. Looks realistic.

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10-20-2013 04:25 AM  4 years agoPost 4
MDSCUSTOMS

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Probably the best looking pilots I have seen yet and there is definitely a market out there for them, you could do well out of these - please keep us posted with pics.

Mark

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10-28-2013 05:52 AM  4 years agoPost 5
reaper31

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well we got the molds done, they worked great!
we got some parts out of the mold and painted them. we are using some new painting techniques (to us) and are getting better at it.
here are some examples of what we have done. we are currently looking at what we can mold them of. the resin we use to make cockpit panels works well but the figures are 320 grams. we also have a much lighter material but its is harder to cast. figure would weigh about 180 grams.
the body is solid so it can be drilled out to allow for a servo connection to have the head move, we will be trying that out next.
here are some pics of what we have.
the pics show the heads we have this way the no two pilots have to be the same in a single cockpit, small detail but it goes a long way if you ask me.


20131027_161255 by rdebock1, on Flickr


20131027_161234 by rdebock1, on Flickr


20131027_161218 by rdebock1, on Flickr


20131026_163113 by rdebock1, on Flickr

Robbert De Bock

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10-28-2013 11:18 AM  4 years agoPost 6
Heli143

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very nice Robbert!!

Roy Mayoral

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