Customs: Articulated Hands for Transformers & Macross 1/48

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  1. aurascope

    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    Hi everybody,

    I'm wonder if anybody is interested in hands like these
    http://dalong.net/review/mg/m88/m88_p.htm
    for their transformers binaltech/classics/henkei/movie
    G1 optimus prime, G1 Inferno, Grapple, Hoist, Sunstreaker,
    and other figures of similar size that tend to lose their hands.

    I'm looking to comission a resin kit modeller to recast them
    using a pressure chamber.

    It's $20 per pair
    and it needs at least 50 orders to start the project.

    It's a long shot,
    but I wonder if any of you are interested.
    It's a one time thing,
    only the ordered quantity will be produced and
    no extras will be kept for future sale.

    Do let me know if any of you guys want it.

    email: aurascope at yahoo.com.sg
     

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  2. Bigbot3030

    Bigbot3030 Well-Known Member

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    How many parts make up each hand? Are there parts that could be mirrored for each hand(like the fingers and thumb)?

    Randy!
     
  3. frenzyrumble

    frenzyrumble Banned

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    IMO, not worth $20 a set, seeing some Master / Perfect Grade Gundam kits come with 3 or more sets of hands, and I've been fetching those kits via ebay for $25.00-$30.00

    If he's gonna do 50 sets, and charging $20/set... I think he's robbing everyone. If he wants to drop his price to $10 set, I will buy 10 sets.
     
  4. aurascope

    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    The extra master grade hands hands are fixed pose. These fingers individually articulated. The $20 reflects the high amount of wastage because the fingers are so fine in detail. You just need one air bubble and the entire sprue is wasted. If you have done recasting before, you may have experienced it first hand. The only company in the world who makes these hands are bandai and it is difficult (not impossible) to get from them. Even if they are willing to deal with you (high cost, low profit), you have to buy the whole sprue that the fingers come in and that's going to be more than US$20.
     
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    I'm familiar with how casting is done, as I've ordered lots of casted pieces in the past few months. I guess I could see how these cost $20 a pair, but even as someone who *needs* hands like that, I am not willing to spend $20/pair. I'd rather stick to the gundam kit ones, until they make 34 hour days, which would give me time to cast my own.
     
  6. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

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    At twenty dollars that is not a bad price for someone to be hand making them but F_R is right, that is twenty bucks that could be spent on a set with multiple hands as well as tons of fodder pieces.
     
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    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    any idea where i can get some child sized hands? 4 real not really a joke.
     
  8. aurascope

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    if you are looking to replace fort max's hands, its a straight forward scratch build
     
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    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    I just spoke to the recast guy again,
    if we can get 100 orders,
    he should be able to make it US$10 per pair.
    Understandable, since this is labour intensive
    and he feels he should be compensated for his labour.


    I'm proposing anyone interested to order them in multiples of ten.
    That means 10, 20 or 30 etc

    Also note that the hands will be made and shipped from Singapore,
    where I live.

    So now, anyone interested?
     
  10. JinSaotome

    JinSaotome Banned

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    While I think you're on a good roll here making articulated hands, I wouldn't buy resin ones. If you're in Singapore you should be able to find some company to make then out of abs. Something that can be turned and moved that still holds up against the friction needed to keep the fingers grasping something. That's why you don't see a lot of resin parts like that around here unless they're solid headcasts or non-moving weapons.
     
  11. aurascope

    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    Hi Jin,

    Unfortunately, Singapore is one of the top ten most expensive cities to live in.
    Consequently, Injection molding ABS is not going to be cheap like in China.
    The costs of mold fabrication is easily 5 figures (even though it looks simple)
    and the fact is most injection molding plants will ignore us
    if we told them we wanted any run less than 10,000 units.

    Lots of money involved. And storage space for unwanted stock.

    Oh, I happen to major in Materials Engineering.

    Resin recasts of this particular model of hands should work.
    I've spent many nights studying them and reading up on
    the material properties of most resin materials.
    Unless there's any other viable (aka cheap) option, this could well be the only way.
    Of course, the trade off is the brittle-ness. (Low fracture strength)

    I tried many times contacting Bandai's spare parts dept.
    They don't sell to any non-Japanese address.

    Shipping proxies charge too much to make it worth while.
    The bandits.

    I need somewhere like 20 pairs myself to switch out the hands
    on my binaltechs and alternators.
     
  12. Grepicon

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    Out of curiosity, and need/want, was there ever any movement on this project?
     
  13. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    At this price, i'd certainly be interested to buy one pair. Any more really depends on the quality of the initial pair, i'm afraid. I wish you the best of luck, though, as these hands i would love to have spares of, but even this price is stretching it a bit.
    :) 

    EDIT: Damn, didn't take note
    this is a zombie thread basically. Ignore post. Damn zombie threads.
     

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