Heavy/Scratch: Display bases

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  1. Robot.MacGyver

    Robot.MacGyver Improvisational Engineer

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    Hello all.
    Been thinking about doing this for a long time.
    You know those bits of molded plastic on a lot of transformers packaging.
    The Autobot and Decepticon symbols and what not.
    Well I thought it was such a waste to just discard them.
    So I figured on trying to incorporate them into some projects.

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    Well this is the beginning.
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    It's more or less going to be a display base, for some figure, I haven't decided on yet.
    I plan on painting & dry brushing this.
    It's a lot smoother than it looks in this pic.
    It'll come out nice.

    I used Durham's water putty.
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    If you mix it right and let it set for a good few days, it is true to it's moniker.
    "ROCK HARD"
    Mix it too wet, and it becomes brittle.
    When mixing, try not to mix too rough as not to incorporate air bubbles.
    When pouring, or spooning in, shake often to remove any of those pesky bubbles.



    I plan on using other interesting textured bits and pieces to add that infamous robot greebled look.
    Thanks for looking.



    ^^UPDATE^^
    Here's what I settled on for my final paint.
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    And one more gratuitous robot shot.
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  2. plowking

    plowking I'm with ErechOveraker. Veteran

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    Fantastic idea!! Looking forward to the finished product :thumb 
     
  3. Whalemusic360

    Whalemusic360 Well-Known Member

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    Ill take several, thanks.
    Seriously great idea! You could make some bank selling those. I really would get several. I have more faith in your skills then mine, lol.
     
  4. John_Force

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    This could actually net some profit on your end, OP.
    Is said material easy to paint?
    If so, a whole new set of doors just opened up for the marketbility of this.
     
  5. Robot.MacGyver

    Robot.MacGyver Improvisational Engineer

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    Thanks.
    Another idea I've been meaning to get out there is something like these

    While those are awesome, I wanted to try my hand at my own.
    So far this is what I've come up with.

    Made from various parts, and electronic housings.
    Old DVD/VCR player housings/parts are great for this.


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    I primed this one outside on the dirt (big mistake) and got dirt stuck to the primer.
    I'm going to try and sand it off, and re prime it.

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  6. Lock Cade

    Lock Cade Tarn Fangirl TFW2005 Supporter

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    Very cool idea! I'm sure you can turn this into a moneymaker for anyone who would want these.
     
  7. bellyboy

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    nice!!
     
  8. Superquad7

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    I think this looks great!
     
  9. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    I have been wanting to do this for ages!!!! It looks great! water putty huh...nice....
     
  10. Robot.MacGyver

    Robot.MacGyver Improvisational Engineer

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    Something else that I've noticed while the Durhams is drying.
    It takes a while for it to dry when you use a lot of it.
    And while it may be rock hard, I'd say that it carves like the consistency of a hard wood.
    The thing that's not that great about it while it's drying, is the time.
    It's been 3 days since I poured the first one and it still feels a bit damp.
    I've been thinking about warming it slightly to expedite the process.
    Well, all this about wait time, drying, and dampness, got me thinking about something else.
    Instead of something that needs to dry, how about something that cures instead.
    2 completely different animals.
    Behold..Drylok Anchoring / Hydraulic cement
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    I have used this stuff in the past, and let me tell you, Durhams doesn't hold a candle to it in terms of durability.
    It's cement for bootin up cold.
    I don't know why I didn't think of it the first time around.
    Again, Mixing is key.
    Not too wet, not too muddy, but you can go a bit more runny(not too much) with this guy, and it will still set hard.
    Drylok will be relatively smooth when poured into a smooth mold.
    And the curing will occur no matter what.
    Once it's hard, it's hard.
    Likewise, Primer and paints all the way.
    One word of caution:
    If you mix any of these 2 things in your home, do not pour the excess from your mixing container down the drain.
    It will settle in the trap and clog your pipes.
    Quite permanently, I might add.
    Let it harden, and then chip it off.
    It's best to mix it in something like a disposable Tupperware container, not because it can be tossed if you so choose, but the container is flexible enough that the hardened material comes right out.

    Once I get the chance to go and get some, I'll post my results.

    Thanks for reading.
     

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  11. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    sweet jebus that's a great idear!! I love the old DVD/VCR to make displays out of, that's something I hadn't thought of for sure!
     
  12. Robot.MacGyver

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    Hey gang.
    It's me again, with an update.
    After several days of drying, The Durhams holds up pretty well.
    Still a tiny it damp on the bottom, but I imagine that it will dry 100% eventually.
    Pesky air bubbles get in there though, so I'm working on filling them.
    You can't really see them in the pics but they're there.
    Well this is the first one I did, which is now Primed and ready for paint.
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    The second was poured a bit thinner, which sped up the dry time.
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    Tiny air bubble in the center, but this is the best so far.

    Despite the fact that this one is thinner than the first one, it still seems to hold strength very well.

    Next up is my first pour of Fast-Plug.
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    When I tell you, have everything ready to go before you start mixing, I mean it. I walked away for a mere 5 seconds, and it began to harden already.
    I ruined my first batch and the cup I was mixing it in.
    LOL
    Ya live, ya learn.
    All in all it came out fairly well and set in about 2 mins flat.
    No kidding.
    If you get your mixing down right, you can pour one right after another with this stuff.

    Last but no least.
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    I broke format and poured into something I thought had an interesting shape.
    As you can see, the cement does take on the slick of the plastic mold it was poured into.
    Not like the Durhams, but like I said, "Damn!!" it sets fast.

    Well off I go to paint the first one.
     

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  13. iDarkDesign

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    It's an old idea with a new execution. I (and some others) mixed up some plaster and molded bases of the tops of the movie Target exclusive packages. Paint it flat black, drybrush silver and voila! Awesome stand.

    Looking forward to see yours painted and I really like you diorama hangar!


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  14. Robot.MacGyver

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    I thought that I had seen something like this somewhere else before.
    Well then, Credit where credit due.
    I guess great minds do think alike.
    :) 
    Vaguely reminiscent of the allspark.
    So... here's a quick and dirty paint job.
    I was sick of trying to fill in the holes left by the air bubbles, so I rolled with it and decided to give it a patina look instead.
    I dremeled the heck out of it.
    Enjoy.

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    That is absolutely beautiful. Wow. Just wow.
     
  16. iDarkDesign

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    That looks fantastic! Can you post one with a figure on top? (looks like movie themed)

    iDD
     
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    I've really enjoyed following this one along, as top-draw well knows :) 
     
  18. asphalt

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    So what are the dimensions on these beautiful little guys?
     
  19. Robot.MacGyver

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    8.5 "
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    3.5"

    The one on top of the stack of 3, is made from the fast plug, and it's dry, cured 100%
    After a solid 5 days, the 2nd durhams is dry/cured.
     

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    Fantastic man!

    iDD
     

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