Customs: How could i size up robots (to get oversized tf-figures)?

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  1. ThinkTank Customs

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    Hello Community,

    i saw some oversized KOs from Silverboldt etc...

    Now i want to know how or who could do this?

    i want a leader blackout and sramer an voyager wreckage and bonecrusher.

    coloration is no problem - i do it myself.

    any tips for me?
     
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    Hydro Spand. I don't know much about it, but other people have used it to great effect.
     
  3. ThinkTank Customs

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    hydrospand is very unsafety! the thicker parts are bigger than the thinner parts, and it feels like a gummybear!

    i'm searching for company (favor in europe or germany) who could do that for me!

    thank you for your help :) 
     
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    If you find a way let us know. Would love to see Classics Jetfire closer in size to MP screamer

    JL
     
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    or a giant unicron....
     
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    Or a Masterpiece Starscream in scale with the Gi Joe...
     
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    yes the parts are like a gummy bear, but you have to then remold it and cast. you can't use hydrospan as your end material.

    I'm fine wiht all those toys you guys mention in there current scael, except bonecrusher. I REALLY wanted a big bonecrusher. I may try to do that wiht that mold, it's simpler than a masterpiece or movie screamer.....
     
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    I know that if you got the process right, Id be willing to pay for an upsized jetfire. Probably others too

    JL
     
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    That hydrospan stuff looks interesting, yet complicated.

    Anyone have extensive experience with it? I remember a guy a bit back doing a large scale TFTM BB, but never saw it get finished.

    I am cautious because how would I make sure all my peices "hydro-span" the exact same percentage?

    According to the site and VP's tutorial, time depicts the growth. I could assume exposing all parts the exact same amount of time would ensure they'd all grow the same amount of size, but also think, if a peice has more mass (for example) would it tend to grow slower than a smaller part
     
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    frenzyrumble -

    here's an idea to ensure proper sizing when hydrospaning. (i think)

    take the original part, measure its dimensions. Figure out mathematically what percentage the bigger figure will be bigger by, then extrapolate that to the "new" dimensions, then measure up till your 'spaned part is the right size.

    example -

    shoulder piece, 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch.

    you want to make the bigger version say, twice as big.

    multiply each dimension by 200%. it becomes 1" by 1" by 1.5". hydrospan until the new part grows to that size, then make a mold of that, and then create the new part!

    would that work?
     
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    It does not matter as the gummybear part can be molded and then you get a master part. You actually use the hydrospan parts to recast them with stronger plastic.
     
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    I long for the day of a Voyager or Leader Bonecrusher.
     
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    Just so everyone knows, hydrospan does a max of 60% expansion each time. So some things would have to be done twice to get the right size. And that's twice the amount of molding for every part. Just somehting to keep in mind before you dive in on the deep end with this thing.
     
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    What exactly do you need to use this stuff? And I remember seeing TFTM BB being done. I always wondered what happened to it.
     
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    What do you need? Just regul;ar mold making supplies. A pressure pot is always good. there is no special things needed to do this other than the hydrospan though. in fact, with the hydroshrink, you mix one part resin, one part water (because the excess water evaporates which allows it to shrink).
     
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    I'm about to use some pretty quick, I'll let ya know what happens.
     
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    I just finally got the nerve up to open up this stuff and I'm pretty surprised at how resilient it is once it cures (thought it would fall apart in my hands) and how easy it is to work with, I'll post pictures of the project I'm working on with it soon but I recommend anyone who is one the fence about this to go ahead and purchase some just to try it out.
     

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