Customs: Is this material available?

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  1. buckmana

    buckmana Well-Known Member

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    I've been toying with the idea of sculpting plastic stuff for a while now (not necessarily for Transformers, but, if I can get started, who knows?).

    What I need is plastic-type moulding stuff. I'm uncertain of how to describe it better.

    The first substance I need is something to make a mould from that can be reused (for multiple copies).

    The second substance I need is a slow-setting liquid plastic that dries hard. This is to pour into the mould.

    I live in Australia, so it has to be stuff I can find here.
     
  2. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I can highly recommend http:www.allumilite.com/. I used it to repro the long stacks from MP-01 to sell to people that only bought 20th OP. Good stuff and works extremely well.

    However, you have to already have a piece to make a mold of. As far as how to make a mold of a piece that doesnt' exist, so as to pour the first piece may be impossible.
     
  3. Viagra Prime

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    The first substance you are describing is something like a rubber mold. These can be used for about 20-30 castings before the mold wears off.

    http://www.hobbyengineering.com/SectionBM.html#CatBMMOLD

    The 2nd substance is 2 part resin plastic. It is liquid form when unmixed. When you mix the 2 parts, it starts to harden in about 1-5 minutes (depending on the type of resin you get). So once mix, you pour it in the mold and it'll start to harden. Once harden, you can remove it from the mold. As IG pointed out, Alumilite is one of the better liquid resin plastics out there. Note that resin plastic is not the same as the plastic on transformers but it's good enough and practical.

    http://www.hobbyengineering.com/SectionBM.html
     
  4. buckmana

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    What kind of store do you buy this stuff in?

    I think (I'm waiting for you to tell me) that hobby stores that sell trains would be a logical assumption.

    But I've been to those lots of times and never saw it. Then again, I wasn't looking for it.
     
  5. Insane Galvatron

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    I buy the Allumilite at a HobbyTown. Any good hobby store should have it. You may have to ask for it. Yes, Allumilite makes both the rubber molding and the resin. Highest quality you can get.
     
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    Those Stikfas look like they'd make some good practice pieces
     
  7. Viper_486

    Viper_486 Cobraaa!

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    Alumilite also ships worldwide, buckmana.
    You can order product from either their website, www.alumilite.com or thru their main office, and they have catalogs available as well.
    My studio has been buying from them in bulk for years, and with the treatment we get from them every time, we wont be looking anywhere else either ;) 

    As for sculpting material, you should look at the stuff that Sculpt-bot is using on his amazing G1 Cyclonus statue:
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=99562

    Its called castilene, and what I have seen of it so far has really impressed me.
    You can read up on its properties and uses here:
    http://www.castilene.com/

    Hope this info helps!

    -Viper 486 out.
     

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