Customs: Scratchbuilding tips?

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  1. Nemesis_Prime22

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    I looked at the tutorials, and there was one, but to be honest, it was hardly a tutorial. More like a regular custom that got misplaced in the tutorials section.

    SO I want to know how to make parts in Scrathbuilding. I know the kind of plastic you need, but how do you sculpt it out evenly?

    Help would be great. Thanks.
     
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    The answer you don't want to hear: Patience, trial and error, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
     
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    Um... yeah, I knew that much, I was more thinking something that would help me practice, maybe?
     
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    Get some styrene from a hobby shop or the intertubes, some good glue/epoxy, some exacto-blades, and some band-aids then go knock yourself out.

    It'd kinda narrow things down if you had an idea of what you were going to build first, yeah?
     
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    Or I guess if you're talking about sculpting, get some sculpey or some kind of putty and work with that.
     
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    I just planned on making small, basic Tf... Dont know which yet, but nothing complicated...
     
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    Yes, watcha' workin' on, it'll help us help you. Unless it's top secret then just specify a technique or something. For example:
    How do I make legs that can fold up into themselves?

    **EDIT**My first suggestion would be draw out both modes. You don't have to be DaVinci or anything, just enough for you to understand. Then "imagineer" the transformation in your mind for awhile.
     
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    Maybe go grab some of those little legend class figs and copy their design for practice. Lots of them are pretty easy design-wise, but should prove as a good place to start to work on your own techniques etc.
     
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    and lots of pain. I was building Menasor today, and used Zap-A-Gap, somehow the crap dripped all over my hand and I somehow put my finger near my mouth. seconds later I hade Zap-a-Gap in my teeth, lips and fingernails. it was a pain to get it all off.
     
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    That sounds like an excellent idea...

    Now, what about what I need? X-Acto Knife? What else?
    I know the plastic(And band aids :lol ), and glue...

    Also, how should I make the pins? Should I make those out of the plastic too?
     
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    You can. Or clip wood nails with a wire cutter to size. Or Steal pins from old junker toys.
     
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    I suggest using 1mm-1.5mm brass rod stock for the pins. They are easy to cut and file, and hold up better than plastic. They should be readily available at the same art supply/hobby shop you find the styrene at.
     
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    :p  mmm delish.
     
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    Okay, that sounds good.
     
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    One more thing: How do I make 2 sides of a figure equal? Like for instance(Just using the first Legends class figure that comes to mind) Hotshot's arms - How am I to make the shoulders and arms equal?
     
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    Tack two pieces of styrene together. Cut the piece into the desired shape. Take the 2 pieces of styrene apart. You now have 2 pieces of the same shape.
     
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    But what if theyre opposite? Like shoulders?
     
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