Community Custom Tips
Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:55 PM
Also I'll throw up pics and a break down of my pressure pot for you guys when I'm off work.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:16 AM
So you'll need the paint pot and the compressor obviously. You'll also need a hose and a couple sets of male/female sockets. You'll need a threaded male/male adapter to connect the female socket to the compressor. Also! Very important here. Ditch the pressure gauge that comes with the pot. It's complete garbage and covered with useless ports. You only need a gauge with one port to allow pressure. After that get a 16mm 2.0 x 40mm hex bolt. You'll need this to plug the outlet on the pot. Again, you only need a way to put pressure in. When you have everything use plumbers tape on anything that is threaded to make sure you won't have any leaks. So now get that beast together.
Waiting. Waiting... Found leaks didn't you? Well sir and/or miss here is what you do. Tighten the jesus out of everything with a wrench. Even when you're casting, tighten the wing nuts with a wrench. If you have to, heat gun the rubber lining in the lid and quickly crank down on it to get a better fit to the pot.
I'll leave it at this so you guys can ask questions before I get into how I actually use it during casting.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:26 AM
I've had some luck using Testors model Master Acryl...in fact, am currently painting a 208 with it. I should be able to post some pictures of it soon. Save the enamel for things made out of metal.
Can anyone tell me the best type of paint to use for repainting or custom painting figures like M.U.S.C.L.E, MIMP,Snailiens etc..Thanks!
Current collecting goal: obtain all 148 Monster In My Pocket Series 1 figures in regular colors (71.62% there)
So many toys, so little money!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:47 PM
Only thing I see you missed in your hints would be some teflon tape for all connections.
Plumbers tape is telfon tape.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:21 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:28 AM
i dont like it cuz the mix isnt equal parts, gotta mix like a 5:1 parts or 10:1, something like that, and it has a cure time of 16 hrs.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:57 PM
So I drove out to michaels to buy some dye. Weeeeell the michaels here sucks and they didn't carry any dyes suitable for resin. After perusing the aisles I come across this stuff called Duff's cake airbrush paint. So it's basically food colouring for airbrushed. I figure this will work. Oh boy was I mistaken.
Flash forward to readying the mold and mixing the resin. First indicator I mad effed up was the dye would not mix. It just hung there as little bubbles of colour. I am undeterred and continue mixing and begin to pour. Second indicator of my folly. It sets up mad fast and bubbles and spews and gets way hotter than resin should. I am undeterred and throw the mold into the pressure pot and throw on the pressure.
In this time the remainder of the resin replicates scenes from ghostbusters 2 and quickly becomes rock hard. I pop off the pressure and pull out the mold with no doubt I've ruined it. What little of the figure that managed to be cast told of a struggle of forces. One the mold holding tight. The other being the volcanic resin trying to escape. As such the figure was completely hollow and covered with bubbles both forming and bursting.
Luckily the mold survived and I learned a valuable lesson. Do not try to cast lava.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:12 PM
I was lucky enough to learn this before i got into casting or i would of easily bought resin pigment for my rubber since they have more colors for resin than rubber.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:37 PM
Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:56 AM
I have never tried any of this before. I'd love to try, just need to know where to start really. I understand the costs and that I may not even be good at it, but I'd like to see what I can do anyway.
Can anyone point me in the right direction as far as starting from scratch? Materials for making the mold, how to cast the figures, etc.
Even a link to a tutorial somewhere would help. My google searches haven't been very successful, which is odd because clearly a lot of people are producing rubber figures.
Posted 06 February 2014 - 04:41 AM
I probably will use a pressure pot eventually but figured I'd work my way up
Edited by Mikeum, 06 February 2014 - 04:42 AM.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:45 AM
Alumilite has casting Kits with everything you need to start and practice with.
Also, there are many videos on Youtube on MOLD MAKING (many different types too).
This looks pretty cool for starting, I think I'll try this one first
Posted 15 August 2014 - 08:07 AM
Someone shared with me this method for making home-made silicon molds out of household silicon rather than buying and using a kit. Not sure if this would work for high-detail or undercut parts, but I'm curious if anyone has tried this before? I still have silicon left from the last kit I bought so I probably wouldn't be trying it anytime soon, just kind of curious.
Posted 23 April 2016 - 06:04 PM
Just wondering what is a good medium to use for sculpting.
I have some super sculpey. Is this good to use?
I am wanting to make mini figures.
Do you guys use armatures?
Any tips are greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot.