That is awsome, I thought about doing the cat to match the one in the Aurora drawing but didnt think about cutting and repositioning the body. if this turns out looking really good you should think about making copies. are you thinking about repositioning the Cromagnon man or using him as is? you'll need something stronger then the plastic spear to hold this up though.
Post by prescenes2 on Jan 19, 2014 22:29:57 GMT -5
Actually haven't got that far yet. The Cro Mag man I have started on years ago but never finished. He's actually nearly complete but with a few minor tweaks. here's the pic I was going after on Trevor's site.... www.tylisaari.com/prehistoricscenes/sket-tig3.JPG I thought about adding a rearing Mammoth (again, courtesy of Trevor: www.tylisaari.com/prehistoricscenes/proto2.html )in the scene either behind the man or behind the saber. Don't quite know yet. Kinda "making up as I go" type of thing. Anyway, fighting the flu symptoms right now so hopefully better in a few days.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2014 11:09:05 GMT -5 by prescenes2
molding and casting a few single pieces is not that big of a deal, its doing a kit with 1/2 dozen molds over and over trying to get a large percentage of usable castings in the end without having to throw too much out and have the molds last long enough to at least make your money back if not make some profit. but you can mold and cast the cat body without too much expence and probilbly get enough castings to pay for itself in the end and here's how:
Hobby Lobby has 40% off cupons about every week for 1 item. they sell Alumilite rubber and resin for 30 bucks a kit. the resin is about the size of two 20oz soda bottles or a bit bigger. the mold rubber is a 1 Lb kit which may be enough to that one cat body. get the 'Hight Strength' rubber. not the quick setting rubber; thats crap. I mean none of the alumilite stuff they sell there is really very good at all its just convenient. now if you want to do a whole kit don't use that stuff but for a single piece you want to do quickly its OK. the resin is brittle and it has an oder that gives me a headache if I pour too long and I'm in a 10ft by 11ft workroom with no ventalation so that doesn't help any. get a couple Lbs of modeling clay; make sure its sulpher free. you can use it over and over again. get a sheet of paper backed foam board. HL sells the 1/4 in and 1/2 thickness; 1/4 in is fine; 1/2 in is too thick to work with. all together thats another 10 bucks or less if you get the cupons and the foam board is 3ft by 4ft which gives you alot of mold wall material. so for about 50 to 70 bucks you can get maybe 6 to 8 cats but I'm just guessing/estimating. send them out for maybe 25 bucks each and you've paid for the material; depending on how many turned out OK and how many want them. you'll need a few more things like disposble cups, sturs, rubber bands, a good electronic scale, 'Harbor Freight' for about 15 to 25 bucks (Harbor Feight has cupons too, 20% off I think). So 25 bucks might not let you break even, not sure. but its not a 100 or 150 dollar kit and most people have the extra set of legs from their original kit. all-in-all I think that would be a good deal
Post by artdecovampire on Jan 22, 2014 1:34:44 GMT -5
Its dream of mine to produce a large kit for sale. A daft one probably. Just a labour of love rather than a profit. I produced a base for the Pyro/Lindberg protoceratops/triceratops. I only got two copies before it came apart. Too many traps and undercuts ripped off bits of the rubber. If you were casting from an injection moulded part all that would be worked out for you. Its an exciting thought. In the UK all these materials are really expensive so here I reckon you can easily double the cost. I scoured the internet for supplies and in the end it ended up costing me £80 for two smallish resin parts. Its was a great experience and we all make great scratch built or kit bashed stuff that others would find interesting.
Or, he could see if Rob would be willing to cast them for him He does already produce his own kits.
Jeff Brown does too! Let's see how this kitbash goes before I consider casting it. If I did, question is; how many would be interested? For now this project stopped for the moment 'cuz I have some other pressing matters to focus on first.
Okay, slow going on the saber right now. I buggared up the back of the cat. I sculpted some shoulder blades "humps" too far down his back. Had to grind it off and redo. Just finished resculpting it last night. Will take a pic later if all looks right with it. Did a little seam work on his body and legs in the mean time.