Okay, just keep us posted. Thanks!
Okay, just keep us posted. Thanks!
4 kits paid and shipping today.
Bad news: Barrell mold is going kaput. Theres now a barrell blemish on one side. There was a small ding in the barrell, which made a rough spot in the mold, which the twisting has started to gnaw it up.
Till now, a swipe of an exacto and the mark was gone. Now its getting more noticible.
The last few pulls were much more noticible. So these 5 - 7 that are done ready to ship, are all of the firsts until I redo that part of the mold.
Once I ship these 5 today (one not on list) ill be taking payments tomorrow (wednesday 11) on the seconds kits from people on the list only.
Im picking up a vac pump today, which is costing me $300 bucks, but it will prevent any of these small bubbles/tears from having bubbles/weak spots behind them. It should double the pulls from each mold.
Tracking will be posted tonight.
just let me know when to pay...need paypal addy
--full kit with rubber barral & foam (kit)
--mounts, scope, stock greebles, barrell greebles (kit)
UPDATE: Paid kits shipped. Ill pm tracking.
Doing new molds starting tomorrow. Got the vac pump today. Should have new barrell and all new small part molds done this weekend.
This means I should be able to make a rubber gun now, with little cleanup.
Very little. And few seam lines. did i mention little cleanup?
As the guns are now shipped. If you are on the SECONDS list, and wanting resin only pm me and ill send you payment info.
NOTE: Still working on mounts. You want them acurate right?
I dont know if I should stay on the list or not. I mean, I want this webley copy, but I am just confused on the fact that will the prices go up for the people that didnt pay soon? Im on the primary list and was told $170 for a full gun +greebs? or without? Whatever the case, let me think about it for one more day.
Forgot to post this last night but PM sent
987654321a The list posted above is locked in at $170 for the webley kit. I never meant to imply that I was 'raising the price on you mid stream'. I actually posted that the first 10 would receive it at XXX price, in the very first post. I have not know of any place, or anything ive done on here, where I have changed a price or my mind at anyone elses expense. I have always lived up to my obligations.
Now, and everyone please read this, because I answer this question a lot.
I posted this as a webley kit, because its in fact an acurate and mostly seamless reproduction of a 1917 webley flare gun. Its not an EE-3 of any kind, until greebles are added.
The greeble kits, are seperate. Why? There are a couple of reasons.
1: Many want to make their own, or use the real thing on the gun.
2: Most want a real scope
3: There are in fact prop builders on here that are better than I am, and some may want these pieces from them.
4: Because I am taking the time to educate myself slowly on the two greeble kits. And no one wanted to wait 8 weeks for me to get the first (esb) kit done.
Its not that prices will go up because 'you didnt pay fast'.
Its that the time and price its costing me is more than expected. So after I fullfill this obligation, I have to look at actual time and monetary costs, and charge accordingly. I will not be making changes to prices mid run.
Ive invested roughly 3-4k into this project, before my time. If you want me to break it down I can.
Furthermore, I get about 50 pms a day, usually questions that have been answered here. Ill admit sometimes I am in such a hurry, that I do not explain myself properly. Or my typing seems hurried and my thoughts incomplete. Its because they are. Im in the middle of five different things but feel obliged to at least try to answer.
I apologize for that. But I have always thought of the thread as a running dialog. And I expect that because I have read every post, others that are interested have also. I will take that into consideration from here on out.
That being said. If anyone wants off the list, they are welcome to pm me and Ill remove you. If anyone is not happy with the product they receive, feel free to send me a pm and I will make it right. I dont ship anything that I would not be happy to receive.
I dont expect there to be any problems unless I overlook somethign while boxing things up, or grab a wrong piece. But such things happen. (I shipped two left knees to ireland one time).
The molds degraded very fast. Why? Well, one I didnt degass them. So theres a lot of little bubbles and flashing on the small parts. And im not 100% happy with them. Silicone is meant to do limited runs. And though some silicones say 'degasing not required' that is in fact only partially true. Silicone has tiny bubbles throughout. And each bubble has a thin walled membrane. Through stretching and heating, these thin walls break/collapse. When they are deep inside the silicone, they weaken the overall structure. When they are on the surface, they ruin the finish.
The larger molds, such as the barrell are degrading because of the demolding process. When you make a large part, such as this, with no seam line (Im sure theres people that are still wondering how the hell I did that) sometimes it requires a little finagling to get them out. The more you stretch rubber, the more it loses its elasticity. (Think skin and stretchmarks).
So to maintain the integrity of the product, I dont have a choice. I have to redo the mold much more often. Or I can let people receive barrels with a terrible surface finish.
Instead, when I get parts that are no longer perfect, I sell them at a lower price. Because they will need a fill here or there, or a sand here or there. And to most people, an hour of sanding is worth $50. Its a win win situation for me, because I dont throw away hundreds of dollars worth of plastic. (just time, hehe)
To conclude, I make plenty of money. I do not do this stuff for the money. I do it because, well to be honest FP inspires me. Spideyfett inspires me. MOW inspires me. 99centtaco inspires me. This forum inspires me. Having something you have created, consulted on, or helped facilitate live on to have a life of its own. To be discussed, ridiculed, and even charished is something I want. I am doing this for that reason and that reason alone. Well that and I need a hobby, or I go nuts.
It will not hurt my feelings if I do not sell another kit. As long as those that received one, accept it as a good value. If anyone would like to be removed from the list, please just pm me and I can take care of that no problem. No hard feelings.
I hope this clears some things up.
Firsts that were paid for, are shipped. I cant make any more firsts until I make the new barrell mold. Its got a scuff that needs to be lightly sanded. Its to the point now where it will get worse and worse. So im going to fulfill the seconds with whats left.
I have 5-6 barrels left, that are good, but I promised good or better barrels with the SECONDS kits.
Anyone signed up on the initial first run will still get the kit at the listed price. When I do a second run, the price could go up. But ill fulfill these when I make the new molds, before that run starts).
The same goes for the seconds, if I am unable to get through them all before Im out of parts.
The prices is for a WEBLEY KIT. Not an EE3.
The greeble kits will be $40 more, and they are not done. Im STILL waiting for packages to arrive to make the parts. When they arrive, youll be the first to know.
The ESB greeble kits will be first.
The ROTJ greeble kits will be second. I have not even _thought_ about ROTJ. So expect a delay. I want to get esb right.
Thanks for your attention and patience.
very well stated.....there is allot of appreciation for your work ethic and dedication to TDH...breaking it down like you just did answers allot of questions that I had about the run....As a user perusing an authentic Boba Fett, I'll always learning about different aspects of the suit. Your pursuit for perfection is uncanny :thumbup.....I made a commitment to you and believe in you skill set....I will patiently wait for my webley kit, and other kits you will offer that will make this into a EE-3....keep up the intensity & look forward to having your work in my arsenal
ST, sorry if my questions sound annoying or confused. I dont mean them to be that way. Thank you very much for your explanation.
Just my two cents. This Fett costume is the death of my wallet. However there are certain people on this site who go above an beyond in my opinion. You could have kept the price at $195 but determined for the better of the customer, dropped the price. I for one was shocked. Alot of other vendors here WOULD NOT have done that. I loved the knees and Im sure this blaster will be even better. I just wanted to say thanks man. Your efforts arent unnoticed.
Got the blaster today. It rocks man but I wasnt surprised, I knew it would be quality. Standing by for some sweet ROTJ greebs. I think im standing alone though since everyone wants ESB nowadays...lol
Last edited by 22ssplt; Feb 12, 2009 at 7:06 PM.
Just get it cleaned up and rady. Though the ROTJ greebs to barrell I need to look at what im gonna do there. Cause the barrell isnt tapered i think for esb. I think it needs a pipe slid over it, but ill know in the next week.
Glad you like it.
Pm me any comments if you would. Your one of the first to receive theirs.
Last edited by Stormrider; Feb 12, 2009 at 8:28 PM.
PM sent. Dont you mean ROTJ in your reply??
I got mine today as well. These are great pieces. Very nice detail and very minimal clean up needed. It goes together great. Thanks again.
I need your paypal info. I need my webley!
UPDATE: Please give me till sunday and then ill accept paymetns and ship the seconds next week. Ill pm everyone on the seconds list at the same time.
Theres two reasons:
1. im leaving for the weekend. Dont want to hold anyone up until im ready to do the work.
2. Ive been working the last cople days getting things molded up so i can send the parts back to people that need them.
I have just about everything now except the scope rings. Missed sidewinders (the ones he sold on ebay), and not going to have time to mold the ones I have before I have to send them back to spidey.
Sorry for the delay, but the seconds will be shipped and received next week. Ill get them all boxed sunday and send out PM's. Anyone that pays by 2pm monday, should get it shipped monday.
Im still not happy with the small pieces (trigger hammer and guard) and im making new molds.
If anyone has problems with the ones they get in this kit, let me know and ill send you new ones once I get the new molds done. No charge.
PM sent on scope rings.
No problem. Thanks
Well here is my badboy all fixed up. However it is cold without some ROTJ greebs. HAHAHA JK Mike. Anyway I love it and wanted to share some pics.
Looks pretty dogone good. Can you list/post what all you had to do to it to make it look liek that? Or is it pretty much exacto/trimmed and glued?
I just want people to get a good idea of what they should expect.
I cant believe how much the grip shines. You must have painted it?
Even the wood looks decent. Alumilite said if you dry brush on a lighter brown/read or darker brown/black it should make them look like wood. But I havent tried it. Maybe I will with a throw away stock.
Sending out pms for seconds today. Should get them all shipped by the end of the week. The new molds are coming along. Still waiting on a greeble or two to arrive, but things are definitally moving.