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    Oct 29, 2008, 6:17 PM - need help, gen knowledge #1

    hi all, this doesn’t pertain to star wars any but from what I’ve seen on the forum here there is a wealth of knowledge that deals in exactly what I need help with and hope some of you might be able to help me out. I’ve tried sending a few PM's but have not received and responses so I decided to make myself a post. I’m looking to make myself a army of two type helmet, my design doesn’t really look anything like theirs other then general shape but its a good reference to those of you who know what it looks like. alright the thing is I have absolutely no clue where to start, I’m already talented at sculpting with clay and I’m thinking that that will transfer over to this but I don’t know what you guys are using to make these plastic items or if they're even plastic? What are you casting these things out of? How is it done?
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    Oct 29, 2008, 6:26 PM - Re: need help, gen knowledge #2

    hi and welcome
    I am pretty new here myself - but guys on here tend to be really friendly.

    however, like most forums - people tend to like to know who they are talkin to; so an intro post like u have done above defo improves things!

    being a good sculptor helps. I am pretty new to all this "actually making stuff". although the question of how do I make stuff is really difficult to answer cos there loads.

    try lookin up the company called smooth-on; they've got a lot introductory vids on some of the basic mold making and casting techniques.

    Or u can consider using Fibreglass etc - I myself have started a thread askin how-to go abt this.

    Look up the prop workshop and use the search tool.

    I am sure more expereinced people will be posting on here eventually.

    Good luck man
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    Oct 30, 2008, 7:10 PM - Re: need help, gen knowledge #3

    thanks man ill look that up.
    to all else reading all info is much appreciated
  4. Oct 30, 2008, 7:15 PM - Re: need help, gen knowledge #4

    yay, i'm a friendly person
    well, i haven't casted a lot personally but people around here usually cast items in resin or fiberglass. often, if that becomes too costly, vacuforming is usuallly done. it's a process where you take an original sculpt of what you want and form a iece of heated plastic over it with vacuum. never played army of two tho so i wouldn't know where to help ya out on that one
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    Oct 30, 2008, 7:29 PM - Re: need help, gen knowledge #5

    alright most of that went right over my head...so i take the item i wish to recreate, in this case i would make the mast from clay or something then vacuum plastic over it? *is lost*

    thanks for the help thought
  6. Oct 30, 2008, 7:38 PM - Re: need help, gen knowledge #6

    yeah, the heated plastic is suctioned around your original mold and then you pop the plastic off, trim it and you have a decent copy of what you made out of clay (or similar hard material)
    look it up on google or youtube. you'll find out a lot.
    TDH help me out here. i just want to make sure i'm saying this all right