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  1. Cruzer's Avatar
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    Jun 14, 2008, 10:53 PM - MR Westar mold experiment #1

    Well, it was about time I learned to make my own 2-piece molds since some of my Jango gaunlet attachment molds are getting a little rough. Here's something I've been thinking of molding for a while. The molds are being constructed specifically to see if a blaster can be cast from rubber like material similar to the Hyperfirm blasters.

    cheers,
    Cruzer
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  2. DarkeSword2020 is offline DarkeSword2020
    Jun 14, 2008, 10:55 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #2

    This should be very awesome, I'd probably love to be in a run of these if you do do a run! :P

    Hey, you wouldn't mind telling a newbie at molding on how and where to start molding would ya?

    Anyways, this is going to be an interesting project to follow!

    Psst, please check the gauntlet hose thread.

    Thanks Cruz!
  3. I helped at SDCC '08 Jango 5204's Avatar
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    Jun 14, 2008, 11:07 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #3

    neat.:thumbup
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    Jun 14, 2008, 11:33 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #4

    are you planning to just pour in silicone?

    if so from looking at your boxes, particularly on the handle, you'll waste a LOT of silicone that way, as opposed to having the shell tighter around the object (i.e. not square)



    something like that shape would save you quite a bit of rubber.

    or to REALLY save... use a brush on silicone and then plaster / fiberglass jacket.

    that being said, i do exactly what you're doing most of the time. i just figured i'd throw it out there in the interest of information sharing
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    Jun 15, 2008, 7:49 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #5

    Thanks. I like box molds, but you're right if I could angle a wall in there that'd save me a little of the silicone I just spent $300 on.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 9:18 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #6

    Ah...a blaster that is less likely to get destroyed! Purhaps I should consider this!
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    Jun 15, 2008, 9:33 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #7

    Cruzer said: View Post
    Thanks. I like box molds, but you're right if I could angle a wall in there that'd save me a little of the silicone I just spent $300 on.
    yeah, if you cut a piece of wood and put it at a roughly 45 angle in the corner, i bet that would save you a pint of silicone.

    i'm with you though. the simplicity of pour and wait is worth the extra $$ on the rubber to me. i used nearly a gallon on my gauntlet mold!
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    Jun 15, 2008, 11:41 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #8

    Cool. Interested to see your progress. I have been using Rebound 25 as a brush on with fiberglass jackets, but I would prefer a solid box too.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 2:17 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #9

    deffinetly watching this project!
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    Jun 15, 2008, 2:27 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #10

    exciting!
  11. Jun 15, 2008, 4:43 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #11

    Can't wait to see the outcome of this one, Some people have been lookin' for some decent Westars for a while
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    Jun 15, 2008, 6:15 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #12

    If you were to ever make a run, I would jump on this!
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    Jun 15, 2008, 7:31 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #13

    Yeah, I will definitely make rubber blasters available here if this project is successful. I wouldn't want to spend all my time and money on a mold like this and then keep it's benefits to myself when there is such a need here. For a while now I've felt TDH needed "inside" suppliers of Westars with the limited availability and inflated prices of MRs, and after owning a set of what I thought were low quality resin copies.

    Westarsmith is going to be releasing some very very nice aluminum blasters, and I'm hoping BobaFettSlave_1 will go ahead with his plans to produce some molds of the MRs as well. It'd be nice to have different options (i.e. material, cost, etc.) of blaster choice.

    I'm no expert in mold making, so I'm not really the right person to write up a tutorial on two part mold making. However, if I can help along the way by sharing pics, and my mistakes and/or successes via this thread, then all the better for the community!
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    Jun 15, 2008, 7:49 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #14

    definitley would like a set of these if they work out for you. What's the base color for the foam/rubber. I think the blasters would rub some while being put in/out of the holsters, leaving dull or dark spots Maybe paint would be a better option instead of R & B for the barrels. You guys had any ideas on how to get the silver color and still be long lasting? Great job BTW.
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    Jun 15, 2008, 8:05 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #15

    The silicone should be here Tues. or Wed. and then I'll pour the first parts. I'm pusing this project so I can get your blaster back to you in time to allow you to repaint your handles before SDCC.

    I'm going to produce the first blaster in black, and I'm guessing a couple of SEMS silver toned paints are going to work really well on something like this because it works so well on the Hyperfirm blasters. Then maybe throw in the hints of brass for those that need the muzzle tip and pins the accurate color as well. A semi-gloss might help seal everything, but I say the more weathering the better. I'm guessing a fresh paint job every year or other year depending on how rough they are handled/trooped in.

    The idea of Westars you can troop roughly in and even throw around is what interests me the most. I hated having to baby my MRs and worry about droping or dinging them. That's why I'm so excited about the idea of stunt Westars!
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    Jun 16, 2008, 5:24 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #16

    Your the man Cruzer, keep this up
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    Jun 16, 2008, 9:34 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #17

    OH freakin A, Cruzer gets all my money next month. Shins, new backplate (if you will still pull me one LOL) knees, and now blasters. Yea, you have some dough coming bro, I cant thank you enough for taking on these projects!
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    Jun 16, 2008, 10:10 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #18

    Cruzer, dude this sounds awesome! Really like that fact like you say you don't have to worry about anything happening to the MR replicas. 8)
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    Jun 16, 2008, 10:41 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #19

    *edit*
    Last edited by Dark-Side; Jun 16, 2008 at 11:14 AM.
  20. DarkeSword2020 is offline DarkeSword2020
    Jun 16, 2008, 10:55 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #20

    Dark-Side said: View Post
    I just called the MR and i told them everything about your "bad" project!!
    Soon you will be in prison!

    AHAHHAHAHAHAA!
    No offense, but I don't really see that as a funny joke...



    Bad form
  21. KaanE is offline KaanE
    Jun 16, 2008, 11:11 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #21

    Nice project Cruzer! What's the next xD
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    Jun 16, 2008, 11:13 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #22

    really!!??!
    I don't think so....i know very well Lorenzo and we always speak in that way!
    Anyway i edit my post,so everybody can continue to speak about the cruzer's work.
  23. DarkeSword2020 is offline DarkeSword2020
    Jun 16, 2008, 11:28 AM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #23

    Dark-Side said: View Post
    really!!??!
    I don't think so....i know very well Lorenzo and we always speak in that way!
    Anyway i edit my post,so everybody can continue to speak about the cruzer's work.


    Well, I stand corrected, sorry about that mate.

    And yes, can't wait to see what cruzer can do with this project
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    Jun 16, 2008, 12:27 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #24

    Dark-Side is a good friend of mine...well, I "tolerate" him anyways!
    But he is right, there is a certain something about this project that walks a fine line...but what can I do.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 3:43 PM - Re: MR Westar mold experiment #25

    Don't forget to add a channel so you can pour resin into the mould

    DAZ

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