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MR Westar mold experiment

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    Wow!!! Cruzer you never cease to impress. So looking forward to owning a set, as I am sure quite a few other Jango's are. B)

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    Well, it's time to start selling off kidneys... or kids. Whichever brings more. Cruzer, you are the man.

    In the future:

    So, where'd you get your armor?

    Well, the gauntlets are Cruzer, the blasters are Cruzer, the shin guards are Cruzer, the back plate is... Well, the whole thing is Cruzer!

  3. #53

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    so how are you going to get the stuff into them with no pour holes?

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    uhoh hes right.

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    Silicone is magic. Those look awesome. No holes ? Can you drill or melt a channel?

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    Re: MR Westar mold experiment

    Here are just some of the first pulls, which are all "bad" pulls by the way due to hollow spots, numerous bubbles, surface imperfections from improper mixing, etc. When compared to just pouring resin, the learning curve is huge when it comes to making high quality rubber items and the process is much more difficult that I had anticipated. I had all but given up at one point in time yesterday.

    I decided to use these bad pulls to test different finishes. The best finish in my opinion is the Rn'B finish on the bottom gun that was rubbed right onto the rubber with no base coat of paint. The Rn'B helped to fill in and hide small surface imperfections. The handle was painted with SEM Medium Titanium, and after trying out about 4-5 different SEM colors it seemed to yield the closest resemblence to the ref. pic in the EP 2 Visual Dictionary. The brass accents are gold metallic spray paint brushed on with a small paint brush. The weathering is a combination of black followed by charcoal grey, and was applied with a small paint brush.

    The middle finish comes in a close second and is a standard silver metallic paint wiped on multiple times with a rag onto a semi-flat black surface. The brass accents were applied exactly like above. The weathering was applied exactly like above.

    The top blaster is the least desireable finish in my opinion because it is standard silver metallic spray painted on. To me it looks too much like the paint finish seen on a Rubies blaster, and therefore makes the barrel look like an untouched Rubies. The gold was also taped off and spray painted. I didn't bother to do any weathering on this barrel.

    We took plenty of opportunities to toss around the painted blasters yesterday and they are very durable. There's something to be said about a blaster that can be tossed 30 feet into the air or about a 50 yards distance, and survive coming down on the concrete.

    The only immediate wear I have seen is the paint undercoat rubbing off on the small allen head screw on the handle, so it's probably going to be best taping that off before painting the handle, or looking into placing a real allen head screw there when casting. I've already tested placing a real pin in the rear part of the barrel and it worked.

    Enjoy,
    Cruzer
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    That came out better than I expected, especially for a stunt blaster!

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    DUDE! For a stunt blaster those are totally useable. Nice job. I guess I know what color to shoot handles now. I like them a lot.

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    Whoomp there it is.

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    What did you use for the pin in the rear of the barrel, I lost the pin on my other blaster.

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    Re: MR Westar mold experiment

    Thanks guys. They all look even better in person, especially the Rn'B'd one. The fact they're rubber is really cool too. They're perfect for trooping and especially for letting little kids hold them for pics, sharing, etc.

    I used the male end from an RCA jack. I only had silver ones, but I was at Walmart this morning and they have gold plated ones that would be perfect for a glue in application.

    Thanks again and glad you guys like them. Now I just have to keep on practicing until I can finally make pulls that are acceptible. The 98+ temp. is not helping at all, so I may have to wait until tomorrow morning to begin trying again.

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    I hear the temperature is cooler at 3am. Slam 4 Red Bulls and hit it.

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    Those look great! Good job.

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    I like the middle paintjob
    It's just awesome!!!

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    Freakin Awesome man! Ive been checking this thread constantly because im excited. They look great, I cant wait to throw mine up 30 feet in the air just for the hell of it . Yea the weather is definitelty cooler at 3am, so get to it

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    those look GREAT!!! cant wait to see what they look like when the weathers on your side

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    ..wow, nice nice work... awesome...
    do u already know a price for these babies

  18. #68

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    Cruzer, WOW!!! Amazing job. Those look really nice. Its gonna be great to have a pair of blasters you really don't have to worry about getting banged up.

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    2 for me, and NOW!

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    Absolutely gorgeous Cruzer, fantastic work!!

    Now after seeing all of these wicked blasters, and hearing all of the details I feel that you've still left one minor detail out... how much!?!

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    ^Ditto. How much?

    And I got another question: Do you accept payment in cash through snail mail?
    (Can't find a single SW prop around here. And I don't know how to start asking around for a machinist)

    PS: Luv the weathering.

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    Great job man. Very nice!

    Sing me up for the bigger trigger batch.

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    Re: MR Westar mold experiment

    looks amazing!

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    WOW,amazing work cruzer !!! How you will start the run ???

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    Those look fantastic!

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